Pike and Musky are some of the most aggressive fish in freshwater. They're tons of fun to catch on a fly rod and offer the freshwater angler a chance at a 40+ inch fish. That being said, the big ones are tough to fool. Choosing the right gear helps increase your chances of success on the water. If you're wondering which fly line is the best for the job, read on for recommendations. Plus, other resources including which fly rod and which fly reel are best for Pike/Musky fishing.
We've already talked about choosing the best fly rod for Salmon and the best fly reel for Salmon. Those posts are important for first time Salmon anglers and provide valuable insight into which fly rods/reels are the best tools for the job. In an effort to round out our species-centered blog posts, this post will help you choose the right fly line for Pacific Salmon with tips, line recommendations, and more. Read on to find out which fly line works best for you.
One of the questions we get most often from customers interested in purchasing a new fly rod and fly reel outfit is how will a fly reel 'balance' a fly rod. We've decided to put together a post with our thoughts. This is your ultimate guide to figuring out exactly what the weight of your next fly reel should be. Read on to find out what it means to properly balance a fly rod and reel.
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.
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.
The Devil's Daughter, tied by Drew Chicone, is a Tarpon Fly that's ideal for low light conditions or other situations where Tarpon are finicky or picky. This pattern moves a lot of water and is great at triggering an instinctual strike by a wary Tarpon. Streamers can be difficult to tie but this one only uses a few materials and can also be used as a Bass Fly and a fly for other species. Follow along as Jared ties a must-have streamer for Tarpon anglers, Bass fishermen, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.