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A Case for Glass

Fiberglass fly rods are still in the midst of a resurgence in popularity. In fact, I know a few guys locally here in Utah who run a fiberglass-only rod company. And one look at Shane Gray's Instagram feed is enough to see plenty of glass blanks leaving his shop. It's in that context that this piece from American Angler comes to us. The article, by Alex...

Throwback Thursday: Valuing Bamboo

While today's Throwback Thursday isn't an old video from 60-70 years ago, it does deal with a throwback topic - bamboo fly rods. If you ever find these old split-cane marvels at garage sales or in antique shops, you'll want to remember what John Stephenson says in this video about how to determine the worth of a bamboo fly rod. If you have even a passing...

Rod and Reel Combo Kits to Get you Started

If you're looking to get into the fly fishing game, or know someone who is, this recent piece from Gear Junkie details some of the best rod and reel combo kits on the market. Take a read through the entire piece here.

Men's Journal Best Gear Review

Fly fishing gear reviews aren't relegated to fishing-only publications. Men's Journal recently released their roundup of the best fly fishing gear currently on the market. While nothing on their list is a surprise, it's nice to get affirmation that the products you're researching - or already own - are among those that everyone recommends. You can read...

2020 8-Weight Shootout

George Anderson and his crew at Yellowstone Angler are back at it with rod shootouts - this time with 8-weights. This 8-weight shootout follows up their 2018 shootout, the last time they reviewed 8-weights. The big question for George and Co. was whether any rod could topple the G. Loomis Asquith from the top spot of their list as the best 8-weight...

Gray's Sporting Journal Best of 2020

Gray's Sporting Journal is a leading voice in the sporting world, and if you've ever glanced through a copy of the magazine, it's easy to see why. They really only publish the best of the best. So, when they announce their annual picks for best gear, I tend to pay attention. The folks who put this magazine together know their sports inside and out. I've...

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.