Plano® has long been the industry leader in tackleboxes, soft-storage gear systems and highly versatile StowAway utility boxes. All come together in a single unit for 2011, with even more feature innovations that prove the company understands anglers as well as it does the sport.

New in Plano’s top of the line FTO ELITE™ series are the Hydro-Flo™ tackle storage systems. Designed especially for extreme anglers who hit the water regardless of conditions, Hydro-Flo bags are engineered to keep tackle portable and ready for instant access. And just as important, contents are protected from the elements thanks to durable water resistant materials, multiple pockets and an element cover with easy attach Fidlock™ magnetic buckles.

The Hydro-Flo™ name comes from the system’s unique rigid base engineered to allow water to flow right through regardless of whether it’s coming from the sky, the place being fished or the angler hosing down his gear after a day on the water. The base is impact resistant, and has non-skid rubber feet to keep the bag in place in even the roughest conditions.

There are three sizes of Hydro-Flo bags. Model 4849 measures 21″L x 13″W X 12″H and consists of a vertical rack system that includes three 3750s, one 3701 and one 3724 ProLatch™ StowAway® boxes. Each fits into a sturdy injection molded rack that receives and stores the boxes at a 15-degree angle for gravity-feed ease and secure placement.

Aside from the removable boxes, there’s more storage in the Dual Speed Zip pockets located on the front, back and ends of the bag, plus an integrated and expandable back pocket.

The bag’s main compartment cover also has three side-release buckle tie-down straps on top to secure everything from rain gear to flashlight. The bag also has two retractable tool holders.

The other two sizes of Hydro-Flo models, featuring the same construction materials and convenience of Model 4849, are horizontal-format bags. Model 4848 FTO Extra Large bags measure 21″L x 16.5″W x 12″H. These bags are wider and can accommodate a wide range of tackle storage needs with four standard 3700 series utility boxes, plus two deep and one shallow 3700, all included in this durable storage system.

The third size, Model 4845 FTO, measures 19.5″L x 12.25″W x 12″H and includes three standard and one deep 3700 series utility boxes. The bag looks as good as it functions, with blue, gray and yellow accents.

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