At best the term “5 weight’ is used to describe the weight of fly line a given fly rod designer reckons you should be casting on their rod. But with line measurement effectively out the window, things are really starting to go pear shaped here....
Last year at one of our regular "How do we make these better" chats (we dont have any meetings around here) - Trev suggested we take a closer look at the new Fuji Torzite stripping guides - I have to admit to being a little sceptical, to date we'd been using a very good titanium stripping guide produced by Alps. They're top notch.....
Getting Epic In Japan We're stoked to welcome Hiroyuki Yakuwa of Japan to the Epic crew! Trout Shop Anglers Hut Owner - https://www.facebook.com/anglershut1997/Fly Fishing Pro Guide Japan Fly fishing Advisor You can check out Yakuwa San's stunning photography on his Instagram page If you are fishing in Japan and need t..
The first decent glass fly rod I owned was a vintage brown glass Fenwick. A tad short, a bit stiff, and with a plastic triangular tube that didn’t hold its shape and couldn’t keep its cap, it worked, and fairly well. Next I stepped up to an Orvis Golden Eagle, the last glass fly rod I purchased until just a few years ago. But that’s where it ended as I was swept up by the graphite tide.
We're stoked to release the 4 weight 11 foot trout spey blanks and Ready to Wrap Rod kits!
We've been asked to develop this one for a while now, at 11 feet for a 4 weight (Spey) the 411 is the perfect short Spey rod for trout fishing. Call it a Switch, a short Spey, Trout Spey - whatever, the 411 is perfect for swinging short head Spey lines for trout.
Peter Corzilius, aka Peter Fisher, hails from Germany and we're very proud to have him as an Epic Ambassador. A talented filmmaker and story teller Peter has put together some beautiful fly fishing clips in the past.
His latest clip "The most basic rule of fishing" is both heartwarming and extremely relevant - take a few moments out of your busy day to enjoy it.
"Native fish are often indicator species whose health tells us much about the waters they live in. In this film we will look at the survival challenges these fish have or have had and the successes we're having in managing them, examining working solutions. Factors adversely affecting native fish around the world are often the same, such as over fishing, invasive species, habitat loss, etc"
" Find a feeding fish. Our first consideration is whether the trout are feeding - if at all. If they aren’t feeding, or at least watching for food, you may as well throw stones at them. It’s easy to mistake a non-feeding trout for one that is “refusing” your offerings, when in fact its just ignoring them, or asleep. When there is little food in the water column, trout often go into a semi-dormant state. A hatch of mayflies or drift of nymphs will wake them up in short order. "
You may have seen Steven's incredible images posted on Instagram and Facebook as @finripplemedia. Timed to perfection, his astounding images of leaping trout freeze time and clearly demonstrate to us that yes, trout do indeed track insects on the wing and take them in flight. Steven has been bending a couple of Epic fly rods...
Never had I anticipated the arrival of a new fly rod more, and I currently own two dozen premium rods and have had another few dozen move through my personal inventory over the years. The rod exceeded all expectations and in every way - action, tracking, dampening, aesthetics, components, workmanship, packaging.
For his latest movie-project Swiftfly fishing ambassador Peter Corzilius hiked out into the wilderness of Swedish Lappland searching for arctic char, a special species that lives in big and clear mountain lakes.