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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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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 …

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 …

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. …

Fly fishing is often considered an art and a sport. From the moment Brad Pitt cast a line over the Gallatin River in the film version of Norman McLain’s famous A River Runs Through It, fly fishing has been compared to dancing on the water. But it can also be frustrating, confusing, confusing, and just …

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 …

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 …

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 …

This year, manufacturers of fishing products have not hesitated to produce gear that will make you happy. A whole new arsenal of rods and reels is available to the fisherman, whether he is targeting largemouth bass or yellowfin tuna. Here are our top picks for 2020. 1. Coils Abu Garcia Zenon Coils Abu Garcia Zenon. …

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 …

“],” renderIntial “: true,” wordCount “: 350}”> Today’s fly rods are a far cry from the bamboo beasts that lurk in the corners of your great-grandfather’s lake house. Surprisingly light and cleverly designed, these are exceptional tools that are also beautiful to see. Best of all, the many options available now mean that there is …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …