Thames Mucilin Product Review Winner!

Here is our latest product review winner for the week of Dec. 20-26th, 2016. Congratulations to John Brewer from Washington! He won a $25 AvidMax.com gift certificate for his product review.

Item Purchased: Thames Mucilin

Rating: “Classic and very effective!” 5 out of 5 stars!

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Review: “Classic, old-fashioned stuff! But it works great; you quickly appreciate why it’s been a favorite for decades. I’ve tried Gink and Aquel and Fly-agra, but I always return to Mucilin Green. It comes with a line cleaning/conditioning pad inside — very useful for cleaning the dirt off your fly line. This extends the life of a line. But Mucilin Green works best as a fly floatant. Nothing beats it. (Apply, however, before the fly gets wet). Takes a little care — keep it in your cooler on a hot day, or dip it in the cold river after you use it. Rub it lightly into the fly — it stays on for a long time, doesn’t leave an oil slick (like Gink does) — and the fly pops back right up if you pull it under, which (an added and happy bonus!) sometimes triggers a trout to strike!”

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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

How to match a Fly Rod, Fly Reel, Fly Line, Leader, and Tippet

One of the most challenging things for me when I started fly fishing was figuring out what kind of fly rod, fly line, leader, and tippet to use. There are a ton of options and you can easily be overwhelmed when trying to figure it out on your own. My goal is to give you a starting point to understanding how to match a fly rod, reel, line, leader and tippet.

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Fly Rod Weights
First of all, let me give you a quick overview of fly rod weights. The weight of the rod you use really should be determined by the type of fish you are fishing for. Continue reading