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Gear Review: Sage Method 6126

November 19, 2013
Author: Trouts Staff

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.

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Trouts Spotlight: Big Sky Rod Box

October 4, 2013
Author: Will Rice

Innovation – design – craftsmanship - durability.  These are four things that drew our attention to Big Sky Rod Box earlier this year.  Now, we’re happy to announce these innovative fly rod roof rack systems have arrived at Trouts Fly Fishing.    

After a few conversations over the phone, an in person meeting here in the shop, and a number of months of thorough product testing on the roof of one our trucks, Trouts Fly Fishing is proud to introduce Denver and the rest of our customers to Big Sky Rod Box.  Without any further ado, queue the October Spotlight

The Things They Carried: Denver South Platte Carp Slam

September 4, 2013
Author: Will Rice

With the Carp Slam just eight days away I decided to get out and after it one last time before the fly fishing moratorium kicked in.  In addition, I decided to share what I’ll be rolling with on Saturday morning for Carp Slam 7 on the South Platte River.  I’m of the opinion that “less is more” on the South Platte so I’ll be traveling light.  These are the things I’ll be carrying – so to speak.  I’ll start from the ground up.

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New Product Spotlight: Topo Designs

August 29, 2013
Author: Will Rice

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...

Gear Review: Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack

July 1, 2013
Author: Will Rice

I began using/testing the Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack in March of 2013.  For me, a waist pack needs to be all-purpose.  My initial thought around the aluminum stays that really set this pack apart from other waist packs was: “Hmmmm… not sure I like those aluminum bars.”

After using the Ledges 500 for three months I can report that this is probably the most comfortable pack I’ve used and also the easiest to access. I've also found some very solid design features that makes this pack stand out from the crowd. 

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