Scientific Anglers always has a slew of new lines, but this year we're seeing something slightly different. Many of the popular tapers in the Sharkskin series are switching over to the even more popular Mastery Textured lineup.
Fishpond carved a name for itself making great angling-specific bags and this year they've gone back to the well with three updated new designs.
The Nimbus Guide Pack is a monster hip bag with enough space to stash a jacket, fly box (and heck, probably even a sleeping bag!) Retailing for $109, it's intended for serious all-day angling in places where weather might change rapidly.
Scott Fly Rods is one of those companies that usually refreshes certain series in a predictable pattern. Their bread-and-butter fast action trout and salt rods (the S4 and S4s respectively) are still in the middle of their cycle, but it's time for them to unveil their middle-range rods, and they've done something surprising this time around, with three new models. Previously, the A3 series (descended from the Scott "Alpha" line) had included both single and two-handed rods.
Scott A4 (Click to Enlarge)
This year, the new A4 series will run only in single-hand models, starting with a 7 1/2-foot 3-weight and running up to a 9-foot 12-weight, all for the same price of $375. The A4 has been updated to be lighter, faster, and have better quality wraps and components (Check out Scott President Jim Bartschi's audio interview here!)
While most manufacturers tend to wait for the yearly trade show to unveil their new offerings, Sage took the covers off a little early this year with the new fast-action, ultralight "ONE" series of rods.
If you're an angler living in the West and have entrepuneurial spirit, this is the best time of the year. Here's why: after a major spring/early summer runoff, when freestone rivers were bent out of shape and trout were anything but easy to find, the waters have settled and are dropping, running completely clear but high enough to make trout feel good all day long.