Alec Wilkinswrote a review of Montana Fly Company Lockwood's Crystal Temple Deceiver - 12-Pack on April 2, 2019
Well tied, great fly for hunting on the reef.
Well tied, great fly for hunting on the reef.
This has been a great reel , having an extra spool gives more options
This has been a great fly for me when blind casting and probing the reefs., A good add to your saltwater kit.
I strap this table over my second bay which has a drop bag. It is a great way to store a fair amount of gear and have good decking/seating on top. Once you get to camp it is becomes the center of the kitchen area, goes up easy and level on sandy beaches and keep food prep out of the dirt.
Having dry accessible space on the raft makes a huge difference. I purchased a pad for the top and it doubles as the bow seat. Well made, and a good seal.
I run hot so skinning in this layer has been been perfect, I can pull the hood up for wind or sun protection as needed. The 7/8th zip lets me look 70's retro cool with a gold chain and it dumps an insane amount of heat when needed. Highly recommend.
I like to ski with bibs inbounds, but I run super hot and need something cooler when touring. These are great, DWR is fantastic, they bead up great . I really like the beacon pocket which makes it super easy to access for beacon checks and drills. Only complaint is that they don't have back pockets. Inseam does run a bit long on these, but not a huge deal for me.
Love this jacket. I use it touring where I run really hot on the uphill. I usually skin in just a base layer, so anytime we stop I can pull out this beast and keep warm. It is bulkier than using a smaller mid layer, but bomber in the cold and also a nice safety precaution in case we run into an extended stay. I sized up to go over layers
None of my kids started skiing with poles, too much hassle, too much going on....but dragging a small human back to the lift line wears on a man. The day they can use poles is a day of celebration. My daughter and I both love these
Recently heard an Avy instructor tell a class that if you cared enough to take a course, then a saw should be required just like shovel, beacon and probe. This shamed me into getting one. I still make my partner dig while "I get the saw" but now I can also open the heavy beverage I brought to make up for all the weight savings in my skis I paid so much for. Also the saw works great.
Say what you want, but the benefits of a life well lived should absolutely and forever include sitting on the porch in your rocking chair with a nice wool throw to keep your legs warm. My Proof? I bought this for my grandma, and she loved it.
I gave these skis 4 stars because I think it goes without saying that when you buy light skis for the uphill it isn't going to be a super damp charger. These kill it on the uphill. I paired this ski with MTN bindings and they are fantastic. However, like most light skis they are not going to blast through cut up, crud or variable conditions. When I get into variable snow the skis feel squirrelly. On consistent firm or untracked they are great, but most skis are great in hero snow. I would not choose these as a 50/50 ski, and would say they are best suited to longer missions where you are looking to go light....find fresh lines and you'll love this ski.
Redington is killing it with some really great value rods. This is no exception. I wanted to give trout spey a shot and this was a very affordable and fun way to test the waters. I have had it out several times and my skill at two handed casting is limiting factor, not this rod. If you like to fish on the swing this is a fun way to get after it.
Kelly Galloup is a genius. His fly patterns are great, but really he is a marketing genius. With names like Butt Monkey we all want to ask for these flies by name. They also pull some big fish. Win/Win.
One of my home rivers is notorious for picky fish sipping emergers. Most people size down and throw a dry dropper, but wet hackles on the swing are a lot of fun. sinking tip or trout spey and work the swing to fish...exciting takes and fish are less picky. I tend to miss more fish on the swing, but have a lot of fun.
Go to streamer for chasing big browns. Quality construction and a solidly tied fly.
This is a great smaller profile for when you when you need to step down from big meat. Great action when given some space to work.
Foam profile seems to pull fish at the end of the summer when they have seen 2.3 million chubbys. These float low and are hard to see when the wing wets out, but they pull fish. Good to have in the box.
This is a great simple way to get out and make some skagit casts. Integrated shooting head and running line make it easy to attach the tip of your choice and put both hands to work. Now just need to get my cast dialed.
Short head makes for quick recasts to the bank when you are throwing chunky streamers. Loaded on 6 wt Sage it makes easy work of hucking huge articulated streamers. It also roll casts remarkably well. I don't want delicate when I am streamer fishing I want minimum backcasts and the abiltiy to get the fly down to fish. This is a winner in the thug fishing category.