rio skagit trout max
Mike McCune casting the new RIO Skagit Trout Max on the Missouri River.

RIO intros new Skagit Trout Max

Another new product for two-handed trout anglers

RIO announced its new Skagit Trout Max earlier this year along with a bevy of other new products, noting it as a line developed for two-handed trout anglers, but providing only a few other details.

Project Healing Waters

Vedavoo's 'Reel Service' raffle back for 2015

Win gear decorated by some of the industry's best artists

We've made no secret of the fact that we think Vedavoo is one of the brands out there that simply does things right. They're dedication to doing so shines through in their products, their relationships with their customers and their ongoing dedication to conservation efforts. And if that wasn't enough, Vedavoo also undertakes charitable projects.

Haulin Anchor Spey Casting
'Haulin anchor', last year's third prize winner from Stu Hastie.

Photo contest update: 7 weeks left

Time to get out and capture that winning image

As we noted when we announced our 2015 Fly Fishing Photo Contest earlier this summer, this year's contest is far and away our biggest yet. All in all, we're giving away over $10,000 in prizes. Leading the pack is the grand prize, which will send its winner to The Palometa Club in Ascension Bay, Mexico for a week of chasing permit, bonefish, baby tarpon, snook, barracuda and more. As if that's not enough, the grand prize winner will tote along with him/herself a killer saltwater fly fishing outfit — rod + reel + fly line + sunglasses + flats apparel.

Redington Chromer Fly Rod

New 2016 fly rods and reels: IFTD standouts, values

Rod and reel highlights from Orlando

Each year, in the weeks and months following IFTD/ICAST in Orlando, we get to hear a lot about the products that walk away with "best of" honors at the show. This is with good reason. These often innovative and superbly crafted products captivate and excite. But they're not the only show in town. Hundreds of products debut each year at the show, many of which get significantly less time in the spotlight.

RIO Powerflex Plus
RIO's new tippet and leader material is 20% stronger than its predecessor.

Gear trend: stronger leaders, tippet for 2016

Coming soon: fewer lost fish

If you're hip enough to find yourself in the midst of a conversation about monofilament manufacturing, you'll likely hear a quip that goes something like "it all comes from the same three factories in Japan anyhow!" In reality, this isn't the case. Monofilament manufacturers operate factories in Japan, China, India, here in the USA and lots of other places. That said, it is true that many major fly fishing brands, such as those highlighted below, work with some of the leading Japanese manufacturers of nylon, copolymer and nylon monofilament.


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