Just when you thought some things couldn’t be improved upon, Simms does it again.
Neoprene reel covers have been accompanying reels for a long time, and they do a fine job at protecting expensive reels from ugly dings and scratches. Their downside? Being an impermeable waterproof material, neoprene does a good job at keeping water water out, but does just as good a job at keeping water in as well. Thus, neoprene covers can take a long time to dry out when wet, and stuffing soggy reel covers into a bag of dry gear and/or clothes can be a bummer.
Instead, Simms’ new Bounty Hunter Mesh Reel Pouches are made with a neoprene front panel to protect the face of the reel, while rubberized mesh side panels allow the pouch to dry quickly. Reels can also be rinsed down after a day in the salt (something our staff does at the end of each day at Andros South) without ever removing the reel case. Its a simple, yet clever solution to a frustrating problem, and for $14.95 – $19.95, we think its a pretty sound investment for protecting that several-hundred dollar reel.