Most Fridays on Casting Across are devoted to other people’s contributions in the fly fishing community. Articles, pictures, social media accounts, videos, podcasts, products, and more will be featured on The Last Cast of the Week.
Today, I’m sharing items from WIngo Belts / Derek DeYoung, Risen Fly Fishing, and Hatch Magazine / ECHO.
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There is a lot of fish-patterned clothing out there. Similarly, there are a lot of fly fishing artists on the scene. But I’d wager that nearly everyone would list Wingo Belts as a top name in the former and Derek DeYoung in the latter. They have teamed up to release a handful of belts, collars, and other accessories that feature his artwork. Whether you want to make a statement for yourself, a gift recipient, or your dog – you need to check these very cool pieces out.
A few months I posted a quick video review of the Risen Fly Genesis. I was incredibly impressed with the castability of the rod. Factor in the $90 price tag and the Genesis can’t be beat as an entry-level rod. I’ve recently paired it with the Armor reel. Also coming in at $90, this reel is part machined and part cast. It is smooth, has remarkably tight tolerances, and looks great. If you’re looking for a great combo that isn’t going to break the bank, the Genesis/Armor is a safe bet.
Everyone wants a nymph rod. Everyone wants a streamer rod. When it comes to a rod for dry flies? “Just something with a delicate tip.” Tim Rajeff’s Echo has released the Dry series; medium-fast , 9-foot, rods designed for finesse and accuracy. And they only cost $229. Hatch’s review is worth reading. It asks some good questions about the necessity of a rod like this. And if anything, it is a good analysis of the need for fly-specific rods.
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