Fishpond San Juan Chest Pack Review

I have been using the Fishpond San Juan chest pack for a while now on a variety of streams and really like it for tenkara fishing.  I couldn’t find one locally, but luckily, Colorado Skies Outfitters (my local fly shop here in Parker) was cool enough to pick one up from their distributor and got me one within 24 hours.  That was great customer service!  Here’s a video of what I like and don’t like about the pack....

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Tenkara USA Ito Review
Oct25

Tenkara USA Ito Review

  I recently broke down and bought a Tenkara USA Ito after hearing a lot of buzz and positive reviews on it.  To be honest, my first experience with the Ito didn’t make a great impression on me.  I had cast one a few times and thought it was too slow and longer than I really needed.  But what I didn’t realize was that the Ito grows on you and once you fish it a few times and drop some preconceived notions, you finally...

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Big Shipment of Trico Ultralight Fly Fishing Packs has Arrived!
May12

Big Shipment of Trico Ultralight Fly Fishing Packs has Arrived!

FINALLY got the big shipment in I’ve been waiting for!  The Tricos are officially back in stock and hopefully for good.  To all of you who have been so patient in waiting for them, thanks!  Also, from now on, we’re including a custom foam fly drying patch with each one.  Get them...

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What I carry in my Ultralight Fly Fishing Pack

A lot of people have asked me what I carry in my pack for UL fly fishing and backpacking trips so I thought I’d do a quick video about it.  It’s called the Trico and I’d be curious to hear what others carry and see if it’s similar to my setup or what other gear you...

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The RIBZ Front Pack For Backpacking and Fly Fishing

As a semi-minimalist who likes to combine outdoor sports (yeah, you guessed it:  backpacking and fly fishing), I’m always on the lookout for multi-purpose gear to enhance my outings without adding a lot of bulk and weight.  Enter the RIBZ front pack.  Wear it up the trail to balance out your load and make your pack feel lighter, use it as a summit pack or for day hikes from base camp, or make it your fly vest on backpacking...

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The Tilley T3:  A Good Hat for Backpacking, Flyfishing, and Everything Else!
Sep25

The Tilley T3: A Good Hat for Backpacking, Flyfishing, and Everything Else!

Ever since I got into ultra-light backpacking and fly fishing, I have been constantly thinking about which pieces of gear I can do away with and which ones I find multi-use and indispensable. Recently, I turned my attention to my hat. Sure, on the surface, hats might not be as sexy as a new, shiny fly reel or tricked out backpack; however, I have come to feel a new sense of appreciation for a very simple hat I unwittingly incorporated...

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Tenkara USA Line Holder Review
Sep03

Tenkara USA Line Holder Review

If you’ve been following this blog, you might know that I’ve been playing around with some different methods of line management for Tenkara lines.  I’ve tried more traditional gadgets such as aged bamboo line holders, cheaper solutions like foam spools, and even some outside-of-the-box ideas like adapting add-ons from the spinning and bait casting realm.  They all have merit to some degree but I have recently decided that the “blue...

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Ultralight Leader Wallet
Aug29

Ultralight Leader Wallet

I just got back from field testing a prototype of an ultralight leader wallet I’m designing.  The idea is to create a super light, super compact wallet that will store 3-6 leaders and keep them from tangling. I’ve been looking for ultralight ultra-compact leader wallets for a while and found that like ultralight fly fishing packs, they didn’t exist either.  All the commercially available ones are bulky, heavy, and...

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The Trico Ultralight Fly Fishing Pack

This is the pack I always dreamed of that didn’t exist.  Available here....

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Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder
Aug02

Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder

While I appreciate (OK, drool over) innovation and technological advances, sometimes, tried-and-true traditional gear has a certain allure that I just can’t resist.  I recently posted about a tenkara line management system that is very practical and functional, yet lacks the quaintness and charm of what I got in the mail today–a pair of bamboo tenkara line holders that marry practicality with aesthetic beauty. These...

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The Ebira Rod Quiver

The Ebira is a rod quiver for tenkara fly rods such as Tenkara USA  rods and the Backpacking Light Hane.  It features a removable pocket to hold a fly box and tippet spools that can be accessed without taking the quiver off.  “Ebira” means “quiver” in Japanese and while they were traditionally worn over the left shoulder, this Ebira can be converted to both right and left handed use.  To learn more about the...

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The Eclectic Angler
Apr03

The Eclectic Angler

I just ran across a really unique site that Tenkara and Backpacking Fly Fishers alike might find interesting. It’s called The Eclectic Angler and it has a good mix of finished products (such as hand made reels) and DIY supplies for reelsmithing and line making. Of particular note for Tenkara fishers, they sell horse hair and  furling tools which could be used to make your own Tenkara-style fly lines such as the...

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A Simple Fly Fishing Setup for Backpacking
Dec01

A Simple Fly Fishing Setup for Backpacking

To me, one of the most interesting challenges of fly fishing on multi-day hikes is coming up with a system that allows you to carry all of the essentials without lugging a 15 lb. vest up the trail.  Although my system is constantly evolving, here’s one that I found works well.  Total weight (including rod):  7.3 oz. Contents (from top, then left to right). 1.  Tenkara Iwana 12’ rod.  I don’t carry a case. 2.  Gossamer Gear Hip belt...

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