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Just a quick little write-up to let you know that things are changing around here and mostly for the better. Migrated the site and forums to a completely new setup and still getting things sorted out. If you’ve made it to the site and can’t find what you’re looking for (but know it should […]
also it should be said that good tackle of any sort is not only its own reward but is absolutely essential if you would have the best of the sport. from:The Fine Art of Fishing by Samuel G.Camp
While Samuel G.Camp wasnt referring to fly reels, that statement holds true today.
With the selection of […]
Loop continues to make their CLW fly reel and is rumored to have their own line of fly reels in development.
I find it interesting to read rod reviews that claim that a rod â€œspeaksâ€ to the angler. Iâ€™d say that’s true sometimes. After stringing up the Loop Green line rod and fishing with it, […]
As a youth I spent most of my summers fishing for smallmouth bass in rock-strewn shallow water flats. Some of my favourite moments were from those times when there wasnâ€™t a breeze in the air and the sun was high allowing an angler such as me the chance to get a look at what […]
After trying, without success, to pry O’Reilly’s test Damon Raquette from his hand, I am sure I hear Mr. O mutter "from my cold dead hands!" As I stood in the background jumping up and down screaming "my turn my turn!!"
It was my turn to check out a Damon fly rod. Not only […]
As well-weathered consumers, we learn to be cautiously optimistic. This is especially true when the first time we see a product is when the UPS guy shows up. Well, imagine my surprise when my vise from Peak Engineering and Automation arrived! This vise truly is a great example of quality materials […]
Griffin Enterprises has recently introduced what they consider to be their best vise, the Montana Mongoose. A full rotary vise, and a real departure from the rest of their line.
Construction and material choices all seem to make good sense with this vise. A 3-1/2 lb. powder-coated steel […]
If youâ€™ve ever wondered what it would be like to fish with a better alternative to the heavily loaded down vest, then WJ has the answer in itâ€™s Emerger â€œbum packâ€. This is a pretty unique piece of gear, and it lives up to all the good things that WJ claims for […]
Hollander sent over the P50 serial # 017 with the large arbor spool, and one traditional spool. Sized for 5, 6 and 7 wt. lines.
For the full size image, click here.
Thanks to Dan Jackson (DanJ) for that great shot of the reel!
This reel is a shining example of master craftsmanship. Top of the line […]
Dan Bailey Hipwaders.
For the past few years I’ve made a point of wearing breathable hipwaders whenever possible. In fact, I’ve been able to convince a few of my fishing buddies to do the same. No, these are not the rubber/canvas jobs with molded boots that offer nothing in the way of arch support, these […]
J.Roland Rods 7’6″ 3/4 wt. Little Bushkill
Appropriately named the Little Bushkill, it is a perfect small stream rod with enough backbone to handle the unexpected brutes you hope to run into.
I thought this would be a great rod setup for the Credit and the like. I was right. Handling the dries with pinpoint accuracy […]
Green River Enso 8′ 2wt. 2pc. Rod
In Japan "Enso" is the classic symbol for that unique and profound experience of the connectedness between all things in the natural world.
Green River Enso 8′ 2wt. 2pc.
The fly rod business is flooded with a dizzying array of high-tech materials […]
Lamson Litespeed 1 Large Arbor Fly Reel Review
The innovative designers at The Waterworks have obviously applied significant effort into the superior design and simplicity of this superb Large Arbor Reel. A traditional style frame has facilitated the use of 6061 Grade Aluminum for the body instead of Titanium and the well-placed â€œPortalâ€™sâ€ not […]
W.W. Grigg 4/5 wt. 4 pc. Rod Review
When Rob asked me to try out a 4 piece 5/6 weight W.W. Grigg I was pumped. The rod was tested out Alberta style and it did not disappoint. The 9′ IM 6 graphite Grigg is advertised as a 5/6 weight but it fishes more like […]
Wind River Stillwater Vest Review
Unlike many fly fishing enthusiasts I see on the water these days Iâ€™ve never felt the need to bring my entire closet along with me. So when I look for systems to carry my gear I look for products that seem to carry what I need (i.e. not want) and […]
The Vermont Fly Box Company Review
If I were to say that the appeal of fly fishing had nothing to do with it’s aesthetics, I’d be stretching the truth quite a bit. Watching the sun rise, the thrill of seeing trout sipping mayflies, laying out a nice soft cast on a small stream, the […]
Okuma Integrity LA 8/9 Fly Reel
Ok I admit it… I’m a Tech Head. usually I gotta have the latest gear, whether it’s rods, reel, or add ons, and usually it’s the more expensive stuff
Dun Rates it : 4-1/2 out of 5
Description: Model Integrity LA 8/9
Line Weight: WF8F 130 yrds #20
On the Eyes: […]
Vosseler Pro-Flyfishing DC4 Series Fly Reel Review
Here we go,
Vosseler fly reels
Description: Model DC4
Line Weight: WF 7/8 +100 (Standard Spool WF 8/10 + 50m.) 179gr.
On The Eye’s: Very Easy!
I showed this Vosseler reel off a bit, everyone said the same thing, "Beauty!" Followed shortly by, "Where did you get that?!" I have to agree, […]
St. Croix 7’9″ Legend Ultra 3 wt.
Looking for a top of the line rod, perfect for small rivers & streams, light dry fly presentations, at a great price? Look no further!
St. Croix nailed it here.
After playing around with 9′ 4 and 5wts on the Grand, then switching to the St. Croix 7′ 9" Legend […]
William Joseph Coastal Vest Review
Like many fly fishers, I consider a vest to be one of the most important pcs. of equipment you take with you to the river. In the years before I believed this, I thought discomfort was just part of the game. In the Coastal, William Joseph has eclipsed […]
Islander LX 3.8 Fly Reel review
If one were to announce that the Islander LX 3.8 is a great reel for big game, it would have a redundant air to it….like telling the world that a Porsche is a great sports car. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to fish one of these Canadian […]
Abel Super 2 Fly Reel
In a market flooded with less-expensive options, the Abel Super 2 answers the question; "How good can a fly reel possibly be?"
Built without compromise, Abel reels have established themselves as a premium reel maker. Their mission statement sums it up; "to design and build the best, most dependable […]
A year ago, I might have told you that the best rod for trout fishing was a 9â€™ 3wt.~at least here in southern Ontario. That opinion would have been based upon what is still my love of very light fly rods. Catching trout (big or small) on light tackle, coupled with the challenges of […]
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Harris Solitude II Fly Reel Review
They say it’s the guides choice. I now know why.
This is a tank of a reel, bulletproof. I mean that in a good way. This is a solid piece of equipment that will see the user breakdown long before it will.
I had the pleasure of using the Solitude II […]
Sage TCR Review (Technical Casting Rod) 4 pc 5wt
It took me a few days to get used to it, ok, maybe a week.
Sage TCR FLy Rod
I did let several others try a few swings and everyone who tested it said the same thing, "Wow! I have never felt anything like this before."
If you […]
Royal Wulff Triangle Taper Fly Line Review
I believe that the more time you spend with your fly fishing equipment, the more you get a feel for it’s strengths and weaknesses.. It is how we decide what stays, and what gets replaced as soon as possible! During the time I’ve been […]
H2optixs Glasses Review
I had heard from fellow fisherman that I needed to ditch my $10 shades and invest in a pair of polarized glasses. Most commented that they added to the experience of seeing the strike, dealing with mid-day and late evening glare on the river and may just save me from a […]
Loop Traditional “Midge” Fly Reel & Loop Grey Line Fly rRod 9′ 3pc. 3wt. Review
…….mine eyes have seen the glory!
There is nothing you can teach the folks at Loop tackle about the advantages of a large arbor (LA) reel, or about building reels at all. If you’ve never seen […]
The Lamiglas Esprit Concept Fly Rod Review
The workmanship and quality in every detail impress me every time I take this beauty out of the case. It’s a pleasure to hold in your hand, so light yet with incredible strength and power even beyond what you would expect in a rod of this quality.
Thomas&Thomas LPS 7′ 6″ 3wt. Review
When considering the features that make a rod nice to fish with, one is left with lots of questions. Rod choice in ALMOST entirely subjective. By almost I mean that the poorest rods will seem that way to pretty much everyone. There are then, traits that make a good […]