Fly Rod Reviews

Find great information on all of the latest fly rods from Sage, Winston, Hardy, Greys, Redington, TFO, and more!

  1. G. Loomis NRX+ Saltwater Fly Rod Review

    G. Loomis NRX+ Saltwater Fly Rod Review
    The NRX+ Saltwater fly rods have certainly been getting some hype. After finishing first in Yellowstone Angler's abbreviated 8wt Shootout, we knew Loomis had another stellar rod series on their hands. This rod has been so popular since its release, in fact, that it took us months to get a demo. Loomis has upped their componentry game, built an all-new rod blank, and really put a lot of time and research into this rod to drive fly rod innovation forward. And they've succeeded. One of the largest stories with this rod series is its versatility. It's more caster-friendly than other saltwater fly rods on the market and caters to anglers of all skill levels and anglers targeting a variety of species. This rod is smooth, efficient, and intuitive - everything a fly rod should be. Read on to find out how the rod performed at various distances and in a few different casting categories.
  2. G. Loomis NRX+ Freshwater Fly Rod Review

    G. Loomis NRX+ Freshwater Fly Rod Review
    The original NRX Series from G. Loomis contains some of our favorite rods we’ve ever fished. And we’re here to announce that they’ve made them even better in the NRX+ Series. The freshwater rods, specifically, are faster, more capable, and snappier than the previous iteration of the NRX freshwater rods. They're also hugely popular at the moment which is why this review has taken so long... we worked HARD for 6 months just to get a demo. Loomis put a lot of time, effort, research, and design into these rods and we think they've created a freshwater 5wt that'll appeal to serious anglers. Read on to find out how the NRX+ Freshwater 5wt performs.
  3. Scott Sector Fly Rod Series Review: Model-by-Model

    Scott Sector Fly Rod Series Review: Model-by-Model
    The Scott Meridian was a much-loved rod series. In fact, it’ll probably go down in fly fishing lore as one of the best saltwater rod series ever. When we heard Scott was DQing the Meridian, the anticipation for their new saltwater rod series began. Well, the wait is over and we’re pretty excited about the result. Enter the Scott Sector. The Sector is a refined version of the Meridian, a rod series that prioritizes presentation, accuracy, and feel. This series is characterized by a progressive rod action, brand new rod tech, and elevated componentry like we’ve never seen before. The result is increased torsional stability thanks to Scott’s Carbon Web Tech, Ceracoil stripping guides for crush-proof performance, and a fly rod that’s lighter than its predecessor (the already-light Meridian). Read on to see what we thought about each individual rod model.
  4. Sage Igniter Model-by-Model Fly Rod Review

    Sage Igniter Model-by-Model Fly Rod Review
    The Igniter is Sage's ultra-fast rod series designed for technical situations. This rod is made for windy conditions, large flies, heavy lines, and highly technical fishing. It's also great at carrying a lot of line in the air and the smaller models are ideal for presenting small dry flies at longer distances on large rivers like the Missouri. As a specialized rod series, this isn't a rod for every angler. The Igniter caters to highly skilled casters who need over-the-top performance in technical situations. Read on to find out the quirks and features of each individual rod model.
  5. G. Loomis Asquith Fly Rod Series Review: Model-by-Model

    G. Loomis Asquith Fly Rod Series Review: Model-by-Model
    We get questions about specific rod models all the time. "How does the 3wt compare to the 4wt?" and "When should I use this rod?" and "What line works best on this rod?". In an attempt to provide better info so you can make a more informed buying decision, we decided to start a 'model-by-model' blog series. We recently had the good fortune of having every model of the G. Loomis Asquith in our shop at the same time so we thought we'd cast and review them. This article is designed to pass that info along to you. Series Overview: The Asquith has been around for a little while now and certainly received a lot of hype in the series infancy. The Asquith offers new rod blank technology, cutting edge R&D, and an overall series that's one of the lightest and most powerful on the market. Unfortunately, the Asquith is also known for a $$ high price tag $$. Is it worth the investment? Read on to find out.
  6. Scott F Series Fly Rod Review: Quick Take

    Scott F Series Fly Rod Review: Quick Take
    We had the chance to take the Scott F Series 6' 6" 3wt out on the water the other day and thought we'd give you our opinion of the rod in a quick take format. Scott has been making fiberglass rods since the company's inception in the 1970s. These rods feature beautiful construction, state-of-the-art componentry, and rod tech that's been evolving with the times since the 70s. The newest version of the rod is a real pleasure to cast. Read on to find out what else we liked about this short 3wt fiberglass beauty.
  7. Winston Alpha+ Fly Rod Review

    Winston Alpha+ Fly Rod Review
    Winston has come out with another super-fast fly rod series designed for sinking lines, large flies, and the largest fish on earth. The Alpha + Series replaces the Boron III Plus rods as Winston's big game series built to be durable, strong, and powerful. We're happy to report Winston has succeeded in creating a rod that's all three of those things. But how is the performance of this series different than the BIII Plus? Read our review to find out. Plus videos, photos, advice, and much more. Many anglers will overlook this rod because of the lack of 'buzz'... don't miss out on one of the best specialized rods on the market.
  8. Fenwick Fenlite Salt Fly Rod Review

    Fenwick Fenlite Salt Fly Rod Review
    The Fenlite Salt Series comes with rods from 7wt through 12wt to cater to anglers chasing small Bonefish all the way through to Giant Trevally. In this review, we cast the 8wt version of the Fenwick Fenlite Salt at typical saltwater distances including 40-feet, 60-feet, and 80-feet. The 8wt is a hefty rod with lots of muscle. Read on to find out what else we liked about the rod and where the Fenlite Salt fell short.
  9. G. Loomis NRX+ LP Fly Rod Review

    G. Loomis NRX+ LP Fly Rod Review
    Building a moderate action dry fly rod has proven difficult. Some of the most famous rod companies have tried to manufacture rods that measure up to the old NRX LP. In our opinion, they've failed. So we were hesitant when we heard Loomis was remaking such a successful series. To say the new NRX+ LP has a lot to live up to would be an understatement. Read on to find out what we liked about the new rod series from G. Loomis, what's changed, and how the 5wt fits into your arsenal.
  10. Fenwick Fenlite Streamflex Fly Rod Review

    Fenwick Fenlite Streamflex Fly Rod Review
    Fenwick has built a MASSIVE new entry-level fly rod series with nearly thirty rod models in total. The Fenlite series has Saltwater rod models, freshwater rod models, nymph-specific rod models, and much more. If there's a fish you can target around the world, chances are there's a rod model in this series that'll help you catch it. The common thread used to build this series is Fenwick's Powerlux 1000 blank resin that makes these rods roughly 30% stronger than a standard carbon fly rod. This tech means the 5wt rod is insanely powerful and highly accurate at all distances. This is a great rod for the intermediate angler who prefers accuracy over finesse. Read on to find out what else we're excited about in this new rod from Fenwick.

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