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Costa's New Double Haul Sunglasses

Earlier this year, Costa unveiled a new addition to their lineup with their 'Double Haul' sunglasses. As any serious fly fisherman knows, Costa has long been one of the go-to names in fishing for technical eyewear. As a bit of a sunglasses junkie and also considering that I share a name with the manufacturer, I was hopeful that I’d fall in love with pair of Double Haul 580G sunglasses that arrived a few months ago. I wasn't disappointed.

Costa's New Double Haul Sunglasses
Costa's Double Haul offer top-notch polarization, impressive coverage, venting and more.

Upon initial inspection, I was impressed by the look of the Double Hauls, immediately impressed at the coverage offered by the frames and lenses and was stoked to get them out on the water. Given that I'm used to wearing a cord with my glasses I was a bit skeptical about the ability of the Double Hauls to stay in place without one, but having read our own review of the Costa Fantail from our Best Fishing Sunglasses of 2011 Feature, decided to give this pair a shot sans leash. As it turns out, they didn't budge throughout numerous full days on the water and never even so much slide down the bridge of your nose. They feature a Hydrolyte material on the nosepiece and frame that gets tackier when wet and keeps the glasses from sliding down. Like many Costas, the Double Hauls also feature an integrated hinge system which also allows the glasses to stay put on top of your head or hat for those times when you want them off.

The new Sage ONE two-handed series. 11'6" 4wt switch, 13'6" 7wt spey and 12'6" 7wt spey shown.

Sage announced yesterday the addition of a collection of two-handed fly rods to its multi-award winning ONE series of rods. The new two-handed ONE collection will be comprised of 14 different spey and switch models, ranging from 4 to 10 weight and priced from $850 to $1025. According to Sage, the rods are "ideal for numerous steelhead and salmon fishing scenarios" -- but with two-handed ONE-series options ranging down to size 4 -- the new spey and switch ONE-series options should please two-handed trout anglers as well.

Sage ONE Two-Handed Spey and Switch Series Fly Rods
The new Sage ONE two-handed series. 11'6" 4wt switch, 13'6" 7wt spey and 12'6" 7wt spey shown.

Sage introduced the ONE series last year, to much fanfare. Sage's ONE fly rods use Konnetic™ technology, which according to Sage, makes them noticeably more accurate and lighter weight with a decidedly thinner profile when compared to traditional rods. The ONE series rods was garnered with much acclaim during the past year, having been voted EFTTEX Best Fly Rod, IFTD Best Freshwater and Saltwater Fly Rod, and being named to Field & Stream’s Best of the Best.

The following table provides the specifics on size, weight and pricing for the 14 new two-handed ONE-series fly rods.

Well known fly rod designer Sam Drukman.

Scott Fly Rod company, one of the most respected names in the industry, is attempting to raise funds to help pay for the medical expenses of rod designer Sam Drukman, who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. Drukman, a former rod designer for Scott Fly Rods and R. L. Winston fly rods, was recently diagnosed with leukemia while lacking health insurance benefits. Current treatments for leukemia are very expensive, leaving Drukman and his family facing an uphill financial battle.

As a result, Scott Fly Rod -- who describes Drukman as someone that has "contributed greatly to rod design and to many positive experiences for anglers around the world" -- is hoping to raise a significant amount of money to help fund Drukman's battle against the disease. To do so, Scott is selling raffle tickets. The winner of the raffle will have his or her choice of any Scott graphite or glass rod. Tickets are $20 each and there is no limit to the number of tickets each individual can purchase.

Drukman is the designer of the incredibly popular R.L Winston BIIx line of fly rods.

They slide easily for a reason. Adjust your indicator throughout the day. Pictured: Air-lock strike indicators.

Many beginner anglers have an aversion to rigging up their fly rod. As a result of a general lack of experience and the dexterity that comes with such, common tasks like dealing with streamside tangles, rebuilding shrinking leaders, switching from a nymph rig to dry fly rig or even simply changing flies can either seem daunting or simply downright annoying. Even those of us that are more accustomed to standing streamside and tying nots and swapping leaders would still rather have our flies in the water than in our hands. However, fishing a rig that's improperly setup for the conditions at hand is likely, at best, to decrease one's chances of success.

Adjust Your Strike Indicator

So while making sure that all the aspects of your rig are setup properly for the conditions is important, chances are many of you will simply avoid adjusting your rig because of the perceived unpleasantries of doing so. When nymph fishing, one part of the rig that even the clumsiest knot tier in the world can't excuse him or herself from ignoring is the position of the strike indicator. Why? For one, because there's virtually no work involved in adjusting it. Regardless of the style of strike indicator you prefer (foam, bobber, yarn, etc), virtually all of today's strike indicators simply slide up and down your leader via one very simple adjustment method or another. However, more importantly, the position of your strike indicator shouldn't be ignored because it's crucial to successful nymph fishing.

Save Bristol Bay Hearing to Be Held in Seattle, WA

This Thursday, the EPA will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. It is the only public hearing on the topic that the EPA will hold outside of the state of Alaska, making it one of the few opportunities for opponents of the proposed mining project in the lower 48 states to show their support for the Bristol Bay region and its fishery in person.

Save Bristol Bay Seattle Meeting

According to SaveBristolBay.org, "this is one of those times where you can truly make a difference. Please attend this event and let the EPA know how much Bristol Bay matters to Washington state, through the many jobs and businesses it supports; its lure as a world-class sport fishing destination; and the delicious, sustainable fish that graces our restaurants and dinner plates."

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