Eas­ily-stowed drogue

Wy­ch­wood Pack-Away In­ter­na­tional Para-Drogue £29.99

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tackle -

WHAT makes this drogue dif­fer­ent from Wy­ch­wood’s ex­ist­ing para-drogue is that it has its own built-in stor­age bag with carry han­dle. No longer do you need to hunt around for some­thing to stuff the soak­ing wet drogue in at the end of a ses­sion – the bag ac­tu­ally forms part of the drogue so you don’t have to think about stor­age. The drogue is made from heavy-duty ny­lon that has been given a wa­ter­proof fin­ish on the in­side. It has two sets of one-inch wide ny­lon web­bing straps which come to­gether in a tri­an­gu­lar me­tal con­nec­tor. To this is tied a five me­tre rot-proof rope, at the other end of which is an al­loy carib­iner. The drogue mea­sures 1.77 x 1.25 me­tres so falls within the in­ter­na­tional siz­ing rules which state a drogue must be less than 25 square foot. All the seams and web­bing straps have been stitched re­ally well and I couldn’t find any loose ends or weak points. Although each web­bing strap is a con­tin­u­ous length it only con­nects to the drogue it­self by five inches, it would have been bet­ter if it was a con­tin­u­ous piece run­ning right along each edge for max­i­mum strength. To get at the drogue, loosen the ny­lon cord and tog­gle lock clo­sure around the top of the stuff bag, hold onto the carry han­dle with one hand and with the other pull out the drogue. At the end of the ses­sion, just stuff it back into its stuff sack. While the drogue’s wa­ter­proof fin­ish will shed most of the wa­ter, I would still ad­vise that you open it up to com­pletely dry out when you get home.

VER­DICT:

This drogue is all about the con­ve­nience of be­ing able to stuff it into its own bag. If you are new to drogues then check out the sim­ple and straight­for­ward drift con­trol in­struc­tions on the side of the box.

“...the bag ac­tu­ally forms part of the drogue so you don’t have to think about stor­age.”

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