December 2014

Yule Love It, Holiday Gift Guide

6 must-haves for travel-savvy fly fishers looking to escape With anglers pining to make jailbreaks from winter’s bleak grip, the months between December and spring thaw mark great opportunities to escape. And if you haven’t booked destination trips yet, you’re at least dreaming about walking colorful flats teeming with tailing bones or anticipating blanket mayfly hatches on the best trout waters across the planet. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a Yule-Love-It list of game-changing products and last-minute destination specials for those about to merrily hit the water this holiday season and beyond.   Made in the Shade Costa’s new Cortez Sunglasses take their name from Mexico’s fish-rich Sea of Cortez. Drawing from this inspiration, sunglasses feature a great blend of style and comfort meets high-caliber optics. We’ve tested Costa 580 lenses, available for the Cortez, from Abaco and Bair’s to the Florida Keys and Cuba and, when it comes to fish-spotting, glare-cutting credentials, they’re some of the best. Cortez frames feature a large fit with a bold wrap shape, meant to block encroaching light from entering from the sides. The linear venting system alleviates lens fogging. Colors include: blackout, tortoise, shiny black, Realtree® Xtra® camo, crystal bronze, and white with a blue Costa logo. Constant Communication Picture yourself miles deep in the backcountry faced with a medical emergency and no signal from your smartphone carrier. This scenario happens more often than you might think. But thanks to the lightweight, easily packable SPOT Global Phone, you’re in good hands in no-man’s land. We’ve tested this simple, affordable SAT unit for the past year-and-a-half, successfully connecting with friends and loved ones from Lower 48 wilderness-areas to remote Bahamian atolls. The only place we struggled to lock in a signal was in Tierra del Fuego, where SPOT is currently resolving coverage […]

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