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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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Holiday Gift Guide: Gear for the Saltwater Angler

Holiday Gift Guide: Gear for the Saltwater Angler

by Patrick Fowler December 05, 2018

Saltwater anglers are a special breed. Maybe it's the fresh salt air, the unpredictability of wind and weather, or the hit-and-miss frenzy that comes with chasing pods of big fish. Regardless, there is one thing that they have in common - they do a number on their gear, putting it through some of the toughest conditions imaginable. No one wants to get on blitzing fish, or get into casting range of an elusive permit, and have an issue. But never fear - we've pulled together some of our absolute favorite items for the saltwater fisherman. If you're on the hunt for new gear or trying to find something for the saltwater angler in your life, look no further.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Gear for the Trout Bum

Holiday Gift Guide: Gear for the Trout Bum

by Patrick Fowler November 21, 2018

There is one in every family. Their waders are always damp. They disappear inexplicably for weeks on end during the spring and early summer. They're frequently muttering about "hatches" and strange latin words for bugs. They seem to always have odd bits of fur and feathers stuck to their clothes. You know the ones we're talking about: Trout Bums! If that sounds like someone you know, we've got you covered this holiday season. Below you'll find our gifting guide for the Trout Bum in your life.
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Cold Weather Gear Guide

Cold Weather Gear Guide

by Patrick Fowler November 14, 2018

Cold weather is here to stay, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere (and if you are in the southern, say fishing in Patagonia, well good for you!). And while most of us trim back a bit on our cold weather fishing, there is no reason why you need to give it up completely. In fact you shouldn't. As long as you gear up appropriately, winter fishing can be fantastic, whether you are swinging for steel or coaxing winter trout. The key is layering and moisture management, using well-made products that make smart use of materials. Here are a few things to make you a little more comfortable out there this winter, products which we've used and recommend.
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Dispatches: False Albacore Fly Fishing During the Martha’s Vineyard Derby

Dispatches: False Albacore Fly Fishing During the Martha’s Vineyard Derby

by Ben Carmichael October 26, 2018

New England fall -- the season of leaves, apple cider donuts, the fall migration, and the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. The Derby -- which, after 73 years is, like Bono or Cher, known simply as "The Derby" -- captivates the island, its tourists and others like me; those who are drawn to fishing by a deep, unrelenting magnetism.
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Dispatches: Cape Cod False Albacore Fishing

Dispatches: Cape Cod False Albacore Fishing

by Ben Carmichael October 03, 2018

This weekend a few of us went to Cape Cod to fish for false albacore — and albacore we did find. The weather went from downright plague-like to beautiful, but the chew stayed fairly strong. Here’s some photos from the weekend.

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