Gear

Smith Launches New Hookset Frames

Smith has announced the release of their newest frames, the Hookset. These frames boast a bevy of new features, including two new lens options. Beginning with the frames themselves, Smith developed a new design that reduces light leakage and provides complete coverage to the angler while on the water. Smith also opted to build these frames with their Evolve...

Gear Spotlight: Sitka Apparel

Sitka has long made a name for themselves in the hunting world, but a few of their products are fantastic for fly anglers. I've had the chance to try out some of them lately, including the Equinox Guard Hoodie, Mojave SS Shirt, and the Territory Short. After putting these clothes through the wringer for a few weeks here in Wyoming, I'm almost certainly...

Costa Releases 'A Legend Remastered' Film

Costa del Mar has released a new film to commemorate their release of the Grand Catalina frames. The Grand Catalina frames were a classic for Costa for years, and they were just re-released into the lineup for 2024. The film features Flip Pallot and Oliver White on a two-day adventure in Florida's backcountry. You can view the film below.

Review: Hardy Marksman Z Fly Rod

The folks over at Field & Stream had the chance to take the new Hardy Marksman Z saltwater rod out for a spin in Florida. The Marksman Z is Hardy's premier saltwater rod, so expectations for its performance were high. You can read about how the rod performed here.

Douglas Releases New DXF Gen 2 Rods

Douglas Outdoors has announced the release of their new DXF Gen 2 fly rods. These rods are the "next step" in the DXF lineup, according to the company, and feature a completely redesigned rod. The blank has been tweaked from the ground up with new materials, component have been updated, and Douglas claims this leads to a fly rod with "unparalleled feel...

Simms G4Z Wader Review

Chris Hunt, over at Hatch Magazine, penned a review of the Simms G4Z waders. I recently reviewed these waders here at MidCurrent, but I was interested to see what Chris had to say about them. In short, I think the two of us agree, although he offers a few different perspectives that I didn't dive into in my review. If you're thinking of buying a pair, I'd...

BOA vs. Traditional Laces

I had the fortune to fish almost every day last week, crisscrossing my way through Montana and Wyoming. Everything went fine until Wednesday, when I was gearing up. I slipped my wading boots on and started turning the knob to tighten my BOA laces, only to notice a few strands of the steel wire starting to peel free. I've been fishing BOA laces for the...

The Next Great Gear Addition for Fly Anglers

In this story over at Fly Fisherman Magazine, Joshua Bergan walks us through why fly anglers might want to add walkie-talkies to their gear arsenal. The use cases he highlights are all situations where I wish I'd had a way to communicate with someone while on the water, like finding a pod of rising fish, for example. You can read the rest of the story...

Korkers Debuts New Wade-Lite Boots

Korkers has announced the release of a new series of wading boots, according to the folks over at Angling Trade. The Wade-Lite boots are unique for Korkers because they're a fixed-sole boot (no interchangeable soles). The Wade-Lite boots are also, as the name suggests, supposed to be as light as possible. You can view a video highlighting the release of...

Costa Reintroduces Grand Catalina

Costa del Mar announced that they have reintroduced their popular Grand Catalina sunglasses, made popular in the '80s by anglers like Flip Pallot and Chico Fernandez. Of course, Costa isn't just releasing the same frame they used nearly 50 years ago. The reimagined Grand Catalina frames feature the newest technology updates from Costa, including sweat...