A Quick Note on Textured Fly Lines
Just like when the Wright Brothers were trying to create an airplane, things don’t always go perfect on the first attempt with new technology. The same can be said with textured fly lines. When they first came out on the market there were issues. “Noisy” “Rough on the hands and guides” “Get dirty easily” are some of the most common complaints I hear around the shop. Well I can say textured fly lines have come a long way. Scientific Anglers have been tweaking their design constantly and have addressed most of the major issues against textured lines.
Echo Rod/Reel Outfit… A Great Gift!!
ECHO is a small rod company located out in Vancouver, Washington. Their quality of product and customer service has proven to be top notch ever since we started dealing with them about a year ago. ECHO offers rods ranging from $90 to $350 and offers a great warranty plan. I think the biggest thing that has sold me on the ECHO company is that they are able to supply a large number and type of rods while still maintaining the small business feel. When you call ECHO, you are greeted with a real person in a friendly manner, and your issue is dealt with right away; something that is rare with other fly fishing companies out there.
ECHO offers a great entry-level rod kit. It includes the rod, reel, line and even a leader. Everything but a fishing license and a few flies that someone would need to start fishing immediately. It comes bundled up in a nice hard case, along with ECHO’s superior lifetime warranty.
Every once in a while a product comes along that is so well thought out and simple it stands far above the rest. For us that is the new fly boxes from Tacky Fly Fishing. Their whole thing is that your fly box is such an important piece of your fishing equipment why settle for a cheap plastic and foam box that will fall apart after one season or god forbid leak and rust your hooks? Whether you invest hard earned money into buying flies or precious time tying your own it is a terrible thing to see them destroyed by the elements.
Product Review: Air-Lock Strike Indicators
Everyone is always trying to find that new piece of technology or some gadget that will give them a leg up over all the other anglers on the river. Even if you’re not trying to get an advantage over other fishermen, there a lot of products on the market designed to make life easier, to make the time we spend on the water more enjoyable and less work.
Strike indicators for nymphing are one such thing that has completely changed the game. First it was those stick on foam ones and the big fluffy bundles of wool. Those worked, and still do, but not very well. They would get waterlogged and sink or were just too wind resistant and bulky to cast well. When the Thingamabobbers came onto the scene they changed everything. Now it was possible to have a durable, long floating bobber that was very sensitive. But they weren’t perfect. They are prone to slip and put a nasty kink in your line when you take them off.
Enter the Air-Lock Strike Indicator.
Rod Review: R.L. Winston Boron III X
The perfect trout rod means something different to everyone. You want something that is delicate enough to lay down small flies and light tippets, but strong enough to throw a double nymph rig, cut through the wind, and fight big fish. You also want something that is sensitive enough to feel every head shake of the fish you’re fighting.