The year’s best new gear for Canadian fly anglers features new materials and cutting-edge concepts from such leading brands as Sage, Simms, Ross, Rio Products and Tacky Fly Fishing.
Lovers of Sage’s classic RPL rods from the early 1990s had better make room for the company’s new X line. The fast-action X590 (nine-foot, 5-weight), for example, is one of the smoothest-casting rods I’ve tried in years, with a restrained power capable of casting tight loops with incredible accuracy. The X rods are black-spruce-coloured, with dark green wraps and a black anodized aluminum reel seat. They come in sizes 3 to 10, along with switch and spey versions.