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Patagonia Launches Updated Stealth Pack Collection

Patagonia announced yesterday that they've released updated versions of the products in their famous Stealth Pack Collection. Below is a press release from the company with details on what makes the new Stealth series so great. Patagonia Fly Fishing has reimagined its line of iconic Stealth fly fishing packs. Now featuring 100% recycled nylon  ripstop...

"Popular Mechanics" Best Gear of 2021

It always makes me chuckle when mainstream publications with little connection to fly fishing publish gear guides. Enter the latest iteration from Popular Mechanics.  Their gear guide for 2021 features no real surprises, but writer J.R. Sullivan does a good job of delivering puns and making the guide worth reading. Give it a look in full here.

Gear Review: Orvis Bug Out Backpack

Orvis recently announced their new Bug Out Backpack, which will be released later this month. This pack is one of the best I've ever used. I had the chance to review it in-depth for Hatch Magazine Read the review in full here.

Gear Review: Orvis Chest Pack

The folks at Orvis were kind enough to send along their new Chest Pack for review. You can read my full thoughts on it in Hatch Magazine.  In short, though, I think the new Orvis Chest Pack is a spectacular piece of gear, and it's already supplanted my fishing vest as my go-to method for carrying a day's worth of tackle. Read the full review here.

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...

Umpqua Unveils ZS2 Packs and Bags

The new Fall 2019 lineup of new products from Umpqua have been announced, featuring the new ZS2 series of packs, X-Series Hooks, and much more.

Watershed Drybags

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Watershed creates unique drybags and packs made in the USA. Each bag features a patented Watershed Zipdry closure that’s similar to a heavy duty freezer bag which ensures a watertight seal even when submerged or under pressure. Radio frequency welding is used to bond multiple layers of fabric into a single piece of...

Video: Smithfly New Products 2017

Smithfly ups the ante in 2017 adding jackets, waders, and a whole slew of new products for 2017. Founder Ethan Smith explains a couple of them here.

MindShift Gear Launches rotation180° Catch & Release™ Fly Fishing Backpack on Kickstarter

MindShift Gear has launched on Kickstarter campaign for the first 3-in-1 fly fishing backpack. The rotation180° Catch & Release wears like a traditional backpack, “but the lower part of the backpack easily rotates to the front for quick access to fishing essentials.” Read more in the press release below. MindShift Gear Launches rotation180° Catch...

Video: Umpqua - Ambi-Sling ZS Sling Pack

Luke Wennik of Umpqua Feather Merchants explains the new uniquely designed Ambi-Sling. Umpqua says: "There is no right way to wear a sling. Some right-handers prefer it on their left shoulder to minimize interference with their cast and others prefer it on their right, stronger side. Well, now you can wear it any way you’d like. The new Ambi-SlingZS has a...