Women’s fly fishing gear – Patagonia, Orvis, Sage and Scott specials

Female anglers have always been an important part of our business, so as a thanks, we are running some specials for spring. Specials are limited to in-store products thank you, and have a great start to the season!

Sage Grace fly rod, was $720, now $475.00

Scott Radian 890-4 ladies spec, rrp$1249, special price $1099.

Patagonia Spring River Waders $549 down to $449.00. L Reg available

Our favourite jacket, the women’s Patagonia River Salt Jacket $399.95 down to $294.95

Patagonia Women’s Sunshade Hoodys down to $79.95

Patagonia Long Sleeve Sol Patrol Shirts down to $79.95

Orvis Silver Sonic Convertible Waders $495 down to $395.

Orvis River Guard Boots $259.95 down to $125

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Scott Radian – Used and Abused review, 12 months on

I’m the first to admit that we were slow off the mark to get hold of a Scott Radian. Living in Tasmania, under-down-under, it can be like a game of Chinese whispers sorting out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the latest and greatest from the USA. But after some prompting from Rene Vaz at Manic Tackle, we decided to buy one for our guiding business, and see how general anglers performed with the Radian. To cut a long story short, it turned out to be the most user-friendly, versatile rod that we own, and because of this, our favourite rod of 2016.

Why do we think that the Radian’s are great: because of the feel and versatile performance that this rod range features.

As a casting tool, it’s easier to feel the Radian load and un-load (bend and un-bend) than any of the other big name rods that we own. This is important, as it helps to self-correct casting errors, refine timing, and ultimately cast better. And casting better is more fun!

Versatile performance is the second standout feature of the Radian. No other rod casts a short line with as much control and ease. And by short, I’m talking under 15 feet, as we often have to do when sight fishing to tailers. The Radian also casts brilliantly through a range of different casting tempos (how fast you move the rod), and associated line speeds. Successfully polaroiding the Western Lakes requires quick and accurate casts, achieved with high-line speeds, which was no problem for the Radian. The Radian is equally capable of producing tight and accurate loops with a slow casting tempo, which is ideal for a big mayfly hatch on the rivers, and accurate but delicate casts.  This is the type of versatility that makes Scott’s premium rod a good value proposition.

The greatest compliment for the Radian actually comes from one of our customers, Ross. Ross is a passionate angler, and a great angler despite being fairly new to the sport. During a particularly hard morning session based from our Western Lakes wilderness camp, fastidious tailing trout brought Ross undone. The presentations had to be quick and accurate within 20 centimetres, and Ross struggled with the latest and greatest fast-actioned rods at hand. To his credit, Ross took our advice during round two the next morning, and decided to use our 5weight Radian. With the benefit of increased feel up close, Ross’s accuracy improved, and two tailing brown trout came to hand in the next half-hour. For Ross it was a personal success, landing Western Lakes tailers which are famed for stubbornness. For us, it was confirmation of why the Radian was our favourite rod for 2016.

Ross Kramer chasing tails at first light.

Ross Kramer chasing tails at first light.


Patagonia Stormfront Backpack – Used and Abused review, four years on

A couple of years ago, we ran a review of the Patagonia Stormfront Pack by well-known Australian fly fishing author, Greg French. It was one of our ‘Used and Abused’ reviews, on a pack that had travelled the wildernesses of the world for two years. You can check out the full review here, but here is the gist: All up, this Patagonia product is the most practical daypack I have ever used, and these days I can’t imagine being without it.

We thought we’d check-in on Greg’s pack recently, which is now four-years old, or post-1000 days of use if you want to quantify it. The pack itself has yellowed a bit with UV exposure, and the zip is no longer silky smooth (some zip-lubricant would fix this), but the pack is still surprisingly 100% waterproof and tare-free. Probably the only point of annoyance for Greg was the chest strap, which was prone to falling off at times – this was easily replaced at the local repair shop for about five dollars.

I guide with Greg each fishing season, and explore the trackless wilderness. I’ve seen him stuck halfway up impenetrable hardwood scrub, and bashing backwards through hakea and ti-tree with his pack in tow. To survive four years with Greg in the bush is a bloody good achievement, and testament to quality and a built-to-last design ethic at Patagonia.

Check out more details on the Patagonia Stormfront Backpack at the RiverFly 1864 shop here

A pair of Stormfront packs from our guiding team. The pack in the background has been used for more than 1000 days.

A pair of Stormfront packs from our guiding team. The pack in the background has been used for more than 1000 days.

My favourite piece of gear?

What’s the best piece of fly fishing gear you own? It’s a bloody hard question to answer! Rods and reels can be sentimental favourites, but I don’t think that makes ones of these items the best. Waders certainly come and go, and I’ve had some trusty old faithfuls, but lets face it, they all eventually die a death of a thousand leaks, leaving a bad ending to the friendship.

So where does that leave my answer? I thought the best answer would be to simply look at my worn-out chest pack, and find the oldest item of fly fishing gear on it. By implication this must surely make that item the best piece of fly fishing gear I own?

So what was it? Low and behold, it’s an eight-year old retractor, from Simms. It’s lived on the outside of two different packs for a thousand days or so, trustily holding on to my forceps. I haven’t lost a pair yet, and despite a few cracks and chips, the zinger still goes strong. So there you have it, the bit of fly fishing gear that may just be the best piece I own.

Simms fly fishing gear and apparel is now available at RiverFly 1864. Check out the Simms zinger here!

Simms Retractor (image courtesy of Manic Tackle)

Simms Retractor (image courtesy of Manic Tackle)


Patagonia Fly Fishing Gear now available at FlyShop1864

It’s showday this Thursday, the traditional start to the mayfly season in Tasmania. The rivers are clear, and running at perfect levels.

With this in mind we’ve been busily unpacking the first ever shipment of Patagonia waders and fly fishing gear to hit Australian shores, at our sister business FlyShop 1864. Check out the range here http://flyshop1864.com.au/shop/patagonia-fly-fishing-and-outdoor-gear/, which includes the best waders and wading boots on the market, as well as alpine vest and shells for fishing the Australian high-country. Whilst you’re there, checkout some of the product videos, including those for the Atom Sling Pack and Salt River Jacket, two of our best sellers.

Thanks, Dan and Simone.