Shootouts

  1. Fly Line Backing Shootout and Buyer's Guide

    Fly Line Backing Shootout and Buyer's Guide
    It’s always a cringe-worthy moment when a trophy fish runs you into your backing. Maybe you’re worried about your fly line to backing connection, maybe you’re worried about backing strength or abrasion resistance. Whatever the case may be, most anglers don’t spend a ton of time thinking about backing until it’s too late. We’re writing this shootout to provide backing information so you can think about backing before your trip to the Seychelles or South America. Different types of backing have different applications and some are clearly stronger than others. Which backing is the best? Read on to find out.
  2. 2018 8-Weight Fly Reel Shootout and Review: What's the best saltwater fly reel?

    2018 8-Weight Fly Reel Shootout and Review: What's the best saltwater fly reel?
    Hey, remember back when we released our first 8-weight reel shootout in 2013? Yeah, we barely remember it ourselves. So, it was high time we redid it. In fact there is no reel that's in production that was in our original shootout. This year we've upped our game big time. We tested 37 reels across 13 categories - including 3 all new categories! We even had 5 new brands participating in what we believe is the largest and most comprehensive apples-to-apples reel test that's ever been done. It involved 100s of hours of work to not only test everything, but review each and every reel. We hope you enjoy it.
  3. 2018 European-Style Nymphing Fly Rod Shootout and Fly Rod Review

    2018 European-Style Nymphing Fly Rod Shootout and Fly Rod Review
    Czech nymphing, tight-line nymphing, French nymphing… What does it mean? Simply, it’s just a different way of fishing a nymph. Tight line methods made their way to the US via international fly fishing competitions in the 80’s and 90’s, but it’s taken a really long time for them to become popular amongst mainstream anglers.
  4. Korkers Sole Review and Buyer's Guide

    Korkers Sole Review and Buyer's Guide
    Why would I want to change soles? It's a question that we get all the time when we talk about Korkers boots with our customers. Sure, you get some benefits like having rubber soles to use in your drift boat, but for those of us who aren't floating every other weekend, it seems like it might be kind of a hassle. To be honest, that's how we felt before we got to try them all out. The truth is, the soles allow you to maximize your safety (and therefore your fun) on or off the water.
  5. Fly Line Shootout, Review, & Buyer’s Guide

    Fly Line Shootout, Review, & Buyer’s Guide
    When we first started testing gear, we knew that we had to do things differently to make a difference. It all started with the first ever fly reel shootout way back in 2013. As we continued to scour the web for new ideas, it was pretty clear that the most talked about and least understood part of our equipment was fly lines.
  6. RIO Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide

    RIO Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide
    Rio is a relative newcomer to the fly line game. They made their first fly line in 1997. Since then, they've become a market leader due to great products and clever marketing. Rio divides its lines into 4 "series", which are differentiated by technology and price points: Mainstream, Avid, "Premier", & InTouch. Mainstream & Avid are Rio's entry-level lines and they have aggressive front tapers, while the Premier and InTouch series feature a wider array of lines to fit the needs of any angler. Read on to learn more.
  7. Airflo Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide

    Airflo Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide
    Airflo lines have gained a lot of popularity in the last couple of years - and with good reason. They've got an incredible pro-staff that includes the likes of Kelly Galloup and Bruce Chard. They've also come out with great innovations like low-stretch cores, ridged fly lines, and PVC free lines.
  8. Cortland Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide

    Cortland Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide
    No other company in this test has as rich of a history making fly lines as Cortland. Cortland has been manufacturing fly lines since the 1930's. After several re-organizations, Cortland is now going strong making fly lines under 3 different labels: Precision, 444, and 333. While most people are familiar with the older (and more value-based) 444 and 333, the Precision line boasts some great new coatings and innovations. Read on to see how they fared against the big boys.
  9. Orvis Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide

    Orvis Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide
    Orvis has been selling its own brand of fly lines since 1971. Today, Orvis lines are made by Scientific Anglers (which is also owned by Orvis). Orvis lines can be broken down into 4 product lines: Clearwater, Access, Hydros, and Hydros HD. Clearwater and Access lines are 'entry level' and priced to be accessible to the beginning angler. Hydros is Orvis' premier line of high-performance fly lines and the HD designation means the line is textured for less friction through the guides.
  10. Royal Wulff Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide

    Royal Wulff Fly Line Reviews and Recommendations: Fly Line Buyer’s Guide
    Royal Wulff was founded in 1982 by America's most famous fly fishing couple: Joan and Lee Wulff. Soon thereafter, Lee put his engineering skills to work and earned a patent for the first continuously tapered fly line: the Triangle Taper. Whatever he did, it worked. Keep reading to see why.

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