fly rod reviews

  1. Redington Trailblazer Fly Rod Review

    Redington Trailblazer Fly Rod Review
    Your sense of self-worth and dignity are too high to fish with a tenkara rod, but you cannot stand the thought of seeing trout rise to an evening spinner fall without a fly rod in hand. Redington’s brand new Trailblazer is designed for this scenario, the hike-to-fish crowd looking for a compact, backpack-friendly rod. Breaking down to six pieces, the Trailblazer meets this requirement, but how does it perform? You will not want to skip this review if you are looking for a new rod to take on your next hike-to-fish adventure.
  2. Orvis Superfine Glass Fly Rod Review

    Orvis Superfine Glass Fly Rod Review
    Our summers in New England are often spent chasing brook trout on tiny blue line streams that seldom see pressure. Wet wading and casting dries to hungry native fish is a great way to beat both the heat and the crowds found on larger rivers. This is also the time to put away that longer 5-weight in favor of a shorter, lighter-lined rod that will make casting on smaller steams more manageable and six-inch brookies more enjoyable. Lucky for us, Orvis’ redesigned Superfine Glass has dropped just in time for summer’s festivities, and we were able to give the 3wt a test drive. If you are interested in picking up a new rod for creek fishing, you will not want to miss this review.
  3. G. Loomis NRX+ Swim Fly (SF) Review

    G. Loomis NRX+ Swim Fly (SF) Review
    Big flies, shooting heads, and voracious predatory fish are all the rage in the world of fly fishing. The craze was popularized by anglers like Mike Schultz, Kelly Galloup, and Blane Chocklett, who are responsible for tying some of the meanest and ugliest streamers around. Although the ‘streamer junkie’ movement led to rapid advancements in fly design, the specialized equipment needed for this adrenaline-pumping action has failed to keep up. For years, streamer anglers have made do with salt sticks designed for flats fishing. Sight casting to bonefish with a size 6 Gotcha is vastly different from blind casting patterns that are nearly the size of a chicken to apex predators. If the flies, species, and techniques are different, shouldn’t the rods be too?
  4. Sage R8 Core Fly Rod Review

    Sage R8 Core Fly Rod Review
    The R8 Core is Sage's latest all-water flagship series, which replaces the successful X series after over a half-decade on the market. The buzz around this rod has been HUGE, even by Sage's standards. There are good reasons for this: Sage has constantly pushed the envelope regarding rod design and graphite technology. The R8 may be hotter than sliced bread but has Sage reinvented the wheel?
  5. TFO Mangrove Coast Fly Rod Review

    TFO Mangrove Coast Fly Rod Review
    When Temple Fork Outfitters announced the Mangrove Coast, it grabbed our attention immediately. The Mangrove Coast is legendary saltwater fly angler Flip Pallot's new signature model and the Walker's Cay Chronicles star designed the Mangrove Coast with the intermediate angler in mind. At $289.95, the rod certainly is affordable compared to high-end options out there, but how does it perform? With Flip's name behind the Mangrove Coast, we were curious to see if the rod had anything to offer the advanced saltwater fly angler. If you are interested in learning the results, you are going to want to read on.
  6. Hardy Ultralite X Fly Rod Review

    Hardy Ultralite X Fly Rod Review
    The Ultralite X is unlike anything else in the Ultralite family tree. Hardy designed the Ultralite X to be a high-performance machine capable of tackling the harshest conditions, the largest flies, sinking lines, and predatory fish.
  7. Thomas & Thomas Sextant Fly Rod Review

    Thomas & Thomas Sextant Fly Rod Review
    The fly fishing industry has seen several high-profile, saltwater-specific rod releases these past few years. There is a hint of irony here, considering destination travel has been severely limited due to Covid-19. Nevertheless, Thomas & Thomas is the latest major rod manufacturer to get in on the action with their latest saltwater rod, the Sextant. T&T has a penchant for designing excellent saltwater rods, and the Sextant is generating a ton of buzz. If you are interested in seeing how the Sextant stacks up against the cream-of-the-crop, you will not want to miss this review.
  8. Echo River Glass Fly Rod Review

    Echo River Glass Fly Rod Review
    Echo is no stranger to the world of fiberglass, and their latest glass offering, the River Glass, is making quite the splash for several reasons. If you are interested in picking up a new rod for fishing small creeks, you will want to read on.
  9. G. Loomis IMX-Pro Creek Fly Rod Review

    G. Loomis IMX-Pro Creek Fly Rod Review
    As larger rivers continue to suffer from overcrowding, more anglers are seeking refuge by opting to explore smaller water. While the fish are generally eager to rise to a well-presented dry fly, creek fishing offers unique challenges. The standard 9ft 5wt trout rod is too long, bulky, and overpowering for most small stream situations. G. Loomis designed the IMX-Pro Creek specifically to meet the challenges creek anglers face.
  10. Winston Air 2 Fly Rod Review

    Winston Air 2 Fly Rod Review
    The Air 2 is being touted as the best all-purpose 5wt in the company's illustrious history and a challenger to the top trout rods on the market. Winston is known for making rods with a soulful touch that are perfectly tuned for technical dry fly fishing. However, due to their delicate nature, they often lack the backbone needed for dedicated nymphing and streamer fishing. If you are in the market for a new 5wt, read on to see if the Air 2 is the ultimate multi-purpose trout fishing tool.

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