REVIEW: Redington Rise Fly Reel

REVIEW: Redington Rise Fly Reel

At Outdoor Gear Steals we like to review products from a budget-minded perspective. We don’t have an unlimited amount of money to spend on outdoor gear, as is the case with most people out there, so we try to focus on products that are great values, rather than just the highest priced item out there. Everything we review is a product that we own, something we’ve purchased. We actually use these products, we’ve actually paid money for them. That’s also why you’ll see original photos of the products we review. The Redington Rise fly reel is a great reel for the value-minded fly fishing enthusiast. Yeah, I said it. I like to just jump to the punch line sometimes. Now, here’s why we think this reel is awesome. First, let me clarify the reel we are reviewing. Redington just came out with a brand new Rise reel as of September 2012. We are not reviewing the new reel. We are reviewing the older model of this reel. The reason for this; we are all about getting great deals on outdoor gear and we love closeouts and specials. Since the new model just came out, you’re going to be able to find the older model of the Redington Rise on closeout at numerous online stores. Sure, there are improvements to the new model and yes, it may be worth the investment. It’s still very reasonable priced and I’m sure it’s a great product, however, we are trying to point out awesome deals and you’re not going to find prices less than retail on the new model. The best thing about...
Fishwest Extra 5% Off All Specials & Closeouts

Fishwest Extra 5% Off All Specials & Closeouts

The title pretty much says it all here. Take an extra 5% off all specials and closeouts at Fishwest by using the promo code “F12COAL” at checkout. Add that to their usual free shipping on all domestic orders and you’ve got yourself an awesome steal for fly fishing...
My Most Recent 3 Purchases From Steep & Cheap

My Most Recent 3 Purchases From Steep & Cheap

IF you haven’t yet heard of Steep & Cheap then you should. This website is a closeout/deal site for Backcountry.com, the online leader in backpacking, camping, and hiking gear. Steep & Cheap is pretty unique though in the way they do things. It only features one deal at a time and each deal is up until it runs out of time or runs out of quantity. Most deals are up for less than 30 minutes so you have to act fast if you want to get great savings. Everything featured on Steep & Cheap is at least 50% off. And, don’t let the name fool you; it’s not just mountaineering gear. They feature fly fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and everything else outdoor related all the time. If you really want this website to pay off then you need to check it often. I wanted to highlight that most recent 3 deals that I’ve purchased through Steep & Cheap. Each item below shows the price that I purchased it for as well as the regular price in parenthesis. If you click on the items it will take you to a page that gives more info and/or has them available for purchase. Here they are. KEEN Gypsum Mid Hiking Boot Men’s – $69.95 ($139.95) Redington Rise Fly Reel – $86.95 ($169.95) Stoic Fusion Dry Compression Sack 10L – $8.99 ($21.00) And, each of these items will be reviewed right here on Outdoor Gear Steals within the next month or so. We’ll give you our first hand opinion on what we think of these products. But in the meantime, register yourself for Steep...
REVIEW: Temple Fork Professional Series Fly Rod

REVIEW: Temple Fork Professional Series Fly Rod

I’m just going to get right out there and say it: this is one of the best fly rods you can find for under $200. I literally mean it. I honestly can’t believe that this rod is priced as low as it is and it comes in so many options you just can’t go wrong. Owning this rod in two sizes and fishing it regularly, I want to give you my personal opinion on it. It casts great, has great feel but plenty of backbone, brings in fish way larger than you would think possible per rod, and is really light-weight. I have the 8′ 4-weight that I use for trout, mostly dry flies or swinging wet flies and soft hackles. I also have a 9′ 7-weight that I use for steelhead from the boat. I don’t do much nymphing with either rod, partly because of the sizes I own and partly because of the lack of roll-casting ability for these sizes. I prefer longer rods for nymphing no matter what species I’m after. 10′ for steelhead and 9′ for trout. But, that being said, these rods come in larger sizes and lengths as well and I’m sure that they would make great all around rods for whatever your purpose may be. I bought these specifically for the types of fishing I like to do and I have other rods for other purposes. One thing I love about these rods is the way they fight fish once you have something on. Many fly fisherman get all technical about how great a rod casts and what you can do with...
REVIEW: Lamson Konic Fly Reel

REVIEW: Lamson Konic Fly Reel

First of all, if you haven’t heard of Waterworks / Lamson Reels, you need to! Not your typical fly fishing company, Lamson is a design group with roots in the bicycle industry. Long story short, they invent, design, and manufacture some of the best reels on the market. Want to skip right ahead to the main selling point on any Lamson reel? Why not! The conical drag is really what these reels are all about. Most drag systems are made from circular discs, but with all Lamson reels, the drag system is made with precisely engineered cones. What this translates to: more drag surface area in a smaller space that can be fully sealed. These reels require no maintenance ever, and they don’t wear out or lose their drag properties over the years. That equals a completely reliable reel that you’re going to have and use forever. So now, for the Konic specifically. This is the least expensive Lamson reel but it features the exact same drag system as the more expensive models. It’s a light-weight, large-arbor, machined aluminum reel for a super good price. I personally own two of these reels (size 2 and size 4) and I absolutely love them both. I use the 4 on my switch rod with a skagit line and tip, and I use the 2 on my 5-weight with a 110ft shooting head line. That gives me plenty of backing capacity even with the longer line. I love the drag system these reels have. There is virtually no start-up friction so when the drag initiates it gives even pressure right away. You...

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