Soft Goods

The 2007 Kudo Awards

Once again, it's the time of year when the staff of FR&R gets together with some of the magazine's closest friends in order to choose those pieces of gear that deserve to be recognized with a Kudo Award for outstanding fly tackle. Selections for the 2007 Kudos were made by a panel of angling experts

From Bamboo To Boron

New rods from Winston, Orvis and High Sierra; L.L. Bean's gearbag; and more

Can your Waders Kill You?

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey

And, are nail knots good for saltwater?

Cast from the Past

"I saw myself through the eyes of these Nepalese fishermen who were out to catch their dinner. How unbelievable must be the first sight of an American fly-fisherman in his hat, vest and waders, always waving back and forth a rod that animates and directs a fluorescent line. From the land of Rambo comes

Reminder: FR&R Readers' Choice Award

Let your voice be heard! Do you have a favorite piece of gear remarkable for its quality, performance or longevity? Well, let us know. We are currently taking nominations for the 2007 FR&R Readers' Choice Award. The award is open to any item or piece of gear used while fly-fishing--vises, scissors, rods,

2006 William Joseph Gear Sweepstakes Winners

In February we drew the names of the winners of $900 worth of William Joseph gear and apparel. The two lucky anglers are Mark Straughn (top) of Yorkville, Illinois; and Lee Chertavian of Wayland, Massachusetts. Both men are avid anglers and will definitely put this gear to use. Among the items they won

Old School: New School: Waders

You don't have to look back far to see how much waders have changed over the years. Heck, 20 years ago neoprene waders--those steamy saunas for your legs and nether regions--were considered state of the art; now they just seem barbaric. These days things are far more civilized. An angler now has the

Through a Glass Darkly

A good pair of polarizing glasses may well be your most important piece of fishing gear

FR&R Readers' Choice Award

FR&R Readers' Choice Award Do you have a pair of waders that kept you high and unfailingly dry even after a hard year of busting brush and crawling along streambanks on your knees? What about that amazing reel that refused to melt during a speed-of-sound run by an 180-pound tarpon? Maybe a rod that left

Cast from the Past

To sit up there in the sky and know that I could land there or at any other lake in Labrador and cast my flies, was a unique and wonderful experience. I normally flew in waders, with my rod rigged and my fly vest ready in the plane, and could put down where the fish were. --Lee Wullf, writing about his