New & noteworthy gear for Summer 2017

Women’s fishing fashions, plus a practical paddle, premium PFD, revolutionary rod and more

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PRACTICAL PADDLE

When one hand is occupied with a fishing rod, keep on manoeuvring your kayak with the Assault Hand Paddle (US$29.95). Made from fibreglass-infused plastic, the 22-inch-long floating paddle sports a hook to grab fishing line or tree branches, and a toothed edge to push off of obstructions.

Learn more: Backwater Paddle Company, (321) 750-1259; www.backwaterpaddles.com

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FILTER AFIELD

Nothing can ruin a backcountry fishing or hunting trip like a case of beaver fever. Enter the Lifesaver portable water bottle (US$149.95), which uses high-tech but simple filtration technology to remove viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites to instantly provide clean drinking water. Just scoop up water from any source, pump it through the pressurization system and drink up.

Learn more: Lifesaver, +44 (0) 1206 580 999; www.iconlifesaver.com

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FISHING FASHION

The CoolSwitch Thermocline Long-Sleeve Shirt (US$37.99) is part of Under Armour’s new collection of women's fishing apparel that’s stylish, but rooted in performance. Designed exclusively to fit active, serious female anglers, CoolSwitch products have strategic ventilation to wick sweat away from the body, and feature built-in 50+ UPF. In imperial purple (pictured), marlin blue and skylight colours, and sizes S to XXL. 

Learn more: Under Armour, www.underarmour.com

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PREMIUM PFD

Designed for anglers and paddlers, Mustang Survival’s Elite 28K hydrostatic inflatable PFD ($401.61) features an extra-wide shoulder system to eliminate neck fatigue, and dual side adjustments for a custom fit. It also has a moisture-wicking mesh lining, and a discreet inflation handle to reduce snags.

Learn more: Mustang Survival, 1-800-526-0532; www.mustangsurvival.com

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REVOLUTIONARY ROD

A collaboration between G.Loomis and Shimano, the new Asquith series of fly rods (US$1,000 to US$1,200) boasts “superb power transfer from tip to hand, quick recovery and increased sensitivity.” Available in nine weights, the rods are built using Shimano’s Spiral X construction, which promises significantly more rod rigidity and less twist, without adding weight.

Learn more: G.Loomis Canada, 1-866-491-5229; www.gloomis.com