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September 21, 2007
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Skin Deep

Made of proprietary Fishskin material, the upper and lower fins on ProFishCo’s Fishskin Jigs maximize underwater visibility in murky or low-light conditions. We tried the jigs from New Jersey jetties last fall and hooked up in turbid water. The lure’s natural swimming action enticed stripers, while the extra-sharp hook stayed put and ensured we landed them. The epoxy-coated heads resist chipping and have oversize “scared-prey” eyes. Fishskin Jigs are available in six colors and nine sizes and start at $3. ProFishCo; (866) 677-6347; www.profishco.com

A Fine Fit

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Current Sandals by Mion feature ergomorphic foot beds that permanently form to the wearer’s feet for maximum comfort. Compounds in the siped soles become sticky when wet for increased traction. Each sandal weighs just five ounces, so you may think you’re barefoot. Whether casting from the bow of a flats skiff or rocking around offshore, the sculpted ribs of the sandal hold the foot in place. Available in 14 colors, Current Sandals retail for $100. Mion; (866) 784-6466; www.mionfootwear.com

Lighten Up

What is the advantage of a transparent fly reel? We’ll make it clear. The Evotec CLW Clear ($200) from Loop Tackle Design has a spool, frame and drag housing constructed of ultra lightweight corrosion-proof composite. This virtually indestructible material stands up to the harsh treatment intrepid fly anglers dish out in pursuit of everything from bonefish to blues. The eight-weight reel has plenty of fish-stopping power and holds 197 yards of 20-pound backing. Fly Angler Distributing; (604) 501-0565; www.looptackle.se

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Reverse Angle

Helly Hansen manufactures the trusted rain gear we use to stay dry in sloppy conditions, but the Skagerak jacket does much more than keep the water off. Equipped with watertight cuffs, the reversible jacket has a fluorescent signal-yellow side that is highly visible on or in the water, while a high storm collar conceals a folding, zip-off hood. A waterproof pocket provides storage for a wallet, cellphone or handheld GPS. Constructed of durable nylon, the Helly Hansen Skagerak is available in three colors and sells for $500. Helly Hansen; (425) 378-8700, www.hellyhansen.com

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