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    Default William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    Looking at the above packs.Had the Waterdance which i should have kept.Had a confluence which i didn't get along with so any thoughts on the above packs?pluses or minuses.Apart from the cost!

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    I have a Surge - excellent piece of kit and a very thoughtful design. The mag closure is very secure, too. Zips seem old tech in comparison.

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    Thanks for that

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    Quote Originally Posted by bonefishblues View Post
    I have a Surge - excellent piece of kit and a very thoughtful design. The mag closure is very secure, too. Zips seem old tech in comparison.
    I see the surge is a fair bit heavier.Did you find it noticeable?

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    No not really. The hipbelt is very comfortable and it sits nicely. You also get a neck strap to use it as a chest pack.

    Sounds daft but having the mag closure means I can use it whilst it's behind me so I just snug it up when I get out of the boat and forget about it.

    If you're the type of person who likes a pocket for everything individually then get the Fishpond but I'm really happy with my Surge - and I've had a few different ones!

    Cheapest I know is 75 quid at pecheur.com, which is a bargain (they misdescribe it in the listings BTW)

    HTH

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    Would be a bargain if the site would recognise my postcode

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    I've ordered from them so they are bona fide. Worth mailing them (but they will take a while to reply, from experience!)

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    Hi,

    For anyone interested in Fishpond it´s worth knowing that they´re going to update a lot of their packs and vests at the start of November - they´re going to be using their new recycled material ( supposedly more durable) and putting on rubberised, highly water resistant zips. They´re also releasing some new stuff as well.

    Might be worth waiting until then as the older models will go on sale, or you can go for some of the new stuff. There´s nothing worse than paying full whack for something only for it to go on sale a month later ( I know from experience)...


    Cheers,

    Damian F

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    Hi guys

    Resurrecting this old thread, has anyone got any additional thoughts for a decent waist pack - for flats and reef fishing? The William Joseph sounds amazing. BBB - it sounds perfect for bones on the flats but will it withstand a few big waves crashing onto it in GT territory - will the magnetic closures stand up to that? I'd hate to see a couple of flyboxes floating away.

    Also are there any metal parts (in the WJ of Fishbone pack) as the zips (the pull part not the teeth) on my current one are now corroding.

    Finally is there anyway of carrying a made up second rod on these packs (and still cast with the first rod)? And if not what is the best pack for doing so?

    As you can tell Xmas is coming and I wouldn't want her to get it wrong!

    Thanks to all in anticipation.

    Simon

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    Default Re: William Joseph Mag Surge or fishpond waterdance

    Yes the Surge will take just about anything you throw at it - there aren't any moving parts, and nothing made of metal.

    The mag. closure is excellent, really strong and, in my experience (4 trips?) waterproof - as in, no water inside at all. If you were nervous, you could mount it as a chest pack.

    In fact the only issue I've had is when deep wading across a channel I had to take it off and sling it across my shoulder as the ****** was overbalancing me because it was so buoyant

    I may have said this before, perhaps on this thread, but I honestly can't think of another piece of kit I use for fishing that is as well designed for its purpose.

    Could you carry a rod on it? Yep, I reckon so, with a bit of fiddling. A couple of ways - either use the elastic bungees at either side designed to hold bottles in the pockets, and strap it across the top using these (probably the most elegant solution). Alternatively perhaps use a length of velcro attached to the wide rear carry loop around the handle of lower section of your rod, perhaps?

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