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2013 Gear In Review Part II

December 27, 2013
Author: Will Rice

2013 was a great year for Trouts Fly Fishing – we were able to meet a ton of new customers as well as spend time with old friends here in the shop and on the water.  From a gear and equipment perspective, we introduced new products from partners and manufacturers that we have worked with for years.  We also showcased brand new gear from new manufacturers who are coming up with new innovations.  We’ll continue to follow this same path next year.   Earlier this month we shared Part I of our Gear In Review, we now hope you enjoy our second installment.

Topo Designs

If you haven’t heard of Topo Designs yet, chances are… you will very soon.  These guys are local here in Denver, they have great ideas, and they use inspiration from their outdoor activities across the globe in their design and production of their bags, apparel and accessories.  Here’s a quick sound bite from the guys at Topo Designs – come check out their gear here at Trouts Fly Fishing – and let us know what you think: 

“At Topo Designs we talk a lot about how things are made and why, about the value of creating versus consuming, and how to work with that tension. When making the decision of where to produce our designs, we talked about importing and making locally..."

Click HERE to read the entire Spotlight Interview.

Big Sky Rod Box

Trouts Fly Fishing: Why is constructing a rod box from 18 gauge powder coated steel important or better than other rod rack materials on the market?

Big Sky Rod Box: "Long term durability and security are at the core of our all products. Every material was chosen to last for the long haul, including the power coat. Eight years later, the original prototype is still the box on top of my truck. It looks and functions just like the brand new ones on the showroom floor."

Click HERE to read the entire Spotlight Interview.

Gear Review: Sage Method 6126 - By Reid Baker

'Over the last several years I have cast a wide variety of spey rods in various sizes, shapes and makes and I had a pretty good idea what I liked or disliked in a 2 handed rod.  Spey rods are built for power and if using good--or in my case adequate-- casting techniques, they are the perfect tool for the job when it comes to swinging flies for anadromous fish.  At 12-17’ long, they’re going to move some line, so power has always been a term to describe them in almost any gear review or stream side chat.  But one term I had never used before and almost never heard when describing two handed rods, regardless of make or model prior to this year was comfort.  That is, until I fished the new Sage Method.  Ultimately the Sage Method, Skagit Max and ConnectCore Shooting Line worked extremely well together and I was very impressed with how well this lighter, shorter six-weight handled larger rivers and some very large steelhead."

CLICK HERE to read the entire Sage Method Gear Review.

Limited Edition fishpond/Trouts "Save The Upper Colorado" T-Shirt

Back by popular demand.  Stop by the shop or online store and pick up a limited run "Save The Upper Colorado" T-shirt by fishpond and Trouts Fly Fishing - there are only 100 of these produced for the Denver WAYPOINTS show and $20 from each purchase is going directly to the help support the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition.

Finn Utility

Trouts Fly Fishing: It sounds like Finn Utility takes the concept of "hand crafted" very seriously and that you put quite a bit of time in constructing the bags yourself?  Tell us more about that.

Finn Utility: "Hand crafted is very important.  Working with my hands is a big part of what brought me to start Finn.   Folding materials, feeling the thickness of the sheerling, understanding through a physical connection before you start constructing your prototype is important.  This is where the product gets its DNA.   We design and redesign every piece to get a better solution.   Sewing all the prototypes myself, this is what making a product line is all about."

Click HERE to read the entire Spotlight Interview.

Gyotaku Prints by Scott Wells

Come by Trout’s Fly Fishing to see a select collection of gyotaku prints on display by Denver angler and artist Scott Wells. 

You might recognize Scott’s work from last year’s Denver Trout Unlimited’s Carp Slam.  Scott designed the amateur and the pro T-shirts as well as donated original prints for auction items in effort to help raise money for the South Platte River (one of which is on permanent display here in the shop - right behind our rack of fly rods on the second floor).

Click HERE to read the entire Spotlight Interview.

That's a wrap!

If you missed Part I of our Gear In Review, CLICK HERE.  If you ever have any questions about fly fishing gear or equipment that you see at our online store, stop by the shop or give us a call at 303.733.1434.

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