The Mathwig family, Philip, mother Brenda and father Jon, have operated Neptune Ice Rods, an ice fishing rod company based out of Jon and Brenda’s home in Onalaska, for over two years. Peter Thomson, La Crosse Tribune ONALASKA – It’s been five years since ice fisherman Jon Mathwig asked his son, Phil, why ice rod …

Fishing can be enjoyed as a hobby or a sport, but either way, the Cyberfishing Smart Rod Sensor could soon prove to be essential gear for anyone looking to catch fish. Cyberfishing’s Smart Rod Sensor, which turns normal fishing rods into smarter versions of themselves, is on display at CES 2019. The product is not …

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 …

When it comes to custom crafting fishing rods, Barry Weaver employs a lot of skills. Weaver is alternately a carpenter, engineer, turner, technician and assembler. And when it comes to the decorative aspect of creating a custom fishing rod, it’s a bit of a tailor, carefully adding bronze, blue, green, orange, or red colored thread …

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 …

OutdoorHub Journalists 08.09.18 Catfish are among the most difficult species of fish to catch. It’s not that they’re that hard to bait or lure. That’s when you catch them, they can be very difficult to get back up. This is why the perfect fishing rod for catfish is vital. Catfish is a powerful fish 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 …

Any size, any color, Horken can probably build it. The retired gig occupies the owner of Rob’s Rod Repair and Custom Built Fishing Rods at his East Grand Forks store. As busy as he wants, at least, and that’s how Horken likes it. “I built them for birthdays, I built them for Christmas, I built …

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.-Rob Horken is perhaps best known as “Ernie the Angler,” his longtime alter ego who reported weekly on summer fishing on WDAZ-TV Channel 8 in Grand Forks, but in retirement, Horken keeps his feet in the fishing waters by building custom fishing rods. Any size, any color, Horken can probably build it. …

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 …

“],” renderIntial “: true,” wordCount “: 350}”> Walk slowly and carry the right stick. (Courtesy of Sage) HD Sage Salt ($ 950) Madness Allowed at 70 feet, head winds at 20 mph, guide screaming in your ear. What do you want in your hand? HD salt. Sage has tweaked the composite of its already whipped …

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 …

One of the new features introduced in Far cry 5 is the capacity of go fishing. You can unlock fishing at the start of the game, but the nuances of the best way to catch fish, get new fishing rods and lures, and find the best fishing spots are not obvious. Instead, fish in Far …

Owner Trey Kistler celebrated his 20th birthday in January at Kistler Custom Fishing Rods. Trey Kistler started making fishing rods in his garage about 20 years ago, plying the family trade. This garage is now part of the workshop where approximately 10,000 custom fishing rods are assembled each year, said Kistler, president and founder of …

Benjamin Woodard / Courtesy In a state known for its natural wonders, there is no shortage of great places to enjoy the outdoors in Arkansas. There are acres upon acres of forests and parks to explore. There are hiking and biking trails, places for camping, rock climbing, boating, and bird watching. The forests are teeming …

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 …

Various species of game fish, large and small, often end up in the crosshairs of coastal fishermen. A good rod can handle diversity. Adrian E. Gray In our fishing fantasy land, we all have around 1,000 rods in our personal gear stores. There are different durations, strengths, and actions, each ideal for a different purpose. …

The profound adaptations observed in the ice fishing world over the past 30 years are remarkable. Today’s ice fisherman is well equipped with electronics, electric augers, fish houses, fishing rods, lines and terminal equipment, all specialized for the rigors of cold and ice. As I pulled out my collection of cane bags to rewind the …

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 …

Anglers can compete on any type of water with any type of rod in the Biggest Fish virtual competition.Anthony Thornton | Daily archive photo As you develop as a fisherman, you will begin to feel the urge to buy new rods specific to different situations or techniques. Rod companies have created a rod for every …

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 …

New angling, conventional and fly fishing rods for saltwater anglers were showcased at the ICAST 2017 international show in Orlando. (Keep in mind that not all fishing companies introduce new saltwater fishing rods every year.) Below are nine different options from the top fishing rod manufacturers. Some are already available; others will be available later …

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 …

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press 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 …

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 …

Handcrafted fishing rods near Beaver Lake give anglers an edge when a bite depends on long, accurate casts. Photo by Flip PutthoffArkee Rods is truly a home-based business. Roberta and Bill Klindworth make the rods in the living room of their Gateway home. A look at the custom rods Bill and Roberta Klindworth hand-build in …

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 …

Chet Kiekhafer’s business requires the precision of an engineer, the steady hands of a surgeon, the creativity of an artist, and the skill of an avid fisherman. Hutchinson’s Kiekhafer incorporates each of these skills when building custom fishing rods. From a bare graphite pole, he transforms it into a work of art, with expert craftsmanship. …

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, …

NEWBURYPORT – Every TV show needs its support team working behind the cameras, and a small business in Newburyport finds itself providing custom Reel Easy rods to a series that focuses on catching the massive bluefin tuna of Atlantic. Ed Fontes and his son, Jeff, make the custom rods used in “Wicked Tuna,” a reality …

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 …

Johnson splits a bamboo stalk with a knife inside a woodworking shop in Laramie, Wyo., June 21. Johnson made 25 bamboo fly fishing rods in his lifetime. Andy Carpenean / Laramie Boomerang By EVE NEWMAN Laramie Boomerang LARAMIE, Wyo. – Jerry Johnson remembers the day he got hooked on fly fishing 44 years ago. A …

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 …