Out west, in some river.
I like the versatility that this pack provides. It can be used for just about everything besides long overnighters. For an everyday backpack this thing gets it done. Inside the pack you will find a well padded laptop/hydro reservoir, many small useful pockets, a key clip and a decent cell phone pocket. The zippers on the top and pack panel work well. The top lid zipper is just OK, not great. It is tough/near impossible to open with one hand, but keeps things fairly dry and secure, hence the 4 star review.
Killer nymph. Works well as a dropper or down deep. Trout will always eat it.
Best box out there for big nasties. If you want a good streamer box, rock the C&F streamer set up. The foam will last. It will hold dungeon sized flies as well as smaller leech patters and buggers. My advise would to be sure and get the large size box, i believe the 3500 product. The 2500 (M) will fit into a smaller pocket (vest), but won't hold as many toad tamers.
These reels are the best you can get for the price. You won't find a better reel at around $100. If your looking for a reel to get you started that will last a long time the Konic will do. The drag system in this reel is comparable to that found in other Lamson reels that are well over $300. I've had one in my line up for almost 5 years now and it is banged up and bruised all over and still works just fine. It won't have the frame durability of The Guru, but has the same guts. If your looking for a cheep reel that you'll be stoked to fish- get a Konic.
I had the same problem when I first used this thermos. The best advice I can give is to tip it almost upside down when pouring, not just tip it sideways...this seems to result in spillage down the side of the thermos. Hope this helps!
Good basic glove. The neoprene over the knuckles makes these guys super comfy. The stretch in the glove allows for a good form fitting feel. I have enjoyed the microfleece thumb panel for the inevitable runny nose and for wiping sweat of the brow. Durability is good. I recommend these bad boys.
The Cross X is a good glove. A lot of gloves try to add a lot of padding and rubber reinforcements only to become uncomfortable and odd fitting. This is not the case with the Cross X from DAKINE. The foam padding referenced in the item description does not cover the entire palm, but rather just the heel of the palm and the pads of your hands at the base of the fingers. Sizing is right on. I wear a M in all other DAKINE gloves and this is the same size. This glove also breathes fairly well for having additional structure.
Four uses on this tool:
1-nippers for cutting mono (tippet/learder)
2-nail knot tool. Used for tying knots like unto the Tie-Fast tool.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=611JWRtkjOc)
3-Hook sharpener (file for sharpening hooks)
4-Hook eye cleaner at the base of the tool. Works as a needle to clean out the eye of your hook in case there is left over head cement of a few fibers that need clearing so you can thread the eye of the hook.
You will most likely use the nippers and the hook eye cleaner the most and the other things are added bonuses.
Unfortunately for your color preferences this jacket isn't designed to be wore inside out. You could always stretch the boundaries of possibles though...I don't think it will self destruct if worn inside out, but you pocket situation might be kinda funky and you have some tags hanging out all over the place.
Ben's wipes are awesome for keeping the bugs away. The wipes are handy to keep in a pocket, as they are individually packaged. They keep the bugs away while being ever ready in my pack without blowing up on other contents in my pack. I'm a fan.
For your faster action rods when you wanna have one floating line for dries, nymphs and the occasional streamer this is a great choice. I'm a fan. I like the SA GPX Sharkskin even better though! As always consult your local fly shop and they will let you know if this is a fly line with the taper that best fits your rod and fishing preference. Support your local shop!
You want this bag if you are a fisherman whose on the water a lot. Dry compartment keeps things dry and the wet compartment helps things dry out. It's not a duffel full of other pockets, just two main compartments - one dry/one wet and a small outer zippered pocket on the wet side. The rod tube holder on the exterior is sweet! Wish there where a couple of them on there. Just get one and you'll see what I mean when I say that it's much needed. Don't bother with the Large, get the Max. You may not use all the space all the time, but when you need the extra space, you'll have it.
For a silicone floatant, Aquel does the job. It's good for bigger bushy dries and is cool on the environment too. Recommend for those that aren't using CDC in their flies.
The Guru is a killer reel. The weight is good. Durability is good. And the price it right. The drag system in this reel is the same as other "high" end Lamson reels and does a killer job of providing more than enough drag. I'm a fan.
The Guide Tennie has some of the best grip and fit of any approach shoe out there. Having owned a pair for 2 years now, I still love them. For anyone looking for a shoe with a comfy fit and stellar grip, this is a good option. I would caution that for people looking to put more than 5-7 miles on an approach shoe, this may not be the one. On a hike that hit 12+ miles I definitely felt the lack of a more staunch sole ealy on in the hike.
Combining a Nano Puff with a Gore Windstopper shell...smart move on the end of the folks out in Ventura, CA. Used this jacket just about everyday on the river during a 2 weeks Steelhead fly fishing trip. I was a bit skeptical at fist of Patagonia teaming up with Gore-Tex, but seriously, it couldn't have been a better move. The shell is great and the Nano insulation is the best. The fit is unique, so before you buy, I would try one on. It has a shorter cut to it than what you might think. I am 5'9" and 185 lbs. with big shoulders and I got a size - M. At fist I thought it was too tight in the shoulders, but as I started to wear it more, I realized it fits great. A Large would have been way to big, especially for someone who is 5'9". The cuffs are stellar. The waist cord draw-string system is on of the best I have ever seen. All in all, a great do-it-all piece to add to your mix.
For what it is(a lightweight synthetic insulation layer), there isn't a whole lot out there that is better than the Nano. I was a skeptic, and now I'm a believer. I wear my pull-over in just about every situation I can imagine. After a 2 week Steelheading trip, sleeping in a tent in 20 degree weather, I can say that this is one of the best layering pieces I have ever used.
I've put about 20 months on this jacket thus far. It has excelled in the wettest of conditions and withstood abrasion like a champ. The DWR treatment is still alive and kickin' keeping me dry. This is a great heavy duty rain jacket or an excellent light weight shell for snow filled pursuits. The Gore-Tex Pro Shell is super tough. I recommend this for a good all round bomber shell. For those looking for a lighter version of this jacket for rain protection try the Beta SL Jacket. Same jacket made with lighter Gore-Tex that is ultra packable and still provide wetness protection.
Great headlamp. After using the Gizmo for about a year, it got soaked and it sketched out on me a couple of time when I really needed it getting back to camp...so I did some research and went with the Spot. I've never been happier with a headlamp. The multiple beam functions are great. I've loved the long range 1-watt bulb when needing range, but being able to switch to the 3 LEDs has been great for around camp for close range use. I recommend this piece to anyone who wants versatility because they don't know where they might end up. The camo is an added bonus worth the change, if you’re into that sorta thing.
I ride an older 2006 RM Slayer 90. The new Slayers are great for all-mountain riding and are designed more for the all round cross country trail. If youâre looking to do any airs or drops, but still want a good all mountain bike check out the Rocky Mountain Slayer SS, designed more for freeride and air.
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