Headwaters Tackle Bag - Dark Elkhorn

Headwaters™ Tackle Bag



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Tackle your angling chaos with the Headwaters™ large zippered interior compartment and eight organizer pockets built for housing everything from fly boxes to reels, lines, tools, and tippets. The bag’s light grey interior lining provides sharp visibility, while its 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon fabric shell with DWR finish keeps all your goods sealed, secure, and splash-free.


  • Ballistic fabric offers extra abrasion resistance
  • Large zippered interior compartment with eight organizer pockets for reels, lines, tools, etc. with light grey interior lining for better visibility
  • Four external zippered cargo pockets hold medium fly box and more
  • Hidden rain fly stores behind large zippered stretch map pocket on rear of bag
  • External rod tube straps
  • 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon shell fabric with DWR finish
  • Capacity: 21 Liters, 1,282 cubic inches
  • Dimensions: 20" x 8" x 11"
  • Weight: 52 oz


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  • Little Parts from the YKK® Fastening Products Group create The Big Difference for our customers — fastening solutions intelligently integrated with the finished product to provide the highest quality, most durable gear. The Little Parts — zippers, metal buttons and snaps, and Nylon buckles — all earn the YKK® brand. The Big Difference begins with their obsession to ensure that every individual component renders maximum value to the finished whole. That commitment instills quality and value into every product. Simms utilizes fasteners built to withstand the harshest environments and YKK® provides the best solutions to meet those needs. All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. www.ykkamerica.com.


Customer Reviews

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One TUFF Bag Review by Capt.BT

Capt.BT 7/16/2014

As a saltwater guide I have gone through many tackle bags. The saltwater spray and the hours in the sun seem to destroy most bags. I have been using my Simms bag now for over 3 years without any problem other than the typical sun bleaching on the top side. This bag has pockets for all size things you might carry. I have removed the Velcro inserts and filled the main compartment with plastic tackle trays. To sum it all up its another TUFF Simms product!

(Posted on 7/16/2014)

Solid bag Review by Jordan Guss

Jordan Guss 4/23/2014

I've always had a soft style gear bag for the boat with a large open compartment, and after my last one from a different company bit the bullet, this was a great replacement. I would definitely recommend this product after using it extensively, both on my flats skiff and travelling to fish, for about a year. That being said, there are a few minor issues that I have noticed through hard use of the bag.

- great water resistant and tough fabric on top (plus water proof rain cover)
- great water proof bottom
- great compartments and pockets in a good layout
- flap top is great because you can stuff things such as hats, rain jackets, etc. in the bag, or between the zippered lid and flap, without opening the bag up. This design is one of the top features of these types of bags.
- the neoprene shoulder strip has a slit so it can be pulled over the handle and held in place. This is an awesome feature for a boat bag, as it keeps the shoulder strap from sitting on the wet floor of the boat and getting soaked
- everything else not covered in the cons below

Cons (these are the few minor issues I've noticed that Simms may want to take into account if they do any small redesigns on the bag over the years)
- the bag is front heavy with the two larger pockets in front without any support below due to the narrow waterproof bottom, so it will start to sag forward and will tip over forward on occasion. If those pockets went all the way down with the waterproof hard bottom below, that might alleviate the issue
- the top flap connects to the bag with very strong buckles, but pretty thin elastic. On a recent, long fly fishing trip the elastic basically lost it's elasticity from being carried by the handle through the airport, and because the straps are sewn in place, they cannot be tightened. I plan to sew on a non-elastic, adjustable strap once the elastic straps breaks (buckles are already designed to handle an adjustable strap).
- finally, the neoprene used for the shoulder strap is comfortable and works great for securing the shoulder strap to the handle, however, the neoprene is very slippery and has a tendency to slide off your shoulder when carrying the bag for an extended period (ie. travelling). Some sticky material, such as used on the chests of wetsuits, added to the bottom of the shoulder strap could really help this issue.

(Posted on 4/23/2014)

Good Review by Strip it up!

Strip it up! 4/16/2014

Tackle duffle bag is legit. No other company comes close! Perfect for storage and size. I have been researching for a bag like this for years.

(Posted on 4/16/2014)

Don't pack what you need Review by CharterCpt

CharterCpt 3/11/2014

I am a charter captain and I love the Simms brand. With that said, I needed a bag that I could make my Captains Bag. This is not it. This bag will be great for most boaters (fresh or salt). Unfortunately, with the the items I need for the salt, the bag falls forward over itself and I find myself constantly pushing it back out of the way. I tried to limit my gear, but the front pockets (which house my quickly needed items) just bellow out too far. With that said, the elastics also can't handle the gear as they too are frayed. Yes, I do beat my gear up which is why I keep buying Simms. However, if you need a bag that goes everywhere with you, this may not be the bag. 5 stars stars if you freshwater fish as the gear is overall lighter. 4 for salt at best.

(Posted on 3/11/2014)

LOVE MY GEAR BAG! Review by Justin Pickett

Justin Pickett 11/18/2013

I've owned this bag since Simms came out with it a couple years ago and can't say a bad thing about it. It's my go to travel bag for all of my reels, fly boxes, maps, spare hemostats and tools, thingamabobbers, head lamps, liscenses, etc, etc, etc. I've used the heck out of this thing. Pack it out, throw it in the truck, and go. It's well made, durable as heck, and takes abuse. Couldn't ask for a better gear bag, and I'd recommend it to anyone!

(Posted on 11/18/2013)

All I Need Review by Lost One

Lost One 8/10/2012

Okay I am not a fly fisherman, but after ogling the bag and a friend recommending your products I purchased the bag. I prefer to walk the shorelines and fish away from others, the bag enables me to carry my net in the tube holders freeing my hands to fish. The bag is just great for organization with all of the various pockets. The quality and appearance of the bag are awesome. I expect to be enjoying it's use for years to come. Definitely will not be my last purchase of a Simms product. Cheers and tight lines, Lost One

(Posted on 8/10/2012)

Best Bag Ever Review by Bill Ferrero

Bill Ferrero 8/10/2012

Space on my 3-person inflatable raft is a precious commodity. I can pack every last piece of my fly gear into the Headwaters Tackle Bag, attach my rod tubes, and away I go. The design suits my needs from the spacious interior to the many easy accessible zippered pockets. I especially like the zippered main pocket and rain flap. It keeps the water from splashing in while I negotiate some of the faster water on various rivers.

(Posted on 8/10/2012)

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