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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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Fly Fishing Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

June 11, 2013
Author: Will Rice

Hey Ladies!  Looking to get the fly fishing father in your life a gift he won't forget?  Here are two options.  Check out Trouts Top 10 Father's Day Pro Gear Guide

Or... does the dad you have in mind have every piece of fly fishing equipment under the sun? Check out the fishing "gear" our pals over at SOL have for sale at there shop or online. SOL is a locally owned specialty shop right down the street from us so if you stop by Trouts for a gift it is an easy trip over to SOL.

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About the new Scott Radian, and betting on whether Gracie will get kicked off the pro staff

June 11, 2013
Author: Tucker Ladd

Scott Fly Rod sent our guy Michael Gracie a prototype rod to test and provide feedback on.  He did as they asked, except when it came to keeping mum on his findings.  Roughly a month before the rod hits shop floors, he’s gone and blogged about it.  Read the brief review of the new Scott Radian 905/4 here.  We are now taking wagers on how Scott will react to the premature disclosure – sending black helicopters to surveil Michael’s home presently tops the list at 3:1 odds.  Meanwhile, we should have our first shipment of the Radians in the shop in just a few weeks time – call or come by to reserve your Radian, check on availability, or just place your bet.

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Gear Review: Sage ONE Switch Rod

May 7, 2013
Author: Trouts Staff

Gear reviewer Reid Baker throws a two handed cast (Photo Mark Shamburg-Donohue)

Our Guide Manager Reid Baker just led our Switch Rod and Spey casting lesson last week and was able to field test and write a gear review about two Sage ONE switch Rods. Reid has extensive experience fishing in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.  He and our students cast the Sage ONE 5116-4 and 6116-4 and these rods produced results. If you are interested in an in depth review of this rod and why it is a great stick for the Rocky Mountain West this is a great gear review – here’s a taste.


"Stepping into the river and peeling off a moderate amount of line beyond the shooting head. My first snap-t cleared the running line with ease, causing the reel to growl as it hit the end of its slack. “Wow,” I thought while stripping in my line and readying for my next cast."

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Gear Review: Simms AlumiBite Star Cleat

April 18, 2013
Author: Trouts Staff

So while the snow, sleet, rain, hail, etc. etc. continues to fall here in Colorado and your thoughts meander toward gear and fly fishing this weekend, check out this review about AlumiBite Star Cleats by Michael Gracie

If you have been thinking about alternatives to felt bottomed boots, this gear review should answer your questions. 

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