The guides and staff at Curtis Wright Outfitters have compiled a few fly fishing products they feel will best help you on your next fly fishing adventure in Western North Carolina. We have a free shipping policy on all sales over $50.00 to give incentive to purchase your fly fishing gear at online store, but we really hope that you stop in and see us during your next visit to the Asheville area.
Ross FLYSTART 2 & FLYRISE 2 Reels
The Flyrise is a large arbor fly reel that is built around the award winning Evolution LT drag system. This is pretty impressive considering that the Evolution LT sells for more than twice the price of this incredible series! The drag adjustment is precise and sensitive – capable of protecting the lightest tippets even when battling world-class fish.
Winter Gear Up
‘Just around the Corner’
With “Old Man Winter” starting to work his way into our area, it’s time to start thinking about gearing up for our colder weather fishing. We are lucky enough that our season never closes and with the right gear you can be ready for whatever “Mother Nature” throws at us.
With SIMMS Face Mask Beanie, one of the most important pieces of comfortable fishing can be taken care of. With 100% polyester fleece upper, and a nylon/polyester/spandex blend mask, you face and head will be protected against the temperatures and the wind. A nice set of fold over gloves can also be another important key. With our hands having the most contact (hopefully) with the water, it makes sense to have them protected. Simms offers a great pair that has a WINDSTOPPER membrane and Polartec Windpro hardface fabric which will help protect you from the elements. If that doesn’t provide enough warmth they also come with an integrated heater pack pocket for that extra bit of heat. The one area that is crucial in the comfort part of your fishing trip is getting the right socks. Smartwool’s Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew is the right step. With the extra heavy cushion will allow your feet to stay dry and warm. The arch brace will allow the sock to stay in place which will allow you to stay on your feet longer. These are just a couple of tips to get you ready for your winter excursions. Stop by one of the shops to get some more great tips!
Redington Pursuit Combo
The Redington Pursuit Combos are great for the beginner and make a wonderful gift.
The Combo comes in 8’ and 9’ lengths and a choice of 4, 5 or 6 weights. Each rod comes with a reel, fly line and rod tube – everything you need to get on the water.
Two piece and four piece rods are available.
- Fast Action
- Alignment dots for easy rod set up
- Durable anodized aluminum reel seat
- Pursuit reel is pre-spooled with RIO Mainstream WF fly line, leader and tippet, ready to fish
- Outfit comes with black durable fabric rod and reel case
- Lifetime warranty
- $159.95 – $179.95
Fishpond’s Wasatch Tech Pack
The Fishpond Wasatch Tech Pack is one of the most versatile fly-fishing packs on the market, making it ideal for a variety of fishing situations. With a collapsible 610 cu. in. backpack, it can hold a rain jacket, lunch, first aid kit, and extra tackle with ease for long days on the water or excursions into the backcountry.
The backpack also is set up to hold a 100 ounce water bladder and on the exterior there is a mounted rod-tube holder, making storage a breeze. The pack also features highly-adjustable waist and shoulder straps for a snug fit, and is padded for more comfort carrying heavy loads.
On the front of the pack, you’ll find a plethora of great storage options for your flies, floatant, and necessary tools. With two flip-down fly work-stations, changing flies mid-stream is much easier than it used to be, and these removable foam fly patches also serve a great option for storing flies while out fishing.
The Fishpond Wasatch Tech Pack has two chest pockets with sealed zippers, four large interior mesh pockets, and numerous smaller pockets in which to stow your tippet, floatant, dry shake, weights, and strike indicators. As far as the well-designed bells and whistles go, it features a D-ring to attach your landing net to and hemostat holders, so they don’t flop around on you while wading across the river.
As a fly-fishing guide, I’ve used this pack in a variety of situations, from hiking into the backcountry in Yellowstone to floating down the tailwater rivers in western NC and eastern TN. I’ve been most impressed with its thoughtful design, comfort, adjustability, and versatility. The pack is one of my favorite pieces of gear I own and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
The Fishpond Wasatch Tech Pack is available in Deepwater Blue, or Marsh, which is an olive drab color.
It retails for $189.00 and features Fishpond’s Lifetime warranty.
Nick Roberts / Fly-fishing Guide / Curtis Wright Outfitters