Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Although Waterworks-Lamson is mainly known for their fly reels, they've recently made a solid push into the fly rod realm. Back in 2019, I had the opportunity to test one of their new saltwater-friendly rods, the Standard Seat (SS) 7 weight. That review proved to be quite positive, as the SS impressed with its handsome looks and composed performance. Despite that rod getting a thumbs up from me, the reel seat didn't really stand out in any way. Howev
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship I've always been intrigued by fishing small waters. Whether I'm chasing trout, micro tarpon, or whatever, there's just something different and special about catching fish in these more intimate settings. It's a common misconception that only small fish live in these types of environments, but I can tell you from personal experience that's not always true. In fact, here in Florida, it can be pretty mind-blowing what lives in the smallest of waterways!
(From Redington/Farbank): Don’t be fooled by good looks—get ready to deliver flies as delicately and accurately as needle to record. New for Spring 2022, Redington has completely revamped the fiberglass cult-classic BUTTER STICK. Its fresh new look carries a strong nostalgic design from the days of shag carpet, roller disco, and Hendrix rippin'. And like all things good and vintage, it's as aesthetically pleasing as it is fun and functional. Whether you're fishing blue lines
(From Sage/Farbank): Sage Introduces Revolutionary New Graphite Technology & CORE Rod Family BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (March 29, 2022) – Sage has always been at the forefront of material advancement in the fly rod space, and in 2022 Sage is positioned to do it again, this time with Revolution 8 Technology. “R8” Technology is the culmination of over forty years of perfecting fly rod performance and 8 breakthroughs in material compositions. Since the introduction of Sage’s Grap
G. Loomis 20 Weight Heavy-duty rods like the Colton Leviathan XS 17+, Cam Sigler 14 weight, G. Loomis CrossCurrent 15 weight, and Temple Fork Bluewater SG 13–15 and 16+ give fly anglers the ability to confidently target the largest saltwater species. Can rods go even heavier? Apparently, the answer is yes, as G. Loomis appears to have crafted a handful of 20-weight fly rods years back! I had no idea these rods even existed until stumbling upon a theflyfishingforum.com post wh
One-piece fly rods are nothing really new, but they aren't all that common. You may have heard or read about some of the performance benefits offered by these rods. The absence of ferrules (joints) gives these blanks the capability to bend and flex with the utmost precision and smoothness, thus improving casting feel. On top of this, one-piece fly rods are typically stronger and a bit lighter in physical weight, too. Everything sounds positive so far, but the biggest downer i
The reel seat isn't the most crucial aspect of a fly rod to look at, but I now take the design into consideration more than I used to. Out of all the fly rods I've fished over the years, a lot of the reel seats were simply unremarkable. Looks aside, it was the function of these seats that often felt somewhat unrefined and failed to blow me away. I can accept a seat like this on a more value-oriented rod, but I've always thought a pricier stick should utilize something more su
All serious fly anglers should try to experience saltwater fly fishing. There is simply nothing like hooking into that first sizable saltwater fish for the very first time. It's truly a different world and one that I quickly became completely addicted to after I experienced what it had to offer. When coming from the freshwater realm, I can imagine the saltwater game being kind of intimidating. Reading up on it, watching videos, and practice casting on the lawn helps, but it t
Have you ever sat back and thought about some of the fly rods you've had in the past? Even though I have fly fished for nearly three decades, if you gave me a few minutes to really think about it, I'm pretty sure I could name every fly rod that I've ever owned! The sign of a real tackle junkie I guess... When anyone thinks about those rods from years gone by, there's likely to be a few that really stand out. Perhaps they felt especially awesome or were just there with you on
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Fly fishing can often conjure up images of softly casting to rising trout on a small mountain stream or maybe sight-casting to bonefish schools on a slicked-out Bahamian flat. While these picture-perfect scenarios certainly do happen, the reality is that things can be much more demanding. When the wind is blowing, casts are distant, and flies are heavy, the average fly rod can come up short. In these situations, higher performance is required...and t
Faster isn't always better. Fly rods that have a "standard" fast action are undoubtedly my favorites. As someone who mainly fishes streamers and is regularly on saltwater, this should come as no surprise. I really like these rods because they're great for casting bulky/heavy flies and cutting through a breeze, but they still make good all-around sticks for a variety of scenarios. In comparison, extra-fast fly rods can offer even higher levels of performance, but I view them a
David McKenzie Photo When the mercury is rising and water temps are edging towards the 70 degree mark, it can often be frowned upon to chase trout. They simply get stressed out in these conditions and catching them just makes things even worse. What's a trout bum to do? Try chasing some local warmwater fish! Commonly inhabited by fly-munching species like bass, crappie, and bluegill, small lakes and ponds provide oodles of entertainment for really anybody—not just avid trout
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Ever wished for just a little more length in your fly rod? Whether added distance, line control, or casting elevation is desired, I'm pretty sure nearly all serious anglers have had this thought more than once. I know I have. A 9-foot fly rod is top dog for good reason—it delivers an ideal blend of castability, portability and control—but sometimes it's just not quite optimal. While a 10-foot fly rod can deliver the right results, in my experience th
TITAL Fly Reels We recently previewed the Greys TITAL reel as part of our Pure Fishing new product overview found right here, but only a single image was 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 reels from Greys, they will offer machined bar-stock aluminum construction, sealed drags, and futuristic designs. We're excited to test one
I'm a big fan of the Helios 3 rods and own H3D 4 and 5 weights in my personal arsenal. Lightweight, fast, and really fun to fish, Orvis is adding three new models to the rod family which feature some unique lengths and cosmetics. These new "Blackout" models appear to fill some niches that anglers may find very useful. (All images courtesy of Orvis) Excerpt from Orvis: "A product of strong collaboration, the Blackout rods are high-concept, extremely specialized fishing tools—e
(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
(From G. Loomis) New from G. Loomis: Crush Variables with NRX+ T2S Technology-infused Fly Rods for Apex Saltwater Anglers You don’t pick tournament days; tournament days pick you. While anglers can’t control environmental factors like wind, tide, and light, they can enhance their own effectiveness. With leaderboard glory on the line, clear a path to victory with rods forged to crush common variables. Designed for apex saltwater fly anglers, the NRX+ T2S series boasts a unique
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
Typical freshwater bass aren't the hardest pulling or biggest fish around, but a big part of what makes them so much fun is the variety they offer the angler. Whether we are talking largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass, they constantly adjust to different conditions, often show distinct preferences for certain types of forage, can be found anywhere from open water to thick cover, and will hold at wildly different depths—even on the same day. These and other variables make
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Can you afford an $800 fly rod? For many people, the answer is no. Fishing with a premium high-performance rod is undoubtedly something special, but you can spend a lot less and still get the job done just fine. One example of an "affordable" rod series that is often spoken highly of is the Fenwick Aetos lineup. While I praised the little 3-weight model that I recently tested right here, not every line weight in a particular rod series may be equally