Gear

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
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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."

Cool Doodads

  • By: Ted Leeson
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Gadgets, accessories and other must-have items of angling convenience.

Smith Optics Steps Up

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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New shades offer unmatched optical clarity and crisp vision with precision ground lens surfaces meeting a 1/2000 of a millimeter standard.

More Great Gadgets and Cool Doodads

  • By: Ted Leeson
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Bonus reporting from our March 2010 Field Test column.