Fathers day is around the corner and it’s never to earlier to start looking for gifts. Over the course of the next few weeks starting with this publication we are going to put together a number of blogs that feature products that have grabbed our attention this off season or need refreshing for the upcoming summer; some of them out of necessity, some out of need, some simply just too cool or viable to pass up. So here we go!
For starters all of us at Western Rivers seem to always be on the hunt for the perfect product to carry all our stuff in; fly boxes, raincoat, beer, food, water, camera, you get the jest. Although traditional vests are still popular with anglers my age they leave one with limited options and they don’t carry weight well. Many of today’s products are much more versatile, such as some of the new pack options by Simms. We’ve been trying to get someone to offer a system that integrates and Simms initially is one of the first to have done just that.
By itself their Headwater ½ Day Pack has a plethora of options that most fly-fishers will find advantageous; light, hydration system capabilities, plenty of space filled with nooks and crannies to carry what you’ll need. The best part about this pack is that it can be retrofitted easily with the Headwater Chest/Hip Pack. Each of these pieces either by themselves or in concert with each other gives you tremendous flexibility in addressing a variety of fly-fishing conditions and needs. Go light, or pack the kitchen sink with ease and versatility. If you’re in a quandary over how to manage what you take out on the water these two products by Simms are worth considering.
Fly-fishing in the heat of summer can make for some uncomfortable days on the water. As fabrics evolve we’ve found clothing that allows us to be more comfortable in a variety of weather and during these upcoming hot summer months also protect us from the sun. These days the later.
Patagonia has always been an industry leader in the outdoors when it comes to technical fabrics that pursue these and other qualities. Off all the products they offer the most used piece of clothing by the staff at Western Rivers Flyfisher is Patagonia’s Capilene 1 Graphic Crew. Regardless of the weather this versatile clothing piece finds a home on our bodies. On cold days it is the foundation of our layering system. It’s also and ideal piece for wearing solo on those hot summer days pursuing trout or getting poled along the flats looking for skittish bonefish or a wary permit. At the end of the day, if all you have is the kitchen sink to wash it in, it will clean up nicely and be dry to wear again the following day.
This year we are a little strapped for water thanks to Mother Nature. In comparison to last years she has done a complete 180 leaving Utah a little short of moisture. Much of the west is in comparable shape. When fishing we often find ourselves in a similar situation, short of water stuck out wandering high and dry longer than we intended. I know I’m frequently getting in this position since I don’t like carrying the extra weight. Now I have a solution, the Katadyn My Bottle Micro Filter. Simply fill it up with water from your favorite trout stream, take a big swig from the straw and dump out what is left over. Having now used this bottle for over a year you’ll find them to be safe and easy way to keep hydrated. Another bonus, these filter bottles are from one of the outdoor leaders in filtration systems, Katadyn.
Find all of these items on our web-site, better yet if you are in the neighborhood stop in. As always, coffee is on!