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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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Gear Review: The Fishpond Switchback Belt System

Gear Review: The Fishpond Switchback Belt System

by Patrick Fowler March 05, 2019

Every now and then, there is an item that comes out that just makes you stand back and think “hey, that’s smart!” Our team at the Compleat Angler had that very reaction to the Fishpond Switchback Belt System and so have many of our customers. This unassuming pack really has changed what should be expected in a hip pack. With an innovative design and Fishpond top-tier construction the Fishpond Switchback Belt System is a safe buy for anyone looking to get into the hip pack game. Here is our take on the new Switchback system.
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Gear Review: The Fishpond Wind River Roll-Top Backpack

Gear Review: The Fishpond Wind River Roll-Top Backpack

by Patrick Fowler February 27, 2019

Fishpond’s tackle systems, luggage, packs and waterproof series are consistently one of our top sellers. And we expect the Wind River Roll-Top Backpack to be no exception. This backpack as all the features you need for a comfortable day on the water whether you are fishing from a drift boat, flats boat, or on foot.
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Gear Review: The Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Sling Pack

Gear Review: The Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Sling Pack

by Patrick Fowler February 13, 2019

It was only a matter of time before we saw a product like this introduced to the market. Making a sling pack interchangeable from left to right hand seems like it would be an obvious design feature and yet very few sling packs on the market have incorporated this type of flexibility. In a sport where one of the most famous personalities was named “Lefty” it seems like a bit of a head-scratcher that no one had adequately addressed the issue. Simms new Ambidextrous pack does exactly that.
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Gear Review: The Galvan Torque Fly Reel

Gear Review: The Galvan Torque Fly Reel

by Patrick Fowler February 05, 2019 1 Comment

In terms of quality and variety, there has probably never been a better time to purchase a fly reel. Yet with so many options on the market it can often be difficult to decide which reel to go with. Today, we’ll walk through one option that we’ve increasingly recommended to many of our customers, the Galvan Torque series.
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Gear Review: Gulff UV Fly Tying Resins

Gear Review: Gulff UV Fly Tying Resins

by Patrick Fowler January 31, 2019

It’s an open secret that Gulff resin is one of the hottest materials out right now. It’s been getting a huge amount of attention on Instagram and has grown in popularity over the last few months with tyers clamoring to get their hands on this stuff. If you are wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s our take on this new material. 
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Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Fly Fishing Gifts Under $50

Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Fly Fishing Gifts Under $50

by Patrick Fowler December 13, 2018

Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. And if you're looking for a stocking stuffer, or a gift for the angler that won't break the bank, we've got you covered. Check out these 12 gift ideas under $50.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Gear for the Fly Tyer

Holiday Gift Guide: Gear for the Fly Tyer

by Patrick Fowler December 13, 2018

Fly Tyers are a special breed. It takes patience (oh so much patience), a little inventiveness, and creativity to be a great fly tyer. But many will tell you that it's one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of being an angler (to say nothing of keeping busy during the winter months). If you have a fly tyer on your list this year, check out the following gift ideas.
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