Then last month I decided to attempt a week-long bonefishing trip with nothing more than a carry-on bag. I went rummaging through the ziploc storage, but they were all full of year-old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches I made last time I thought a zombie invasion was imminent. And I’d already calculated that I needed somewhere north of 2,000 cubic inches anyway.
After several vain attempts to assemble a custom duffle out of a half-dozen tall kitchen garbage bags, Aqua Seal, duct tape, and superconducting magnets, I perused several online catalogs for something that might fill the void. The Fishpond Prairie Grass Kit Bag, at a 2,600 cu.in. capacity and measuring just 18″ x 12″ x 13″ seemed like the perfect solution. I could cram it full of Ibuprofen, Alka Seltzer, and Emergen-C and still make it by the gate agent. Hopefully.
As the saying goes, a bad day fishing is still better than a good day working. In this case I was being forced to do both, but the Prairie Grass Kit Bag did not fail. I got everything I needed into it, and even wound up bringing home two unworn t-shirts. I was a little underpowered as content creation goes (the iPad still has a long way to go in the productivity department), but I brought way too many flies, one too many lines, and seeing as I’m not all that fond of barracuda stealing entire rigs (even if somebody else’s fly is on the end) I probably could have left another reel at home too.
In other words, this bag did it’s job and then some. And while I’m not big on fancy accessories – no wanna-be dreg of fly-fishing society should be – there’s nary a snowball’s chance in hell I’m going to part with this puppy.
What features solidified this bag as a keepsake? Well I’ll tell you…
- The easily accessible side compartments for storing the vast array of electronics that all travelers are forced to purchase at Best Buy hours before their trips (and that the TSA wants easy access to)
- The easily removable, clear toiletries bag full of shampoos and cosmetics and such that every person except a bald man going on a fishing trip needs (and that the TSA wants presented in full view)
- The bag’s overall size, which when stuffed to the gills with flies, reels, and seven changes of underwear spare fly lines still fits (snugly) in perpetually shrinking airliner overhead compartments
- The hinged zippered top, which made it easy to access the goods within without wrinkling the silk smoking jacket I wore to the Slack Tide each evening
Will I be replacing my standard plastic bucket for hauling sloppy wet, eColi-infested carping boots around? Probably not, even though the bag could easily handle it. But the Prairie Grass Kit Bag is now definitely my go-to piece of luggage for overnight, even multi-night, trips where I can save $50 bucks in baggage check fees and at least appear like I’m a productive member of society.
MG signing off (to plan another minimalist trip, safe in the presumption that I won’t need any superconducting magnets)
FTC Disclosure: The bag was provided at no charge, but with no obligation to write a review on it either.