The Steelworks

TIME ROLLED BACKWARD as my wheels rolled north. When I left my home down south, it was earliest spring. Turkeys blasted the woods with their gobbles, searching each other out on a carpet of May apples, the dogwoods above them bursting with white flowers. But not here, not in Ohio. …

A Proper Trout

S   TINGING NETTLES, it turns out, look a whole lot like mint. I figured this out the hard way when I ripped a fistful of them out of a Hampshire sheep pasture along England’s southern coast and mashed them to my nose expecting the smell of wintergreen. My English …

Mountain Madness

Headhunting for big trout in the heart of Patagonia. T HE WIND IS NO JOKE. That’s the first thing they ought to …

Vedavoo Drink Coozie

This thing sort of falls into the category of ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’ for your drift boat.  Vedavoo started making these ultra-swank drink …

Buying Backing Just Got Way Easier

Fly line backing is not sexy (usually).  It’s pretty basic stuff: a thin strand of braided Dacron or similar polyester product, meant …

Ninja Suit

You’ve got to hand it to the marketing people, because “Ninja Suit” is exactly what this thing ought to be called.  Basically …

Yeti Yerba Mate Kit

Here’s a weird stocking stuffer idea for Christmas: the Yeti Yerba Mate kit!  It’s an off-menu combo item, if you will, but it …

Simms Guide Lanyard

It’s a lanyard.  Little kids make them at Sunday School; ultimately it isn’t that different from a string, right? Sure, all of …

GSI Flask

There are approximately one million different flasks on the market, and they all have the same problem: the opening is too small. …

Woodman’s Pal

American-made, time-tested, the Woodman’s Pal ($75) hearkens back to an earlier age.  Its steel is thick and will hold an edge through …

Gar Water

S tanding on the prow of a 12-foot-long johnboat, wielding a trident and a waterproof car headlight (both on long poles), I …

New Striper Nation

A friend once “punked” me by yanking on my fly line. It was a crisp February morning just before dawn, and we …

Voormi River Run Hoodie

Voormi is continuing to expand into different sectors of the fly fishing market, now (for the first time) taking their wool-based product …