Vision has entered the premium wader market with its 37.5 Technology, which it says delivers improved breathability – ideal for the summer months.
Putting on a pair of waders creates a microclimate around your body, being active and increasing your body temperature leads to sweating which increases the humidity inside the waders. The fabric in Scout waders provides 800 per cent more surface area and removes moisture by responding to your body heat. We have tried the waders, fishing for several days in a row, and found them to be excellent. When walking the bank in warm conditions you can feel the waders working to evaporate moisture from your skin.
The Scouts have a NoSeam cut, which creates a slightly curved shape and removes the need for seams around the seat – usually a high-wear area. Seams are all ultrasonic welded with E-tape so there are no stitches to worry about. They are cut with more material, which gives them a roomier feel and allows the spacious kangaroo pocket at the front to be used to full effect. The wading belt sits low on the body because it is mounted below the join between heavier and lighter fabric to allow for the large waterproof front pocket. It would be a good idea to try the waders before buying, or speak to stockists Guide Fly Fishing to make sure you are choosing the right size and cut for your body shape.
The Scout has a waterproof zipped chest pocket, which is divided into three compartments with handy elasticated pouches. This pocket can easily accommodate a large fly-box.
Inside the waders is a flip-out pocket that has two zipped pockets and a velcro-fastened compartment where you could carry more tools. The usual D-rings have been replaced with spring clips, which are great for hanging forceps. Gravel guards are fitted. A wading belt, which matches the braces, is supplied.
Price: £449.99. Contact: Guide Fly Fishing. Tel: 01977 681 300. Web: visionflyfishing.co.uk
Hodgman’s H-Lock removable sole system is an excellent innovation that allows you to switch between rubber, felt and studded soles using a single pair of wading boots.
The boots are supplied with felt soles and Wadetech rubber soles. Additional studded rubber or felt soles can be bought for £44.99, and these studs are pre-fitted through the top of the sole making them far more secure than studs that are screwed in from the bottom in the standard way (you can’t later add studs to the plain soles because of their
The soles lock in place at two separate points and can only be removed if both locks are disengaged at the same time. This makes them very secure. They are relatively simple to fit, though it is important to make sure their grooves are correctly aligned when fitting.
There are drainage ports built into the boots that flush water through the soles with every step, making sure that sand and debris doesn’t become trapped. The soles are clearly marked with right and left to avoid confusion once removed and have a space to right the name of the river where they’re used – a good idea where biosecurity measures are in force.
The Aesis boot features a BOA M2 closure (you turn a dial to tighten or loosen the fit) instead of laces, which makes the boots easy to remove without having to untie knots. They are made from an abrasion-resistant synthetic material, with corrosion-resistant hardware and extra rubber in high-wear areas such as the toe. There is a small D-ring on the tongue for attaching the hook of a gravel guard. This feature is also present on the nubuck Vion boots (£229.99) and H-5 lace boots (£179.99) where it saves wear on the laces.
The boots are sized to allow for the neoprene sock on a pair of stockingfoot waders so your regular UK shoe size should be correct. Available in UK6 to UK12.
Contact: Pure Fishing. Tel: 01665 602 771. Web: Hodgman.com
Following advancements in raw materials and components the popular LPXe range of rods from Guideline has undergone a complete overhaul. The original LPXe was and is a firm favourite among salmon anglers who like to use shooting-head lines. Its short handle and powerful blank first appeared in 2003 as part of what was then the latest in salmon-fishing fashion from Scandinavia. The new LPXe has big shoes to fill, which is perhaps why Guideline has spent three years in the development and testing process.
We tried the rod on the Welsh Dee and the power of the blank is immediately obvious. Using a matched shooting-head line and thin shooting-line it was easy to hit the opposite bank without much effort.
The rod has new grip lengths, shapes and diameters. The handles on all the rods in the range are slimmer than on previous models. The bottom grip on the 14 ft 9/10 is very comfortable in the palm. It is short, which is ideal for the bottom-hand-driven Scandinavian casting technique. The top grip tapers nicely towards the blank with a slight flare to guide the thumb position.
The reel seat is smart, with an etched metal insert and orange detailing on the locking nuts. The blank has a matt grey finish and has been built using new graphite structures and cutting patterns. The intention is to give improved strength and recovery speed while loading with a three-quarters deep bend. Described as crisp, the rod is light and bends nicely; you can feel its power and spring.
The Fuji KW stripping rings have a slant that is set away from the handle towards the tip. This design was first introduced on Guideline’s RSi rods and it aims to stop your running line tangling around the rings when shooting for distance. A stripping ring that projects at right angles to the blank is more likely to catch a loop of running line during the cast. Single-leg rings are preferred to snakes to minimise weight and prevent any unnecessary stiffening of the action. Everything is geared towards maximising the LPXe’s performance. It looks and feels the part.
The LPXe is supplied in a hard, light tube with a fabric outer layer. The four pieces are held in a dark grey Air-Mesh bag, which has a tactile spongey texture and fluorescent orange trim. The whole package feels very modern with lots of attention to detail.
A full range of single-handed rods, three 11 ft switch rods in different line ratings, and double-handed fly-rods from 12 ft 8/9 wt to 15 ft 10/11 wt are available; all are four-piece.
Contact: Jim Curry. Tel: 07973 291 367. Web: guideline.no