September 19th, 2005
The Premiere OnLine Magazine for the Fly Fishing Enthusiast.
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While both the top and the longjohn bottoms are well made, this in itself does not set the PFG offering apart from the products by a number of other brands, the more than reasonable retail price of $20 for either top or bottoms certainly does. Superb value for money!
Chota CVX100 Deluxe Wading Jacket (http://www.chotaoutdoorgear.com/CyberMerchant/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=81)
This item appealed to me due to a single rather unique feature which added extra value to this high end, high price ($290) wading jacket.
One of my pet peeves while fishing in the rain, hood up, is that turning one's head one generally ends up half blinded as the hood will not turn with the head. Chota has overcome this in a very elegant and innovative manner, as can be seen in action on the above image.
Loon Outdoors Marsupial Stripping Basket (http://www.loonoutdoors.com/loongear.php)
This cleverly designed stripping basket combines light weight, generous size, very compact storage. It can be worn collapsed without being (much) in one's way, and folded out for use the moment it is needed. Excellent stuff!
And on the subject of excellent stuff: The pink chest pack seen on the image above is one of two packs in this somewhat unconventional color available from Loon Outdoors dedicated to Casting for the Cure, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in support of breast cancer research and rehabilitation. Excellent stuff squared!
Bite Troutstream wading sandals (http://www.biteshoes.com/fishing/styles/3915a.htm)
Summer fishing on many streams invites wet wading, but to date I was never very happy with the wading sandals offerings. While there are several sandals on the market which function reasonably well, none I have tried to date offered me a good combination of traction and toe protection. The Bite Troutstream ($70) covers both areas with the high grade felt sole patches and the sturdy toe guard.
TyGer leader (www.tygerleader.com)
This nylon coated braided stainless steel leader material comes in a range of sizes, from spidery .006" 2 lbs all the way up to .037" 120 lbs. Designed for use for the fishing for toothy critters, in both freshwater and the salt, this remarkable leader material is surprisingly supple and can accept most kinds of knots we associate with mono leaders. However, the really cool thing is the ease with which bulletproof loops can be fashioned.
"Simply loop the material, and introduce some twist, locking the parallel strands together. Next fuse the twisted strands with the use of a lighter flame. (see illustration)"
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