So I’ve been in possession of a Midge Pack from Nice Pack Co for a little over a year now. I’ll be honest that I’m generally guilty of carrying too much and have never been a lanyard user. I carry enough gear to easily switch between nymph, streamer and dry rigs and of course, I can’t forget the other essentials like (in order of importance): A beverage, vittles, camera gear and the occasional rain jacket. Most places I fish are far from where I park and even if I am close, I like to make the most of my time on the water and not waste a single minute. So there you have it; my excuse. This year’s hot summer has pushed me to the hills and I’ve been much more focused on photography, and carrying less fishing gear in an attempt to keep things simple. And that’s exactly what the Midge Pack is, simple. I was able to carry my photo gear in a traditional backpack while having an arsenal of dry flies and supplies right there under my chin.
I don’t think a lanyard fits every occasion on the water, however if you find they work for you or you are considering using them, the Nice Pack Midge might be a solid alternative to the traditional “fly fishing necklace”. There’s no fancy pukka shells, beads or hemp here; just solid, durable, thick materials and buckles that you know will last. Getting this pack also forced me to purchase my first Tacky box, which the pack was designed to hold. I have to say, I’m also a fan of these box's slim, lightweight design and quality materials. What also makes the Nice Pack Co Midge Pack attractive is they are made here in my home state of Georgia by a couple of "fishy" dudes who had a vision of how they could "loose the lanyard" and make a better micro pack.
Overall I’m glad I gave the Nice Pack Co Midge Pack a shot this year. It’s found a home in my go-to-gear for small stream, simplistic fishing.
Photos by Matt Bornhorst