This is the only place we hope you see March Brown Waters and Take Out Undies together

March Brown's 7-piece, 7-foot rod.

  • By: Jim Reilly

March Brown Hidden Waters Fly Rod

March Browns 7-piece, 7-foot, 4-weight rod

March Brown's 7-piece, 7-foot, 4-weight rod

There's a lot of water in Maine, and sometimes the only way to get to them is to walk far. On my recent hike through Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness I brought with me March Brown's 7-piece, 7-foot, 4-weight rod to fish the numerous streams and ponds my buddy Mike and I encountered.

Many wild, native brookies were caught and we even managed to stumble upon a Hex hatch (my first) on a isolated tarn. Unfortunately, the brookies were picky that night.

The rod is conveniently lightweight and breaks down into a bundle of 12-inch or so sections around which I rolled my sleeping pad. The rod wouldn't be my first choice for a trip to a Montana lodge, but if backpacking is involved I'm bringing it.

My only complaint is that I wish I could have fished more than we did, but the siren call of cold beer, hamburgers and women propelled us through the 100-Mile Wilderness in a blistering seven days. I have to get my priorities straight.

Take Out Undies Long Underwear

I like to use and wear natural materials as much as possible, but for a long time I kept away from wool; the itch factor was just too high. So when a set of long underwear from British Columbia-based Take Out Undies arrived in the mail I was amazed at how soft they were. Over the course of a year-and-a-half of use, they compete and oftentimes win with my Patagonia base layers.

Take Out's wool comes from New Zealand and the garments are designed and sewn in British Columbia. They are definitely worth a look if you want wool.