Fly Fishing: Old School, New School


There has to be something said for a sport, which through the years, can be performed equally as well with gear that hasn’t changed for 50 years as it can with the high tech stuff rolling off the shelves today. I do have to admit I’m just as fascinated by the new fishing technology as I am nostalgic about the old (I’m definitely never giving up my breathable waders though).

Old School – Rogers Rod Designs, handcrafted bamboo rods made in Salida, Colorado
New School – Loop OPTi Switch rod (pretty fascinating idea combining a spey with a traditional)

Old School – GLCo. leathered creels
New School – Simms Dry Creek Flats Pack

Old School – Saracione Mark IV Ttrout
New School – Loop Evotec G3 series

Filet Knife
Old School – Rapala Fish n Fillet Knife with Sheath
New School – Global 11-Inch Flexible Fillet Knife

Old School – Royal Wulff
New School – Disco Midge

Knot Guide
Old School – Pro Knot Knot Card
New School – iPhone Fishing Knots app

Old School – Hodgman Hip Caster
New School – G4Z Stockingfoots

Old School – Barbour Classic Durham Jacket
New School – Patagonia SST Jacket

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  1. Posted December 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    This is a great post! You just need a vintage Wheatley Fly box from England against like a newer one from Orvis!

  2. Posted December 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Good idea, I have both. I must have 5 different kinds of Wheatleys, good stuff.

  3. Posted December 28, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    hey how is the durham jacket from Barbour? I’ve eyed it but am wary of the 4oz fabric

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