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  • 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

  • Sage MOD Fly Rod Review

    Posted on September 9, 2015 by Ben F

    Next up in our 2016 Sage Fly Rod review series is perhaps the rod that’s gotten the most attention: The Sage MOD. The MOD is billed as fly fishing’s version of a 7-Iron – a rod that works great for short-to-middle distances. For critics of the ONE, this might be the rod they have been waiting for – a Sage trout rod that works well in close. Read on to find out if this is the rod for you. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews and was tagged with sage fly rod reviews

  • Hardy Zephrus FWS Fly Rod Review: Zephrus vs Zenith

    Posted on September 2, 2015 by Ben F

    We loved the Zenith. We were sad to see it go. They replaced it for 2016 with a new rod – the Hardy Zephrus FWS (yes, the initials are important). It’s the first new rod since Pure Fishing took over the Hardy brand a few years ago. Needless to say, I was skeptical, despite the fact that the old Hardy team is largely still there. But, I shouldn’t have been. After all, Howard Croston is still designing their rods. Here’s how the new Zephrus stacks up. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, New Products

  • Sage Pulse Fly Rod Review

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by Ben F

    Sage introduced a plethora of new rods this year. We’ve had a chance to cast most of them at this point, so check back for more reviews, but we decided to start out with the new Sage Pulse Fly Rod. At first glance, the Sage Pulse isn’t that exciting – you might assume (like I did) that the Pulse is just a continuation of the long line of not-very-exciting Sage mid-priced rods: Response, Flight, FLi, etc. But, you would be wrong. Read on to find out why… → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews and was tagged with sage fly rod review

  • Scott Meridian Fly Rod Review

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by Ben F

    We had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the brand new Scott Meridian fly rod starting way back in the days when it was secretly known as “Project S”. Scott has dubbed it as a softer rod with a faster recovery. It does that and then some. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews, New Products and was tagged with bonefish rod, scott fly rod review, scott fly rod reviews

  • Hardy Wraith Fly Rod Review

    Posted on July 2, 2015 by Ben F

    We’re kicking off the 2015 review season with one of Hardy’s exciting new fly rod releases: the Hardy Wraith. The Wraith, along with the Zephrus, are replacing the ever popular and award winning Hardy Zenith. The Wraith is advertised as Hardy’s new, ‘Sintrix 550’ rod with a 15% increase in ‘GPA’. I don’t know what that means, but what did strike me, was the Wraith’s listing as “Ultra-fast”. We know most anglers want a rod they can feel in close, so... can the Wraith do it all? → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews

  • The World’s Best Tarpon Fishing?

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Ben F

    It’s March. If you’re like me, you’re locked in one of the many ‘polar vortices’ that is gripping the country. I don’t know what it is about snow. It’s white after all, but every time it falls I find myself dreaming of silver. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fishing Trips, Fly Fishing Travel

  • 2015 5-weight Fly Reel Shootout & Review: What's the Best Trout Reel?

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Ben F

     
    When we released our 8-weight reel shootout, we began to demystify fly reels. We proved that cork drags didn't perform as well as modern disc drags. We also showed that it was possible to create a reel with virtually no startup inertia. It was not only was it the first reel shootout that was widely published → Read More

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

  • Lamson Litespeed IV #2 Fly Reel Review

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Ben F

    Spoiler alert. We've given away the punch line. The Lamson Litespeed IV is the winner of our 2015 5-weight Reel Shootout. So, you can probably just go ahead and buy it now, but if you really want to know what makes this reel so great, read our full review below. → Read More

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

  • Redington Rise II 5/6 Fly Reel Review

    Posted on January 31, 2015 by Ben F

    Redington is well known for making great value-priced products, including great rods like the CPS and the Classic Trout. We test the the Redington Rise II in our 8-weight shootout, and it didn't do so well. It wasn't that it was a bad reel, it was just up against some pretty stiff competition. Let's see if it does better as a trout reel. → Read More

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

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