Gear

Kudo Awards 2011

  • By: Ted Leeson
  • , Joe Healy
  • , Greg Thomas
  • and Buzz Bryson
Kudo Awards 2011

Except for the angler, a fly reel is the only piece of fly-fishing equipment with any significant moving parts, and those of us with a weakness for fine reels appreciate them in part as machinery. Some offer the finely tuned elegance of a Ferrari, others the classic, understated solidity of a Rolls or Bentley. Hatch reels are a little different: their engineering appears to derive largely from a Brink’s truck—a very handsomely crafted, precision-made, cleanly finished Brink’s truck, to be sure. But their philosophical core clearly owes much to the armored car.

The Bonefish Special

  • By: Chico Fernandez
  • Photography by: Chico Fernandez
Chico and Mike - Big Bonefish

The bonefish had been tough to approach and on this day, the last day of the Redbone tournament in the Florida Keys, the wind speed must have dropped to zero because it was dead calm. It was a day on which the water and the sky don’t make a defined horizon and the least disturbance would send bonefish to another zip code.

Ask FRR

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • Photography by: Buzz Bryson
Bluewater fishing requires big-game leaders and knots.

Q: What leaders, and connecting knots, are best for bluewater fly-fishing?

Sitting here in Loreto, Baja Mexico, taking a break during a tough week of fishing (all sympathy appreciated), I’m reflecting on the many questions asked, and answers provided by, the mix of newbies and experienced pros to bluewater fly-fishing here at the lodge. Such a grouping is a fertile environment for moving up the fly-fishing learning curve. Inevitably, the focus becomes leaders and, more particularly, knots. The question boils down to, What leaders do I use and how do I connect the pieces?

Autumn New Gear

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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"The Force/MV1 is rated at 190 to 220 grains and the Force/MV3 at 350 to 400 grains. The rods feature an angled-forward stripping guide (to aid in shooting line), a handsome triangular reel seat and a super-aggressive rod taper..."

Lightweight Coverage

  • By: Ted Leeson
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"Most anglers are better served by lightweight, packable wading jackets."

Fresh for the Salt

  • By: Ed Mitchell
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"The truth is, many patterns entice multiple species and some jump a divide between freshwater or saltwater connotation to become a special breed of so-called crossover flies."

SUMMER BONUS: Packable Rain Jackets

  • By: Ted Leeson
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More jackets tested by our gear guru, Ted Leeson. Bonus content from our Summer 2010 issue...

Great American Fly Rods

  • By: Joe Healy
David Gibson

Great Bay Rod Company builds quality, value-priced fly rods in Rochester, New Hampshire. "I’ve been building rods for more than 20 years. In 2004 I decided to throw caution to the wind and to leave high-tech and to launch Great Bay Rod Company," says David Gibson, company president.

Spring New Gear

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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"These rods epitomize the company’s three decades of accumulated experience in building premium fly rods. Sage has incorporated three new technologies in the Xi3 rods. First, the rods have improved torque and torsional resistance"

LL Bean Pocket Water Jacket

  • By: Ted Leeson
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"I had a chance to field-test this jacket for a few days, and it functioned remarkably well, sealing out water during the brief immersions that are often part of a day’s fishing."