By Leva levitra
Sunday May 19, 2013 | May 2013 Issue
Kids avoid or forget Father’s Day. A procrastinators dream! A tie, a six-pack…stick a bow on it and they’ve met their offspring obligation.
For the guy who gave the shirt off his back, why not pay him back with a versatile Wrangler Rugged Wear fishing shirt. New warm-weather styles, made with lightweight, soft and flexible 100 percent cotton ripstop fabric to resist rips and tears. Skin stays cool and dry. The Ripstop Angler Shirt also shoulders Wrangler’s smartly integrated vented panel allowing for full range of motion, air circulation and body temperature control. Premium performance technology withstands the elements. Roll-up button tab sleeves provide versatility and superior comfort from spring into fall. wranglerruggedwear.com
Dad finally bought a “drop it and it’s done” smartphone. Protect his technology from the outdoors! Originator of multi-layer smartphone cases, OtterBox’s Defender Series offers practically indestructible protection against bump, shock, and dust intrusion with a hi-impact polycarbonate shell and sticky grip durable silicone skin. The Defender Series allows complete smartphone interaction, including taking photos, through the clear protective membrane. Once his precious phone is retired for the evening, he can access sync/charge ports. otterbox.com
Don’t give Dad socks and gloves…unless they’re waterproof, breathable SealSkinz socks and gloves. These unique hand and feet cover-ups have a breathable membrane keeping water from entering, allowing perspiration to exit! Seamless construction prevents blisters and chafing, even after hours of rigorous outdoor activity. For fly fishermen…who insist on getting into the water, a special WaterBlocker version keeps water from entering the top of the sock while wading! danalco.com
Speaking of feet. Walking, wading or fishing, Teva sandals are comfortable and functional! It’s sock-free season and the award-winning men’s sport-sandal amphibian Itunda is great wet or dry! A seamless solution to footwear, this offering from Teva won’t leave painful creases on Dad’s feet…and drainage ports with monofilament mesh screens channel water away from Dad’s feet for quick drying and ventilation. Non-marking Spider rubber keeps its grip on wet surfaces. A polyurethane/EVA Shoc Pad cup transfers energy of impact throughout the footbed and away from the heel. Dad stays on his toes! Itunda’s Frame Platform wraps around the midsole creating anchor points feet in their place! teva.com
Dad will say “mahalo” (Hawaiian “THANK YOU”) when wrapping a pair of Maui Jims around his eyes. Even when mom glares at him, he’ll be seeing what he’s been missing with the industry’s best glare protection, blocking most harmful UVA and UVB rays. Maui Jim’s new angler collection is inspired by marine wildlife artist, Guy Harvey. Maui Jim commissioned four of his works translating them into the coolest wearable art under the sun. “Yellowfin” sunglasses feature a tuna hunting Mackerel inside of each frame. “Grander” reveals a Marlin breaking the water surface, capturing the thrill of big game fishing. “Mahi Mahi” depicts a pair of Dorado chasing baitfish. “Sailfish” illustrates an iconic Guy Harvey sailfish design on full, wraparound frames. Of course, Guy Harvey frames are focused on Maui Jim lenses. Sale proceeds go to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to fund ocean conservation research and educational programs. mauijim.com/guyharvey.
Other than a hoody in his school colors, the Redington hoody will become Dad’s favorite! Adapting to every season or as a layer in colder seasons, the Cascade Hoody is loaded with features ideal for anglers who participate in multi-sports. Fast wicking & quick drying100% Polyester offers UPF 30+. Elongated sleeves and stand-up collared hood provide extra sun protection. Reinforced thumbholes allow Dad to raise a thumbs up for easy layering. Performance products for fly fishing…or any of Dad’s outdoors adventures. redington.com
Fishermen have too much gear and not enough room. If Papa needs a brand new bag, check out Fish Pond for backpacks and vests, fishing bags, bags for waders, and cases for rods and anything carried, packed or stored. Beyond utilitarian, Fish Pond’s collection in outdoors colors reflects nature’s beauty. Another specific gift idea is the Southern Cross Fishing Journal. Custom photos bound in leather with 162 pages for fishing journal entries, Dad will have more than wisdom to pass down. fishpondusa.com
For the guy who took time to take you fishing, give him something he’ll carry, wear, or create memories in his favorite places. Happy Father’s Day!
Potomac River Bassing in June
Grass is greener and that’s where fish are!
The three best lures are Lucky Craft’s lipless LVR-D-7, the Mann’s Baby 1-Minus and a chatterbait…I make my own with Jann’s Netcraft components! Big fish are shallow to spawn near areas close to deeper edges.
For Lucky Craft’s LVR D-7 in darker colors…RED CRAW…tie to 14-17 pound test fluorocarbon line spooled on slower reels and flexible rods with little memory, to avoid pulling hooks from hard fighting fish. Quantum’s KVD rod is specifically designed for long casts with lipless crankbaits, allowing fish to inhale baits with hook-setting backbone…aided by low-stretch fluorocarbon line! Hooks make a difference…new KVD Mustad Ultra Point short shank triple grips grab more fish and are angled to hold on! They also allow upsizing hooks one size. Snag grass and snap free for aggressive strikes.
Same goes for Baby1-Minus in shad patterns…same rod, line and ripping technique. For chatterbaits, attach a Mann’s HardNose jerkbait, use a stiffer rod and same line…contacting grass is key!
Seeing grass is essential for determining where fish might be holed up in emerging grass beds. A clump here and there might not be as good as two or three stalks of milfoil grass together! For this, Maui Jim’s polarized plus HCL and new HT lenses cut through glare revealing fish houses! Accurate pitches with green pumpkin variety Mizmo tubes on 17-pound test Fluorocarbon line with 3/0 Mustad tube hooks targets bigger fish! A great time to get out and fish!
Capt. Steve Chaconas, Potomac bass fishing guide, BoatUS “Ask the Expert” (http://my.boatus.com/askexperts/bassfishing/)
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