Ben Kepka

Hey, I'm Ben, a fly fisherman for over 20 years and also an aspiring blogger. I've been into fly fishing since my graduation from spin fishing when I was 12 years old. I started flyfisherpro.com to help introduce as many people into this amazing sport. Tight lines everyone! You can read more on our about page here.

Orvis Battenkill

Orvis Battenkill Reel Review

You’ve probably heard of the Orvis Battenkill, even if you’ve never had the chance to use one. It’s an iconic click and pawl fly reel that’s stood the test of time, making it a popular product for freshwater anglers worldwide. And while the Battenkill is based on the original design that’s lasted decades, it had …

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Echo Bravo Review

Echo Bravo Reel Review

It’s rare to find a low-cost reel that you can use in saltwater, because most good saltwater reels will cost you an arm and a leg. Unfortunately, most low-cost reels just aren’t built to withstand the corrosive environment of the salt flats or the open sea. That’s why we were so excited to hear about …

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Orvis Mirage Review

Orvis Mirage Reel Review

You’ve probably heard of the Orvis Mirage fly reel. Maybe you’ve had the chance to admire one out on the river, or even try it out for yourself. This mid-range to premium reel has been making waves since it arrived on the scene, so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on this popular fly …

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Orvis Hydros Review

Orvis Hydros Reel Review

Any product that bears the Orvis brand name is bound to be worth the expense, and the Hydros SL fly reel is no different! This affordable yet powerful reel stands up to the high Orvis standards, just like you’d expect it to, and it won’t set you back too much money. A lot of time …

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best uv resin fly tying

Best UV Resin Fly Tying

Whether you’re new to tying your own flies for fly fishing or you’re an expert, UV resin is a handy material to have in your fly tying kit. It’s a great alternative to epoxy, as it gives you more time to add the finishing touches. While epoxy dries very quickly, when you use UV cure …

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Best Fly Tying Light

Best Fly Tying Light

When you think about fly tying, you might get caught up in the details on the best fly tying vise, tools, and materials. But one thing a lot of us forget to think about is investing in a great fly tying light – until we need it, anyway! Fly tying [1] is an intense process …

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best fly box

Best Fly Box

One thing we all need is a great fly box. Whether you tie your own flies or you’ve got a collection of store-bought bugs, we all need somewhere to keep them safe and close at hand when fishing! But when it comes to choosing the best fly box, it can be confusing to narrow down …

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ross animas

Ross Animas Review

Ross Reels has been around for almost half a century, producing top quality fly fishing gear. They combine the latest technology with decades of experience to come up with innovative products designed by fly fishers, for fly fishers. That’s why we were excited to review the Ross Animas fly reel. Having a great fly reel …

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Echo Ion Fly Reel Review

Echo Ion Reel Review

It’s rare to find a fly reel for under $100 that is just as suitable for experienced anglers as it is for beginners. If you take fishing as seriously as I do, you might write off the Echo Ion when you see its low price. But you’d be missing a trick if you did! This …

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lamson speedster

Lamson Speedster Review

Reels are an essential piece of gear, but we can occasionally be guilty of overlooking their importance. But if you’re anything like me, you love geeking out over different reels! Each reel has its own characteristics, so it’s worth reading up on a model before you splash out. The Speedster is one of the latest …

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lamson guru 2.0 review

Lamson Guru 2.0 Review

Waterworks Lamson reels are some of the most popular fly reels out there, and for good reason! This company has been making excellent fishing gear for over two decades. Their expertise and passion for fishing are evident in their top-quality, effective products, which is why we couldn’t wait to review the Guru 2.0 fly reel! …

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Lamson Litespeed Review

Lamson Litespeed Review

It’s easy to focus solely on buying the right rod. But if you’re an avid fly fisher like me, you’ll know how important it is to have a sturdy reel you can rely on when fly fishing. It can make all the difference to your fishing success and make or break a fishing trip! And …

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Lamson Remix Review

Lamson Remix Review

We all know how essential it is to have a sturdy, reliable reel – even if you’re on a tight budget. That’s why we were eager to review the Lamson Remix. These affordable reels are Lamson’s entry-level offering, replacing the older Konik reels. Let’s find out whether it’s the right model for you! Available Sizes …

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ross reels

Ross Fly Reels

When you’re a fly fisher, your reel is an essential piece of gear. You want a reel that is sturdy, durable, and powerful enough to haul in those big fish. Ross Reels has been creating top-quality reels since 1973, and its products are built to last a lifetime. With decades of experience, the team continues …

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Winston Fly Rod Reviews – The RL Winston Rod Series REVIEWED

Winston fly rods have been around since 1929, producing high-quality, industry-leading rods. Founded by Lew Stoner and Robert Winther, the R. L. Winston Rod Company has been pioneering and innovating excellent rods from the very beginning. The Company started with bamboo fly rods and expanded into fiberglass and graphite fly rods over time. Gradually, the …

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Fly Fishing Connecticut

Fly Fishing Connecticut

Despite being one of the smallest states, Connecticut offers ample fly fishing opportunities both in stocked streams and lakes and along the coastline. Anglers will find plenty of brilliant fly fishing spots to catch brown trout, striped bass, and even Atlantic salmon! Here’s our guide to fly fishing in the Constitution State! Find out what …

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Wyoming Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Wyoming

Anglers all over the US and further afield dream of fishing Wyoming’s streams, rivers, and lakes. With crystal clear water and healthy populations of more than 22 different types of gamefish, there’s plenty to keep you busy here. Wyoming is the least populated state in the USA and is full of promising wilderness areas to …

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fly fishing virginia

Fly Fishing West Virginia

More and more anglers are heading to West Virginia for the state’s excellent fishing opportunities. West Virginia has some top fly fishing rivers and lakes, which until recently have been kept a well-hidden secret by the local anglers. But now, people are starting to catch on and it’s not hard to see why! With superb …

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minnesota fly fishing

Fly Fishing Minnesota

Minnesota boasts an incredible variety of fly fishing opportunities for anglers. With trout streams stretching for more than 3,800 miles and a further 2,600+ miles of tributaries and streams, it can be hard to know where to start. Wild native trout thrive here, and regular stockings boost their numbers, too. You can also try your …

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fly fishing vermont

Fly Fishing Vermont

Vermont is one of the smallest states in the US, but that doesn’t mean the fly fishing opportunities are lacking! This little state has spectacular scenery and hundreds of lakes, rivers, and streams to choose from. And with a population of just 700,000 in Vermont, you won’t be battling with other anglers for the top …

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sage pulse review

Sage Pulse Review

Sage released the Pulse fly rod series to replace the older Response fly rods as a  ‘workhorse’ rod for all anglers. This mid-range, fast action rod is versatile and packs plenty of power, but is it worth spending $450 to buy it? How does it compare to other top fly rods available at a similar …

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sage foundation review

Sage Foundation Review

Sage has done it again with the Sage Foundation, creating a versatile, forgiving fly rod for an affordable price. We are a huge fan of Sage fly rods over here, and we love that they are making fly fishing more accessible to a wider range of anglers. While the Sage Foundation isn’t a beginner rod, …

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sage motive review

Sage Motive Review

If you’re looking for a sturdy rod for saltwater fly fishing, you need to check out the Sage Motive. This mid-range rod ticks all the boxes for a saltwater angler, from a strong fighting butt to larger snake guides and a fast action. We couldn’t wait to try out the Sage Motive for ourselves and …

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scott flex review

Scott Flex Review

Scott fly rods are well known for their superior craftsmanship, high standard, and great performance. The Scott Radian was a hugely popular rod, so we couldn’t wait to find out how the Scott Flex compares.  This rod has flown under the radar and not generated much hype, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a …

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moonshine rods review

Moonshine Rods Review

The Moonshine Rod Co. is a company that has flown under the radar, but we think it deserves some more attention! The aim of the team behind the Moonshine Rod Company is to create high-quality, high-performance rods for affordable prices, to make fly fishing more accessible. With a unique fly fishing rods range that they …

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fly fishing film tour

Fly Fishing Film Tour

For 13 years now the Fly Fishing Film Tour has travelled the globe. The F3T is a fantastic experience for anglers of all ages. As the tour travels the globe it unites fly fisherman across the globe. Each year there are a wide variety of fly fishing films on display that will really get you …

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Fly Fishing Utah

Fly Fishing Utah

If you’re hoping to go fly fishing in Utah, we’ve got good news for you! The Beehive State offers great fly fishing opportunities, with cool water temperatures making for superb trout fishing. From scenic streams to deep lakes, you’ll find it all in Utah. We’ve put together our complete guide to fly fishing in Utah! …

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Fly Fishing Michigan

Fly Fishing Michigan

The state of Michigan offers ample fly fishing opportunities to anglers, with excellent trout streams and rivers. In fact, there are more than 150 fish species in Michigan, so the fishing is rewarding and never gets boring! Public access areas are easy to find, and fly fishing has a rich history in Michigan. It’s a …

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Fly Fishing in Maine

Fly Fishing in Maine

If you’re wondering what Maine has to offer to fly fishers, the answer is a lot! With more than 5,000 streams and rivers running through the state, as well as miles of Atlantic coastline, Maine is an excellent location for fly fishing. Whether you’re a local or you’re planning a fly fishing trip to Maine, …

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sage accel Review

Sage Accel Review

The Sage Accel hit fly shops back in 2014 when Sage released it to replace the earlier VXP rod. There’s been a lot of hype around this line of premium, medium-fast action rods. Primarily aimed at avid trout anglers, they’ve been described as being lightweight and sensitive, with the capability of throwing incredibly tight loops. …

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St Croix Fly Rods

St Croix Fly Rods Review – COMPARE All Rod Prices – Fly Fisher Pro

St Croix is a company that prides itself on creating high-quality fly rods for serious anglers, from beginners to pros. At the same time, their products are reasonably priced, making fly fishing even more accessible. The St Croix company has been around for over 70 years, and their handcrafted graphite rods put up an incredible …

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best travel fly rod

Best Travel Fly Rod

If you like to travel around and visit new fly fishing spots, you’ll need to kit yourself out with a travel fly rod. The best travel fly rods break down into 6, 7, or even 8 different sections, making them very portable. They also tend to be lightweight without losing out on performance. Backpackers are …

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Oregon Fishing

Fly Fishing Oregon

Oregon has some amazing fly fishing lakes and rivers set among spectacular scenery. In fact, there are so many great spots that you might struggle to narrow down your list and decide where to visit. The fly fishing is varied and exciting from the coast to the mountains, and you can catch everything from trout …

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Fly Fishing New Mexico

Fly Fishing New Mexico

New Mexico offers some of the best fly fishing in the US, with excellent opportunities to fish for trout all year round. You’ll be spoilt for choice by the wide variety of freestone mountain streams, trout rivers, lakes, and reservoirs here. Combine this with great weather and gorgeous scenery to immerse yourself in, and you’ve …

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Idaho Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Idaho

Idaho boasts stunning scenery and some fantastic fly fishing locations that can rival anywhere in the US. With over 65% of the land owned by the state, there are plenty of easily accessible spots with thriving natural and stocked fish populations. No matter where you are in Idaho, you’ll be guaranteed some excellent fishing all …

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