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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...

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...

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...

Gear We Love Right Now

Chad Shmukler, the guru running things over at Hatch Magazine, recently penned this piece about gear in the fly fishing market that he loves right now. It's timely, full of good recommendations, and Chad's no-B.S. approach to talking shop about gear. You can read the article in its entirety here.

Gear Review: Redington TRACE Fly Rod

I finally had the chance to get up-close and personal with Redington's new rod, the TRACE. This rod is supposed to replace the Hydrogen in their lineup. You can read the full review here.

New Tenkara Rod Available

Per a release from Yanko Design, there's a new Tenkara rod available, for those who enjoy this style of fly fishing. The MUTANT is a 3-in-1 rod that's supposed to collapse down to just 25.5 inches. That makes it ideal for packing. The MUTANT is supposed to have a bit more power in the tip, to better turn larger fish in heavy currents. Read more about the...

Podcast: Fly Culture with Peter Knox

In this episode of the Fly Culture podcast, host Pete Tyjas sits down with Peter Knox, a member of the rod design team over at Sage. For anyone who loves gear, this is a unique insight into how fly rods are made, and the amount of effort it takes to make the high-ends ones we all enjoy. Listen to the show here.

Hardy Releases New Ultralite LL Rod Series

Hardy—a company long revered for their classic reels, and lately, their fantastic fly rods—just announced a new rod series, dubbed the Ultralite LL. These rods are designed to work primarily as Euro nymphing tools, although a few of the models double as dry-dropper rods. Ranging in length from 9'2" to 11'2", and in weights 0-4, the Ultralite LL series...