<![CDATA[WILDFound - Gear]]>Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:56:40 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Sling Packs: White River Sling Ranger Product Review]]>Wed, 20 May 2015 23:40:07 GMThttp://wildfound.weebly.com/gear/sling-packs-white-river-sling-ranger-product-review
White River Sling Ranger Fly Patrol Pack
What's the best way to carry and access your gear in the water? What's the most comfortable, least intrusive style to wear? And really, what gets your lures/flies back on the water the quickest? It's been the sling pack for me.  I see many angler's with a barrage of gear packs strapped from waists, traditional vests, chest packs the size of small coolers... I recently purchased a sling pack from Bass Pro and I have to say it's out performed everything else I've tried. 
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My Fly Pack Evolution

I am not a fan of vests. I tried one out just because I thought that's what fly anglers did and I felt a little to "robo-copish" clinking around in a vest with pockets filled with different gizmos. I then made the move to the chest pack (a cheap smaller one) and hated having the thing in my way and resting on the back of my neck. I then switched to a regular backpack and that was well and good in terms of comfort but I had to take an arm out of the strap and hold it sideways to get into my gear. The answer to all my problems and the last stop in my fly pack evolution and has been the sling pack. It's basically an Indiana Jones style satchel that rides at an angle so that when slid around the body the front faces upright and becomes accessible, comfortable and efficient. 
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Storage Space

This is a big plus in the sling pack style. There's a lot of room to store everything. It's basically a smaller backpack, so all you guys that love to carry the gear every possible scenario (line change, leader switch, fly packs, snacks, a spare tire) you'll be able to hoard your gear with no problems at all. It has plenty enough room for a day's work if you plan your flies ahead of time. It won't hold all your fly boxes but it holds my top 3 boxes as such: 2 smaller double sided fly boxes (my variety all-stars in one box and my larger terrestrials or a few woolly buggers in the other) as well as my bigger box as a surplus tank of back-ups.

Keeps you stuff dry

It really shouldn't be an issue for small stream guys but for those who brave a little deeper waters this pack keeps everything safe and dry. In many ways the hip pack is comparable to the functionality of the sling pack, lots of storage, not in the way of your casting, slides around the body to become accessible... but here is where  the sling pack takes the lead. I drew up a little diagram to illustrate.
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Highly accessible

What I really look for behind comfort is how efficient I can be with a pack. Can I easily get to the things I need without jumping through extra steps or dropping things in the water. The sling is quick and simple and provides basically a chest pack when slid to the front of the body. The tools are right there in your face, the pack stays put and provides a little work area for you to quickly pull things in and out of the pack without constantly zipping and unzipping. I feel I've been back to the water fastest with this pack. The only arguable point is the slide motion to get the pack to your front; hasn't bothered me at all, I can do it with one hand fairly easily.
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Easy Hiking

This is definitely a huge point for my needs. I often hike into spots I love to fish, navigating thorn bushes, branches, ducking logs, etc. I need something to stay put and not get caught up on everything or bug me while I'm hiking. The sling comes ready with a waist clip and strap that secure the pack around your midsection while hiking in. It stays slender and in place the whole time so it's not snagging or slapping into the brush as you hurry down the trail. Other packs haven't bugged me in this aspect but I like the feeling of not worrying about my gear when hiking in. 
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D-Loop for your Gear

On the back right of the pack exists the gear "D-loop" that is strong and meant for your net. I use the magnetic net clips and easily reach back to my right side when grabbing for my net. The only catch for me here is that my hemostats are on the front of the pack (I don't use a lanyard) so if I need them for the hook I have to slide the bag up which stretches the stretchy cord for the net around my body. It hasn't became an issue but I would rather it not happen. The fix here would be to wear a lanyard but I'd rather not; or slide the pack in the opposite direction so as not to wrap the net cord around me. (Well, now that I'm thinking I suppose I could just clip the stats to the release lanyard so they extend with the net...) 

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I'm not a gear junky but I need something that I can easily take out of my closet and throw in the car and go. If your a guy like me that can't piece together why others pay tons of cash for expensive big-named packs but still want something functional to help you do what you love I say check it out and see what you think. It's an efficient and useful accessory for any kind of angling you enjoy. 


If you have questions please ask I'll answer the best I can.


Here's the link to get you to the pack: White River "Ranger Sling Pack"
or click the picture below to give it a look.

White River Sling Ranger Fly Patrol Pack
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<![CDATA[Cabelas Fly Tying Starter Kit: Is this the one to buy?]]>Thu, 12 Mar 2015 03:23:07 GMThttp://wildfound.weebly.com/gear/cabelas-fly-tying-starter-kit-is-this-the-one-to-buy
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The First Vice

If you've recently started fly fishing then it's almost inevitable that the draw to tie your own flies, streamers, poppers, buck-tailed jigs and many more will reach you at some point. Like any new venture you want to make sure your spending your dough wisely, I did the same. Here's the quality check of Cabela's cheap starter kit and why you can feel comfy diving in on this particular kit. 

All the necessities, and a few to boot.

The kit I received was ordered online and it was a closeout deal, all said and done I payed $30 bucks for it. Not a bank breaker by any means, no nags from the Mrs. so I was in the clear. Any beginner kit needs a few tools to set you down the path of tying all the basic repertoire flies for the standard box. I wanted to tie wooly buggers, mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, a few fatal attraction remixes, a few foam terrestrials, and maybe make a few bass burner poppers. I accomplished those and far more in literally days after purchasing. Here's the essential tools you need in any kit:
  • Bobbin
  • Botkin (the needle looking tool)
  • Thread grabber (not sure of the technical name)
  • Whip finisher
  • Tweezers
  • A good sharp pair of scissors
  • Hackle pliers
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Helpful Extras:

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Along with all the essentials you need to get going you also get a bargain deal with some of the other tools tossed in the kit. You'll grab a half hitch tool, hair stacker, 2 sets of hackle pliers (one is smaller for fine tuning work), a portable clamp to fix the vice to a bench, table, tailgate, etc.. and a really nice cedar stained and finished box (felt lined for luxury...)

The Vice

I've been beating this thing up for over a year now and I haven't had any problems with it. It features a stand with a gripping foam on bottom to keep it from sliding and a heavy machined screw-in piece that seats the vice itself. The vice works by leverage utilizing a single lever in the back. It's easy to adjust with a screw sleeve that acts as a tensioner and seats a material clamp wrapped around it. It's not the high end type of vice you'd need to pay a few hundred for but it surprisingly stands pretty sturdy and still feels the same as the day I opened it up. Definitely not a durability issue I can foresee.
Whether purchasing this kit as a gift for a loved angler or for the first tying set-up this kit performs well. The craft of making your own flies adds a mark of sportsmanship when you reel in a chromer on one of your made flies. I purchased the kit along with a starter-materials pack and quickly learned that tying turns into an addiction, probably the best one I have. 

If you're interested in a kit like this one click here to grab one. NOTE: It's not exactly the same I have, the whip finish tool is a different style (performs the same job). 



If you have questions feel free to ask or personally email me. Thanks for reading and tight lines. 
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<![CDATA[Pflueger Fly Kit Combo]]>Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:13:47 GMThttp://wildfound.weebly.com/gear/pflueger-fly-kit-combo
This combo was my very first fly rod and reel. It lists at a pleasant 40 bucks online and I believe the same in stores. For that price and every things that comes with it you get everything you need.

Package Includes:

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The rod itself is actually a pretty good rod, I was able to learn on this rod pretty quickly. It has a stiffer butt section and flexible tip which is good for the beginner. I was able to get the feel of the weight on my back cast but still gaining distance on the forward. It is a 5/6 weight rod which is a good rod to learn and apply to different streams.

The reel is made from hard plastic. I would't slam it on rocks but it has held up for many fish now. It does what it needs to and hasn't bogged down through my small stream and river trips as of yet. I can regularly put my flies in 70 foot range maximum cast if needed, so it's basically fishable anywhere from small streams and lakes to the big rivers. The drag system is a little clunky but still works o.k. for what I need it to do. 

  • 3 piece 81/2 ft. rod (cork handle)
  • Pflueger reel (Fly line and backing already installed)
  • Tapered Tippet (This is under the cardboard insert, DON'T TRASH IT BY ACCIDENT
  • Small assortment of popular flies (7-8 or so)

Castability

I'm still relatively new to the sport of fly fishing. I can roll cast a couple different ways, I can mend my line in the water, I can do the basics of what I need to and I learned them all with this set-up. If your worried that the quality of the combo is going to slow your learning down or impede you in some way... don't. It is a pretty cast-able rod for what it is. The butt is pretty stiff but the rod seems pretty sensitive towards the tip section. I will say that being a three piece set-up you need to be sure to push the connecting ends together firmly to seed them. My rookie self shortened my pole on several cast. If you don't know what I mean: 
I casted the top third off and it went skiing through the lake until I could reel it back in. Fun times. 

Included Lures

The package included a couple wooly buggars, mayfly nymphs, one or two larger minnow streams, and a couple others that worked well on the bass. Honestly the flies they supply are probably a 7 or 8 dollar set in just flies. I fished them pretty heavy and have 2 or 3 left after many fish (and some trees) have torn up the rest. 

Should I buy?

If you want your gear to be marveled by fellow anglers or if you believe that the price of your gear attracts fish then by all means look elsewhere. 

But if your like me and need wallet friendly avenues to the outdoor game then this is a great package. If you are thinking about taking the plunge into fly fishing but want to dip your toe in the water first this is THE package to get. Reliable enough and functional enough to give a mouthful of a first taste swinging a fly and cheap enough to justify it as a fling if needed. I'd recommend this set-up for the broke outdoorsman like myself. 



If you have any questions feel free to ask!

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