2009 Readers' Choice Awards

2009 Readers' Choice Awards

Our readers select their favorites.

Readers

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.
Brian Kozminski, President
Miller Van Winkle Chapter
Trout Unlimited

My favorite is a Sage TXL 1-weight rod with a Lamson Litespeed 1.0 and Sage Quiet Double Taper 1-weight line. I use it on western Wisconsin streams from about the middle of June on when tricos are hatching. It has plenty of backbone and a real thrill when you hook into larger trout.
Tom Knapp
Farmington, MN