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Orvis Debuts New Helios Rod

The Helios 3 was, arguably, the best rod Orvis ever built. Today, they're releasing the next rod in their flagship series, simply dubbed "Helios" (not Helios 4). The new Helios is billed as "4 times more accurate than the H3" according to Orvis. Now, if that sounds like standard marketing-speak designed to sell more fly rods, I understand you apprehension...

Sage Launches New Spey R8

Sage recently announced the release of their newest flagship spey rod - the Spey R8. Built on their new and innovative Revolution 8 (R8) technology, the Spey R8 line has rods from weights 5 through 10, giving spey anglers across the spectrum a rod for their favorite style of two-handed angling. Per a Sage press release, all Spey R8 rods will "heighten the...

Loomis NRX+ Swim Fly Review

The folks over at G. Loomis have been busy building out a lot of new rods lately. One intriguing addition to their lineup is the NRX+ Swim Fly, a rod tailored specifically for bass fishing. Zach Burton put together a great review on this rod, over at Gear Junkie, which you can read here.

Greys Introduces New Rod and Reel Combo

Greys Fishing has released a new rod and reel combo they've dubbed the "Cruise." The rod and reel combo is available in weights 5, 7, or 8, and comes in lenghts of 9 or 10 feet. The Cruise retails for $189.95, but you can buy the reel separately for around $65. The Cruise rod is a medium fast action rod that's at home in both fresh and saltwater...

Winston Releases Air 2 Max

The R.L. Winston Rod Company announced the release of their new Air 2 Max rod family. Per Winston's website, the Air 2 Max is a fast-action rod that uses the company's "fastest and most powerful graphite tapers to date." The Air 2 Max is designed to excel in big game fishing situations, in both salt and freshwater environments. By combining proprietary...

Tenkara Rod Company Teton Zoom Review

The folks over at Tenkara Rod Company have an interesting product on the market - the Teton Zoom. This rod can be extended to two different lengths, making it a versatile fishing tool for those who enjoy tenkara. Steve Larese, over at Gear Junkie, wrote an in-depth review on this rod, highlighting what it does well. You can read the entire thing here.

Building The Most Accurate Fly Rods

If you've ever wondered what exactly goes into building a high-end graphite fly rod, then you should read through this story from Tim Schulz over at Hatch Magazine. Tim walks us through a recent trip he took to the Orvis Rod Factory, where the guys showed him parts of the rod building process. For anyone interested in rods, or gear in general, this is a...

Inside The Orvis Rod Shop

It's not every day that fly fishing shows up in Yahoo News, but it did on July 31. Kurt Spurlock wrote a great behind-the-scenes article for Yahoo highlighting the Orvis fly rod shop in Manchester, Vermont. Manchester is a tiny town with only two stoplights, but it's also home to some of the most cutting-edge technology in all of fly fishing. As Spurlock...

Hardy Releases Marksman Z Rod

Hardy is adding another saltwater rod to its product lineup with the debut of the new Marksman Z. "We're delighted to introduce the Hardy Marksman Z, the newest addition to our superior range of fishing rods," said Jim Murphy, Director of Fly Fishing for Hardy, in a press release. "Our goal is to provide anglers with the best possible equipment that can...

St. Croix Announces New Connect Rods

St. Croix has announced the release of a new family of fly rods, dubbed the Connect. These rods are built from their SCII and SCIII graphite, and feature 10 models in line weights three through nine. You can read more about these new rods here.