Starting to mess around with some "technical clothing"
I have been threatening it for a while now, but I am finally starting to get hold of some bits and pieces from the "technical clothing" world - it's been my thing for a while now that there simply has to be some different clothing that we can think about wearing for some of our fishing, other than actual fishing clothing itself. Please note that I am all for fishing clothing itself, indeed I have various bits and pieces that have done me seriously proud over a number of years - take the outstanding Greys GRXi wading jacket for example. Bomb proof. I will be fascinated to see how the new 2010 GRXi Extreme version works for bass fishing. But the mind ticks away, and I am not one for sitting still and accepting that bass anglers especially have no other choice than to wear clothing that comes from the fly fishing world. There is a world of "technical" clothing from the hiking, climbing and skiing markets out there that simply has to have relevance to us. Some of the stuff is just so incredibly advanced.
A lot of my photography work and the bulk of my bass fishing revolves around the use of a pair of breathable chest waders and some wading boots - still either the Greys G-Series or the Greys Platinum waders and the rubber/studded Platinum wading boots for me, and they continue to do me proud. But it's what we wear underneath the waders and then layer up with on top that I am really starting to explore more and more. I am starting to use and test different base layers, mid layers and waterproof shells in a bid to make my fishing and work more comfortable and efficient, and also to give me less bulky stuff to carry around to deal with changes in the weather. This is the UK after all. And in Ireland you can and will get four seasons in a day........
Anybody here who is into hiking or climbing will know all about "technical clothing" - when you really start looking into and researching this world, it becomes very obvious very quickly how much some of this stuff just has to be of serious use to us when we are moving around a lot with our fishing. Essentially it's based around three core elements - the base layer that sits right next to your skin and helps to wick moisture away (sweat, the dreaded "my waders are leaking when they aren't" word), the mid layer (or layers depending on how cold or warm it is) that helps to regulate your temperature (keeping warm or cool in plain English), and then the outer "shell" - a waterproof jacket or smock to you and me. It's amazing just how many different waterproof shells there are for example, all with different materials that are either completely packable and ultra-lightweight, or slightly heavier duty, still packable, but that bit warmer over all. Told you I was getting into all this.
I will be interested to see where this all leads, but for the moment I am just going to use and abuse the different bits of gear as much as possible and start to learn about what I believe works best. Whilst this gear of course has loads of applications all across fishing, if you are going to be standing still for long periods staring at rod tips, and are not going to be moving around a lot, then to be perfectly honest there is a mountain of generally cheaper fishing clothing that does perfectly. What I am interested is using better suited clothing for the more mobile forms of fishing.
I don't know about you, but I never like the idea of going out bass fishing, using a bunch of lures, and then leaving them unwashed in my lure box - or is just me loving my (shiny) lures a bit too much ? I have had one of these Sakura lure boxes for a while now, the ones where each lure can sit in its own compartment and therefore does not get tangled up with a whole load of other treble hooks - one of my pet hates. So I tend to get back from fishing, get all the lures out, swill them around in a sink of freshwater and then lay them out to dry (please do not comment on whether this is normal or not !!, because there is a point to all this). I just like looking after my gear. Give it hell when out fishing, be nice to it at home. Or something like that. I think it's all perfectly normal. Sort of.
So I feel like a bit of an idiot to have only found out the other day that my Sakura lure box (the bigger version of the one you can see in the screen grab above) actually has a load of drainage holes placed all around it. So there's me taking the little darlings out for an individual clean, when in fact all you have to do is to dunk the entire lure box in a sink of freshwater (with lid shut and lures all nice and comfortable inside), let it fill up with water, take it out of the sink and hold it there to let most of the water drain out, and then leave it somewhere to drip-dry out completely. All traces of saltwater gone just like that. Either I am incredibly intelligent to have noticed this when nobody else has, or else I am admitting to having completely missed the bleeding obvious many times over !! Whatever the case, these Sakura lures boxes are the business. Love your lures and they will love you back......