The best PVA bag might be a hugely personal choice, but tackle editor Marc Coulson has certainly found one of the contenders in the Avid Transfer range...
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- We like: Excellent bags and loads in each pack
- We dislike: I sometimes struggle to open them up
A question I am asked by lots of anglers is that one about ‘five things you’d never go fishing without’, to which my reply never includes the oh-so-predictable brew kit or toilet roll.
As essential as these two are, I try to offer up a response which is a little more useful to my interrogator, mostly stuff from my tackle box or bait bucket.
One thing that almost always features is a pack of solid PVA bags, usually these Avid Transfer bags in a size 5.
Solid bags are very much a personal preference and, while I have had some horrific experiences with one particular brand, a couple of my pals use them exclusively and have, apparently, never had a problem.
Avid’s bags, along with those from ESP and Kryston, are the only ones you’ll find in my bag and that’s just a decision borne of personal experience.
Don’t take my choice as gospel, as I’m sure you have your favourites already. However, if you don’t, or if you’ve never tried these then grab a pack and give them a go.
There are several other sizes available, but the 5s are the most versatile. Used whole they can deposit the perfect pile of food around the hookbait, up to ranges of around 70yds in my case, but they can also be trimmed when fishing at long range or when the required payload is reduced.
In however many years of using them I think I have had no more than a handful split on me while tying up a bag.
I like my bags as tight as I can possibly get them and the seams come under a fair bit of strain, so this fail rate is mightily impressive.
The material, while robust enough to be packed tightly, breaks down consistently and leaves only a nominal amount of residue.
Also, and this is a personal bugbear of mine which not all anglers agree with, I hate PVA which is overly smelly. The Avid bags hardly have any scent at all, unlike some which can be really pungent.
My only slight gripe with the Transfer bags is that they can sometimes be awkward to separate and I often have to use a splicing needle to tease them open.
I like to think that this is because you get so many in a pack (40 in the size 5 that I use) and, more often than not, mine are squashed beneath other bits and bobs in my bucket.