Tacky Fly Boxes: How They Changed The Way I Store My Flies

Possibly one of the best benefits I have working in the fly fishing industry is the access to cool new products. Most of you fly fisher people out there have probably now become familiar with the new Tacky fly boxes over the last year or so. Winning best of show at the 2015 IFTD show (International Fly Tackle Dealer), for their fly boxes as well as numerous other awards. Tacky has quickly become a well known name, thanks to their unique products. As soon as we got these in our shop and on our website I had to pick up a couple to see what they were all about. Anxious to get them on the water and in action, I wanted to share my initial thoughts after loading them up with flies. Continue reading

Umpqua Swiftwater ZS Tech Vest Review

Umpqua Feather Merchants has long been known for their flies: creating impressive processes to develop great consistency over a very large selection. While they maintain their excellence in this category, over the past few years they have developed into a broader offering of fly fishing gear. Their packs and vests are a newer addition to the company’s heritage, but, in my mind, they have made some great strides with their products. Continue reading

How To Choose A Fly Line

So you have a new rod and found a good deal on a reel, but something’s missing. In fly fishing there is one way to get your fly out on the water in a way that makes it look like a fat juicy meal, the fly line of course.

The fly line may be the most important item when considering fly gear. Fly lines come with different tapers, weights, and materials that are perfectly matched to your specific fishing gear, locations, and conditions. However, all the different types of lines on the market make it a very tough decision. Especially if you have never fly fished before. Let’s start at the beginning.

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Examples of the different WF5F fly lines Continue reading

Staying Warm While Winter Fly Fishing

The temperatures are dropping, here in Colorado the snow is falling, and the Ski resorts are open. Fly fishing season is over…right? Well it doesn’t have to be. If you plan well and bring all the necessary gear you can still get out on the river.

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When it’s cold outside the water is probably twice as cold. Not only that but the cold moving water makes the air around the water even colder. Keep this in mind when looking Continue reading

5 Things You Need To Start Fly Fishing

Have you ever watched a video, heard a story or even just seen a picture of somebody who caught an enormous fish using a fly rod and thought to yourself, “I want to do that!”.

Typically after this thought comes; “What do I need to fly fish”? There are so many different types of fly fishing that it is easy to get blurry eyed when shopping for fly gear. Let’s talk basics. In my opinion there are five items (Categories) that you will need to think about obtaining when making the leap to fly fishing.

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1. Fly Rod and Reel

The first and most important is the fly rod and reel outfit. I bundle this all into one item, but really its two components. Continue reading