Archive for the ‘Equipment’ Category

IFTD Show 2016, my day two

My second day at the IFTD went quickly and smoothly. The crowd was not as heavy as yesterday, but the booth was busy for the greater part of the day. Later in the day, the Show awards were given out, and all the booths emptied out as exhibitors and attendees waited to hear the announcements. […]

IFTD Show 2016, my first day

The International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in Orlando opened on Tuesday, July 12th. I arrived at 10 pm in preparation for my first day, Wednesday, July 13. The Show opened at 9am and went until 6pm. The Hardy Booth, where I spent the day, was busy from the start, but at 4pm they brought our […]

Hardy Factory Live Tour

I just received a note from my friends at Hardy regarding the live tour of their factor that was scheduled to happen on May 6th and didn’t:  

High Speed Spinning Tool

This weekend I am at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ. But before the show, I am taking a day to be with the Mainline Fly Tiers, near Philadelphia, PA. We will have an afternoon fly tying workshop from 2-4 and then an evening program at 7. My friend, Jay Kapolka, picked me up […]

New Hardy Website for 2016

Hardy has just posted its new web site. There’s a great piece by Howard Croston, Hardy’s Brand Manager on French style nymphing, both the original form and the newer modified version. In addition, there’ great info on the new rod series, and the new reels, like the Duchess and mid-sixed arbor reels. These are great […]

Hardy 2016

Hardy has released their 2016 catalog, loaded with lots of outstanding gear. Of particular excitement for me are the Wraith and Zephrus rods, the Medium Spool DD reels, and Dutchess reels. I had a chance to cast the Wraith and Zephrus prototypes last year at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show in California, and was truly […]

Last Day Rainbow

Nancy and I are moving west—to the Portland, OR, area to be closer to Jason, and Kelley, and Brooke. We need to get more family time and fishing time together. Amidst all the sorting, packing, tossing, trips to GoodWill, and all the other assorted agonies of moving, John Beth sent me this photo of an […]

Fry Flies and UV Cure Head Cement

I’m headed to Alaska with my friend, Dave Graebel, in search of some big rainbows on the dry fly. This is the time to do it. The trout are not yet so fixated on eggs that they will take nothing else. And, the mayflies are on the wing—both the Western Green Drake and the PMDs. […]

Stroft GTM Tippet Material

I’m always looking for new equipment items in fly fishing, and I’m always looking with a bit of a jaundiced eye. Not because I’ve seen it all or heard it all, but because my background training is as a research scientist. In science we set a null hypothesis that says something can’t happen, and then […]

Modify your Thing-A-Ma-Bobbers

Thing-A-Ma-Bobbers are great, especially in very rough water where other indicators are next to impossible to see. But, they have one serious fault, two if you are to believe what everyone says: (1) they score the leader rather seriously, and (2) they kink the leader. The scoring and abrasion comes from the metal eyelet that […]