Patagonia continues its push into the fly fishing market with the publication of a beautiful book outlining the essential equipment and techniques for enjoying the sport. The book, Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel, covers all common techniques for wet fly fishing, nymphing and dry fly fishing, and is being sold with a Tenkara fly rod (available in 8’6″, 10’6″ or 11’6″ lengths), a box of flies and line & leader. The kit is available online and in stores in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Why Japan? Because the tenkara fly rod contained in the kit—which has no reel—comes from a centuries-old Japanese fly fishing technique, which has been all but lost in modern-day fly fishing. The entire kit is $259-$279, depending on your rod choice.
Polartec Steps Up for Boston Marathon Runners
The sports world’s eyes turned to the Boston Marathon Monday, where American Meb Keflezighi won the race one year after a terrorist attack killed three spectators. Local brand Polartec stepped up to support the Boston One Fund, a non-profit launched to help those most affected by the bombings. Polartec outfittted 50 Boston One Fund runners with high performance Polartec Alpha garments and will donate $100 for each One Fund runner.
TGR Gets Sneak Peek at New Dynafit Skis
Dynafit boots and bindings are ubiquitous on big mountains and in the backcountry. Their skis though? Not so much. A new partnership with Utah-based freeskier Cody Barnhill could change all that judging from judging from a story posted this week on the Teton Gravity Research blog. The brand is working on some big mountain boards that can charge big lines and be versatile enough for lift-served. North American Communications Manager Eric ‘Hende’ Henderson was kind enough to send us a few photos. The blue pair is 108mm underfoot, and red pair is 118. Hende says both could be subject to change.