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Abel Reels

A new line up of Abel reels are in the shop! From large saltwater reels like the new Abel Rove to the lightweight Vaya, we have many different sizes and paint jobs to choose from. The most notable of the new hand painted reels are the Vaya 5/6 in Native Brown Trout, the 9/10 SDS in Blue III, and the Vaya 5/6 in Larko Brown Trout.

Abel Vaya Native Brown Trout

Abel SDS 9/10 in Blue III with Aluminum Handle

Larko Brown Trout Vaya 5/6 Reel

If you’re looking for something a little less flashy, we also have many models in the satin and standard black. These still offer the unmatched quality of Abel without the glamour and price tag. Give the shop a call at 410-357-9557, an email at backwaterangler@gmail.com, order online, or stop in to get one of these reels for yourself!

Notice: The shop will be closed on Father’s Day, June 19th.

 

Backwater Flat-brim Hat Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the heat rolling in there isn’t a better time to get a new hat. With every purchase over $75 made in the shop we will be giving away one of our Backwater Angler Flat-Brim hats. They come in a heather, blue, and brown colors and will be provided to customers while supplies lasts.

These hats are a $30 value that we will be giving away. If you aren’t going to spend over $75 then you can get the hat directly through our website. These will be a good addition to any Father’s day gift so that they are set to go out on the water.

BWA Embroidered Flat Brim Fitted Hat

Father’s Day Great Eight Gifts!

Abel Reels- Abel is the pinnacle of fly fishing reels. They offer the best durability, warranty, and style in the Fly Fishing business. These are a one time purchase, leaving the customer set for life. We offer many variations of Abel reels from basic colors to eccentric hand painted designs.

Underwood On The Hunt Deep Green Vaya 5/6 Reel

Ross Reels- Ross focuses on the durability and ergonomics of a fly fishing reel. It contains all the strength and technology harbored in Abel reels without the flashy finishes. These reels are truly the best bang for your buck.

Ross Animas

Fishpond Submersible Sling- The Fishpond line of submersible packs are optimal for the most active or most clumsy of fisherman. These packs allow you to push your waders to their limit without the worry of wet items like your keys, phone or other valuables.

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling

Airflo Fly line- The newest edition of Airflo Lines have been spectacular for the employees and the customers of Backwater Angler. They offer a smooth cast that will load the majority of rods well.

Airflo SuperFlo Universal Taper

Gift Certificate- As always a Gift Certificate is a safe bet when buying a gift. If you’re entirely unsure what to get for fathers day you can always let them pick.

Backwater Angler Gift Certificate

Scott Centric- The Centric is one of the best rods on the market right now. It had the most advanced technology that creates a quick and sensitive response with the rod. A 5 weight would be ideal for fishing out west and on our bigger eastern streams while the 4 weight will be more ideal for our local bodies of water.

Scott Centric

 

Patagonia Waders- The Swiftcurrent Line of waders has been found to be the ideal wader for fishing throughout the temperate climates like ours. They are lightweight but durable enough to withstand the thorns and brush that tear up weaker waders. Patagonia also offers a great warranty program that allows you to send the waders in for repair if needed.

Patagonia Men’s Swiftcurrent Waders

Umpqua Fly box with Fly Selection ($75,$125,$175,$250): We can offer a personalized fly selection at 4 different price ranges. We can pick specific flies for whatever best suits their fishing needs in high quality fly boxes.

Umpqua Day Tripper Box with Personalized Fly Selection

New Abel Vaya’s in Stock

We have just restocked our reel case with some beautiful Abel Vaya’s. There is simply no other reel like it. The Vaya is one of our favorite reels here at Backwater Angler not only for its stunning looks but also for it durability and technology. Crafted by avid Colorado anglers, the VAYA series debuts an all-new technical look and feel paired with outstanding performance. The partially-ported VAYA frame offers the unique combination of minimized weight, incredible rigidity, and just enough surface area to highlight Abel’s hand-anodized finishes. The frame interior also features varying sets of CNC-milled fly patterns, relevant to each size of reel. The large-arbor spool features a precision-balanced, dual-pawl drag engagement design that eliminates the need for a counterweight. The spool’s mechanical incoming click compliments the audible, smooth feel of the outgoing drag. The carbon / stainless multi-disk drag system produces substantial resistance, while providing a wide range of adjustability for delicate tippet.

Abel Vaya 4/5 Classic Brown Trout

Underwood On The Hunt Slate Gray Vaya 7/8 Reel

Underwood On The Hunt Deep Green Vaya 5/6 Reel

Abel Vaya 7/8 Blue III

Abel Vaya 4/5 Native Brook

Abel Vaya 4/5 Satin Black

New Scott Centric Fly Rods in the Shop

Recently we received three new Scott Centrics this week at Backwater Angler: The 9 foot 4 weight, 9 foot 5 weight, and 10 foot 4 wight, all 4 piece rods. Each rod provides advantages in different situations and are Scott’s top of the line rods.

The 10 foot 4 weight is the most specialized of the three rods. The extra length makes it ideal to use for nymphing, both tight-line and indicator nymphing. The tip section provides enough sensitivity to use for tight-line nymphing, however still has the back-bone to lift heavy nymph  rigs and cast them upstream. The biggest advantage of the extra length is the ability to mend over currents to provide yourself with the best drift. Although this rod may be ideal for nymphing, it does cast a dry fly very well. The extra length requires a slower cast to unroll longer casts.

Both the 9 foot 4 and 5 weight rods are going to be the best all-around rod you can find.  Both rods will be efficient in streamer, dryfly, and nymph fishing. The 4 weight is going to handle the bigger streamers and nymph rigs slightly worse than a 5 weight, however the extra sensitivity will help you maneuver your flies in smaller water. Both are strong enough to stand up against the bigger water and fish. Whether you need a 4 or a 5 weight rod truly comes down to what water you fish the most, but either option will provide an excellent fishing experience on the water.

If you are interested in getting one of these rods please stop by the shop or order online and we’ll get it shipped out as soon as possible.

Scott Centric

New Winston Bamboo

We are now listing a new 7’9″ 5 weight bamboo fly rod from Winston. The rod comes with a spare tip section and has three pieces making up the rod. If you are looking to get into Bamboo rods you will not find a better rod to purchase. This rod is listed at $3500 from Winston. If you are interested please contact us at 410-357-9557 or at backwateragnler@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Winston has been making BAMBOO rods since 1929, when Robert Winther and Lew Stoner first began innovating using split bamboo cane. We have patented the hollow-fluting bamboo rod building process, set numerous bamboo world distance fly casting records, and maintained an uninterrupted 92-year commitment to building the most beautiful, highest performing bamboo fly rods available anywhere. A Winston bamboo fly rod continues to set the standard for hand-crafted fly rod perfection. Each of our new bamboo fly rods can take up to a year to build. Cast one and you will experience a wonderful slow action with delicate line and loop control. Fish one and you will understand why anglers become devotees of bamboo and a part of the ultimate fly fishing tradition.

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide

Naughty or nice? Sometimes the best approach is to treat yourself or consider sharing this post with someone in the gift giving spirit.

1. Backwater Angler Gift Certificate

Backwater Angler Gift Certificate

2. Abel Classic Brown Trout Vaya

Abel Vaya 4/5 Classic Brown Trout

3. Patagonia Winter Weight Fleece Oversocks

Patagonia Winter Weight Fleece Oversock

4. Patagonia Swiftcurrent Expedition Zip Waders

Patagonia Men’s Swiftcurrent Expedition Zipfront Waders

5. Personalized Fly Selection

Personalized Fly Selection

6. Backwater Angler Fly Fishing School Gift Certificate

Backwater Angler Fly Fishing School Gift Certificate

7. Scott G Series Fly Rod

Scott G Series

8. Patagonia River Salt Boots by Danner

Patagonia River Salt Wading Boots

9. A Backwater Angler Guide Trip Gift Certificate

Backwater Angler Guide Trip Gift Certificate

10. We believe that the River is a gift. Please support our efforts to protect and conserve the Gunpowder, Little Gunpowder, Bird and Bush River watersheds by joining us or purchasing a gift membership to Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER. Find out more about our work.

Donate or Purchase a Gift Membership to Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER

Ross Animas Fly Reel Review

A fully-redesigned frame and spool are highlights of the new Animas. The spool shows off the cutting-edge manufacturing techniques Ross Reels has developed, delivering a design that is incredibly strong and visually stunning. The Animas also re-joins the family by incorporating an ultra-light canvas phenolic handle which gets tackier when wet. along with the new drag system that includes composite discs that are more reliable and a smaller drag nob.  A new trouble-free spool release yields zero-maintenance performance, allowing the Animas to be ready for any fresh or saltwater excursion.

Ross Animas

 

Patagonia Shelled Insulator Pants

As we are expecting some cooler temperatures into next week now is a great time to try out the Patagonia shelled insulator pants. they are great pants to fish in and excellent pants to have when the snow needs to be cleared from the driveway.

The Patagonia shelled insulator pants are one of the best winter pants made. These versatile, highly water-resistant, insulated soft-shell pants provide stretch, warmth and windproof protection for fishing in cool or cold conditions. They also excel on days of clearing show or leaves in cooler weather.

Patagonia M’s Shelled Insulator Pants

 

 

Echo Shadow X Review

Over the past couple of weeks that I have been back from Montana, it seems that many people have been heading out there themselves. I couldn’t be more excited for them to experience the amazing landscape and big fish water. A longer rod is the keystone to Euro Nymphing.  Echo designed The Shadow X specifically for Nymphing. At 10, 10 and a half, and 11 feet in length you can Tight-line or Euro-nymph without having to wade deep into the pools. The very sensitive tip section is ideal for staying in touch with your flies and, feeling a fish take and protecting light tippet, but have enough backbone to turn fish out of strong currents. Though I have only have been using my Euro Nymphing rod for close to a year now I have been more than happy with the results. I’ve also found it ideal for using indicator rigs, as the longer length of these rods functions to turn over the heavy nymph rigs easily with a roll cast. As stated earlier the ultra-sensitive tip on the rod allows for the ability to tell there the bottom is and when a fish takes your fly. I am currently using the 10′ 6″ 3wt Shadow X. While it is slightly more flimsy than the 10′ Shadow X it was still able to turn some larger fish in the strong sweeping currents of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers.

Echo Shadow X