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“Brace” yourselves! (pardon the pun)
If you hadn’t noticed, Hodgman waders have just taken the UK recreational angling market by storm. This fresh, innovative, trendy and performance dedicated brand is here to stay. Who are they though, trying to compete with the likes of established and proven brands like Simms, Redington and Patagonia? Where did all of this quality and inventive design that makes so much sense to the angler come from?
“Hodgman have been around since waders began.”
This is an actual fact (not just jargon we made up) – it is thought that Hodgman were probably the very first waders ever made, way back in 1838 and are located in Framingham, Massachusetts. When we realised that they’ve been around since the early 1800’s, Hodgman has surprised us and is impressing us too over 200 years later.
With time and constant development, they claim that “Hodgman leads in the design and production of waterproof/breathable waders and foul weather grit gear used by avid sportsmen and sportswomen worldwide.” Quite a claim to make, but now that we’ve seen the gear in-store at Angling Active, we can’t say otherwise and put them in line to compete with the strongest brands of waders and outerwear we stock today. We also can’t wait to see how the gear stands up to our abuse through the season.
We stock the waders, boots and jackets and a few other accessories here at Angling Active. The price point is attractive when compared with who is offering apparently comparable products.
They’ve got “Soles”
Regardless of the excellent design features of the waders, jackets and accessories, (too many to mention here and all explained in the product pages), our key focus of this article is on the very interesting interchangeable sole options on the wading boots. Interchangable soles are no new thing, the Korkers version are a proven boot and the soles were pretty solid with a loop securing them to the boot. However, the double lock-in (H-Lock) solution from Hodgman can only provide even more confidence in this design feature. The H-Lock featured boots come with a set of non studded rubber (WadeTech) AND a set of non-studded felt soles, AND you can choose if you wish the carbide tipped studded felt or likewise studded rubber (WadeTech) soles all included in the price of the boots – What great future-proofing from a brand making a name for itself in the UK! The versatility provided by these options is fantastic to cover any water conditions you arrive to, be it a algae coated rocky river, barnacle covered shore lines, or wet grassy banks where felt soles make you end up on your bum more often than fishing.
So what else? Good workmanship, BOA and laced options, quick drainage vents and most importantly very comfortable, these boots are sure to impress the angler. The guys at Hodgman have added in their description of the boots that the interchangeable soles can prevent the spread of invasive species. Yes this is true to a certain extent. Felt soles are banned in many countries and some river systems because they are the perfect moist and porous carrier for bacteria/parasites. This is a major plus and well considered, not so much a threat in the UK at this point in time, but if you travel between rivers and even countries where example pests like Didymo or Gyrodactylus is common place, every opportunity to avoid bringing these devastating organisms home to decimate river systems, is a good thing. We’ve written an article on invasive species and how to prepare your fishing gear for travel here.
Hodgman waders, boots, jackets, wading belts and more are all in stock now at Angling Active available to purchase in-store or online.
It is so important to avoid stressing a tick once it has bitten you. It will react by injecting the fluids it has in its body into you, and this is how Lyme disease is transmitted.
Tick Protection – Many people visiting the countryside completely overlook the sheep tick and are blissfully unaware of the dangers.
This horrendous little blood sucker can not only burrow into your skin and be very difficult to remove. If mistreated, a tick can inject the contents of its belly into you with potentially lethal consequences. Lyme disease, carried by only a few ticks (no way of telling which ones), can debilitate its host if not treated soon enough for the rest of that persons life. Heavy doses of antibiotics, organ failure, limited use of body parts, sides of your face being uncontrollable, lethargic and a weak immune system, even the lightest cold can turn into the flu, pneumonia and worse. Ticks are not to be dismissed!
To try to avoid ticks, stay out of areas of high grass/bracken/ferns that have allot of deer roaming. Despite the name, ‘Sheep Ticks’ have become a problem due to two main reasons neither are the humble sheep’s fault. Ticks are nothing new to the country versed person, but Lyme disease is on the up and one reason for this is that sheep farming is a lot less popular, and the sheep are not in these areas to “mop up” the ticks. Historically, the farmer would treat the sheep regularly by dipping, thus controlling the population of the ticks. Unfortunately, it is not compulsory to dip sheep in recent years either therefore compounding the problem. The other reason for the increase in tick populations, is that deer are wild and are able to access vast areas of landscape, therefore spreading the tick country-wide.
Check yourself and children even after sitting in the grass. You may think we are over-reacting and trying to cause concern, but the humble tick is a serious problem that seems to be almost completely avoided by mass media and the govt.
If you find a tick crawling on you, don’t panic, simply flick it off, swatting it will not kill it. They have a tremendous grip so make sure you have disposed of it and it is not just clinging on to your hand, and dispose of it away from others. If you find a tick already burrowed into your skin, it probably hasn’t done anything to you apart from started to feed. You will most commonly find them in softer, warmer areas of your body like under arms or between your legs, regardless of the clothing you have on they will seek out these areas. There are many ways to safely remove ticks, and the best way is to twist them gently and make sure they come out in one go.
We suggest using a ‘Tick Twist Remover’ which removes the tick as a whole followed by an antiseptic wipe. If you just take a pair of tweezers to the tick, this could stress and tear it. The best way to know if the tick bite has infected you with Lyme disease is after about a week there will be a growing red circle around the bite area.
This is not always the case and the area may not even seem sore or itchy but headaches, tiredness and a fever are other symptoms.
Do not coat the tick in vaseline or oils suffocating it, this will stress the tick. Additionally, do not be tempted to remove it with a lit cigarette ( a very common and historical method) as this too may cause the tick to jettison and infect you.
Go to your doctor immediately if you believe you have potentially become infected with Lyme disease, and seek a second opinion if you are not satisfied. Not reacting soon enough can be fatal, catching it early can be as easy as a course of antibiotics. We are aware of a scenario when a patient was told on many occasions that he had not contracted Lyme disease, but after months of tiredness and bad health, he sought a second opinion and discovered he had it all along.
Lint rollers are excellent for removing ticks from your clothing and pets, and using insect repellent or some essential oils can prevent ticks from biting. Research this yourself. The very best way to keep on top of them though is to thoroughly check you and your family over after being outdoors in the countryside.
Insect Protection – Click Here
This article is purely for your information and contains solely our observations. For official medical advice, please contact your GP or health professional.
We have already covered the changes to the regulations placed on our local ‘Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park’ this Spring 2017 in this article, click here. We stock only the best value and quality camping gear for anglers across the entire UK and further afield available in-store and just as easily online.
Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.
This is a lovely saying to remember when camping, or even simply outdoors and we’d like to help you nurture that philosophy.
There is something magical about camping during a fishing trip. It is the same all over the world, you don’t need to factor in getting back to your vehicle, just stop on the river or stillwater that you have been fishing and set up your home for the night, cook some dinner that seems to taste better when you are out in the wild, and slide into your sleeping bag to sleep under the stars listening to the water lap away. Even better, you can decide on the best view to have when you wake in the morning to roll back your canvas door. Whether you are camping way up in the hills or just outside your vehicle on the waters edge, there are ways to make your camping/fishing experience in reality more comfortable, lightweight, durable and efficient and we have everything you need.
On your camping pack-list
Shelters, Tents and Bivvies – Click Here
Tents/Bivvies – There are few things you need to consider when choosing your tent. How many are sleeping, are you sharing or will you have individual tents? Front opening to double up as a sit in shelter? Insect screens? Transportability seems to be of highest priority for storage in the boot of the car too. There are differing qualities of waterproofing, strength of the poles and durability in general so all of these factors are there for you to decide on which tent to invest in. Cost is a factor too, and not necessarily the more expensive the better. Identify what you want out of a tent, then buy appropriately. Remember to take a few spare tent pegs, and if you know the terrain you’ll be pitching on, there are options to suit.
Sleeping Bags – Click Here
Sleeping Bags and beds – Do you need to pack your sleeping bag away tiny to go into your back-pack, or is it purely warmth and comfort you need? Sleeping bags, as simple as they may seem, have endless options on the filling, thermal range, size/length, washability, waterproofing qualities. Remember you can look at sleeping bag liners and roll mats, or even for a bit of luxury and raising you off the ground you can look at camping beds/bed chairs.
Food Preparation/Cookware – Click Here
Cooking – Find out if the place you intend to camp allows open fires? Do you need to take your own firewood/fuel? Do you really want to make a fire or is a camp stove a better option for ease of cleaning up and portability? Consider how many pots you need to heat, will one burner be enough to cope with a family of four, or is it just yourself? Pots, kettles, cookware sets, cutlery, utensils, chopping boards, knives etc. Or, is all you need a flask of hot water and a food flask/jar with a warm prepared meal already in there? Consider a fire blanket or a small fire extinguisher for peace of mind if you are cooking in the outdoors.
Torches – Click Here
Torches – Often overlooked, most of us have a torch on our mobile phones which suffices, but a head torch can make life a whole lot simpler whilst out camping and for fishing in the evening. The battery lifespan will be far superior too.
Midge & Tick Protection – Click Here
Midge Lotion and Tick Prevention – If you have been caught out before without any insect repellant, especially on the west coast of Scotland on a still, warm evening, you will never forget the wave of torment that midges can relentlessly undertake. There are options in insect repellent that are non-toxic to our skin and a bottle of ‘Smidge‘ for example will be the most valuable item anyone in a group can have. Another must have, is a midge net – Instead of constantly applying insect repellent, put a midge net over your head and avoid having the midge flying around your face.
Sheep Ticks are a very serious concern in the UK and we must insist you read our post on the potentially fatal sheep tick. Take a tick twist remover, a sticky lint roller to collect any ticks crawling over your clothes, and a packet of antiseptic wipes or fluid.
Water Safety – Click Here
Water Safety – As with all fishing trips, camping brings further considerations for water safety. This is not really a pack-list category to consider, but certainly part of your planning. Camping near a waterway or in a run-off area in heavy rain can be a serious problem. Be aware of hydro schemes potentially upstream which could release water rapidly, high tides on the coast or in estuaries, and high winds could cause waves to break over the bank and flood your site.
Regardless of the weather it is nice to be prepared. Feel free to call or email us at Angling Active for further advice on camping equipment for your next fishing trip.
Argyll’s 27 mile long Loch Awe is renowned for its scenic beauty, large Ferox Trout and large Pike.
|Salmon & Seatrout||No fishing|
|Trout||15th March – 6th October|
|Coarse||15th March – 6th October|
|Pike||No Close Season for Pike|
|Adult||60+ or disabled||16 or under*|
|3 Day Permit||£18.00||£12.00||£12.00|
|Penalty (1 day)||£20.00||na||na|
*UNDER AGE 12 FREE IF ACCOMPANIED BY A PAYING ADULT OR GUARDIAN
**Penalty tickets are provided by LAIA wardens when fishing has commenced prior to ticket purchase.
Fishing Exclusion Zones: A pamphlet indicating exclusion zones is provided with the permit.
Catch Return Information: A nil result is a valid return. All returns will be entered automatically into a FREE PRIZE DRAW when returned to a local marked collection point (yellow box) LAIA warden or permit outlet.
Loch Awe Boat Hire – Hill House, Ardbrecknish 01866833256 / 07703112422
The named permit holder has the permission to fish (other than for Salmon or Sea trout) in Loch Awe, the River Avich and Loch Avich subject to published exclusion zones and in terms of the Protection Order and the Bye-Laws of the Association. The permit, all tackle and fish killed shall be exhibited on demand to a warden, and honey warden, proprietor, or a fellow angler exhibiting their membership card or permit.
1. Observe all marked Exclusion Zones. 2.No tree felling, no fires, no litter. 3. Avoid excess noise or disturbance to wildlife, nesting birds, live/growing stock or other loch users. 4. No camping without landowners permission. 5.Always keep dogs under strict control. 6. Always close gates and observe the country code.
Trout Fishing Ticket Conditions.
Trout Season 15th March to 6th October.
1. Minimum takeable size: Loch Awe – 10inches / Loch Avich – 9inches. 2. The bag limit is 4 Brown Trout to be kept per day per angler, only one of which may be 3lb or over. There is no bag limit for Rainbow Trout. 3. All legal bait, lures and flies allowed with a line of 4lb minimum breaking strain and 15b’s for Ferox. No set lines and no ground baiting. 4. NO LIVE FISH OR OTHER VERTEBRATES TO BE USED AS BAIT and bait rigs restricted to two baited hooks. 5. Fish one rod only except when trolling from a boat. 6. Salmon and Pike must be returned to the loch unharmed. 7. A separate day permit is required for all coarse and pike fishing. 8. Keep nets are not permitted and landing nets must be knotless.
Coarse and Pike Fishing Ticket Conditions
Coarse Season: 15th March to 6th October, No close season for Pike.
1. No more than 3 rods may be employed at any time from boat or bank with the butt of both the outside rods being spaced no more than 3 meters apart and never left unattended. 2. All pike rigs and tackle must employ a wire trace of 30lb and main line of 20lbs minimum breaking strain. All lures other than specialised pike must be of a 5″ minimum length. 3. Purpose designed rod rests and run indicators must be employed when dead bait fishing from bank or static boat. All nets must be knotless and pike gags are not permitted. Forceps and or long nose pliers, and an unhooking mat should be used when unhooking pike. 4. The use of maggots, worms, grubs, sweetcorn, bread or any other coarse fishing bait likely to catch trout is permitted only during the trout fishing season. NO LIVE FISH OR OTHER VERTEBRATES TO BE USED AS BAIT. 5. All Pike, Trout and Salmon caught be the holder of this permit must be returned immediately to the loch unharmed. 6. Pike only may be fished for outwit the trout season and trolling is not permitted. 7. A separate day permit is required for all trout. 8. Coarse and pike fishing permits NOT valid in Loch Avich.
Discussion of the fishery:
“A Touch of Awe” – http://www.fishinginuk.co.uk/pages/book_loch_awe1.htm
Loch Awe Improvement Association (L.A.I.A.) – http://www.lochawe.net