Author Archives: Ben F

  • Fly Reel Spool Width: Wide vs. Narrow

    Posted on December 16, 2014 by Ben F

    Fly Reel designs have changed a lot in recent years. From the odd-but-now-classic Ari T. Hart to the space-age Lamson Vanquish to the neo-classics like the Hardy Lightweight. Everyone is trying to build a better mousetrap, so to speak. That's one of the reasons we work so hard to bring you great reviews like the 8-weight Challenge and 5-weight Reel Shootout. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Reel Reviews

  • Lamson Guru 2.0 Fly Reel Review

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Ben F

    The Lamson Guru fly reel has long been the entry point for made in the USA quality, and one of our best selling reels. A top contender among 8-weights, we're excited to see how it performs as a trout reel. → Read More

    This post was posted in 5-Weight Challenge, Fly Reel Reviews, Shootouts and was tagged with lamson fly reel reviews

  • Lamson Remix Fly Reel Review

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Ben F

    The Lamson Remix fly reel along with the Liquid, have replaced the Lamson Konic as their entry level fly reel. The Remix, aptly named, has a machined case and a cast spool. Best of all, the Remix is one of Lamson's lowest priced reels, and one of the lowest priced in our test. Let's see how it holds up. → Read More

    This post was posted in 5-Weight Challenge, Fly Reel Reviews, Shootouts and was tagged with lamson fly reel reviews

  • Ross F1 #2 Fly Reel Review

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Ben F

    Based in Montrose, Colorado, Ross is one of the world's leading fly reel manufacturers. Over the years, Ross Reels have become a virtual household name in fly fishing. We really liked the Ross F1 fly reel the last time we tested it, and we were particularly excited to see how it would fare in a freshwater-oriented test. → Read More

    This post was posted in 5-Weight Challenge, Fly Reel Reviews, Shootouts and was tagged with best trout reel, ross reel reviews

  • Sage Accel Fly Rod Review

    Posted on July 29, 2014 by Ben F

    Sage’s 2nd most popular rod introduction for 2015 is the all new Accel. The Accel replaces the VXP in Sage’s lineup and is built with Gen 5 technology, just like the old, but still popular, Z-Axis. It’s also green, like the Z-Axis. Since this is the year of re-packaged rods (check out our review on the Winston Nexus), is the Accel a re-packaged Z-Axis?

    We got to try the 590-4 Sage Accel at iCast and decide for ourselves. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews

  • Winston Nexus Fly Rod Review

    Posted on July 27, 2014 by Ben F

    One of the most intriguing new rods for 2015 is the Winston Nexus. Winston discontinued all of their overseas-made rods this year, which included the very popular Passport and VSL, and replaced them with a made-in-the-USA rod at a very attractive price.

    We got a chance to cast the 9’ 5-weight Nexus this year at iCast. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews

  • Sage Salt Fly Rod Review

    Posted on July 21, 2014 by Ben F

    The new Sage SALT Fly Rod is, of course, Sage’s latest and greatest. It replaces the still-good-in-its-own-right, Xi3. It’s always a tall order to replace a rod that people like. Luckily, Jerry Siem had something to fall back on – Konnetic Technology. What is it? Probably some new resin, but I’m no material scientist. What I do know is that it’s produced some pretty great rods so far.

    Calling a fly rod “Salt” is bold. Read on to see if it lives up to it. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews

  • 2014 5-weight Shootout: Fly Rod Review and Test

    Posted on June 1, 2014 by Ben F

    Following the success of our 8-weight reel challenge, we wanted to take on fly rods. Magazines, fly shops, bloggers… virtually everyone has an opinion on which fly rod is best. So, we decided to join the crowd. But, in typical Trident fashion, we’re going to take a different twist on the traditional fly rod review. As always, this shootout will be completely data driven, and we’re going to give you better and more objective results than you’ve seen anywhere else.

    Here’s what we did differently.... → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, Shootouts and was tagged with best trout rod, G Loomis fly rod review, sage fly rod review, scott fly rod review

  • Clarifying the new G. Loomis Warranty

    Posted on April 14, 2014 by Ben F

    Loomis has always made a fantastic rod, but they’ve been lambasted in the internet for their warranty. For those of you who read the Midcurrent article, it was clear as mud. As was their press release. So, we’ve understandably gotten a lot of questions about this, and wanted to clarify it for our customers. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, Other and was tagged with G Loomis Reviews, G Loomis Warranty, nrx warranty, warranty

  • Sage Method 7126 Spey Rod Review: The Star Destroyer

    Posted on November 11, 2013 by Ben F

    I took the Method up to Gaspe for the last few days of the season, and was thrilled with its performance – as were the fish. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, Spey Reviews and was tagged with salmon rod, spey rod reviews, steelhead rod

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