Umpqua Tongass 1800 Bag
by Colin Hamilton
As someone that fishes from the bank frequently I have found, as most of my readers have, that a backpack is essential, but for winter steelhead and fall run salmon it is hard to keep that backpack dry. I have been looking for a waterproof backpack for a while, and was ecstatic when I got the chance to try out the Umpqua Tongass 1800. Umpqua has a few different bags in the Tongass line, from their waist pack with 650 cubic inches, perfect for the fisherman traveling light, to their enormous 5500 cubic inch gear bag, which I could fit enough supplies for a . I wanted something that would double as a day pack, so I opted for the Tongass 1800 cubic inch. I am glad I did. Umpqua continues to live up their name of quality fishing gear for the fishing enthusiast. The 1800 is just about the right size for a day pack, being able to carry my rain jacket, hoody, lunch, and a few extra items with no problem, while still being small enough that it isn’t bulky.
Although I got it with the intention of bank fishing on the local rivers for cutthroat, steelies and salmon, it works great for sitting in the boat as well. I have a small lake boat I take out during trout season, and if it is raining or we start catching fish, the water has a tendency to pool in the bottom of the boat. This bag easily sits on the bottom of the boat and keeps all my stuff dry.
The material that Umpqua has chosen to use is durable, being a plastic-coated 420D nylon. I expect this pack to hold up to years of use. Umpqua thought of everything I could want on a waterproof pack. It has pockets on the waist belt where you can tuck your rod while hiking, ways to hold your small tackle box, and webbing loops to strap larger items to.
As is the case with any true waterproof bag, it has roll tops for the two pockets. This can be a negative in two ways. One, you have to have enough stuff in the bag to for it to close properly. But, then again, who carries an empty backpack? Secondly, it isn’t as easy as a zipper to open and close. However, if you are winter fishing and want to take a hoody off and keep it dry, you probably won’t be complaining about the fact that it was designed to
keep things dry. I would strongly recommend this pack to anyone looking for a pack on the river.