Gear Reviews


Rambling Review – Black Bear Fly Fishing 2/3 wt Fiberglass Pack Travel Fly Rod

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Rambling Review – Black Bear Fly Fishing 2/3 wt Fiberglass Pack Travel Fly Rod Why: So last year, my wife and I were planning our first trip to Europe. As is usually the case when we are planning a vacation, I started researching fishing opportunities and I found a great place in France that we were […]

Rambling Review: Duluth Trading Company Armachillo Gear

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Rambling Review – Duluth Trading Company Armachillo Gear Why: It’s wicked hot here in Arizona. From late spring to early fall, Phoenix temps skyrocket into the triple digets, and 110° and higher is not uncommon. During this time, I am pointing the truck northward to try and find some willing trout to take a fly. Even […]

Rambling Review – Mountainsmith Phantom 40

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Rambling Review – Mountainsmith Phantom 40 Why: I absolutely love my Mountainsmith Day TLS. In my opinion, it is one of the most comfortable and versatile lumbar packs on the market. I use it on just about every day trip/fishing excursion and have found it to be perfect for what I need. Sometimes though, I’m looking to go […]

Rambling Review – Western Visions Fly Fishing Lanyards

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Rambling Review – Western Visions Fly Fishing Lanyards Why: Outdoorsmen, and specifically fly fishermen, are always looking for new ways to carry their gear and essentials. Although the concept of fly fishing is relatively easy, there are so many gadgets and gismos to take onto the water that organization often can be a real problem. A […]

Rambling Review – Cortland Precision Quick Descent 30′ Sink Tip Fly line

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Rambling Review – Cortland Precision Quick Descent 30′ Sink Tip Fly line Why: I was invited on an April trip to Pyramid Lake in western Nevada. Although nymphing under an indicator is fairly successful on Pyramid, many fishermen prefer to using a heavy sinking line and strip different flies back along the bottom of the […]

Rambling Review – Linekurv Stripping Basket

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Rambling Review – Linekurv Stripping Basket Why: This year, I had the opportunity to do a bit of pike fishing along with a trip to Pyramid Lake. Several people I talked to recommended a stripping basket for both occasions and it was not until I went that I really understood why. Stripping baskets help to keep […]

Smith Creek New Zealand Products

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One of the coolest products that I have is the Smith Creek Net Holster. I did a review on it a while back and it’s one of those pieces of gear that has stood the test of time and abuse on the water. Smith Creek New Zealand is always looking to fill a nitch or […]

Rambling Review: GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist

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Rambling Review – GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist Why: Everyone is looking for that all in one cooking setup that is lightweight and packable. My wife and I often backpack together and so some of the smaller solo systems do not fit our needs.  We have been using the GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist for the past […]