A few years ago, you'd have to spend nearly $700 for a rig that contained the incredible accuracy and casting performance of the Orvis Clearwater Outfit. Though powerful enough to push big wet flies out into wind, its tip flex provides incredible sensitivity when working small dries to rising trout. The reel is perfectly balanced on the rod and effortlessly manages line as you cast. It's a confidence builder, for sure. [$315; orvis.com]
Credit: Photograph by Travis Rathbone
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