(Words and images by Sage) BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (January 25, 2022) – It’s disorienting—there is no land, only sea and sky, and everywhere marlin blitz and tuna dive and mahi swarm weed patches. There are no beaches or mangroves to stop them, only you, a reel, and a piece of tippet that you can only pray will hold. “When entering the world of big game flats fishing and bluewater behemoths, heavy-duty is the name of the game. That lifetime tarpon, monster trevally, or massi
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship I have always viewed Waterworks-Lamson as one of the more innovative—or even daring—companies in fly fishing. Constantly thinking outside the box, their products often push the envelope of design and really set themselves apart from many others on the market. Remember the Center Axis integrated rod/reel they introduced a few years back? It doesn't get much more unique than that! The new Litespeed F marks the sixth generation (where has the time gone?
There are a lot of important things to look at when it comes time to choose a new fly reel. Stuff like drag type, dimensions, and looks all surely come into play, but weight has always been one of the most critical specs I make note of. If I have a rod that feels like a feather in my hands, choosing a super-lightweight fly reel is a great way to compliment it. When a rod and reel setup feels extremely light for its size, that combo typically becomes one that I REALLY look for
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Hugely popular across Europe, Greys returned to U.S. shores in 2020 and now offers several new fly rods and reels for us stateside anglers. Covering both freshwater and saltwater sizes, their new Tital series of fly reels took home the Best Fly Fishing Reel award at ICAST 2021. Having never touched a Greys product before this year's show, I was eager to test the 5/6 Tital to see if the performance matched its sexy good looks. Reel Size: 5/6 Measured
TITAL We recently previewed the Greys Tital reel as part of our Pure Fishing new product overview found right here, but there was only a single image available at the time. At ICAST 2021, we met with Jen Ripple at Pure Fishing and finally had an in-person look at all the new rods and reels including the Tital. As the new flagship fly reel from Greys, it will offer machined bar-stock aluminum construction and a sealed drag along with a futuristic design. We're excited to test
Click pawl reels. Simple, lightweight, dependable, and only good for smaller fish like trout and panfish...or are they? At ICAST this year, I discovered there is one company out to change that way of thinking. Although the majority of my work at the show was covering the latest in conventional tackle for TackleTour.com, I stumbled upon a new company called Cubalaya Outfitters which makes click fly reels geared towards saltwater fishing. Yep, you read that right! Much like the
(from Pure Fishing) Hardy Ultralite X Rod Designed to be the lightest and most versatile rod in the Hardy collection.
Hardy’s legacy as the gold standard in fly-fishing gear began in 1872 and continues today as the company maintains its leadership position in the construction of dynamic and original offerings in both fresh and saltwater, including the new Hardy Ultralite X rod—the lightest and most versatile rod in the Hardy collection.
Designed and crafted to excel even in
Modern technology is great, but do you miss something from the past that is no longer made anymore? Or, maybe you still love using a product that many people have moved past in favor of the "latest and greatest"? Many fly reels nowadays that are not of the click-pawl variety offer a drag system that's fully sealed. With this setup, the drag material sits inside of a (supposedly) watertight housing which means it's isolated from outside elements and requires no maintenance. So
Fly fishing in saltwater offers heaps of challenge and excitement, but it can also take a toll on your gear. Proper freshwater rinsing of rods, reels, hooks, pliers, etc that came in contact with saltwater is really important to help avoid such issues as salt buildup, rust, and corrosion. Gear that isn't properly cared for will not only have lower resale value, but more importantly may not function as it should. I always try to rinse my gear as soon as possible after a saltwa
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Along with fiberglass rods, click-pawl reels seem to have really grown in popularity the last several years. Out of the various offerings on the market, the Colorado LT undoubtedly was and still is a favorite among trout chasers everywhere...and for good reason. Those reels are lightweight, high-quality, and offer a ton of visual appeal. While the Colorado LT has enjoyed a highly-successful run, production of those reels has ceased and the brand-new
When purchasing a new fly reel in-store, most any reputable shop will offer to load it with backing and fly line using their spooling machine. This is a very convenient service for the sheer speed of it plus the peace-of-mind knowing that your reel should be rigged properly and with the optimal amount of backing. But, at some point there likely will come a time when you need or want to do it yourself. Luckily, it's really a piece of cake! Here's the step-by-step process of ho
When you go fly fishing, do you tend to just grab a single rod/reel and head out the door? I've usually preferred packing as light as possible, but bringing only one combo isn't always a solid choice. Granted, it often may not be practical or feasible to bring multiple setups, but if you can do so it can pay big dividends. Whether extras are kept with you the entire day or they're back in the truck just a short walk away, you'll often find having this extra tackle available m
Images and words by Abel Reels: Every now and then, we come across an artist whose work naturally fits Abel's palette of custom finishes. This time, we're proud to collaborate with outdoor artist Casey Underwood. Check out all the details below. - Six original Casey Underwood designs created to correspond with a specific model in the Abel lineup - Each reel is individually laser engraved, and put through a proprietary polishing/texturizing process featuring an innovative, fi
A range of high quality fly combos aimed at the neophyte saltwater fly angler. This rod, reel and line combo comes pre-spooled and fitted with a tapered saltwater leader and is supplied in a handy travel case. • High quality 4 section, medium fast action blank • Anodised aluminum reel seat with carbon spacer • Die cast aluminum construction fly reel • Fully adjustable disc drag • Pre-spooled with backing, high quality pre-looped flyline and tapered leader • Supplied in a prot
GR80 Streamflex Rods- A favorite the world over, the Greys GR80 Streamflex range of rods lifts the bar again with upgraded actions and construction benefitting from the inclusion of 3M Powerlux™ 1000 resin. Each rod is individually designed for the challenges of specific techniques from delicate dry fly work to technical Nymph styles. The new upgraded Streamflex Plus model with longer extension section creates the ultimate all round light line Nymph rod. • 3M Powerlux™ 1000 r
Aetos fly rods- The next generation of AETOS™ fly rods includes extensive range of high performance, modern fly rods including single handed, double handed and switch models. The new AETOS series features redesigned blanks constructed of proprietary nano blank technology, making the rods lighter and stronger than standard carbon fiber. • Nano composite technology used in blank construction • Fast action • Two tone anodised aluminum reel seat with woven carbon spacer • AAA gra
Zane Carbon Reels- Designed for the flats angler, the Zane Carbon is a lightweight, large arbor, sealed disc drag reel capable of handling anything that's thrown at it. Perfectly at home taming Bonefish or Sea Trout in its smaller sizes to Permit and Tarpon in the 10,000 and 12,000 sizes. The regulated hard indent drag system allows accurate drag settings to be applied quickly in the heat of battle. • Barstock 6061 /carbon with non flash salt safe anodized finish • Fully seal
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship When thinking of classic fly reels, the Pflueger Medalist is likely to be one that immediately pops into your brain. Fly reel design has changed, well, drastically over the years, but Pflueger hasn't gone anywhere. They're still very much here and still making fly reels as well as spinning and baitcasting reels for conventional anglers. Heck, even the Medalist is still part of the lineup, though it looks quite a bit different (in a good way) today! A
For a gear nut like myself, there are so many tempting rod and reel choices today that making a decision can be tough. I'll often weigh the pros and cons of an item for a few days before finally pulling the trigger! However, sometimes impulse takes over and I'm clicking "buy" within mere minutes. I was actually guilty of this just a few days ago when I found the new Orvis Limited Edition purple Hydros. I had previously reviewed one of the new 2020 Hydros reels in the standard
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship I used to not think much of die-cast fly reels. I'd typically envision them appropriate for display in the fishing aisle of a big box retailer or maybe as part of a beginner fly fishing combo, but not much else. Times are definitely different now. Personally, what made me rethink my opinion of die-cast reels came when Redington released the BEHEMOTH back in 2015. Those reels offered a lot more refinement than I was expecting and looked amazing to boo