Prefer it or not, the vacations are upon us, and fly fishing gear peddlers are all about seasonal gross sales. This month, tools producers are launching a number of latest objects, from a brand new rod-and-reel combo equipment to a water-resistant wading backpack from an unlikely supply.
All of the “bah, humbug!” apart, it actually is an effective time to seek out stable buys for the fly fisher in your life. Check out all the brand new stuff for November — there’s sure to be one thing the fly angler in your life may like to seek out beneath the tree in simply seven quick weeks.
Cheeky Spray fly reel sequence
Cheeky’s objective for about so long as the model has been round has been to supply high quality and efficiency that goes toe-to-toe or exceeds lots of its highest priced rivals, whereas preserving its merchandise in attain of the common shopper. By and enormous, they’ve completed that, establishing a stable popularity for well-made, fantastically machined reels with silky-smooth startup inertia. Cheeky unveiled its newest fly reel sequence (pictured at prime), dubbed the “Spray,” on the ICAST commerce present in Orlando over the summer season, the place it received prime honors within the Fly Reel class.
The brand new Cheeky Spray is now accessible and on cabinets. The brand new reel sports activities a brand new and improved model of Cheeky’s time-tested GDS (gasket drag system) that’s absolutely sealed, making the reel a sturdy choice for each recent and saltwater angling. Like lots of its Cheeky members of the family, the brand new reel is absolutely machined from aerospace-grade aluminum. The Spray boasts an up to date body and spool design that’s each lighter and stronger than earlier fashions. The Spray is available in three sizes: 350 (3½-inch arbor), 400 (4-inch arbor), and 450 (4½-inch arbor). The Spray can accommodate line weights from 4 to 12. All three sizes of Spray reels are available two vibrant colour combos to select from: the Burn and Metal design, and the Electrical Blue and Gold. MSRP: $399 to $499.
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Picture: Bajio Sun shades.
Bajio Moist Wade efficiency waterproof backpack
What do you do when you’re a widely known efficiency sun shades producer and wish to shake issues up? You make a water-resistant backpack, after all. Bajio has drifted a bit from its conventional product line with its Moist Wade efficiency backpack, however this sucker seems promising. First, it’s huge. Like 25 liters huge. Second, the corporate has clearly gone to high school on comparable merchandise made by now-competing soft-goods manufacturers, and had added in some important performance that skeletal fashions had been lacking prior to now.
How so? The Moist Wade backpack incorporates a laptop computer sleeve, zipping inside pockets, detachable rod holders and a water-proof entrance pocket. Conceivably, this could possibly be the “day by day driver” of backpacks for touring anglers. It’s definitely price a glance—particularly amongst a panorama of waterproof backpacks that generally value twice as a lot. MSRP: $150.
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Picture: Greys Fishing.
Greys Cruise Combo
To not be outdone throughout the “combo craze” of late, Greys is launching its new Cruise rod-and-reel combo that ought to enchantment to the finances angler or somebody who’s itching to get began fly fishing however doesn’t know the place to start out. The combo options the Cruise reel, a larger-arbor, full-cage aluminum reel with a disc-drag that the corporate claims can stand as much as the calls for of each recent and saltwater angling. It’s coupled with the Cruise fly rod, a medium-fast stick that is available in weights 5, 7 and eight (the 7-weight is a 10-foot rod), all in 4 items. The entire bundle comes able to fish — it’s loaded with backing, weight-forward fly line and a tapered chief. MSRP: $189.95.
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The PAKA Apu parka
Relative newcomer PAKA has been making headlines during the last yr or so, successful Out of doors Retailer’s Innovation award within the course of. Stuffed with actual, ethically sourced alpaca fur, the brand new Paka Apu parka — which was developed for the out of doors pursuits of every kind, not particularly for fly anglers — reportedly checks hotter than 90 p.c of the artificial insulators available on the market, and is available in half the amount of down. Alpaca hair fibers have air pockets inside them, which helps them maintain warmth. The fill, dubbed PAKAFILL by the producer, consists of 60 p.c alpaca fiber and 40 p.c recycled polyester. It’s meant to maintain the wearer dry, even when the skin of the parka is moist. Possibly the very best half? Alpacas are like sheep — the fur is sheared off them each spring, and the animal is returned to pasture. No alpacas died to maintain you heat. And, in keeping with PAKA, the Apu parka is designed to be efficient even when it’s 20 levels under zero. Is that this a brand new game-changing under-wader layer that retains you swinging for steelhead an hour or two (or 4) after you’d usually give up? We’re trying ahead to discovering out.
Picture: RIO Merchandise.
RIO new compostable line spool
Beginning this fall, all of RIO merchandise fly strains might be delivered to retailers and customers wrapped round a compostable spool created from recycled newsprint. The hassle at decreasing its environmental affect is price noting, and the brand new packaging spools received the highest prize within the Greatest Eco-friendly Gear class on the American Fly Fishing Commerce Affiliation’s Confluence occasion in Salt Lake Metropolis in October. In right this moment’s world, the place method an excessive amount of of our product packaging finally ends up fouling landfills and lasting generations, RIO needs to be credited with setting a brand new trade customary for packaging. Different producers within the fly fishing house, and never simply fly line makers, ought to dedicate some actual effort to cut back the supplies which are used as soon as after which merely discarded. Good work, RIO.
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Toadfish common can cooler
Coozies are cool, however so passé, and may coolers are, effectively, only for cans. So in a world the place 451,245 manufacturers are hocking insulated beverage holders, why even hassle to say this one? Effectively, Toadfish’s new common can cooler may very well provide one thing new within the infinite stream of merchandise designed to maintain chilly drinks chilly. The corporate’s new product options improved suction that won’t solely maintain the ever-present 12-ounce can of PBR, but in addition these 12-ounce slims for the seltzer crowd and, get this, a 12-ounce bottle of Excessive Life, too. Those that desire 16oz pounder cans appear to nonetheless be out of luck although. The suction system on the backside will grip any arduous floor, primarily making your beverage of selection a spill-free companion that you just don’t need to hurry and guzzle earlier than it’s your activate the bow. MSRP: $25.
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Free Fly ladies’s Gridback fleece jacket
Billed by Free Fly “an outerwear masterpiece,” we view Free Fly’s latest incarnation of this widespread piece a bit in another way—as a midlayer. Beneath your waders and outer shell however over your baselayer, this zip-up fleece sweater is one other piece that may make the distinction between calling it early on the steelhead river vs. going all day and at last latching into that chromer as the sunshine fails. Constructed from high-pile fleece and completed with a stretch-weave shell, the jacket is packable and lightweight. It is available in sizes XS to XXL. MSRP: $168.