A List For Gear Junkies

Gear Junkies. Arcade’s new Drake belt may not be the hottest topic at your next club meeting, but this belt holds a secret: a 37-inch ruler that allows you to quickly measure your catch and document its length with a photo. But that’s not the only reason to own the Drake—it’s a slim, stretchy, comfortable belt with an equally thin buckle that serves well for everyday use, and it also doubles as a wading belt. $26 Nippers always seem to disappoint. Simms may have done it with its newly redesigned machined-aluminum offering. Serving up flies, leaders, nippers, stickers, tippet and other fly-centric items—including a brochure that tells you how to use your new loot—Postfly makes it feel like Christmas never ends. That’s because durable Fireside Pants are fleece-lined and serve very well when worn under waders. $99.99 Patagonia’s Nano Puff Pants weigh just 11.7 ounces, which means they provide maximum insulation with no bulk. As a bonus, these pants are highly packable, meaning you can take them off and stash them in a pack if the afternoon sun overheats you. That way I don’t have to worry about devices running out of juice when I need them most.
Gear Junkies
Arcade Belts
Arcade Belts

Arcade’s new Drake belt may not be the hottest topic at your next club meeting, but this belt holds a secret: a 37-inch ruler that allows you to quickly measure your catch and document its length with a photo. But that’s not the only reason to own the Drake—it’s a slim, stretchy, comfortable belt with an equally thin buckle that serves well for everyday use, and it also doubles as a wading belt. $26

Simms Nipper
Simms Nipper

Nippers always seem to disappoint. From bottom-of-the-barrel “fingernail clippers” that dull with mere air exposure to top-of-the-line machined-aluminum jobs that cost $200 and still never seem to stay sharp, nippers are fly-fishing gadgets that no one has ever quite gotten right. Simms may have done it with its newly redesigned machined-aluminum offering. The sharp jaws should hold up for at least a couple of seasons, and if they don’t, Simms offers replacement blades for only $14. The newest iteration moves the knot-picking needle tip to a more convenient side location where it is less likely to get bent. $29 —Zach Matthews

Postfly Monthly Fly Box
Postfly Monthly Fly Box

I can’t deny my excitement every time I get home and a UPS or FedEx box is sitting by the front door. If you feel the same way, subscribing to Postfly’s monthly gift-box service might be just right. Serving up flies, leaders, nippers, stickers, tippet and other fly-centric items—including a brochure that tells you how to use your new loot—Postfly makes it feel like Christmas never ends. These boxes are available in a variety of themes, including trout, warmwater, saltwater, steelhead & salmon, and fly tying. $19.99/month

Sci Anglers Ampere II Rod/Outfit

You’re not going to hand SA’s new Ampere outfit to Steve Rajeff and say, “Go win the world championships with this,” but the Ampere is about the best option you’ll find for introducing newbies to the fly-fishing game. That’s because the outfit, which includes a 9-foot 5-weight, four-piece, fast-action rod and matching cast-aluminum reel plus a floating fly…

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