For as long as I have been fishing, I have fished in pink waders. Yes, they are a little different, but they aren't the ordinary, dull khaki or gray, and when fly fishers queue up along the bank like sardines in a can, you know where I am. Cody likes it that I'm easy for him to spot. So it was with great sadness that I had to put the pinkies aside. The inseams along knees had worn thin, and my trademark waders leaked beyond repair.
I have been looking for a fanny pack. I liked the older Simms version that came in orange, blue, lime, or gray, but now, no one has those, and everyone just offers an ugly, gray color. When you're in a boat with a lot of other fly fishers, you want to be able to pick out your pack fairly easy. I was discussing my conundrum with Sean at Orvis, and he told me about an on-line store called Recycled Waders, where they "turn leakers into keepers, meaning they upcycle reclaimed breathable wader material to create fishing friendly products."
I liked the website and the products they offered, but I still looked around for the fanny pack that I wanted. With my search ending up null, I decided to give Recycled Waders a go, and I am glad I did. Patrick was really easy to work with, from my shipping the waders to Patrick in Colorado, to my receiving the finished product was all of three weeks, and I love my new Big Fanny Pack. I can tell what part of my waders were used where, and the pack is going to be greats for flats fishing, especially. There was enough material left over, that I ordered their original 'Nook Sack for my fly boxes. Louisiana Redfishing will be their debut.
Even if purchasing a product is not on the agenda, Recycled Waders glagdly accepts donations of anyone's retired, breathable waders, and they recommend Ecologic Designs for upcycling neoprene waders.
|One zippered pocket on the outside|
|Handle, Shoulder Strap, and Waist Belt with three inserts per side|
|Roomy Interior with a small zippered pocket|