Fly-rod “shootouts” are nothing new—the folks at Yellowstone Angler have been doing them for a while—but the gear junkies at Maine’s Trident Fly Fishing think they have a better way. Among their innovations are using “real” anglers, rather than a panel of experts, as their judges; blind testing, so no one knows which rod he’s casting; and allowing testers to use different lines to match their preferences.
The results are in, and the winner of BEST 5-Weight Fly Rod is. . .well, I won’t ruin it for you.