Gear

Ask FR&R

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Q: Invariably, I seem to get cold feet when fishing for trout. Is there some trick to keeping your feet warm while “standing in the stream, waving a stick?”

Cool Gadgets Ease Fishing Frustrations

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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Trout season is gaining momentum and these three items can make your fishing a little more frustration-free this year. Clear some room in your fishing vest...

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

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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