Reviews (Material & Gear)

Orvis Clearwater Salt 966-4 – Fly Rod & Reel Review


I picked up the Orvis Clearwater Salt 966-4 with a Hydros 3 reel and the Rio Streamertip WF6F/I line about 2 weeks ago.  I’ve fished this set up for about 8 times now and it’s exactly what I was looking for.  The rod has plenty of backbone to throw big articulated streamers and could probably throw foam hopper patterns a mile.  I have caught a few smallies and browns in the 18”+ range and the rod had no issue handling them. But, the rod is still soft enough that a 12” fish can still be played on it.  As forRead More

New, Exiting Things Going On At Great Feathers!


Hey ya’ll, Great Feathers has brought a few new cool things inside our doors. For starters, Great Feathers is now a proud 3-TAND Fly Reel dealer.  These reels are awesome, beautifully designed and thoroughly devolved. 3-TAND reels have an incredibly smooth drag, with great stopping power and start up inertia.  The reels are constructed using 6061 T-6 bar stock aluminum before being cold forged, tempered, diamond turned and anodized with 3-TAND’s unique gunmetal finish.  We have been searching for a mid-priced saltwater fly reel for years and have not been able to find many.  3-TAND provides us this and an affordable,Read More

Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods

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A well made bamboo fly fishing rod is a thing of beauty. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it feels good and does the job well. Even the most stubborn users of graphite rods acknowledge the elegance of bamboo rods. Material Bamboo cane is cut, cured, split and glued to make these popular fishing rods. Over the years, a wide range of kinds of bamboo has been used. These days, the most common is Pseudosasa amabilis which is also mistakenly known at Tonkin Cane. No matter what kind of bamboo cane is used, it all possesses characteristics that are importantRead More

We Are Now a Proud Dealer of MYSTIC RODS!


Awesome news local fishermen and online customers alike, Great Feathers is now proud to carry Mystic Rods. If you aren’t familiar with Mystic Rods, you are living under a rock! Mystic is a Michigan company that handcrafts it’s rods right in their home state and specializes in top of the line fly fishing rods at a price that won’t get you in trouble with the spouse. Their proprietary graphite-resin mix and unique sizes make for incredibly accurate medium and fast action rods that are lightweight and enjoyable to cast and fish. Speaking of unique sizes, I had the pleasure of fishing both the AuRead More

Hardy raises the bar

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Fresh off the IFTD show in New Orleans, Hardy unveils a new take on their popular new rod series, The Zenith. This time around, the crew from in Alnwick, England have put out a series of Zenith One-Piece Freshwater Fly Rods. A range of four 8’10” one piece fly rods for line weights 4-7 to be exact.  Built with their proprietary Sintrix material, these are the lightest and strongest fly rods built.  The performance of these rods has been reviewed by anglers as the finest they have ever cast.  This is true fishing action with reserve power we haven’t seen before. If you haven’t fishedRead More

New Hardy Reels! The Ultralite CC and The Ultralite DD

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As of August 1st, Great Feathers is happy to share Hardy’s new fly fishing reels, the Ultralite DD and the Ultralite CC. We at Great Feathers are already fishing these reels and are thoroughly impressed with the line pick up and weight of these beauties. Leave it to Hardy to put out another impeccable fly fishing reel. We carry the full line so pick one up on the web, or stop on by the shop. You won’t be disappointed!  The Ultralite DD The Ultralite DD range of fly reels combines the legendary strength of Hardy fly reel design into a new ultraRead More

A Happy Nymph Fisherman


Nymph fishermen need to hear this testimony. A self-styled ‘hardcore weighted nymph fisherman’ found the perfect tool for the job. He calls his new Hardy Marksman 10’ 4 wt. the best purchase of his life. When he paired this rod with Rio Nymph Line, this fly fishing enthusiast knew he had an unbeatable combination. The Hardy Marksman Fly Rods are super fishing rods for all levels of experience. They are lightweight with a good feel for a beginner attempting to master casting. However, they are also responsive enough to be sold as high performance fly rods with a great allRead More