Gink & Gasoline sees it as our duty to inform the community when we run across great fly fishing gear. With many of you having such busy work schedules, we know it can be awfully hard to keep up with all the new products being introduced. Below are 9 products we’ve heard great things about from our friends and tested out ourselves on the water. If they made the list you can feel confident they are quality products. Take a minute to check out the products that made the list.
1. Thomas & Thomas Light Presentation Series 4-piece
Thomas and Thomas has come out with over 25 new fly rods for 2013. One of my favorites, among all the new additions, is the LPS II 905-4. I’ve added two of these to my fly rod line up for the 2013 guiding season. T&T categorized the LPS II as a river fly rod but I think it works equally well for fishing on small to mid-size streams as well. The thing I love about the LPS II the most is how easy it is to feel the rod loading. It’s a true medium action fly rod that casts effortlessly, suited for anglers beginner and advanced. Despite it being a four-piece rod the LPS II casts and feels like a 2-piece. It’s a extremely responsive rod, perfect for technical fly fishing situations where you need accuracy and delicacy. That being said, it’s quite capable of fishing nymphs rigs and streamers when the conditions call for it. This USA manufactured premium fly rod is sure to impress anyone that takes the time to pick it up and cast it. The attention to detail is outstanding. Lay your eyes on it and there’s no doubt it’s some of the best craftsmanship out there. I fell in love with the LPS II the second I laid my hands on it. If you’re looking for a premium fly rod to add to your collection, do yourself a favor and check out the new Thomas and Thomas LPS II 9′ 4-piece four and five weight. I’ve cast a lot of trout rods the last couple of years and this one ranks at the very top of the list.
2. Orvis Guide Sling Pack
I’ve heard several fly fishing friends of mine ranting and raving about the new Orvis Guide Sling Pack. The 2013 Guide Sling Pack is larger than the original version and comes with a new digital camouflage design. I’ve yet to claim one of my own, but I have to say, it looks pretty impressive. Its roomy size is capable of holding lots of gear and the functional design looks like it would be a great substitute for anglers looking for an alternative to vests, waists and chest packs. It’s pretty rare to see a pack that has both an interior and exterior fly drying patch. I also dig the forceps sheath on the shoulder strap and the zinger attachment point that comes with a unique magnetic anchor point to keep your tools in place and out of the way. The sling pack also comes with a tippet spool holder and a beverage holder. If you’re looking for a fly fishing pack that’s large enough to store a wide range of gear and can be slung around your backside out of the way, we think the new Orvis Guide Sling Pack fits the bill. Right now, Orvis is offering a free slim fly box with the purchase of the Digi Camo Guide Sling Pack until 3/31/2013.
3. Redington Prospector 4-Piece Switch & Spey Rods
A couple weeks ago Louis got the opportunity to fish the New Redington Prospector 4-piece 10′ 9″ 4 wieght swtich rod. He called me up as soon he got off the water and told me he loved the rod and was blown away with how well it fished. He paired the rod up with a 275-grain Rio Scandi Short Versitip and he said it was butter. Louis went on to tell me that the Prospector was able to get him drifts and catch fish on sections of water that he was previously not able to reach. Being a rod builder himself, Louis knows a good fly rod when he fishes one. If you’re looking for a new switch or spey rod that’s priced economically, we suggest you take a look at the new Redington Prospector.
4. Simms Headwaters Day Pack & Chest Pack Combo
If you like hiking into remote fly fishing locations and doing overnighters we think the Simms Headwaters Day Pack and the Simms Headwaters Chest Pack is a perfect combo for killing two birds with one stone. The catch and release magnetic modular system allows you to connect the chest pack on the back of your headwater day pack for less fatigue and comfortable hiking. Then when you arrive at your fly fishing destination, all you have to do is quickly reposition your chest pack back to your front and you’re ready to fish. Several clients of mine have brought these packs with them on my guide trips and I’ve had the opportunity to wear them multiple times and try them out. I have to say I was impressed all around by the performance of the headwater series packs. The combo setup could be considered overkill for short outings but exactly what you’ll want if you plan on making remote fishing trips out in the elements for extended periods of time. And because the packs work great solo, they’re a great combo buy for the angler wanting to be ready for all types of fishing trips, both short and long. The day pack doubles as a great carry on for traveling as well.
5. Rio MaxCast Technology Fly Lines
With all the RIO fly line lovers out there, we wanted to share the new and exciting MaxCast technology by RIO for 2013. It’s available for the following fly lines: RIO Gold, RIO Grand and the Trout LT fly lines. The secret MaxCast Technology is in the coating’s advanced hydrophobic chemistry that actively pushes water away from the line, resulting in radically improved floatation, mending, distance and dirt adhesion. The entire process is a little complicated to explain. Check out the video above that breaks down and explains RIO’s quantum leap forward in fly line technology.
6. Echo Prime 1-Piece Fly Rod
Has the concept of fishing a one-piece fly rod bitten you like a bug? If the answers yes, and you’re looking for a one-piece rod capable of handling big game species for both fresh and salt, we very much like the economically priced Echo Prime. It’s an 8′ 10″ one-piece fly rod available in weights 8 thru 12. The Echo Prime proved to be a fantastic rod for a recent musky fishing trip and a good friend of ours says he’s spanked several big tarpon with it already this year, and it handled them with no problem. There’s only a couple companies out there that cover the big game one-piece fly rod market, and Echo has answered the call by building a rod that casts great and has the backbone to subdue hard fighting species like striper and tarpon. Give one a try if you’re in the market for a one-piece big game fly rod, we’re a believer.
7. TrueFlies Captiva Air-Light Pants & Shorts
The Captiva Air-Light pants and shorts may not be a truly new line for 2013 but I had to include them because that’s all I’ve been wearing lately for bottoms. They are super comfortable, well made and my choice whether I’m fishing or out with my lady. They come out of the dryer pretty much wrinkle free so you’re ready to go if you need to be presentable in a snap. By far they are my favorite fishing pants and shorts on the planet. If you haven’t tried them out, go to your nearest TrueFlies dealer and give them a shot, they’re comfortable as hell. Oh, and I’m not the only one that’s head over heals for these, I’ve got a number of friends that will back me up 100%. If you’re in the need for some new fishing pants or shorts that wear like a dream and have a little stretch in the waist, the TrueFlies Captiva Air-Light Pants & Shorts are my top pick.
8. Bauer MacKenzie CFX Spey Reel
John Bauer of Bauer Reels USA, introduced a rockin new spey reel for 2013. For those of you who spey fish, you know how important it is to have a reel that’s got a quality drag and balances out that long two handed rod in your hands. John Bauer accomplished just that by taking his award winning MacKenzie CFX V-arbor spool and drag and matching it up with a 100% bar stock aluminum and stainless steel, solid back frame. Look out spey bums, this reel is a dream come true. The MacKenzie CFX Spey is now available in two sizes for switch and spey rods and available in nine different anodized colored finishes.
9. Smith Creek Trash Fish
With all of us using so much fluorocarbon leaders and tippet these days which takes a gazillion years to degrade, I’m proud to endorse Smith Creek’s Trash Fish. This nifty product provides all of us a quick way to stowaway unwanted tippet and worn out leaders so they don’t end up in our precious watersheds. It’s a very simple product to use and small enough to fish in just about any pocket. This is a green product we endorse and we hope all anglers will go out and purchase one. Think how much trash we could keep of the water.
These are some of the fly fishing products for 2013 that have impressed us and to knock your socks off. I’m considering doing a post for my favorite 2013 fly patterns and/or list for favorite 2013 fly tying materials. Let me know if that’s something any of you would be interested in. As always, if you have suggestions for content please drop us a comment and we’ll do our best to put in the rotation. Thank you for continuing to follow and interacting on Gink & Gasoline.
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