Loading fly fishing line and backing

By: Oct 06, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The basics of loading fly fishing line and backing: it's all in the knots Many fly fishing shops and outfitters provide expert fly line and backing loading so the angler will be ready to hit the stream – and the big fish – with the confidence that the line will enhance the experience. However, many fly fishing aficionados used to the nuances of the sport and their own personal preferences – like those who have taken to tying their own custom flies – like learning...

Gear Review: Korkers Chrome Boot

By: Sep 23, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Chrome boot is constructed of whitewater rafting material, which is very lightweight and very water resistant. The Toe cap on the boot is made out of a strong rubber composite that adds protection without unnecessary extra weight.

Fly Fishing Ethics 101

By: Sep 22, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Anyone who has taken to fly fishing already understands that it is a sport far above the ordinary. The enlightened angler should also be above reproach. “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat” – the old catch-phrase of ABC’s Wide World of Sports – pretty much sums up the sport of fly fishing. The angler is there for the sport, not the spoils, so it’s very important to take the experience and leave everything else in the shape it was found or, if at all...

Gear Review: Cornerstone Creek Nets - Medium Handled “Avalanche” Net

By: Aug 29, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having recently lost my net, recently being last summer, I have been in the market for a new one.  Luckily for me Brandon Lenderink, Owner of Cornerstone Creek Nets, came walking through the door here at Trout's Fly Fishing to showcase his new line of high-quality wooden landing nets with clear PVC bags.

Gear Review: R.L. Winston Boron IIIx 486-4

By: Aug 22, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Catching the green drake hatch on the Fryingpan is one of the greatest spectacles found here in the Rocky Mountain West.  I was well prepared for such an event due to the fact that in my hand was a Winston BIIIx 4 weight, 8' 6", dry fly chucking machine.  The rod is light in the hand, extremely versatile and deadly accurate. 

Sage 3880 CF Fly Reel - Gear Review

By: Aug 18, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The most obvious feature of Sage's 3800 CF Series of reels is its very minimal weight, the carbon fiber spool allows for a reel that is, in most cases, a full ounce lighter than similarly sized competitors. While maintaining the benefit of minimal weight, the full machined cage packs a drag that is built for work, easily putting the brakes on bulldogging South Platte Carp, with a few more clicks of power to spare.

Gear Review: Simms Rivertek Boot and M3 Boa Lacing System

By: Aug 01, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Being the naysayer that I am, my first initial thoughts regarding a Boa closure system being incorporated into a wading boot was...why?  What's wrong with laces?  My sentiments have since changed. Here's why...

Sage ONE 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Jul 29, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On a recent trip to Bolivia to chase Golden Dorado, I was fortunate enough to travel with our local Sage representative, who just so happened to have a prototype of the new Sage ONE in a 9' 9wt.  On our second day of fishing, I was given the rod to take out and put through the ringer.