Gear Review: Airflo Ridge Clear Tactical Fly Line

By: May 19, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Weird.  That was my first initial response when I was spooling my sample of Airflo's Clear Tactical WF4F line onto my reel.  Cool.  That was probably my second response as I fished it for the first time late last fall on the S. Platte River in Eleven Mile Canyon.

Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Sharkskin GPX Fly Line

By: May 18, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
A good line, but not for me.

Gear Review: Simms G3 Guide Wader

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I still remember the first pair of Simms waders I ever purchased.  They were the old Simms Classic Guide Weights, khaki version that set the industry ablaze when it came to being lightweight, highly breathable and incredibly durable.  That was 13 years and 3 pairs of waders ago!  Now on my second pair of G3's, the first finally going into retirement last year, I'm pleased to say that the Simms brand still sets the bar that all other waders within this industry are...

Gear Review: Winston BIIIX 590-4

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I have been fishing this rod series exclusively for the past 5 months, and I can say with 100% honesty that the new BIIIX is an amazing rod.

Gear Review: Rio Outbound Short Floating Fly Line

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I purchased this line as an all around warm water line in an 8wt. Rio's Outbound taper is an absolute rocket. Shooting miles of line and turning over big flies is no problem, shooting line and casting is definitely this lines strong suit. The distinct color transition between head and running line is a great added feature, as you can see exactly where the line loads the rod. Versatility and durability is not the greatest.

Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Pike/Muskie Fly Line

By: May 15, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I currently have this line set up on my Scott STS 9wt for big toothy critters, and it also saw action in the Salt Marshes of Louisiana battling some feisty Red Drum. As for as the taper is concerned, this line is ideal for BIG flies and less than ideal wind conditions. The large, short head can push a 10" muskie streamer through the wind and right into the weed line. It is definitely a powerful taper, and shooting line is no problem.

Gear Review: Simms Guide Boot

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I got my Simms Guide Boots in January 2009, it was the first pair of Simms wading boots that I had purchased in about 5 years.Two years and countless days later, my initial reaction to the boots still holds true.  They were as comfortable on my last day in them as they were on my first.

Gear Review: Costa Blackfin Sunglasses with Silver 580 Lens

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you're looking for a sunglass and more importantly a lens that will actually improve your vision, look no further then the Costa 580 Glass Lens.  Arguably this is the single best lens I've ever worn.

Gear Review: Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The new Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody is and ideal mid weight jacket for Colorado's unpredictable spring weather. When the wind howls and precipitation is always a possibility.

Gear Review: Waterworks-Lamson Vanquish 4.5

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Out of the box I will say that the Vanquish is one of the hottest reels I have ever seen.  I have never been one for the tricked out machined reel, but there is just something about the Vanquish that still catches my eye.

Gear Review: Simms Harbor GTX Shoe

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Simms is synonymous with high quality waders and boots, and Gore-Tex is a brand that is recognized as being the benchmark that all other waterproof materials are measured against.  So as Simms has done on numerous occasions, they've melded the Gore-Tex fabric, its name and recognition into a new and fantastic product offering.  Footwear.

Gear Review: Mayfly Tie-1-On Knot Tying Tool

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Nail knot tools are essential for on-water emergencies and last minute rigging, as is your favorite beer. Mayfly has combined these two essentials into one ergonomically friendly package.

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.