What’s the one rod you won’t find at Sage, Hardy, Loomis, or Winston? A true designed-for-saltwater rod under $600. Enter the Sage Motive. Billed as a fast action rod with a powerful taper for bigger fish, it comes in the 5 most common sizes: 9-foot, 8 through 12 weights. → Read More
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Posted on August 14, 2013 by Ben F
Posted on July 20, 2013 by Ben F
You would never expect Winston to make a splash in the Fit and Finish category – they are as traditional as rods come – yet, they've done it. The new LS comes with a VERY different (for Winston) skeletal reel seat. We’ll see if they stick to this as the only option. I can tell you that Winston purists will probably shudder at the thought of anything but box elder… but we’ll see! → Read More
Posted on July 16, 2013 by Ben F
This year was full of great new product introductions. Great new rods came out from Winston, Redington, Hardy, etc. But I’m always waiting to see what comes off the bench of Jerry Siem from Sage. This year boasted two new releases: the Method, which replaces the TCX, and the all-new Motive, a “low” cost saltwater rod. → Read More
Posted on June 6, 2013 by Ben F
Every year, fly fisherman around the globe hold off on their big new fly rod purchases for the moment when George Anderson releases his annual “5-weight Shootout”. This year, there was a changing of the guard (again), when the G. Loomis NRX LP unseated the Hardy Zenith as the “king of all fly rods”. Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to test them out head-to-head. → Read More
Posted on May 24, 2013 by Ben F
A customer called into the shop and was wondering about mid-priced saltwater rods. Of course I instantly defaulted to the TFO BVK, my go-to rod for the less than $500 crowd. He was interested in something stiffer for wind and big flies, and asked about the Redington Predator – so I took it out for a test drive. → Read More
Posted on December 2, 2012 by Josh T
The Sage Response fly rod, new for 2013, replaces the Sage Flight as Sage's "entry-level", fast action rod. The Flight, and the FLi before it, was one of Sage's best selling rods and I was eager to cast it. → Read More
Posted on December 2, 2012 by Josh T
New for 2013, the Redington Link replaces the CPX as Redington's "premier" rod. Redington has updated the look and feel of the rod, as well as boosting its casting performance.
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Here's what I was casting:
Redington Link 9' 5wt
Hardy Ultralite DD 4000
Rio Gold WF5F
Fit and Finish
This is a good looking rod. There were → Read More
Posted on October 19, 2012 by Ben F
If you’re around any fly shop long enough, you get to know the local gear junkies – the guys who really know (or want to know) everything about the latest and greatest tackle. These are the guys who hid paychecks from their wives to pick up the Hardy Zenith last spring.
And when it comes to → Read More
Posted on October 19, 2012 by Josh T
The Winston Boron IIIx follows in the footsteps of it's predecessor, the BIIX. Both are light, medium/fast-action rods that not only set the standard for construction and finish, but also cast as good as they look. When Winston started designing the new B3x they intended it to be faster and more powerful than the BIIX. They → Read More
Posted on October 10, 2012 by Josh T
The Sage ONE is the other 5-weight that everyone was talking about in 2012. It’s Sage’s signature rod, and when Jerry Siem (Sage’s rod designer) designs a fly rod like this – he does it right. It’s all Sage. Fast. Light. Accurate. The feel was a solid upgrade from the Z-axis as well. Keep reading to for the details. → Read More