All anglers, be it novice or professional need fishing clothing that will keep them dry, clean and fully concentrated. Fishtec offer anglers the chance to see what real fishermen think of specific fishing jackets, trousers and waterproof clothing.
Hi tech modern fishing clothing is seemingly indestructible… or is it? There is a lot of misconception about modern fishing clothing and footwear. It does need some maintenance to stay in full working order! Read on to find out why it is necessary to take care of your precious fishing gear, so it performs well in the long term.
All of the waterproof, breathable fishing clothing sold at Fishtec has a durable water-repellent finish applied to the outer surface- also known as DWR. This makes the water bead up and roll off, rather than soaking into the fabric. You will find this on fly fishing waders, fishing jackets and bib and braces, and waterproof fishing boots.
Waterproof breathable fishing boots – in need of a quick clean and re-spray.
If the water is allowed to soak into the fabric it will impair the breathability. A build up of dirt and fish slime will do this over time. If the breathability is impaired, moisture will build up inside the garment, so the fisherman will get wet and uncomfortable from this condensation. When the DWR process fully stops working over time the outer fabric will actually start to soak up the water, this is known as ‘wetting out’.
It is therefore essential to look after your breathable fishing gear, and maintain the Durable Water Repellent finish, to keep it at peak performance. We always recommend the use of a spray on treatment such as Grangers fabsil , applied after the garment has been washed and cleaned of dirt. In the case of footwear the same thing applies – maintain the DWR finish, and the water will not start to soak in and seep into the material and seams making your feet clammy and damp. Brush and clean your boots down and spray them with a treatment every month or so.
With Christmas just around the corner it’s likely that friends and relatives will be scratching their heads about what to buy you this year.
So in order to avoid the unwanted reindeer sweater or the cheap toiletries that you’ll never use, why not drop a few hints about what you’d really like for Christmas this year.
That’s where we come in, so please allow us to assist with a few gift ideas that anglers everywhere will appreciate.
Upgraded fishing clothing
Image source: Goodluz Put a new pair of waders on your wish-list.
Keeping warm and dry is obviously high up on the list of priorities when out for a long period of time fishing. So how are you fixed for waders, an all-weather jacket or even a Thermo Skin bib and brace, which traps your own body heat? Somebody is probably gagging to buy you a dodgy sweater, but some actually useful fishing clothing would be a way better alternative.
You’ll need wealthy friends if you’re expecting to find air tickets to some dream fishing location in your tackle box on Christmas Day. Cat Island Lodge on the shores of Trout Lake in Ontario, or bass fishing in Florida are just a couple of the more exotic locations for fishing holidays. Or what about catching big carp in Thailand? Closer to home how about a weekend of sea fishing on Chesil Beach in Dorset? There’s a wide variety of fish that swim these waters depending on the weather and sea conditions, so an enjoyable challenge.
Secret fishing location
Image source: viczast A shared secret spot is fishing gold dust.
This one is free, but potentially priceless in the right hands. Only catch is that it could be hard for somebody to share information about their closely guarded fishing spot. But it’s a nice gesture from one angler to another and a wonderful gift that will keep on giving.
The Great British bivvy is the angler’s castle. No matter how far away you are from civilisation, your bivvy has your back and will serve you well through day and night. Invest in quality and you’ll be well prepared for a range of weather conditions whatever the elements throw at you. Is it time for an upgrade?
Image source: KML You can never have enough of these!
If a younger member of the family asks you what you’d like for Christmas this year, be sure to explain what you mean by ‘flies’ or else trouble is on the menu for Christmas dinner. But the fun of choosing which fishing flies to buy you would be an activity that would be enjoyed by the youngsters. There’s an idea.
Fishing tokens are a wonderful idea for a Christmas gift and most affordable too. Many regional rivers and trusts offer token and passport schemes which usually invest the money back into the upkeep and protection of the river and fish stocks. Simply exchange a token or two and you’re free to fish.
Le Chameau is the name on the world’s finest wellington boots. The only boots to be hand-made by a single ‘maître bottier’ (meaning master bootmaker), guaranteeing each pair of Le Chameau wellies are unique. Utilising the highest quality materials available and with a range of iconic and innovative styles, Le Chameau is dedicated to delivering years of satisfaction to the wearer, whether they’re walking, working or fly fishing.
Normandy in 1927, Le Chameau wellies were born – purely by the fact that Claude Chamot had spent the days listening to his customers – farmers, hunters and fishermen – Complaining that their boots were neither comfortable, no durable, so- decided to do something about it… Designing and creating a new type of boot that would withstand the rigours of the countryside and at sea (or lake, or river!).
Fishtec have chosen three of the most popular styles of Le Chameau wellies, the classic Vierzonord Wellington and the two new Country Vibram boots – with and without neoprene.
Le Chameau Country Vibram Wellington Boots
The Le Chameau Country Vibram Wellington Boots are perfect for the wandering angler who may find themselves faced with wet grass, small streams or generally wet days. The Le Chameau Country Wellington boots feature a high boot and shaped to fit the calf for comfort. The Supportive fit supports you at the ankle and instep, and the XL shape is ideal for people with a wide calf size.
A multi-use boot : outdoor activities, countryside, fishing, walking…
Comfort temperature : up to 0°
Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots
These Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots are lined with a 2mm neoprene throughout providing first-rate insulation against cold, and offer superior comfort when walking the dog. Practical features and technical materials make the Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots the number one choice for British winters. Moulded soles make a great platform for your foot and heal when walking long distances on uneven ground.
Le Chameau Country Vibram Neoprene Wellington Boots
The Le Chameau Country Vibram Neoprene Wellington Boots are perfect for the wandering angler who may find themselves faced with wet grass, small streams or generally wet days. The Le Chameau Country Wellington boots feature a high boot and shaped to fit the calf for comfort. The Supportive fit supports you at the ankle and instep, and the XL shape is ideal for people with a wide calf size.
A multi-use boot : outdoor activities, countryside, fishing, walking…
Comfort temperature : up to 0°
Heard the expression, ‘put your money where your mouth is?’ Well here are some folks who’ve put a fish where their face is.
And you’ve heard of fishing clothing? How about fish as clothing? Check out the ladies clad in a mantaray – they don’t look too pleased. Here is a collection of fishy photobombs to get your fins in a flutter – enjoy!
What’s the worst possible way to put you off staying out fishing? Many anglers will say nothing, but those who fish high in the mountains on a warm summer evening will undoubtedly say midges! The invisible menace can often spoil a great evenings fishing where many of the jungle formulas and insect repellents simply don’t work.
Buff have introduced a new and exciting UV Insect Shield Buff which is based on High UV protection Buff® which offers at least 93% protection from harmful UV rays, this new Buff also features ‘Insect Shield’ technology; It’s been impregnated with a special long lasting, effective, odourless and convenient form of insect repellent.
The treatment is effective for at least 50 washes against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, fleas, chiggers and even Scottish midges. Insect Shield technology is a man-made version of the active ingredient found in some chrysanthemums – an additive which only the bugs will know is there!
The UV Insect Shield Buff features everything you would expected from Buff, it’s seamless design which offers unrivaled protection in hot weather activities is made with Coolmax Extreme which wicks moisture away from your skin whilst offering a bug repellent buff.
The Blazer sunglasses from our range of Polarised sunglasses are without a doubt our preferred frames for all-round conditions, the smoke lens is beneficial in brighter conditions, letting a low amount of light through to your eye, cutting out more glare whilst the amber lenses are perfect for dull days or fishing beneath canopy, allowing more light to your eyes.
Polarised sunglasses are an essential piece of carp fishing clothing, as Dave Lane mentions in the video, “Never go fishing without a set of Polarised Glasses”.
Camouflage kit is great for creeping up on easily spooked trout.
But while we enjoy the benefits of angling incognito, the camo gear we wear today has its origins in the carnage of the First World War. Appalling losses at the Western Front prompted a desperate search to come up with ways of disguising troop movements.
Things have come a long way since then. Modern camouflage patterns are designed using complex algorithms that ensure near invisibility. Here we bring you a collection of some truly incredible camouflage fishing clothing. So, can you spot the camo guy?
The TF Gear Onesie is a hooded, one-piece, fleece suit that will truly keep the keenest deep winter carp specialist wrapped in a thermal second skin all day and all night.
You may ask yourself is it OK to wear a onesie? But for those anglers who spend nights on end in a cold fishing bivvy waiting for that one bite, you may want to think again and get one for yourself.
Field testing of the TF Gear Chill Out Onesie illustrated its outstanding insulating properties and incredible comfort, our testers have endured the coldest weather with ease. With no belts, buckles, gaps or joins the wearer enjoys complete freedom of movement and draft-free, whole body warmth. The TF Gear Onesie is an utterly superb sleep-suit, the perfect mid layer and a rather trendy outer garment.
Don’t deprive yourself of the best piece of winterwear you could wish for – invest in a TF Gear Onesie.
When searching for new fly fishing clothing, your search can be sometimes hindered by the copious amounts of waterproof jackets, trousers and bib and braces on the market. It always helps when you find something that has had good recommendations by trusted anglers. When you’re in the market for a new garment, you need to take into consideration it’s breathability, insulation, water repellence, durability and more importantly for some, the price.
Airflo Airtex Jacket & bib and brace reviewed by Robbie Winram
All the clothing in the Airtex range feature a three-layer nylon shell which is windproof, waterproof and breathable. With A loose polyester mesh lining over the main body, the sleeves of the jackets have a lined, smooth polyester fabric which ensures nothing will scag or scuff it when passing your arms through. The bib and brace is lined throughout with smooth polyester fabric.
The entire Airtex clothing range is designed around fit and comfort, as well as being 100% waterproof. The integrated hood offers great cover from the elements and unlike some hoods, doesn’t obscure your vision. The peeked front of the hood keeps water from dripping over the front and into your face. It’s also fully adjustable. The Cuffs on the jacket are secured in place with a Velcro fastener, perfectly positioned so it won’t catch on your fly line.
Airflo Airtex Jacket Hood & Cuffs
What Robbie had to say about the Airtex 3/4 Jacket:
The 3/4 length jacket has a full-length single zip opening with a good rain gutter behind it and a substantial storm flap which folds over with Velcro fastenings. The built-in hood is lined with a polyester fabric which makes it very comfortable and warm. The hood’s peak, although not stiffened, offers some protection against the elements. A double toggle lock and cord adjustment around the face and a secondary fitting on the back of the head tightens everything into place and ensures the hood moves with you, so it doesn’t obscure your vision.
The sleeves are contoured and finished off with a good tab and Velcro fastening. On the front there are two chest box pockets with water resistant zips and two flat hip pockets with zips and small stormflaps. There is a large D-ring on the back and two on the front. Inside there is one simple pocket with a Velcro closure.
What Robbie had to say about the Airtex Bib and Brace:
The bib and brace have a set of adjustable elasticated webbing braces with quick release bayonet fittings and there are two nylon tabs with Velcro fasteners located each side of the chest which can be tightened for a custom fit. There are reinforced panels on the high wear areas – the seat, knees and on the inside of the ankle cuffs. An 11-inch zup opening at the ankle cuff has a gusseted panel behind it and the ankle cuffs can be tightened down with Velcro fastenings. A single water-resistant zip opening from the crotch to the top of the chest has a good baffle behind it along with a substantial rain gutter and storm flap with Velcro fastenings. Nothing’s getting through this! There are two waist box pockets with storm flaps and Velcro fasteners and a large flat zipped accessory or hand warmer pocket each side of the chest.
Airflo Airtex Wading Jacket
The Airtex Wading Jacket:
The wading jacket is the same design as the 3/4 style, but with the pockets pushed much higher up. A good jacket for the boat angler when worn in conjunction with a bib and brace, or alternatively worn over a pair of chest waders either in the boat or off the bank.
“A good set of fishing clothing at a good price – Airflo are offering any jacket and the bib and brace trousers for just £150. The large jackets that I had for review were a generous size without being baggy. Well designed hood!”
With a stamp of approval from Trout Fisherman, labaled as Tackle Testers Choice, you’d be silly not to conteplate the Airflo Airtex clothing range in your search for a new fishing jacket, bib and brace or both.
Next time you strike lucky when you’re out fishing, take a moment to examine your catch.
Because it could hold the answer to some of the world’s most pressing technological challenges. Yes, fish are in demand as never before, not just because they taste nice, but for their high tech secrets.
Read on to find out just how high tech a fish can be.
For a construction technique that could lead to production of fishing clothing that’s literally bulletproof, we need to trek to the Amazon. The arapaima is a river fish that grows to over 2 m in length and can weigh as much as 200 kg. But it’s not its size that interests scientists.
The scales of the arapaima are so tough, piranhas’ teeth crumble on impact. Scientists studying the scales have discovered that beneath their rock hard mineral exterior, the fish scales ride on a bed of elastic protein threads. The combination of hard and soft lends the scales incredible toughness, a discovery that’s inspiring a new generation of flak jacket as well as tougher false limbs.
A plate of fresh sardines or herring is a delicious heart healthy meal at which few would turn their noses up. But those shimmering silver fish have scientists in a flap for a completely different reason. It’s to do with the way their bodies reflect light.
Crystals in the skin of the fish are aligned so they reflect light in all directions, mimicking the natural play of light around their ocean home. It’s neat trick that helps hide the shoal from the beady eyes of dolphins and other predators. Researchers now believe they can use this clever natural mirroring to improve LED and fibre-optic technology.
Image source: Sea Lord The collagen content of Hoki is getting engineers in a spin
Hoki is a succulent white fish commercially harvested in New Zealand. But it’s not the flesh that’s spawned a whole new high tech industry, but the skin. As a by product, hoki skin had no particular use until scientists discovered the possibilities of the collagen it contained. Engineers worked out a way to spin the collagen into nanothreads 500 times thinner than a human hair.
From the super fine threads a non woven mat is produced. An incredible surface area makes this mat ideal for use in air purification filters, but its applications offer far more scope than that. The super thin material can be impregnated with anti bacterial agents for use in wound dressings. And other uses include in electronics, cosmetics and packaging. There could even be a use for hoki skin fibres in structural engineering.
Remote controlled unmanned subs are hard to manoeuvre, particularly in confined spaces. This makes them less than ideal for tackling complex tasks like the investigation shipwrecks. But now engineers are making progress with a new type of sub whose movement and sensory equipment is based on the knifefish, a small inhabitant of mangrove swamps.
Instead of using its eyes to see, the knifefish beams a low voltage electric field that enables it to sense its surroundings. The diminutive fish is able to negotiate the tangled tree roots and dense water vegetation by means of delicate undulations of its long blade-like fin. By replicating the knifefish’s electronic eyes and precise manoeuvring ability, new generation robots will be able to go where no deep sea probe has been before.
Image source: Paul Terry Wind farm designers ‘schooled’ by fish
When engineers were tasked with bringing wind power generation to the Los Angeles valley, they faced a problem: the lack of space. To resolve this issue, they went for vertical rather than the usual horizontal blades. But to make the best use of the available land, they went a step further, and turned to fish to help them work out the best way to position the turbines.
Scientists have noticed that individuals in a shoal of fish position themselves to make most efficient use of the vortices created by the fins of the fish around them. Engineers took this research and applied it to the positioning of each turbine in the farm, even working out the optimal direction of rotation of each turbine blade.