SIMMS BULKLEY JACKET
Some days, when the fish are biting, so are the bugs. On these blazing hot, buggy days, the BugStopper® SunGaiter™ is sweet relief. Powered by Insect Shield® UPF 50 SolarFlex® stretch fabric, this lightweight, breathable gaiter protects your face from the bites and sunburn. A longer cape improves skin coverage at the neckline and a taller fit allows it to fit up and over a cap.
SCOTT TIDAL FLY ROD
Scott has come out with a fly rod that epitomizes value-packed saltwater performance. The Tidal, a mid-priced saltwater series from Scott, sports a caster-friendly blank and some features to be excited about. While the Tidal falls short of the performance of the Meridian, that’s to be expected from a mid-priced rod series. The Tidal is made for flats fishing, tough conditions, and big fish. Scott has succeeded in creating a series that’s powerful, accessible, and highly functional. The Tidal is the epitome of decades of Scott design and craftsmanship. An added bonus: the Tidal is handcrafted from start to finish in Montrose, Co.
CORTLAND 444 CLASSIC PEACH FLY LINE
One of Cortland’s oldest fly line designs, the Classic 444 Peach has been around for over 50 years. Sure, fly fishing gear has changed since the 1960s but this is a line that has offered durability, light line performance, and a proven versatile taper for anglers who continue to fish moderate action rods. This is a line that’s great for traditional fishing techniques including dry flies at short ranges and Panfish on the lake. Be careful not to pair this line with an ultra-fast action rod.
SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS MASTERY MPX FLY LINE
One of the most popular fly lines for many years now, the Scientific Anglers Mastery MPX line provides the ultimate in freshwater and light saltwater versatility. A redesign of the popular Scientific Anglers GPX fly line, this line is built as a do-it-all freshwater line great for lakes, streams, rivers, and more. What’s better? The line’s taper and design cater to a variety of angling methods including streamer fishing, dry fly fishing, and heavy nymphing. If you’re looking for the most well-rounded, versatile line on the market, you’ve come to the right place.
NAUTILUS CCF-X2 FLY REEL
The Nautilus CCF-X2 is one of our favorite saltwater reels on the market. This reel was the winner of our 2018 8-Weight Fly Reel Shootout, and for good reason. With a ton of max drag, great drag adjustability, and huge retrieval rates, this reel has everything a saltwater angler could ever need. If you’re in the market for your next saltwater fly reel, the CCF-X2 is one of the best options on the market, especially for the price.
REDINGTON BEHEMOTH FLY REEL
The Behemoth has long been a popular saltwater fly reel for its affordability and incredible performance. This reel has some of the features we love about higher-end saltwater reels, like a blitzing strong max drag, but is packaged in an affordable die-cast design. If ever there was a reel for the entry-level saltwater angler, this is it. Not to mention Redington has designed the reel to be more than capable of handling heavy fish for the intermediate and expert angler, too.
SAGE PULSE FLY ROD
The DXF may be the most versatile mid-priced rod series on the market today. Douglas has made the DXF in nearly every rod model from single-hand trout rods to nymph-specific models, two-handed models, and more. These rods combine fast action performance with efficient blank taper technology to create a rod that is powerful and efficient in nearly every angling scenario. Douglas has accomplished what many rod manufacturers have set out to achieve: a well-rounded series that includes a rod for any angler.
RIO OUTBOUND SHORT SHOOTING HEAD FLY LINE
Powerful, Easy Casting Shooting Heads That Make Long Distance Casts Simple. RIO‘s shooting heads are based on the popularOutBound Short lines, and are designed to castvery long distances. The front loaded weightdistribution quickly loads a rod, while the uniquestep down taper at the back allows for verylong flight times and easy distance. The headsare built two sizes above the AFTM standardto correctly load modern rods – anglers do notneed to step up a line size when choosing a linefor their rod, as this is done in the design. Eachhead has an EasyID loop at the back end forquick recognition.RIO recommends attaching the following headsizes to these shooting lines sizes:ST7 to ST8 – 0.024”/0.026” shooting line, or25lb SlickShooter/GripShooterST8 to ST10 – 0.030”/0.032” shooting line or35lb SlickShooter/GripShooter
SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS AMPLITUDE MPX FLY LINE
Scientific Anglers Amplitude MPX may be our favorite all-around trout line for fast-action rods. If you’ve watched any of our fly rod reviews, you’ve probably seen us casting the Amplitude MPX. This line was made to replace the GPX, SA’s previous iteration of a do-it-all trout line. The MPX features more mass toward the front of the head, however, and allows anglers to access distance casting capabilities without sacrificing finesse. If you’re looking for a versatile line to properly load your fast-action freshwater fly rod, you’ve come to the right place.