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Abel SDS 11/12 Fly Reel Review

Abel SDS 11/12 Fly Reel Review

by Ben Carmichael January 07, 2020

For my annual trip tarpon fishing in Boca Grande, Florida this year, I brought a new reel -- the Abel SDS 11/12 wt.

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Beulah Opal 12 wt Fly Rod Review

Beulah Opal 12 wt Fly Rod Review

by Ben Carmichael January 07, 2020

On a trip tarpon fishing this spring, I tried out Beulah’s Opal 12wt off Boca Grande, Florida. As some of you may know, I am a big fan of Beulah’s fly rods. Why? Because in the age of fast-action fly rods, these rods have soul.

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The Compleat Guide to False Albacore Fly Fishing: Fall's Most Fantastic Fish

The Compleat Guide to False Albacore Fly Fishing: Fall's Most Fantastic Fish

by Patrick Fowler September 12, 2019

For many fly anglers Fall means only one thing: False Albacore. With Striper numbers down and Bluefish tough on gear, False Albacore (or Albies as they commonly referred to) have become the marquee fly rod fish during the Fall run. Powerful, explosive, and finicky, these fish have everything you could want in a gamefish. Getting started Albie fishing can be challenging, as there is quite a learning curve. It takes time to figure out the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of these often perplexing fish. Below, we’ve compiled a few things that we’ve learned over the years, some general tips and guidance to get you going.
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Dispatch: Tarpon Fly Fishing Boca Grande, Florida

Dispatch: Tarpon Fly Fishing Boca Grande, Florida

by Ben Carmichael June 27, 2019

We've been going to Boca Grande, Florida ever since our uncle bought a house down there. As the so-called "Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World," this was both excellent and vexing news: I was long on places to crash, and short on excuses.
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Dispatch: Big Stripers on Cape Cod

Dispatch: Big Stripers on Cape Cod

by Ben Carmichael June 18, 2019

We may have been fools, but, dammit, we had reason to be.
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Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day Gift Guide

by Patrick Fowler June 05, 2019

Father's day is just around the corner, and if you've got a dad who loves a day on the water then we've got some perfect gifts lined up. Whether it's gearing up with one of our fly kits, kicking back in a great new shirt, or sipping a morning brew in a new Yeti rambler, dad is sure to appreciate one of these options. 
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Beginners Guide to Striped Bass Gear

Beginners Guide to Striped Bass Gear

by Patrick Fowler May 16, 2019

We’re in the heart of Striper season here in the Northeast with plenty of action from Long Island Sound up to Maine. Striped Bass is what we’re known for in these parts, at least to anglers, but for the uninitiated getting out there can be a little daunting. Not only are you looking for fish in lots of water, but the wind, weather, and salt can take its toll. Not surprisingly, the right gear makes a big difference. Here’s our guide to getting geared up for Striper season.
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Gear Review: The Patagonia Danner Wading Boot

Gear Review: The Patagonia Danner Wading Boot

by Patrick Fowler April 19, 2019 3 Comments

When Patagonia announced their partnership with Danner to create a whole new line of wading boots I was excited. Danner is one of the most respected boot companies in the United States, and for good reason. They hand-make every pair of boots right here in the U.S. and have a reputation for some of the most durable and comfortable boots on the market. 
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Gear Review: Fishpond Submersible Lumbar Pack

Gear Review: Fishpond Submersible Lumbar Pack

by Patrick Fowler April 11, 2019

Here we go again! Another great product from Fishpond. It seems like no matter what Fishpond dabbles in lately, their execution has been right on the money. And the new Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar Pack is no exception. Well appointed, practical, and simple to use, this pack has a lot to offer the serious angler.
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Gear Review: The Redington Grande Fly Reel

Gear Review: The Redington Grande Fly Reel

by Patrick Fowler March 28, 2019 1 Comment

With surprising aesthetics, a reliable drag, the Redington Grande has all of the features you would expect from a much more expensive reel, making this is a great option for any angler. The Grande is well-built and anodized, machined from aluminum, and has a sealed drag. It has plenty of capacity, is relatively light, and will be durable enough to last season after season. What more could you ask for? Redington finally has a reel that stacks up against their rods and we are happy to see this reel on the market.
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Gear Review: The Simms Bugstopper Hoody

Gear Review: The Simms Bugstopper Hoody

by Patrick Fowler March 21, 2019

As it warms up and we venture to our favorite spring fishing spots, we will undoubtedly encounter insects. Mosquitoes, gnats, and ticks are all up and moving this time of year and keeping them from biting is a priority of mine. Having seen the severe effects of Lyme Disease firsthand, I cannot impress upon you enough how important insect protection is. The BugStopper makes insect control as easy as it can possibly be. No sprays, no smelly chemicals, no “I left the bug juice in the car”. Just throw on the BugStopper and head out. 

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Gear Review: The Rio Scandi 3D Integrated Spey Line

Gear Review: The Rio Scandi 3D Integrated Spey Line

by Jonas Clark March 13, 2019

Scandi heads are a popular choice among many salmon and steelhead fisherman. They’re less heavy and aggressive than skagits, but more practical than mid or long belly lines, at least on most salmon rivers in North America. If you like fishing Rio’s regular Scandi Head you’ll enjoy fishing this one as well. The difference is that the 3D has an integrated, graduated sinking tip.
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