Stay-dry gear solution when you’re on the go
Orvis waterproof hip pack £209
IF keeping your gear totally dry is important to you then check out the new luggage range from Orvis which includes this hip pack. It is made from a waterproof TPU coated 500D nylon and there is no stitching on the main bag, all the seams have been welded. Any water hitting the outside just beads off. Its smooth surface finish also means it is easy to clean. The fabric itself is fairly thin but very durable with a reasonable degree of stiffness so the bag holds its shape. Designed for the roving angler who likes to travel light, it concentrates the weight on your hips, not your shoulders, and offers a hands-free solution to gear storage. The main cargo compartment (roughly seven litres in capacity) has a full-width waterproof YKK flflexseal zip with a cord and moulded plastic pull tab. On the inside are four mesh elasticated-topped accessory pockets, one full-width open pocket and a full-width zipped security pocket. The lime green lining highlights the contents well. The pack is attached to a padded and adjustable waist belt with quick-released bayonet fittings at the
Fario Daddies & dries £1.50
IF you are looking for some dry flies to tempt those surface-feeding trout this autumn then check out these new patterns from the Fario Fly stable. The Claret Hopper Soft Hackle, size 12, is a very appealing fly with a bit of twist in the form of the hen hackle that gives it that enticing ‘leggy’ movement. Fish it washing-line style between a small or big-eyed Booby on the point and a FAB on the top dropper. Deadly when the fish are up in the water. Two of the patterns are variations on the Yellow Owl theme, a fly that has been incredibly successful front. The padding extends partway round the hips and waist and the belt is wide enough to give support and comfort. Adjustable side tension straps ensure an even better fit while a moulded and contoured back panel sits comfortably against the back and hips. The pack comes with an adjustable, padded and detachable shoulder/neck strap which connects to the pack with two quick-release bayonet fittings, giving extra support if needed. There is also a small carry handle on the top of the pack. On the underside is a stretchable fabric pocket for a water bottle. An elasticated bungee cord with toggle locks keeps the bottle in place. There are a number of welded gear tabs around the pack plus a fly-drying patch that you could also attach your own patch to. On the side of the pack are two cord loops which are compatible with the Orvis tippet bar, and on the front is a gear station that will take a zinger, nippers and forceps.
An excellent waterproof pack with good design features, but it all comes at a price. To make sure the pack is sealed against the elements make sure the zip is fully secure and in its housing. With the pack empty of gear but full of air, just squeeze it and if any air escapes you can tell it’s not done up properly. Not sure about the water bottle holder underneath the pack, it might have been better located on the side. up and down the country. The Hot Butt Yellow Owl cul, tied on a dry fly size 12, is designed so most of the hook hangs just under the surface where trout supping insects off the top will find it. The Yellow Owl F-Fly, tied on a short shank dry, size 12, is great for imitating adult buzzers and also small sedges skittering over the surface late in the evening. The Mini Foam Daddies are tied on size 12 short shank hooks and available in orange and brown Yellow Owl F-Fly. versions. They are quite minimalistic with the detached body making up the bulk of the dressing. The legs of knotted cock pheasant fifibres ensure the pattern sits nicely in the surface fifilm, and being incredibly buoyant it can be ‘waked’ at the end of the retrieve. Works really well in a team of two – put the Mini Daddy on the point as the sighter flflfly with something smaller on the dropper. All the flflies are competition legal and cost £1.50.
“There is no stitching on the main bag, all the seams have been welded.”
Vision Vibe 100 floating line £64.99
THE Vibe 100 floating line is available in five line weights: 4/5 and 5/6, both 27 metres long, and the 6/7, 7/8 and 8/9 at 30 metres in length. The 6/7wt, which I’ve had on test for this season, has a pale blue head length, a white running line and features a welded loop at the front end. Its 10 metre (30.5ft) head length makes it a userfriendly line for beginners, improvers and experienced casters alike. Built around a low stretch core there is very little give in this line and subsequently very little in the way of memory right from the off. The coating is slick and uniform throughout (I couldn’t detect any imperfections when I ran it through my fingers) and the running line merges seamlessly and smoothly into the head length. Although not a true shooting head-style line ie dense, heavier head length and very thin running line, the head length on the Vibe 100 is thicker than on many other 6/7wt lines I have used. This makes it very easy to lift and load, and when shooting line, even though the head length isn’t particularly long, I found I could shoot quite a long line with the head effortlessly carrying the running line out onto target. Line presentation was also very good, partly due to the long front taper that dissipates the energy before touchdown. I’ve put the Vibe through its paces in a range of conditions and with a variety of rods from soft to fast action. The mid-range middle-to-tip action rods certainly produced a more relaxed fishing style, but when I wanted to hit those distance marks the fast-action rod produced the goods. I like a line that not only allows me to perform overhead and double haul casts, but also continuous motion casts such as the roll, switch and spey and this line certainly managed to tick the boxes, making it very versatile. The low-stretch core has obvious benefits when it comes to detecting takes and setting the hook, but it also makes a big difference when you are transferring energy from the rod into the line: everything becomes tighter and more efficient, making for a better cast.
An excellent, easy-to-cast floating line that sits high on the surface. The pale blue head length is an easy enough colour to track and will suit those anglers who are not big fans of hi vis floating lines.
“The legs of knotted cock pheasant fibres ensure the pattern sits nicely in the surface film.”
Tool attachments and fly patch.
A variety of gear can be stored on and in the hip pack.
Mini Foam Daddy, brown.
Mini Foam Daddy, orange.
Water bottle holder. Bright lining highlights the contents.