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Buying Fly Rods for Young Beginners

Justin Pickett wrote this story over at Gink & Gasoline that helps you narrow down your options when buying a fly rod for young beginners - especially kids. You can read the whole story here.

St. Croix Returning to Fly Fishing

St. Croix has always been a big name in fishing. For a while, they were serious contenders in the fly fishing world. That changed a decade ago when the company decided to focus on its conventional gear, with the intention to return to fly fishing at a later date. That later date is fast approaching, according to Chris Hunt. In this story for Hatch...

Best New Fly Rods of 2022

The folks over at Gear Junkie just released their lineup of the best new fly rods for 2022. It's a pretty comprehensive list, and you can view it all here.

Gear Review: Ventures Fly Co. Starter Pack

I recently had the chance to spend some one-on-one time with the Weekend Warrior Starter Pack from Ventures Fly Co. This starter pack has everything you need to get started in fly fishing (except waders or boots) and it's one of the most impressive beginner fly fishing combos I've ever seen. You can read all my thoughts about it here.

How to Buy Great Used Fly Rods

I've been reviewing rods for almost a decade, and collecting them even longer than that. I'm a bit of a fly rod geek, and I love the history associated with some of the sticks. That's why I wrote this story for Hatch Magazine about buying great used fly rods. In an era when new, flagship rods are incredibly expensive, knowing how to find a great used...

Redington Debuts New Trailblazer Rod

Redington’s all-new TRAILBLAZER is ready for anywhere you want to go because there are  no good reasons to leave your fly rod at home.   The TRAILBLAZER IS DESIGNED to fit into all your outdoor adventures—whether your rig is  packed to the gills with necessary provisions for a cross-country road trip or your backpack  can't stash any more weight...

Redington Announces Updated Butter Stick Rod

New for Spring 2022, Redington has completely revamped the fiberglass cult-classic BUTTER  STICK. Its fresh new look carries a strong nostalgic design from the days of shag carpet, roller  disco, and Hendrix rippin'. And like all things good and vintage, it's as aesthetically pleasing as  it is fun and functional. Whether you're fishing blue lines for...

Sage Officially Launches R8 Core Rods

Sage teased the fly fishing world last week with the promotional material for its new R8 Core lineup of rods. Now, the new rod family is officially launched and will soon be available to the public. This is the first new rod from Sage in almost 20 years to feature new graphite, and not just improved versions of the same stuff we've seen in the Graphite 5...

IFTD Roundup

The first day of the 2022 International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show in Salt Lake City, Utah, wrapped up on March 30. This was the first time in two years that the fly fishing industry gathered together to talk shop, show off new gear, and catch up with old friends. This year's IFTD saw some new gear from Orvis, Winston, and Sage, in addition to promotion...

Sage Announces R8 Core Rods

Sage, one of the leading manufacturers of fly rods for decades, announced last week the release of their next flagship rod series, the R8 Core. The folks at Hatch Magazine had a great writeup on the new rods, which you can read here.