Cast forward: Part 2
Innovative apparel, watercraft, tools and materials to improve your fly-fishing experience
Best float tube
FISH CAT 5 MAX
When it comes to float tubes, plus-size anglers have had few options—until now. Designed and built specifically for large and tall anglers, the Fish Cat 5 Max is three inches wider and 10 inches longer than Outcast’s popular Fish Cat 4. And with an extra half-inch in the tube diameter, it can support more than 300 pounds. This rugged boat also features two vinyl bladders covered with 420-weight Pac cloth, and a PVC-coated bottom.
Outcast Sporting Gear, 1-844-243-2473; www.outcastboats.com
MINIMALIST WADING JACKET
Need a windproof, waterproof, breathable, packable rainjacket without unnecessary frills? Look no further than Patagonia’s Minimalist, which weighs in at just 10.7 ounces. It’s made from Patagonia’s 100 per cent recycled nylon ripstop fabric, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. It has a fully adjustable hood and cuffs, a waist bungee, two upper fly-box pockets, fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets and corrosion-proof plastic zippers.
Patagonia, 1-800-638-6464; www.patagonia.com
Best wading accessory
GUIDE WADER BELT ZS
Talk about an ideal wading belt—not only does it prevent your waders from filling with water in case of a spill, it also securely holds your landing net. Umpqua’s reverse-cinching belt tightens snugly, and it’s five inches wide at the back to provide back support for a long day of wading. Made from granite-coloured 420-denier nylon, the Guide Wader Belt ZS also features two shielded nipper or accessory ports.
Umpqua Feather Merchant, 1-800-322-3218; www.umpqua.com
Best fly-tying tools
Blending quality with a reasonable price, these ergonomically designed tools from Cascade Crest help make fly tying a breeze. The series includes small and large bobbins, scissors, hackle pliers and whip finishers, plus a dubbing twister, bodkin and hair stacker. Constructed of high-grade aluminum, the tools are balanced to fit your hand comfortably, while the satin finish eliminates unnecessary glare.
Cascade Crest Tools, 1-800-528-0001; www.cascadecrest.com
Best fly-tying material
Innovative makers of tying material, Larva Lace has introduced its popular Angel Hair in fluorescent yellow, orange, pink and green. This Mylar-type material features a subtle sheen to give flies added flash. It can be used as is, dubbed or applied in small amounts to add a dash of brilliant colour to drab flies. It’s available in both standard and large saltwater sizes.
Unexcelled Fishing, 1-888-996-4036; www.unexcelledfishing.com
Saskatchewan’s Wayne Phillips is a long-time Outdoor Canada contributor.