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Patagonia Introduces Stealth Pack Vest

Fishing vests haven’t really changed since Lee Wulff cobbled the first one together in 1931. And, for more than 90 years they’ve been… fine. So, when we set out to rethink fly fishing’s most fundamental piece of gear, we didn’t want a simple update. We wanted a once-in-a-century transformation. The new Patagonia Stealth Pack Vest incorporates...

Gear Review: Ventures Fly Co. Starter Pack

I recently had the chance to spend some one-on-one time with the Weekend Warrior Starter Pack from Ventures Fly Co. This starter pack has everything you need to get started in fly fishing (except waders or boots) and it's one of the most impressive beginner fly fishing combos I've ever seen. You can read all my thoughts about it here.

Orvis Expands PRO Lineup

The Orvis PRO lineup of gear is one of the most advanced and sophisticated currently on the market. Some of their stuff has made its way into my personal lineup of gear, and I'll personally vouch for it. As expected, Orvis announced the release of new products to expand their existing PRO lineup. You can read all about the new gear here.

The Best Fly Fishing Vests of 2022

Monte Burke recently put together this great list of the best fly fishing vests available in 2022. If you're in the market for a new vest, Burke's list is a must-read. You can view it here.

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.