World Record Brown Trout


Straight Up Giant! When I began replacing my ultralight spinning rod with a fiberglass two-piece fly rod, I was (and still often am) astounded at the quality and duration of the fight that even small fish provided. Fish that were at best a distraction from the aggressive, heavy brown trout I target, and at worst, …

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Best 8 Wt Fly Reel | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

TFO Power Fly Reel

Bigger Fish to Fry Trout may be my particular obsession but there is great sport and fun in pursuing bigger fish in bigger water. 8 weight reels are on the menu for this review, and I’m going to do a deep dive into both the highest-rated and the most economical reels on the market today. …

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Best Streamers For Trout | Proven To Catch More Fish (Top 9)


Swing, Strip, Set! A streamer is a type of subsurface fly that is meant to be fished on the retrieve and most often imitates larger trout forage like baitfish, crayfish, tadpoles, and larger insects. The retrieve is what imparts these flies with an erratic, wounded, or fleeing action, often enticing trout to suddenly and quite …

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Best 5 Weight Fly Rods | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

Douglas Sky G

A Little More Than Standard 5 weight fly rods are generally agreed upon to be a balanced and introductory weight for the novice, as well as an effective choice for any and all species of trout. The “standard” fly rod if there is such a thing. However, I think the 5wt rod is sometimes forgotten …

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Best Inflatable Pontoon Boats | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

Classic Accessories Colorado Pontoon Boat

Something for the Long Haul A pontoon boat can provide the committed angler with a watercraft that is extremely sturdy, dependable, and able to withstand tougher water conditions than your standard kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Here at Anchor Fly, I’ve reviewed a lot of different boats to fish from, but pontoon boats stand out from …

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Best 4 wt fly Reels | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

Hardy Ultralite MTX Fly Reel

A Matter of Function and Taste Nymphing (euro and otherwise) has continued to grow in popularity for fly fishers worldwide in the past decades, and for good reason.  Simply put, it’s deadly effective and can better your chances at an encounter with a fish when other methods aren’t working.  This review is about 4wt fly …

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Moonshine Rod Co. Fly Rod Reviews (2022)

The Revival moonshine rod co.

Shining Brightly Chances are you’ve heard of Moonshine Rod Co. They have an impressive social media presence, and I frequently see their home page in my ‘suggested’ section on more than one social media platform. There’s a lot of positive press around these rods, this company, and its business practices, and in this review, I’m …

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Frogg Toggs Waders Review | Buyer’s Guide (2022)

Old Reliable! Frogg Togg waders are the most reliable waders out there for the money, period! This company has done a better job than any to make a quality product that is affordable. I’ve worn plenty of different waders during my fly fishing endeavors, and I’m hard on them. Typically I’m the first one through …

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Best Fly Fishing Books, Our Top 12 Reviewed (2022)


The snow and sleet is usually signal that it’s time to sit down at the vise and prepare boxes for the spring, patiently waiting for opening day and the trout that come with it. Personally, I will still occasionally return to the waters that are permitted for winter fishing, but I too use the winter …

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