Gear Reviews


The Winchester 101 Field – Initial Thoughts

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It’s been a long time coming.  I have been looking at over/under shotguns for quite a long time, all the while, pinching pennies and biding my time. In that several year period, I had too much time to gawk, lust, fondle and sometimes even shoot different guns. I finally pulled the trigger (pun intended) on […]

Rambling Review: WingWorks Upland Vest

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Rambling Review – WingWorks Upland Vest Why: Since moving to Arizona, I spend many weekends from October to February hunting Gambel’s quail. At present, I don’t have a bird dog, so that means that on any given morning I am hiking many miles after running birds. It is imperative that I carry enough water to keep […]

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 Ireland 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 […]