Gear

WEB BONUS—More Rotary Vises Field Tested!

  • By: Ted Leeson
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Two more vises from our June 2009 Field Test—The Dyna-King Unltimate Indexer and the Griffin Blackfoot Mongoose.

Great Gear for March

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Waders, rods, packs and more...

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Shop Talk

  • By: Beau Beasley
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MOST OF US THINK THAT OWNING a fly shop would be a dream come true. Perhaps you have a favorite shop and covet the owner’s lot in life. Or perhaps you frequent an establishment that leaves you thinking, “Now if I were in charge around here... ”

2009 Readers' Choice Awards

Readers

Often, it’s not only how well a product stands up in the midst of battle but, more important, how well the company stands behind their product. My trusty Steelhead Large Arbor Orvis Mach IV is only a few years old, but has seen many trying days on Michigan’s rivers. This past spring I had an issue onstream that “felt” like the reel was tight. I was mid-stream and decided to take a closer look, breaking a cardinal rule, and something fell out of my reel. I sent the reel to Orvis with a check for $40. A new clutch and cover and, within a week, I had the reel back with a refund check for $30. The level of service and customer satisfaction far surpass how many clams I shelled out for a quality reel. Thank you Orvis for getting me back in the season in time to chase more chrome.

Innovation / Achievement Kudos

  • By: Buzz Bryson
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The percentage of new products that enjoy even a brief success is small, very small. Fewer still endure to reach iconic status. Anyone over the age of five or six knows that the hourglass-shape soda bottle is a “Coke bottle.” And virtually every fly fisherman knows that the peach-colored line seen so often on a trout stream is a Cortland 444.

Great New Gear for 2009

Gear 2009

  • Orvis Pack & Travel Sonic Seam Waders
  • Winston Boron Rods
  • Tibor Spey Reel
  • NRS GigBob Pontoon Boat
  • Salmo Saxatilis Rods

Ask FR&R

  • By: Buzz Bryson
Ask FR & R January 2009

How to apply maximum pressure but not break my rod? You've really asked two questions, because rod breakage is rarely related to properly applying maximum pressure to the fish if you're using the proper tackle properly. So let's look at rod breakage first. There are really only two ways most fly rods are broken while fighting a fish. The most common is "high sticking," where the angler holds the rod at too high an angle, forcing it to bend too sharply at its weakest point-the tip.

2009 Kudo Awards

  • By: Joe Healy
  • , Darrel Martin
  • and Ted Leeson
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  • Orvis Pack & Travel Sonic Seam Waders
  • Hardy Perfect Reel
  • Smith Interlock Sunglasses
  • ExOfficio Give-N-Go Underwear
  • The Patagonia Pack Vest
  • HMH Standard Vise