Fishing (other stuff)

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Quiet times on Tamanawis of late. With the new season coming, however, things are sure to get more busy. In the mean time, a nice story on the BBC today about pearl mussel conservation in Northumberland. I’ve never come across any freshwater mussels whilst out fishing, but I’ll be sure to pay attention this season.

Well after a bit of consideration I’ve opted for a pair of Orvis Pack and Travel wading shoes. Nice and light weight, simple boots, should fit the task nicely. Seems to be Orvis’ cheapest pair of boots. Looking over their other models in the shop yesterday I struggled to find any reason for the heavy, £100 plus options. Only question open to debate is longevity, for which time will tell.

Had to happen really, things were getting out of hand..

Another link passed on for UK readers who missed it:

Catching the Impossible, a wonderful piece of fishing program making, shown last Sunday morning on Channel 4.

Catch up using the 4OD service.

My wading boots are about 4 years old. I can’t remember the model name but they were made by Scierra. They have traveled with me to beautiful remote hill lochs, to less remote lowland lochs, to my local rivers and streams, and even to the odd night out. One boot has been missing a sole for about a season and a half, which has increased its soul value considerably.

But I think there comes a time when enough is enough. The left boot is in a particularly bad state, with the entire upper boot now threatening to come away from the remaining sole unit.

Both boots are currently held together with 2.5″ nails which I’ve hammered through the soles and into/out of the uppers. I feel I’ve had pretty good mileage out of them, particularly given that friends of mine with the same boots used them for barely a season before replacement.

So I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement pair which don’t cost the earth. On Sunday I made an misfortuned visit to an unnamed giant fishing shop in Glasgow. Due in large part to my own absorption in choosing tapered leaders I overshot the closing time and ran out of time to try new boots. So now I’m looking at mail order, or one of Edinburgh’s few tackle shops.

I quite like the look of the Orvis Clearwater boots (I have the same line in waders), but I’m not sure about sizing… Perhaps this week I will have to get down to the local store and try some out. The much-touted Orvis warranty seems like a good idea with items like waders and boots.

Many anglers seems to view items like waders and boots as completely disposable, only expecting a season or two out of a pair at best. Mr Corporate over at urbanflyfisher.com and I have discussed this before, both agreeing that anglers should expect much more of their often overpriced gear. A season or two for a £200 pair of giant plastic socks? Barmy if you ask me, but perhaps I’m already becoming a tight old git completely out of touch with the ‘modern way’.

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