Fly Rod Reviews

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

  1. Sage Method 7126 Spey Rod Review: The Star Destroyer

    Sage Method 7126 Spey Rod Review: The Star Destroyer
    I took the Method up to Gaspe for the last few days of the season, and was thrilled with its performance – as were the fish.
  2. Redington Vapen Red Fly Rod Review

    Redington Vapen Red Fly Rod Review
    The Redington Vapen Red represents the single greatest change in fly rod construction since the introduction of carbon fiber. Redington teamed up with Winn (of golf fame) to improve upon one piece of the fly rod that has remained virtually unchanged for 100 years – the grip. They've made it synthetic, and they’re the first major manufacturer to do so. But while the grip is the most noticeable part of the rod, the highlight is how it casts.
  3. Redington Butter Stick Fly Rod Review

    Redington Butter Stick Fly Rod Review
    If you’ve read our review of the Vapen, then you know about what I like to call “The New Redington”. If you haven’t, here are the cliff notes: the new Redington rods are fantastic. The Redington Butter Stick makes up one part of the awesome threesome. Here’s the scoop. It’s fiberglass (the first rod made from “T-Glass”, whatever that means). It’s slow-ish. It’s cheap.
  4. Sage Motive 890-4 Fly Rod Review

    Sage Motive 890-4 Fly Rod Review
    What’s the one rod you won’t find at Sage, Hardy, Loomis, or Winston? A true designed-for-saltwater rod under $600. Enter the Sage Motive. Billed as a fast action rod with a powerful taper for bigger fish, it comes in the 5 most common sizes: 9-foot, 8 through 12 weights.
  5. Winston Boron III LS Fly Rod Review

    Winston Boron III LS Fly Rod Review
    You would never expect Winston to make a splash in the Fit and Finish category – they are as traditional as rods come – yet, they've done it. The new LS comes with a VERY different (for Winston) skeletal reel seat. We’ll see if they stick to this as the only option. I can tell you that Winston purists will probably shudder at the thought of anything but box elder… but we’ll see!
  6. Sage Method 8-weight Fly Rod Review

    Sage Method 8-weight Fly Rod Review
    This year was full of great new product introductions. Great new rods came out from Winston, Redington, Hardy, etc. But I’m always waiting to see what comes off the bench of Jerry Siem from Sage. This year boasted two new releases: the Method, which replaces the TCX, and the all-new Motive, a “low” cost saltwater rod.
  7. G. Loomis NRX LP vs. Hardy Zenith: Fly Rod Review

    G. Loomis NRX LP vs. Hardy Zenith: Fly Rod Review
    Every year, fly fisherman around the globe hold off on their big new fly rod purchases for the moment when George Anderson releases his annual “5-weight Shootout”. This year, there was a changing of the guard (again), when the G. Loomis NRX LP unseated the Hardy Zenith as the “king of all fly rods”. Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to test them out head-to-head.
  8. Redington Predator Fly Rod Review

    Redington Predator Fly Rod Review
    A customer called into the shop and was wondering about mid-priced saltwater rods. Of course I instantly defaulted to the TFO BVK, my go-to rod for the less than $500 crowd. He was interested in something stiffer for wind and big flies, and asked about the Redington Predator – so I took it out for a test drive.
  9. Sage Response 9' 5-weight Review

    Sage Response 9' 5-weight Review
    The Sage Response fly rod, new for 2013, replaces the Sage Flight as Sage's "entry-level", fast action rod. The Flight, and the FLi before it, was one of Sage's best selling rods and I was eager to cast it.
  10. Redington Link 9' 5-weight Review

    Redington Link 9' 5-weight Review
    New for 2013, the Redington Link replaces the CPX as Redington's "premier" rod.  Redington has updated the look and feel of the rod, as well as boosting its casting performance.   Enjoy the review? Buy it here.   Here's what I was casting: Redington Link 9' 5wt Hardy Ultralite DD 4000 Rio Gold WF5F   Fit and Finish This is a...

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