New and Notable Gear For Fall
Brisk days and crunching leaves underfoot. Browns are maneuvering and posturing. Elk are bugling. Pumpkin spice everything abounds at the grocery store.
This time of year, after the height of the summer Colorado trout excitement, things tend to slow down a little bit and we find ourselves able to take a few breaths. Sweep up the dust after the summer chaos. It’s time to take shop inventory and receive the new goods that are coming for fall. New fly fishing equipment is exciting, and it’s always fun to check out the new and notable gear for fall. It tends to keep our fly fishing fire stoked this time of year, and we want to share that stoke with you. Who knows, you may find something you dig…
Sage SALT HD Fly Rod
This is the saltwater bum’s fly rod. Period. Banging in the back of the truck for weeks on end during the tarpon migration to camping on the beach for first light stripers to midnight kayak missions for secret dock lights. The Salt HD was built to handle any last minute adventure you have milling in the back of your mind.
Bonus: we have been using the 6 and 7 weight SALTs to do double duty as our streamer boat rods for trout. Many pike and musky have also fallen prey to monster flies cast by the 8, 9, and 10 weights.
Scott G Series Fly Rod
The Scott G2 fly rod has developed a cult following over the years. It’s a Colorado trout rod through and through. The new G Series is the next iteration of this fabled stick. A legend says that the G was forged of ingredients found in 7 of the most famous Colorado rivers:
An eye of mysis from the Taylor River. A salmonfly heartstring from the Gunnison. A caddis whisker from the Arkansas. A baetis tear from the South Platte. A midge fart from the San Juan. A Green Drake wish from the Roaring Fork. An outlet mall shopping receipt from the banks of the Blue.
Catch a fish on all of these rivers using the G Series rod, and you will attain true trout enlightenment if you live in a van and eat uncertain mushrooms found in the forest.
Redington Vice Outfit
This could quite possibly be the best deal in fly fishing right now. Why? The 8 weight outfit is an ideal (and affordable) stick for when it’s time to target bigger fish. Pike, bass, bonefish, baby tarpon, snook, and redfish…this is the rig for those who want to step into the big leagues without breaking the bank. This outfit also comes with a Redington ID fly reel…
First and foremost: the ID reel is a stout reel with a solid drag at an amazing price. Perfect for anyone just getting into the fly fishing game, or for those of us who always seem to have another rod in need of a quick reel solution.
However, where the ID reel truly shines is customization. Have you ever wanted a donut adorned fly reel? Now you can. How about the Colorado flag? Yep. The ID features a flat black plate for which to place one of the 33 (and counting) ID decals. Are these decals necessary? It doesn’t matter. They are certainly fun…and that is what fly fishing is all about. Fun is good.
Simms Exstream Bootfoot Waders
You know the drill: after a cold winter day on the water, you trudge back to the truck and make a feeble attempt to untie your frozen boot laces. After five minutes of picking at ice-covered nylon cords, you notice your fishing buddy is all packed up, sitting in the passenger seat, warming, sipping coffee, and waiting for you patiently. That is because he had bootfoots…and it took him 17 seconds to get out of them. Tailwaters, steelhead rivers, and winter fishing: the ideal use for the redesigned Simms Bootfoot Waders.
We even hunt ducks in them…
Slotted Tungsten Beads and Jig Hooks – Umpqua and Wapsi
The nymph game is always a balance between getting your fly to the bottom AND doing your best to avoid snags. Tungsten jigged flies kill two birds with one stone: getting down fast and avoiding snags by riding hook up. We have really been digging tying with these…especially when crafting small leeches, crayfish, sculpins, and baitfish.
Stickers -Patagonia Musky, BYFG Bigfoot, NK Unicorn
We love stickers. We love new stickers. Nuff said. Spruce up your truck, cooler, boat, or tying desk with cool art. For extra points, put on your wife’s car as a surprise. Women love it when men take initiative to decorate.
Redesigned for Fall, the new lineup of Simms socks feature better fitting, foot contour conforming, mega warm, super comfy socks. Made of merino wool, you will probably want to wear these on your hands at night so you can snuggle them close to your face like a baby kitten.
Simms Dry Creek Gear Bags
Do you like your stuff? Do you want that stuff to stay safe and dry? The new iteration of Simms Dry Creek Bags do this for you. Pack your trip gear in one of these babies, and rest easy knowing that your jackets, cameras, pajamas, and iPads are safe!
Patagonia Fjord Flannel
For the past few thousand years, Scottish men distinguished their clan affiliation by the tartan pattern of the kilt they wore into battle. Clan loyalty to the death. While men may no longer hack each other to pieces based on this basic color affiliation; men and women are still recognized and respected for their outdoorsy prowess when they don a sharp flannel shirt. The Patagonia Fjord Flannel is the height of this design for rugged comfort. Drink a fall ale and drop a 24″ brown into the net with this bad boy. Instant respect.