SIMMS GUIDE GUARD SOCKS
On a hot day, there’s nothing more refreshing than wet wading. So, forgo the waders but still keep your feet protected and comfortable in your boots with Guide Guard Socks. Constructed of cushy 3.5 mm neoprene, these socks are left/right foot-specific for dawn-to-dusk comfort. Built for the long haul, durable textured nylon helps these socks stand up to aggressive tromping season after season.
DOUGLAS UPSTREAM FLY ROD
The Douglas Upstream is designed to be a rod for small water and small fish. The unique cane-looking rod blank and full cork reel seat give this rod an old-fashioned feel. Underneath its outer shell, however, lies contemporary graphite technology that makes the Upstream one of the best small water fly rods on the market. The Upstream has superb accuracy inside 30 feet and works to protect light tippets. Small dry flies turn over effortlessly and delicately on small creeks to fool wary fish with the Upstream. If you’re looking for your next slow-action short-range dry fly rod, the Upstream is one of the best.
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.
NAUTILUS X-SERIES FLY REEL
Nautilus may be well-known for their durable saltwater fly reels but they make a pretty stellar freshwater reel series, too. The X-Series features an open spool design and an ultra-large arbor to create the perfect balance of lightweight design without sacrificing performance. These reels are great for the avid trout angler looking for a light reel for freshwater use. That being said, the larger models can also be taken into the saltwater because of the reel’s sealed disc drag system. Whether you’re battling fish on the mighty Yellowstone or exploring the stream behind your house, this reel is one of the best freshwater reel choices on the market.
ORVIS BATTENKILL FLY REEL
- Battenkill I for line weights 1-3, 2.8 oz., 2¾” diameter
- Battenkill II for line weights 3-5, 2.9 oz., 3″ diameter
- Battenkill III for line weights 5-7, 3.2 oz., 3¼” diameter
- Battenkill IV for line weights 7-9, 8.5 oz., 3¾” diameter
- Battenkill V for line weights 9-11, 9.5 oz., 4″ diameter
The Orvis Battenkill click-and-pawl reels are a ‘minimalist’s dream’. These reels are made to provide the angler with a pure connection to the fish; not huge drag system or flashy design. These reels are traditional, classic, and ultralight. Made for the enthusiastic trout angler, the Battenkill keeps small-reel functionality without adding unnecessary design features that increase weight. While the reel is old-fashioned, it’s also contemporarily durable and is finished and built using top-notch fly reel technology. Orvis has always been progressive yet traditional and the Battenkill is a prime example of that history.
SCOTT G SERIES FLY ROD
Scott changed the fly fishing industry for good in 1976 by introducing the first Scott G Series fly rods. The history of this moderate action series is truly iconic. Over 40 years later, the G Series has evolved with contemporary fly fishing and continues to encourage state-of-the-art medium action fly rod innovation. Scott’s ability to create smooth flexing rods that combine presentation and power sets the G Series apart. The G Series is lighter, stronger, more flexible, and more advanced than ever before. The G Series has stood the test of time and has continued to redefine modern innovation. Avid dry fly anglers across the globe are taking note.
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.
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.
TFO SIGNATURE 2 FLY ROD
Lefty Kreh designed the Signature series to perform at an expert level while remaining cost-effective for the average angler. The TFO Signature 2 fly rod has all of the great features of the classic Signature series but with upgraded components. These IM6 Graphite rods are great for all around fly fishing and have performance ability that anyone can appreciate- even master casters! Not many rods that are suited for first-timers can say that!