Friday, July 25, 2014

Lamson Guru: Review

Before I went to Yellowstone I was in a local fly shop looking for a few last minute supplies.  I had been using a small arbor Orvis reel on my 10 foot 4 weight.   I asked the guy working the shop if he had any good deals on a reel that he would recommend for my rod. He showed me a Lamson Guru Special Edition Black.  The reel looked perfect and I couldn't resist.  I own two other Lamson reels, so I knew I would be getting a quality reel. I put the reel to extensive use in Yellowstone.  Although the Guru is the cheapest of the Lamson reels that I use, it is now my favorite.  The reel provides excellent balance on the 10 foot 4 weight rod.  The retrieval speed is good, and the best part, it seems to spool perfectly on the retrieve.  I've had issues with almost every other reel that I've owned with the line spooling unevenly. With the Guru, I've yet to have a problem.  A great product at a great price! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Travel Fly Fishing Bag: Review

If you fly fish, you know that it can be expensive.  It doesn't have to be, but for some reason it is.  And going on a trip seems to be an excuse to buy things you really don't need.  My trip to Yellowstone proved to be one of those trips.  The actual trip was inexpensive, but of course, I had to get a new reel and something to safely transport my gear for the flight.  I spent weeks trying to find a solution.  Naturally, there are options that don't require much cost.  You can carry your rods and reels on the flight, and put your gear in a regular suitcase or duffel bag.  I've done it that way for years. Still, I wanted something specific for this trip and future trips.