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  • Boats Fishing Gear reviews

    Holiday Gifts for River Rats

    Because you’re here reading this, you’re more than likely into fishing… and boats. Probably both! This guide to last-minute gift ideas was compiled by TU’s resident filmmaker and boat driver Josh Duplechian and our at-large photographer/oarsman Tim Romano. While it’s short on fishing gear, it’s long on accessories that make any boat lover happy. Costa…

  • Boats Featured Gear reviews

    Take care of your feet

    Footwear matters on the river, especially when you’re putting in big miles and days in and out of the boat. If you can keep your feet happy, the rest will follow

    A couple of weeks ago I showed up to a friend’s house after a day on the water. My choice in footwear became the focus of conversation. One would assume I was going for a mid-day stroll in my Crocs and socks. “What in the world are you wearing?” “Do those work?” They were talking…

  • Trout Talk Featured Gear reviews

    Books: The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies

    Originally printed in 2011, and including a foreword by the late Lefty Kreh, this book drills down on 20 patterns

    I was delighted to receive an advance paperback copy of The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies by Tom Rosenbauer, because it just snowed for the first time this fall and as such, I’m about to enter what I call “tying season.” And when I tie, I like to focus on the basics, spinning…

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    TU tested: Tajima replacement polarized lenses

    I’ll admit I have become kind of a lens-snob, in that I do prefer certain lenses in certain conditions

    I absolutely love sight fishing. See the fish… make the cast… that’s top of the game.  Heck, I like just spotting fish as much as I like catching them. As such, my polarized glasses are as important to me as the rod and reel I fish.  Put it this way… if I drive to the…

  • Gear reviews Featured Trout Tips

    TU tested: Korker’s ‘River Ops’ wading boots

    This is a really well-engineered wading boot. Period

    ($259.99; korkers.com) Some wading boots are getting expensive. But I’ve always seen the value in Korkers boots because they’re built with an “Omnitrax” system that allows you to switch soles (they come with two sets.) So it’s like getting two pairs of boots in one. Say you prefer wading in studs, but your fishing friend doesn’t want…