Gear Review: RIO InTouch Single Handed Spey Line 3D

Gear Review: RIO InTouch Single Handed Spey Line 3D

by Ben Carmichael September 05, 2017

What is the best line for Atlantic salmon? I think I now have the answer — RIO’s new InTouch Single Handed Spey Line 3D. After using it this season it is, without question, my favorite line for not only chasing but actually catching Atlantic salmon. But let’s back up a second.
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Gear Review: Rail Riders Clothing

Gear Review: Rail Riders Clothing

by Ben Carmichael September 09, 2016

Have you heard of Rail Riders before? No? My bet: you will be hearing about them in the coming years. And not just because you're reading this. Rail Riders is a great outdoor clothing company, founded and based right here in New England (they're in Belmont). Their products are rugged and time tested, comfortable, look good, and at a great price point? The only problem is that they're a well-kept secret.

 

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Gear Review: Simms Intruder Waderless Wading Boot

Gear Review: Simms Intruder Waderless Wading Boot

by Ben Carmichael September 01, 2016

Two things are true, for me and for New England. First, this summer in New England has been hot -- record breaking hot. With climate change, the long-term forecast only looks hotter. Second, I already sweat like a pig in waders in the summer. When I hit a river, or even rock jettied and beaches, I know that at the end of the day, when I open up my waders, there’s going to be some serious funk, not to mention discomfort throughout the day.

 

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Gear Review: Fishpond Thunderhead Sling Pack

Gear Review: Fishpond Thunderhead Sling Pack

by Ben Carmichael August 18, 2016

There’s an irony to fly fishing: we seek out beautiful waterways only to spend so much time, not to mention money, preventing ourselves and our things from getting wet. It’s understandable: whose wife (or husband) would believe the ‘I’m home late and I didn’t call you because my phone dunked in the river” excuse? It’s the fly fisherman’s dog and homework, except, in most cases much more expensive, and a much bigger hassle, especially when you’re on a trip, deep in the woods.

 

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Gear Reviews: Costa 580P Polarized Glasses

Gear Reviews: Costa 580P Polarized Glasses

by Ben Carmichael July 23, 2016

So much about fly fishing is filtered through your eye: sight fishing for rising trout or daisy chaining tarpon, identifying the bait, locating the fish, and, occasionally, setting the hook. Even the aesthetics -- the mountain background to a freestone stream, the color of Caribbean water -- are a large part of why we go to the places we do to chase fish, with some urban carp being a notable exception.

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Gear Review: Finn Utility Streamer Wallet

Gear Review: Finn Utility Streamer Wallet

by Ben Carmichael May 30, 2016

These days, when it comes to products there's a lot of tough talk. This plastic case is built to withstand being stepped on. This -- ads will say -- well, this is built to withstand being driven over. Until the past few years, I had no idea so many fishing products were the victims of untimely vehicular deaths.

 

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Gear Review: The Orvis Helios 2 3wt - A Truly Great Rod for New England’s Small Rivers

Gear Review: The Orvis Helios 2 3wt - A Truly Great Rod for New England’s Small Rivers

by Ben Carmichael December 15, 2015

The Orvis Helios 2 -- a rod that has won so many awards that it hardly needs an introduction. I tried the H2 a few years ago in the 5 weight that so many people have reviewed, and so many have loved. But when I want a 5 wt, I fish the bamboo rod my dad made for me. (Spoiled, I know.)

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Gear Review: Beulah Opal Double Handed Saltwater Fly Rod

Gear Review: Beulah Opal Double Handed Saltwater Fly Rod

by Ben Carmichael December 14, 2015

A few years ago, I started looking for a new saltwater rod. Here in New England, I do a fair amount of salt water fishing. That means a lot of long nights, a lot of punching into the wind, and a lot of trying to huck a big fly a long ways with a backcast hampered by rock, estuary grass, or sand.

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Gear Review: Orvis Encounter Wading Jacket

Gear Review: Orvis Encounter Wading Jacket

by Ben Carmichael October 22, 2015

There's one guarantee in fishing: you're going to be near and, often, in the water. Even if you're not wading, conditions change quickly, bringing water from above as well as below. When I was a kid, my grandfather used to joke that there was one guarantee for our annual canoeing and fishing trip in Maine: It was going to rain. Hard.

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Gear Review: Hatch Nomad Pliers (Video & Photo)

Gear Review: Hatch Nomad Pliers (Video & Photo)

by Ben Carmichael September 17, 2015

Click...Click...Click click click... "Dammit!" We've all been there: clippers that have been dulled by the elements. The only thing that is worse is pliers that have been rusted by use that they're hard to close or open. The scenario when you have a fish at the boat, or in the net, and your pliers don't work? A nightmare.

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Gear Review: Thomas & Thomas Heirloom Fiberglass Rod

Gear Review: Thomas & Thomas Heirloom Fiberglass Rod

by Ben Carmichael May 18, 2015

Fads sweep sports like blight to a crop, or like rain to a field. The pattern is one we've all seen many times: early adopters become evangelicals that spread their enthusiasm with infectious energy, good cheer, and the promise of something new. For mountain biking, it was, briefly, single speeds, for skiing telemark and, for beer, the taste of hops.

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Gear Review: Hatch Finatic 9 Plus Reel Review

Gear Review: Hatch Finatic 9 Plus Reel Review

by Ben Carmichael November 16, 2014

In preparing for my trip to the Gaspé Peninsula, I was planning on searching for two types of tail: Atlantic salmon, and striped bass. I needed a reel whose drag system was strong enough to stop a Gaspe salmon, and durable enough to withstand nights in the surf and hours on dirt roads. Moreover, I wanted something that looked good: something a bit classic, and bit modern, but not custom.

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