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  • March 13, 2014

    Gear Review: GRAYL Filtration Cup

    By Tim Romano

    I almost never pack water when going out on a fishing adventure, unless I absolutely have to. Be that a couple of hours out on my local trout creek or a multi-night wilderness backpacking trip. I feel there's simply no reason to lug the extra weight if the water I’m fishing is relatively clean.

    Instead, I choose to bring tablets, filter straws, or most frequently, bottles with filter straws like the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier. While these items DO get the job done, most just don't work well enough in my opinion. It takes an incredible amount of energy to suck just a tiny bit of water through the filter — never quite quenching your thirst if you're craving a couple of gulps of water.

  • February 28, 2014

    Gear Review: Ghillie Kettle

    By Tim Romano

    If you're the type of angler/hunter/camper that likes the idea of being able to boil water without relying on any fuel, go on extended fishing or hunting trips where the weight of fuel is an issue to carry, or just like the smell of wood smoke, the Ghillie Kettle might be for you.

    I started using one last fall. It’s basically a double-walled boiler with a chimney and is remarkably simple in its operation. It does the same thing any other backpacking stove does, only you don't need to carry any fuel. You just use small sticks, dried grass or any other combustibles that might be lying around to boil water.

  • March 12, 2010

    Stuff That Works: Ultrathon Insect Repellent

    By Kirk Deeter

    To DEET or not to DEET? That is the question. Well, according to DEETer, it's an easy answer. Given all the nasty things that mosquitoes and other bugs can cause, from mere discomfort to deadly disease (the most dangerous animal on the planet isn't the crocodile, or the shark, or some poisonous snake... it's the mosquito), when I'm fishing in buggy places from the jungle (Bolivia and Costa Rica) to the tundra (Alaska), to the rivers of Michigan or Maine, I always wear the power repellent.

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