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Orvis® Helios 2 10ft 4-Weight (Tip Flex) & Hyrdos SL II Reel – FINAL Review

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By Vagabond Fly Editors’ Note: This is our third and final instalment in the review of the Orvis® Helios 2 10ft 4-Weight (Tip Flex) & Hyrdos SL II Reel. Refer to these to links in the series: Orvis® Helios 2 10’ 4-weight (Tip Flex) Review – Part 1 Orvis® Hydros SL …

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LOOP Evotec Cast Rods – the Fast 8wt & 9wt tested on Tigerfish

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By Vagabond Fly Editors’ Note: In a world of premium rods breaking new ground it is fantastic to see global brands entering the midrange price market with high quality tapers & proper R&D budgets. LOOP Tackle is no different & boy did they come to the party with the CAST …

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GREYS® GR70 SALT 9FT 7WT ROD & GX 900 6/7/8 REEL FRESHWATER REVIEW – PART 1 BY VAGABOND FLY

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CHASING DOWN UNICORNS IN SOUTH AFRICA – THE LARGEMOUTH YELLOWFISH Editors’ Note: Read on and see why we had to eat humble pie and break this freshwater review of the Greys® GR70 Salt 9ft 7wt & GX 900 6/7/8 Reel up into two parts. It will also explain why we …

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Orvis® Helios 2 Review: 4-weight 10’ Fly Rod (Tip Flex) – PART 1 By Vagabond Fly

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Editors’ Note: Part 1 of our review on the Orvis® Helios 2 4-weight 10’ rod (Tip Flex) is focussed on the fishability & performance of the rod fished in the more traditional manner with standard leader configurations. In Part 2 we will be honing in on the technical prowess and ability …

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HARDY® ZEPRHUS FWS ROD & ULTRALITE® CADD REEL REVIEW By Vagabond Fly Mag

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MAJESTICALLY SEXY Walking on the banks of a crystal-clear and strong flowing mountain stream deep in the Kwa Zulu-Natal Hartland with the Hardy® Zephrus FWS Rod & Ultralite® 3000 CADD Reel in hand, we started debating what the fly fisher looks for in a premium freshwater outfit. A strong argument …

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Thomas & Thomas Aeros/Spire Fly Rod comparison & review Vagabond Fly

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Elevated Heights Editors note: There is a joy that comes from opening a Thomas & Thomas fly rods rod tube, a heritage brand making waves & proudly flying the handmade in the USA flag. We have had the pleasure & been nothing but blown away casting the SOLAR range of T&T’s, and that …

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GREYS GR50 ROD (9ft 6wt) & GREYS GTS700 REEL (5/6/7) By Vagabond Fly

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Editors’ Note: We are beyond stoked to be working with Pure Fishing (South Africa) on a 12-month long review campaign on the GREYS, HARDY & HODGMAN brands. This review is the first of the GREYS reviews. When Pure Fishing sent the GREYS GR50 9’0”6wt rod paired with a GREYS GTS700 …

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THE SCOTT MERIDIAN TUSSLES WITH SOME AFRICAN TIGERS By Russell De La Harpe from Fly & Arrow Africa

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Editors’ Note: In the name of bringing you unbiased and balanced reviews, we first reported on the performance of the Scott Meridian in our own hands chasing Shallow Water Bonefish in the Seychelles and now publish a review by our friends from Fly & Arrow Africa chasing down Tigerfish with …

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SHALLOW WATER BONES – CASTING AT SHADOWS ON THE MOON By Pieter Taljaard

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Editors’ Note: Unlike our technical gear review articles, our first review of Scott’s Meridian Rods and Scientific Anglers’ Mastery Bonefish Lines is all about why we actually purchase gear – the fishing! In a lifestyle piece, we set the scene first before we get into our actual verdict. The skiff …

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