Summer Buyers Guide Part 2: Hot Tackle for Warm
Weather Fishing (continued)
Apparel - Shirt: Shimano
is best known for their lineup of reels and rods but the company continues
to make inroads with quality soft-goods. Whether you fish once a month or
every other day it is important to protect yourself from harmful solar
ultraviolet radiation and Shimano's new "Long Sleeve Vented Shirt" is
designed to do exactly that.
Apparel - Shirt :
Shimano Long Sleeve Vented Shirt
This shirt is designed to be cool, breathable,
and protect anglers from UVR and has a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor)
of 50+. The shirt is lightweight and dries quickly and features numerous
features that make it good for all weather including mesh vents for
increased airflow and roll up sleeves with tabs to keep them in place when
casting. This shirt retails for $49.99 each and is available at
Tackle Warehouse in both Blue and Khaki colors.
Apparel - Gloves:
A shirt may protect your arms but for complete protection it is important to
get a good pair of gloves for those very bright days. The Glacier Outdoor
Dr. Shade gloves are popular among fly fishermen but many bass anglers are
now finding these gloves are both comfortable and provide plenty of
protection from the sun with a 50+ UPF rating.
Gloves : Glacier Outdoor Dr. Shade Sun Gloves
These fingerless gloves provide anglers with the
dexterity to tie knots and the polyurethane palms provide bassers with a
surprisingly good grip on reels. These gloves retail for a very reasonable
Shade Gloves are light and comfortable and are great for both fly fishing
and bass angling, best of all they retail for only $14.99
Apparel - Sunglasses:
Perhaps no other apparel says "summer" more than a pair of shades. While
there are a lot of choices in optics for anglers Strike King makes a wide
range of sunglasses that retail for extremely aggressive prices from only
$12.99 to $19.99. Strike King's Pro Series is available in sleek looking
frames with blue mirror grey lenses or green mirror lenses. These sunglasses
are lightweight and feel solid unlike many other sunglasses retailing for
sub 20 dollars.
Sunglasses : Strike King Pro Series
They feature a soft rubber nose and rubber
inserts at the temples for comfort. The actual lenses are polarized and
designed to reduce glare and provide improved contrast and sharpness. For
extra durability the lenses also feature a coating that improves resistance
from abrasion, keeping these sunglasses clear over the long term. The Pro
Series sunglasses are a great value for only $19.49 each at
protection for less than 20 dollars
R.L. Winston rods are among the most sought after fly rods by serious
anglers, these are the rods that you fish for a lifetime and can pass on to
the grandkids. The company first introduced Boron rods in 1998 and is now on
their third generation. The company's Boron II-MX rods are the stiffest rods
the company makes and the stronger mid and butt sections allow anglers to
cast in heavy wind.
Fly Rod :
R.L. Winston Boron II-MX
This series is great for so much more than just
trout and the ability to cast a long distance even in the wind makes the
Boron II-MX rods a good choice for a wide range of species including
Stripers. These rods are available in everything from a 3 to 12 weight and
truly are "premium" with prices ranging from $695 to $757 dollars.
Fly Reel : Abel
Super Series Quick Change
Looking for a high end fly reel to pair with that Winston rod? Check out the
Abel Super Series Quick Change, a aerospace grade large arbor aluminum reel
with a silicon aluminum bronze drive system. The drag system on the Super
Series Quick Change makes use of high grade cork drag lubricated with oil
for a very smooth yet controlled line release. As the name implies the
"Quick Change" features a new easy spool change system which requires no
tools, simply back off the drag knob and push in and rotate the center cap
and the spool is removed. The 5/6 model retails for $625 dollars and each
extra spool is $280 dollars.
William Joseph has introduced one of the most exciting new wader products
for anglers that fish in either deep water or fast moving currents. Slipping
in a river can result in swamped waders and a very dangerous situation for
fishermen. The William Joseph WST features an integrated inflatable bladder
which can be manually inflated for safe wading or emergency inflated with
C02. This device is not coast guard approved but it is great to see the
company implementing safety features into their products. The WST waders can
be found online and at fly shops for $299 dollars.
Summer weather is here and it is time to get out there and go get the fish.
Whether you enjoy finesse fishing or working topwater lures there's nothing
like a day on the water, and catching a few fish in the process isn't too
bad either. Thanks for joining us for this edition of our Summer Buyer's
Guide... now go get out there and land those lunkers!