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What Does The "X" Mean When Choosing Leaders + Tippet?

What Does The "X" Mean When Choosing Leaders + Tippet?

Words + Photos By: Josh Thelin What does the X mean? This is one of the most commonly confusing subjects within the fly shop. When choosing a spool of tippet or a pack of leaders, there are three main components of each: length, diameter, and poundage (breaking strength).  For instance,...

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9wt Fly Rod Royale - The Best Fly Rod For Striped Bass

9wt Fly Rod Royale - The Best Fly Rod For Striped Bass

Words + Photos By: Josh Thelin If you keep up with our blog, you might have seen the article "8wt or 9wt For Striped Bass?" which covers why I believe the the 9wt fly rod is really the most utilitarian saltwater rod for "New England saltwater fly fishing." In this article,...

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Gear Review: Echo Prime + Echo Trout Fly Rod - First Impressions

Gear Review: Echo Prime + Echo Trout Fly Rod - First Impressions

Words + Photos by: Josh Thelin I recently got my hands on a couple of the new fly rods that Echo will be releasing mid November. One of them is their newest premier saltwater rod, and the other is their top end trout rod. Both of them will be at the...

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Gear Review: Echo Bad Ass Glass Quickshot Fly Rod - Field Tested

Gear Review: Echo Bad Ass Glass Quickshot Fly Rod - Field Tested

This past weekend, Leif and I took Echo's Bad Ass Glass Quickshot out for a spin. We've been very curious about how this rod could stand up to various presentations and distances with a floating line, as well as its versatility with a sinking line/streamer rigs. Echo also updated this...

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Video: Fly Tying - Near Nuff Smelt

Video: Fly Tying - Near Nuff Smelt

This is a pattern that has been in the shop for a little while now and always sells out, especially during the spring. What's clever, but not seen easily, is the tungsten bead that is hidden within the fly. This weight helps to balance and swim the fly correctly through...

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