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November 19, 2015









The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing colors, the loon calls are diminishing, but the fish are biting. Fall fishing season is one that we do not take advantage of one bit. We relish in the time of crisp air, hot apple cider beverages, cozy wool blankets, and a fishing rod in our hands. Life by the lake is near perfection.

This year, we have become incredibly close with photographer, Kiley Marissa. She brings a spunk and artistic viewpoint to showcase not only our canvas and leather products, but promote the emotional connection behind the packs. She gets that our goods creates stories and last a lifetime. As we say, “Making memories since 1882″. P.s. check out Kiley’s website HERE

What is your favorite memory on the lake? Is it with your parents when you were a little tyke? Just last week with your beloved? On the water with your granddaddy and you beat him with the bigger fish? Maybe it was the time you didn’t catch a single thing, but laughed the entire time in the cold. Whichever moment you have, we want to be there with you. Check out our Duluth Pack fishing themed products in our retail store or on our website.






Happy fishing, happy memories, and happy shopping!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


August 3, 2015

Does something seem a bit fishy about this post? Perfect.

We’re discussing the concept of gone fishin’ today, folks! Question of the day, where do you go on the open blue? Are you a fly fisher person who thrives on the rivers or more of a the bigger the better kind of water individual? No matter which you choose, boy do you we have the quality products to help you get the big keeper!

So, why would you choose a canvas product rather than nylon near the water? Great question (we hear this often!) . Some interesting information about canvas is that it expands. It’s a material that when it becomes in contact with a liquid, it begins to expand. Is canvas waterproof? No, but why it is a great material when you’re canoeing, hiking, fishing, or just going to work is that it is durable, lasting, quality and efficient, plus if becomes in contact with water, it expands for a time that eliminates water damage or leakage to your safe keepings.

Why doesn’t Duluth Pack work with a nylon material? Sure, it’s lightweight, flexible and eliminates water damage as well. However, we aren’t looking for something that will last you only a year, we’re wanting a product that will withstand every obstacle you go through, your children, their children, and your grandchildren’s children. That’s right, our lifetime guarantee on the bag is that good.

Learn HERE about our Wax Canvas option. May we say, this materials gets SO much better with age!

Now, lets talk tackle and fishing gear!



Pictured above is one option of a perfect fishing go-to handcrafted by Duluth Pack. It’s the Mini Tackle Box. We made a scaled down version of our popular Soft Sided Tackle Box! Take this along when you embark on your yearly fishing trip when you want to pack light. Holds two plastic inner tackle compartments (included) and comes with a shoulder strap. Easy to pack and comes in at only $85.00! Check it out on the Duluth Pack website HERE

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If you want another option with a enough room for your gear plus your child’s and their friend’s, we’ve got you covered! Check out the Duluth Pack Soft-Sided Tackle Box. After spending years on local lakes and rivers using and destroying low quality tackle boxes, the innovative fishermen and fisherwomen at Duluth Pack decided to build a box that would not only withstand years of on and off water abuse, but actually make organizing your gear simpler and more efficient.

• Burly 18-ounce canvas construction.

• Main zippered box holds five plastic inner tackle compartments (included).

• High quality outdoor specific zippers.

• Two zippered front and back pockets and two side slip pockets for organizing your coveted fishing gear.

• Durable cotton webbing handle and shoulder strap.

• Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.

The Duluth Pack Soft-Sided Tackle Box costs $265.00, but will last you your entire fishing life, plus more! Get yours HERE

Happy fishing, everyone!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

Invasive Species in the News

March 7, 2012
Asian Carp leaping in the Mississippi

The Asian invasion has come to Winona, and it is making news.

Seems that commercial fisherman netted a silver carp and a big-head carp last week in the Mississippi River just outside of the city. Both the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the federal government have taken notice of the northern advance of this invasive species. A bill recently introduced by a Minnesota contingent seeks to limit the spread of the Asian carp.

Should these species spread further north they could do great harm to the ecological balance of the river. Silver and big-head carp are nearly insatiable in their consumption of algae and other organisms, which form the base of the food chain. At risk is Minnesota’s multi-billion recreational fishing industry as the carp and sport fish compete for their meals.

Also, in the invasive species news is the discovery and proliferation of zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and 28 other Minnesota Lakes. Waterfront owners have been pressing Minnesota legislators to use a portion of the Clean Water Legacy Fund to fight the spread of the small mussel. The fingernail-sized mussel attaches itself to boats, docks, and water intake systems creating a nuisance and damaging the fish population.

The news of the spread of zebra mussels makes it time to remind boaters to help prevent the spread. When leaving a lake and trailering to another body of water, captains must insure that their boat has been cleaned and dried thoroughly. Boaters must be sure to empty and flush their live-well systems before entering another lake. Fisherman should empty and clean their minnow buckets after a day on the water.

It is up to every boater in Minnesota to help prevent the spread of all invasive species.

The Lowdown, Trip Planning

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Open for Fishing

July 8, 2011
A nice smallie resides in a fly fisherman's net

A nice smallie resides in a fly fisherman's net

In last week’s blog I gave you an update on bear reports coming from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. As of this writing not much has changed, and no new problem bears have been reported. Keep your camp clean, protect your food pack, and all will be good.

Here in Duluth we have one curious bear making news and that is Dylan the Bear out on Park Point. Seems Dylan swam across from Superior, WI sometime in May and has been raiding the local bird feeders. Other than a few upset robins and finches he hasn’t been much trouble. However, there is a live trap set for him in an effort to relocate Dylan to a less residential neck of the woods.

The news I have for you today is two-fold; first, the BWCAW is open and unaffected by the state government shut down in Minnesota. Second, the fish are biting, and it is time to get out on the water. After spending some time roaming around at (that’s where you reserve your BWCAW permit) it is apparent there are still permits to be had for good entry points. Book a permit today, and then choose the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park as your permit issue station.

The bait shops in Grand Marais are reporting that fishing is good in general in the east end of the BWCAW. Walleyes are starting to slow down, but if you know where to find them a shore lunch is in your future. Smallmouth bass are being caught while still in shallow water in the lakes. Fishermen are finding surface lures and very shallow runners are catching these smallies.

The report out of Ely is a little bit different; walleyes are being caught at a pretty good pace in 12 to 18 feet of water. In the evenings they are coming shallower onto structure in the eight-foot range. At the present time anglers seem to be having the best luck with leeches. Smallmouth bass in the Ely area are running a bit deeper than their eastern brothers. Fisherman are catching smallies in five to eight feet of water on Rapalas and other shallow to medium running lures.

If you are a fly fisherman, and would love to see some flies tied this Saturday, July 9, head on over to the Duluth Pack store at 365 Canal Park Drive. EJ from the Great Lake Fly shop will be there from noon to 3:00 p.m. demonstrating his tying abilities with flies and streamers made to entice the big ones. As always there is no charge for the fish stories or other lies told.

Get out there and enjoy the adventure!

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