Tippet Spools

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.

Stickman P4 Fly Rod

Stickman Rods introduces new P4 fly rod

A new, dry fly aficionado's rod from Stickman

European rod maker Stickman Rods recently announced the latest addition to their growing lineup in their new P4. The P4 is a medium action fly rod aimed specifically at dry fly fishermen and anglers that fish small to medium sized creeks and rivers.

Hyde Wingman

The first life jacket you might actually possibly consider potentially wearing

Safety that makes a whole lot of sense for a whole lot of anglers

We've all been there. You're fishing during heavy flows, imagining that you're being careful, when you realize you've done something stupid. Maybe you've incrementally waded deeper than you should, each time telling yourself that just a few inches more can't hurt. But you've found yourself gradually losing contact with the bottom of the river between steps and you realize that, while you'll probably be able to make your way back to safety without incident, there's at the very least a worrisome chance that you won't.

Winston Boron III Plus

Winston intros New Boron III Plus fly rods

A new rod series from Winston aimed at big, powerful fish

Winston introduced its latest rod series at this year's IFTD show in Orlando, Florida. The new Boron III Plus series is a mostly-but-not-entirely saltwater geared rod aimed squarely at anglers chasing big fish. According to Winston, "The 'Plus' stands for incredible line speed, extra power and design qualities needed to handle monster flies, the wind, sinking and oversized head lines and of course, big, big, fish."

Dessicated soil near the banks of the Missouri River
Dessicated soil near the banks of the Missouri River in Craig, MT (photo: Todd Tanner).

Bad moon rising

It's a tough time to be a fish

It’s a tough time to be a fish. Eastern trout are nearing the end of the line. Salmon are suffering. Our oceans are in trouble.


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