Gear Review: Headwater Waist Pack

By: May 11, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I had previously been using the Fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack, and had always been thoroughly pleased with it.  But when the Simms Headwater pack series debuted in 2009, I had to jump at the opportunity to give this pack a try.  Right out of the packaging, it was evident that this pack was designed for fisherman by fisherman. 

Gear Review: Sage 99 499-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This rod is a very powerful rod that in case can throw streamers in the wind... Yes that's right multiple. If your fishing multiple flies on a regular basis then this rod is for you. Although nine inches seems small in the grand scheme of things, it truly makes a difference when you want to reach out and extend that drift into the sweet spot.

Gear Review: Sage ZXL 486-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I've always been a big fan of medium to medium-fast action rods and oftentimes still find myself fishing my old stand by, the Sage SLT 486-4. This "newer" version of the old SLT is truly a better stick.

Gear Review: Scott S4S 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott fly rods are constantly exceeding my expectations, and this Colorado made gem is no exception. Fast and powerful, yet still light in the hand, I did not experience any fatigue after a full day of casting at spooky Redfish. This rod is fast, but not overly stiff, so you are still able to feel it load on the back cast and maximize your forward punch.

Gear Review: St. Croix Bank Robber 907-4

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hands down, my new favorite Rod!! This thing is a meat hucking machine.

Gear Review: Scott S4 904-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
One of the best features of this rod is the supple tip, which allows the rod to make short, accurate casts, and well as enabling the rod to roll cast and mend with ease. In a 9' length, I found that this rod could handle any situation.

Gear Review: Sage Z-Axis 890-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 04, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Normally I would fish an 8-weight primarily for permit and tarpon, yet due to the weather I found my self using this rod for everything I fished for that week. In the end I was very pleased with the way this rod performed, and have since found myself suggesting to all customers that they give this rod a try for any salt water trip.

Gear Review: G-Loomis GLX Max Line Speed 690-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 04, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This rod truly is the all-around, go-to rod. It works great from the banks and when chucking streamers from the boat.

Gear Review: Nautilus FWX Fly Reel

By: Feb 15, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I had the opportunity to test this reel on a ton of 10lb + fish in the past few weeks (in January mind you!!!) in both fresh and saltwater, and it performed flawlessly.

Gear Review: Winston Boron IIMX 590-4 Fly Rod

By: Feb 08, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I have always been a true believer in the “green sticks,” and was quite excited to hear about Winston coming out with a TRUE fast action rod. What Winston created was a rod of powerhouse proportions. When cast with a properly selected line, the rod threw any amount of line with ease. Accuracy was also not a problem, as even in a stiff wind, the rod would place your line on a dime.

Gear Review: Sage Z-Axis 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Feb 08, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first time I used this rod was during a weeklong trip to the Amazon Rain Forest in Northern Brazil. We were targeting Peacock Bass, which are a very demanding species due to the distance and number of casts that are made daily (roughly 1000-1500). Day after day, this rod performed beautifully no matter if I was casting a large surface popper, or 400-grain sink tip line.