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- With pelting rains, swirling gusts, and pushes of steelhead, Oregon’s coastal rivers in winter make an ideal test facility for evaluating waterproof-breathable wading jackets. Every aspect of the garment—from shell fabric to hood, cuff, and pocket design—gets a workout. I recently rounded up five jackets new for 2015, and spent seven days with my southern hemisphere immersed in cold water and my northern one exposed to the wind and wet, assessing jacket performance as I tried to entice steelhead to a fly. My score: almost a thousand casts, four grabs, two small cutthroats, and one chromer landed. Fortunately, the jackets made a better showing. Here’s the upshot.
- To test grip, I used each knife after putting it in a plastic tote with three strips of bacon for a (careful) 30-second shake—to simulate skinning of a fat wild pig. For cutting ability, toughness, and edge retention, I sliced through old carpet scraps so nasty I wouldn’t walk on them with bare feet, then worked the blades through 1/2 inch of stacked leather. Finally, I tested which knives were still sharp enough to cleanly slice and lift words (as in type) from the page of an F&S magazine.
To The Core
The Outer Banks are a sick place to go camping if you like to fish. We spent three days there this year in early September. We got stuck, ate sand, and tried to catch from kayaks in a tropical storm. This is what it's like to fish a place for the first time