Our Favorite Gear for 2021 Opening Day

Posted on 18 March 2021

 Opening day is a tradition for anglers everywhere, and it holds a special place in the heart of Pennsylvania fishers. We've put together a list of our favorite new and time-tested gear to bring with you on your early morning ritual to your nearest water. 


Just Starting Out: The Orvis Encounter 9ft 5wt Outfit
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Instead of entry level, we think of our Encounter rod outfits as affordable awesomeness. The 9' 5-weight Encounter rod outfit is the answer to the question, "What's the first rod I should buy?" Ideal as an all-around rod and for bigger trout water, the 9' 5-weight Encounter rod outfit is the best value-priced outfit of its kind.


Upgrade: The Orvis Clearwater 9ft 5wt Outfit
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The Clearwater 5-Weight 9' Fly Rod is a standard for western rivers and bigger eastern water.


The Holy Grail: The Scott Centric 8' 6" 4wt Rod
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The Centric series fly rods deliver new levels of stability, recovery speed, and range, while giving anglers tons of feedback through the easy flexing tip sections and highly transmissive blanks.


An Upgraded Reel: The Orvis Mirage LT
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There are times when less is more—the new Mirage LT fly reel is everything its big brother is but designed to balance perfectly with lighter rods and yet still offer legendary Mirage engineering and performance. 



Simms Flyweight Stocking Foot Wader
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Designed for bringing hard-to-reach waters into focus, Flyweight Stockingfoot Waders fuel the advance with a thoughtfully designed fishing accessory system for gear on the go, lightweight yet durable engineering for added stamina, and best-in-class GORE-TEX waterproof-breathability for guaranteed dry performance — day in and day out.



Simms Flyweight Boot
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If the call of high mountain streams and the path less traveled ring true for you, our Flyweight Boot offers an incredibly lightweight design to help you answer the high-mountain call.  



Simms Flyweight Small Pod
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The compression-molded Flyweight Small Pod conveniently docks with Flyweight carry systems and delivers the ultimate in lightweight, minimalist storage.


Orvis Guide Sling
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Whether you are a fly-fishing guide or an angler looking for exceptional capacity, durability, and convenience, the Orvis Guide Sling Pack provides a multifunctional, 100% recycled ECO CORDURA® platform designed to store and organize, offering easy, intuitive accessibility.



LOON Iconic Kit
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The Rogue Quickdraw Forceps and the Nip n Sip 2.0 were designed for the angler who demands a lot from tools, but who wants to carry very little. Both products are packed with features that make them as versatile and as useful as any tool out there.


Nomad Emerger Net — Fishpond | Silver Bow Fly Shop

Fishpond Nomad Emerger Net
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Nomad Nets are constructed with carbon fiber/fiberglass composite material. The result is a very lightweight and durable net. 




Fulling Mill Tactical Max Box
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 the Tactical Max would take most anglers a few days to fill. With room for 960 deadly patterns, spread across four sides of high density slit foam, all shielded from the elements by the impact resistant poly-carbonate outer shell. 


Simms Wading Staff
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For every cubic foot per second scheming to send you sideways, Simms’ Wading Staff offers a balance-enhancing solution.   


Yeti Rambler 20 oz Tumbler with MagSlider Lid
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Any tumbler that’s coming along for the ride needs to be tough enough to keep up. 


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