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 — …

After several years of manufacturers focusing heavily on fast action fly rods, the last year has seen more fly rods with a more classic action receiving increased attention from rod manufacturers. Several manufacturers have introduced new series of slow and medium action rods and the fiberglass renaissance continues to gain momentum. With the introduction of …

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 …

Fly fishing for carp? For many anglers, the first answer might be “Why?” For cold-water anglers, the carp has long been the subject of petty jokes, a species more likely to be pursued with a bow and arrow than a pearl-headed nymph. But the fly fishing mindset towards Cyprinus carpio is changing. Will Rice, a …