Posts in Product Reviews

Airflo Blade Fly Rod Review

Airflo Blade Fly Rod Review

One of the benefits of working in the fishing trade is that you often get to test many of the goodies that are soon to come out on the market. As a fly fishing bum, the thing that really excites me the most is getting out, fishing and casting new rods and in particular, new season catalogue items that you know the public will love..... Read more

by Mike Davis on 09/12/2017
C&F 810 Light Weight Chest Storage Review

C&F 810 Light Weight Chest Storage Review

The humble vest. This iconic piece of piscatorial clothing history, is (literally and metaphorically) drenched in the sweat of thousands of intrepid anglers who have roamed our waterways in search of trout for decades. They still do, in growing numbers, and very often still wearing that same humble vest..... Read more

by Mike Kirkpatrick on 09/05/2017
Techy Thursday - Shooting Heads, Forty Plus lines and how to handle them

Techy Thursday - Shooting Heads, Forty Plus lines and how to handle them

Let's delve into the world of shooting heads and integrated shooting head fly lines like the Airflo 40+. This is some basic explanation on best uses for these lines as well as how to get the most out of your casting efforts with them..... Read more

by Chris Dore on 08/24/2017
Win Stuff Wednesday - Andrew Morrow, please stand up!

Win Stuff Wednesday - Andrew Morrow, please stand up!

Congrats to Andrew Morrow for winning the recent Win Stuff Wednesday with his correct guess of the Hooligans and Ultimate Eggs being Andrew Burden's current Sporting Life Fishing Outfitters - Turangi hot picks for the Taupo fishery..... Read more

by Chris Sharland on 08/23/2017
Scott Meridian NZ Special review update

Scott Meridian NZ Special review update

I reviewed the Scott Meridian NZ Special about 18 months ago so high time for an update after extended love / love relationship with her. I still stand by the comment that I don’t think there is a better rod on the market today more suited to big water such as the Tongariro, lakes, river mouths or many of the larger South Island braided systems..... Read more

by Andrew Harding on 08/22/2017
Salty Saturday - Untamed Flies & Tackle reviews the new Simms Dry Creek Back Pack

Salty Saturday - Untamed Flies & Tackle reviews the new Simms Dry Creek Back Pack

Darren Asquith of Untamed Flies & Tackle is a Christmas Island regular so there's no better person to go and give the new Simms Dry Creek Back Pack a run for its money in the salty stuff..... Read more

by Chris Sharland on 08/19/2017
Techy Thursday - 2017 Airflo Forge Flyline

Techy Thursday - 2017 Airflo Forge Flyline

With a heritage shared by the popular Platinum Chalkstream and Superdri Backcountry, the Forge is a price pointed flyline packing premium performance..... Read more

by Chris Dore on 08/17/2017
Friday Fly Day - Tom's last minute Turangi box fillers

Friday Fly Day - Tom's last minute Turangi box fillers

So on Win-Stuff Wednesday we got the low down from the man himself, the Mayor of Turangi, Andrew Burdon on flies YOU should be packing this big weekend for the Tongariro. Not long afterwards we got a text from Tom Hodge of Canterbury's Epic NZ Adventures who has been spending the week chasing the trout of the Tongariro, and we couldn't help but talk fishing.... Read more

by Chris Dore on 08/11/2017
Win Stuff Wednesday - Andrew Burden's favourite Taupo flies

Win Stuff Wednesday - Andrew Burden's favourite Taupo flies

If there is anyone who knows what's going good on the rivers down in Taupo it's the Mayor of Turangi and Sporting Life Outfitters legend, Mr Andrew Burden. In the clip he tells us what to swing, what to get down with and his pick of egg flies..... Read more

by Chris Sharland on 08/09/2017
Friday Fly Day - Charles Smith's Top 3 Canal Flies

Friday Fly Day - Charles Smith's Top 3 Canal Flies

There are a lot of cracking trout coming from the Twizel area canals at the moment so we asked our mate, and canal guru Charles Smith on his favourite three of the moment..... Read more

by Chris Dore on 08/04/2017