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July 15th, 2013
ICAST 2013 | Frabill

by: Jason Sealock

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The folks at Frabill solve angling problems. Whether it’s getting baits out of nets easier or keep the elements off of your skin so you can enjoy the day on the water, the work on solving the problems anglers face on a daily basis.

This year, two of their products that really caught my eye seek to answer two common problems: How do you keep lures from tangling in your nets and how do you stay comfortable in a torrential downpour while fishing?

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Frabill F Series Storm Gear

The new line of rain wear from Frabill seeks to improve on their already award-winning line of storm gear. They’ve added 3 jacket/bibs combos to their storm gear lineup with the F4 Cyclone, F3 Gale and F2 Surge Storm Gear options. They are all complete with 3-layer waterproof, windproof, breathable shell. The difference between them is in the breathable membrane’s hydrostatic resistance. The F4 is 20,000 mm, while the F3 is 15,000 and the F2 is 10,000. So just a slight difference in quality in the waterproof shells on these.

The jackets have adjustable hoods and sleeves as well as StormCuffs to keep water out. They have water resistant external zippers and seams are fully sealed. There is a D ring on the chest to attach handy tools to and internal pockets for media players, cell phones and sunglasses. They also have 3M Sotchlite Reflection Material on them for added visibility.

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The Bibs feature knee pads, adjustable pant cuffs, rings to hook tools and kill switches. The gusset behind the front zipper keeps the bibs from pooling water in your lap or if you have a mishap while relieving yourself when nature calls.

We saw 5 different colors from the show that were Green, Red, Blue, Tan and Gray.

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Crankbait Net

The engineers at Frabill know how frustrating it can be to be on a hot bite and spend all your time trying to get lures out of tangled nets. So they sought out to create a net that was completely resistant to Treble hooks while still being healthy for the fish. The result is this new net. The net is woven with glass material to make it denser but light. Then it is outercoated with a tough shell that is soft to the touch but hard to penetrate with hooks. If a hook point does pierce, it’s said it won’t go in far enough to get stuck on the barb. The net material is now inside the hoop instead of wrapped around it. The sides of the net feature larger holes so the net will swipe through the water column easier and the bottom is smaller to gently grab the fish and not be too rough on their scales.

 

It comes in Conservation Series, Tru-Trax and Sportsman Nets.

 

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