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Headwaters™ Chest Pack

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Simms’ Headwaters™ Chest Pack features a fluid design that ushers all your fishing necessities to the forefront. A full-fledged member of the Catch & Release modular system, Chest Packs synch with various Headwaters™ packs for integrated carrying options. On its own and in charge of organizational priorities, the main zippered compartment stores fly boxes, reels, and a bevy of accessories and tools. Flip out and fold down its compression molded front panel for a convenient workspace that, combined with Simms Add-On components, can be easily tweaked to your specific fishing requirements.


  • Fully featured mid-size pack to store all of your fishing gear – perfect for going light
  • Catch & Release modular system allows you to dock into both Headwaters backpacks
  • Main zippered compartment stores 2 fly boxes & accessories
  • Compression molded front panel creates a fold-down workspace
  • Removable hook & loop floatant holder & tippet-spool retainer
FABRIC TECH: 420 Denier Abrasion resistant fabric with DWR
CAPACITY: 3 liters, 183.07 cubic in.
DIMENSIONS: 11 x 9 x 5

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Multi-purpose Review by Roland

Roland 1/3/2016

Just recently jumped on the Simms band wagon and I have to say it does it all. Carries everything I need to fish my local river for steelhead and more. Its advertised as a chest pack but can be worn as a sling or a hip pack.

(Posted on 1/3/2016)

My go to pack Review by hejletsGO

hejletsGO 10/21/2015

I have been using this pack for most of the summer and find in invaluable. It holds my tippet, flotant, leaders, and two large fly boxes, as well as half a dozen other trout geek toys. Does not interfere with my casts, and has been comfortable in multi-day fishing trips.

(Posted on 10/21/2015)

Overall very useful Review by Jake

Jake 4/25/2015

I use this pack about 3 times a week and have had it for almost a year, so it definitely gets the job done, carries all my stuff, and I drop less flies in the water with the shelf feature for sure. But here are the few flaws I have noticed:

1. If you attach anything to the left side (I strip with my left) your line will get caught. This is a terrible place to put nippers.

2. The neck guard will both chafe your neck (easily solved with a buff) and, after a day of fishing, the weight will make your neck sore. I would like to see if the backpack attachment can reduce the neck strain, so I am saving up my pennies to find out.

3. When tying dropper rigs with weight and multiple flies, your tippet/leader will easily get caught between your flypatch/ginkpatch/tippet spool and the velcro. It's a tippet trap.

Like I said, I use it all the time, it streamlines my fishing and I never leave home without it, but I have started taking it off and leaving it on the bank if I am staying in one place for a while.

(Posted on 4/25/2015)

Smoky Mountians Tailored Review by Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee 10/2/2014

Recently bought this pack and love it. Sufficient room for a Tacky fly box and two others, plus all basic tippet, floatant, tools, etc. Good for fishing these small creeks because it keeps you from carrying too much. Really helps movement when fishing mountain streams which present to you many boulders and obstacles to move around. Keeps everything at quick reach. Great buy. I am excited about the backpack attachment system. Must have for a Smoky Mtn angler.

(Posted on 10/2/2014)

Fine Little Day Pack Review by Douglas

Douglas 11/26/2013

A fine little pack for deeper wading & stealth when down on your knees for spooky trout while creeping-up to cast. It holds all of my essentials, including my phone, head-lamp, and small camera. Perfect pack for a day's fishing when hiking & needing to minimize your flies to only what it necessary (with enough space for dries & nymphs), and easy access. Fit well in my suitcase while on the road. I didn't like the side attachment options, and found that my fly line had a tendency to get caught-up on them, especially in the wind & at night. . . it would have been nice to have them incased in material like on their vests, which I love! It is nice to see that the newer version has a type of "D-loop" as part of the zipper? - from what I can see. My older version does not have a "D-loop" & I had to make one my-self to hang my net. It is nice to see a velcro section on this version too, which the older version does not have which will fit a SIMMS fly patch. Nice to see the improvements in this version!

(Posted on 11/26/2013)

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