Dry Feet, Happy Feet

If you hiked even a portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT) with me then you probably heard me ramble on about my love for a certain waterproof, breathable sock called Sealskinz. Here is why:

Thin Mid Length Sock (Albatross) - Black.  Photo from sealskin.com

Pros: Waterproof, durable, feet stayed blister free, can wear with or without socks underneath                                

Cons: Hotter months feet would overheat

I purchased the Albatross, Sealskinz' thin mid length sock, in 2015 while prepping for the Appalachian Trail. I tested the sock in rain and snow, on shallow stream crossings, and ankle deep mud. They never ceased to amaze me! My feet were always dry, and I never developed a blister. The socks dried easily overnight by hanging them somewhere in my tent, and were always ready to go the next morning. I was sold.

I decided to take my Sealskinz on the AT, where my love for them only grew. As a NOBO, I started my trek in the cold temps and wet weather of the Southeast high country.  In the temperate rainforests of the Smokies, I didn't have to avoid giant puddles, hop daintily from rock to rock across the many shallow creeks, or fear a rainy day when the trail flooded due to heavy rain fall. I had my Sealskinz! 

With the summer months came drier weather, and I no longer wore my Sealskinz on a daily basis. Though Sealskinz recommends wearing their waterproof breathable socks directly against the skin, I preferred to wear wool socks underneath. This kept my abnormally small feet from slipping around inside, but the combo proved a bit too hot and sweaty in the warmer weather. The Sealskinz would re-emerge on rainy days or anytime I felt a blister forming.

Overall, I would recommend Sealskinz to anyone, and not just hikers! In summer months on shallow streams, they are the perfect replacement for heavy waders on casual backcountry fly fishing trips.  Whether you are a hiker, trail runner, cyclists, or an icky SOBO (just kidding), if you want dry, happy feet try Sealskinz! Let me know what you think! 

Christmas Ideas for the Tenkara Beginner

Wanting to buy gifts for that Tenkara beginner in your life? Or maybe a Christmas present for yourself? Look no further. 

  • Fly Boxes - The 3x5 Tacky Fly Box is a good place to start. 
  • Line - TenkaraBum offers many Hi-Vis Fluorocarbon lines. These are great colors to help you identify your line on the water.
  • Line Holder - Tenkara USA  has one of the most innovative on the market. 
  • Forceps and Nippers - I love the trout prints offered by Orvis, and I am a sucker for purple! 
  • Tenkara Rods - I would check out the Tenkara USA rods to get started. I prefer the Rhodo or Sato from this company.
  • Waders and Boots - This is a very personal purchase. I recommend trying on Orvis or Patagonia waders and boots and find what is a comfortable fit. 
  • Cutest Coupon Ever - Check out the Tenkara USA Fly Fishing Coupon. Print one and give it to your favorite fishing partner!  http://www.tenkarausa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/TENKARA_COUPON.pdf
  • Kids Tenkara Kit - Let the kids join in on the fun! Check out this kit at TenkaraBum
  • Pack - One of my personal favorite companies is ZimmerBuilt. There are many packs to choose from, but as a beginner all I need is the Tenkara Strap Pack. This easily snaps to my wader overall straps. It holds my fly box, line, tippet, nippers, and forceps! 
  • Tenkara Guides - Give the perfect gift of a guided fly fishing trip in Utah with Tenkara Guides
  • Trout Unlimited Membership - Give the gift of conservation with a TU Membership! I love mine and it has allowed me to meet other fishers through my local chapter. 

On further review, I find this might be a Christmas list about what I like or want! There are so many companies and products that you really have to find what works for you. Happy Shopping!