Scott Women’s A4 Rod Review

ImageFly rods have come a long way in the last decade and I’ve noticed that fly rod companies are now starting to pay attention to fly rods that need to be designed for women.  Of those companies, I recently picked up the women’s A4 905-4 fly rod.  The first thing that comes to mind with this rod is its extremely versatile!

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Winston Boron 3 LS Fly Rod Review

ImageFly rods and their impact on fly-fishing and the experience we’ve come to enjoy has morphed over the years and now more so than over the past decade. In the ever changing world of fast action fly rods R.L. Winston has stuck to its roots and developed a rod that bridges the gap between modern fly rod flexes and traditional technique. Enter the R.L. Winston BIII LS.

For a long time Winston has produced trout rods that have a full flexing profile, catering to the angler who revels in the cast, the presentation and the simplicity of a single dry fly. As our sport has grown, fly-fishing with a single dry fly has slowly been pushed aside in response to the various creative ways anglers have engineered to catch fish with a fly rod. Click here to read the full Winston LS review

Scientific Anglers Sharkwave Fly Line Review

ImageAt Western Rivers we’re picky about our fly rods and the fly lines we choose to get the most from a fly rods performance. When we tested the new Sharkwave flyline we approached it with some skepticism as we do with all new products before we get to test them, but after now casting and fishing this new textured fly line we believe this new fly line from Scientific Anglers to be an improvement in performance over  their original Sharkskin fly lines. When we can’t get out to fly-fish on one of our local waters we often find ourselves practicing our fly-casting at a local park.  It is very relaxing, improves our success, but it also allows us to try out new fly-lines as they come out. Click here to continue reading the rest of the review…

Hatch Fly Reel Review by Steve Schmidt

ImageThe Hatch Fly Reel company is a relatively new fly reel manufacturer that has risen to the top of premium fly reel companies in a short period of time.  I remember distinctly when I first came across this company; they only offered one very fine fly fishing reel.  That was unique for a new reel manufacturer: just one reel, one size, one color.   For several years  I followed this new innovative reel company and watched them mature.  Not long after learning of Hatch Reels I bought one.  It was the first non-Hardy trout reel I’ve ever owned and used since opening Western Rivers 28 years ago.  I was so impressed that shortly after that we brought them in to the shop even though my crew was somewhat hesitant because of their price.  That hesitancy didn’t last long, however.  Since then just about everyone in the shop now owns and fishes a Hatch Reel amd they have become our best selling premium fly reel. To read the rest of the review click here…