Category Archives: gear

New St Croix Rods at Backwater Angler

With the holidays right around the corner we have a great selection of St. Croix rods from Park Falls, Wisconsin!

These include the new Mojo Trout series, these rods are silky smooth casting suited for beginners and intermediate anglers alike. Featuring high modulus SCIII graphite these are superb rods which, for $180 – $210, don’t break the bank.

The Imperial USA rods set the standard for a premium US built rod; lightweight, fast action rods these are extremely versatile and performs like a rod you would pay twice the money for.  The Bank Robber streamer rods are designed by Kelly Galloup on the Madison River, he knows what goes into a great rod and with the state of the art technology provided by St. Croix, this is the result. The Legend Elite is their hallmark rod which has the look and feel of a rod that is worthy of a brand which has been at the forefront of rod building for 70 years.

Whether you’re new or seasoned in fly fishing we have you covered, stop on by and give them a go! We have received the following in store.

  • NEW Mojo Trout 9′ 4 wt $200
  • NEW Mojo Trout 9′ 5 wt $200
  • Imperial USA 9′ 4 wt $300
  • Imperial USA 9′ 5 wt $300
  • Bank Robber 9′ 5 wt $460
  • Legend Elite 9′ 5 wt $460

NOTE: We still have a space available in our upcoming streamer clinic this Saturday at 11 AM. Please call the shop to pre-register. 

Scott and Winston Fly Rods on Sale!


Please note: This sale covers in-stock discontinued models only.

Scott and Winstons are among our favorites and sadly sometimes they get updated and very good news for those who have waited for a great and somewhat limited sale.

That said,  we have two Scott F2 7′ 2″ 3 weight 4 piece rods for sale. Originally designed for Yamame (Cherry Salmon for the Japanese market. They are  the only four piece in the in F2 series.These light weight fiberglass are a dream for those who enjoy small stream fishing . They are ideal for our local wild browns or even brookies in western Maryland.

They retail at $645 and we are willing to part ways with them for $445 each.

We also have two beautiful and very different  R. L. Winston Fly Rods for your consideration. A Winston Traditional (WT) 8’6” 5 weight 3 piece (shown above) and  8’9″ 5 weight 5 piece LT also on sale (shown below). These retail at $850 each and can now be had for $600 a piece. These have classic Winston tapers from the early 90’s with internal ferrules, these will make someone very happy indeed.

Stop by the shop and check them out before it’s too late!

G. Loomis Fly Rods in Maryland


Going Saltwater fly fishing? Stop in this week when we reopen on Thursday and cast all of our in-stock G.Loomis fly rods from the 8/9 Short Stick Pro-4X, to the NRX 8 and 9wt and the 8 and 9 weight Asquith. Looking for exclaimer-you’ll find one you like in this grouping.

Fresh Patagonia Gear at Backwater Angler

We are flush with quality gear from Patagonia here at Backwater Angler. We’re enjoying some proper spring weather and the local rivers are really coming to life, now is a good time to check out some new gearr before going out on any long trips. Stop in and have a look at what we have!

  • M’s L/S Sun Stretch Shirt – $99
  • M’s Graphic Tech Fish Tee – $55
  • Foot tractor wading boots size 10 – 14 – $249
  • Ultralight Wading boots size 5-14 – $189
  • Rio Azul Waders – $249
  • Rio Gallegos Wader – $499
  • Middle Fork Packable Waders – $349
  • W’s Spring Creek Chest Waders – $399
  • Gunnison Gorge Wading Pants – $299
  • Neoprene Wading Sock w/ Gravel Guards – $45
  • Stealth Chest Pack – $79
  • Stealth Hip Pack – $119
  • Classic Hip Chest Pack – $89
  • Stealth Atom Sling – $119
  • Hybrid Pack Vest L – $99
  • Mesh Master II Vest – $179
  • Sweet Pack Vest – $199
  • Vest Front Sling – $99
  • Black Hole Duffel 45L – $119
  • Black Hole Duffel 60L – $129
  • Black Hole Duffel 90L – $149
  • Black Hole Duffel 120L – $169
  • Black Hole Wheeled Duffel 40L – $299
  • Black Hole Wheeled Duffel 70L – $329
  • Black Hole Wheeled Duffel 120L – $349
  • M’s Tough Puff Shirt – $199
  • M’s R1 Hoody -$159
  • M’s Minimalist Wading Jacket – $199
  • M’s Cloud Ridge Jacket – $249

G. Loomis NRX Fly Rods in Maryland

G. Loomis NRX Fly Rods
Here at Backwater Angler we have a great selection of G. Loomis rods for both fresh and salt water. The NRX LP’s are perfect for trout fishing , with the high modulus carbon with a softer tip than the original NRX, allows for delicate presentation with protection on fine tippet. For those who fly fish saltwater, the NRX 8 – 12 wt has proved extremely popular for those going on a trip down to the tropics or those looking to fish for stripers on the bay.

Here is the Loomis description of the NRX saltwater range of fly rods:

Just when you thought fly rods couldn’t get any lighter or more dynamic, along comes a rod that surpasses anything ever made. Thanks to a proprietary, high-tech, nano-silica resin system and the genius of rod designer, Steve Rajeff, these NRX saltwater fly rods are the ultimate in extreme performance. They have an unbelievable “strength-to-weight” ratio and can handle everything from bonefish to small tuna. Tarpon anglers, especially those traveling to far off places, really appreciate the 4-piece construction. Wind is not problem given the fast tapers and stiff design that create incredibly tight loops for long, accurate casts, even in the wind. Ranging from a sneaky powerful 7-weight, all the way up to the tarpon lover’s 12-weight, there isn’t a fish on the flats or in the tidewater you can’t handle. Small tuna, big Cobia, even striped and white marlin are no match for the strength and power of NRX. It’s everything you want in a saltwater fly rod and more!

New Umpqua UPG LT and HD Fly Boxes

The new Umpqua UPG LT and HD fly boxes are here at Backwater Angler.  Using self-healing water repelling High Grip Inserts, these boxes have the highest fly capacity per inch of any on the current market. Shop staffer Stefan Babij says

“Personally I love my HD walkabout fly box, I am able to consolidate 4 boxes into one! Thus giving me more room to pack other essential fishing items.”

I like using the LT boxes as they are light and thin, with a strong magnets that keep it sealed effectively. The Magneto and the LT standards are ideal for those who want to keep things simple and secure. The HD (Heavy Duty) range of boxes are 100% water proof. No worries about soggy dry flies and rusted hooks with these.

  • LT Standard (Gray/Blue/Olive) $19.99
  • LT Daytripper $24.99
  • LT Midge $24.99
  • LT Magneto $24.99
  • LT High $24.99
  • LT High Weekender $29.99
  • LT High Bugger $29.99
  • LT High Magnum Midge $29.99
  • HD Medium (Gray/Blue/Olive) $19.99
  • HD Daytripper $24.99
  • HD Midge $19.99
  • HD Large $34.99
  • HD Weekender $39.99
  • HD Magnum Midge $39.99
  • HD Walkabout $59.99

Winston Rods at Backwater Angler

R. L. Winston Rods
As a long winter is finally starting to let up, it’s time to think about a new rod to embrace the trout fishing season with. Here at Backwater Angler we have a fantastic selection of 5 weight rods from R.L. Winston Rod Company. If you’re planning on any special trips this spring or summer, stop in and see for yourself what the ‘Winston Feel’ is all about.  You may end up with the fly rod you’ve been waiting for…

We have the following Winston’s in 5 weight in-stock and ready to cast:

  • 9 foot 4 piece AIR – $950
  • 9 foot 4 piece BIIIX – $845
  • 9 foot 5 piece BIIIX – $895
  • 8’9” 5 piece LT – $850
  • 8’6” 3 piece WT – $850

Stop in between Feb 15th through February 26th to cast a Winston and register for a Winston Hoodie and hat give-away. The smiles are no charge.

Backwater Angler Used Fly Fishing Gear on Ebay

Anyone out there need a used G. Loomis IMX 9ft 10wt 4pc fly rod? It’s perfect for sinking lines and heavy work with small Tarpon, big Jacks, Permit and Musky.If you are lucky bidder it could be yours at the end of the 7 day auction. If you simply can’t wait till the end, now is your chance to pick it up using BUY It Now for a mere $275! No calls please. It’s a Backwater Angler E-Bay exclusive and will not be sold out of the shop. Shipping Costs are a fair $15 for USPS Priority Mail. See the listing and product description-We’ve described it as a classic G. Loomis rod designed for fishing for aggressive and large fish. The 3rd stripping guide has light corrosion. The rod has a soiled grip and original bag & tube. It is ideal for large water when casting heavy streamers for tarpon, jacks, musky, and rockfish. It’s one of the great ones and can easily handle an 11 weight floater and sinking lines up to 450 grains.Happy bidding!