The new Ross Animas 5/6 is in stock and ready for a lucky customer. Two reels came in today and one was sold before the box could even be opened. Terry, Rick and Lee are really impressed with this reel's capacity and cool matte finish. Come get this one before someone else does. Weighing in at 4.9 oz the Animas 5/6 reel holds 150 yards of 20 lb backing with a 5 wt line though we thought it looks like it could hold more. Priced right at $250, this American made reel won't last long.
Not sure we approve of handling the fish in this manor but casting to free swiming marlin in the flats sure does sound appealing.
1. Sage Accel Fly Rods
We dig the new Accel Series for Sage. These Rods use Generation 5 technology reimagined with new tapers and design. The fit and finish on these mid priced premium rods is second to none. If you liked the XP or Z rods these deserve a look. Any of the Accel rods would make a fabulous gift.
One of the greatest benefits of always pushing the limits of rod technology is that it gives us vital insights to rod design using previous technologies. Case in point: our new medium-fast action ACCEL family of rods. Created using our responsive Generation 5 technology, our all-new ACCEL benefits from key insights garnered through the development of Konnetic Technology®. Light and ultra-responsive to throw tight wind-busting loops, it’s like going back in time to bet on your favorite sports team with the score in hand—you’ve got a winner and you know it.
2. Winston Boron III TH-MS micro spey rods
We are so excited about the new Winston Boron III TH-MS rods. These are the hottest sticks of the season and we cant wait to get out on the water with them. Check out What Tom Larimer saidhere on the Winston Blog. Winston Says,
With our innovative Boron III TH-MS rods, we’ve added three light line (3, 4 and 5wt.) trout models to the Boron III TH Two Handed series. Combining the power of a Spey rod and the finesse of a trout rod, they add a new and exciting dimension to the sport. Featuring Boron III technology, these fast action rods excel in a range of Two-Handed situations, from covering big, broad rivers to dealing with tree-lined banks or demanding weather. They have a specialized grip that feels more trout rod than Spey, use slightly larger chrome guides than typical trout rods, and come with a larger tiptop that allows for the larger diameter of the spey style lines.
3. Cold Weather Gear
What do you get a fly angler that has everything? The answer is cold weather gear. It has often been said, "that there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing" and we couldn't agree more. We fish year round and if your angler is not it might be because they do not have the right gear to stay warm, dry and mobile in the cold weather. Above we have featured several of our favorite cold weather items. Simms Extreme Hat and Fold Over Mitts were game changers for us. Nothing keeps your head or hands warm and dry like these awesome pieces from Simms can. We also like Simms Gore-Tex windstopper jackets. We have several different styles and colors in stock. The Simms Fall Run jacket is the ultimate in insulation layer featuring PrimaLoft insulation. It is equally at home under a G4 Jacket or as an out later running into the coffee shop.
4. Spirit River UV
We love UV everything. We put it in our trout and steelhead patterns. We also add just a little to most of our salt patternes. Any fly tyer would love to add these great materials to their tying table.
5. A New Pack
A New pack makes a great gift for the fly fisher in your life. Pictured are bags from Simms, Fishpond, Umpqua, Clear Creek and Sage.
6. A new A Marblehead Flyfisher Shop Box
A Marblehead Flyfisher shop box makes a great gift. We stock these rugged and affordable boxes in several different sizes and configurations. Pictured above is the largest option which makes a great box for the boat of for those monster streamer patterns that always get mangled in smaller boxes.
7. A new running line
Running lines have made some big advances in recent years. We are most excited about Rio's Connect Core none stretch running line and Grip shooter running line. The connect core features Rios new non stretch core that provides great feel. It also shoots much better than previous fly line based running lines. If you or the angler in your life has switched to mono based running lines for shoot ability the Connect Core running lines deserve another look. The Grip shooter takes Rio's best selling flat mono running line adds a coated handling section to the front of the line. this eliminates the slipping many anglers experienced with mono. Both lines feature welded loops for easy connection to backing and head.
8. Simms Taco wader and boot bag
This is one of top selling luggage items. The Simms Taco Wader Bag is so simple and effective. It holds a pair of waders and boots and doubles as a changing platform for the parking lot. Vents on the sides allow your gear to start drying on the way home. It makes a great gift for the fly fisherman that has everything.
9. G.Loomis NRX 8 Wt
We love the G.Loomis NRX 8 wt. It has all the power you will ever need plus a light tip. It loads at distance and in close. It's swing weight is noticeably lighter than previous generation rods.
10. Umpqua hooks
Why not try some new hooks. The shop is packed with hooks from Tiemco and Mustad. We have picked out two of our favorite styles here.
The 8089 NPis a nickel played version of everyone's favorite bass hook. We've tied flies on this hook that have caught striper, largemouth, smallmouth, bluefish, musky, snook, redfish, lady fish, jack and mangrove snapper.
The 2499 SPBL is the toughest little hook on the market. We use it to tie all of our egg, sucker spawn, and worm patterns. We even use it for some terrestrial and serendipity style patterns. The hook is extra strong and extra sticky with its barbless super point.
11. Lamson Speedster Fly Reel
The Lamson Speedster is a large arbor reel with style. We love the Art Deco lines and super fast pick up the large arbor design offers. Like all Lamson reels the conical drag is maintenance free and will stop a truck.
12. A new Renzetti Vise
What fly tyer wouldn't like a new vise. If the angler in your home doesn't have a Renzetti or other premium vise they may be due for an upgrade. A nice vise will last a lifetime and provide hours of enjoyment while not on the water.
13. Redington Butter Stick Modern Fiberglass Rod
We love the Redington Butter Sticks. So much is made over distance and throwing right loops into the wind. While the majority if our fishing is in close where these shorter fiberglass sticks shine. Whether your chasing brookies in a small stream or slamming sunfish on the Brandywine you need to experience the fun these rods provide. If you do not have a short glass stick in your arsenal you are missing out. We keep pulling ours out of the quiver.
Check out this innovative product from Umpqua. The Tailgator turns and plastic bin into the perfect fly fishing base camp.
The Scientific Anglers Deluxe Fly Tying Kit is great for anyone interested in learning the art of fly tying. This kit includes quality tools, hooks and materials all packaged in a deluxe travel case. Scientific Anglers Deluxe Fly Tying Kit gives you everything you need to create effective dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, and streamers. Includes deluxe fly tying vise, bobbin and threader, bodkin, hackle pliers and scissors, hooks, thread, tinsel, wire, dubbing, hackle feathers and marabou.
The Deluxe Fly Tying Kit features a solid starter vise with a fixed angle head and versatile c-clamp base. The vise features heavy duty construction and is easy to use. This kit is also loaded with a variety of useful tools that will last many years. This kit also features the DVD "Introduction To Fly Tying" with Greg Vinci. This DVD gives easy instruction and offers great tips for the beginner.
What's in the Kit?
The 3M Scientific Anglers Beluxe Fly Tying Kit has everything needed to create effective dry flie, wet flies, nymphys, and streamers. It includes deluxe fly tying vise, bobbin and threader, bodkin, hackle pliers and scissors, hooks, thread, tinsel, wire, dubbing, hackle feathers and marabou. The travel case is great for tying on fishing trips.
Several new Renzetti vises, tools and accessories just hit the shop. We have been tying with these for years and highly recommend them. They even made our top holiday gift list. The tool caddy is a great affordable way to keep all your tying tools in one place and the Renzetti bobbins are the best in the biz bar none. We also feel good about supporting a small family owned business that was founded not far from here in Pennsylvania. The entire Renzetti product line is proudly made in the USA. Come in and check out it all out!
Check out this great video from Wild Steelheaders United here.
Shawn Rakes checked in with this great report
Dave & Kyle Johnson and I blew up my raft at Concord pond this afternoon for a couple hours to chase pickerel. We fished from around 2-4PM. It was cold and windy but we maneuvered the raft in some sheltered areas of the pond as best we could.
Dave caught a nice pickerel about 19.5" it weighed right at 3lbs on the boca grip (see attached picture). It was a great fish, deep bodied green and healthy. It was caught on a 5/0 - 8.5" pike style hollow fly that I tied (see attached photo). That seems like a big fly but the fish had the entire fly in his mouth, incredible. Dave also lost one at the boat that he had hooked and was cut off on another strike right before we left.
I had a really nice violent hit and a follow but did not manage to hook up. Kyle got a lot good casting practice and worked on his back cast a lot. Also, I must credit Kyle for taking some nice pictures with his phone.
We had a great time and I think we may have started our own tradition called "Chain Pickerel Friday". It was way better than shopping that is for sure!
Looking for a two hander to add to you fly rod stable? There are over 30 in stock at A Marblehead Flyfisher. We also have 4 Rio Mega Kits and the expertise to get you set up with the right head, line and tip combo. Have questions or need to fine tune the gear you already have? We can help with that too.
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