Back from Scotland, a good trip, spent in good company. The fishing I did, the wife, non-fisher person had priority on my time, was very good considering the weather. Had some long walks to some amazing Lochs where the trout fought like tigers, a nine-inch fish put a good bend in my Loop Cross S1 6# rod, I’m glad I was using 6lb Maxima line. The only downside of the trip was my 4# Orvis LA Battenkill reel falling out of my rucksack somewhere on a mountain track! Looking for a replacement as Orvis no longer make this reel, I have decided to get a Loop Opti Dry Fly to replace it, having looked at all the other reels we have, yes I will have to pay for it and no I will not claim on insurance, my fault for not securing it, if more people accepted responsibility for their own stupidity, insurance would be a lot cheaper! Wouldn’t it?
Trout & Salmon have reviewed the Loikka Wading Boots from Vision, the sole’s GUMMI rubber offers better grip than the industry-standard Vibram, the sole pattern of raised discs of different sizes makes it easier to change direction in the river, thirteen tungsten studs on each sole have a low profile so parts of the rubber are always in touch to stop sliding. Subtle features but they make a difference. The sole extends to make a front bumper to stop anything forcing its way between sole and midsole. They are light and very tough and reinforced from above the ankle and all along the sides.