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Fishing Gear

  • June 30, 2011

    Jim Baird’s Arctic Adventure: How to Get Your Snow Machine Unstuck


    By Jim Baird

    Before we left the tree line, Ted and I experienced very deep-powder snow in the bush around Great Bear Lake. We were not used to riding snowmobiles in that type of powder and got stuck badly a few times—luckily we knew how to get ourselves free.

    How It’s Done: Getting stuck in deep snow happens when you cannot keep the machine level while moving. It’s very important to center your weight and turn by shifting your weight from side to side. You also get stuck when you don’t go fast enough through the powder, which causes your skis to sink in deep and the front of the machine to bottom out. After that happens the snow doesn’t provide enough grip for your track to push your front end through the jam. Your track will just kick all the powder out from underneath it, and your machine just sinks deeper. Reversing is futile at this point as well. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 30, 2011

    Caption Contest: Columbia Tidewater Watch Winner Announced

    By Tim Romano

    Last week's caption contest was certainly one of the stranger photos we've used for a caption contest and it prompted some even stranger captions.

    After a bit of deliberation we've decided to award the Columbia Tidewater Watch to Joe Geurts for his caption: "This is how you Tie One On." Please contact me at and I'll get your watch sent out immediately. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 24, 2011

    Sage Introduces New Fly Rods Designed for Increased Accuracy

    By Kirk Deeter

    Yesterday, Sage announced the launch of a new rod series called "ONE." I have yet to see it or cast it, but based on what I've read, the "hook" for the ONE series is accuracy. And they're basing that claim on something they call "Konnetic" technology, which has to do with resin-to-carbon ratios, and the way they align the carbon fibers in the rod during manufacturing.

    From Sage: "The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in astonishing casting accuracy that is unparalleled in the marketplace. The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows ONE rods to have a smaller diameter and are 25% lighter than comparable Sage rods. These attributes combine to provide augmented aerodynamic efficiency. Further innovations are the 70% lighter, low profile ferrules that help direct and carry energy through the rod without sacrificing strength, critical action and feel.

    “The ONE rod becomes a true extension of the angler’s arm,” notes Sage Chief Rod Designer, Jerry Siem. “It offers a more fluid transmission of energy from the arm to the fly. The eye sees the cast it wants to make and is translated to the hand through the rod instantaneously.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 23, 2011

    Video: Scott Fly Rods, Behind the Scenes


    By Tim Romano

    Friend and fellow Greenback Travis Rummel sent me this video that he and Feltsoul partner, Ben Knight put together. They call it a "little tribute" to their friends at Scott Fly Rods. After touring the G.Loomis factory a couple weeks ago and finding out the "how-to" of an American built rod, I think this little piece sums up the why.

    Enjoy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 21, 2011

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Columbia Tidewater Watch

    By Tim Romano

    The image for this caption contest is a bit strange for sure. My buddy was using his drink lid as a vice in the passenger seat of my car a couple of years ago. Obviously knowing the only "fly" he was going to use once we got to our destination were worms.

    The person who posts the best caption for this photo will receive a Columbia Tidewater  watch. Columbia says, "It's designed and developed specifically for saltwater sports enthusiasts, the Tidewater performs in numerous aquatic environments. The press of a button serves up the tide cycles of over 200 locations throughout the world. It also gives you expected sunrise/sunset information, as well as the moon phase, for your location. From tidal flats to open ocean, this is a wrist instrument designed to deliver everything you need for coastal adventures."

    I'll pick a winner next Monday the 27th. Good luck! [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 14, 2011

    One-Fly Tournaments: What Do You Choose?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Within the past week or so, I've been invited to fish in a couple one-fly tournaments. The rules are simple: You (and your team) draw a beat on a river, and you each get to pick one fly for the day. Break it off, and you're done. Catch the most total inches of fish, and you win. Simple.

    I like one-fly competitions because most of them are charity benefits, and the "competition" part takes a back seat to the overall cause and camaraderie. I won a one-fly tournament (in Telluride, years ago, with Andrew Steketee)... and I've also finished well back in the pack in others. The beat you draw is key, so, unlike bass tournaments where every competitor has to find their own fish, luck is often the deciding factor. No matter how it turns out, they're fun. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 6, 2011

    Stuff That Works: fishpond Luggage


    By David Draper

    Deeter and I have been traveling quite a bit the past couple weeks. Once to Oregon to check out the Gloomis factory and most recently to Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. Both trips required copious amounts rods, reels, waders and warm clothes. Not to mention pounds of camera gear that needed to get stuffed somewhere.

    Both trips I took my old standby rolling duffel from fishpond pictured above. I've had this bag for at least six or seven years. It's been on numerous photo-shoots as well as fishing trips and at last count had been to nearly ten countries and dozens of domestic trips in between. Quite simply I've beat the crap out of it. It's been in planes, helicopters, on jet boats and even the side of a horse. It's been lost for days in foreign airports and left out in the snow and rain. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 6, 2011

    Gear Review: New Berkley NanoFil Line

    By John Merwin

    There’s a new fishing line out from Berkley this month that you’re going to be hearing a lot about. It’s called NanoFil. The company says it’s the strongest, thinnest line ever, designed specifically for greater casting distance and enhanced sensitivity with light- to medium-weight spinning tackle. I’ve finally obtained a sample, so here’s a quick report.

    The line is made from Dyneema (gel-spun polyethylene) fibers as are many of the company’s other superlines. In this case, though, the fibers aren’t braided but are “molecularly linked and shaped into a unified filament,” according to Berkley. So while the line is effectively a single filament, it’s not a monofilament in the sense of extruded nylon lines. (Nor is it the same as Berkley’s FireLine, in which Dyneema fibers are fused by heat.)

    It is round in cross-section, but not hard round like nylon monos. I can, for example, somewhat flatten a section of NanoFil with my thumbnail. It is, indeed, extraordinarily strong for its diameter. My sample spool is labeled 8-pound-test and .006” diameter. I measured the diameter at .007”, so it’s pretty close to spec. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 20, 2011

    Flex Appeal: Let's Give Away Some Fiberglass Fly Rods

    By Kirk Deeter

    How better to celebrate a spring Friday than by giving away three Cabela's 50th Anniversary custom glass fly rods? I know I'm chomping at the bit to get out there and get out fly fishing, and I suspect you are too. So we'll get right to the point.

    I asked you to show me your appreciation of "flex appeal,"  and these three folks won the goods:

    ckRich who said: "Fishing with glass, or even bamboo, gives modern anglers the opportunity to literally step back in time. Most of the time you have to read or hear about what was the “cutting edge” 50 years ago, but with gear you can literally feel the history. Nostalgia at its finest." I agree completely, and am a sucker for nostalgia.

    mnobles23 who said: "Fiberglass rods are similar to traditional archery gear, which I have used for years. Sure, modern technology makes things easier to use, but is it really better? I think there's something to be said for gear that doesn't forgive a lack of skill. There comes a sense of pride and accomplishment in knowing that you succeeded because of your ability, not just because your gear is very "forgiving." Amen to the traditional archery analogy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 9, 2011

    Are Internet Flies the Deal They're Made Out to Be?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Every week, it seems, I get an e-mail from an overseas fly manufacturer offering to sell me patterns at outrageously low prices. It's usually a formal letter, kind of like the ones that tell me I've won the lottery in some small west African country (and all I have to do to collect my award is wire several hundred bucks to the esteemed lottery agent...).

    Today, I saw an e-mail from a company (I'm not printing the name, because I don't want to be responsible for sending readers toward a scam if it is one) that said I could buy beadhead nymphs for $2.84 per dozen. That's what it said...less than three bucks for a dozen flies. Streamers are priced at $2.44 per dozen.

    I still think I'll pass, thank you very much. For one, I cannot help but wonder what the factory conditions are in Kenya, or Sri Lanka, or wherever those flies are made. I don't know how long it takes you to tie a dozen flies, but doing the math, factoring in the price of materials (if they are decent materials to begin with), it's hard to see how the people spinning up those bugs are making more than pennies per hour. You may be more of a capitalist than I am, but I think about those things. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 9, 2011

    When is Nylon-Mono Line Stressed Enough To Replace?


    By John Merwin

    A couple of weeks ago as we discussed the frequent mislabeling of nylon-mono fishing line, one of our readers had an excellent question. If the line is stretched to its breaking point, nuclear_fisher wanted to know if the overall line was weakened by that stress and should he replace it?

    As with so much of fishing, the answer is both “maybe” and “that depends....” Nylon mono is elastic to some degree. When stretched on a hookset or when fighting a fish, it elongates slightly and then returns to its original length when stress is removed. But when stretched close to the breaking point, that same mono will deform, becoming permanently elongated and less strong.

    So the usual answer is yes. When you stretch your line in breaking off a snag, for example, you should probably replace it just to be on the safe side. (Note this also applies to nylon flyfishing leaders and tippets.) [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 19, 2011

    A Bug Spray You Can Drink? CDC Promotes Grapefruit Extract "Nootkatone"


    By Chad Love

    This must be a good year for insect repellant research. First it was a new type of pre-treated clothing. Now researchers at the Centers For Disease Control say they're working on a new all-natural insect repellant made from a citrus extract.From this story on NPR.
    "...the CDC is pushing hard to develop a completely natural insect repellent made from a chemical called nootkatone, which is found in Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit. (CDC researcher Marc Dolan) says nootkatone "is nongreasy, dries very quickly, and it has a very pleasant, citrus-y grapefruit odor to it." He recently demonstrated its effectiveness as a mosquito repellent, rubbing some on his hand and then sticking it into a cage containing 50 hungry mosquitoes. When he holds the treated hand near mosquitoes, they try to get away in the opposite direction as fast as they can. Even after five minutes, Dolan has no bites on his nootkatone-treated hand. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 13, 2011

    Tie Talk: Cased Caddis

    By Tim Romano

    Today a seldom used fly and a great story involving that bug from Jason Borger's youth. Tying instructions included. Thanks Jason!

    "A cased caddis is one of those types of patterns that many trout anglers have in their box, but don't seem to use all that much. I'll admit to being in that category to a degree, and that I should probably tie this type of pattern on more than I do. The fly shown here is one from my father's 1991 book, Designing Trout Flies, and is one that has seen duty in a lot of waters over the years. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 5, 2011

    Fly Box Organization: It's Overrated

    By Kirk Deeter

    Take a good look...this is the most organized a Deeter fly box ever gets. Spring is to fly fishers what it is for baseball players: a fresh start. Hope springs eternal. Everyone's in the pennant chase today. And my fly box looks like I have my act together. Give it a month, tops.

    I always make a point to start the season on the right foot. All those bugs I tied in the winter months find a nice little slot in the spring lineup...the leftovers from last season get some tender loving care...the new patterns from the shop have their special places too.

    In April, I even organize my boxes by types of flies. There's a mayfly dry fly box...a streamer box (the implements of doom)...a terrestrial box (which stays pretty organized until July)...a caddis/stonefly dry box...and a nymph box. I don't break out nymphs into midges, mayflies, stones, and caddis...they all live together in this big box, organized in neat little rows. [ Read Full Post ]