The Orvis H2 Covert is a new variation of the award-winning Helios 2 series — a Gear Institute Best in Class winner from a couple years back. The Covert employs new hardware and a matte-black finish to help mask any chance of flash or glare when stalking wary fish.
The Orvis Access II performed yeomanly duty whenever we took it out. It’s mid-sized arbor means line pick-up is a bit slower than some of the other reels in the test, and its looks are not going to draw appreciative looks from other anglers.
The fast-action Scott Radian had the line speed to throw big foam hoppers to aggressive westslope cutthroat, and it was wonderful for working weighted multi-fly nymphing rigs. But when accuracy and finesse were needed, the Radian was a bit limited compared to the Sage Accel or Orvis Recon.
After just a month of fishing the Sage Accel 486-4, I had fallen in love. The medium-fast action of the Accel offered me a smooth, progressive action that was able to push a lot of line a good distance, but with great tip flex suitable for long mends and delicate presentations.
The Rugged Creek Traditional rod offers a medium-fast action with a soft-flex tip that proved to be relatively easy to cast. Unfortunately, the Traditional lacks the power of a true fast-action (like the Scott Radian or Orvis Recon) and the accuracy of a medium-action like the Sage Accel.
Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boots allow anglers who like to go walkabout to stick with one boot during the day rather than trading their hiking boots for wading boots once they reach their destination.
The Simms Vapor Wading boots lived up to the billing as lightweight and comfortable, making them a solid choice for people willing to walk miles before making their first cast as well as for those making a thousand casts in the same mile.