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Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

The manufacturers we sell at Minturn Anglers are always on the cutting edge of fly fishing technology and putting out new products every year, all year. See who’s on the forefront of the latest rods, reels, waders and packs and who has been left in the dust. These reviews come from those that actually use them daily, Minturn Anglers guide staff, so you know you are getting the real skinny on new fly fishing gear.

Simms Headwaters Half Day Pack Review

Lets start off by addressing the obvious – if you’re the type of person who likes to pack everything but the kitchen sink when you go fishing then this is probably not the pack for you. However, if you prefer to pack light and prefer a streamlined backpack than look no further.   I had a need for a backpack that was light, comfortable, and had the extra pockets and tool sleeves tailored to fly Read More

Umpqua “Zero Sweep” Ledges 650 Waist Pack Gear Review

I received this pack right before I headed back to Montana to spend a couple of weeks fishing some of my favorite rivers and the waist pack; it did not disappoint. First off, this pack has a amazing amount of storage space. To be honest, I was convinced that everything I had stored in my older ledges 650 waist pack would never fit in this new version as it looks much smaller. Boy was I Read More

Umpqua Ledges 650 Waist Pack Review

I have fished with the Ledges 650 waist pack for a dozen or so trips on the Eagle River and Colorado River ranging from all day excursions to quick 1-2 hour trips, I can say that this pack is one of the most comfortable and versatile waist packs I have come across. I liked this pack enough that I convinced a fishing buddy to purchase one, he prefers wearing it with the shoulder strap since Read More

Tips for Choosing the Right Fly Fishing Line

I remember when I was choosing my first fly fishing equipment, and the advice I was given by the knowledgeable staff at Minturn Anglers in Denver. Particularly I remember the recommendations about how to choose the right fly fishing line. Rod manufacturers design their rods to be used by the average person under average conditions, and typically stamp a code on it indicating a suggested weight of line to be used with the rod. However, Read More

Scott Radian Fly Rod Review | Water Review & Casting Test

Scott Fly Rod Company has just released their highly anticipated response to Sage ONE….fly nation meet Scott Radian! NEW Scott Radian Fly Rod Free Shipping :: Buy Online! Scott fly rod designers had a tall task of building a new fly rod that would stack up against Sage’s overwhelmingly well received (and rightfully so) Sage ONE reviews.  I’m happy to report the boys and gals at Scott continue to impress! I loved my Scott S4 Read More

Fishing with a Photarium

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes a new gadget One of my last blog posts dealt with the entrepreneurial spirit and gadgets. I am always eager to mess with new stuff, and this gadget really got my attention.  It’s pretty cool. I was preparing for a trip one day, milling bout the shop awaiting clients, when I look up to see Mark Sassi carrying this clear plastic contraption around.  I quickly asked Read More

Dirty Little Bugs for Colorado Run Off

Fishing through the dog days of run off on Colorado rivers  The water in our parts of the central mountains has finally begun to rise but thats no reason to put the rods away. From a guide/tyers perspective I really enjoy some stain in my rivers and the bigger hook is an added bonus in strong currents. Big, bright, buggy, leggy, you name it and you can twist it into a bug for mud season Read More

Scott Tidal Fly Rod Review | Scott Fly Rods | Salt Water Fly Rods

Scott “Tidal” series fly rods live up to the bill of “making the hard way a little easier.” Chasing fish in salt water on a fly rod can be a great way to get humbled. Wether its the elusiveness of the species we are chasing our the conditions we choose to pursue them in, we tend to be at a disadvantage.  Having a fly rod you trust to make the cast when the time comes Read More

Shimizake Dry Shake Liquid | Fly Fishing Product Review

Dry Shake Liquid product test

Shimizake Dry Shake–Product Review Many fly fishers live by their silicone gel and Dry Shake.  Liquid?  It doesn’t occur to them that it can also be an effective way to deliver floatant.  As long as the solvent dries quickly (and a little powder can hurry that process along), it’s a great way to penetrate those natural fibers with water repellent. Testing Dry Shake Liquid vs. Loon Aquel     We took two size 14 stimulators Read More

Fishpond Nomad Guide Net / Review and Rugged Test

Nomad guide net

Why Review a Net? The net is one piece of equipment that is often overlooked by anglers.  Nets can be cumbersome, difficult to manage and even forgotten on the side of the river or on a rented boat.  They can be easily damaged when dropped, stepped on or even sat on.  Often, anglers will have two nets, one for wading and one for the boat.  Fishpond has created a great net for all users that can Read More

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