New Scott Meridian Review

Two years ago Scott Fly Rods’ chief designer Jim Bartschi to some extent took the world by storm with the release of the Radian freshwater series of rods.  A culmination of years of work, Bartschi was quick to point out that there was no secret sauce, no groundbreaking new technology, …

Fishpond Chaco Flips

Everyone knows Chaco makes great flip flops.  I’ve used a very similar model to the Fishpond Flips above for years (I can’t stand the Achilles heel-grabbing models with the rear strap).  When wading with Chacos on, you’re in pretty good hands, given the structure and rigidity of the sandal; much …

Costa Playa Frames

  The hardest thing about sunglasses is adding *function.*  Form is everything; after all, for most people shades are nothing more than …

Yeti Ice Reviewed

When I first received a Yeti Hopper soft-sided cooler to try out, I didn’t think I’d use it much.  I was shocked …

Polar Buff Review

I remember the first time I saw a Buff.  I thought it was ridiculous. “You expect people to wear these stretchy bandana …

Ermahgerd Log Bag!

  Every now and then a product comes along which is so good at being what it is supposed to be… and …

Hobie Polarized Sunglasses

There’s a new player in the fly fishing market for sunglasses, which seems like something I end up saying every year.  This …

Bamboo Roots

This article originally ran in the Spring 2014 issue of Life Refined magazine. Today’s bamboo fly rod makers connect anglers to the history …

DIY Adventure

This article originally ran in the Angling Adventures 2012 issue of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine. All of us dream of adventure—the three-day …

Premium Cooler Throwdown

This article originally ran in the summer 2014 issue of Fly Rod & Reel magazine. ROTO-MOLDED COOLERS are all the rage these days. In …

Howler Grasshopper Theme

Howler Bros. is a fun crew to talk to, and I love their slightly surfer-y designs.  They seem to have a sweet …

Sage Domain Reel

The new Sage Domain reel is interesting.  I had a chance to play with some of these in Mexico.  From a looks …

Umpqua Bin Bag

  This was one of the most creative new products at the show this year.  Umpqua has developed a boat bin with …

Derek DeYoung Series Yeti Coolers

  These basically speak for themselves, but I think they’re a pretty attractive and eye-catching option if you’re interested in making a …

Winston Debuts Made-in-America Nexus

Winston’s chief rod designer/VP of Operations Annette McLean and the company’s owner David Ondaatje collaborated on a new rod which was announced …

Umpqua Bags

At this year’s IFTD show, Umpqua (previously Umpqua Feather Merchants, primarily known as a fly dealer) released a new line of waterproof …

River-Worthy Keg Beer

Nothing beats an ice cold beer except a really really good ice cold beer.  Especially when that really good beer is poured from a …

Fishpond Nomad Net Series

I had the opportunity recently to fish with the new-ish Nomad net series from Fishpond.  These nets are outstanding.  Synthetic like an …

Sage SALT Field Review

Sage took the wraps off their new line of saltwater sticks, the SALT, today.  You can read their press release here. Basically, this …