It's finally fall. Don't get us wrong - summer is a great season. However, it's hard to deny the greatness that is fall in the Rockies. Between the fall colors, crisp morning air, blue-winged olives, and colored-up trout... there's a lot to love about this time of year.
When you find that pod of risers picking off blue-winged olives one at a time, we want you to be prepped and ready to cast and cast well. With that in mind, we've put together a collection of gear that will help you step up your fall dry fly fishing game.
There are a lot of great dry fly presentation fly rods on the market. An updated classic, the Montrose, Colorado-made G-Series from our good friends at Scott is an absolute pleasure to cast and fish. With unmatched finesse and touch, there is a good reason the G-Series is a shop favorite. It doesn't hurt that Scott put some classic finishing touches on the G-Series and it's a looker. The exposed ferrules add a unique, classic look to this offering from Scott.
While the all-new Abel Vaya is no doubt a high-quality, well-machined reel, we wanted to shine a little light on another Montrose, Colorado-made classic. The cork drag of the Super Series is a time-tested and proven drag system that has protected many a light tippets over it's years on the water. When you hook that wild 20" brown on a size 20 BWO with 5 or 6x tippet, you want a quality dream preserving drag to protect you from a nightmare or two. Enter the Super Series.
The all-new Technical Trout Fly Line from RIO is designed for delicate presentations for picky risers at distance. With the low, clear flows of fall, fish can definitely get picky and you'll need a fly line that's better at controlled loops at distance than one that can shoot to the moon. The 52 foot head on the Technical Trout allows you to carry your loop at distance and deliver a precise cast to a pod of rising fish.
There is no doubt that there are a lot of great "puffy" coats out on the market. What makes the ExStream BiComp Hoody so damn good for your fall dry fly days? Well, of course, it has insulation fit for a dry fly king...or queen with high-caliber PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation with Cross Core Technology insulation. More importantly it features a low-bulk design that wears perfectly under waders and has gusseted arm panels to enhance your range of motion whether you're rowing, motoring, or casting.
With fall officially here and that means it's time to start thinking about blue-winged olives and midges...not the million and one different species of aquatic insects that you might see hatch on a normal Summer day. That means you don't need to bring too many fly boxes with you. Enter the brand new Umpqua Ledges ZS2 500 Waist Pack. The little brother to the bigger Ledges ZS2 650 Waist Pack, this pack can actually fit quite a few full-sized fly boxes (4 to be exact). With molle webbing placed in strategic locations around the pack, you can customize it to your heart's content, so you spend more time casting at risers than searching for tippet and floatant in your pack.