Hey Bark at the Moon! Apparently only Ozzy could get us through a Friday full of boxes from Patagonia. The result is we have surplus of lightweight, high tech, long lasting warm gear just in time for the low 20’s. We would not think of hitting the river this time of year without a pair of R1 Fishing Gloves, a River Salt Jacket over a Micro-Puff Hoody or Micro-Puff Jacket and an R1 pant or Shelled Insulator Pant under waders.
With snow flurries greeting and an idling UPS truck full of cold weather gear Filson we rang in Friday with plenty of cheer. With Saturdays low forecast to be around around 22 F we think that the Vintage Flannel Shirts, Light Weight Alaska Guide Shirts, Ultralight Vests, Ultralight Jackets, Ridgeway Fleece and Ridgeway Jackets have arrived just in time.
Jayne, One of our loyal Backwater Angler regulars pitched the idea of a Abel Maryland Flag reel to us back in the early Spring. At the time, Abel only had a Colorado and Texas flag reel option under their custom finishes. The Maryland Flag falls between the 7 hour plus pricing and the Artist pricing and rightfully so-our state flag is easy to recognize but hard to paint! These are currently available at Backwater Angler in both the Super Series 4/5 and 5/6 sizes. Both come with a vibrant red aluminum handle. Please call us at 410-357-9557 for availability or Buy the new Abel Maryland Flag Super Series reel in size 4/5 or 5/6 from our online catalog.
Using Abel’s classic cork drag system these are the most trustworthy reels on the planet. Relied on by anglers all over the world and renowned for their durability, performance and beautiful finish.
For 2017 we have redesigned the original Super Series reel with an all new line of lighter weight sizes that feature a quick change spool system achieved by eliminating the previously removable locknut and drag knob.
The proven drag system is what makes the Super Series equally at home on the trout stream, the salt flats, and demanding deep blue water: It can be set light enough to protect the finest tippet, but can also be cranked to slow down the toughest Bluefin. No matter what species you prefer to chase, a Super Series reel is there to help you land it!
The Gunpowder River is an ideal river for 4 weight (wt.) fly rods. Some anglers have fun with 3 wts., and a 5 wt. is understandable, but 4 wts. are the choice for many anglers. At Backwater Angler, we have an impressive range – regardless of your budget or experience level – of 4 wts. for your fishing adventures.
Entry level ($180 – $320)
St. Croix Mojo Trout – The 9’0 model provides fast action and some extra stretch for nymphing. An ideal rod to start one’s fly fishing life, the Mojo trout features a Kigan hook keeper, solid cork handle, aluminum reel seat, and smooth, black snake guides. This is a very reasonably priced rod.
St. Croix Imperial – The 4 piece 8’0 of this model is my favorite as it provides light, fast action. Growing up as a spin fisherman, I often used ultra light rods, and this model emulates that action well. Complete with slim-profile ferrules, Sea Guide snake guides, an uplocking reel seat, premium-grade cork handle, and a Kigan hook keeper, this rod is another ideal port of entry into small stream trout fishing. Landing some wild browns with this one should put a smile on any angler’s face.
Mid-level ($350 – $500)
Echo 3 – The 4 piece 8’6 and 9’0 versions of this medium-to-fast action rod are advanced, high-modulus graphite rods with modern resins, making it light and sensitive while maintaining backbone to go 10 rounds with an angry fish. It’s crisp on that 70′ cast, but not so fast you can’t feel the rod. These rods fish dries to nymphs, lakes to rivers, and various fish. The ECHO 3 is arguably the most well-rounded family of rods we offer. They also come with a lifetime warranty, which is hard to overlook.
Scott Flex – These 4 piece 8’6 and 9’0 rods are light and handcrafted and excellent for generating line speed and effortless tight loops. The strong butt section is ideal for strong hook sets, and the 9’0 model gives an extra stretch for nymphing. I prefer the 8’6 model myself, but the 9’0 is equally effective and feels more like a 4/5, which depending on your preference could be a real advantage.
St. Croix Legend Elite – This 4 piece 9’0 rod is slightly higher-end for this category, but is a rod that will cover a lot of fishing for a long time. Its gorgeous finish and incredible balance impress. With the first cast you’ll revel in the smoothness and deceptive power of the crisp SCV graphite blank with Advanced Reinforcing Technology and Integrated Poly Curve technologies. The rod feels like a one piece but is a four.
Higher-end ($745 – $795)
G. Loomis NRX – The NRX is perfect for the Gunpowder, with the high modulus carbon and a softer tip than the original NRX, which allows for delicate presentation with protection on fine tippet. This rod feels lighter and active, ideal for dries yet strong enough for streamers, yet at 9’0 allows for that extra stretch when nymphing too. This is a versatile rod that covers lots of bases for the novice to experienced fly angler.
Scott Radian – The greatest strength of the 4 piece 9’0 and 10’0 Radians, arguably, is their blend of power, line speed, touch, feel, and accuracy. It’s hard to find rods that combine those elements, but the Radian has them all. The React technology brings together X-Core with new complex materials and a taper system to dramatically increase recovery speed. Meanwhile, the X-Core technology offers an enhanced feel, incredible stability, and unparalleled performance. Fiberuse resin provides stronger bonds between fibers, and the Advanced Reinforced Carbon technology reduces torque and increases rod strength.
Feeling the pressure of finding a Father’s Day gift? Don’t sweat it, whether its a selection of flies, a new rod or a guide trip we’ve got you covered. Stop by the shop or give us a call to hear our top suggestions for the perfect gift.
Shop Gift Certificates Online. Have your loved one treat himself to something nice.
Made in Midland, Michigan. For almost 75 years Scientific Anglers have been internationally recognized as a leader in fly line manufacturing. Their Lines in the Amplitude Series are setting a new standard in fly line slickness which maximizes performance and ease of casting.
Excerpt from Scientific Anglers:
“We enjoy the dynamic struggle between old school, new school, and the evolution of customer and industry demands. What lies between the fish slime and truth is where we flourish. Scientific Anglers rejects the happy medians, the good enoughs, the that’ll do’s, and the status quo.Welcome to the next page in an evolving history of Scientific Anglers and welcome to the future of our sport.”
Check them out and buy them using our online catalog!
- Amplitude Smooth Trout
- Amplitude Smooth Infinity Camo
- Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam
- Amplitude Smooth Bonefish
- Sonar Sink 25 Cold
- Mastery MPX
Danner’s reputation for building the best boots is unrivaled the world over. So much so the US Military has been using Danner Boots for years. Now they have partnered with Patagonia Fly Fishing to create a revolutionary wading boot that is not only comfortable, supportive with excellent traction but also the last pair you’ll need to own. As is with all soft goods that are put to good use, the original stitching and the sole won’t last forever but these boots are made to be completely recraftable and resoleable in house, by hand in Danner’s factory in Portland, Oregon.
Stop by the shop – have a look, try them on & see for yourself what all the hype is about.
I was able to try the Foot Tractors last June for 2 weeks both on the Delaware & the Gunpowder and I was amazed by the level of comfort & traction. They’re in a different league from any other wading boot I’ve worn. Having broken through other boots in the $180 range in less than a season and then having no further use with them. Just knowing that these won’t end up in a landfill makes sense in what is undoubtedly an investment in comfort and safety whilst enjoying your time out fishing.
Used, consigned and discontinued gear is now available on our Backwater Angler EBAY page. If you are lucky bidder some of this great stuff could be yours at the end of the 7 day or 10 day auctions. Everything listed is a Backwater Angler E-Bay exclusive and will not be sold out of the shop. Shipping Costs are a fair $15 for USPS Priority Mail. Happy bidding!
Round up some holiday stationary, give us a call before noon on December 24th and print out our fly fishing gift certificate at home. We can also send one priority mail with delivery confirmation by December 20 or stop by the shop prior to Christmas and pick up one for your loved ones. Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and can be used for fly fishing gear, fly fishing schools or guide trips. Flies, while not included are great stocking stuffers! Point your gift givers with a Mastercard or VISA to the Backwater Angler Gift Certificates Page.
Gift Certificate Suggestions:
Pick up a certificate for Gear from $25 and up!
Certificates for Fly Fishing Schools are $100 per person.
Spend a half or full day Fly Fishing the Gunpowder with a Backwater Angler Guide $225 to $325.
Remember that Backwater Angler gift certificates can be mailed or emailed in a flash without subjecting your loved ones to beltway angst.
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