Gear Giveaway Contest
Win an 8-weight package worth $585!
For this issue’s Gear Giveaway Contest, we have a great 8-weight package that will have you making accurate casts to a bevy of species in fresh and saltwater.
Diamondback Flex 8-weight Rod ($336)
We’ve been fishing the Flex saltwater series rods for a number of years, both on the flats for bonefish, permit and other speedsters, as well as for stripers along the New England coast, big bass in Florida, and many species of salmon and steelhead in the Great Lakes tributaries. We’ve been thoroughly impressed with these mid-priced rods, and would put them up against many rods that are twice the price.
All Flex series rods are built using Diamondback’s proprietary Diverse Modulas Design (DMD) technology. DMD is the precise application of a variety of pre-impregnated graphite composite fibers in controlled configurations to finely tune and balance the rod. Taken to exacting measures, this technology refines stiffness, overall blank strength and speed of recovery in specific sections of each rod. The results of this painstaking materials research and resin/fiber schedules are rods that produce smooth, effortless casts with maximum performance battling big fish, overcoming head winds and surviving punishment from endless fishing trips.
Features include titanium painted blanks with black wraps and silver trim, red alignment diamonds at each tip-over-butt ferrule, twin stripper guides with Hialoy insert rings, thin diameter hard chrome snakes and tip-top, super high-grade full-Wells cork grip, sculpted anodized aluminum reel seat with dual locking rings and red anodized aluminum insert, and a cork/peppered cork fighting butt. Learn more at www.diamondbackfishingrods.com
Cortland Liquid Crystal Guide Line ($89.95)
This premium, weight-forward, floating tropical line sports a high-visibility sea foam green color, low-stretch monofilament core, and a super-slick coating. The “Guide” model of the Liquid Crystal series has an aggressive front taper which loads the rod for quick shots, and shoots long distances. Length is 100 feet.
Cortland Salmon Steelhead Line ($79.95)
Cortland designed this specialty, high-floating line with salmon and steelhead in mind. Built on a braided multifilament core, its long-belly taper design roll casts and mends like a champ. The short front taper and overweighted head is perfect for turning over indicators, streamers, nymph rigs and bombers. Length is 100 feet.
Cortland Big Fly Line ($79.95)
The Big Fly line is a 100-foot, floating freshwater line built on a braided multifilament core with a high-floating tip section. Its hallmark is an aggressive weight-forward taper that allows it to easily cast large flies, or punch through heavy winds. This is our go-to line for casting wind-resistant poppers to bass, or throwing meaty streamers to the far bank. Learn more at www.cortlandline.com