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St. Croix Releases Technica Rod Series

On the heels of releasing their new Evos rods, St. Croix has debuted another new fly rod family, dubbed the Technica. Available in weights 3-5, and lengths from 7'9" to 9', these rods are primarily dry-fly focused, though from a first glance through their marketing materials, I bet they'll handle dry-dropper rigs, as well. St. Croix says the Technica is...

My Favorite Affordable Fly Rods

Last week, I shared some of my honest thoughts on fly rods. Namely, that a great fly rod doesn't do you much good if you're not an adequate caster. I stand by that, but one of our readers made a comment along the lines of "it's hard to focus on learning to cast if you're fighting your gear all day." His argument is that you should buy a decent rod when...

Honest Talk on Fly Rods

In my almost-decade of fly fishing writing, I've had the opportunity to review a few fly rods. Without fail, the question most folks ask me is "are the expensive rods really worth it?" I've addressed this before in some gear reviews, but I wanted to give the topic some space here as well, because it's been on my mind a lot lately. The shortest answer to...

Review: Hardy Marksman Z Fly Rod

The folks over at Field & Stream had the chance to take the new Hardy Marksman Z saltwater rod out for a spin in Florida. The Marksman Z is Hardy's premier saltwater rod, so expectations for its performance were high. You can read about how the rod performed here.

Douglas Releases New DXF Gen 2 Rods

Douglas Outdoors has announced the release of their new DXF Gen 2 fly rods. These rods are the "next step" in the DXF lineup, according to the company, and feature a completely redesigned rod. The blank has been tweaked from the ground up with new materials, component have been updated, and Douglas claims this leads to a fly rod with "unparalleled feel...

Scott Debuts New Session Fly Rods

Scott Rods has debuted a new rod family, dubbed the Session. Session rods are built to "bring together high line speed and exceptional loop control with a light and lively feel in the hand," per Scott's website. Session rods feature a new cork grip and a striking bright-green color theme that I think looks sharp. You'll also get low-glare snake guides and...

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...