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Two hours of fishing (ok, blanking) in the driving rain and not a drop of water got in anywhere - result!

The fact that I didn’t bother the scoreboard in some pretty tidy conditions is by the by here, but yesterday morning I spent the last two hours of the flood tide thrashing various lures around in the rain, and I mean it was proper driving rain, with a bit of breeze as well. As good as some our waterproofs are, I must admit that I’d expect to get back to the car and at least have wet sleeves where the water has trickled in around the cuff area on a waterproof jacket, plus find that a bit of water has got in down the front via me often fishing directly into the bit of breeze and driving rain………….

But I couldn’t find a single drop of water inside of my waterproofs yesterday. Sure, I don’t expect my waterproof jacket to leak (the outstanding Vision Kust jacket), nor my waders which I have been using solidly now since I really started going after the bass again this spring - review to come in due course, but so far they seem to be an impressive pair of breathables. I have been doing a couple of things slightly differently in the pissing rain though, and I think these “tricks” as such have been helping to keep the water out of the areas I described earlier.

I’ve gone back to wearing a baseball cap when it’s raining as I really think it helps the hoods on these waterproof jackets work that bit better. A baseball cap is a pain when I am photographing, but then my photographic opportunities in the pissing rain are somewhat limited anyway, so I’ll wear the cap and quite happily take how it helps to stop most of the water getting in the face area of the jacket and trickling down my front.

The cuffs on a waterproof jacket are my main bugbear though, in that for all the good and bad jackets I have worn over the years, I still haven’t come across a sleeve/cuff design that keeps all rain out when you are actually fishing - your hands are coming up and down etc. while you cast and retrieve, and therefore water tends to find a way in and you end up with wet sleeves. Does it really matter? No, I suppose not, but it’s a pain and I’d like a solution.

I can’t remember where I got this idea from, and it may well have been some kind soul on here or on my Facebook page, but I bought some cheap and cheerful sweatbands off Amazon, and blow me down if they aren’t stopping water getting inside my sleeves anymore. Yesterday morning I put my Vision Kust jacket on, did the sleeves up so they were snug - I don’t like doing them up so sodding tight that I can’t fish properly - and then put a couple of sweatband down over my wrists so that they were covering the inner sleeve bits on the jacket. I am sure that a lot longer than two hours in a monsoon might mess this system up, but my two hours yesterday morning saw this simple sweatband solution work a treat. The sweatbands were pretty damp from the rain, but they had obviously absorbed the rain that tried to work its way in. Having dry sleeves after that amount of rain sure is a new experience. Simple stuff I know, but ain’t some of the best stuff often like that?