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Lynn Burkhead The other day while I was looking for a story on how to catch big monster brown trout on a fly rod, I watched a video called “Streamer Chronicles” which is part of a great video series YouTube powered by Fly Fishing the Ozarks. During this video, Chad “Mississippi” Johnson, a renowned fly …

You’ve probably heard us quote our good friend, frequent contributor and trout school “headmaster” Todd Tanner when stating that the true mark of a great fly rod is one that “disappears in your hand”, a rod which is so intuitive and attuned to your fishing, you hardly notice it’s there. It looks like iconic rod …

Dick Hanousek’s father was killed during World War II in France when Dick was a toddler, leaving his uncle as the boy’s father figure. The relationship between the two became urgent one day when the uncle interrupted a knitting tutorial that Dick was giving by his mother and aunt. Dick was 5 years old at …

Sometimes it’s fun to live dangerously. You know…like when casting a fly over a fish, you’re probably better off going alone, for the sake of your gear, if not for the wrath you might incur if something goes wrong. Like when the magazine editor who gave you a fly rod review watches you intentionally swap …

Over the past few years Hardy has consistently, and some would say quietly, introduced one fantastic fly rod after another. Hardy’s Zephrus Ultralite is the best small stream trout rod I’ve fished in years, their Euro-focused Ultralite LL has proven to be a surprisingly versatile all-around performer, and their glass-graphite hybrid Sirrus is a dry …

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POWELL – Ben Borcher was on the water with his son, Christian. Fishing has a long family tradition and that day the two of them were just the two in a small raft on Cody Reservoir. Next to Ben was a very special fly fishing rig. He had helped choose it for his father’s 59th …

***For all things Wyoming, sign up for our daily newsletter*** By Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Ben Borcher was on the water with his son, Christian. Fishing is a long tradition in the family and that day there were just two of them in a small raft on the Cody Reservoir. Beside Ben was a very …

When working in a fly shop the question we answer the most is “What should I look for for my first rod?” For the newbie to the sport, the number of different rods, weights, lengths and actions can be intimidating, to say the least. Like everything else in this world, you can keep it simple …

Here’s one for the dinner table. Who invented the modern fishing rod? If you guessed the railroad and bank mogul John Torrance in the 1930s, you’ve won the extra share of the pie. According to the website prezi.com (because why would anyone know it by heart) he saw a fish in the water, took a …

I call it a “sea trout sunrise,” not so much that it looks any different than bonefish or tarpon, bass or billfish fishing. It’s just the feeling of dawn in a sea trout spot that makes it different from other fishing for other fish. It’s mostly a small boat game, usually in clear, shallow water, …

Over the past few weeks, I have thought a lot about how hunters attach themselves to rifles. I’m not much of a gun lover – I don’t care if my rifle has a built-in stock or a floating barrel, or if a .280 shoots a little flatter than a .270 – but I’m fascinated. by …

Head out into the high mountains one morning to check your stock, but be sure to pack the fly rod. Kimball, a popular Tumut District grazing property marketed as a “productive powerhouse” is for sale for only the third time in its history. Besides its fertile river plains, officers were careful to highlight its fame …

WRITE ON THE FLY By GEORGE LISET Fly fishing in New Hampshire during the fall is my favorite time to get out on the water. The colors, in and out of the water, are spectacular. I check the foliage maps on my phone and plan accordingly. I saw the foliage around the Lake District starting …

Fly fishermen tend to anthropomorphize the objects of our obsession to such an extent that I often wonder if it’s us or the five-year-olds who have the most active imaginations. Still, the claim that fly rods are more than just tools shouldn’t be too hard a claim to swallow. For a group of people who …

Choosing a fly rod can be a daunting task, especially if you are new to the sport. Even seasoned anglers have plenty of options for weighing in as they take the plunge for a new rod. Size, weight, flexibility, rod action, and build are just a few of the things you need to consider. “Fly …

Finding this special dry fly rod is a joy. Outright throwing a well-balanced dry fly rod is just plain fun.Courtesy photo If you ask a die-hard fly fisherman if he has a “pet rod”, a special fly rod for a specific purpose, most will admit. Some appreciate custom dry fly rods, while others pride themselves …

JB turning over a ferox trout. An illustration by John Searl that appears in ‘Red Letter Days’ I see Thomas Turner is selling an Edward Barder Ltd Edition Bernard Venables 8’6 “bamboo fly rod. It was ordered October 6, 1996 and completed the following year. Its description looks tantalizing and the pictures show just how …

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from the Snowbee Classic 7ft, 3/4 weight – a rod made by a company I’ve never heard of, who can’t decide which line they want to throw, and is the most affordable offer in the Snowbee range. Nonetheless, I made plans to baptize him in the Appalachian streams. …

You can’t say we didn’t come well armed: in our single scull in the Bahamas my buddy and I had five fly fishing rods. The rods came from three different manufacturers, in sizes designed to handle any fish, from young bonefish to 120-pound tarpon. They were all top of the line sticks, and most had …

Blue Ribbon Trout Streams cut through the Montana landscape and attract hundreds of thousands of anglers to the area each year. But learning to fly fishing takes time and money. This can keep newcomers to the sport on the shore rather than knee deep in one of those Blue Ribbon trout streams. Truth be told, …

The new H3D Blackout rods, the latest evolution in the Orvis Helios 3 family of fly rods, are tools specially designed to meet three specific and common fishing needs identified by Orvis and his team of field testers. The design of one of these new rods, the 5-weight 9’5 “model, was prompted by feedback from …

Many small streams in western Missouri are home to a surprising variety of fish. Micro-fishing with a fly rod is one way to catch them, whether it’s an interesting species of minnow or bluegill or fiery bass. The Missouri Department of Conservation will be offering a free virtual micro-fishing course from 8:30 a.m. to 10 …

I live in one of the richest states for trout. Idaho is teeming with blue waters and fly fishermen descend there every spring. I like targeting the trout as much as the next one, but I can only dodge the drift boats and outrun the wading fishermen for so long. That’s why I like small …

In the half-century that 72-year-old Ken Iverson waded in the cold waters of the area’s trout streams, a lot has changed. Like highly regulated watercourses, where different sections of the same watercourse are often subject to different and very detailed regulations. Or even the number of trout fishermen, especially the younger ones, which Iverson says …

Ian Gale of the Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation helps Randy Ford guide himself on a fly rod (Oil City News) CASPER, Wyo – Young men from the Sheridan-based nonprofit Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation Youth Program were at the Ugly Bug Fly Shop in Casper this weekend to teach anglers how to assemble their own fly …

Fly fishermen come to Blue Ridge, a small town in the mountains of North Georgia called the state’s trout capital, from all over the world to fish year round. They also come looking for Bill Oyster, a craftsman specializing in prized bamboo fly rods. With his silver beard and mustache, Oyster looks like the quintessential …

The brutal cold spell of a few weeks ago was the last straw. After years of turning down invitations from my good friend Kevin Morlock to join him on the Louisiana Gulf Coast for a few days of redfish fly fishing, I hopped on a commercial plane for the first time in a year. and …

The brutal cold snap of a few weeks ago was the last straw. After years of turning down invitations from my good friend Kevin Morlock to join him on the Louisiana Gulf Coast for a few days of redfish fly fishing, I hopped on a commercial plane for the first time in a year. and …

Brett in the hospital MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A young man received the fishing trip of his life with the help of Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming. Brett, whose last name will be withheld for confidentiality reasons, had a two-year battle with leukemia and received treatment at WVU Medicine Children’s. “He was a great athlete …

There are so many rods to choose from these days that it is puzzling. Fast acting, moderately fast, medium, slow. Mid flex, tip flex. Six feet. Ten feet. A weight. Eight weights. It’s enough to make someone cry. In addition to all the actions, you need to find a line that will optimize the power …

Hardy has revamped their entire rod line for 2020, replacing almost everything they were offering in 2019. Among the most anticipated new offerings is the Hardy Ultralite LL rod. It’s the same rod that Hardy’s chief designer Howard Croston used to win the 2020 FIPS World Championship. Euro-nymphing is the name of the game in …

Thomas & Thomas introduced the Contact series of Euro-nymphing fishing rods a few years ago and they almost immediately gained a cult following, with many experienced anglers raving about their performance and build quality. . These delusions were well justified, given that the original Contact was a superb example of what a well-designed Euro rod …

For many reasons, some good and some bad, the fly fishing industry doesn’t just settle for what works. Rod builders produce new sticks every year, and most rod designs don’t hang around particularly long, although a few rods have resisted this trend over the years. We think of the classic Redington trout. The Orvis Recon …

In Aberdare National Park in Kenya, you can tiptoe through the mud and downed trees of elephant trails, sneak past Cape buffaloes, and crouch down to throw yourself into remote expanses of streams. chills barely wider than your wingspan. The limbs tie together to form arches above. Lichens and ferns cling to the steep, lush …

A friend from California called late last winter to ask if I would like to join him for two days of fly fishing in Gunnison this summer. I quickly checked my analog calendar and found that the days he wanted to fly fishing in August were available. In fact, most of August was available. So, …

I like beautiful things. Shiny, new, glittery things. Who doesn’t? Sometimes these beautiful things are expensive, sometimes they are not. But my favorite shiny novelties are the ones that let me spend less and get more. The Redington STRIKE Euro-nymphing Rod, one of the newest additions to the Redington line, is a perfect example of …

After 8 years, Scott’s coveted freshwater flagship, the Radian, has a successor. Its replacement, the new Scott Centric, is the product of 18 months of development and is built on all new cones, a host of new technologies and new components. Scott is one of the few cane makers in today’s highly competitive market that …

Redington recently announced the discontinuation of its popular Hydrogen rod series, which has long been one of the brand’s most popular rods. Few companies, however, are willing to put up with their queues these days, especially when it comes to fly rods. And that’s why we have the new Redington TRACE on rod racks in …

Many native Floridians live for the salty ocean and couldn’t be happier on the water holding a fishing rod. It’s part of the education of almost everyone here! Floridians can go there any time of the day or night, but most fishing trips are done at dawn as the fishing is best when the sun …

My first experience with a fly rod was not encouraging. I was young – maybe 7 – and grabbed the green fiberglass telescopic fishing rod I always used and carried it to the creek near our camp. When I showed it to my older, more worldly cousin, he laughed. “You can’t use that,” he told …

When I first started fly fishing, I didn’t know much about the sport, and everything made me nervous. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself and didn’t know who to ask for help. Fortunately, I found a few fly fishermen who I could trust and who guided me through even the most basic …

I remember packing my bags at the trailhead of a small tributary of the South Fork of the Snake River that fateful evening some 20 years ago. It was almost dark and the mosquitoes were on me the second I took off my waders. The sun had set under the Big Hole Mountains, and everything …

Last week, with the trout season in full swing, Sage launched two new products aimed directly at these anglers. Bainbridge Island, Washington’s latest rod offering, the Sage SONIC, is a multi-application rod that fits into its lineup just below its famous flagship X rod. Sage also launched its new ESN reel, which is the first …

Mariah Shiele reacts to a fish she caught during last year’s Mayfly Project outing at Whites Fish Farm. LOGAN – There is a local organization called the Mayfly Project that specializes in helping foster children have an outdoor experience learning to fly fishing in local waters. Last year’s Mayfly Project ended with a successful release …

If you don’t count any of the newly added sticks in my vintage cane collection, it’s been a while since I bought a new cane for myself that sparked an honest Wow. The Orvis Helios 3D was the last rod I reviewed that got me thinking, I need it for myself, in a few different …

The last few times I was on the South Platte River in Deckers, I intentionally left my favorite one-handed fly rod at home. It is the perfect cane for the midges outbreaks that sometimes occur on sunny winter afternoons. The rod I carried in its place was borrowed from a 13ft 3 inch long two …

Minnesota and Wisconsin must have some of the highest per capita tarpon rods in the country outside of Florida. Most of these rods, of course, will never see a drop of salt water, unless you count the tears – because muskellunge anglers lose a lot, whether it’s icy gales of November, chronic tendonitis or, worst …

If you have kids of a certain age, you’ve probably watched the Pixar movie Ratatouille, in which the main protagonist, Remy, a rat, is inspired by Chef Gusteau’s proclamation that “anyone can cook”. It’s possible that no other company follows its leader’s vision more closely than ECHO fly rods follows Tim Rajeff, who proclaims that …

Reyr Gear considered traveling with a fly rod and realized how complicated it can be. Four pieces, down to the shank, a reed, the line through the eyelets – there are a lot of components to handle. So they designed a rod with the line routed through the center, allowing it to telescope along its …

With anglers looking for 2020 outings on the latest and greatest in gear companies, Sage Fly Fish is launching three new rod families into the ring. Available in August 2019, Sage builds three different aspects of angling to give consumers more options for net fishing. Covering everything from your light and airy dry fly rod …

Like many bass anglers, John Deshautors has an abundance of specialized equipment. Rods with a tough backbone to a broomstick and multi-speed reels that are engineering marvels. Tools to drop a jig in a teacup-sized spot and muscle to tackle a heavy, hard largemouth or smallmouth bass from a thick blanket. Then, a few years …

The 9’5wt Orvis Clearwater deserves a commendable article, but if nothing else this rod proves a startling truth: Orvis is, for the time being, ahead of the pack in the arms race which manufactures fly fishing equipment. From top to bottom, Orvis’s offerings surpass or equal even the fiercest competition, and the Orvis Clearwater update …

The opening day of Vermont trout season is April 13, and anglers across Bennington County are eager to get out on the water. The start of the season is always difficult and not for the faint-hearted. Water temperatures during the second week of April in the Battenkill River Valley can average 38 degrees on a …

March 1, 2019 | By Kirk Warner Above photo credit: Bryson Malone Collectibles are not something you typically use and abuse. But what if this article was specially designed for you appreciate? Like literally built for you, and only you. The decision becomes less obvious. In this episode of Time Tested, GearJunkie editor-in-chief Kirk Warner …

November 29, 2018 | By Chloé Nostrant Epic makes premium fly fishing rods for anglers as picky as a stubborn rainbow trout. We put her weight 5 to the test in this review. As with other equipment, you can often tell the quality of fly fishing gear when you hold it in your hand for …

If there really is a fly rod for every situation – and, by God there is better, or I’ve been lying between my teeth ever since I got married (then divorced) there all these years – there is a place in your quiver for a flexible glass rod that is both intuitive and a little …

About a month ago, I finally got my hands on a 9’4wt review model from the PURE. Winston presents this rod as a lightweight in-line presentation stick for the wary trout – in the same way the company’s much-vaunted IM6 and WT series have been described. The PURE is not a “modern” version of those …

In the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, from mid-October to early December, Atlantic landlocked salmon ascend countless tributaries to spawn, often arriving in waves when water levels rise. and come down with the autumn rains. I’ve been fly fishing for them since I almost ran out of diapers. Over the years, I have …

The Thomas & Thomas zone came into my life as a short, enjoyable adventure that made me want more. She was 9ft 5 in weight and I only had a few weeks to get to know her. If I’m being honest she wasn’t much to see, but we just fell in love. Then she left, …

The Douglas Outdoors line of DXF rods are potentially lost in the revamp among many new mid-priced offerings from well-known fishing rod manufacturers. Based in upstate New York near the Salmon River on the east coast, Douglas Outdoors is a small rod company that makes some of the best rods I have fished for most …

Simply put, the most effective coastal saltwater fly fishing available in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia is the Red Drum. And with the fall tides being pushed by giant storms like Hurricane Florence, now is the time to loosen up a long fly rod and attack them locally. Great fishing can be found almost anywhere …

It’s one thing when a rod maker claims to have designed the best rod for a particular scenario – as I noted before, rod makers are happy to force rod builders for any niche. It is quite another thing when said rod does exactly what the maker says it will do. Designed for seasoned anglers …

Man says his friend hit him with an oar and used his fly rod to stab him in the face on a 2017 fishing trip on the Missouri River near Craig that left him fearful for his life . John Mitchell Winders was charged in April with criminal mischief and theft and assault with a …

In a world where die-hard anglers must have a fly rod for almost every possible fishing scenario (“No, honey, a rod isn’t everything”), rodmakers are happy to oblige. Need a quick stick for the apartments? No problem. A slow rod for throwing tiny flies at picky trout? Check out this sweet little glass baby that …

Earlier this week, RL Winston announced two new rod models ahead of this year’s International Fly Tackle Dealers (IFTD) show in Orlando, Florida. New offerings from Winston include its new PURE “light line” series and a saltwater-focused version of its popular AIR rods, which debuted at IFTD in 2016. The Winston PURE Rod is a …

June 28, 2018 | By Sean McCoy Support us! GearJunkie can earn a small commission on affiliate links in this article. Learn more. It has no eyelets and telescopes from a small handle. The REYR Gear First Cast is a western style fly fishing rig like we’ve never seen before. When it comes to fly …

I’ve never been a purist and will do just about anything to get a fish to eat, but there is definitely something special about dry fly fishing. When the conditions are good on a river like the Delaware, I would rather go for hours without throwing, waiting for a climb, than hammering the bottom where …

When the Sage SALT HD was announced last year, it created a huge wave of hype at the forefront of virtually every discussion about saltwater fly rods. It won the “Best in Show” award at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Orlando. And the proclamations came: it’s a scott meridian killer, Where a killer …

Once again, Suntree’s Jerry Davis catches a prized pompano in the Indian River with his fly rod. Over the past three weeks he has averaged four to five per trip along a 4 1/2 mile section of the west side of the river between Turkey Creek in Palm Bay and the south end of Rocky …

The first time I fished a real euro fishing rod it was one of those “ah-ha” moments, like the first time you went from cotton socks to wool socks, or how you felt after a few hours of owning a smartphone after years of total refusal. What did I miss? After months of trying to …

Buying a new fly rod should be an enjoyable experience. But my years of working in a fly shop suggest that most of the time, that’s not the case. Customers often find the process rather confusing and intimidating, sometimes even downright scary. It’s easy to see why: an overwhelming number of makes and models are …

Don Childress is lucky that he hasn’t had a yard sale in the past decades to get rid of unused fly fishing gear. The Sandpoint fisherman says an old flexible fiberglass rod was the ticket to landing the trout of a lifetime in central Washington out of Rocky Ford Creek this month. Childress grabbed and …

“],” renderIntial “: true,” wordCount “: 350}”> Tom Morgan is a legend. The famous rod builder bought RL Winston Rod Co. in 1973, moved it to Twin Bridges, Montana, the heart of some of the best trout fishing in the country, and over the next 20 years, he has produces some of the finest bamboo, …

Utah-based Blue Halo is trying to innovate for the future of fly rods. (Cortney Boice) Photo credit: Cortney Boice The 2004 film “Napoleon Dynamite” featured a scene with a drawing of a hybrid beast that the main character called a “Liger,” a cross between a lion and a tiger. Utah-based Blue Halo’s Courtney Boice has …

Utah-based Blue Halo is trying to innovate for the future of fly rods. (Cortney Boice) Photo credit: Cortney Boice The 2004 film “Napoleon Dynamite” featured a scene with a drawing of a hybrid beast that the main character called a “Liger,” a cross between a lion and a tiger. Utah-based Courtney Boice of Blue Halo …

They call muskellunge a 1,000 cast fish. Well, Overland Park, Kansas fly fisherman Brad Kellerman beat those odds last week. On his 150th throw at Fellows Lake, north of Springfield, Kellerman snagged a monster muskellunge and successfully landed it before snapping a few shots and letting it go. It wasn’t big enough to surpass Missouri’s …

It’s not quite Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”. But Halltown fly fisherman Mike Heinrichs still hooked a monster fish on the James River on Saturday. Using a Bass Pro Shops White River graphite fly rod, Heinrichs, 39, waded through shallow water while throwing under the Lake Springfield dam. He was hoping to hang …

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Tom Morgan, a former owner of the RL Winston Rod Company whose quest to build flawless fly fishing rods continued long after being crippled by multiple sclerosis, has passed away. He was 76 years old. Morgan died of pneumonia on Monday at a hospital not far from his home, said Matt …

David McCumber TWIN BRIDGES – A fire at Twin Bridges early Sunday destroyed an RL Winston Rod Co. building containing bamboo fly fishing rods and cut off power to some homes for several hours. Madison County Sheriff Roger Thompson said the fire burned a utility pole near the building at 105 E Third Ave., and …

Speaking of their own rods, Stickman claims there are “no game changers here.” Are the people of Stickman intentionally modest? Or are they just bad traders? Maybe neither, as Stickman claims “like[s] the game as it is ”, and wants to build only the best performing (and prettiest) rods possible using the best materials and …

Levi Brun If you want to know what makes the Scott Meridian fly rod special, I can explain all the scientific reasons. A good fly rod is light and strong, and allows you to cast with the right balance of power and finesse. In developing Meridian’s advanced composite materials, Scott used a new process that …

The next time you stop by a fly shop, take a look at the rod holder. Among the sea of ​​expensive and often too stiff rods, you will probably spot the Redington Classic Trout. A rod that launches easily and pleasantly at convenient fishing distances – and unlike the rocket launchers on sale next door, …

Southern Trout Magazine will induct West Virginian Curtis Fleming into its “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame. Fleming hosts the Outdoor Channel’s “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming” and was recently named Cabela’s Fly Fishing Ambassador. He lives in Bridgeport. “Curtis Fleming is a wonderful ambassador for tourism in West Virginia,” Governor Jim Justice …

I don’t hide the fact that I am a Winston aficionado. I own a Winston rod from every production run except one IM6 laminated by Loomis. My quiver is mostly emerald green. So when I heard the news of a new rod from Winston, I assumed that, as usual, the new rod would replace an …

I have known Mystic fly rods for quite some time now, several years. Designer and entrepreneur Dennis Klein and his wife, Victoria, who owns the company, make quality fishing gear in the company’s small Michigan store. If you haven’t heard of Mystic, you must. First, Mystic rods have been made in the USA in Portland, …

What makes a new cane the biggest release in a business? Or the most important? Or even the most remarkable? It is difficult to imagine an objective measure. That said, it can be just as hard to imagine that when Sage introduced the X in June, the Bainbridge Island fishing rod maker hadn’t hit its …

Redington’s 9-weight VICE cane arrived on my porch in all its glory about three weeks before my trip to the Louisiana swamps. Not really knowing which weight to choose, I opted for the intermediate option offered by most of the experts. With the likelihood of high winds, the extra punch of a nine would help …

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when my local Hardy rep lent me Hardy’s new glass-graphite hybrid. I threw my fair share of Hardy rods – the Zenith was amazing – but I generally found them a bit too quick to serve as a fishing rod for the type of small Rocky …

I first fished a Redington fly rod about a dozen years ago – they were a premium partner with Trout Unlimited (and still are, through their parent company, Farbank), and I was able to buy a rod and reel combo prize before my very first trip to Prince of Wales Island, Southeast Alaska. I bought …

Many anglers were surprised when Winston announced this Super 10. Winston, making rods dedicated to the nymph? Winston makes dry fly rods, don’t they? In truth, more and more in recent years, Winston has produced high performance rods that have nothing to do with dry fly fishing. The Boron III Jungle Series and Boron III …

Sage raises the bar with the new X model. Let the cane war begin. Sage presented its new fly rod today at the European Fishing Tackle Trade Expo in Amsterdam. I was lucky enough to receive one of the first production models (9ft 5in weight) about a month ago, and have been fishing it ever …

Most saltwater fly fishermen don’t care about presentation. Whether you take this to mean most saltwater anglers in general, or most fly fishermen fishing in salt on any given day is up to you. But the fact remains that, most of the time, showing off isn’t at all high on the list of concerns for …

If you take a lesson from a golf pro, your grip is the first thing he’ll look at. Grip might not be that important when it comes to casting a fly rod, but for many of us, the way we hold the rod is almost an afterthought – and it is. is a mistake. I …

I have always been a little intimidated by fast acting fly rods. I’m a trout guy, a small stream freak who is much more comfortable with a slower, more precise tool for making shorter casts in tighter spaces. For me, fast fly rods morphed into weapons of random destruction, and to use them properly they …

I get asked quite often what I think is the best trout rod in the world. Want to hear about it? Soft. Here’s what you need to know. Fisherman 1: “Man, I like blue.” Fisherman 2: “Blue is good, but red is better.” Fisherman 3: “You smoke opium. Black is, like, the best. Fisherman 4: …

Standing among a crowd of dealers, media and brands at last year’s IFTD show in Orlando, we all watched in collective disbelief as Tim Rajeff launched a line strung on an ECHO 3 weight glass rod across the pond. casting. Mixed in with the myriad of praise and wonder comments, one onlooker’s quip stood out. …

Like most fly fishers, I share what non-anglers might more aggressively call viral disease. Its symptoms include collecting of the most financially impractical sort – I’m always on the hunt for the next “soft” fly rod. If you think “soft” is an inefficient way to describe the mechanical characteristics of a fly rod, you’re right. …

As someone who has written more fly rod reviews than they can remember, I have one clear piece of advice to offer: never buy a fly rod based on everything you read. Reviews should pique your interest, perhaps guide your decision a bit, but they should never rule out an option outright. If you notice …

European fishing rod manufacturer Stickman Rods recently announced the latest addition to their growing range in their new P4. The P4 is a medium action fly rod aimed specifically at dry fly anglers and anglers fishing in small to medium sized streams and rivers. If you’re not already familiar with Stickman Rods, chances are you …

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?” Greenfield, MA fly rod makers Thomas & Thomas seem to have taken this sentiment to heart. Founded in 1969 by Tom Dorsey and Tom Maxwell, the brand remains dedicated …

We write a lot about fly rods. We write about those we love, those we somehow love and sometimes those we don’t like at all. We discuss their action, speed of retrieval, accuracy, and more, all with the goal of helping anglers determine which rod is right for them. The driving force behind this practice …

Last week, ECHO more formally announced a series of rods it originally unveiled nearly a year ago, its new BOOST series. The BOOST is a mid-to-low price range rod that can easily be described as ultra-fast, which ECHO owner and rod designer Tim Rajeff says he designed for anglers with more compact casting strokes looking …

Drifter is a rod company that many anglers probably haven’t heard of. A small Denver-based fishing rod building company, Drifter likes to advertise that they make hundreds of fly rods a year, not thousands. Their latest offering, the Drifter Covert, is described as a rod “ideally suited to the needs of trout anglers”. Of course, …

Someone in Montana has my fly rod. Sitting at the bar at Izaak’s in Craig, Montana, a stone’s throw from the banks of the Missouri River, I’m hit with a hollow pain in the pit of my stomach. Something is wrong, but I haven’t put my finger on what yet. A moment later, I replay …

Chip O’Brien’s dad hadn’t been around long enough to leave his son a legacy, just a fishing rod that sparked a passion that lasted a lifetime. “My natural father died when I was only 2 years old, and he was a fly fisherman,” the Catholic High School teacher Regis said. “I was too young to …

Ask anyone involved in the fly fishing business what price range of fly rods sell the most and they’ll tell you the same thing: mid-range. And mid-range, these days, means rods in the $300-$500 price range. Some of the biggest brands in the industry are just starting to realize this and have started to focus …

This is one of the eternal mysteries of fly fishing and it is perhaps the most debated. Are “premium” fly rods worth the price? Is an $800 stick fish better than a $100 fish? Does dropping the big bucks ensure longer, more accurate casts, better fish-fighting ability, or more angling mojo? Do you have to …

There are distinct advantages offered by fast action rods that don’t come in slower packages. They provide easy and authoritative line grabbing, have the ability to cast heavy lines and spikes, are much more adept at casting into the wind, allow the caster to cast tighter loops, generally help increase aim and precision and — …

Choosing the perfect fly rod can be harder than you think. Ask any fly fisherman in the Smoky Mountains what the best fly rod is, and it’s unclear how many different answers you’ll get. There are several factors you need to consider when choosing a fly rod, not to mention trying to figure out what …

With much of the country still well in the midst of what is starting to look like an interminable winter, cabin fever has sent many of us down the creek on days that would typically keep us indoors in warmth and comfort. of the House. Fishing on those freezing days can be frustrating at times. …

Scott’s new flagship one-handed fly rod, the Radian, makes its official debut at this year’s IFTD show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even before reaching the hands of the general public, Scott’s new series of rods has won over many anglers. Scott describes the Radian as a fly rod where “speed meets feel,” and it seems …

Sage today announced six new fly rod models. Four of these expansions mark existing rod series, while the other two rods introduced are new specialty rods developed by Sage. All new additions are now available online and through physical retailers, with the exception of spey additions to the ONE series, which will be available on …

Leading up to this year’s IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealers show) in Reno, Nevada, Sage has announced several new rod series. These new rods and reels are in addition to other new products recently announced by Sage, including its new CIRCA slow action fly rods. These new rod series, the Sage ONE Elite, Response and …

Peter Chen/The Postal StandardDave LeClair of Elbridge makes and restores bamboo fly fishing rods. He estimates that it takes him about 50 hours to make one and he sells them for up to $1,400. However, he says it is not beyond the skill of a beginner to make a good, relatively inexpensive rod out of …