Orvis Fly Tying Work Center Review – Portable Fly Tying

Any fly tyer who is also a fervent angler will agree that tying the traps is as fulfilling as getting them to hook a fish.

There is nothing as rewarding as knowing that a fly you tied from scratch landed you a fish.

Regardless of the size you catch, the joy and content are unmeasurable. When the angling season elapses, we all need to find something to do.

Pro tyers will tell you that what they love most is spending time on their desks and work centers.

A good one should be like the Orvis Fly Tying Work Center.

A fly tying working center is a very essential addition to your tying arsenal.

It is a great way to organize your supplies and have working space within the same area.

Generic work centers exist but one or two only could match the quality and features of the Orvis one.

You can think that you are saving a few bucks by purchasing any that you come across.

Literally, you will save some coins but you aren’t sure about the duration that your work center will serve you.

Orvis Fly Tying Work Station


Orvis Mirage LT Fly Reel Review – Light but Tough

As anglers who love to experiment with new products, we anticipate new releases.

Especially if it is from a big fish like Orvis, there is usually more hype to see if they maintained their standards, surpassed customer expectations, or hit a miss.

Just after the launch of the well-received Mirage Series reels for saltwater came the Orvis Mirage LT Fly Reel built for lighter fly lines. It took the company over a year to produce and test the first batch.

We can agree that Orvis outdid itself with this one. Before its release, the speculations were too much.

Some thought that the LT was to replace the standard Mirage reel. It did not because the original Mirage reel exists.

The LT is just a lighter version, a well-built, streamlined choice that shares some of the features with its predecessor but available at a lower cost.

30% narrower and 30% lighter than the Mirage, this reel becomes the perfect match for light rods and applications.

Orvis Mirage LT Fly Fishing Reel


Simms G3 Guide Tactical Wading Jacket Review

As we were just about to wrap 2017, the fly fishing sector boldly welcomed the New Simms G3 Guide Tactical Wading Jacket.

By then, this was the most recent addition to their already popular G3 Guide Collection.

Some guides were lucky to have Simms ship over a package of the jacket and the majority put it to test during the summer.

Our Thoughts

First, we think that there was a major overhaul of the previous design. Assessing the high-end fishing apparel from Simms, the G3 Guide is the category’s staple and has been for so many years.

There are great improvements in how the design looks and functions. The older version of the G3 Guide Wading Jacket had some angler-specific features that we loved. We were pleased to see that our specifics weren’t altered.

We expect all-around excellence from Simms and it was a relief to see no changes on the bomb-proof storm hood.

The designers also tailored it to ride above the wading belt taking a functional high-waist approach for deep wading.

The updates are commendable and are what made the jacket exemplary.

Simms G3 Guide Tactical


Best Fly Tying Kits and Tools for Beginners 2021

If you don’t know the tricks ad tips of tactfully shopping for your fly fishing gear and equipment, the sport can turn out very costly and draining.

Fly reels and rods are easy to come by but there is very little information on the best fly tying kits and tools.

This is because most anglers prefer to buy already-tied flies to save them the hassle of tying unyielding ones.

Fly tying kits come with almost everything you require to commence your fly tying journey. You could choose to do it to save money or to make money.

A good kit should come with necessary material, equipment, and detailed instructions for tying common streamers, emergers, dry flies, and nymph patterns.

The full package offers an angler the convenience of materials and tools they require to popular fresh and saltwater patterns.

They are handy for beginners but even guides use similar ones to tie their favorites.

Best Fly Tying Kits and Tools for Beginners

Catching fish on flies is one of the most thrilling and rewarding techniques of fishing even if others exist. Artificial flies entice slow rises of trout, he runs of Muskies, gentle sips of grayling, and explosive strikes of largemouth bass.

Many anglers say that tying flies is just as satisfying as hooking one. The fly tying art involves putting together a few primary elements of a fly including the hackle, body wing, and tail to create a complete artificial fly.

Upon learning and mastering the basics, you can identify numerous easy patterns to tie.

Fly tying kits come with a fly tying vise, bobbin, scissors, holders, threaders, hackle pliers, stackers, and teasers among others.

This guide will explain the contents of the best fly tying kits, necessary tools required, the importance of a fly tying kit, how to choose the best one in the market, and mini-reviews of some of the best fly tying kits you can purchase.



Patagonia Spring River Waders for Women Review 2021

We love to hear from the horse’s mouth. ‘’Designed by women for fellow women,’’ these were words from Mark Harbaugh of Patagonia.

If you have been or are in the textile industry, it is obvious that there is more practicality in that phrase.

This is one of the short and punchy statements that describe the Patagonia Spring River Waders for Women.

We can’t stop insisting on how much it was a challenge you to find ladies’ waders that fit well and function sensibly.

Spring conditions are unpredictable. It could be sunny, cold, 60-F bliss, or snowy.

Patagonia Spring River Waders for Women Review 

The wader’s color is the first striking aspect. Its shade of slate grey is nice.

We aren’t judging it by its color alone. Another bonus to the color is its ability to hide most of the scuff marks from your angling adventures.

What you will appreciate next is the construction and material of the wader.

Patagonia Spring River Ladies Waders


Simms Insulated Challenger Jacket and Bib Review 2021

Before anticipating any fun, anglers seek excellent protection from weather elements. In this line of tasks, there is a dizzying collection of options.

Of them all, Simms has remained a gold standard. It has maintained its status in the fly fishing sector because of always opting for high-end designs and fabrics.

A few years back, their drifted their attention to bass anglers. The team was successful and other manufacturers sprung and are doing well in the same space.

Since the company is at a gold standard and most of its products are at the gold price, the company recognizes the need to give an affordable option.

This works well as the high-end Pro Dry collection – the Simms Challenger Suit that comprises of the Simms Challenger Insulated Fishing Jacket and Bib.

Best Winter Fly Fishing Jackets - Simms Insulated Challenger Bib


Barbless hooks, are they good for fly fishing?

When I first started fly fishing all those years ago there was no such thing as barbless hooks for trout fishing, well not that I noticed anyway.

Most of your catches were kept back then however as time has progressed things have changed.

It is now more the norm to release your catch back into the ecosystem you caught it so future anglers will hopefully have the pleasure of partaking in the sport.

The only thing that wasn’t kept back thirty years ago was small undersized fish that were deemed by the fishing agencies to be returned.

When I think about it, some of the small trout I caught back then went back bleeding and probably swam off to die.

Well, I was only starting out back then and didn’t know anything about barbless trout flies.

All the flies I tied were on fully barbed hooks as this was the norm. So my question is; barbless hooks are they good for fly fishing? Let discuss to see the differences.

Many tackle changes over the last thirty years!

barbless hooks for trout fishing

Fly fishing in general has undergone many changes over the last thirty years.

Tackle improves every year. Fly rods are much stronger and lighter, same with fly fishing reels. Fly lines are now made with poly-coated layers with braided cores and the terminal tackle, the flies, are now made with chemically sharpened points hooks. To top this off barbless trout flies now are more common.

The barb when first conceived was to hold the fish in place so it could not fall off the hook and escape. This was very important back when things got started as fishing was more of a necessity for feeding the family than a sport as it is today. (more…)

Cortland Indicator Nymph Fly Line Review 2021 – See the Take

Cortland’s dedication to providing anglers of all stripes with the best performing gear and equipment is on another level.

The company has some of the best fly lines and the Cortland Indicator Nymph Fly Line for trout is one of the bomb products currently available.

If you are a discerning fisherman, the company is a premium choice.

Coldwater trout, apart from bass and steelhead are fascinating to play with when the season sets in you can land more fish when you have the right gear for the right species.

With the nymphing competition rules, an angler understands the need to stay within the requirements to ensure that they can focus on the prize.

What is the Cortland Indicator Nymph like?

The line ensures that you can properly cast your indicator rigs. It beat most of the nymphing lines when it comes to distance, hooking a fish, and managing the line when on water.

The brand has another nymphing line that is 75 feet. This one is 100 feet and assurance of casting farther than the other lines in its category.

Cortland Indicator Nymph Fly Line


Simms Freestone Wading Jacket Review 2021 – Layer Protection

Simms has gained worldwide recognition for its unmatched dedication to the outdoorsman’s love for sports.

The angling side appreciates it even more because the company understands fishers’ needs and delivers just that.

Since 1980 in the hands of John Simms, the company has been flourishing and to date, its reputation is what draws more novices to it.

As winter approaches, the Montana-based firm purposes to keep every angler stepping out dry and warm. Made by anglers for fellow anglers, their products have proven to be high-quality and very dependable.

For Instance, the Simms Freestone Wading Jacket is a must consider for this season because its type of construction and performance suits it.

Best Winter Fly Fishing Jackets - Simms Freestone


Best Fly Fishing Kayaks 2021 – Stealth Angling

Among all the methods of fishing, fly fishing has been rated as one of the most exhilarating. Despite it allowing you to step outdoors and enjoy the tranquility of the water and other offerings of Mother Nature, it gives a sense of fulfillment to an angler whose sanity depends on the sport.

How you fly fish will determine your yields. Fishing from a kayak is highly recommended by top fly fishing guides as it gives the fly fisher greater access to areas and pockets that are unreachable when fly casting from the banks.

Assessing paddling sports, kayaks are rapidly growing, and fly anglers are a bigger contribution to this growth. After considering the pros of fly fishing from a kayak, you will agree that adding a good one to your collection will up your water game.

Also, if you can spend a few hours paddling even if you don’t land a fish, the enjoyment will be enough.

Best Fly Fishing Kayak

The primary problem comes about when an angler needs to choose the best fly fishing kayaks for their excursions.

Just as selecting the best fly fishing combos from the plethora available in the market can be daunting, so is the task to choose your kayak.

Kayaks allow you to access a larger territory and heightens your rates of success. You will have more access to more fish that are wandering beyond the range of your cast.

You are also likely to discover new hotspots and destinations that are yet to be spotted by other fishermen/women.


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