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.
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.
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.
SAGE SPECTRUM MAX FLY REEL
The largest fly reel in Sage’s Spectrum series is the Spectrum MAX. These reels are built with saltwater fly fishing in mind and feature models from a 5/6wt reel up to an 11/12wt reel. Sage’s stunning design and intelligent engineering makes this reel one of the best in its class. The Spectrum MAX features everything an angler needs in a saltwater reel without being overly heavy or unnecessarily flashy. If you’re a Sage fan, these reels are the best of the Spectrum lineup by far.
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.
TFO PRO II FLY ROD
The TFO Pro 2 series is as versatile a series as it is a rod. With rod models that accommodate any style of angling, from 2wt through 10wt, TFO has truly built a series that has a rod for every situation. These rods are also caster friendly, forgiving, and hugely versatile on the water which makes them a fantastic rod for the novice angler. If you’re looking for an affordable fly rod that’ll help you progress as an angler, look no further.
DOUGLAS SKY-G FLY ROD
Douglas’ new addition to the Sky Series, the Sky G, features all-new technology for performance like we’ve never seen. G-Tec keeps the rod blank lightweight and incredibly strong while efficient componentry adds to the rod’s application-specific design. A beautiful reel seat gives the rod a trout-specific feel and easy functionality. This rod is made for the angler who targets trout from distance and needs pinpoint accuracy every time. That being said, the rod’s performance inside 45-feet is also stellar. This is one of the most high-performing, versatile fly rods on the market.
ROSS EVOLUTION R FLY REEL
The Ross Evolution R combines impeccable engineering with clean aesthetics to produce one of the best trout reels on the market. This reel is lightweight and really strong for stellar freshwater performance. The drag knob offers unique palming capabilities and an incredibly strong drag allows anglers to target any freshwater fish. This reel also has solid retrieval rates and an easy-to-release spool to make it user-friendly and a real fish fighting machine. Ross has been at the top of their freshwater fly reel game for a while now and the Evolution R is sure to prolong their seat atop the throne.