Fly Fishing Gear On Test – Airflo Airtex Pro Clothing Review

If you are looking for a new set of waterproof, breathable fishing clothing then this review might be of use. Here Robbie Winram of Trout Fisherman magazine takes a closer look at the new Airtex Pro range of fly fishing clothing from tackle company Airflo.

Airflo’s new clothing range consists of three key elements: a wading jacket, three quarter length jacket and a bib and brace, and they are what I would class as ‘shell’ garments.

They are made from a three-layer nylon fabric and importantly there is no loose material or mesh linings, the layers are all formed into one. This makes them more durable and the fine backing layer on the inside enables them to slide and ride freely over your base and mid layers. They are also very quick-drying, and will shed water with one good shake. All three garments have a durable water-repellent finish, feature fully taped seams and are windproof, waterproof and breathable.

There’s nice attention to detail on the zips which all have high-vis yellow nylon cords with rubber pull tabs, and all tuck away into their own protective fabric housings.

Wading jacket

I had the large size for review and it sat comfortably at hip level. It has a main single zip opening with a good-size storm baffle behind it and the zip tucks away into a neat fleece lined chinguard that forms part of the high collar. The collar’s microfleece lining provides warmth and comfort around your neck.

Airflo Airtex pro wading jacket

Airflo Airtex pro wading jacket

The collar also houses the fold-away hood. When the hood is pulled out the collar can be folded down and secured in place with velcro fastenings. The hood itself is a very good design, giving excellent protection from the elements while also allowing for good peripheral vision. It has a reasonably stiff peak and an elasticated cord and toggle lock adjuster each side so it can be tightened around the face. The volume of the hood can be adjusted by another elasticated cord and toggle lock adjuster on the back of the head.

The sides of the hood can also be fastened to the collar with popper studs, helping to hold it in place. The jacket sleeves taper down to soft rubber cuffs with a tab and velcro fastening on the outside.There are no internal pockets, but on the outside there are plenty!

On the chest there are two large box pockets with vertical zips on their inside edges, protected by stormflaps. On the front of these pockets are smaller zipped accessory pockets, and set behind them are zipped pockets with a micro-fleece lining on one side to keep your hands warm. There’s also a small zipped pocket on the left arm.

Additional features include two rubber tool tabs located just above the right hand pocket, two D-rings set into fabric covers just below the chest pockets, and a larger D-ring on the back of the neck. The bottom hem has an elasticated cord and toggle lock adjusters and I notice that seams have been kept away from the vulnerable areas over the tops of the shoulders.

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

Bib & brace

The perfect garment to partner up with a wading jacket on the bank or in the boat as they provide maximum coverage, especially around the waist and the upper body. The high wear areas around the seat, crotch, knees and the inside of the ankles are further strengthened with extra fabric panels. An elasticated section at the back of the waist and a set of adjustable, elasticated webbing braces (fixed at the back and with quick-release
buckles at the front), ensure a snug and comfortable fit.

Airflo Airtex Pro bib and brace

Airflo Airtex Pro bib and brace

The main single zip opening is protected by a rain gutter and a large stormflap that secures with four popper studs. The legs are slightly contoured and articulated for
freedom of movement, and incorporate 10-inch zips that open up a gusset section at the ankles. This increases the leg opening by 3.5 inches, but I still wouldn’t try pulling them over your boots. The zips are protected by a stormflap with velcro fasteners. There’s an additional velcro tab adjustment on the bottom hem of the legs so you can cinch them up over your boots. There are four pockets – a small zipped pocket on the left chest, two zipped flat pockets on the waist and a thigh pocket with a large stormflap and velcro closure.

I had the medium size bib and brace with an inside leg seam of 33 inches and a waist of 38 inches. They were a good fit but just too long in the leg, so I had to pull them up slightly and secure them using the velcro tab at the ankles.

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

Three-quarter jacket

This is the perfect length to give good coverage over a set of thigh waders or waterproof trousers. It has the same sleeve, hood and collar design as the wading jacket, but the pocket layout is different. There are two chest pockets with vertical zips and two more at waist level that have micro-fleece linings on one side. There are no D-rings on this jacket, and because the yoke design is slightly different there is a seam running over the shoulders. I picked the large jacket which was a roomy fit in the body and sleeves, and it actually seemed at least half a size larger than the wading jacket.

Airtex Pro 34 Jacket - hood down and hood up

Airtex Pro Three-quarter jacket – hood down and hood up

VERDICT:

I think this is the best set of clothing that Airflo have produced to date, both in terms of value for money, comfort and design. They provide great coverage and protection from the elements and the hood design on the jackets is excellent.

The three Airtex Pro fly fishing garments are available in M to XXL and all cost £99.99 each, or buy any Airtex Pro jacket and the bib & brace for £179.99.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE

New Airflo SuperFlo Fly Lines

With almost every angler looking for improved performance from the single most used fly line on the planet; it’s easy to see why a floating fly line that casts easier, floats higher where required, has almost zero memory and lasts measurably longer than any competitor would be deemed a significant benefit – enter SuperFlo!

Historically, Airflo floating lines have not always been at the top table, whilst having several properties that make them incredible, they have sometimes been lacking in certain areas. Things have changed in recent years, with the Ridge Lines in particular being superb floating fly lines. Moving forward, SuperFlo are the next generation of floating fly lines from Airflo and we feel they can now sit at the head of the table.

Airflo SuperFlo Fly lines

Airflo SuperFlo Fly lines

How

Airflo are the only company who extrude Polyurethane as super tough coating on their fly lines, but with extrusion comes certain technical difficulties that have up to this point made it impossible to smoothly make a large ratio between head and running line diameters.

Low diameter running lines are a key element of making a line come to life, giving both the head and the rod increased line/recovery speed that really make you smile when you cast.

With the inclusion of Airflo’s new FLO technology, they are are now able to make lines that have running lines slimmer in diameter than any competitor, without any of the durability issues associated with PVC.

Historically the running line diameter of a #5 Airflo floating fly line would be in the region of 1.1mm and our competitors, as low as 0.95mm. Now with Flo technology, Airflo are able to smoothly transfer to running line diameters as lows as 0.85mm on the same line. This may only seem fractional, but due to the reduction in line weight, the head of your fly line is now able to pick up a longer length of running line on the final delivery.

Airflo SuperFlo - New Super low diameter running lines!

Airflo SuperFlo – New Super low diameter running lines!

The head on each line is created with a supple PU coating that takes less energy to form a casting loop, making the line far more efficient at generating line speed. Whilst the running lines are made from a harder skin, to make them handle well and last even longer. At the start of each running line is a 20’ ‘Low Compression Zone’ another Airflo initiative that improves haul speed and makes the line feel really slick on very long casts.

CDC – Complete density control, allows Airflo to change density and water repellent levels appropriate to the situation a line is used – for instance, a Long distance Lake Line will have lower buoyancy levels than a Presentation line designed to float high at short range on a bumbling stream.

Airflo SuperFlo - the Super fly line!

Airflo SuperFlo – the Super fly line!

What

Airflo’s brand new SuperFlo Series is a product we have always wanted to offer – finally there is a floating line that will seriously improve your experience on the water. It maintains all the benefits of low stretch cores, neat welded loops, whilst incorporating Airflo FLO technology to make what we believe is the ultimate floating fly line.

TAPER DESIGN

Initially available in two taper designs, a Presentation taper and a Stillwater taper.

The Presentation is available in WF3F to WF7F with a Lichen Green Head and Sunrise Yellow running line. The Stillwater is available in WF5-WF9 and two head colours, Hi-Vis Fluo. Chartreuse or Low-Vis Lichen green, both have an ivory coloured running line and are 35yds long.

The Presentation features the Elite taper design and is a true to weight AFTM fly line.

  • TIP -0.5’
  • FRONT TAPER – 7.5’
  • BELLY – 25’
  • REAR TAPER – 7’
  • RUNNING LINE – 50’

The Stillwater features an updated version of the famous Airflo Delta taper, the slightly shorter front taper brings the weight of the belly into the cast sooner and loads quickly to help you cover rising fish fast.

  • TIP -1’
  • FRONT TAPER – 15’
  • BELLY – 18’
  • REAR TAPER – 12’
  • RUNNING LINE – 59’


Pricing

All SuperFlo lines will have an RRP of £69.99, but as an introductory offer to UK customers will be available at £49.99 for the first 3 months after the launch.

SUPERFLO PRESENTATION LINES ARE AVAILABLE HERE

SUPERFLO STILLWATER LINES ARE AVAILABLE HERE

FishSpy Echo Pro – Review By Dave Lane Carp Angler

For the last few months I have been in possession of a new product from TF Gear, but I have been unable to add it to any of my carp fishing Vlogs or articles because it has been a little hush-hush, secret squirrel and all that cloak and dagger stuff.

Now however leading up to its imminent launch, the cat is well and truly out of the bag so I can tell you a little about it.

My new bit of kit is called the Fishspy Echo Pro, which is a castable floating echo sounder/sonar device but with a major added bonus of having an inbuilt camera! I was more than excited to get this new bit of tech out onto the water and trying to keep it under wraps has been difficult as you can imagine.

Dave Lane - with the Echo Pro

Dave Lane – with the Echo Pro

On a personal level it couldn’t have arrived at a better time as I am currently tackling a vast gravel pit that contains some ancient but very large carp, these fish know every inch of their environment and for me to get one step ahead of them I needed to know the lakebed in as much detail as those wise old carp.

So for my big water feature finding and carp hunting I simply attached the Echo Pro to the back of my boat and towed it as I motored and rowed my way around the wide expanse of a very special lake.

This, obviously, would be a real edge for those of you that use a bait-boat as it would be a simple job to attach the Echo Pro via a strong cord and instantly add not only a sonar but the ability to toggle over to a wireless camera to see the reality of what was below the boat.

Obviously the castable design makes the Echo Pro so versatile and I have been able to get accurate sonar data and live camera anywhere I have been able to cast it and with a range of 100 metres I have been plotting huge amounts of water very quickly, this information has, I am sure accounted for many of my captures already this year.

So, how does it work?

The device has two different frequencies on the sonar, one is a wide beam for shallower water and the other is a narrower beam that will give you a more defined reading in deeper water. The sonar would be the default mode that I normally employ to start a session with.

Simply attach the Echo Pro to a strong braided mainline via the side mounting ring and cast it into the desired area. Once connected to your phone or tablet it will give you a detailed sonar display of the bottom; depths, contours and any mid water objects, such as carp for example will be shown.

However, whereas a normal sounder will stop there, the Echo Pro can be remotely toggled from the bank using your phone or tablet into camera mode. You now have a floating camera that will live stream the images of what you have found, directly to your phone or tablet. You now have the best of both worlds Sonar and camera in one compact castable unit!

FishSpy Echo Pro - a compact castable unit

FishSpy Echo Pro – a compact castable unit

There are many little tricks and tips that you can adapt the Echo Pro to perform and one that has proved incredibly effective for me this year is to use it around snags, let me give you a little example.

On the lake I fish there are literally thousands of snags but, as is always the case, the fish prefer just the odd one or two and searching the snags first can answer a lot of questions about location.

As we all know, carp can be particularly spooky when they see an angler hanging out of a branch right above their heads but, with the Echo Pro, I have been able to cast it into position around the snags, set to camera mode and retire to a safe distance to watch the live footage of activity in and around the snag. I have even left it in there for an hour, pressed record on the camera and then returned to check the footage it really is amazing how quickly the fish return and become relaxed again once you are not present.

Sonar devices used as fish finders are notoriously unreliable, they cannot really differentiate between the species and, quite often, they will show a group of small fish such as roach as a lesser number of larger fish on the screen, even the really expensive boat mounted models will do this as it is just a beam that gets interrupted on its way to the bottom. For scoping the topography and showing bars, weed and features they are amazing, but the camera function on the Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension that will help to alleviate the false readings and for the first time we will be able to see the actual reality of what is down there in your swim.

ORDER FISHSPY ECHO PRO HERE

Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension to fish and feature finding

Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension to fish and feature finding

 

FishSpy Echo Pro – Sonar & Underwater Camera – Pre-Order Now!!!

For the first time ever, FishSpy Echo Pro combines cutting edge sonar and live stream video camera.

If that isn’t enough, Echo Pro also allows you produce bathymetric maps using its built in GPS chip.

Priced at just £229.99, Echo Pro is now available to pre-order here.

A new era begins…. For the first time ever sonar depth sounder and underwater camera combine; the awesome new FishSpy Echo Pro is the complete fish and feature finder. Why settle for just sonar technology when you can have the power of two – Sonar AND live video? Packed with features including sonar, GPS, lake mapping, file storage and amazing high quality live video streaming and recording, Echo Pro can be cast with a rod or attached to a boat.

Uncover the secrets of the places you fish, discover underwater structures; reveal the composition of lake bottoms, riverbeds and floors, reveal the depths of your waters; Echo Pro uses powerful sonar and crystal clear video to locate features and fish. Wherever you fish, bank, boat or shore Echo Pro’s combined power of sonar and video guarantee you miss nothing. Echo Pro streams live lake information direct to your smartphone or tablet and is purpose made to be stored in your tackle box. Echo Pro is even compact enough to be carried in your pocket.

Features:

– Cutting edge Echo Sounder technology
– Live video streaming
– Record and download video footage
– Switch modes at the touch of a screen
– Offline Sonar plot history
– Built in GPS locator
– Build bathometric lake maps – study offline
– Locate features and find fish
– Huge 100m plus range
– Android & iOs compatible

PRE-ORDER HERE

FishSpy Echo Pro cameras - available to order now!!

FishSpy Echo Pro Sonar and Camera – available to order now!!

The Month of Big Flies By Rene’ Harrop – June 2019

To state that the Henry’s Fork supports an extensive menu of trout foods might be an understatement. Aquatic invertebrates that annually cycle through a full year on what has been described by some as the most prolific insect factory on the planet represent an ever-changing display of insect life. For the most part, hatches on this amazing fishery seldom exceed size fourteen as individual organisms and the majority are considerably smaller.

A Mouthful

A Mouthful

Much of the difficulty associated with this iconic river relates to the precision required in overcoming exceptionally wary trout that grow large by resisting any weakness in physical skill or intellectual qualification.  Fortunately, there is an exception to the small flies, long leaders, and delicate presentation that generally describe the Henry’s Fork dry fly experience. This thirty-day reprieve from eye squinting intensity occurs at the beginning of the summer season when the days finally warm and winter becomes just a memory in the high country.

Known as the month of big flies, it is understandable why June is the most attractive time to visit the Henry’s Fork. This is the period when fishing can be a comparatively relaxed exercise as cautious trout succumb to the irresistible attraction of flies size twelve and larger.

Salmon Fly

Salmon Fly

The feast begins with giant Salmon flies that can reach two inches in length followed by Golden Stones, only slightly smaller than their orange colored cousins.

For decades, Green Drakes have been the headline hatch for much of the length of the Henry’s Fork. At a solid size ten, they are actually slightly smaller than the Brown Drakes which inhabit slower stretches of the upper river. At size twelve, Gray Drakes carry enough bulk to entice the same enthusiastic response as the larger mayflies, and they exist from the source to the confluence with the main Snake River more than fifty miles downstream.

Salmon Fly Brown

Salmon Fly Brown

Understandably, the opportunity of fishing to big rising rainbows and browns on imitations as large as size four comes with the condition of patience. But while June is assured to be busy on the Henry’s Fork, there is no better time to witness its magnificence while sampling its treasures.

Full Net

Full Net

 

 

New SURVIVOR Carp Fishing Bedchairs & Chairs From TF Gear

We are excited to announce we have some new carp fishing beds and chairs – enter ‘SURVIVOR’ by Total Fishing Gear!!

The SURVIVOR range is made up of camouflaged carp fishing tackle. Part of a wide range, SURVIVOR beds and chairs represent incredible value for money in a ‘carpy’ colour pattern.

In this video review, Carpology Magazine take a closer look at the SURVIVOR chairs and beds.

The TF Gear Survivor range also includes carpy camo luggage and carp fishing accessories. Check them out here.

New Airflo SuperFLo Fly Lines – Coming Soon

The word on the street is Airflo have a new fly line coming – The SuperFlo.

Rumored to be non-ridged, Airflo have developed all-new FLO technology which enables the running lines to be slimmer and slicker than any competitor product. The lines are also softer and more supple than ever before, yet they remain tangle free in all weather and temperature conditions.

Airflo SuperFlo fly line hero cast!!

Airflo SuperFlo fly line – Hero cast!!

For a taste of whats to come, check out Airflo’s SuperFlo fly line trailer film:

Airflo SuperFlo lines will be available from Fishtec in the next 2 -3 weeks. There will be two models to start with: Stillwater & Presentation.

SuperFlo sit at the premium end of the fly line market and will sit above the Airflo SuperDri ride fly lines as a new range, rather than replace them. Prices to be announced.

Airflo SuperFlo Stillwater

The Bridge to a New Season By Rene’ Harrop May, 2019

Rather than a single month to designate the gateway to a new season, the conditions required to accommodate the emergence of temperature sensitive aquatic insects nearly always span the end of April and the beginning of May. Of course, I am referring to the high country of the Rocky Mountains where seasons ignore the conventional norm.

May Rainbow

Though blue bird whether can be a feature of April, precipitation in the form of snow is just as likely as rain and nighttime temperatures routinely dip below the freezing mark. At well over a mile above sea level, a morning frost nearly assures that caddis and most species of mayflies and stone flies will not be on the trout menu for that day. Toward the end of that month, however, the budding of vegetation along the edge give announcement to the true end of winter.

Baetis On Airflo Elite

Generally speaking, crossing over the seasonal bridge into May brings entry into the time when each week seems to host a new arrival from within the food groups that drive the sport of fly fishing. This is a time of celebration for the dry fly enthusiast who craves deliverance from the exclusivity of fishing flies that seldom exceed size eighteen.

Though smaller Baetis will continue to reign as the dominant and most reliable hatch, there is comfort in knowing that within the first few weeks of May the little olives will be joined by early caddis and March Browns in size fourteen and sixteen. This is in reference to the Henry’s Fork where size twelve Gray Drakes and the giant Salmon Flies should appear by month’s end.

Salmon Fly

Late May is also the period when ice leaves high elevation lakes like Henry’s, Hebgen, and Sheridan. By that time, most seasonal closures have ended and the toughest challenge is deciding where to fish on any given day.

While April twenty nineteen is ending with considerable snow remaining above six thousand feet, there is fishing to be enjoyed along the length of the Henry’s Fork right now and much more to come as time moves along. Though high water on the rivers is very likely to come into play it should bring only temporary disruption to a season that looks very promising at this point.

Spring Brown

Breaking Free By Rene’ Harrop

In the Rocky Mountain west we have trout, and we have trout because we have water. But before either can exist there must be snow, and this year there has been a lot.

When combined with frigid temperatures, a record snowfall has extended the confinement of winter far beyond what is normally experienced on much of the Henry’s Fork. Breaking free from that restraint has been a slow process that continues to suppress much of what is expected at the end of the long, cold season.

Ready To Go

Only recently have we left the period when iced rod guides, chilled legs, and stiffened fingers are not the condition of a day spent on the water. Fortunately, the improved temperature that brings relief to that discomfort has also caused recession in snow depth. Together, these elements have allowed welcome improvement in the ability to access and enjoy the river.

Starting Small

While early Baetis have yet to become a factor, small showings indicate that significant hatches are not too distant. However, small dark stoneflies join reliable midge activity in filling in for the first mayflies of the year.

Spring Brown

Spring Brown

As the water warms, productive fishing opportunity is not lost on bright days when surface activity can slow. Small nymph and larvae patterns can fill in nicely for dry flies on days that might be a little too pleasant for hatches that favor cool and overcast days.

It is spawning time for the rainbows of the Henry’s Fork and most anglers will avoid disrupting this important spring ritual. Less sensitive to the sanctity of renewing life are the big brown trout of the lower river. Pestering their spawning cousins is an act devoid of conscience but so too is the human temptation to capitalize on the visibly aggressive marauders. An egg pattern or streamers will almost certainly gain the attention of a hungry spring brown.

Watch Out For The Egg

Watch Out For The Egg

While winter remnants continue with a serious volume of snow being most prominent, it appears that we finally have turned the corner on a new season. And the freedom that comes with spring could not be more appreciated.

New Airflo Airtex Pro Fly Fishing Clothing Review – 2019 Range

Airflo have launched an exciting all-new range of fly fishing clothing for 2019 which we feel are destined to become best sellers. In this blog post we take a closer look at the Airtex Pro garments.

Airflo Airtex Pro clothing

Featuring a wading jacket, ¾ jacket and a bib & brace trousers, this range has been thoroughly tested in the worst of the UK weather over the autumn and winter months.

All Airtex Pro garments are made of a robust 3 layer material that is extremely durable, fully waterpoof and yet still retains a high level of breathability. Pockets and D ring attachments have been cleverly thought out for maximum usefulness.

Airflo Airtex Pro fly fishing jacket in action

Airflo Airtex Pro 3/4 fly fishing jacket in action

Airtex Pro Wading jacket

There is no denying that this is an eye catching garment. Like everything in the Airtex Pro range, they have been styled for functionality as well as striking good looks. The jackets are dark grey, with carbon panels.

The material is a 3 layer, of a breathable, fully waterproof material. There is no lining, which is good as there is nothing to absorb or hold excess water when deep wading. What is noticeable is how durable it feels and looks – just like a set of breathable waders. You can tell that any water is going to instantly bead off. In our tests the jackets have proved to be totally reliable.

The hood is well designed so you can fully adjust it with several draw cords and toggles. It can also tuck away neatly inside the collar when not in use, which is Velcro closed.

Airtex Pro Wading Jackets - hood up and hood down

Airtex Pro Wading Jackets – hood up and hood down

The wading jacket has 3 D rings – one on the back for a net, and two on the the lower front for wading staffs or other accessories. Cuffs are fully adjustable and keep water out, and all zips are waterproof.

Airtex Pro Wading Jacket Net Ring

Airtex Pro Wading Jacket Net D Ring

Airtex Pro 3/4 Jacket

With exceptional good looks the Airtex Pro 3/4 jacket stands well above the competition.  Again it is a solid 3 layer, with taped and re-enforced seams throughout – guaranteed to keep you dry.

This 3/4 length jacket is perfect for the bank or boat fishing angler with it’s longer cut, which covers the top part of the leg and rear even when sitting down. It has a simplified design, with 2 x exterior chest and 2 x hand warmer pockets. Like all Airtex pro garments, the main zip and the pocket zips are all fully waterproof.

The chest area and adjoining pockets have been streamlined allowing you to wear a life jacket or fully loaded fly fishing vest over the top with ease. The 3/4 jacket has been sized to fit over a mid-layer, such as a warm fleece. Arms are cut to allow easy casting, with storm cuffs providing protection from water ingress.

Airtex Pro 34 Jacket - hood down and hood up

Airtex Pro 34 Jacket – hood down and hood up

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

The hood is another strong point – easily adjustable and designed to fit over a cap, it provides brilliant protection from the rain, even if it is blowing into your face. It doesn’t fold into the collar like the wading jacket, but it does sit neatly in place when not in use, allowing you to concentrate on fishing.

Airtex Pro Bib & Brace Trousers

100% waterproof and made of the same 3 layer breathable taslan shelled material, this great set of bottoms will compliment both of the Airtex Pro jackets.

Perfect for boat and bank fishers, they are designed for unrestricted casting and movement. The main zips, pockets and leg gussets are all designed in such a way to offer full protection from the elements, while being extremely easy to slip on and off.

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

The elasticated braces are fully and easily adjustable, allowing you to spend the day in complete comfort. These overtrousers also sit high up the body, completely protecting you from wind and the elements at your back when combined with one of the jackets.

How much?

Priced at £99.99 per garment (combo price any two for £179.99) the Airflo Airtex Pro fly fishing clothing represents outstanding value for money. Airflo Airtex Pro clothing can be purchased here.

Airflo Airtex Pro clothing special offer