Gear

Costa Debuts New Gold 580G Lens

Costa del Mar, makers of some of fly fishing's best sunglasses, recently announced the release of a new lens - the Gold 580G. This glass lens features a rose-colored base, finished with a gold mirror, which Costa says allows for more light transmission than the beloved copper/amber lenses. "The distinctive gold mirror treatment is inspired by life after the...

Grundens Launches 2 New Waders

Grundens has their new spring line out, but of particular note to fly anglers are the two new waders the company has released. Their Boundary wader was one of my favorite new waders, so I'm intrigued by their two new releases: the Bedrock and Vector. Both the Bedrock and Vector are built from new, non-Gore-Tex fabrics. The Bedrock retails at $349.99, and...

Tying Tuesday: The Easy Yellerhammer Nymph

In this week's Tying Tuesday, Matt O'Neal of Savage Flies ties the Easy Yellerhammer Nymph. This is an old pattern that's likely been fished by Smoky Mountain fly anglers in some variation since the mid-1800s.

Orvis Debuts New Helios Rod

The Helios 3 was, arguably, the best rod Orvis ever built. Today, they're releasing the next rod in their flagship series, simply dubbed "Helios" (not Helios 4). The new Helios is billed as "4 times more accurate than the H3" according to Orvis. Now, if that sounds like standard marketing-speak designed to sell more fly rods, I understand you apprehension...

The Best New Inflatable SUPs

I'm still not sold on stand-up paddleboards as a viable fly fishing watercraft. I reckon that has something to do with my exposure to Wyoming wind. Regardless of my feelings, I know a lot of anglers love them, which is why Jay Nichols put together this story for Fly Fisherman Magazine on the best new inflatable stand-up paddleboards currently on the...

What Will the PFAS Ban Do to Waders?

While reading a recent story from Joshua Bergan about wader care, over in Fly Fisherman Magazine, I came across this quote: "Because the durable water repellent (DWR) treatments currently in use by all manufacturers contain PFAS, off-the-shelf breathable waterproof outerwear performance will likely regress in the near future." I've written about PFAS...

1000 Day Gear Review: Grip Studs

No, that's not a typo in the headline. Domenick Swentosky has been using Grip Studs in his wading boots for 1,000 days, and just wrote a review about how they've held up. You can find the full review here.

Skwala Debuts Backeddy Wader

Skwala has officially launched -- after teasing it for a while now -- their newest wader, dubbed the Backeddy. I have a pair myself (and an in-depth review will be forthcoming here at MidCurrent) and I've been impressed in my limited time with them so far. The Backeddy waders are designed as the do-it-all wader for Skwala, filling a niche that neither their...

Sage Launches New Spey R8

Sage recently announced the release of their newest flagship spey rod - the Spey R8. Built on their new and innovative Revolution 8 (R8) technology, the Spey R8 line has rods from weights 5 through 10, giving spey anglers across the spectrum a rod for their favorite style of two-handed angling. Per a Sage press release, all Spey R8 rods will "heighten the...

Story: Cutting Back

I have a few fly rods. And by a few, I mean almost four dozen. Part of that comes with the territory - I've reviewed fly rods for the better part of a decade now. But when I read Tim Schulz's piece in Hatch Magazine, I felt more like the hoarder than the well-prepared angler. Schulz's story is all about cutting back on your gear, and the fine line between...