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
Fishpond recently shared all of their new product releases with us for 2022. Ranging from fly boxes to backpacks, there's a variety of both totally brand-new products as well as updated ones. Here's a sampling of just some of what will be available! (words and images by Fishpond) Firehole Backpack Price: $179.95 Specs: - 420D nylon recycled Cyclepond fabric - 26L (1,500 Cu. In.) - 22“ x 12“ x 9.5“ - 2.7 lbs. Description: Some days your only shot at securing solitude is to put
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
From Simms Fishing: Every year, a migration of epic proportions takes place along the Eastern Seaboard of America. From the Carolinas to Canada, anglers flock to the rocky coastlines, estuaries, rivers and inshore waters to target one of America’s most iconic gamefish- the Striped Bass. Despite its popularity and significance to the coastal communities in the Northeast, the fishery is once again in major jeopardy. The last time this happened, we witnessed one of the greatest
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
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
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
For those readers that enjoy both fly fishing and conventional fishing as I do, the Rapala name is instantly recognizable. Famous for their absolutely huge lineup of hard baits, they actually offer a large array of other products ranging from fillet knives to rods. They also give us anglers something that is totally free―the Rapala Knot. The Rapala Knot seems to get absolutely no attention in the fly fishing sector. That's a real shame because I have used the knot for years a
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
If you've never been on a guide trip before, many guides will lay a towel out on the dock so you can wipe your shoes off before boarding the skiff. I wouldn't want to be that guy who starts off the morning by leaving filthy foot prints on the deck of a squeaky-clean boat. That's likely not going to be a great first impression! Once aboard, many folks will just leave their shoes on all day. After all, they are shoes and they belong on your feet, right? However, if you typicall
A while back, my post "Finding and Setting Up a Fishing Pack" focused on pack selection as well as a few handy exterior accessories. Choosing a comfortable and efficient way to transport your gear is important, but what goes in that pack can be downright vital. After all, forgetting a necessary item can put a damper on your day or even ruin it completely. To avoid such headaches or total disasters, it's essential to have a solid mental or written checklist of what exactly to
What fly rod length should I get? There is a lot that goes into choosing a proper fly rod. Line weight, rod action, components, aesthetics, and of course length are all key points that a consumer must make note of. As far as length goes, the 9 foot fly rod is the most common and widely-available on the market. This size offers the angler ample distance, line control, and castability while still being able to pack down into a tube that allows for easy transport. Although it's
From Simms Fishing Products: Simms Fishing Products, the preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear, footwear, and technical apparel in fishing, release the all-new Flyweight and CX collections. Designed for the high-output angler, the Flyweight assortment consists of lightweight and durable pieces designed to offer unmatched mobility allowing anglers to go farther and fish harder. The CX line features a Jacket and Bib built for the core angler, made from proprietary stretc
What can a 9 weight fly rod be used for?
For heavier freshwater and light saltwater applications, the 8-weight fly rod is immensely popular. This rod size offers a good dose of power—but not too much—and can handle windy conditions, larger flies, and huskier fish. On the conventional side of angling, I would equate its versatility to a medium-heavy casting or spinning rod. Despite the 8-weight stealing much of the attention, neighboring line weights deserve love, too. In thi