We’re almost done with our coverage of Fly Fishing Retailer. Here’s the rundown on what we liked from Redington, Buff and Smith Optics. We’ll have one more gear post from FFR this afternoon.
Anything that helps get kids into fly fishing is a great thing in our book – it’s good for the kids and it’s good for our sport. The Redington Minnow is an easy-casting 8 foot 5/6 weight rod designed for kids. Here’s the great news – the rod, reel and line outfit costs $99. Nice work, Redington.
We like Buffs, and they’re not just for the flats anymore – our guides use them everywhere we fish to cut down on sun, wind, bugs and cold where applicable. Buff has a merino wool version that looks like it’d be really cozy on those cold mornings on the Kanektok.
Buff is also releasing what look to be really well-designed gloves made for angling. They’ve got leathery palms and microfiber backs – these are much more substantial than your typical spandex sun gloves, but not at all bulky.
Smith Ignitor Lenses
Smith has added a new polarized pink/rose-colored lens to their angling line. The color is actually called ‘Ignitor’ – it’s a tint that has worked great for their ski goggles in the past, and at first glance this lens looks like a great option for those days on the flats when the light is less-than-perfect. We’ll give ’em a try and let you know what we think.
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