In all reality a Buff is one of the most underrated pieces of sun protection that you can possibly have. This simple tube of fabric can be used so many different ways. A Buff is a staple in my fishing pack and can be used in all situations from high temps on the flats to the snowy conditions at altitude. For those who have never seen or heard of this product I would urge you to check them out, your face and neck will thank you later! For more information click HERE.
One of my favorite new pieces of equipment is my Hydro Flask. I, like most outdoors people, get thirsty on my adventures. I always bring plenty of water with me the problem is that when I arrive back at my vehicle it is less than refreshing having sat in the sun all day. Hydro Flask has solved this problem with a whole line of products that will keep your beverages cold all day.
I know you might be saying, it’s just another water bottle, I did myself, but when I saw the Growler Sized Hydro Flask I thought I would give it a try. The results: amazing! I have come back to my vehicle after a day of fishing to find my Hydro Flask too hot on the outside to hold but when I take a drink, whatever the beverage, it is still ice cold! Now I have several at home, in the vehicle, even at work.
The other really cool thing is that the insulated walls are much thinner than any other insulated product I have ever come across so Hydro Flask is much less bulky and will accommodate much more liquid.
The pros are simple: Superior insulation for long term cooling, variety of sizes & colors, variety of tops to suit your preferences
The cons are much harder to find. I do find that I “need” more of the bigger sizes. Having cool beverages around I am much more inclined to drink so I run out when I use the smaller Hydro Flasks
On a scale of 1-5, I would definitely give all the Hydro Flask products I own an emphatic 5!
You don’t need to take only my word for it; I have yet to find a person who owns a Hydro Flask that has anything bad to say. Most are just happy to know at the end of the days there will be something cold waiting for them before the drive home.
To check out the rest of the Hydro Flask Line Click Here
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The Simms Taco Bag can really be described in one word. Simplicity. The bag can be unzipped and laid on the ground in a large circle (a proverbial wader bag tortilla) to provide an excellent place to stand when getting in your waders at the beginning of the day. When the time has come to call it quits the design of the taco bag keeps your wet boots and waders from dripping into the interior of your car.
- The mesh vents at the top of the bag help to prevent mold and mildew buildup.
- The 40”x 20” dimensions are large enough to hold at least two sets of waders and boots
- Price: At 29.95 this bag is an affordable solution for anglers looking for inexpensive wader storage.
- Since the bag has no sections it is hard to keep dry gear separated from wet gear.
- Once zipped up the inside of the bag tends to get quite dirty from the waders themselves. However if you are diligent in cleaning your gear this does not really make a difference.
Overall this bag cannot be beat for anglers who are looking for a simple and practical way for storing waders and other wet gear. This is just another example of why Simms is considered one of the best when it comes to fly fishing equipment.
The Umpqua Magnum Midge Fly Box is one of my new favorite fly boxes to own. Its slim design is nice so you can stuff more boxes in your pack. This box has so many slits in the foam it’s hard to fill the box up with all your small dries. This box has 2 large magnet spots to through your old flies or really small flies that you can’t pick up out of the foam.
The pros to this box is simple. Thin, see through sides, Zerust strips, water proof, magnets, and its fly capacity.
The cons to this box is I don’t own more of them. I haven’t found any cons to this box yet, other than if I get another one I would like to buy it in other colors to tell the two apart from just looking in my pack.
I would give this box a 5 out of 5 because for a small dry fly box, or very small nymphs, and emergers. This is the box to own.
Once you own this box look into the other great Umpqua boxes they have to offer for every combination you can think of.
We only had a short time to spend with these new rods, but from what we saw…we were very much impressed. Our first thoughts were, “Oh great, another sloppy, slower action rod” and boy were we wrong. With the new Konnetic technology, these are crisp, smooth, full flexing beautiful fly rods. When we picked up the 5wt, we thought for sure that it was a 3wt because it was so light in hand and the diameter of the blank was so narrow. We are excited to get these rods in and available to you!
Sage posted a nice article about them and an accompanying video:
If you’re a devotee of the casting nuances of the slow action fly rod, a student of its historic ties to our sport, or just like the thrill of moving in close to actively feeding fish, consider our new CIRCA rod a reward for your years of dedication.
But be warned: the CIRCA does not mimic the type of slow action that has so far defined the category – overly soft, willowy and flat. Instead, thanks to Konnetic technology’s ability to compact and align more carbon fibers into a smaller diameter blank, we were able to design a radically narrow taper throughout the length of the rod, resulting in consistently slow, yet responsive action from butt to tip. Our new CIRCA rod is a technologically advanced slow-action fly rod that honors your slower, more deliberate casting style, yet is every bit a Sage. Read more…
As many anglers know Simms Fishing Products makes a wide variety of high quality products. The Simms Guide Wading Boot is no exception. As a person that has a difficult time walking as it is wading can be a challenge for me. Having a boot that can give me the optimal mix of support, traction and comfort is paramount.
The Guide Boot is an excellent boot for anglers looking for a little bit more support while wading. The Guides utilize a full Nubuck leather upper that makes them extremely tough and durable. For me one of the most important features of this boot is the molded rubber toe cap. It provides excellent protection from rocks and all other obstacles faced while wading.
- Full Length EVA Midsole for added cushioning
- Molded rubber toe cap for added protection in the toughest of wading conditions
- Molded rubber heel cup design provides excellent ankle support
- Felt and Vibram Streamtread Rubber Soles to meet the needs of any angler
- The Nubuck leather makes these boots on the heavier side weighing in at over 4lbs
- Brass hardware utilized within the lacing system will, over time, wear out laces
- Leather within the boot does not dry quickly. These boots will stay wet longer than other boots.
This boot has become a favorite of not only me but a majority of the staff here at Fishwest. This boot provides just the right amount of support, cushioning and traction. Overall these boots have so far withstood the test of time for this unsteady angler.
The Simms Dry Creek Tech Pouch is simply a glorified zip-lock bag…or is it??? This little bag is made of durable waterproof material and includes features like a zip-lock AND roll-top closure to insure that the belongings inside stay dry. The cord allows it to be worn around your neck or tethered to a larger bag (or boat, etc).
The nature of the sport we love is that we are around water. It doesn’t matter where you fish…high elevation trout, Pacific Northwest steelhead or tropical saltwater destinations. You can and will get wet. We also carry expensive electronics, ie- smart phones, GPS units, etc. The Simms Dry Creek Tech Pouch is a simple and cost-effective way to protect these items while still being able to keep them with you while you fish.
When traveling abroad, I keep three things with me at all times; my money clip, my cell phone and my passport. These are not items that I am going to be leaving in my hotel room or anywhere else. On a recent bonefishing trip, we had an incredible amount of rain. It rained almost every day. Using the Tech Pouch, I was able to take those items out on the flats and not once have to worry about them getting wet. The items in the pouch may be the only things that weren’t wet at the end of the day!
- Very light and travels well.
- Clear screen allows you to see whats inside.
- Touch screen on phones will work through the clear screen.
- Neck strap provides little to no padding, but it isn’t too heavy anyway.
The Simms Dry Creek Tech Pouch is a seemingly simple product, but is packed with features and functionality…making it worth its weight in gold.
If you are like me, you hate putting sunscreen on your face. Mostly for the fact that by early afternoon, fishing hard in the hot sun, you sweat and start getting it in your eyes. They burn, they water and become pretty much intolerable. I may have found the solution..
For years while attending different outdoor retailer shows, I have seen this crazy sales guy putting sunscreen in his eyes during demos. I always just shook my head and kept moving. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, while packing for a bonefishing trip I was buying sunscreen and saw the Sol products. I thought, “what the hell, I’ll give it a try.” It turns out it works! I fished six days in the hot Bahamian sun, putting the Sol Bluewater Sunscreen on my face every morning, and not once did I have any irritation from sunscreen in my eyes. So, now I am a believer. This isn’t even a product that we sell yet, but trust me…we will.
Product Description (from the Sol website):
Specifically created for those whose love of the water runs deep. In fact, Sol BlueWater has been all-day tested in tropical waters, just like the people who wear it. Sol BlueWater’s ultra low chemical-active formula uses Z-Cote, a powerful, microfine zinc oxide that offers transparent and total protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Its unique fragrance-free, emulsion-loc technology means the sunscreen stays on your skin and out of your eyes. Skin protecting emollients protect your skin from drying, chapping and irritation. Get some sun, but first get some Sol. Extra gentle, formulated for water-sports.
Have any of you used this product? Have you found anything else that doesn’t irritate your eyes?
We know you have a lot to say about fly fishing and a whole lot of topics related to the sport we love. Fly fishing takes us to some of the most beautiful in the world and a lot of fly fishers are also great photographers. Here’s your opportunity to get your thoughts and photos out there – and to a lot of people!
We’re delighted to offer the opportunity to post your thoughts and images. We’re looking for interesting articles that cover anything and everything fly fishing related. Write about some of your travels, show how tie that hot new fly pattern or discuss a technique. If it is interesting to you, it will be interesting to others, probably lots of others.
This is your chance to get something published on a legit fly fishing resource, but if getting published isn’t enough, we are going to sweeten the deal by offering a $50 gift certificate to be used at www.fishwest.com for any submitted articles that we use (see more detail below).
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Most importantly, have fun! We look forward to seeing all your great work.
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