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Orvis has long made some of the nicest fly reels around and this new large arbor bar stock aluminium design follows that high-end tradition.

Available from November, the new 10ft 3-wt Orvis Recon will greatly appeal to river and stream anglers in search of a high-performance, light-line rod with a value-for-money price tag.

At £379, it’s almost £300 cheaper than the nearest Orvis equivalent (the 10ft 3-wt Helios 2); however, the Recon’s Helios-inspired performance tapers, shadow-green blank and unobtrusive black-nickel hardware wouldn’t be out of place on a product twice its price. With an action best described as between mid and tip flex, the rod can be nicely loaded with conventional fly line, modern ultra-thin versions and leader-only setups, and at a mere 2½oz is extremely comfortable to use.

The delicate tip securely cushions light tippets against strike impact and hard-fighting fish, while also possessing sufficient crispness for quick recovery, narrow casting loops and secure hook setting. Backed by Orvis’ signature 25-year guarantee, the 10ft 3-wt Recon is already a favourite of TFF contributor Clark Colman.

Distributor: 0333 400 4177

RRP: £379

www.orvis.co.uk

The new Encounter waders from Orvis are constructed from a four-layer nylon fabric that offers an optimum balance between durability and breathability.

Fit the four sections of this new-for-2015 Recon 9ft 5-wt rod together and you are immediately surprised at how light it feels in the hand.
This new two-tone grey jacket is not only extremely lightweight and ideal for fishing but it has the look that makes it ideal for casual wear at any time of the year.
Once the cold weather starts to bite, keeping warm is key when venturing out for a day on a stillwater or a short river stint for grayling, say, so you need to wrap up warm against the elements.
The first CFO fly reels were introduced in 1971 and those earlier models are now seen as classics. Some are highly sought after by collectors and can fetch a fair price at auction.
This new, lightweight fly vest has the same fit, features, and pocket arrangement as the company’s best-selling Super Tac-L-Pac vest.
A ‘proper’ wooden landing net is something altogether more aesthetically pleasing to us anglers. The feel of it in the hand, the look of it on your back, it just seems right and proper, unlike some of the oversized monstrosities some anglers use.
Safety is paramount when we are wading, even more so in fast, turbulent rivers.
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