Top (Fly) Gear
From tying materials to apparel to tackle, our annual roundup of the best new gear for getting Canadian fly anglers in on the action
With pandemic restrictions behind us, there was a distinct air of excitement at the most recent International Fly Tackle Dealer Show, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, to showcase the latest products in the world of fly fishing. A big shout out goes to Patagonia, which donated its entire display area to non-profit groups and activists working to protect our fisheries. There were also many organizations at the show promoting forward-thinking conservation solutions, all of which gives me hope for the future of both fly fishing and our wild places. Here are my favourite new products for Canadian fly anglers.
For a look at more of the year’s best new fishing gear, also our round-up of 2023’s best new lures and 2023’s best new conventional tackle, electronics and accessories.
For many of us as we age and our eyesight diminishes, it becomes more difficult to tie tiny flies to fine tippet. To the rescue comes the ingenious MAGNIFly featuring a precision glass lens with three-power magnification. Designed to rotate 90 degrees and swivel 360 degrees, it clips easily to pack straps, waders, caps and more. Simply flip down the lens to tie on a fly, then flip it back up out of the way. The device even has two magnets to hold flies while they dry.
Learn more: Artisan Angler, www.artisananglerllc.com