Great Gear for March

Great Gear for March

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CLOUDVEIL
Hellroaring Wading Pant
This slick pant breeches the gap between wet wading and full-on wadered-up debilitation. Basically, if you don’t need to wade to your elbows these Hellroaring pants should make your day more comfortable. And these waders are built to last—lower legs are constructed with Cloudveil’s proprietary five-layer Emergence Wading fabric, which prevents punctures while insulating; four-layer Emergence Wading fabric is used above the knees for comfort. In addition, the inseam is set 1.5 inches behind where a traditional inseam would reside so the Hellroaring, basically, has no inseam, a traditional trouble spot with waders. These waders also offer anatomically correct left and right neoprene booties, a removable suspender system, belt loops, two front hand pockets and a zipper fly, all with waterproof zippers. And the Hellroaring Wading Pant comes with gravel guards made with four-layer Emergence Wading fabric with a hidden drawcord that cinches those guards at the boot. Step into the Hellroaring Wading Pant, which retails for $250, and say hello to all-day comfort. www.cloudveil.comGreg Thomas

AIRFLO
Two Hand Multi-Tip Fly Line
As Spey-rod popularity continues to grow, a host of new specialty Spey lines, developed by great anglers, are hitting the market. The Airflo Delta taper is one of those sweet offerings. Designed by Dec Hogan and Tim Rajeff, the mint-green Delta offers a smooth forward taper that punches through the wind and allows long casts when needed. In addition, the 55-foot head hosts heavy-duty loops that allow quick, solid switching of sink tips when conditions dictate a change. Overall, the Delta taper allows for super-tight loops and shoots line beautifully. The Multi Tip package offers anglers floating, Intermediate, Type 3 and Type 6 tips. With that variety anglers may place flies in front of fish in a range of conditions and at long distances, any time of the year; $149.95. www.rajeffsports.comGreg Thomas

DR. SLICK
Split Shot Clamp
Your dentist has told you repeatedly: No crimping or clamping split shot on your leader with your teeth. The day has finally come when you can comply, thanks to the Split Shot Clamp by Dr. Slick. Purveyors of fine fly-tying cutlery, Dr. Slick jointly designed the clamp with Tim Tollet of Frontier Anglers in Dillon, Montana. The clamp has an anvil triangle jaw on one side and recessed indentions on the other side. Simply put the shot into one of the indentations and close the anvil jaw until the split shot spreads open and drops off; use the tips of the tool to attach shot. Get the clamp in gold loop or black-oxidized finishes; $16. drslick.com

PATAGONIA
Guidewater Waders
Patagonia’s new Guidewater Waders are notable in a number of respects. The 3-layer twill-woven polyester shell balances toughness and puncture resistance with light weight by using different fabric thicknesses in low- and high-wear areas. The waist-mounted suspenders allow for quick waist-high conversion and attach to the uppers with a thermoplastic post-and-slot connection that is faster and simpler to use than metal snaps. Integral gravel guards are reinforced with heavy-duty fabric in the scuff zones to reduce wear. But the most innovative feature is merino wool woven into the facing material of the neoprene to form a gridlike pattern on the inside of the bootie. The result, according to Patagonia, is a 3mm bootie with 5mm warmth but without the bulk and weight. At the same time, air circulation around the feet is improved for comfort in summertime use; $425.
www.patagonia.com. —Ted Leeson

FISHPOND
Dakota Carry-On Rod and Reel Case
Don’t think that fishpond’s new Dakota Carry-On is just for overhead rod storage during commercial plane flights. Instead, this solidly built case is equally handy for keeping gear safe while drifting down a river or flying in a cramped de Havilland. Constructed with rugged 1680 ballistic nylon and a molded, waterproof hard bottom, the case protects up to four four-piece rods and provides interior dividers where anglers may store nine reels with space leftover for a couple fly boxes and, possibly, a flask. The case comes with a removable padded shoulder strap for easy movement in the airport, plus a solid carry handle for handing off in a boat or floatplane. In addition, there are three mesh interior, zippered pockets, perfect for leaders, tippet spools, licenses and notebooks. Three laminated, see-through and spill-proof exterior pockets provide great storage for keys, airline tickets, and mobile phones, if you break down and bring that debilitating BlackBerry on a fishing trip. My suggestion: pay $159 for a Dakota Carry-On and leave the phone at home.
www.fishpondusa.com —Greg Thomas

FISHPOND
Dakota Carry-On Rod and Reel Case
Don’t think that fishpond’s new Dakota Carry-On is just for overhead rod storage during commercial plane flights. Instead, this solidly built case is equally handy for keeping gear safe while drifting down a river or flying in a cramped de Havilland. Constructed with rugged 1680 ballistic nylon and a molded, waterproof hard bottom, the case protects up to four four-piece rods and provides interior dividers where anglers may store nine reels with space leftover for a couple fly boxes and, possibly, a flask. The case comes with a removable padded shoulder strap for easy movement in the airport, plus a solid carry handle for handing off in a boat or floatplane. In addition, there are three mesh interior, zippered pockets, perfect for leaders, tippet spools, licenses and notebooks. Three laminated, see-through and spill-proof exterior pockets provide great storage for keys, airline tickets, and mobile phones, if you break down and bring that debilitating BlackBerry on a fishing trip. My suggestion: pay $159 for a Dakota Carry-On and leave the phone at home. www.fishpondusa.comGreg Thomas

ECOTEMP
Trouter
Swisher and Richards point out in their classic Selective Trout that a trout’s metabolism begins to peak when the water temperature hits 50 degrees. However, a quick dip of the index finger will not tell us that magic number; we need a thermometer. But we’re back to finger testing when the thermometer falls out of a vest pocket, unclips from a D-ring or, more likely, we simply fumble the thing in numb fingers. (I always seem to drop the thermometer, more than nippers, clippers or tippet spools.) Eco-Temp has introduced a klutz-proof thermometer, the Trouter, with an adhesive back that sticks to waders or a landing-net handle and has an easy-to-read thermochromic liquid-crystal display strip (no glass or mercury involved). Apply the nifty, foam-bodied strip and focus on the fishing, not safe-keeping the thermometer; $18. Ecotemp.net—Joe Healy

 

WILLIAM JOSEPH
Mag Series
In one of the most innovative ideas for the new season, William Joseph developed an ingenious closure system for the Mag Series of tackle packs. The Zip-No equipped pockets and compartments are built with a rope-like extrusion of rare-earth magnets around the entire perimeter that eliminate zippers, which can snag and jam, and hook-and-loop fasteners that are easily contaminated and lose their grip. These magnetic closures offer true one-hand operation—just pull open the pocket lid; when you’ve got what you need, the lid practically draws itself closed and snaps shut on its own. It’s fast and simple to use, produces a seal between the pocket and pack that is highly water resistant, and never weakens, fatigues or wears out. Best of all, the closure is impressively secure and keeps tackle where it belongs. The Mag Series contains two chest packs, a fanny pack and a boat bag. From $69 to $284. www.williamjoseph.netT.L.