William Joseph at Big Y


Each year at Big Y we strive to bring our customers what we think are the best products possible. In order for us to add a new line of products the company has to provide something that our customers wouldn't be able to find else where. Things we look for are price, service and innovation. When looking at William Joseph products it is hard to find a company that creates some of the most innovative packs, vests and carrying cases targeted towards fly fishermen and women. While their products do tend to be on the more expensive side of things, we believe that the innovation, care, and quality of materials they put into their products are well worth it. In this blog we will go over some of the more outstanding William Joseph products we brought in this year. For a full list of their products available at Big Y please visit our website or click here.

When new products arrive at the shop we tend to tear through the boxes like a little kid on Christmas morning. The first item that caught our eye when going through our first William Joseph order was this pack. It wasn't the color, or the craftsmanship, or even the fact that it was a pack and vest in one. It was the thought William Joseph put into the ventilated the back. Our home river being the Deschutes there are many summers we find ourselves hiking through this 100 plus degree canyon with our fishing gear, spare clothes, water, sunscreen, snacks, etc all packed on to our backs. No matter what you do by the time you get to your next fishing spot your pack and shirt are drenched with sweat. The way W.J. ventilated this pack is unlike anything we have seen before, and what we believe is a true solution to the sweat problem. The use of mesh pulled tightly over a concave frame keeps this pack completely off your back. Not only adding comfort and keeping bulking items from stabbing you in the back, put also drastically increasing the airflow. Combine this with a removable chest pack, full weight bearing waist belt, pockets, loops, pouches, and clips for just about every gadget imaginable you get one of the nicest fly fishing packs on the market. If you find yourself fishing in a lot of 80 plus degree weather and hiking between spots, then this pack is a must for you. 

 If you consider William Joseph's Coastal Chest Pack to be angled toward the avid backpacking fisherman, this pack is definitely angled toward the fly fisherman/woman. While it does come with a lot of the the same features as the Coastal Pack, they did cut down on some of the backpacking features to allow for a more friendly fly fishing pack. So what's the same? The W.J. craftsmanship, an Airtrack suspension system (not the same as the Coastal Pack, however, does provide lots of air flow), and a removable front vest. Now how is this pack angled toward fly fishing? First off is the front, made to mimic most vest styles, this pack comes with a full zippered front and three main pouches per side. Secondly is the built in zinger, loops, pouches, and pockets W.J. really went all out on this pack making sure every gadget and tool had a place.  Finally, in my opinion the coolest feature, the first two pouches on either side of the vest are zipper free! W.J. achieved this by adding magnet strips in place of zippers. As we all have probably experienced on the water, fumbling around trying to hold a rod and your vest down with one hand, and jiggling a zipper with the other, this vest takes all that frustration away. Simply pull on one of the loops and you quickly gain access to your split shot, fly box, or whatever else you need without the hassle of a stuck zipper. Needless to say if you curse your zippers for making you drop your prized fly box or gadget in the river to be lost forever, then you need this vest.

 If you do a lot of winter fishing, or a lot of overnighter floating trips then check this guy out. Loaded with features to make things easier for cold hands. William Joseph uses their no zipper system on the front of this vest. Double zingers right on top making it easy to find your nippers and/or forceps. The front pouch has a built in tippet holder or T.C.S. making storing and access tippet extremely easy. The second pouch has a built in fly patch and a bottle holder, allowing you to quickly change and dress your favorite flies. The back of the vest has three zipper pockets for storing items you don't need to access as often. What we truly love about this vest is it's simplicity and expandability. Fishing a spot your not totally confident you can stay your ground, or want to really bundle up during the winter? Loosen the side straps on this baby and throw a life jacket underneath, or that extra layer of fleece to keep you warm. It's easy pull over design allows you to jump out of the boat rip it over your head throw out a few casts, then when your done rip it off and get down the river. As we all know the summer often ends to soon and winter days are to short, so when time is of the essence make sure to rock a Confluence.
Last but not least is the Access Pack, this is your neckvest on steroids. If your the kind of person that likes to keep things as minimal, simplistic, and functional as possible then this is the pack for you. Built in loops, forceps pockets, zinger, fly patch, bottle holder and a Tippet Control System all combined into a 768 cubic inch chest pack. William Joseph really kept convenience in mind when making this. It contains 3 zippered pockets all of which fold down into a nice workstation. The first pocket contains your Tippet Control System, the second contains the fly patch and the third is lined with mesh pockets to hold your favorite accessories. As you can see the guys at W.J. built this to allow a person to add tippet, then a fly, then split shot or floatant. As they say everything has a place, and station in this case. Additionally there is a expandable pouch with forceps pockets and a bottle holder making removing flies and dressing flies a breeze.

When you get into a brand like William Joseph they say your not just paying a product but a lifestyle. After looking at these packs it is clear why. These aren't packs that are not going to wear out in a season or even in five seasons; these packs are built to last. Everything from the zipper placement to the stitching is made with the thought of durability, access, and most importantly the fisherman in mind. You back this with their amazing lifetime unconditional warranty and your not only paying for a vest, your buying a one that will last you a lifetime and then some.

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