8-Weight Challenge

  1. 2013 8-Weight Challenge: Fly Reel Review

    2013 8-Weight Challenge: Fly Reel Review
    The first comprehensive and scientific fly reel test ever performed.

    Throughout the years a lot has been written about fly fishing equipment. Blogs, forums, magazines, manufacturers are full of information. There have even been several head-to-head tests of fly rods. Reels, on the other hand, have been virtually ignored. Why? Fly Reels are hard to test. It requires a lot of expensive equipment, knowledge, and time. We set out to break that mold.
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  2. How To Read the Graphs

    How To Read the Graphs
    One of the most interesting parts of our 8-Weight Challenge was the great data we got from Admet - which we translated into easily readable graphs. Here's a quick guide to help interpret the graphs.
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  3. Redington Rise 7/8 Fly Reel Review

    Redington Rise 7/8 Fly Reel Review
    Redington Reels are well known for their high quality and bargain price. The Redington Rise fly reels are their newest creation. We were curious to see if performance and value would "Rise" to the occasion.
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  4. Ross Momentum LT Fly Reel Review

    Ross Momentum LT Fly Reel Review
    Ross Reels have made a wave in the trout fishing world. The Ross Momentum LT fly reel is Ross's latest foray into the saltwater world. It's got great looks and awesome sound. Let's see if it's the next wave on the flats...
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  5. Ross F1 Fly Reel Review

    Ross F1 Fly Reel Review
    There's a lot to like about Ross Reels. They're made in the USA, have made quite a name for themselves in the trout fishing world, and stand behind their products. The Ross F1 fly reel is their flagship model and we were excited to get the inside story.
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  6. Lamson Vanquish 7.8LT Fly Reel Review

    Lamson Vanquish 7.8LT Fly Reel Review
    "It looks like a spaceship!" That was what one of our customers said when he first laid eyes on the Lamson Vanquish fly reel. He wasn't wrong. It's futuristic and fun. As the flagship model of the Waterworks-Lamson line - and one of our favorite trout reels - we were excited to see how its drag would perform.
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  7. Tibor Signature Fly Reel Review

    Tibor Signature Fly Reel Review
    The Tibor Signature is the latest creation from master reel designer Ted “Tibor” Juracsik. It's a landmark reel, not only because it's new, but also because it's Tibor's first sealed drag, but it's also the world's first cork sealed drag. Ted has one more trick up his sleeve - it's also the only sealed drag that can be taken apart at home for easy service. Here's how it stacks up.
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  8. Redington Delta 7/8 Fly Reel Review

    Redington Delta 7/8 Fly Reel Review
    Redington Reels are synonymous with value. The Redington Delta is the latest reel in their "big game" line, but will it measure up?
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  9. Cheeky Mojo 425 Fly Reel Review

    Cheeky Mojo 425 Fly Reel Review
    Not a lot of people have heard of Cheeky. They are one of the newest reels on the market - but they are certainly making a splash. The Cheeky Mojo 425 is their "inshore" model, designed for 8-9 weight lines. The reel looks great, but how does it perform?
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  10. Sage 6080 Fly Reel Review

    Sage 6080 Fly Reel Review
    The Sage 6000 Series fly reel has long been Sage's benchmark saltwater fly reel. While Sage is well known for their fly rods, not a lot has been said about their reels. With the 8000 Pro as the new flagship series, we knew that the 6000 wasn't likely to be their top performer, but we were still curious to see how it measured up.
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