Fly Rod Reviews

Find great information on all of the latest fly rods from Sage, Winston, Hardy, Greys, Redington, TFO, and more!

  • Scott G-Series Fly Rod Review: A look at the GS 884 and 905.

    Posted on September 2, 2017 by Ben F

    In my short time in the industry, I can’t say that there’s ever been a more anticipated rod release than the Scott G-Series. Scott is truly at the top of their game – it seems like they are more in demand than ever! The G-Series (also known as the GS) replaces the G2 as Scott’s medium action, dry fly line of rods. It’s like the heart and soul of the Scott lineup. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews and was tagged with best dry fly rod, scott fly rod review, scott fly rod reviews

  • G. Loomis Asquith 7130 Spey Rod Review

    Posted on August 19, 2017 by Ben F

    In our first ever Spey rod review in ages, I thought I would start out with a real winner – and a rod for which there’s little to no information – the 7130-4 Asquith Spey Rod (Yup – it’s got a silly name, but get over it). This rod is awesome. I first fished it with Tom Larimer on the Big Hole when we filmed some Spey casting videos and I was so impressed that I went out and bought it. Fast forward a year and I got to actually get out and fish the rod on our first ever hosted trip to the Kedgwick River in New Brunswick. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see how the rod performed on a really big Atlantic Salmon, but that’s a story for a different day. → Read More

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

  • Scott Flex Fly Rod Review

    Posted on September 19, 2016 by Ben F

    In a big year of rod releases, it’s easy to overlook some of the little guys. The Scott Flex is one such release. It’s not that people don’t think the Flex will be a great rod and a huge improvement over the *meh* A4, and it’s not that Scott doesn’t have a ton of fans. But, let’s face it, the $1100 G. Loomis Asquith is just a little more newsworthy. Here’s why you shouldn’t overlook the new Flex. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, New Products for 2017

  • G. Loomis Asquith 5-weight Fly Rod Review

    Posted on September 5, 2016 by Ben F

    Round 2. Our second review of the much talked about G Loomis Asquith. It’s a silly name, but is it also a great rod? We’re going to skip the techno-babble in this review and get right down to the meat and potatoes. Read on to see if you should spend your next stack on the Asquith. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, New Products for 2017

  • G. Loomis Asquith 9' 8-weight Fly Rod Review

    Posted on September 1, 2016 by Ben F

    The 2017 model year will likely go down as a great one for the fly rod industry. We were lucky enough to have 3 major rod releases from 3 of our favorite companies. The Asquith (yes, that’s what it’s really called) is Loomis contribution to the pile, and it makes fly rod history by being the first regular production rod to break $1000. Is it worth it? Read on to find out. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, New Products for 2017

  • Winston Air Fly Rod Review

    Posted on August 17, 2016 by Ben F

    Rarely do new rods surprise me. Being in the industry means that I usually get a heads up for what’s coming next. I got no such heads up from Winston. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when Winston came to iCast ready to make a splash. They have hired 3-4 new team members, have a host of new, top-notch pro staffers, and some really great new products. Leading the charge is the new Winston Air. It’s touted as a “super premium, ultra-lightweight, all around fly rod.” Read on to see if it lives up to the hype. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, New Products for 2017 and was tagged with best dry fly rod, best trout rod, winston fly rod review, winston fly rod reviews, winston rod review, winston rod reviews

  • 10… 11… 12… How to Choose a Fly Rod for Tarpon

    Posted on August 10, 2016 by Ben F

    Whether you’re taking your first tarpon trip, or upgrading your existing setup, one of the questions that you’re going to wrangle with is which line weight to choose. That choice typically comes down to 10-, 11-, or 12-weight. Here’s how to choose between them → Read More

    This post was posted in Fishing Trips, Fly Rod Reviews, Other

  • Sage X 590-4 Fly Rod Review

    Posted on July 6, 2016 by Ben F

    When Sage changes their flagship rod, it’s a big deal in the fly fishing industry. Sage is one of the largest and most innovative rod makers, so everyone is really excited to see what Jerry is going to come up with next. And then of course there are the haters, like my fishing buddy, who, when I mentioned that I had a new Sage X fly rod said, “Meh, it looks like a dressed up Sage ONE.” I can tell you unequivocally that it’s not another Sage ONE. Read on to see what this rod’s all about. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, New Products for 2017 and was tagged with best trout rod, sage fly rod review, sage fly rod reviews

  • Douglas Sky 590-4 Fly Rod Review

    Posted on April 21, 2016 by Ben F

    It’s the start of trout season in Maine. That means it’s time to dust off my trusty Lamson Litespeed, put on my fleece and wading jacket and start reviewing trout rods! First up for 2016 is the brand new Douglas Sky. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, New Products for 2017

  • 10' 5-weight Mini-Shootout: Is 10’ the new 9’?

    Posted on December 20, 2015 by Ben F

    A 10’ 5-weight might just be the most versatile trout rod on the market today. In George Daniel’s excellent book, “Strip-Set”, George says that he now only brings one rod to the river: a 10’ 5wt. That’s a very appealing proposition to me as I own dozens of trout rods and am often tempted to bring 3-5 different rods on every trip. Needless to say, if I could carry one rod that could do it all, that would be a very tempting proposition indeed. Can the 10’ 5wt throw a streamer as well as your 7-weight, nymph as well as an 11’ 3-weight, and throw a dry better than an 8’6” 4-weight? → Read More

    This post was posted in 5-Weight Challenge, Fly Rod Reviews, Shootouts

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