Spending time outdoors requires clothing built for the environment. Your clothes need to protect you from exposure to the elements while also being as comfortable as possible for extended wear. When it comes to fishing, I have found the Patagonia Guidewater II pants perform well in any situation. From hours in the kayak exposed to the sun or wading a small stream, the Guidewater II’s are right at home.
The Guidewater II are technical pants built for fishing. The pants are made from a 100% recycled performance nylon. The material has a durable water repellant (DWR) finish that helps them shed water quickly and provides 50+ UPF protection against UVA and UVB rays. If the pants do get wet, they are quick to dry. There are two side hand pockets and two zippered pockets, one on the lower right leg and the other on the right back.
The fit of the Guidewater IIs are kept comfortable with an elastic waist that moves with you. The elastic is help full in lowering the instances of “yak crack” (kayak angler’s version of plumber’s crack). If the elastic just isn’t enough then you also have belt loops. There are also stretch panels in the seat, thigh, and front knee areas to increase the freedom of movement and comfort.
Leaf in Creek Ambassador & Jackson Kayak Fishing Team
The Patagonia Atom Sling 8L bag is at home on the street, on the trail, or the water. The Atom 8L is a two pocket sling style bag that is perfect for daily carry or brief excursions into the wilderness. The main pocket is large enough for a tablet, notebook, fly box, snacks or other necessities. The Atom 8L has a second pocket on the main pack for smaller items and a clip to attach your keys. There are also two compression straps on the outside that helps to keep the pack under control and can be used to stow a light windbreaker or rain jacket.
The padded shoulder strap has an expandable pocket that offers convenient access on the go and 3D mesh on the strap and back that allows for plenty of ventilation. The bag has a durable water repellent finish and the shape of the Atom keeps it close to your body and secure while moving around. Getting items out of the Atom is as easy as spinning the pack around.
I mainly use the Atom Sling 8L while fly fishing on smaller creeks. These grab and go trips do not require a lot of gear and so the Atom’s size is perfect. I can keep two small fly boxes, a leader wallet, and snacks in the main compartment. The pocket on the should strap holds two spools of tippet material and fly floatant. There is a small loop under the pocket on the shoulder strap where zingers can be attached to hold hemostats and line snips.
The functionality of the Atom Sling 8L makes it a great option for anyone looking to carry a few items while they get out and venture earth.
~ Robert Brown – Earthpeditionist®
Robert is a Leaf in Creek Ambassador and Member of the Jackson Kayak Regional Fishing Team
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The Cuda HD by Jackson Kayak is a high end fishing yak that gets you from the shoreline to your fishing hole with ease. Wider than it’s brother Cuda, the Cuda HD maintains it’s speed and allows for a much more stable boat for stand-up fishing.
Redesigned hatch covers, a more intuitive cargo area ,and a much better designed seat positioning system makes this HD model a tough choice for other manufacturers to beat.
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Here is a quick instructional on how to make your new Leaf in Creek™ Hawg Trough float. The Hawg Trough is the fish measuring board that most kayak anglers use to measure their fish. Most tournaments now require this particular board because it is easy to read when taking pictures.
When you buy a Hawg Trough from us or somewhere else, they do not come able to float (however we do have some available with this mod already installed). You can tie a string to it and keep it from falling out of the kayak and sinking, but with all the rigging in the boat already some times one less rope is grand!
The product we are using today comes from Home Depot. I am sure you can find it at Lowe’s but I just know exactly where to find it at the Depot.