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Sage Payload Rod Review

Sage is a household name in the fly fishing world, and for good reason. They've long been at the forefront of rod building innovation, and continue to produce great fly fishing tools. Where I come from, here in the Rockies, Sage has a reputation as a faster-action, stiff rod that slices through a Wyoming wind like a hot knife through butter. While that's...

Douglas Sky G Rod Review

Over the past month, I've had the opportunity to fish the brand new Douglas Sky G, in a 9' 5wt. This rod won the 2020 Yellowstone Angler 5-weight Shootout for Best Presentation Rod, and it's one of the more memorable rods I've ever fished. My full review of the rod is up over at Hatch Magazine. If you're curious about this new rod, and why it won the...

Yellowstone Angler Releases New 5 Weight Shootout

Yellowstone Angler's 5 weight shootout is a longstanding tradition for gear junkies. George Anderson and the staff at Yellowstone Angler put in tons of hours to review dozens of rods, all in the name of creating a list of the best fly rods currently available. While there's no such thing as a truly objective ranking of any gear in the fly fishing world...

Fire Destroys Rodmaker Bob Taylor's Workshop/Storage

A December 23 fire destroyed the trailer where bamboo rod maker Bob Taylor stored his rods.  Taylor was just recently inducted into the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum's Hall of Fame.

Best Fly Fishing Rods

From narrow waterways to steelhead, Jen Ripple outlines the perfect fly rod for your fishing situation in this article via Outside Online.

RIO Launches A Powerful Series Of Sink Tips Designed For Long Spey Rods

RIO has announced the release of the new InTouch Long MOW Tips, created to easily cast large flies and designed specifically for anglers using longer Spey rods.

2020 5-Weight Shootout

Yellowstone Angler has recently published their findings of the 2020 5-Weight Shootout, where they examine 32 of the best 5-weight rods on the market. This year, they divided the testing into two divisions: Presentation Rods and Power Rods. Read more on the testing and results via Yellowstone Angler.

The New Winston ALPHA+

The Winston Rod Company has announced their newest rod series, the ALPHA+. “With wicked fast action, ALPHA+ rods have been designed to cast aggressive rigs – including big flies, heavy lines, shooting heads and sinking tips. These rods will cast these big rigs further with minimal false casts and effort.”

John Gierach on Bamboo Rods

Bamboo rods have a religious following among anglers. “Part of it is the way we value the Yankee workshop-like tradition of fine handwork done with what we now consider to be primitive tools, as well as the antique virtues of skill and patience,” writes John Gierach. “But there’s also some unapologetic nostalgia at work here. Bamboo fly rods can...

Sector Series from Scott Fly Rod Company

Scott has announced the release of the new Sector series of fly rods. “Sector rods are fit with newly designed components that defy harsh saltwater environments, redefine reliability, and enhance angler experience.”