Review: Korkers Women's Darkhorse Wading Boot

Korker's new offering brings Boa lacing to women anglers for the first time
Angler Kate Taylor swaps her Korkers soles (photo: Greg Holder).
I absolutely need to be back in three hours and I’m two hours out. That gives me one more hour to fish.

We’re fishing a backwater section of the Snake’s South Fork on a calm, sunny, fall afternoon. Healthy-sized trout cruise here because the bugs are plentiful and the current is scarce. It’s easy eating for fish and easy spotting for us.

I chose this fishing hole because of its varied terrain. Dirt trail to river’s edge, clean cobble crossing the outlet, thick vegetation while wading the hole. Decent variety for testing new wading boots.

RIO introduces new InTouch Scandi 3D shooting heads

Two-handed anglers have several new triple-density options for swinging flies
Photo: RIO Products
Triple density fly lines and shooting heads have become increasingly popular over the last few years. First introduced in single hand lines, triple density shooting are now available from several manufacturers including this new offering from RIO, its InTouch Scandi 3D shooting heads. Truth be told, these lines aren't brand new to RIO's lineup—they've been in RIO's UK and Scandinavian markets for a couple years now—but this is the first time RIO has made them available in the U.S.

September blues

In early autumn, the bluefish come for the saltwater and stay for the bait
Photo: V. Ersagek / CC BY 2.0 / modified
The sun hung low in a Tidewater haze, spilling persimmon and violet bands of light into the Chesapeake Bay. No one spoke, held tightly by the grasp of a stiff September morning chill.

Trout fishing the fall: Tackling low water

Tips for dealing with challenging autumn conditions
Photo: Chad Shmukler
Fishing is never better or worse, I say, just different. That said, September might just be the worst month of the year for trout fishing in the Southern Appalachians, second only to August, perhaps, or October in years when the rain comes late. Either way, low, warm water is the name of the game during this period, and knowing how to tackle it both tactically and responsibly will help you to become a better, more versatile angler, and save you from spending some of the most beautiful days of the year inside doing less important things.

Patagonia wants to buy back your used gear

The new Worn Wear trade-in program makes recycling and upgrading your gear easier than ever
Photo: Patagonia
Have an old shirt, fleece or jacket taking up space in your garage or basement? What about a backpack or a piece of luggage? Well, Patagonia wants it. And they want to pay you for it. Well, sort of. Through it's new Worn Wear trade-in program, Patagonia wants you to swap your old gear for credit towards any products you might buy in the future, with the hopes of getting your perfectly good but no-longer-your-favorite piece of gear in the hands of someone else, reducing Patagonia's need to manufacture new products to meet those customers' needs.