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Best Waterproof Duffel Bags

Whether you’re planning your next float trip, a fishing trip of a lifetime, or venturing into the wilderness, a waterproof duffel bag is worth considering. There is nothing more frustrating than your getting damp on the first day of the trip and it persistently stays that way for your duration. 

Waterpoof Duffel Bags can be classified into different types:

The first duffel is called a roll top duffel bag, meaning a waterproof bag with an opening at the top that rolls, folds down and buckles, protecting your gear from any kind of harsh weather. While the roll top cannot be fully submerged under water, it still possesses excellent waterproof capabilities. ReelFlyRod carries both submersible backpack roll-tops and duffels as well. While we only have one roll-top duffel model available, check out some of our other models in roll-top backpacks.

The second type of waterproof duffel bag is called a submersible duffel bag. This duffel can be completely submerged underwater while keeping your contents completely dry, thanks to the waterproof material and zippers they use. We’ll start with the roll-top duffel.

Fishpond Roll-Top Duffel Bag

Price: $199.95

Capacity: 45L

Fishpond Thunderhead Roll Top Duffel

Fishpond has excelled over the years at making a variation of packs and bags both waterproof and water resistant. Made from the same 900D TPU coated NewStream fabric used in the Submersible duffel, the Fishpond Thunderhead Roll-top Duffel Bag will keep your essential gear perfectly dry. The roll-top feature opens at the top of the duffel and rolls and folds down and is secured by two straps that cinch down over the roll-top enclosure. This bag features four heavy duty tie down points for any boat, vessel, or cargo frames along with welded tabs for attaching rod tubes and/or gear straps (sold separately). The adjustable and removable shoulder strap makes for a comfortable carry wherever you’re heading. While the roll-top bags cannot be fully submerged in water, the bag can still withstand the harshest weather that will be thrown at you. 

ReelFlyRod: Thunderhead Roll-Top Duffel

Simms G3 Guide Z Duffel Bag

Price: $299.95

Capacity: 60L

If there’s a manufacturer that knows something about producing waterproof gear, it’s Simms. Known for some of the best waterproof waders in the industry, their success carries over to their packs, bags, and duffels. The G3 Guide Z Waterproof Duffel Bag features the TRU Zip zipper that guarantees you can fully submerse the duffel while keeping your contents completely dry. The duffel features adjustable and removable padded shoulder straps which make this 60L bag comfortable and easy to carry even while packed to max capacity. Welded with straps on each side for a two-person carry, along with water resistant pockets for accessories and small storage.

Simms G3 Guide Z Duffel Bag Simms G3 Guide Z Duffel Bag

Patagonia Guidewater Duffel

Price: $399.00

Capacity: 80L

Patagonia Guidewater Duffel - Pigeon Blue

The Patagonia Guidewater Duffel 80L is a new model duffel and rework of the popular Stormsurge Duffel, which was a waterproof, but not submersible duffel bag. The Guidewater Duffel is fully submersible because of the new high tech waterproof zippers. With an incredible capacity of 80L, the Guidewater can hold just about any amount of gear, while ensuring a comfortable hold even at max capacity. Made from 100% recycled material, this bag features attachment points on the outside for additional bags, a fly rod, or other accessories, while having organizational pockets inside the bag.

ReelFlyRod: Patagonia Guidewater Duffel 80L

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Duffel

Price & Capacity:

39L $299.95

100L $399.95

The thunderhead submersible duffel comes from the submersible line of waterproof backs, ranging from sling packs, backpacks, to the submersible duffel. Available in the 39L and the large 100L! there’s a duffel for everyone. Made from recycled nylon, this is another waterproof duffel bag capable of being completely submerged in water while keeping your contents completely dry. This bag is made for the outdoor enthusiast, the day-to-day angler and travel junkie. The 39L bag is the ideal size for a typical carry-on and great for any circumstance where keeping your contents dry is a must. Shielded by a waterproof and self-healing TRU Zip zipper, the main compartment offers plenty of room for a weekend’s worth of clothes and gear. Daisy chains are located on the outside of the bag for accessory attachments and other gear.

ReelFlyRod: Thunderhead Submersible Duffel Bag


With a wide range of capacity and pricing, there’s a waterproof duffel bag for any adventure. Each duffel is produced from some of the best waterproof technology out there, so you’re guaranteed to love whichever duffel you choose. It’s important to note some of the features on each duffel and select the perfect waterproof duffel for your circumstances.

Whether it’s a float trip, or a weekend adventure into the great outdoors, or any situation battling the elements, these waterproof duffels have you and your gear covered. The durability of each of these duffels will last you years to come and could quite possibly be the last waterproof bag you purchase.

Contact us here at the shop about shipping, inventory stock, colors, or any other questions you may have at 937-434-8472 or shoot us a quick email at [email protected].

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