Fly Fishing For Bass

The sun beams down as you begin to rethink if the clammy wading jacket was a good idea, you leave the giggles and shouts of eager summer beach goers behind. You navigate a labyrinth of gullies and boulders only separated by small patches of sand. The mellow thundering of lapping waves takes over. You take a few steps into the water and feel the cooling sensation as the first wave crashes against your side and the salty spray hits your face in the onshore breeze. Maybe the wading jacket was a good idea after all…. this can only mean one thing. Summer fly fishing for bass!

Fly fishing for bass

Fly fishing for bass

If there’s one thing I’m confident in my ability to fish for and understand it’s bass! Since the age of 13 when I first picked up a fishing rod. The species that sparked my teenage fishing obsession is bass.

I’ve since evolved and expanded my bass bait and lure fishing to include fly fishing, becoming obsessionally concerned with trout, salmon and sea trout.

However, despite a passion for fly fishing since being able to drive, fly fishing and bass fishing never crossed paths. They were two very distinct disciplines that I equally enjoyed. I would often tell myself catching bass up to 12lb on light lure tackle was plenty sport. Why should I make it harder?

Well, I guess as happens to some anglers. It becomes less and less about catching numbers, more about those moments that you will cherish and remember for many years to come. Therefore last year after many difficult nights in pursuit of sea trout. I took my usual #7 to the salt and begun putting the wealth of bass fishing knowledge I’ve spent my youth developing into the skills more recently built on in fly fishing. A romance of two true passions.

Bass on the fly

Bass on the fly

Needless to say, I swallowed a slice of humble pie. I was understanding of why some anglers now spend hours driving to the coast to wave a fly rod about, and why some anglers solely chased them on fly. It was relaxing, skillful and strangely rewarding, yet the moment you feel the line tighten and spring off the water as the rod hoops over, you feel on top of the world with adrenaline and sense of achievement.

Saltwater fly fishing is not for the beginner. You must have a good base level of casting, line management and more so understanding of the saltwater environment and your target species.

Although my bass fishing is now being done with a #9, as I strive to throw a large fly a reasonable distance in proper open coast Bassy conditions. There is absolutely nothing to stop your average U.K. fly fisher turning their hand to this sport with their standard reservoir or sea trout outfit! In-fact, this is exactly how I started out fishing and on a beach or estuary where the bass can be caught under your feet and don’t require too much bullying this is still the perfect set up.

The Airflo Sniper fly line and V2 fly reel are a great bass combo!!

The Airflo Sniper fly line and V2 fly reel are a great bass combo!!

I found the Airflo Forty Plus sniper fly lines absolutely perfect for the salt and able to throw most Bass flies you’re likely to use. With the sniper being another more lazy but efficient line to cast, although I must admit when conditions allow I prefer being able to false cast a longer line than 30ft head. I will be experimenting with more of the wonderful Airflo fly lines before the season draws to an end and report back my findings and preferences!

Finding bass

Firstly unfortunately bass marks are small areas with narrow windows of opportunity. Bass fishermen are known for being secretive and with the commercial and angling pressure on them being high, good spots are often kept between sealed lips.

What I can tell you though, is finding Bass means finding “edges” and the more edges you can pair together the more likely you may be in catching them.

A stunning bass beach in september - not a soul in sight!

A stunning bass beach – now to find them!!

These edges include:

Drop offs, edges where sand meets rock, edges of rips, edges where day becomes night (or vice versa), edges of physical structures and edges of where fresh and saltwater meet.

Typical ground to hunt bass ranges from open stretches of rocky coastline, clean surf beaches, rocky edges and points of beaches and estuaries.

These will fish on all sizes and stages of tides and it really is a case of putting in the time and working out the window of opportunity at each mark. With experience you will begin to be able to tell from a glance (with an educated guess). However for rock marks, generally try the first or last two hours of the flooding tide, estuaries the last hour of high when at the tidal limit or last two of the ebb further down the estuary. Surf beaches are any state of tide, it’s just a case of figuring the pattern but begin to focus either side of high or low in short regular sessions until the trend emerges.

Suitable flies for bass fly fishing in the UK

Suitable flies for bass fly fishing in the UK

The beauty of the U.K. is that you’re never far from the coastline, nor bass that will take a fly. They live everywhere, but…most are caught in small windows of opportunity and the skill lies in deciphering this! I hope this encourages you to get out this month with a few 4-6 inch Sandeel flies (surf candies etc) and sink your teeth into one of the most exciting and challenging forms of fly fishing the U.K. has to offer. Don’t be daunted by the experience and start the learning curve. The satisfaction when it comes together will be worth it!

5 tips to remember for bass fly fishing in the sea:

  1. Be stubborn, believe it’s possible and don’t give up – it’s easy to be overwhelmed in a big ocean, but under the right conditions catching bass on the fly is more than possible.
  2. Change location not your fly – you’ll catch more bass by finding them then swapping flies for what isn’t there! Pick a fly that suits the water clarity and stick with it.
  3. Wash down your gear – You’ll quickly ruin your gear if you’re not washing it down after each session a little 5 minutes TLC goes a long way.
  4. Don’t be wrapped up in having to fish SW winds and big tides – yes some areas suit this but just as many produce in the complete opposite,especially for fly fishing. Experiment and don’t follow “rules”.
  5. Vary your retrieves! Bass will some days want a fly stripped FAST almost faster than you can manage, where as some days they’ll demand a fly crawled back slow or swung in the current.

Tightlines,

Nathanial James

About the author: Nathanial James is a passionate Surfer come somewhat obsessed angler from Swansea, South Wales, UK. Be sure to Check out his Hook’n’Surf blog for more bass fishing tips!

An Excuse to Fish More – Testing Airflo SuperFlo Lines

Living in the heart of American trout country and spending in excess of one hundred days annually with a fly rod in my hands does not mean that an excuse to spend even more time on the water is not entirely welcome. This was the effect of a package recently received from Gareth Jones.

Testing On The Fork

SuperFlo Testing On The Fork

With more than a year of development already in the books, it was finally my turn to try a new series of specialized fly lines from Airflo. Enthusiastic reports over the preceding months had revved the anticipation to the top of the scale by the time I was able to spool the first of several new tapers and head for the Henry’s Fork.

The timing for testing the SuperFlo Elite presentation line could not have been more ideal on a river known for its high demands in all aspects of the tool set required for consistent success in overcoming some of the world’s most elusive trout.

Henry's Fork Brown

Henry’s Fork Brown

With the full length of the most productive stretch in prime condition, my testing has been covering the delicate and precise requirements of fishing small dries to muscular rainbows on the slow moving and mostly wadable Harriman Ranch as well as a bigger and quicker Henry’s Fork thirty miles downstream. It is on the lower Fork where size ten and twelve drake hatches bring a heavier work load when a sixty foot or longer cast is often needed to reach big browns rising in deeper water.

Test On Still Water

Test On Still Water

The Still Water Taper was the other line selected for immediate sampling as all local lakes become hard to resist. With names like Henry’s, Hebgen, and Sheridan to choose from, there is no shortage of opportunity to a shoot accurate and well-timed casts to cruising surface feeders or extend to maximum distance when fishing a team of nymphs beneath the surface.

A Partner In Testing

A Partner In Testing

With the new SuperFlo Xceed and River and Stream tapers still waiting for my attention, the work continues. And while not always comforting to Bonnie, the excuse to fish more is not likely to end anytime soon. This is an exciting time to be a part of the Airflo team.

Think Floating Line…Think SuperFlo… Think Airflo…. Fly Line Review By Ben Fox

I, like most people, have tried a multitude of floating lines and each person has their own personal favourite… I had mine, and now I have the new SuperFlo floating line from Airflo.

The range is extensive with weights, tapers and colours to suit every freshwater fly angler. From the SuperFlo Stillwater with hi-vis chartreuse head to the Presentation taper with subtle colours, you’ll find the line to suit your fishing. Featuring one of the thinnest diameter running lines on the market these lines fly! Combined with a slick highly buoyant coating, welded loops and low stretch cores these lines have impressed both myself and scores of others (the score goes up with every new caster!)

SuperFlo stillwater fly line on test

SuperFlo stillwater fly line on test

Stillwater taper:

An updated version of the incredibly popular delta taper, the new Stillwater taper provides faster rod loading due to the slightly shorter front taper bringing the weight of the belly into the cast sooner. Marrying the ability to cast distance with presentation is not an easy task but the delta taper has never failed and the updated version continues to provide accuracy at distance, which it achieves easily with its ultra-slick coating and ultra-thin running line.

Airflo SuperFlo Stillwater taper

Airflo SuperFlo Stillwater taper

Presentation taper:

The Elite taper has always lived up to its name and combined with Airflo’s new FLO technology and subtle low visibility colours this line is a truly precious tool, perfectly designed for targeting those tricky rises where inches make all the difference.

Airflo SuperFlo Presentation taper

Airflo SuperFlo Presentation taper

Putting it to work…

Fitting in a quick test session around clients with photography done by my partner Jess, I had been looking forward to testing this line for a while so I was excited to get started. Tackling up my 10ft 7 weight Airlite V2 with a single fab on a 12ft leader of 8lb Airflo G3 I began to put the line through its paces at Kilnsey Park in the Yorkshire Dales. I had a few things I want to test out… roll casting, precision and distance. I have the Stillwater taper with the hi-vis head which really helped me to watch my loops and what a joy to watch a line working this well!

The stillwater taper with it's hi-vis head

The stillwater taper with it’s hi-vis head

Roll casting: Often over-looked, the roll cast really should be a part of your armoury as a modern fly angler and the Superflo makes this that little bit easier. Not only did it handle the fixed line casts well providing well formed, tight loops but with shooting line it was also very easily manageable.

Roll casting with the SuperFlo stillwater taper

Roll casting with the SuperFlo stillwater taper

Precision: One of the great things about Kilnsey Park is the willingness for fish to rise freely. There are plenty of targets for me to aim for. I found the line easily followed the path I sent it on and landed softly enough to not disturb even the spookiest fish.

Distance: Yes! This line will get the distance you need, it only took me a few practices to shoot the full line. And then, after a couple more attempts, I got the casting down to a roll into a false cast into the shoot to send the whole line out. The slick coating flies through the rings!

The SuperFlo line will get the distance you need

The SuperFlo line will get the distance you need

I targeted fish with my fab and hooked a few with takes coming static on the surface and on a slow figure of eight before I swapped to a haystack hairs ear and did the same retrieves. The fish kept coming and by the time my client had arrived I was certain this review would write itself. I was, and am, incredibly impressed!

To Summarise…

The SuperFlo, it’s a step up in floating fly lines from the people who perfected the worlds best sinkers. Get yours for the limited time offer of just £49.99 from all good Airflo dealers and Fishtec Tackle.

Fly fishing with the SuperFlo from Airflo

Fly fishing with the SuperFlo from Airflo

Article by Ben Fox.

To arrange a guided day or fly fishing tuition you can contact Ben via email on: benfox@fly-guy.co.uk

Facts and info:

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 Chartreuse or Low-Vis Lichen green, both have an ivory coloured running line and are 35yds long.

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

The Stillwater features an updated version of the 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.

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

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 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.

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