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This recent story by Dom Swentosky over at Troutbitten tackles an age-old question: do you really need an expensive fly rod? Dom has his own opinions on the subject, which are well-articulated, as usual. You can find them here.
With the glut of fly rods on the market, picking one can be a challenge. To help out with that task, this article goes through the differences in the three fly rod materials - graphite, fiberglass, and bamboo - to help anglers start to narrow down their search. Read the story here.
Greys has released a new family of fly rods, dubbed the Lance. This is a sub-$200 fly rod that Greys says packs in features commonly found in flagship models. The blank is an intermediate-modulus graphite with a low resin content, meaning it'll have a softer action without extra weight. Greys opted for AAA cork on the handle, alignment dots on all sections...
This is an excellent feature that highlights the building process of the rods built by Maine Fly Co., by Ryan Chelius over at Field & Stream. Kick back and enjoy the great photos of the build process here.
Kirk Deeter, over at Angling Trade, recently put together a little review on the new Sage R8 Core fly rod. He has plenty of great things to say about the rod, and you can find them all here.
The folks over at Field & Stream put together their list of the best fly rods of 2022, and the Epic Reference Fastglass took home top honors for best small stream rod. You can view the full list here.
Scott Fly Rods announced the release of their newest rod, the Wave. It's a fast-action rod family built for use in all water types, ranging in weights from 6 - 12. The Wave will retail for $675, and doesn't replace any existing rod in Scott's lineup. At a time when flagship rods are going for more than $1,000, the Wave's price tag puts it in the mid-priced...
Redington has partnered with Colorado brand Topo Designs to release a special-edition version of their Trailblazer rod. The new Topo and Redington collaboration rod features a topographic map design, a new pack, and an array of tackle. You can view more about the product release here.
If you're interested in a new fly rod from an American builder, this feature on Maine Fly Company from Craig Raleigh over at Wide Open Spaces is worth your time to read. Raleigh goes into detail about the rods Jeff Davis, founder and CEO of Maine Fly Company, builds at his shop in Maine. You can read the story here.
Orvis has updated their Superfine Glass rod, adding new features that anglers of all persuasions will appreciate. The new Superfine Glass is smoother, more stable, and a bit more fun to cast than its predecessor. I dive into all the other details about this rod in this review for Hatch Magazine.