F&S Gear Reviews

We look at St. Croix's Legend Ultra Series rod and the Pivot Head ratcheting combination wrench from CopperTools.

Field & Stream Online Editors

Swivel-Head Torque
Want all the advantages of a socket, open-end, and pivoting-head wrench rolled into one? Crescent has it in their Pivot Head ratcheting combination wrench. The open end is basic, but the ratchet end is unique. First, the ratchet gearing has 72 teeth, so the wrench will turn a nut with just a 5-degree swing. Second, the head flops 180 degrees for reversing direction or for maneuvering in tight places. Available individually for $10 to $19 per wrench, depending on size, or in a set of four or seven at $60 and $90, respectively. From CooperTools. 919-362-1670; www.coopertools.com.-Lionel Atwill

Surf's Up!
This just might be the most unusual, new single-handed fly rod to come along in many years. At 10 feet 6 inches and carrying a 9-weight line, the three-piece Legend Ultra Series rod (model UFT1069) is a perfect match for the growing popularity of fly casting for stripers in the surf. The extra length means your back casts will collide less often with the beach behind you, and it allows the extra reach needed to clear the first wave as it swirls toward your knees. Steelheaders, meanwhile, will find the unusual length useful when wading deeply and trying to reach distant fish with fast-sinking shooting-taper lines. About $380. From St. Croix Rod Co. 715-762-3226; www.stcroixrods.com.-John Merwin