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    Umpqua tarpon flies worked their magic in Mexico

    Since I lived in a landlocked state and only chase salty fish occasionally, I always find myself questioning my fly choice. Luckily, the team at Umpqua set us up with some nice boxes of flies to chase baby tarpon. We boarded the plane in Durango donning masks and carrying our rods and reels for our…

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    A bittersweet morning with the Redington Field Kit

    Bittersweet. That's how I'd describe my brief encounter with the Redington Field Kit, a clever compilation of a medium-fast-action fly rod, a sturdy and dependable reel and a fly line designed for the fishing you're doing at the time. A few weeks back, I took the Field Kit's tropical saltwater version with me to Long…

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    Simms launches new Flyweight collection

    It's an interesting time for fly fishing gear manufacturers. The ongoing pandemic has cancelled trade shows and outdoor expos, so marketing departments are working through what's become an unfortunate new normal. How do you introduce a consumer base — even a loyal one — to new products? Simms is facing that challenge as I write…

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    Artist Alana Louise crafts bandana to benefit TU

    Seattle artist Alana Louise has crafted a new bandana with a distinctly fishy appeal for Bandits Bandanas customers, and 10 percent of proceeds from the bandana's sale will go to Trout Unlimited. Titled "Anadromous," the bandana depicts a river full of sockeye salmon on an annual spawning run. It is now available to the masses…

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    Douglas SKY G a solid fast-action fly rod

    I. Like. This. Rod. A Lot. Douglas does not sell direct to customers, so we suggest you check one of their rods out at your local TU Business member fly shop.

    Looking for something special for someone special this Chistmas? Let me suggest this awesome fly rod from our friends at Douglas Outdoors. The first thing I noticed about this rod was the weight. It’s light, coming in at 2.7 oz. in a 5-weight. That’s not a lot different than plenty of other 5-weights, but you…