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Sport Fishing & Nutrition

Sport Fishing & Nutrition

These photos were submitted by one of our readers.  Fly fishing enthusiast Mike is also a competitive cyclists and co-founder of an endurance supplement company, so we picked his brain on possible nutrition tips for sports fishing.

Mike says he likes to take his dog and head deep into the Utah wilderness to camp for several days.  It takes around 8 hours of hiking to get to his destination, so the stream is untouched and stocked with tons of trout.  He said he catches and releases non-stop at his favorite secret spot.

photoHe suggests bringing an electrolyte drink to stay hydrated when out in the sun for long periods of time, especially if hiking is involved.

After a long day of hiking uphill, a serving of Ultragen recovery drink delivers protein and other nutrients to your  leg muscles quickly so your body feels fresh the next day.  No fun fishing all weekend if you’re stiff and sore from the hike in.

Since he releases the trout rather than eating them, Ultragen powder mix is easy way to pack protein into his camping spot.  It doesn’t require refrigeration like meat and is light and easy to fit in his pack.

In addition to nutritional supplements, he also advises to always pack a first-aid kit.  He once received a severe injury to one of his feet after he made the hike up.  Fortunately he had friends with him.  He wrapped the cut and hobbled down the next day.  The 8 hour trip took quite a bit longer and he had to leave some supplies behind.  He was too far from any cell towers so couldn’t even call for help.  The first-aid kit was a huge help.




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Scott Radian Fly Rod Review

Scott Radian Fly Rod Review

New High-Tech Masterpiece

The early buzz on Scott’s Radian Fly Rod is extremely positive, both for its new performance enhancing features and for its highly appealing cosmetics.

Scott’s tagline for their new fly rod is “fast meets feel”, and they claim that with the Radian anglers no longer have to sacrifice “touch and feel” when they want “power & line speed”.

According to Scott, the way they were able to achieve this is “we dramatically increased recovery speed with our new ReAct technology. By minimizing energy- sapping vibrations, ReAct creates fast action, high line speed rods with all the nuance and feel of a presentation rod.

Check out this behind-the-scenes video taken on site at the Scott factories where these amazing new rods are created:

As with any technologically advanced product, the Radian is not a cheap rod.  The manufacturer’s listed price is $795, but any advanced angler looking for performance should get their money’s worth out of this innovative fly rod.

Also, even if you’ve got a spare $800 burning a hole in your pocket, don’t expect to be able to spend it on a Radian immediately.  Rumor has it that demand is much greater than the available supply at product launch, but it should availability should increase over the next few months.

Update: The Radian is now available at with free shipping.

Additional Feedback From Around The Web

This is Scott’s flagship line and it replaces the S4. Frankly, to my mind it is a whole lot better rod…It’s faster than the G2 but has more tip flex and feel than the current S4. As you would expect from a company like Scott, it has an extremely high-end feel

– Zach Matthews

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Wright & McGill Plunge Fly Fishing Rod Collection Review

Wright & McGill Plunge Fly Fishing Rod Collection Review


This kit is perfect for beginners and great if you want to hit the water immediately.  It has everything you need, and the fly rod comes with backing and line all setup and ready to go.

One thing that fly fishing newbies might appreciate is that the kit comes with an Essentials Of Fly Fishing DVD, so new enthusiasts won’t look totally clueless on their first outings.

What’s Included

Included in this kit are:

  • Graphite four-piece fly rod
  • Large arbor fly reel with tools, floating fly line, & flies
  • DVD with Instructions

Customer Feedback

With a top 5 ranking in Amazon’s Fly Fishing Rods category and an average of 5 stars based on 6 reviews, it is definitely one of the more popular fly rods.


Some excerpts from reviews on this product:

“You can literally purchase this kit and be fishing on a river or lake within minutes…” by n8r1 on 4/26/12

“I got help from a friend who has been instructing fly fishing for 30 years. When he went over the components, knowing what I had paid, he complemented me on making a great decision…” by imaginate on 6/2/13

“Husband Happpy, I’m happy…I wanted to get him a multi-purpose rod to take about and this fits the bill…” by Jasmyne Laryssa on 12/28/12

If you’re looking for a beginner kit for yourself or as a gift for a new fly fishing enthusiast, you can’t gone wrong with this pick. Very beginner-friendly with the fly rod already prepped with line & backing, and the included tools help save money versus buying each one separately.

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