Northeast Fly Fishing 2017 Gear Guide

Loon Outdoors Ergo Bobbin

The fly-tying bobbin gets an ergonomic update with Loon Outdoors Ergo Bobbin ($19.95; that makes this indispensable tying tool more comfortable and easier to use. A fly-tyers can easily adjust the tension by changing the pressure applied in his grip while tying.

Orvis Hydros and Recon

The Orvis Recon ($425-$450; teams high-performance feel with lightness in hand, and has close-in loading ability and the power for longer reach.

The Orvis Hydros SL ($198-$259; has a narrow spool to eliminate line stacking, and offers increased backing capacity. The reel provides a 12% increase in line-retrieval rate, and has a fully sealed drag mechanism, making it ready for big fish and harsh conditions when fly-fishing in saltwater.

G. Loomis Asquith

The G. Loomis Asquith series ($1,000-$1,200; is the culmination of global cooperation in design, materials, and manufacturing techniques. Built on Shimano’s proprietary Spiral X platform, the Asquith boasts superb power transfer from tip to hand, quick recovery, and increased sensitivity. Designed by world casting champion Steve Rajeff, the Asquith is an exploratory step into the future of rod manufacturing technology. With fast actions, generous power levels, titanium guides, and exceptionally light swing weight, all nine rods in the series, from the 4-weight to the 12-weight (all 9-foot) are capable of developing high line speed and making precise casts.

Shimano Asquith

The Shimano Asquith Fly Reel ($279.99-$379.99) borrows features from Shimano’s conventional and spinning reel lines, such as a Hagane body and S-ARB bearings to make a reel that is lightweight yet tough. Available in two sizes, the ASQ34 handles stream and pond trout while the ASQ78 has a robust drag designed to tame salmon, steelhead, and saltwater fish.

Rise Fishing Co. BlackH2O Spey Rod

The Rise Fishing Co. Blackwater Spey Rod ($449.99–$589.99; is designed to handle big waters and big fish from salmon and steelhead on the Lake Ontario tributaries or stripers in the surf and bays. The Blackwater is crafted of lightweight graphite and decked out with supreme grade cork and the high-end components. The series includes seven models from an 11-foot 6/7 weight to a 14-foot 9-weight.


Vedavoo Esox Fly Wallet

The Vedavoo Esox Fly Wallet ($80; is the perfect place to tuck in your super-sized streamers before sending them out to get trashed by pike, muskies, stripers or blues. Made with two big patches of shearling fleece for the flies, and four internal pockets for leaders, tippet spools, tools, heads, tips, or other thin gear.

Cliff Outdoors Bugger Beast and Beast, Jr.

The Cliff Outdoors Bugger Beast ($39.95-$49.95; lets you pack along a week’s supply (or a day’s supply if the bluefish are in) of saltwater flies in a rugged, lightweight, and easily transported box. Both sides of the inside are lined with slotted blue foam that grips hooks, holds them in place and the box locks shut with easy sliding closures. Available in two sizes—The Beast (13.5″ X 9″ X 3″) and the Beast Jr. (10″ X 6.5″ X 2.75″).

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Catch and Release Fly Fishing Backpack

The MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Catch and Release Fly Fishing Backpack ($289.99; is a backpack, beltpack and chest pack, all in one. Access essential gear quickly and easily, even while wading in a stream or the surf. Simply rotate the beltpack to the front of your body to access leaders, line tippets, flies, indicators, smartphone, or camera. The beltpack can also be cinched up to create a chest pack for wading into deeper water.

Tacky Fly Fishing The Original

The Tacky Fly Fishing Original Fly Box ($24.95; uses a slit silicone storage system that holds flies tighter, withstands extemes in temperatures, and is a light blue color for high contrast. The box itself is made from light, durable polycarbonate with a clear lid and a latch-less magnetic closure system.

3-Tand TX-80 Hybrid Fly Reel

The 3-Tand TX 80 large arbor fly reel ($324.95; is fully machined from 6061-T6 and utilizes the exclusive Nano CF Drag. It also features hidden counterweights, a rubberized reel foot insert, and the comfortable handle. The TX 80 weighs only 7.6 ounces, and is sealed making it perfect for matching to your favorite 8- to 10-weight saltwater fly rod.


    • Blackdogfish

      ” how far will they push it?”

      As far as they can. Fly gear has always been priced at least twice …often three or four times…what it would cost in the spinning world. It attracts both very wealthy and very image-oriented folks. As well as regular folks.

  1. Joe GaNun

    Unless you are talking bamboo. Then you are looking at $3000 to $4000 dollars.

  2. Charles A DeVerna

    Tom Rosenbauer in Orvis saltwater videos usually has a Clearwater rod in his hand…that should tell you something !

  3. Blackdogfish

    Antother comment here:
    I think it’s a little whacked of OnTheWater to be reviewing gear with that sort of price point; that’s just silly. Also, I will say, as a very long-time subscriber to OTW- (I like them a lot) , the
    “reviews” of gear are worthless. It’s apparent that manufacturers just pay them X dollars to be included on the list. Everything is “glowing review” and of no help to the fisherman who is looking for honest assessments of new gear…especially relative to value. (the intersection point of cost and performance/durability).

  4. Steven Bigley

    I’ve caught nice trout with a 24 dollar fly reel. It’s almost impossible to find information on a good 60 to $100 reel. I’m definitely more of a spinning reel fisherman. But would like to upgrade just a bit on a fly reel for small and large mouth.

    • Kevin

      Check out Allen fly reels, they are the best reels for the money, you can get a very high quality fly reel for your price point. the are a small-er company and have excellent customer service. they sell reels from 3 wt to 12 wt I have 2 of there reels for my flats fly rod and my boat fly rod.
      hope this helps


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