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Posts Tagged ‘fishing’

Spin it up: Spinning gear provides easy introduction to fishing

Spin it up: Spinning gear provides easy introduction to fishing

Water enthusiasts who want to stay active during their time on the lake or river will appreciate the challenges of fishing, while hopefully adding a delicious, healthy menu item to their dinner. For neophytes, fishing with spinning gear offers the easiest way to get started with angling. St. Croix Premier Spinning Rod, $110 Whether targeting schools [Continued...]

Sage Circa: A dry fly dream-caster

Sage Circa: A dry fly dream-caster

The era of fast action fly rods really began with Sage some 25 years ago. Now, the company has launched a new era of slower but incredibly accurate rods. The Sage Circa sets a new rhythm for fly casters. Since the mid-1980s, the Bainbridge Island company has moved the world for fly fishing progressively forward [Continued...]

Stick it! Fikkes Fly Hiker let you cast away your trekking pole

Stick it!  Fikkes Fly Hiker let you cast away your trekking pole

 When gearing up for a hiking adventure, savvy backpackers know that finding gear that does double duty helps trim off a lot of pack weight. A great new brand from Washington state took that idea and created a brilliant new two-in-one product for hikers who like to enjoy angling during their adventures. The Fikkes Fly [Continued...]

Creek Company Voyager: A portable boat for avid anglers

Creek Company Voyager: A portable boat for avid anglers

Bank anglers frequently envy the ability of boaters to cover more water during their angling adventures. But they never envy them the hassle of having to trailer and tow those vessels to and from the lakes and rivers. Personal-sized water craft make it possible for those of us who primarily wade-fish to get out on [Continued...]

Sage Quest Ultra-light: Ideal rain shell for active anglers

Sage Quest Ultra-light: Ideal rain shell for active anglers

When June rain squalls hit the western Cascade foothills, they tend to hit hard. Standing in the high, cold waters of the Tilton River I noticed the partially sunny day had turned dark. Looking upstream, black clouds dropped curtains of rain across the river valley and it was drifting quickly toward me.  Stepping up on [Continued...]

Pentax Improves an already great camera

Pentax Improves an already great camera

Our testers fell in love with the waterproof, shock-proof Pentax Optio WG-1 last year, and the upgrades to the new Optio WG-2 proved wonderful improvements that made that great camera better. (see the WG-1 review here)   The new Pentax WG-2 GPS camera offers outdoor enthusiasts the same handy means of documenting their adventures in [Continued...]

Known for high-end gear, Orvis offers excellent entry-level fishing combo

Known for high-end gear, Orvis offers excellent entry-level fishing combo

After examining an array of rods and reels, our testers identified two standouts in the ‘entry level’ class. We’ve already discussed the excellence of the Redington Voyant outfit. Of at least equal – and more than one of the test team deemed it to be better – quality is the new Orvis Clearwater II Combo [Continued...]

Fly fishing industry offers new era of high quality entry-level gear

Fly fishing industry offers new era of high quality entry-level gear

It’s never been easier, or more affordable, to learn to fly fish. Manufacturers of quality fly fishing gear have recognized the need to offer high quality gear at affordable prices, even as they refine and improve their high-end offerings. We’ll be looking at a range of this new gear in the coming weeks and we [Continued...]

Review: fishing gear made for women

Review: fishing gear made for women

(First published in Seattle Times NW Weekend March 18, 2010) The general outdoor industry realized several years ago that women get out and hike, bike, camp and climb. As a result, gear makers began producing products designed for women. More recently, the fishing industry realized that women also like to get out and fish and, [Continued...]

Gear Review: Buff surprises us with its trail worthiness

Gear Review: Buff surprises us with its trail worthiness

Gear Review [Continued...]

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