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Product Reviews

  • Free Fly Apparel’s New Fall Men’s Bamboo Flex Hoodie
    Finally, a hoodie that meets all the craziness of Fall temperatures. I had ordered this hoodie with intentions to wear it as an undershirt in late fall when temps dip nightly into the 30’s. I was totally wrong. I recently wore this cozy hoodie by itself on a float trip in the north Georgia mountains…
  • Favorite Flies for the Great Smoky Mountains – Book Review
    50 Essential Patterns from Local Experts By Kevin Howell Book Review by Mike Watts I have known Kevin Howell for almost forty years and impatiently waited for his new book to come off the press. He had told me he was memorializing some of the old “Smoky Mountain” fly patterns we had tied, fished, and…
  • Product Review: Anadromous Fly Company – Tying Scissors
    I started fly tying before I started fly fishing, and truth be told I tie more flies than I spend time fishing. I’ve got boxes full of flies that I will probably never fish. Fly tying for me is a way to relax, unwind and be creative. Apart from the tying vise, the most important…
  • Product Review: Atollas Gear – Fly Caddy XL
    I am a bit of a gear head. I’m a sucker for any tool, gadget, pack or fly box that makes my next fishing excursion easier or more enjoyable. Oftentimes this gear requires busting out the piggy bank, but not the Atollas Fly Caddy XL. At $17.99, this simple and effective portable fly storage system…
  • Product Review: Trxstle Rod Boots
    I have broken more fly rod tips than I care to admit. I have snapped them while walking along a trail moving to the next stretch of river, dropped them on the pavement when putting on waders or loading a boat before backing down a trailer. I have smashed them in car doors and slammed…