Both Taylor and I have the Cabela's LSi Switch rod. I have the 1107-4 11' 7wt 4 piece model. The rod comes in a glossly dark brown finish, I typically prefer something a little flashier, but that's just me. It is fitted with an aluminum reel seat and both a rod case and sock are included. Mine is paired with a simple L.L. Bean reel and Rio Switch Chucker line. Although I am a two handed novice this rig has helped me learned the basics with relative ease.
The LSi Switch rods normally retail for $240 to $260 but they regurarly go on sale for up to 50% off the msrp. When they are on sale they are a hell of a deal. The 7wt model I was fishing this past weekend is light in the hand and has a surprisingly fast and snappy action that you wouldn't expect in a rod this price. The action coupled with the Switch Chucker's 465 grain head turned over my extremely long and heavy nymp rig quite well.
Pulaski, NY. The salmon river is a notorious fishery in the North East. You have no doubt heard of big fish and even bigger crowds. Washington Strain Steel can start moving in and up as early as September and typically start spawning in Mid-March. Taylor and I had never fished the Salmon before, we have gone further west to rivers like the Oak Orchard, Sandy, and the Catt instead. This time we only had a weekend and needed a spot that was a little closer.
On my last trip to Western NY, I landed my largest brown nymphing with a buddy's 8wt switch setup. Not only was the fish hooked, I was as well. I hadn't brought my 7wt switch rod on that trip so I was sure to bring it to the Salmon this time. I shared my experience with Taylor and he brought his 6wt switch rod as well.
Ben and I are both gear junkies so we were thrilled when we recently had the opportunity to test out the new Brook Box by Brook Fishing Equipment. Some fly anglers treat fly boxes the same way they treat fly reels, reels hold line and fly boxes hold flies, that’s it, end of story. After spending some time on the water with the Brook Box I would argue that your fly box is one of your most important accessories. In this review I will go over what separates the Brook Box from other boxes as well as some pros and cons I found during my time on the water.
Cheeky Fishing recently reached out to us and asked if we would be interested in demoing one of their new reels, we had a day of trout fishing planned so it was a no-brainer. The newly designed and released Tyro 300 arrived the day we left for the Farmington River in Connecticut. The Tyro 300 is designed for line weights 2-4 and knowing this, I may have "borrowed" my wife's 4 weight rod without asking!
I have long thought of Abel Reels as fly reels that double as works of art. The custom colors, prints, and designs they have available are, in my opinion, second to none. Most people who are familiar with Abel reels know that they don’t come cheap. A large portion of what you are paying for is fantastic colors and designs. Think of them as the Rolex of the fly reel world. Abel reels are beautiful, expensive, and represent status.
But what is the point of an expensive art reel? To some, much like a Rolex, they just want to be able to say they have an Abel, great for them. To others, Abel reels are synonymous with build quality. For me, a starting MSRP of $825 for a reel is a tough pill to swallow, especially when you consider what a fly reel fundamentally is, a fancy line holder. But when you get into the world of the Abel Super 9/10N that I had the pleasure of demoing, you begin to realize that build and drag quality are not only important, but crucial when battling fish that justify a nine to ten weight rig.