Monday, August 29, 2011

The Gloved One

It's that time of year again...the time when people start cringing and commenting when they see my hands. Yes, I'm hideous. Look away. My fisherman's hands make sense considering the activity--cracked from wind and water, grooved from stripping, scabbed from mosquito bites, rough from grip-n-grin, hookjabbed, peeling from sunburn, claw-shaped, calloused and cramped from casting. Super sexy. You know what I'm talking about--just look at your own nasty hands. Yikes, right?! What doesn't make sense is that I wait until the end of the summer to address the issue. With my hands at their worst, I finally put on my fabulous Buff, Inc. Pro Series gloves while shooting and episode of Trout TV on the lower Big Hole River in Twin Bridges, Montana a couple of weeks ago.

They are amazing, and I always find instant relief, especially with my hand cramping, since the accordion finger grip provides more surface area which means less hand energy is lost by gripping the flyrod. However, this glove is a whole 'lotta glove. I realize that while everyone should have a pair, they might be too warm and more glove than is necessary for people proactive (smart) enough to wear gloves throughout the season for everyday fishing or watersports.

So, imagine my stoke when my coworker Sammi went to IFTD and brought me back two pair of Buff Sport Series Water Gloves to test on Trout TV.

Here's Kate from Buff high-fiving with Sammi at IFTD.

At a lower price point ($27 MRSP) Buff, Inc. says these lighter water gloves “help anglers stay protected from damaging UV rays, fatigue and general wear and tear associated with poling. Power Stretch fabric keeps hands comfortable and protected by deflecting UV rays from the sun and reflective water.”

Um,, I don't pole. But still. More research reveals it's truly made for any water sport, including paddling and rowing. Here are more features of the Buff Sport Series Water Gloves:

  • UPF 50+ ultimate UNV protection
  • Brethable and durable stretch fabric
  • Naturally contours to your hand
  • We/dry silicone grip palm
  • Longer cuff for UV protection
  • Easy-on wrist pull
  • Easy-off finger-tip pull

I'm excited about them because while I do love the Pro Series Gloves, I feel like something lighter and more acceptable for everyday (yes, I love the solar orange color every day) is the simple ticket to protecting my hands earlier in the season and keeping my skin healthier longer. And, I am planning a trip to Andros South early December, so I'm excited to put the Buff Sport Series Water Gloves to the test on the flats. Of course, no matter how great they are, my career as a hand-model is not promising.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dragonfly Paddle Boards

Clearing out a few more of the sights we took in during our coverage of #IFTD, we bring you a fishing accessory that can make anybody look cool on the water. Dragonfly Boatwork's new paddle boards combine fishing, surfing, and paddling to give you a stealthy approach to your quarry. MSRP $1,700 - 1,900 depending on the model. Mondo cool WWII nose art has to be extra.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Patagonia's Aluminum Bar Wading Boots

Could aluminum bars on the bottom of your boots keep you from slipping while wading? Patagonia, whose very existence goes back products forged in fire, certainly has expertise in this sort of thing. Aluminum is a soft metal, so it makes sense to me that it could work on slippery moss covered rocks. What do you think?

The crampon version in the second picture, could make for a nice addition to your recently purchased rubber soled wading boots.

Does your gear need a shower?

Waterworks-Lamson hopes so with their new portable 2.2 Gallon Gear Shower. The gear shower clips to the partially open window of your vehicle and uses gravity to feed gear cleansing water to a shower head.

The idea is that you have a ready source of H2O to clean the invasive nasties off your gear. Another application might be using it to get the salt off your reels (or you) after a day of surf fishing. Will you be ditching those old gallon milk jugs in favor of this $49.95 MSRP option? Am I the only one who can think of some Carl's Jr style web commercials that might help these things fly off the shelves at the fly shop?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Breathe Like A Fish

Breathe like a fish or at least without fogging up your glasses. Available as a hood or incorporated into a shirt. The made in NC label caught our Tarheel eye.

Best New Gift Product @IFTD

A sweet looking IPAD folder from Montana Fly Company won the award for best new gift Item.

Friday, August 19, 2011

IFTD announces 2012 show location.

It's gonna be Reno, NV. Choices included Seattle and San Francisco.

Now that's a fly box

I'm not sure how well it will fit in my fishing vest, but the MFC Boat Box from Montana Fly Company might just finally fulfill my urge to carry all my fishing flies with me. Holding up to 4000 bugs of all shapes an sizes, it works great in a boat or a truck. .

Found at #IFTD

Small stream anglers and travelers alike can make use of the new Hippies from Chota. Think Haight Ashbury style
minimalist waders...

Found at #IFTD

Patagonia's Stealth Atom Sling pack incorporates a waterproof pocket for your cellphone etc.

Found at #IFTD

The Thingamabobbers love child....the ThingamaBody.

IFTD No Pebble Mine Happy Hour

Drinking beer to save wild salmon. Getting business done at the Sage/sportsman's Alliance for Alaska's happy hour gathering. Scott Hed of SAA gave an update on the fight and Sage gave away a custom fly rod as a fund raiser. More on this fight later.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pre IFTD Show Airport Breakfast

We finally put some clothes on and left the basement behind and are waiting to board a plane for the flight to the Big Easy. Watch this space for our coverage of all the International Fly Tackle Show festivities. Bonus points if you can I.d. the source of the basement reference.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011


FlyfishMagazine's Colorado connection, Ali Hassan and Son, sent us these pictures as their subtle way of pointing out that they are fishing and we are not....