Orvis Hydros Updated Fly Reel Review

This is the Orvis Hydros. The next generation in the Hydros series of reels, ascending from the Hydros SL. With a solid foundation in place put there by the previous generations, Orvis just improved the Hydros in the areas that warranted improvements. It's still the budget-friendly large arbor workhorse you've known the Hydros family to [...]

Umpqua XS435 Bendback Hook Review

Bendbacks are such a great fly to have in your fly boxes. They're light and they're weedless! You can bang them up against mangroves for snook all day long. They'll ride through grass where redfish and seatrout are stalking, they'll bounce off lili pads where largemouth and peacock bass are hunting, they'll even help keep [...]

2020 Loon Tying Tools Overview

Loon Outdoors has laid out a nice new arsenal of tying tools to start 2020. The kind of tools that give your tying desk an air of credibility and a sense of uniformity. Tools that add style to function. The Hair Packer pushes deer hair nicely with its simple no-slip design that surrounds the hook [...]

UV Highlights with UV2 Raptor Hackle

UV2 Raptor Hackle is a short Rhea plume, traditionally used for spey flies. It's a great short plume with awesome colors for your steelhead flies, but there's another bigger difference from normal Rhea plumes - Spirit River's unique UV2 dying and processing makes this hackle more easily visible to eyes that are sensitive to UV [...]

Umpqua X Series Hooks Straight To The Point Review

Umpqua's new X Series Hooks for the salt For creating imitations of saltwater species' food sources, Umpqua has just launched the new X Series of hooks. Umpqua is one of the biggest names in fly design, so they know how a hook should be designed for flies. These hooks are crazy sharp and crazy strong. [...]

Top Picks of the New Umpqua DreamStream Plus Tools

Introducing the all new Umpqua DreamStream Plus Tools Umpqua is getting into the fly tying tools game with their new DreamStream Plus Series. We've brought in the best of the series - a bobbin, a pick and hair stacker available in 2 sizes. The pick is the most exciting of the three. The stout short [...]

The Sectorization of the Backcountry

The Fishing Early Thursday we received our first shipment of Scott Sector fly rods. Later that afternoon I got a text saying "let's put the Sector to work!" and a screenshot of the weather for Friday. It was from Mike P. (our social media man and the guy responsible for the video above). The way [...]

MFC Barred Saddle Hackle & Schlappen Review

Barred/grizzly hackles can not only be hard to find but they can also be on the expensive side. So we brought in MFC Barred Saddle Hackle and Schlappen. More modestly priced alternatives. Now nothing compares to the quality of the expensive stuff, but for the price these hackles are spectacular. The Schlappen is nice and [...]