2007 Fishing Gear Buyer's Guide: Flyfishing Gear

Scott G2
Editor's Pick
Scott G2
$595-"$615 ¿¿ 800-728-7208 ¿¿ scottflyrod.com As the pursuit of pressured, wary trout becomes ever more technical, rods that can handle small flies and long, light leaders become ever more important. Scott's G2 series is ideal for this delicate work. With a gentle, easy casting stroke, these moderate-action rods are perfectly suited for precise casting at normal distances of 10 to 60 feet. The original Scott G series was hugely popular for this sort of fishing during the 1980s. Now the company's rod makers have tamed newer, high-tech graphites to emulate that original signature feel. The spigot-style ferrules on these rods are still hand-fitted one at a time-"which, along with other detail work, commands the high price. Fifteen four-piece models for line weights 2 through 7. More Top Flyfishing Gear
Sage Z-Axis
St. Croix Triumph
Bauer Rogue
Ross Reels Flystart
Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game
Lamson Velocity Hard Alox
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Sage Z-Axis

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.
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St. Croix Triumph

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.
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Bauer Rogue

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.
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Ross Reels Flystart

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.
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Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game

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.
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Lamson Velocity Hard Alox

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.
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