How I Made My Own Canvas Backpack

Ok fine! You got me! My mother-in-law helped do the stitching. 

Now that credit has been given, lets talk about the pack. If you have been following our blog or Facebook Page then you are most likely aware of our robbery incident about 6 months or so ago. I was going to do a video on it, but I decide to make you guys read for once.

Ok, long story short. I got robbed. Well, more like me and my friend got robbed while exploring the caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We went out in the kayak and people broke into our truck. They got a few fly rods and reels and all my go pro gear. But most importantly, they got my Osprey Exos 58 backpack and all my backpacking gear.

Since then, I have been on the ‘broke bench’ and haven’t been able to replace much of the gear. So, I decided to build a backpack from scratch.

Luckily, my mother-in-law knows a thing or two about sewing. FYI…I highly recommend getting yourself a mother in law that knows how to sew.

Anyway. We headed out to some fabric stores in San Ramon, Costa Rica, picked out some canvas and got to work. I knew I wanted a simple design that would allow me to carry roughly 50 liters worth of gear and two sleeves for rod tubes on the exterior.

After cutting out the pieces we stitched them together. I took some straps from a torn up daypack that my brother had left here, and added a drawstring at the top of the pack. Simple of sure, but pretty rad.

Lastly, I took some sharpies and went to town. I drew a bunch of flies and fly fishing related garbage on it, added a few bible references for all the other wonderers out there, and called it quits.

I still have a few more additions to the pack to be made. I plan on adding a flap to cover the top and do a few extra drawings to fill in some space.

Thats all folks. Thanks for reading.

Keep your hearts right, and your lines tight!

Capt. Jesse Males

 

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of backwaterflyfishing.com as well as our online fly shop, backwaterflies.com. The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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