Fly Rod Reviews

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  1. Sage X 590-4 Fly Rod Review

    Sage X 590-4 Fly Rod Review
    When Sage changes their flagship rod, it’s a big deal in the fly fishing industry. Sage is one of the largest and most innovative rod makers, so everyone is really excited to see what Jerry is going to come up with next. And then of course there are the haters, like my fishing buddy, who, when I mentioned that I had a new Sage X fly rod said, “Meh, it looks like a dressed up Sage ONE.” I can tell you unequivocally that it’s not another Sage ONE. Read on to see what this rod’s all about.
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  2. Douglas Sky 590-4 Fly Rod Review

    Douglas Sky 590-4 Fly Rod Review
    It’s the start of trout season in Maine. That means it’s time to dust off my trusty Lamson Litespeed, put on my fleece and wading jacket and start reviewing trout rods! First up for 2016 is the brand new Douglas Sky.
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  3. 10' 5-weight Mini-Shootout: Is 10’ the new 9’?

    10' 5-weight Mini-Shootout: Is 10’ the new 9’?
    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?
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  4. Sage MOD Fly Rod Review

    Sage MOD Fly Rod Review
    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.
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  5. Hardy Zephrus FWS Fly Rod Review: Zephrus vs Zenith

    Hardy Zephrus FWS Fly Rod Review: Zephrus vs Zenith
    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.
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  6. Sage Pulse Fly Rod Review

    Sage Pulse Fly Rod Review
    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…
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  7. Scott Meridian Fly Rod Review

    Scott Meridian Fly Rod Review
    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.
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  8. Hardy Wraith Fly Rod Review

    Hardy Wraith Fly Rod Review
    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?
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  9. Scott Tidal Fly Rod Review

    Scott Tidal Fly Rod Review
    2014 was not the most exciting year for fly rods. Sure, Sage released the new Salt (which we also reviewed here), but there were no other releases of marquee rods, and nothing that made me rethink my quiver. The three major releases that happened were in the value space – the Tidal, the Nexus, and the Accel (sort of). All three rods define a price-point made in the USA rod for the masses, which is something that we’ve been saying needed to happen for a while now. While I really liked the Nexus, the most game changing of the trio, in my mind, is the Scott Tidal.
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  10. Sage Accel Fly Rod Review

    Sage Accel Fly Rod Review
    Sage’s 2nd most popular rod introduction for 2015 is the all new Accel. The Accel replaces the VXP in Sage’s lineup and is built with Gen 5 technology, just like the old, but still popular, Z-Axis. It’s also green, like the Z-Axis. Since this is the year of re-packaged rods (check out our review on the Winston Nexus), is the Accel a re-packaged Z-Axis? We got to try the 590-4 Sage Accel at iCast and decide for ourselves.
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