rotation180 Catch & Release
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Design Requirements

We started with the “Panorama” rotation backpack and sketched out a few modifications:

R180 Fly Panorama Modified


R180 Fly Panorama Modified

Written by Ted Meister — November 09, 2015


Robert McCann:

Most fly fishing in the backcountry would require space for non fishing equiptment. The 180 design makes sense but weight in water especially with waders needs quick release straps, and a waterproof material like vortex and water proof zippers. A separate waist strap for safety in a fall wearing waders would be imperative. Your concept is excellent but you may want to limit size to 35 liters or less.

February 11, 2016 at 04:02 PM

Riley DeLong:

I have been following you guys with interest in using your pack for fly fishing. Does this bag have any solutions for rod tube storage, net storage or leash, and does it have a storage for water bladder? Thanks!

March 31, 2016 at 07:03 AM

Ted Meister:

The Catch & Release backpack has provisions to attach multiple rods with reels. As you can see in the Fly Features post ( there is a dedicated strap system on the back for a rod/reel. You can also strap a rod tube or rod/reel on the left side pocket and secure with the compression strap. I don’t have a photo of that yet but it’s a very clean solution for carrying multiple rods.

Net or Leash: multiple clip in points on the pack front & top for a carabiner + magnet net connection (separate purchase) See:

Water bladder Storage: YES

April 07, 2016 at 02:04 PM

Ted Meister:

Robert, thanks for you excellent comments. The bag is constructed if highly water resistant material and zippers. It could be submersed for a few seconds and keep everything dry inside. Regarding a quick-release strap if you go for a swim, the belt buckle is about as quick release as the buckles on your waders. You’d have to wiggle out of the straps. Safety is a primary concern so wading in deep water with the backpack is not recommended. The belt pack is removable and can be converted to a chest pack, which is more suitable for deep wading.

April 07, 2016 at 02:04 PM

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