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3-Tand SURGEX S-6+ Pliers

The SURGEX S-6+ fishing pliers were created with comfort, durability, precision and affordability in mind. Fully machined for extra strength, comes with two types of tips; a multi-tool tip with split ring opener and crimping tool, and a standard needle-nose tips, extra tungsten carbide cutters, extra screws, sheath and lanyard…for only $79.95! Excellent for both freshwater and saltwater applications.

To learn more, go to: http://www.3-tand.com/reels/#/accessories/

Mirage Fly Reel

A technologically superior reel conceived and designed from the ground up and built in New England by American craftsmen to battle big fish and defeat corrosive saltwater environments. The new Mirage features a sealed and maintenance-free carbon and stainless steel disc drag system with an aggressive knurled drag knob that goes from zero to full drag in a single drag knob rotation. Patent-pending ball and ramp drag mechanism provides a smooth turning drag that follows a non-linear curve as the drag knob is turned to give smoother adjustments in the fishing and fish-fighting range. The reel is a super large arbor for increased retrieve rates and reduction in line coil. Machined in the USA from strong, yet lightweight 6061 T6 aluminum barstock. Ergonomically designed machined aluminum handle. Quick release spool easily converts from left to right-hand retrieve. Military-spec type III hard coat anodizing. Titanium shaft adds strength without additional weight. Fully radiused reel foot prevents kinked leaders. Low-profile counterweight won’t catch fingers or fly lines. Check it out at orvis.com

SOG PowerPlay Multi-Tool

Compact, comfortable, and feature-rich, the PowerPlay brings many often-used tool components into a small, pocketable multi-tool. Built with pliers powered by Compound Leverage where it doubles your gripping power, the tool also features a straight edge and a fully serrated blade among other components that can be accessed single-handedly without opening the tool. Perfect for anglers and outdoors people!

To learn more go to: http://www.sogknives.com/industrial/multi-tools/powerplay-hex.html

FishMask Dirty Dog Grizzly

We are always on the hunt for good quality streamers that work well for trout and smallmouth bass. Our friends at Reelflies have a great new pattern that should work well. The Fishmask Dirty Dog in the grizzly pattern is size 4 is the right size, weighting and coloration to help anglers work a bank or structure trying to trigger a trophy fish into attacking. We really like that this fly is articulated. It comes in natural grizzly and olive colours and is approximately 4 inches long.

http://www.reelflies.ca/product_p/dirty-dog-grizzly.htm

RIO Powerflex Wire Bite Tippet

Fly fishing for Northern Pike and Musky with flies is becoming more and more popular. We often get asked what we like to use to prevent “bite-offs”. Our favourite product by far is RIO’s Powerflex Wire Bite Tippet. It is a tough, flexible nylon-coated wire that’s perfect for sharp toothed critters. This knot-able, braided wire is supple enough to tie directly to the fly. Available in three size options; 20lb, 30lb & 40lb, with 15 feet on each spool. We find for most pike fishing either the 20lb or 30lb is perfect. You can learn more here: http://www.rioproducts.com/products/tippet/powerflex-wire-bite-tippet

Fishing Artwork on Flyboxes

Ty Hallock is a fantastic guide in Casper Wyoming…but he is also a gifted artist. Ty has become well-known for his fishing artwork on flyboxes, Yeti cooler boxes and much more. If you are looking for a special gift for someone or just want a cool new item to take fishing, then check out all his great offerings here:

http://www.tyoutdoors.com

The Big Bug Box

Probably the best designed and most practical flybox we used this past season is The Big Bug Box from Tacky Fly Fishing. Clear lid so you can see the flies at a glance, slits that actually hold the flies in place, and just the right size box for a wader pocket, shirt pocket or your vest. These fly boxes have outstanding design and great application for serious anglers.

http://tackyflyfishing.com/the-big-bug-box/

Murdich Mini Minnow

One of the top producing flies in the 2016 season is made by Umpqua and is known as the Murdich Mini Minnow. This is a fantastic fly for bass, trout and in larger sizes – for pike and musky. Smallmouth bass really liked this fly in all-white and white/chartreuse.

https://umpqua.com/products/flies/bass-subsurface/murdich-mini-minnow