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  1. How to Tie the Antron Egg Nymph Fly

    How to Tie the Antron Egg Nymph Fly
    Variations of these egg patterns have been around for quite some time. Simple and quick to tie. Best of all they are very effective. Hook sizes 14 -16 for the smaller trout and larger 8 - 10 for Steelhead.
  2. Sage Enforcer Fly Reel Review

    Sage Enforcer Fly Reel Review
    The Enforcer is Sage’s brand-new reel that replaces the Spectrum Max in its midpriced saltwater and big game lineup. We’re stretching the term ‘midpriced’ a bit since the 8wt Enforcer is nearly $600. Still, if the Enforcer can deliver on performance, it could represent a solid buy considering 2023’s sky-high saltwater reel prices. The big issue is that Sage has struggled to make a saltwater reel that has caught fire with consumers in the past. The Spectrum Max was decent-enough but hardly dented the 8wt reel market. If Sage can incorporate the Thermo’s strengths into the Enforcer, they could have a winner.
  3. Hardy Fortuna Regent 10000 Fly Reel Review

    Hardy Fortuna Regent 10000 Fly Reel Review
    The Regent is the latest to bare the Fortuna name, but it’s been completely redesigned from the ground up, and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen from Hardy. While the Fortunas of yesteryear were noted for their burliness and run-stopping drag systems, upon first glance of the Regent, it’s noticeably sleeker and slimmer! How does this translate to performance? Thankfully we were able to get ahold of one just in time for our 2023 Big Game Reel Shootout. Read on to see how the Fortuna Regent stacks up against the rest of the competition.
  4. Sage Salt R8 Fly Rod Review

    Sage Salt R8 Fly Rod Review
    With the R8 Core, Sage seems to be back on track by making rods with a smooth, progressive taper that gives the caster exceptional feel and feedback but still delivers plenty of power. When Sage announced the new Salt R8 would replace the Salt HD, we were excited about the rod's prospects but a little apprehensive over a new salt-specific Sage Rod. Has Sage finally delivered? You will not want to miss this review!
  5. How to Tie the Morrish Hopper Fly Pattern

    How to Tie the Morrish Hopper Fly Pattern
    The Morrish Hopper was created by Ken Morrish and is considered by many to be one of the most effective hopper patterns out there. It utilizes a foam body which is easy to form using The River Road Creations cutters.
  6. Hot to Tie Amy's Ant Fly Pattern

    Hot to Tie Amy's Ant Fly Pattern
    The Amy's Ant pattern was created by Jack Dennis in the late 1990's to be fished in the famous Jackson Hole one fly tournament which it won in 1999. A hybrid between an ant, hopper, and stonefly, Amy’s Ant is a great pattern for a variety of freshwater river fishing scenarios.
  7. How to Tie the Platte River Spider Streamer Fly

    How to Tie the Platte River Spider Streamer Fly
    The Platte River Spider is a classic streamer and wet fly designed by Chris Schrantz that has been successful swinging on a trout spey fly rod as well as swung, stripped, or dead drifted on a single-handed rod.
  8. Shilton SR10 Fly Reel Review

    Shilton SR10 Fly Reel Review
    For our 2023 11wt Big Game Reel Shootout, we had the opportunity to test Shilton’s SR10. Shilton claims they built the reel specifically for remote and harsh environments and the hard-charging gamefish like GT that reside there. If you want to know more about why these reels are worth their weight in gold for Seychelles guides, you will not want to miss this review.
  9. Shilton SL7 Fly Reel Review

    Shilton SL7 Fly Reel Review
    You may or may not be aware of Shilton Fly Reels. Although the South African company has been around for several decades, they’ve only recently gained momentum stateside. Their growing popularity can be attributed to holistic word-of-mouth spreading the gospel about their good looks, build quality, and alleged fish-stopping ability. After all, their slogan is “We Stop Fish.” We recently had a chance to test out the SL7 for our Big Game Fly Reel Shootout. If you are Shilton curious or looking for something a little different for your next big game or tarpon reel, you will not want to miss this review. Read on to see if ‘Stopping Fish’ is more than just a slogan.
  10. How to Tie the Sulphur Spinner Fly

    How to Tie the Sulphur Spinner Fly
    Don Ward came up with this version of a sulfur spinner. This hatch lasts most of the summer and tends to be towards the evening. The addition of some UV material as a wing case can make this fly easier to see in low light condition. This is always a good fly for your dry fly box

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