Doug Small

Doug Small

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, Southern Utah, The Wasatch Front, Park City

Doug Small's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Doug Small's Bio

Brewing beer, building bikes, and busting out the banjo are a few things that describe my afternoons. On weekends you’ll see me on the trail, at the crag, or maybe swilling a pint at the local pub.

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Doug Small

Doug Smallwrote a review of on July 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

There are a lot of thoughtful features built into this bag that sets it apart from the rest.
I really like the padded shoulder straps so you can wear it on your back and keep your hands free for sketchy approaches. The window lets you know what rope you've got in it without needing to open it up. Good build quality and a big tarp means I'll probably be able to keep it around for quite a few seasons.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've typically bought Dakine gloves over the last few seasons due to a bad experience with some Giro gloves wearing out too quickly in the past. I was looking for something with some better protection and decided to give Giro another chance. These offer good protection with great fit adjustment. The cushioning on the knuckles is flexible and lightweight. I've put some serious time into these and have seen very little wear.

I'd definitely suggest these if you want a comfortable glove with some added protection.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on May 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Great material, soft, durable but lightweight. The only reason I give it a four is it's a little wider around the body than I'd like. Less of a slim athletic fit like you'd get with Arc'teryx, so it looks a little bigger on me. Still a rad shirt, though.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Really well-made chair. Durable and super roomy. It also holds about four beers at once and has a built in bottle opener. The arms adjust and so does the angle of the recline. If I had one minor beef it's that when you sit back in this chair , it's pretty deep and you feel like you should have your legs up. That's not a problem when there's a log nearby to prop up your gams. Totally worth the price to have a camp chair I know will last.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on April 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the perfect sized pack for any day out on the river. It has well thought out pocket placement, plenty of storage for a bevy of fly boxes. The hip belt pockets are fantastic and plenty of loops and attachment points. Enough room in the main compartment for a light jacket or a few beers. As well as two bottle pockets and a rigging station. The only thing I really wish it had was a small water proof pocket for a phone , keys or anything you don't want to get wet. Other than that it's everything I want in a hip pack.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got this reel paired with a 7'3wt Butter Stick and loaded with Sharkwave Ultimate Trout Taper. For an inexpensive die cast reel it's very lightweight and extremely sturdy. This is my first reel without an adjustable drag. While it does take some getting used to once you do the result is fantastic. Fish are a blast to fight when you get one on the line. I'd really suggest pairing this with a smaller fly rod. It excels with drys and emergers. I've even set up a small dropper rig with good results. Not great for nymphing or anything that adds a lot of weight to the line and long casts require some extra attention. If you're looking for the perfect reel to pair with a glass rod or to fish your favorite small stream you can't go wrong with the Zero.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got the 7' 3wt and paired this with the Zero reel loaded with Sharkwave Ultimate Trout Taper. It's the obvious choice for small streams or when heads are up and drys are producing results. Perfect presentations and solid short range accuracy make this a great rod to grab when fish are spooky. Everyone needs to have one in their collection.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're looking for a fast action rod that doesn't break the bank this is a great place to start. I got the 9' 5wt which is the perfect size for most of the rivers in the Wasatch. It will nymph and throw drys with the best of them. I'm pretty impressed with the quality that Redington built into the rod. I don't have any complaints, if you're looking for your first fly rod or just need a fast action to round out your quiver look no further.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on April 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Comfortable, lightweight boots, upgraded durability from the previous model. They offer reasonable traction, but I threw some studs on just to be safe. The only real issue I’ve had are the laces are a tad short to tie them snugly and there’s not exactly stellar drainage. Even still, I highly recommend these.

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Doug Smallwrote a review of on February 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been out a handful of times on these skins and have so far been pretty pleased. Easy on and off while being able to store them glue to glue with no issues. Cleaning just requires a little water (or snow) and a wipe with a dry cloth. Traction and glide are comparable to other Nylon/Mohair mixed skins.

I did have some issues with them sticking in really cold conditions. Anything below 10* and the start getting a little less tacky. This has yet to lead to a failure but something worth noting. The majority of the time the glue performed fantastically.

The tip attachment is great, stupid simple. I did find that the tail attachment occasionally needs some adjustment and would like to see them upgrade that to something like BD or G3 has. This could just be due to the new skins stretching a bit.

The pros of having an easy to use no mess glue outweigh the cons. Unless you're an outlier that needs a skin that's either an ultralight or sub zero performer this is a great choice.

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