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River Taff & Rhondda in flood once again!

We needed rain but come on this is just ridiculous

I had the weekend all planned with a good Friend Nicholas Steedman to come over and give the river Taff a bit of a looking at and even the river Rhondda might have had a little bit of attention. But it’s always the same, we pray for rain so the rivers will pick up a little and get the fish going but it just can’t rain a little bit, oh no it has to to rain cats and dogs and write the river off completely. The plans have gone out the window and down the Taff into Cardiff bay.So the next best thing will have to do, tying flies,a mixture of dry flies and nymphs. It will be a full weekend job so by the end of it i’ll have enough to cover me for a week on the river Tay in Scotland and the river trails in July ūüôā God i’ve ¬†got a busy time ahead of me but really looking forward it!

Fishing the river Taff

Not posted for a while due to being on holidays for a few weeks in Jamaica and god what a holiday it was but there you are back to normality and back to the fishing.

I was out on the river today with a good friend that I haven’t¬†fished with for some time and it was good to have the old partner in crime around again. ¬†Due to the overnight rain, the river Taff was running with a few inches on and with a slight colour but it didn’t dampen the fishing spirit!. Matthew my mate concentrated on the deep pools and the head of the pools with the heavy nymphs and I just concentrated on the back ends¬†where the slow and shallow waters were. As we both moved up river picking trout and grayling off I had a call off another mate Ceri Sweeney¬†who¬†I haven’t seen for some time asking if I was out fishing. Soon after, ¬†Ceri met up with us and after having a chinwag, we all got to the fishing. It was far from easy and you had to work for the ones we managed to catch.

Im back on track with the blog  so please keep checking in on times to see what ive been up to. A few more posts about flies and where ive been fishing them will be up soon.

Treating myself

Well this was long over due and I should have done it months ago, I was in desperate need of a new set of waders as two of my old pairs had really given up the ghost. Many patches were bought and a couple of tubs of aquasure but I was told once you start to repair them, their never ever the same.

I decide to go for the Airflo Delta Stocking foot waders after reading all the feefo reviews on the Fishtec website site. I always take first hand information to heart and I knew a couple of anglers who own a pair of these too. Each person was happy with their choice and just one had a problem when they first had them, but a quick call to Fishtec customer services and this was quickly rectified.

I haven’t had a new pair of chest waders in a long time so I was looking forward to rambling about the river and not having wet feet for a change. I opted for the Delta waders as they also came with a pair of free wading boots. I won’t be using these for a while but when my current boots die these will be my go to boots.

Whilst I was on the website I was browsing around the clothing section and looking at what I need for the coming year, you can’t take it with you after all! I decided to go for a new fishing garment as my chest pack was becoming cluttered and just too small for my needs.

I’ve never really been into wearing a vest whilst fishing as I’m a chest pack kind of guy, but after fishing with Kieron Jenkins for the day and trying on the Airflo Outlander Mesh Vest I just had to have one! ¬†A lovely light mesh design with multiple inner and outer pockets everything is to hand and no digging about in flaps or deep pockets looking for my gink or leader¬†straightener¬†.

My chest pack seemed as if it was weighting me down, it was like I had a house brick tied around my neck, It didn’t help that it was so full ofcourse but after swapping all my gear to the new Airflo Mesh Vest it was like I had nothing on. The pockets are all tucked up out of the way keeping fly boxes and nylon dry it also features a mesh back so it allows my body to breath whilst walking long distances.

NEW mobile compatible Fishtec Website

With the number of people browsing the web on their smart phones increasing by the hour to do many different things such as checking their online banking, booking a flight or just updating their facebook or twitter status, means of interacting with the web has never been so easy. Why isn’t it like that for fishing tackle websites?

Our techie team has work incredibly hard to bring you the new mobile friendly website, making browsing or purchasing fishing tackle easier than before. Now you can Check stock availability, our keen prices and order for next day delivery wherever you are!

Ever been in the situation where you’ve forgotten a vital piece of kit and there’s no tackle store near? Now you can just type http://www.fishtec.co.uk into your mobile browser and purchase anything you like.

Distinct buttons direct you to your desired fishing discipline, bringing up a homepage and main category section with further sub-categories.

Fishtec Mobile Homepage

Tackle items are displayed clearly with images and sub-categories which make directing your search that much easier. Easy selection from drop down boxes makes choosing quantities and sizes effortless.

Deciding which product is perfect for you has never been so easy, just visit our ‚Äėbuying guides‚Äô which offer extensive information on how to choose the correct fly line, fishing rod or jacket.

Keep up with our latest exclusive online offers and if you want to benefit from 10% OFF everything and FREE postage for a whole year, join our VIP Club! Fishtec VIP Membership

Win an Airflo Ridge Clear Fly Line!

Fancy winning yourself an Airflo Ridge Clear fly line? Well here’s your chance.

Teaming up with Total Flyfisher magazine, we’ve been able to offer one lucky person an Airflo Ridge Clear fly line worth ¬£59.99. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go onto facebook and make a few clicks.

By offering this prize Fishtec and Total Flyfisher are hoping to increase Facebook followers, which will enable us to offer more gear and prizes.

As soon as both pages hit the 1000 members mark we‚Äôll pick out a winner, so don‚Äôt be shy in spreading the word, tell your mates, tell you mate‚Äôs mates ‚Äď the sooner we hit 1000, the sooner you might win.

Click here to visit and like the Fishtec Fly page.

Click here to visit and like the Total Flyfisher page.

Designed for fishing, clear venues with easily spooked inhabitance, the Airflo Ridge Clear Fly line will make a valuable addition to anyone’s arsenal. And the lucky Facebook fan will get to choose the weight and density of the line they win.

Check out the video below to see what you could be winning ‚Äď and don‚Äôt forget to get liking over on Facebook. Good luck.

Guest post courtesy of Fishtec fishing tackle store.

Well here it is! Airflo Hydrotec Softshell Jacket Review

So, I’ve been wearing the Airflo Hydrotec Softshell Fleece for over a month now both to work and whilst out fishing. Trying everything¬†humanly¬†possible to get the best out of it I can. Quite frankly, I can’t fault it.

From the second I opened the jacket I could tell it oses quality. The first thing you notice is the dual colour¬†Soft-shell¬†MemBrain. with the gray shoulders and black body and underarms It certainly looks the part! I like the ‘shower-proof’ capabilities of the jacket as throughout the Spring and Autumn a coat can be an unnecessary¬†addition to you fishing gear. But with this, it keeps you dry and warm. Being able to wear a jacket both fishing and ‘out and about’ is a big plus for me as I get used to wearing some things.

The comfortability it offers me when out walking and/or fishing is second to none with the Mambrain seeming to mould to my casting style and shape.

After putting the jacket on for the first time you¬†definitely¬†see the advantages over others. It’s spacious enough to have a few layers underneath just for that little extra protection from the cold. The cord around the base of the jacket allows you to tighten around your waist to stop any draught and the¬†Velcro¬†straps at he cuffs makes it easy to stop water and wind creeping its way down your arm when casting or handling fish. Something I’d like to do more often.

It seems as if the guys at airflo have thought of every possible way wind could break the barrier. The pockets are sealed with a watertight zip which only under the submersion of water will lapse.

The built in hood with draw strings is a great addition to the jacket, allowing you total protection from the elements. Or from any nagging fishermen you happen to come across. The front of the hood has enough coverage to completely cover the peak of my hat.

The Fast wicking properties of the jacket allows it to dry 3/4 times quicker than other fabrics such as cotton, making it a gem to be out in a shower with. We all know how quick the conditions can change!

To purchase the jacket it will only set you back ¬£50 – Which for a quality piece of kit, isn’t a lot! You could pay 4/5 times more for a name such as Simms.

Overall, I think the jacket is a great addition to my fishing gear and will allow me to get out in the harshest of conditions when others can’t. I am very please with this jacket and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a top layer.

Fishing Clothing – Airflo Hydrotec Softshell Fleece

As I arrived home from work this evening I could see something, a parcel, waiting in the hallway for me to open. I couldn’t remember ordering anything, and im sure the mrs wouldn’t let it happen anyway!¬†Unravelling¬†the well packaged… errr package, I could see it was an item of fishing clothing, something my good friend Kieron Jenkins had send from Fishtec.

A well designed, trendy and fashionable hooded fleece, perfect for the damp, wetter weather we currently have as the material is shower proof, with a comfortable hood. The adjustable cuffs and waist will give me great protection from cool winter drafts whilst fishing, walking or just out around the shops.

I’m¬†sure this jacket will play a big part of my fishing tackle throughout the winter, keeping me warm and comfortable whilst chasing the ladies… literally.

Good Wader Guide

Waders are like the holy grail of fishing tackle. Find a good pair and you’re onto a winner!

Getting a decent pair of¬†waders¬†nowadays¬†is pretty easy,¬†irrespective¬†of the price. Most waders are made to a considerable standard, but with the higher end offering a few more ‘luxuries’ as waterproof zips, hand warmer pockets and padded straps. The usual rule fishermen go by is ‘Pay more and they’ll last longer!’… But waders don’t always read the rule book.¬†You can pay upwards of ¬£6OO for a pair Simms that last half or several seasons.

Waders leak for 3 main reasons

Usage – User problems/accidents
Storage problems
Manufacturing problems

Usage
Well, this is an obvious one. Jumping of fences, forcing and¬†shoving¬†your way through brambles, woods and thistles will all puncture the lest and most¬†vulnerable¬†parts of any garment. Standing on the feet or main body of the¬†waders¬†when dressing or tackling up doesn’t do them any favours, sometimes it‚Äôs¬†inevitable ¬†although try and avoid it!

Purchase waders that fit. It’s not always easy to try on a pair of waders before you buy, depending on the proximity of your local fishing tackle shop or dealer. Waders that don’t fit your body can cause all sorts of problems. If their too tight, the material will strain and stretch on the seams when you walk, kneel, climb or sit. The fabric isn’t that tough, it only needs to be stretched a matter of minutes and will already start to part.

Storage

This is a good’un. I speak to a lot of people who’s waders always seem to ‘go’ in the same places, around the ankles where the boot or stocking foot meets the waders, knees or along one of the many seams. Leaving your waders crumpled in the back of your car after a day on the water, tightly rolled up ¬†in a dry storage bag or tidily laying on the floor of your garage can create long thin leaks, usually around your knees, calfs and shins – with waders normally tight around this area anyway, the added pressure inside the waders of water seeping its way through your clothing isn’t very comfortable.

Hanging a pair of boot-foot waders by their braces puts pressure on the seals and joints around the boot, and will also stretch the braces. Putting this amount of pressure on the seams between the boot and wader fabric can cause leaks which are hard to repair.

Manufacture 

Manufacturing problems are normally the first kind of problems seen within a pair of waders. Is the tape on the seams secure? Are the neoprene feet waterproof? Are there any holes? The list goes on, once purchased there’s only one way to test them.

The more the waders are used, wear on the seams and tape become more common. Most of the tapes on seams use a heat reactive adhesive which is heated and the glue then melts and sticks to the surface covering the seams. This should make it water tight. The more the tape flexes and stretches the more prone it becomes to leaks as the flexing over time causes cracks within the tape.

Get the most out of your waders

Keeping your waders stored correctly will help their life. Keeping them hung up correctly, on a clothes hanger or strapped to an over head beam letting them hanging¬†(unless boot-foot)¬†above the ground will give them a chance to dry out and reduce the risk of the material being folded or creased. Using a mat to stand on, on uneven or¬†stony¬†ground will help reduce the risk of puncturing the feet. Be attentive – look where you‚Äôre going; waders don’t like¬†spiky¬†things!

How do I find a leak?

Repairing your waders can sound quite daunting if you have many pin holes from thorns and such. If you have GoreTex waders, a thin layer of alcohol spray on the inside of the waders can reveal with small black dots, where the pinholes are.

Filling a bath with a few inches of water and squeezing from the opening of the waders pushing the air down the legs and submerging the suspected problem area under water can sometimes give away the puncture.

Can they be repaired?

Some repairs can Рrips, tars and pin holes are all pretty straight forward to repair. A tube of Aqua-sure or Storm-sure a waterproof adhesive can be applied to the problem area in thin layers, inside or out. Most waders come with a small puncture repair kit which consists of a small tub of adhesive and a few strips of tape which can be applied over the seams or as a patch on holes.

Cleaning your waders

It’s not¬†necessary to clean waders after each days fishing, but from a personal view keeping your waders neat and tidy can shows you look after your kit. Warm water and a sponge can wash off dried on dirt, mud and fish slime! Washing your waders in Nikwax Techwash at the correct temperature can help re-proof and clean your waders.

To get the best out of your waders, treat your waders with nothing but respect!


Fishtec Fishing Social Media

Fishtec have now set up 3 different Fishing Tackle pages for the¬†benefit¬†of us lazy buggers ūüėé

I used to do a bit of sea fishing myself, knowing a bit about the terminal tackle, fishing rods, reels and areas and seeing some of the new fishing gear and equipment on the Fishtec Sea Fishing page brings back a lot of memories and makes me want to give it a go again.

Fishtec have 3 different¬†disciplines¬†on facebook –¬†Coarse Fishing, Fly Fishing and Sea Fishing.

Have a look at the links below to take you to Fishtec’s Facebook. (click the logo)

Thanks for looking – I hope some of you ‘Like and Follow’ the pages.

Terry