XMAS SHOPPING 19: RODS, RODS, RODS

Here’s for you a bunch of rods we think are quite good. Between the four of us, we’ve got them all. We’ve tested them all. Yes M’am.

SAGE METHOD 590-4. Red beauty. The rod you want when you need to reach out, and show some authority in the fight. Great tip stability, excellent control of the line. A top shelf piece of carbon for sure. For more details, see our test here.

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REDINGTON VAPEN 890. Red or black, for toothy critters. The grip is convincing, it is pleasing to the eye and to the hand, easy to clean and provides a firm control over the rod. Excellent value for a powerful rod.

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LOOP CROSS S1 MC-MF 590. For some of us, the favorite. Fantastic fishing machine, with a very smooth and very light feeling in hand. It is so light you really feel like you’re casting a 4wt that would be easier to take further when you need it and easier to punch into the wind.

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XMAS SHOPPING 19: LOOP OPTI REEL

RunnerWhen we buy a flyrod as a present for somebody, unless we already know exactly what this person wants, we always take the risk that the rod will not suit the fisherman. With reels, it is not the same ; with the exception of the reels for the tuna hunters, most of the high end reels do a perfect job for what we do 99% of the time. So why not choosing the most beautiful one? I’m totally in love with my  Loop Opti reels, the DryFly for the 5-weight, the Runner for 7 to 9 weight, and last but not least, the truely gorgeous Speedrunner for flylines up to 10-11, absolutely perfect for pike and two handed rods. I melt down every town I look at them… And compared with a rod, a fly reel is a gift that will last long. And an Opti Reel is a really, really beautiful gift.

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XMAS SHOPPING 18: STUFF FOR TYING NYMPHS

Today and for once, some fly tying stuff. My buddy Sylvain Coupé, from the SC Flyshop, earned himself quite a reputation for selling only impecable goods, only materials he uses himself at the vise. And since he’s not lacking in expertise either as a fly tyer or as a nympher, I asked him if he had some delicacy that could interest the discerning client. Here are two quite sharp items that I suggest you take a good look at. First a strong barbless hook. A real strong wire, even in the small sizes, the ideal hook for controling this angry fat mama that will get lost in the current if you can’t handle her with some authority. Pro tip: its weight will be enough to sink a small imitation, so you dont have to put on extra lead. Then some magnificent tungsten beads, in striking colors indeed. The boss says: I’ve had clients who went to a fishing trip in Bosnia and Slovenia with those. They reported that with the ARC beads, grayling were moving meters to take them! I asked: what about the trouts? Answer: graylings were too fast… I’ve confirmed this in France and in the US. They really rock when to going gets tough with other nymphs.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s all the recommendation I need.

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XMAS SHOPPING 17: WARM AND LIGHT

What? Blow my jacket with air? The new jacket from Field & Fish is really something, don’t worry about goose or duck plucking, there’s only polyesther and elastane, all you have to add to be warmer is your breath! We all know air is the best insulation, it was just never used in gear… we all wear down jackets, sheepskin… but air ? A very smart move from Field & Fish with their Air Thermal Jacket, watch out for the thorns… a whole test coming up, but definatly a Xmas present. Less than 150$. Order it on their french website, the english version is still under constuction.

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XMAS SHOPPING 16: HUMIDOR FOR YOUR CUBANS

The best gift for all smokers, that is now going to be a must! I have one that I have been carrying round the world on any fishing trip always filled with Partagas 898, or Punch de Punch, sometimes Partagas D4 and Romeo y Julietta Chuchills. There is always a reason to light one, the main one is the taste and the pleasure, the second might be to celebrate! But soon, you’re going to ba able to load your humidor with Cuban cigars, personaly, I carry them with a Simms humidor! There is also one with Derek De Young painting, but my advise is get them if you can because they are not on Simms website anymore, does it means they will not sell them anymore? Some retailers still have some in stock!  Otherwise Sage is selling the same one in one colour but they are probabbly made in the same place, you can stash up to 6 cigars in the tube depending of the ones you smoke, the inside is in Cedar, and there is an humidicator on the top of the tube.

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XMAS SHIRTS

Hurry up, Xmas is around the corner! Last day to order your shirts and get free stickers! and if the postman is not lazy you have all the chances to get your order before Xmas ! Make your choice!Mouching shop

XMAS SHOPPING 14: THE KEYCHAIN

Cheap, useful, smart and pretty, what else? You can give anawesome present with the Tibor Keychain for 25$, it comes engraved with our favorite fish: trout, salmon, tarpon, bass, permit, bonefish, rooster fish, dorado, snook, redfish, albacore, sailfish, pike…and in three colours, black, blue or metal gold. En you can have it engraved with the text of your choice! A must!

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XMAS SHOPPING 13: ALLEN KRAKEN REEL

Great reel, great value! We had the luck to test the Allen Kraken in Cuba earlier this year and for what we did with it’s a great reel. Great for several reasons, it’s light, it stops a fish’s run, it’s reasonably priced and it’s good looking! We’ve used it for Bonefish, and Jacks, two species that like to make a run once they are hooked. Bones over 6 pounds are common in San Lazaro, Cuba, where we used the reel and it was not a problem for the Kraken. We used it on a Sage Xi3 #8 and it balanced perfectly the rod. Hard to beat for under 200$!

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