7 Must-Have Fly Fishing Gear Essentials

From sunglasses to reels, some gear from our September-October Issue

Stand Stable - Predator Kayak

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks has just released its Predator kayak. Developers made sure to engineer this craft below and above the waterline in a way that offers the best fishing platform possible. One of the key features of the Predator is the three-stage Element seating system. This system allows anglers to lower, raise and even flip the seat for their sight-fishing needs. Further, this kayak has ample storage and a ton of space in which to mount accessories such as cameras, GPS units and more. MX Models start at $1,199; predatorkayak.com

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Exofficio - Classic Air Strip Shirt Updated**

Keeping current with modern fashion, Exofficio has updated its classic Air Strip shirt with a slimmer fit, a product it calls the Crosswind. This long-sleeve garment features streamlined pockets, a three-position sun collar, side vents and a three-position cape vent and is rated UPF 30-plus. $95; exofficio.com

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Aquapac**

The new Upano Waterproof Duffel from Aquapac is lightweight yet rugged and has removable shoulder straps that allow you to carry it in a variety of ways. It also features an air-release valve and compression straps. These really allow you to pack efficiently. $120;** aquapac.net.**

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Smith Optics**

For 2013, Smith Optics has introduced ChromaPop lenses featuring color enhancing technology. By selectively filtering light waves in the 480 and 580 nm ranges, these lenses make colors brighter and more vibrant. They have outstanding optical clarity and achieve their polarization through a revolutionary and proprietary film-free process_. ___ Starting at $209; smithoptics.com

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Tibor**

Completing Tibor’s Signature Series is its new 5-6 model, which features a lighter-weight-aluminum sealed drag system, a modified reel stand and a redesigned drag knob. This little reel is perfectly light enough for freshwater applications, but make no mistake, it can completely cover you in many saltwater situations. $685;** tiborreel.com**

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Fleye Foils**

Bob Popovics believes the smaller the bait you are trying to mimic, the more detailed it should be. To simplify things, he came up with Fleye Foils, a product that works extremely well with new acrylics such as Tuffleye from Wet a Hook Technologies. Tie-in tabs make the flies simple to attach and also come in a variety of sizes.
$6.99 (per 12 pack); wetahook.net

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Redington**

By developing a blank and grip technology, Redington created its latest offering in its lineup of fly rods. The Vapen Red offers anglers effortless casting and powerful fish-fighting capabilities in a lightweight package. Vapen rods feature X-Wrap technology, which contributes to tighter loops that travel farther when combined with the new PowerGrip handle. In addition, this rod series features carbon-fiber reel seats and anodized reel-seat highlights. $349;** redington.com **

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