2007 Fishing Gear Buyer’s Guide: Flyfishing Gear

Sage Z-Axis

Sage Z-Axis
$585-“$895 ¿¿ 800-533-3004 ¿¿ sageflyfish.com Sage’s latest high-tech graphite rods are smooth, fast-actioned, and extraordinarily light. A 9-foot, 5-weight two-piece weighs about 3 ounces. There are five two-piece models, 27 four-piece, and five Spey versions for line weights 3 through 10.

St. Croix Triumph

St. Croix Triumph
$90-“$120 ¿¿ 800-826-7042 ¿¿ stcroixrods.com The new Triumph series is full of great deals for the budget-minded angler. All 19 graphite models have quality components, including full-cork grips. Each carries a five-year warranty. You can choose among two- and four-piece versions for line weights 4 through 9.

Bauer Rogue

Bauer Rogue
$315-“$495 · 888-484-4165 · bauerflyreel.com These Rogues are extremely tough, thanks to sealed, carbon-fiber center drags. They have an unusual V configuration in their large-arbor spools that gives added backing capacity with minimum overall weight. Six models take line weights 4 through 13 plus backing.

Ross Reels Flystart

Ross Reels Flystart
$39-“$55; · 970-249-1212 · rossreelsworldwide.com Ross is offering possibly the best combination of low price and high performance you’ll ever see in fly reels. Starting at a paltry $39, the all-aluminum, large-arbor Flystart series have offset, gear-driven Delrin drag systems. Four available sizes take line weights 3 through 8 with backing.

Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game

Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game
$230-“$250 · 888-235-9763 · orvis.com Steelhead, salmon, and inshore saltwater anglers have an excellent new reel at a very good price. The Large Arbor Big Game has an indexed center drag to make resetting easy; a ¿¿machined-aluminum frame and spool; and a ¿¿center-latching system for simple spool changes. Three sizes are available; the midweight LA V takes a WF9F line and 250 yards of 30-pound Dacron backing.

Lamson Velocity Hard Alox

Lamson Velocity Hard Alox
$220-“$290 · 800-435-9374 · waterworks-lamson.com This machined-aluminum series features a unique, sealed conical drag system paired with a stainless-steel clutch mechanism for corrosion resistance. Anodizing makes the finish extra durable and lustrous. Six large-arbor models take line weights 3 through 10 with backing.