As you may have seen from my recent trout outings and photos, I got a new pack. The pack is made by Cabela's and I first saw it at HFNI. Andy from team New Jersey was sporting it. I was looking to upgrade from the traditional vest so I asked him about it. Both he and Paul had hip packs and loved them. Andy's was a Cabela's brand and Paul's was Fishpond I believe. Knowing full well that Melissa would never let me have a Fishpond, I asked for the Cabela's one as a gift. At first, I have to admit I didn't like it. Oh I liked it just fine when Andy showed me his. However, I didn't try it on. When I got mine, I noticed I had a hard time wearing it. See, dear reader the problem was that I have no hips. I cinched the straps down but the pack barely stayed on my waist. I was pissed. I hated it. I wanted to return it. Then Melissa was kind enough to point out that it came with a strap and maybe I could sling it across my back. Well I tried it and it worked. God how I hate when she is right about something. Anyways, I started stuffing it with crap. I still don't have everything where I want it to be but I am getting there. It has a rather large foam patch in the front. It has two side mesh pockets for water bottles for other assorted stuff. Behind the zippered foam patch, there is a small zippered pocket that is perfect for your leaders, split shot and floats. Next is the main compartment. Truly there is a lot of room in here as you can see from the photos. It does have a small mesh zippered pocket in the lid which is a great place to store your Gink, Xink or whatever else you use. I can't fit all of my trout boxes in here but four large ones and two thin ones seem to work just fine. I guess if I can't catch them with those 1000 flies in six boxes, I probably can't catch them period. All in all I like it. I am still getting used to it and need to find a home for a few things but I believe we may have a keeper in this guy. Sure as hell beats the shit out of wearing a vest!