Kirk and I like to test our flyfishing gear a little differently than most… Perhaps you remember we tested a number of reels with a motorcycle a couple of years ago. This time we went off-road.

In the March issue of Field and Stream Kirk names the Bauer Rogue the top reel in the Best of the Best for all Fly Reels. This was just one of the “tests” we did to ensure smooth drag start-up. Kirk and I have a number of other ideas as well, from sitting in a walk-in freezer and getting sprayed by a fire hose to test jackets or dropping a bowling ball attached to a rod to ensure “strength”. Anyone out there have ideas they’d like to see tried on any fly gear? We’re all ears.