Fly-Fishing Gear Essentials

May 20, 2008
Outside Magazine
Fly-Fishing Gear Essentials

1. JACKET Simms's waterproof/breathable G4 Pro comes with microfleece-lined hand-warmer pockets, and retractors are built into the chest for easy access to clippers and forceps. $450;

2. ALL-PURPOSE REEL For hogs, we'll take Ross's size-2 Rhythm, an ambidextrous model with an idiot-proof drag that handled seven-inch and seven-pound fish equally well. $220;

3. FLY BOX The carbon-fiber C1 fly box by Carbon Flybox Co.—filled with Umpqua's precise, durable flies (from $1.50;—is as rockproof, light, and expensive as you'd expect. $65;

4. WADERS Thanks to a synthetic facing that protects the Gore-Tex membrane, Cloudveil's 8x Pros are as durable as they are comfortable. $475;

5. WADING BOOTS At 1.7 lbs, Simms's Guide Boot is a full ten ounces lighter than the manufacturer's previous top model. $160

6. SPRING-CREEK REEL For fish you can land with a 4-weight rod and no mechanical drag—which is to say, most trout—use Sage's responsive, featherweight (2.9-ounce) 3100 Click and Pawl. $280;

7. SPRING-CREEK ROD Thanks to streamlined graphite fibers that run directly down the blank, this four-piece, eight-foot-six, 4-weight rod—part of Sage's ZXL series—is smooth, accurate, and resilient, fighting big fish surprisingly well for its 2.9-ounce weight. $665

8. ALL-PURPOSE ROD Orvis's new, ultralight ZG Helios rods restore much-needed cred to the mega-brand. At just 2.6 ounces, the nine-foot, 5-weight mid-flex drove long casts into the wind with little effort. $755;

Filed To: Fly-Fishing, Soft Shell

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