Questions? Here are answers to our most commonly asked questions. Feel free to contact us if you have any others. 

Why are our bags right or left specific?

While our Cameron Side Bag is symmetrical, the Elkhorn Side Bag is not.

The Elkhorn has two side pockets — one is a pocket for a water bottle or miscellaneous items; the other is an open bottom pocket that serves as a slot to put the handle of your net. The bag is assembled so that when hanging at your side, the water bottle pocket faces forward, towards the front of your body, and the net slot faces rearward. This ensures that the net is always at your back and isn't in the way of your arms at all. This means that we need to know what side you want your Elkhorn to hang on.

Additionally, our Creel Strap is not ambidextrous. So whether you are ordering a Cameron or an Elkhorn, if you want a Creel Strap you need to choose a side. Here's why:

The creel strap has an additional that chest strap wraps from behind, goes under your arm and attaches to the D ring on your chest. The side that your bag will hang on determines what arm the chest strap will go under and the strap must be assembled accordingly.

What side should I choose for my side bag?

Emerger Fly Fishing | What side should you choose for my fly fishing side bag?

Choose "right" if you want your bag hanging under your right arm, and "left" for left arm. There is no best way to carry the side bag. Choose whichever side is most comfortable. Your side bag can be pushed completely behind you if you wish and therefore has no impact on your casting, regardless of which side you choose or which arm you cast with.

Our advice is to think through the mechanics of how you fish. How do you fight and land a fish? When you are tying on a new fly or rig, how to you hold your fly rod? What arm do you tuck your rod under? What hand do you use to access the inside of your current bag or gear? These questions might help inform which side you might find to be the most comfortable and convenient for you.

Why use traditional materials?

  1. We love the aesthetic. Waxed canvas, leather and brass look awesome. Fly fishing is unique in that it is both a sport and and art form, so we choose materials that have a very classic, traditional and romantic look that newer materials tend to lack. 
  2. These material have stood the test of time. They are highly durable and should last years and years. Our goal was to design products that you can pass down to your children, and these materials have a reputation for lasting that long.
  3. Your gear becomes a part of who you are over time. Waxed canvas and leather age similarly. They patina as the get worn, and tend to break in rather than break down. The leather breaks in and fits to you. As the canvas softens up, your side bag will fit to you, it will mold to match how you carry it, and what you carry in it. It becomes your partner on the water, matching your hairs and routines. So the more you use it, it ceases to be just gear. It becomes personal. 

Are your bags waterproof?

Our bags are water-resistant, but not waterproof.

Waxed canvas and other similar products, like oil cloth, are not simply coated with wax. Instead, the fibers themselves are impregnated with waxes or oils through a long process. The result is a fabric that is actually bonded to wax all the way through. This makes it highly water repellent, but not waterproof. Rain will bead up and run right off of waxed canvas, snow will sit and eventually melt. Occasionally under extremely heavy rain or snow conditions, or hours of prolonged exposure to rain or snow, some moisture can soak into the canvas, but this is minimal.

You can wade into deeper spots and have the bottom of the bag sitting in the water and it will take a bit of time for water to begin to soak through. Most anglers will cinch up their straps to raise their bags a bit higher if they plan on spending extended amounts of time standing in deep water. But you can feel confident that your bag will keep water out as you wade across deeper sections.

Our zippers are the biggest area for water to enter our bags. We use heavy duty YKK brass zippers. They are tough, and because they are brass, they do not rust or corrode from exposure to water. But the teeth are not tight enough to keep water out. In heavy rain or snow, you may notice a bit of moisture get into the bag, but this is minimal. However, if you dunk your bag over the zippers, water will get into your bag. This is the most common reason for water getting into a bag.

We tell angers that you can feel confident that the interior of your bag should remain mostly dry. However, as always if you are wading with anything that you don’t want to get wet (phones, cameras, etc) these should be in a water proof case or pouch. Regardless of water repellency or waterproofness in a product, this is a good practice to protect your gear when on the water.

Do you accept custom orders?

Yes, we do accept custom orders. The cost and time it takes to fulfill a custom order varies depending on what your needs are, materials needed and how busy we are with our standard products. Email us your idea. We’d love to work with you. 

Are our products made in the USA?

All of our products are designed and assembled in the United States. Much of our materials are made in the United States, but not all. We take pride in being able to do all of our production in the US and are committed to continuing this as we grow. But we are are also committed to quality. If we can find the highest quality materials here in the United States, we will use them. But if a product requires a quality that can only be found in materials made outside of the US, we will source from there under the condition that it comes from a place where, to the best of our knowledge, fair labor and wages practices are observed.

What is your return policy and warranty policy?

We have two goals: that you will absolutely love our gear and that our gear will last you for life. We stand behind our products and our craftsmanship 100% and we want to hear from you if you have issues.


If for any reason you get our gear and decide you don’t like it, you have 30 days to return it as long as it is in relatively the same condition is was when you purchased it. We realize you may take it out once or twice and use it. How else are you going to know whether you like it? Just don’t bury it in mud or take it for a swim in the river. We will inspect the gear and if we feel it is still in reasonable condition, we will refund you 100% of your purchase.


Every piece of gear is touched by only two sets of hands, so we are intimately familiar with each one and we stand behind our quality. But if for any reason your gear fails because of an issue with materials or craftsmanship (barring stupid things like setting a product on fire or shooting holes in it, etc), we will do what is necessary to make it right. Whether that is a repair or a replacement. Please contact us if you have any issues.