June New Gear

June New Gear

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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FLAMBEAU
Crystal Creek Fly Boxes

Flambeau’s new line of Crystal Creek Fly Boxes offer an interesting and useful combination of features. The clear, impact-resistant lids let you see what’s inside and latch securely over a 360-degree rubber gasket to minimize water entry. The boxes incorporate what Flambeau calls Interlocking Friction Foam Technology—essentially a panel of interlocking foam fingers of alternating colors. Flies are held by friction in slits between the rows of foam; because of the contrasting foam colors, it’s easy to see where to insert the flies. The 4916 models are particularly functional; at 7-by-4 inches, they are less than an inch thick and store flies without a lot of wasted space. A smaller 4-by-3 version is also available. From $19.95 to $25.99. www.flam
beau.com —Ted Leeson

 

SIMMS
Exstream Bootfoot Waders

I once wore a pair of five-millimeter neoprene bootfoot waders, plus a pile of bulky layers, into the Gallatin River when the mercury registered 12 below. I managed to stay somewhat warm; but those were rigid waders, tapered like two-by-fours, and my arms stuck out perpendicular to my body. I had a girlfriend along. She said she wouldn’t date a telephone pole. I retired those waders for obvious reasons, and then staggered around for years in lightweight stockingfoot waders gritting my teeth as my feet froze. Fortunately, cold-weather waders have improved and Simms is leading the way with its Extreme Bootfoot Waders, which are offered with lug or felt soles. Saltwater anglers may prefer the lug soles; those who prefer rivers should choose the felt-soled variety to prevent a debilitating spill in cold water. No matter which sole you choose, the boots are rated to minus-40. The new waders also offer a roomier fit than standard waders. As a bonus, these waders have fleece-lined pockets with hand-warmer compartments. If you’re looking to fish steelhead in cold-running streams or striped bass or sea-run cutthroats and dolly varden in the salt, give these waders a try; $399.95. simmsfish
ing.com—Greg Thomas

 

ROYAL WULFF
Ambush Fly Line

Although there are some short-head shooting lines available, the new Royal Wulff Triangle Taper Ambush Fly Line is wonderfully radical. Even in an age of technical fly lines, the Ambush is unique: It’s designed specifically for shooting line on the rollcast. The 20-foot plus chartreuse shooting head attaches to a thin, bright-blue running line. Presently available in 90-foot 5- and 6-weights, all lines come with a front welded loop and Royal Wulff’s proprietary J3 coating. The 5-weight line casually shoots a rollcast to 45-feet; the 6-weight, to 55-feet. Little effort and action are required to make such casts. The key to shooting the Ambush rollcast is to strip out some running line and then place the rear of the shooting head at the rod tip before casting. A flick of the wrist does it. The line, developed by Garry Sandstrom and Royal Wulff Products, is designed for close fishing, particularly with stiff, modern 9-foot rods. Due to its short, heavy head, the line can throw large patterns, weighted wets and strike indicators. In fact, the Ambush can do something few traditional lines can do: a rollcast shoot on dry ground. And you can do all the basic Spey casts with a single-handed rod. Although not designed for the traditional overhead cast, a single backcast can launch a remarkably long line. $65.95; royalwulff.com —Darrel Martin