The Goods: Fly-Fishing

Fly gear to get you from spring melt to winter steelhead runs

May 17, 2006
Outside Magazine

Photograph by Jens Mortensen

1. WILLIAM JOSEPH HOOK NET // Ultralight and durable, this bamboo net hangs from any gear loop and draws quicker than a six-shooter. $59;

2. CLOUDVEIL 8X JACKET // The neoprene cuffs, three-ply Gore-Tex, and articulated arms create the dry comfort of an expedition jacket. $395;

3. SAGE 490-4 TCR ROD AND 3200 REEL // Fast action and a full nine feet of graphite make this four-piece four-weight and matching reel your all-purpose kit—supple on the cast and tough in a fight. Rod, $715; reel, $315;

4. MAYFLY HEX-CESSORIES TROUTFISHER LANYARD // Lose the dorky vest and carry the essentials with this convenient cord. $30;

5. WILLIAM JOSEPH GEAR BAG CHEST // Pack everything you need for a full day's wade: lunch, hydration, and a workstation of flies. $89

6. SCOTT G2 ROD // Paired with Ross's flagship Evolution #1 reel, this ultraprecise eight-foot, 2.3-ounce, four-piece three-weight rod is your instrument for technical spring-creek fishing. Rod, $595; reel, $275;,

7. RISING ULTRALIGHT PLIERS // These stainless-steel grips are light, sharp, and versatile. $20;

8. UMPQUA SOUTHERN ROCKIERS TROUT HATCHBOX // Friends may mock your refined tastes when they see this hardwood-boxed, 84-fly selection, but they won't turn down your offer to sample the goods. $180;

9. SIMMS G3 GUIDE BOOT // With cobble-gripping felt soles, this boot is rapids-ready. $160;

10. SIMMS G3 GUIDE STOCKINGFOOTS // Constructed of tough three- and five-layer Gore-Tex, with reinforced knees and gravel guards, these waders will keep you drier than the Dolores River. $425