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Winston Debuts AIR 2 Fly Rod

The R.L. Winston Rod Company, based in Twin Bridges, Montana, announced the release of their new AIR 2 fly rod series. The AIR 2 comes with a sticker price of $1,095.00 The AIR 2 features an all-new S-2000 high-modulus graphite, which Winston says leads to faster recovery speed and a smoother cast. In addition, Winston has utilized a new Boron pattern in...

Best Euro Nymphing Rods

Grant Michaels, over at Fly Lords, put together a good overview of some of the best beginner, intermediate, and advanced Euro nymphing rods on the market. Winter is a great time to give this style of fishing a try, if you haven't already. You can read Grant's entire piece here.

Garage-Band Fly Rod Company

The Yampa Fly Rod Company was recently featured on NBC9 News in Colorado, highlighting the fact that they're pushing out almost 100 rods a year and still building them in their garage. It's a fun video that focuses on a small rod building enterprise, so it's worth the two minutes of your time.

Review: Douglas Sky G 4-Weight

I recently had the chance to review the new Douglas Sky G 8'6" 4wt. It's a fantastic rod that I love more than I expected. You can read the full review of it here.

Gear Review: Hardy Ultralite LL Fly Rod

Hardy's newest Euro-nymphing rod, the Ultralite LL, has been out for a couple of months now. I've been lucky enough to fish it for a while. It's a fantastic rod, and one that's worth your consideration if you're in the market for something new. You can read my full review of it here.

Gear Review: Hardy Zane Pro

The folks over at Trident Fly Fishing just put this review up of the new Hardy Zane Pro fly rod. The Zane replaces the incredibly popular Zenith saltwater edition in Hardy's lineup.

Gear Review: Thomas & Thomas Contact II

The newest version of the Thomas & Thomas Contact rod, the Contact II, has been reviewed in Hatch Magazine. The Contact II is meant to be a specialty nymph-fishing rod, with its focus on delivering excellent Euro nymphing performance. You can read the review in full here.

Gear Review: Orvis Recon

I had the chance to fish two of the new Orvis Recon rods side-by-side with their original counterparts. Orvis released the Recon in 2015 to widespread acclaim, so I was a bit wary when I heard they'd given their mid-priced marvel a makeover. Read the review in full here.

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.