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Ned Chanatry

Ned Chanatry's Passions

Biking
Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Ned Chanatry's Bio

Born and raised in Upstate New York, I recently moved to Salt Lake City, UT by way of Jackson, WY. I love to chase powder, singletrack, wild browns, and perfect tent sites.

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on August 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got this as a gift for my sister and she loves it. It's a super simple, easy to use belay device. No moving parts, just simple belaying. If you're looking for a compact, light belay device, you can't go wrong with the Verso. Petzl as a whole makes bomber products. Belay on!

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on August 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have about 10 pairs of these, which is maybe overkill but they're the best. It's a great combo of performance underwear that feels like regular underwear. It's not weirdly tight or compressive, but they breathe well and are great for active lifestyles. I've been wearing them for years and they haven't worn out yet. You should get some...your nether-regions will thank you!

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The U lock portion of this is great. It's easy to use and it's secured my bike perfectly thus far. The cable lock is supposed to be able to lock your wheels to the U-lock portion, but it's really short and nearly impossible to use. It's sort of a wasted part, in my mind. It does fit if you pass one end of the cable portion through its loop, and then put the other loop thru the U portion, but it can be a bit annoying.
All in all it does the trick

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love wearing merino for it's versatility. It looks nice so can be worn in a bunch of a different settings - it doesn't look super technical. I'm sure everyone knows about the benefits of merino wool, so I won't go through them, but I will say this shirt has all of those attributes.
My one complaint is that, even though the shirt is soft, it's not really, really, soft like the one I have from Ibex. I know Icebreaker is using a blend, which makes sense because pure merino is delicate and expensive.
I ordered a medium and it first perfectly (I'm a slim guy).

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Beetles are a great all around terrestrial pattern. I love using them, especially when fish aren't keying in on hoppers specifically. The Jakes Gulp is a really simple and reliable beetle pattern with a little hi-viz orange foam. Everyone should have a few beetles in their box.

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I guess I can't complain about this ant pattern since I caught a fish on my first cast. Got crushed by a brown immediately. I will say, I think it's due to the body shape/materials, the pattern doesn't float all that well. So it does require some maintenance with the bug dust and gink if you're going to be fishing it for a while.

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What do you use when you're not sure exactly what's on the surface?? A Parachute Adams, of course. Neutral coloring gets you pretty close to whatever's hatching out there. Bright parachute makes it easy to see on the water. And fish love it as a general rule. You should have a variety of sizes in your box at all times

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Christiaens' GT is one of my favorite patterns because it's sort of a dry fly/emerger hybrid. It can be fished o the surface or in the surface film which is awesome because after throwing a bunch of casts as a dry fly, typically your fly gets heavy and starts to sink, rendering it useless. But this pattern just turns into an emerger and fish still hit it - maybe more often than as a dry!
Every fly box should include a variety of Christiaens' GTs

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs

I bought this hat for my mom, but I was home visiting her last weekend and we went for a sail on an extremely blustery Lake Ontario. I put on her hat (which was a bit small for me)but it worked great. The lanyard allowed me to easily secure it in the gale, and the brim is very versatile.
My one complaint would be that since it's a pretty supple brim, it can get flopped up in a stiff wind, which then allows the sun to hit your face.

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not sure why, but for some reason I'm partial Scientific Anglers. There are a lot of companies out there that make great leader and tippet, and to be honest, they're all very similar. However, I really like SA and would suggest them to anyone looking for a good option. The spools of tippet roll nicely and have good built in cutters. The tippet itself is strong and dependable. Go getcha some!

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

Best Net I've Owned
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned lots of nets and have a habit of losing them. I was a little nervous to drop the cash this was requires, but decided to go for it.
It's super light which is awesome because I do a lot of hiking when I fish. It's been really durable after several drops, falls, etc. I actually have the Mid Length version and it's nice because it provides a little extra reach while still being short enough to carry around as a hand net. It also handles trout of any size...but could be a bit too small for this carp

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's a reason the Double Bunny is outlawed from the JH One Fly competition...it's just too good. I've never seen a pattern get so much interest from good sized fish as the DB. Make sure you've got a rod that can chuck some weight, then tie one on and watch the shenanigans. White color is pretty enticing...

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the only box I use for dry flies and nymphs. It's perfect for holding lots of smaller flies and the low profile design makes it really easy to store several in your fishing pack.
The silicon is the best system I've seen for securely holding flies (and it's durable!). I also love the clear top so you can see into the box without opening it. The magnet closure is also perfect - easy enough to open, but secure enough to stay shut.
I've got two of them and I might get two more. A must have item!

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a really cool, retro aesthetic and the color schemes are sweet. I also really like the material that is used for the bag.

I must say it's a very simple bag. Some might like that, but personally, I prefer a few more pockets/organization features. As a nontechnical bag, meant for urban use, it seems like there could be some mesh pockets or something to put keys, wallet, pens, etc. There is a lapstop sleeve on the inside and then one large internal space. The lid has one large zippered pocket (because it's large it's not great for small items because they jostle around and get mixed up). And the front has a similar large zippered pocket.
I think with the addition of a smaller, hanging, zippered, internal mesh pocket, and a water bottle sleeve (either inside or outside of bag), this would be a 5 star item

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 22, 2016

Sun, Bug, and Slime Protection
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are great multipurpose gloves. They're light enough that they work as sun protection without making you sweat to death. The Bugstopper helps keep mosquitos off your hands during those evening plagues. And, an added bonus, if you're out fishing carp or something slimy, it makes it a lot easier (and less gross) to handle those fish if need be.
There's material where you need it, and voids where you don't, which allows for a great feel of your line and handle.

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Ned Chanatrywrote a review of on July 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great light that I use for both commuting and road cycling. It's really bright on its highest setting and casts a nice beam, that is sufficient even when descending at high speeds at night.
I like that it is easy to get on and off your handlebars if you need to move it to a new bike. But it's also very secure when it's on, so it's not a compromise between the two.
My one issue with it is the blink mode. It's slow and gradual blink that I would categorize as more of a fade. I'm guessing they've made it like this so if you're using the blink mode at night, it doesn't go completely dark on you. However, I personally use the blink mode more during the day (when commuting), and I feel it would be more noticeable to motorists with a more aggressive flash.

Overall it's a really really good light and I'd highly recommend it.

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