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Tom Morgan Rodsmiths in New York Times

The New York Times recently ran a piece on Tom Morgan Rodsmiths, the company founded and owned for years by the late Tom Morgan. The article is a good birds-eye view of what it takes to make custom fly rods, especially for those with only a passing knowledge of fly fishing. On a personal note - I got to know Tom Morgan very well in his last few years of...

The Best Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners

The folks over at Field & Stream put together their most recent iteration of a gear guide for beginning fly anglers. The guide includes everything from rods and reels to waders, vests, and tying supplies. You can view the guide here.

Dr. Slick Debuts New Gear for 2020-21

Three sizes of fly boxes, a mammoth tweezers designed to execute perfect dubbing/composite loops, and five new clamps in the rubber-handled Crossfire Series of tools have been added to the 2021 lineup of fly-fishing and tying products from the 31 year old fly fishing manufacturer the Dr. Slick Company. The waterproof, slit foam fly boxes were designed in...

Review: ECHO River Glass Rod

Shane Townsend recently put this review together of ECHO's new River Glass fly rod. This is an interesting new addition to ECHO's already great glass lineup. So, if you're a fan of glass, don't miss this review. You can read it in full here.

Hardy Releases New LL Rods and Ultradisc Reel

After proving itself on the highest stage in tournament fly fishing, the new Ultralite® LL rod series and Ultradisc reels from Hardy® will be available to consumers beginning in September 2020. Designed to give anglers a decided advantage in any trout stream, the Ultralite LL delivers a series of technique-specific rods that offer some of the most refined...

Gear Review: El Jefe Packable Rod Combo

Dennis Pastucha, with Fly Fisherman Magazine, put together a great review on a rod and reel combo I've never seen before. The rod is the "El Jefe," and it's built by a company called Pescador on the Fly. The El Jefe is a six-piece travel rod that breaks down into a 22-inch long case - complete with a machined aluminum reel. It all comes with a lifetime...

Scientific Anglers Releases Amplitude Line with Glow-In-the-Dark Tip

Scientific Anglers has been making some of the best fly lines on the market for years now, and their recent update to the Amplitude Smooth Infinity line only further cements their status in the industry. Spurred, no doubt, by the recent surge in night fishing, throwing big mice to big trout, and a general acceptance of off-the-wall techniques in general...

Gear Review: Simms Flyweight Boots

The folks over at Gear Junkie just released a review of the new Simms Flyweight boots - ultralite footwear built with athletic movement in mind. You can read the full review here.

Throwback Thursday: Glass Rods Then and Now

For today's Throwback Thursday, I figured we'd go retro with gear. Specifically, I came across this cool video from North 40 Fly Shop, where they have Cameron Mortenson from the Fiberglass Manifesto on to talk shop about fiberglass fly rods. In the video, they compare glass rods from the 70s to the rods of today. It's an interesting discussion that's worth...

Loon Announces 2021 Gear

Loon Outdoors just announced their Fall/Winter 2020-21 gear lineup, and it features some intriguing new fly tying and riverside products. In the fly tying category, Loon is rolling out their new Prime Scissors. Per their catalog, the Prime Scissors are "A large, premium pair of scissors that is the kind of sharp you only see on infomercials at 2 am. The...