Wondering what to put on your wish list this year? Here are a some great pieces of gear that caught my eye this year. Hopefully, if I shout it loud enough, a couple will find their way under our tree this year.
Simms Crest Hoody
Fleece lined hood makes this instant classic hoody extra comfy and warm. From the river to the bar for pints, the Crest Hoody will become a good friend quickly. Comes in Coal and Sport Grey. ($69.95) Order
Sage Bass II Series Rod
Retooled for 2012, the Bass Series not only got beefed up to increase line speed and throw bigger flies, it got a sweet ass cosmetic makeover as well. At 7′ 11″, these sticks have backbone and castability. From small pond bluegills to mangrove snook, the Bass II Series is a great choice for tussling with feisty fighters. ($550.00) Find your closest dealer.
Waterworks/Lamson Speedster 3.5
When I head to the Bahamas bonefishing this winter, I’d like to be packing one of these sharp as a tack reels from Lamson. The tried and true conical drag system is ingenious in its simplicity, durability, and effectiveness. This ultra large arbor design will definitely help pick up the slack when wiley critters try to pull the 180 tactic and come straight back at me. Price is right too. ($349.00) Find your closest dealer.
Buy the best cooler on the planet and support on of the best non-profits at the same time, the Coastal Conservation Association. Sit on it. Cast from it. Pole from it. Pull icy cold beverages from it. The best. Period. ($239.98-$399.98) Order it.
This Full Color Can Coolie from TrueFlies is an obviously necessary accessory for any tarpon adventure. With several cool designs to choose from, it makes it easy to distinguish your schwill from somebody else’s. ($4.99) Find dealer.
One can never have too many pooning hats and this one is no slouch. Old school Fish Crest Trucker Hat has Velcro enclosure with TF logo and dark blue under-brim to help reduce glare. ($26.99) Find dealer.
To complete the poonfecta, sport the Puckett Daisy Chain Belt. Nylon belt is 1.5″ wide and has heavy duty corrosion resistant D-rings at buckle. Cut the tag end to desired length. ($29.99) Find dealer.
Loon UV Clear Finish
Instantly cures clear when exposed to UV light. No mixing, waiting or spinning. Great for anchovy patterns, built up heads, scud backs, and the like. Precision needle tip included for fine applications. Better than epoxy. ($19.99) Find dealer.
Hatch Tempest Pliers
Released in 2011, Tempest pliers are a formidable pair. Like everything that Hatch produces, these are slick looking and made of high quality materials. Smart design features include cutters on both sides of the pliers and a 7.5″ length for getting past toothy critters. Jaws and blades are replaceable. In this world of $350 premium quality pliers, the Tempest comes in at a reasonable price. ($200.00) Find dealer.
Kaenon Polarized Arlo
Kaenon has always had a knack for blending style and quality into their ever growing line of shades. The Arlo (shown in Brown/Olive) blends street style and natural colors to create one of the coolest pair of shades I have seen in a while. So whether you need to see or be seen, Arlo has got you covered. SR-91 lenses offer exceptional clarity. ($214.00) Order.
A client left one on my boat as a tip this Fall and ever since then, we have been loving this device. This wireless speaker and speakerphone has a 10 hour battery life on each full charge. It operates via bluetooth connection with your iPhone, iPad, computer, or Droid device. It sounds great and is incredibly portable. Solid construction feels it in the hand. Synch with MyTalk for latest upgrades and features. Customizable colors as well. ($199.99) Order.