Unicoi Outfitters is north Georgia's premier guide service and fly fishing outfitter, located on the Chattahoochee River near alpine Helen. Look for fishing reports, gear and book reviews, and general musings here from our staff and guides.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

New Stuff

With the approach of Spring, come the new fishing products for the year, and most are now in stock:

1. Simms Vibram Sole Wading boots - we have both the Guide Models and Freestones at both shops. These are destined to be the hottest items of the year. Anything we don't have in stock is already backordered months in advance, right now, we've got 'em.

2. Sage Flights - The new Sage Flights are arriving at both stores, Sage's replacement to our best-selling FLi series are sure to be a hit. This rod serves as our go-to client rod and is the best bang for the buck in a mid-priced fly rod.

3. Sunglasses - Action Optics - My favorite lens for North Georgia trout fishing is, without a doubt, the Action Optics (Smith Optics) Photochromic Brown Lens (formerly known as the All-Hour brown), this lens changes tint as the day gets brighter and can be worn to provide polarized protection from morning till dark on north Georgia trout streams. We have this lens in several different frame styles in our Helen store. (Everybody in Blue Ridge loves Costas for some reason. There is certainly nothing wrong with them! I'm still saving for a pair with Wave 580 lenses for my Blue Water trips)

4. Orvis Clearwater II Rods - In order to make our inventory selection make sense, we wanted to concentrate on one entry-level line of rods. After casting everything on the market, we've decided that there is no better rod for the money than the Orvis Clearwater II. We should have them in sizes that fit for most of our local fishing situations, so come in and try them out.

5. Fly Lines - If you are still fishing a 5-year old fly line, do youself a favor and pick-up one of the latest offerings from Cortland, Scientific Anglers, or Rio. If you are fishing a premium rod, but using an old fly line, you're really not doing yourself a service. Re-line and see what that rod is capable of! Most experts agree that the line is the most important part of the flyfishing outfit for the trout fisherman. If you're throwing a $700 rod with a $25 line, you might as well be driving a Ferrari with recapped bias plys.

6. New odds & Ends: 1) Orivs Magnifying Nippers - eyes don't work as good as they used to? Give these a try. 2) Thing-A-Ma-Bobbers - would somebody please buy another strike indicator? we have a lot of other stuff we need to get rid of! 3) Orvis Aluminum Fly Boxes - we might as well not order another Wheatley, 4) Tippet Master - feel bad about those tippet clippings being on the planet when humans are nothing but fossils? 5) New DVD's - If you didn't know it, you are not cool unless you own Soulfish, Fish Sizzle, Chasing Silver, Running Down the Man, Fish Bum Diaries and several other "action" DVD's. 6) Simms Vests - check out the new G3's, Guide, Freestone, and Mesh Vests.

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