Category Archives: Gear

Echo Glass 7129 —The most forgiving Spey rod you’ll ever throw

Just got my hands on Echo’s new fiberglass Spey rod, the 7129 model to be specific. Actually, I got my hands on this rod in July when Red Kulper, marketing director for Echo, handed one to me and said, “You … Continue reading

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SIMMS’ Ode To The New Wade-Fisher

It’s not getting any easier to find “fresh” water these days, but the wading angler might have just as good a chance, or better, as someone in a boat. So don’t let your lack of floatation keep you from adventure. … Continue reading

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Keeping Warm on the Water: Patagonia’s Proven Capilene Layering System

I know it’s mid-May and everyone thinks we’ve turned the corner and that summer and a seemingly endless supply of 80-degree days is just about on us, but the truth is we are going to get some late spring dousings … Continue reading

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Antique Rod Holder

Was digging around in the house yesterday and came across this, an antique rod holder for travel by car. Sure, it’s not as high-tech as what we see today (i.e. Titan Rod Valuts), but this was probably a savior to … Continue reading

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Yeti’s Rambler and Tumbler—my go-to beverage delivery system

You won’t know how badly you needed one of these Yeti Ramblers until you get one in your hands and fill it  with whatever strikes you as the perfect beverage at that moment. One-hundred degree day and you’re cruising up … Continue reading

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Truck Accessories—Gear to get you out there and back

I penned this piece for Fly Rod & Reel back in the summer after putting this gear to a solid test. I’ve had it for six more months now and still feel that this account is very accurate. I am … Continue reading

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RIO’s Fly Line Selector App for Spey

I’ve been going through mounds of fly lines and shooting heads and running lines and it’s all so confusing, man. Can’t remember which lines go with which reels and which rods throw them best. Should have taken better notes. Now … Continue reading

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Outside Magazine’s Yeti Cooler Test

I was fishing some eastern Washington trout lakes with George Cook last April when he asked, “Greg, have you seen that insane Outside video where they beat the hell out of a Yeti cooler?” “Nope,” I replied. But I have … Continue reading

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Driftboat Trailering Safety 101

My good friend Robert Eddins owns Ro Drift Boats and knows a thing or two about getting there and back with a boat intact. Not long ago I asked him for some hints on pulling a boat safely and responded … Continue reading

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Buy the YETI Hopper, now available

So, I feel like some of the gear posts that people make online and in print are made public hwaaay too fast and the product doesn’t really have time to prove itself to the reviewer. I’ve been pretty tame on … Continue reading

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