Buster Midge

It may seem odd to think of midges as robust attractor  patterns, but believe me it’s definitely worthwhile tying this delicate insect as an attractor. I realized this in early spring of 2010 on an afternoon when there were millions of midges hatching and drifting down a riffle and into a nice deep run.  There were some big browns sipping in the slack water and I caught a few using a size18 Parachute Midge, but to my amazement most of the action was in the shallower riffle at the head of the run. I noticed not only snouts poking up, but violent splashes to large clusters of midges. I tied on a size 14 foam pattern I call the Buster Midge and cast to the head of the riffle. I watched as a snout appeared and inhaled the fly. After three or four jumps and a couple of charges I landed a 22 1/2 inch brown.

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Rod Review: Thomas & Thomas Avantt

Thomas & Thomas’ new Avantt is an impressive American built rod. The rod is finished in a classy matte blue with darker blue around the wraps. Most noteworthy however is the way the rod handles long distances. The rod has a lightning quick recovery speed and shoots line effortlessly. Because of the speed of the rod, Fly Fusion testers also over-lined the rod, but found it performed best with a matching line weight. The Avantt is a fast action rod that loves distance but is sensitive enough in the tip that it can adjust to the short game as well. Fly anglers who like the long game and an extra bit of power will like this rod. click here

Sneak Peek

Depending on where you’re from, the winter months can be extremely difficult for the fly angler. The Fly Fusion staff understands cabin fever as well as anyone, so they wanted to release their spring cover in its design stages as a reminder that great fishing is just around the corner.

2017 New Rod Guide

How do you choose the best fly rod? Fly Fusion editors have been brainstorming that question over the last number of months and have managed to come up with a number of interesting conclusions. What they constantly came back to however was the evolving fly rod manufacturing market. Because of the way fly-rod companies produce rods, the old model of rod testing is becoming increasingly outdated. The previous model tested all rods against each other and then the tester placed them in an arbitrary order from top to bottom.

The deficiency in this method is that rod designers create rods for specific purposes and certain rods are not created in order to match up against other rods. Take a super fast action rod for example versus more of a moderate action rod. The two rods are not designed to perform the same at all distances.

Fly Fusion built their new review around this idea, which in the end directs the consumer to the best rod for their fishing situation. Make sure that you pick up the latest issue on the newsstand and explore 24 new rods for 2017.

Fly Fusion TV – Season Two:

We had such a huge response to our last share contest that we thought it was only fitting to do another! Share this trailer from Fly Fusion Television Season 2 for your chance to win a Scientific Anglers gift pack valued at over $500.00! Winner will be randomly drawn on the 25th of November. Good Luck!!

Editor’s Choice Freshwater Rod—X590 by Sage

A number of months ago Sage sent us the X rod to test. And even though the X has been on a number of trips and has caught lots of trout, with this rod it was love at first cast. The X loads easily with very little line outside of the tip, but it also has enough backbone to reach a rising trout that seems just a little out of range. Because of the rod’s flex and recovery rate, it’s adaptable to a variety of angling situations, and excels both on tight casts in small streams and for bombing long casts on bigger water. The new taper delivers greater blank recovery and a crisper tip, allowing anglers to dig deeper into the rod and access more of the lower sections of the blank, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank also result in more accurate and efficient presentations, which refine the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly. sageflyfish.com

2017 Editors Choice Awards: Orvis Waterproof Backpack

Wading anglers know it’s not uncommon for water to appear waist deep when it’s really closer to chest deep. For situations like this, or after an unintended spill or an unexpected downpour, Orvis created a functional waterproof backpack that keeps your gear (and your fishing license) dry. In addition to it’s functional waterproof construction, the pack also differs from other dry bags in that its outward gray finish is textured as opposed to a plasticy-looking dry-bag type finish. True to the Orvis brand, they designed the pack with the fly fisher in mind. The pack features a gear station on the shoulder strap, two rod tube pockets, a D-ring on the back to hold a landing net, and a padded back panel with ventilation channels. Available March 2017. Orvis.com