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. 

Gear Review: Rio Trout LT WF3F Fly Line

By: Jul 20, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having been a fan of Rio's fly lines for many years, the Rio Gold and Rio Grand fly lines are fantastic.  Upon inspection of "line profile" I decided this is what I needed, a long body and front taper, wrapped around a extremely supple core.  I thought to myself that this thing should place a #16 Royal Stimulator into a 6" wide feeding lane with pinpoint accuracy, which it does...perfectly.

Gear Review: Waterworks Ketchum Release

By: Jul 07, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Gone are the days when that fish slips through your hands as your go to unhook it, only to speed off in an attempt to give you a "taste of your own medicine"...in the form of digging your dropper into your hand!  We've all been there...painful.

Gear Review: Amy’s Ant

By: Jul 07, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is one of the most effective patterns we have fished with here in Colorado.  Rainbows, browns, cutthroat and brookies all want to eat this fly.