Review: Orvis Superfine Glass fly rod

Retro feel in a modern, high-performance package
Photo: Spencer Durrant.

As Orvis has worked to rethink and reinvent many of their rod series in recent years – starting with its award-winning Helios 3 (H3) series – I was curious to see what they’d do with their fiberglass offerings. Part of me even wondered if Orvis would opt to keep glass rods in their lineup. But with the recent release of its latest version of its “Superfine” line of fiberglass rods, Orvis has made clear that it intends to maintain its commitment to offering anglers fiberglass options.

72 percent of hunters and anglers see a changing climate

Widely viewed as a conservative lot, hunters and anglers want action on climate
Anglers cross a creek in Oregon (photo: Todd Tanner).

According to a survey commissioned by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), an overwhelming majority of hunters and anglers — a demographic commonly regarded as conservative — believe our climate is changing and many of those sportsmen and women believe warming temperatures are negatively affecting their hunting and fishing. What's more, the vast majority of respondents who acknowledge the reality of a warming climate also see humans as bearing most or part of the blame.

Catching a Pacific sailfish on the fly

The nitty gritty on how to prep your gear for one of the ocean's most exhilarating quarry
Stu Apte tangles with a leaping Pacific sailfish (photo: Jeannine Apte).

How would you like to cast your fly to a fish that might be longer than your fly rod? That’s right, longer than your 9-foot fly rod. If you want an adrenaline rush almost equal to landing on an aircraft carrier, you might want to try a pacific sailfish on fly. You will be close up and personal with your adversary and it’s not as difficult as you might believe. In more than 40 years of fly fishing for Pacific sail, I’ve helped scores of people catch their first. My first was at Club de Pesca de Panama, now called Tropic Star Lodge, in 1964.

Review: Douglas Outdoors Upstream Plus fly rod

Douglas's beefed-up version of its well-loved original offers a surprising combo of strength and grace
Photo: Johnny Carrol Sain

The sweet spot for a fly rod is found at the intersection of power, precision, and playability. “Playability” is a great word to use here because it allows a continuation of my alliteration, and stringing words together in entertaining combinations is what I do. But what I’m referring to is the feel of a rod while the fish is on the line. That’s what we’re out there for, right? You can say it’s all about the eat, but then we can tally the four-letter words spewed forth after a fish comes unbuttoned and call you a liar.

Fly fishing Patagonia's famous trout rivers

A guide to touring northern Argentina's most renowned trout water
Casting to a rising trout on the Huaca Mamuil, a tributary to the famed Malleo (photo: Chad Shmukler).

I watched closely as my over-tied size 12 Adams tumbled off the gravel ridge and dropped atop the bucket at the head of a long run. The big dry swirled into the river’s current, forcing me to mend my line to extend the drift. A massive head the size of a grown man’s fist pushed from the water and sucked in the hapless fly. The floating fly line yanked tight, and the heft on the end of the line was admirable. I lifted the rod and knew I was into a big Rio Chimehuin brown. Like … really big. And then, just as quickly as the line had snapped tight, the fish was gone.