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GEAR GUIDE || Seven Picks for Stillwaters

Ivan Orsic / May 21, 2020

Whether you're twitching leeches and scuds, fishing the chop, or targeting those stillwater risers, there's no doubt that stillwaters provide a unique challenge for fly anglers. But, if you've spent any time on stillwater, you know that putting in the time on our state's lakes and reservoirs can pay off handsomely with some trout you'll measure in pounds and not inches.

Big wind, wild weather, strong fish, and unique presentations are all factors at play when you're testing one of the state's many fabled stillwaters. With that in mind, we've put together a collection of gear that will help you get on-the-water ready for your next stillwater trip.

Orvis Recon Fly Rod - 9-foot 6 weight

Redesigned and refined for 2020, the new USA Made Orvis Recon fly rod is all about versatility. Well suited for throwing a variety of rigs, you'll have a hard time finding a better rod, especially at it's price point. This performance freshwater rod is light in your hand, but doesn’t skimp on power. The Recon can throw a long casts with ease and turn around a drop a small dry in the path of a stillwater cruiser.

Orvis Mirage LT Fly Reel

A lightweight, durable reel with plenty of stopping power and the ability to protect any size tippet, the USA Made Orvis Mirage LT is an excellent option for your stillwater pursuits. With a sealed and maintenance-free carbon and stainless steel disc drag system that you can adjust from zero to full drag in a single drag knob rotation, we love this reel.

Orvis Dropper Rig Box

Changing tactics and bug choice on stillwaters is the name of the game. Enter the Orvis Dropper Rig Box. Whether you're running junk, hanging chironomids, or twitching nymphs, you can efficiently switch between rigs on the water, dial in depth and fly choice to put more fish in the net on your favorite stillwater.

SIMMS Challenger Jacket

Weather can get pretty wild on Stillwater, especially in late spring. Whether you're out on a boat or you're fishing from shore, it's always a good idea to have the appropriate protection from the elements. With functional fishing features and an adjustable storm hood, the waterproof-breathable Simms Challenger Jacket keeps you warm, dry and focused through it all.

RIO InTouch Midge Tip Long Fly Line

The InTouch MidgeTip Long is a floating line with a 6ft long, clear intermediate tip that sinks about 1.5 inches per second, made in a clear-camo coloration for the utmost in stealth. This line is deadly effective on windy days and when fishing in shallow bays, close to lake shores and over the top of weed beds, and perfect for fishing nymphs, emergers, and chironomids in the top 24 inches of the water column.

The InTouch Midge Tip Long fly line is built with an ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for incredible sensitivity to the take and lightning-fast hook sets.

SIMMS Dry Creek Z Sling

Stillwaters can be tricky. Sometimes you can put fish in the basket without getting you're feet wet and other times you need to go on a bit of a wading adventure to get in position to catch a couple. If you're looking to keep your gear and valuables dry, then look no further than the comfortable, durable, very submersible SIMMS Dry Creek Z Sling Pack. Like it's fellow Dry Creek brethren, the sling pack features a TruZip waterproof, self-healing zipper. Just recently, I spoke about my newfound love for this sling pack's cousin, the Dry Creek Z Backpack. CLICK HERE for a video touching on the TruZip zipper on the Dry Creek packs.

Scientific Anglers Absolute Fluorocarbon Trout Tippet

It's no secret. We're big fans of the Absolute Fluorocarbon Trout Tippet. Stronger and more abrasion resistant than it's competitors, the Absolute Fluorocarbon Trout tippet is a must whether you're hanging nymphs, stripping leeches, or twitching nymphs past the face of a cruising stillwater brute.

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