Author Archives: Ben F

  • Orvis Helios 3 Fly Rod Review: 3D vs 3F vs H2 in the 9' 8-weight

    Posted on October 6, 2017 by Ben F

    I was just entering the industry when the Helios 2 was launched. I don’t remember it. But I can say that there’s been a significant amount of marketing behind the Helios 3. I doubt there’s any avid fly fisherman who hasn’t read/heard/seen it yet. Needless to say, there are a lot of questions out there about how it performs. I’m here to put those questions to bed.



    Today I cast the all-new Helios 3F and 3D alongside its cousin the Helios 2 in the 9’ 8-weight configuration. No question about it, I’m a fan. Read on to see why. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews and was tagged with best 8-weight fly rod, best bonefish rod, Orvis fly rod reviews

  • Sage Salt HD Fly Rod Review

    Posted on September 28, 2017 by Ben F

    Sage changed things up a bit this year when they released the SaltHD to replace the 3-year-old Salt, disrupting their traditional 4-year replacement schedule. In traditional Sage fashion, the SaltHD has won every award it’s been up for including the prestigious IFTD “Best in show” award. While it’s clear that there’s nothing stopping the Sage marketing juggernaut, read up to see how this rod really preforms. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews and was tagged with 8-weight fly rod reviews, best 8-weight fly rod, bonefish rod reviews, sage fly rod review

  • Winston Kairos Fly Rod Review: the 9' 5-weight

    Posted on September 28, 2017 by Ben F

    Winston launched two new rods this year – the Kairos and the Nimbus – and both entered the market, well… softly. After a huge announcement, I really didn’t hear much about them for a while. They didn’t go to iCast, so I didn’t have the chance to cast them there and honestly it’s taken me months to get my hands on one. I was almost frothing at the mouth. → Read More

    This post was posted in Fly Rod Reviews and was tagged with best 5-weight, best mid-priced rod, best trout rod, winston rod reviews

  • 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

  • A Brief Review of A Flyfisher's Guide to New England

    Posted on December 13, 2016 by Ben F

    While most of our customers may never set foot into our shop, we often get asked about our local waters. Thankfully, for those interested in visiting New England, there's a new fly-fishing book that might interest anglers. Flyfisher’s Guide to New England by Lou Zambello is a complete re-write of the old guide that some of you may have purchased back in the day. → Read More

    This post was posted in New Products for 2017, Other

  • Korkers Sole Review and Buyer's Guide

    Posted on October 3, 2016 by Ben F

    Why would I want to change soles? It's a question that we get all the time when we talk about Korkers boots with our customers. Sure, you get some benefits like having rubber soles to use in your drift boat, but for those of us who aren't floating every other weekend, it seems like it might be kind of a hassle. To be honest, that's how we felt before we got to try them all out. The truth is, the soles allow you to maximize your safety (and therefore your fun) on or off the water. → Read More

    This post was posted in Other, Shootouts, Wader 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

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