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GROF Product Review: Echo OHS Fly Rods

October 25, 2016

I had the opportunity recently to get my hands on the new Echo OHS (That’s ‘One handed spey’) and am convinced that this is a very innovative and fresh idea for Great Lakes steelhead.  While rods in the 10′ to 10’6″ range are not new, this 10’4″ OHS and its action, the brainchild of  Tim […]

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GROF Product Review: The Sage X

September 6, 2016

Sage has done it again with the recently introduced X.  The latest in Sage’s line up promises to be a winner and may be the best fly rod they have ever produced.  Now this is just one anglers review but the X is a completely different feel from anything that Sage has done in a long […]

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Trout Reels

July 1, 2015

It has been said of trout reels that they are merely a devise to store fly lines.  If that were the case we could all get by nicely with a stripping basket on our hips instead of one of the many models of light reels available in our Shop.  Although trout reels are seldom pushed to […]

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Grand River Outfitting Product Review: Redington Classic Trout Rods.

May 31, 2015

There seems to be bit of a resurrection of vintage actions in the fly rod world which adds to the idea that much of the industry has gone full circle.  If you look at just about any magazine article in any current publication, much of it is the same stuff that many of us did […]

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Who gives a damn about half of an X??? 

March 24, 2015

An independent  gear review by Nick “Cool Breeze” Groves  When the Trouthunter tippets and leaders arrived at Grand River Outfitting & Fly Shop, I have to admit that I was pretty excited. After all, I am a gear weenie, and I love new product. I did however cringe when I saw the price tag of […]

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Grand River Outfitting Product Review: Sage Accel

March 17, 2015

We live in a world where people can’t get enough of “better”.  Our computers, cars, bicycles and sporting equipment we are told, no matter how current, can always be improved on and we buy it up.  I for one however, upon finding something that I like, often stick with it and use it until it’s […]

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Grand River Outfitting Product Review: Winston 6116-4 BIII TH Rod Review

February 7, 2015

As we edge closer to the spring steelhead season, penned up anglers will be thinking about new gear.  As our first “Fly Rod” review, we’ll let you in on what we look at “Performance”- We have several high level casters on our team and all of the rods will be fished or cast at varying […]

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GRO Product Review: Howler Brothers

January 23, 2015

It is safe say that every great clothing brand begins with a cool name and that becomes the driving force behind the company. The name alone though is usually not enough as the product needs to stand up. Ralph Lauren for example had a great name and logo in the ‘Polo’ brand but the quality […]

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Product Review – The Fishpond Vaquero Vests

December 1, 2014

The world of personal fly tackle storage has never been more convoluted than it is presently. Sling, chest and hip packs, vests, lanyards, satchels and more occupy shelves in fly shops and it has reached the point that anglers will go through two, three or more before finding one that suits their needs. Vests and […]

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