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Red Truck Diesel Bass Fly Fishing Outfit 890-4
Topwater or weighted clousers this is your go to Bass outfit
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detdesc::Bass OutfitBass Fishing Outfit:



A cast up toward the lily pads, your popper lands with a thud right on the lily pad.  Strip, pause,  STRIP, pause,  Wham… a big bucket of a mouth ambushes your helpless deer hair frog! A big hook set and you pull in a nice Large Mouth Bass.



The 9ft 8wt is your Bass fishing solution, the one best answer for Large Mouth Bass fishing anywhere. From the murky waters of the Delta to your local farm pond the Red Truck Balanced Bass Outfit will make every cast easier. Bass fishing in California has a lot to do with timing; early morning and late evenings are the most productive times of the day to top water fish. The afternoons are best fished with weighted Clousers and Deceivers.



The Red Truck Diesel “Bass” Fly Rod:Our only Bass specific rod, at 9 foot for a 8 weight, this rod is balanced to cast large weighted streamers and wind resistant poppers effortlessly to their target. Sick and tired of the chuck and duck? We were! Be in control with the Red Truck Bass Outfit.



·         A great rod starts with the grip. Red Trucks full wells grip is not only ergonomic but enhances feel and efficiency of casting and fishing. Built with top quality cork.



·         Matte finished reducing rod glare, Reflection on the water caused from shiny rods, which can spook fish.



·         Sanded and precision fit ferules, where the rod pieces come together, allow for repairs in just 3 days and eliminates the need for you to ship the entire rod back to us.



·         Effortlessly present large poppers and weighted streamers on target.



·         Powerful mid section and butt for ease of picking up heavy flies or wind resistant flies.



·         Powerful butt to keep fish out of the weeds.



·         Hand made with incredible craftsmanship and premium components.



The Red Truck Diesel Reel: A perfect match for the Red Truck Bass Fly Rod is our Red Truck Diesel Fly Reel. Taking notes from the reels our grandfathers used this reel is durable, simple, and elegant.



·         The click and pawl drag system provides perfect amount of tension to fight large fish.



·         Machined from solid bar stock aluminum this reel will be appreciated for generations to come.



·         Whether you are pulling off line or hooked up on a fish this reel screams fly fishing.



The Line:  This outfit comes balanced with a weight forward 8wt. This line enhances the feel and performance of your outfit.



·         No stretch design allows for efficient casting and hook sets.



·         Made out of Polyurethane which is incredibly durable and can with stand exposure to sunscreen, gas and diesel. All other fly lines are made from PVC which horrible for the environment.



·         Short  taper that excels when fishing with wind resistant poppers or heavy streamers



When you put this all together you have an outfit that is incredibly easy to fish and cast. This outfit comes fully rigged, ready to fish, and includes an extra tip. If you are sick of chucking and ducking get into control and experience a truly balanced outfit with the Red Truck Bass Outfit.



Where will your Red Truck Take you?


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  •     Balanced Diesel 7/8 Reel
  •     Airflo Bass / Musky WF8F 8-weight Fly Line
  •     Extra Tip
  •     10' 10lb Leader (Can be cut back to 5'-7' for bigger flies)
  •     Rigged and ready to fish
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Titan Rod Vault Complete TRV System
Keep your fly rod outfit rigged, ready and safe with the Titan Rod Vault
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Titan Rod Vault Complete TRV System - (3) Fly Rod Outfit Rooftop Carrier

Keep your rod and reel outfits rigged and ready for the next hole inside this heavy-duty aluminum case built for aerodynamic travel on top of your vehicle. The system includes one locking clamp that attaches to most vehicle roof racks. Additional lock on the reel-housing unit secures rod and reels. Tubes are lined with nonabrasive nylon and accommodate rods up to 10-ft. long. Reel-housing unit has dividers to prevent reels from banging against each other. This complete Titan Rod Vault system comes with all hardware ready to install on your vehicle!

NEW TITAN ROD VAULT VIDEO CLICK HERE

About Titan Rod Vault

What’s better than fishing? Fishing year-round! The Titan Rod Vault locks both function and fashion to your roof through its aluminum construction which is not only weather-proof, rust-proof and able to stand up to all of Mother Nature’s fury but it’s also quite the head-turner with its brushed finish and sleek design.

What does this mean for you? More fishing! And not just more fishing, but more fishing in more places since you can take this roof-trophy anywhere – even on your bucket list cross-country fishing extravaganza!

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  • Fits rods up to 10 feet w/ reels attached and lines rigged through the guides
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Leland Rod Co - Sonoma Wing & Barrel 488-4 8' 8
Designed purposefully to take greats casts with you anywhere you go.
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Leland Sonoma Wing and Barrel Fly Rod:



Allow your finest passions to collide!

What
does a tea cup have to do with fly fishing? Well, if you can place your
dry fly in it at forty feet, you won't just catch your trout, you'll
earn it...and an earned trout is really what dry fly trout fishing is
all about.

To do this, you'll
need a thoughtfully-designed fly rod, reel and fly line that compliment
one another, making the whole far more than the sum of its parts. This
resulting balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit is Leland Rod Co.'s
Wing&Barrel. It embodies the simple truth, that a trout earned in a
beautiful setting is a memory that will last a lifetime.

Adorned
with our special Leland grip, the Wing & Barrel fly rod literally
fits like a glove into your hand, adding intimacy that other fly rods
often lack. Our intuitive grip provides you with added purchase and
control of our already well-balanced fly rod. This rod is truly and
extension of your body. Of course it's finished with all the right
components, including a highly-figured Cocobolo wood insert, fitted
tightly to our darkened nickel silver hardware. Our non-glare blank
finish combined with our darkened guide set provides a stealthy approach
when casting and fishing.

Fly
lines too often are a secondary consideration. Not for us at Leland. We
searched and tested high and low for the perfect fly line. Our goal was
to find a fly line that blends casting efficiency and enjoyment with
fishing function. After much research, casting, testing and frustrating
results, we decided to embark on our own journey to design the best fly
line. It took us a while, but we did our job. Our Leland weight forward,
four-weight floating fly line (affectionately called the "Pliny" after
our favorite beer) casts like butter and floats like a cork and very
noticeably compliments the efficient taper of our Leland Rod Co. Wing
& Barrel fly rod.

Not
kidding, when you cast our Pliny line and our special Leland leader (12'
4x) on the Leland Wing & Barrel fly rod...you'll finally understand
what true casting efficiency is. Also, if you cast only our Pliny
line's head (weight-forward section), the result is always a beautiful
and accurate forty foot cast. Any knowledgeable fly angler will tell you
forty feet is the magic mark. However, if you do need more distance,
our line shoots with ease.

To
store the perfect fly line, we obviously needed a fly reel. Again, we
worked hard to design a fly reel that balanced correctly with this fly
rod, both physically and aesthetically. The Leland Classic Spring Creek
fly reel is the answer. When combined with Leland's Wing & Barrel
fly rod and our fly line, the whole is much greater than the sum of
parts. With an adjustable and proven click and pawl drag system, this
fly reel nods to the great fly reels of the past, while employing better
contemporary materials and manufacturing process, ensuring a fly reel
that will last a lifetime. Your grandfather would approve of this reel's
quality and he'd certainly approve of the celebratory sound it makes
when your fish heads downstream.

Finally,
you can store your balanced Leland Wing&Barrel fly fishing outfit
handily in our nylon-covered rod tube. With its integrated, padded reel
pouch, you can leave your Leland Classic Spring Creek fly reel mounted
proudly on your favorite trout rod for easy storage and more
importantly, quick rigging when it's time to hit the water.

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  • Length: 8 feet
  • Sections: 4
  • Blank color: Wine
  • Reel Seat: Double-Uplocking Gunsmoke Anodized Aluminum
  • Guides: Blued chrome light steel wire
  • Handle: Proprietary Leland Grip
  • Action: Adaptive, Fast
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Red Truck Premium Trout Fly Reel, Gold, 5/6 Weight
A superior machined and anodized trout reel with a proven draw-bar cork disc drag system and large-arbor spool.
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detdesc::Trout is what it's all about. Sure at Red Truck, we fish for all sorts of fish. But when most people think of fly fishing, they're thinking of trout. We didn't forget that when we determined the offering of models for our Premium series of fly reels. The 5/6 Premium is perfectly suited for all your trout fishing needs. It's light enough to properly balance with today's feather-weight five and six weight fly rods, but it's built for business. When cranked down, the cork disc drag system can slow down a hard charging brown trout, yet in its lighter settings, still has the ability to protect the finest of tippet.



With plenty of capacity for your fly line and backing, we're confident at Red Truck that you'll never be second guessing your reel purchase from us. Of course this quality reel is fully-machined from solid anodized, bar-stock aluminum, has a cork disc-drag system and large arbor spool. It's that good.
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  • Spool Width: 0.8 in.
  • Capacity: WF5F 90 yds. 20# ; WF6F 75 yds. 20#
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Sage Xi3 Fly Rods
Upgrade your Xi3 for some spending money.
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Sage Xi3 Fly Rods

How can you improve upon perfection? We at Leland felt that the Sage Xi2 Rod Series were already the best saltwater fly rods available anywhere. Now, along come the new Xi3's and, remarkably, they are lighter, stronger, more powerful, yet easier to cast than ever before! We cast the new Sage Xi3s side by side with their Xi2 counterparts, same lines, same reels, and while the Xi2s continued to impress, the Xi3s were noticeably better in every category. From 6 weight to 12 weight and beyond, simply better. We were left scratching our heads on how the boys at Sage could achieve these amazing results. We're told that it's a combination of advanced computer modeling, the fine tuning and tweaking of Sage's awesome G5 Technology Graphite Layup, and a dash of creative brilliance thrown in as well. Whatever it is, you'll just be happy that you can walk out on a sugar white flat with the confidence in knowing that the best possible saltwater fly rod in the world for the job at hand, is in your hand. If you don't believe us, all you've got to do is cast a new Sage Xi3 for yourself. Bonefish, redfish, permit or tarpon, it doesn't matter. You'll believe.
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What Makes a Good Fly Rod
Every fly rod can catch a fish...that's for sure. However, not every fly rod is a joy to cast and certainly doesn't celebrate the defining attribute of our sport...fly casting. To learn more about what makes a good fly rod, just click the link.
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What makes a good fly rod?




The fly rod is the defining element in any tackle ensemble as it is responsible for propelling the weighted fly line
and relatively weightless fly out into the river or lake and to the
targeted fish. It is the angler's primary tool, a synthesis of
functionality and art. The very first fly fishing rods were crude
instruments that got the job done, but today's high performance fly rods
come in many shapes and sizes and are constructed of space age
materials like fiberglass and graphite that would no doubt have the
earliest anglers salivating at the advances in the primary tool used in
fly fishing.



Modern fly rods are designed, first and foremost, to cast fly lines
as efficiently as possible. This goal has created a community of
specialized casting specialists and "fly rod taper" designers who focus
on the physics of fly casting and materials science and engineering in
the search for the most effective fly rod ever produced. These advances
in fly rod design have led to parallel advances in fly line
design and construction as well as a general improvement in the casting
ability of anglers of all skill and experience levels. Improved casting
accuracy and distance, both direct results of modern fly rod
advancements, have also opened new horizons in the sport, allowing
anglers to fish new water and harsh conditions that were never
accessible with older fly rod designs.



There
still is a passionate community of more traditional rod builders and
enthusiasts who maintain the art of creating high performing rods of split cane bamboo.
These cane rods are most often found in the deftly skilled hands of
trout anglers on smaller spring creeks, but several of today's best bamboo rod builders
are also constructing highly effective rods in heavier line weights and
in lengths and tapers suitable for Spey casting.





Components of a Fly Rod




Rod Blank



The fly rod blank is simply the physical rod itself. Each rod style has a
unique shape or "taper" throughout its length designed to deliver a
specific fly line weight or fly line style as efficiently as possible.



Grip



Fly
rod grips are a key component to the fly rod itself. Grips are
generally made of Portuguese cork and are shaved and sanded on a lathe
to create an ergonomic handle. A series of classic grip styles are
available; Half Wells grips are popular in many mid-weight trout rods,
Full Wells grips give steelheaders and saltwater anglers a bit more
control when casting heavier rods, Cigar grips are extremely popular on
the lightest fly rods, Spey grips are long and tapered allowing an
angler to easily wield a two-handed rod of 13 feet or more in length.



Guide



Guides are small coils of light, but durable metal that hold the fly
line close to the rod, allowing an angler to actually use the fly line
and fly rod in tandem to successfully complete a fly cast. These coils
are sometimes referred to as "eyes" and the first guide or guides near
the butt end or handle of the rod blank are called the "stripping
guides" and the rest of the guides are called "snake guides." The final
loop-shaped guide at the tip of the rod blank is simply called the "tip
top." Fly rod guides have "feet" and are secured to the rod blank with
tight wraps of thread about the feet. Generally, guides have two feet,
but single-footed guides are becoming more popular with rod designers as
weight considerations become more important for a modern rod's
performance and marketing story. Recoil snake guides -- guides that
retain their original shape even after being bent -- are also finding
their way to mainstream fly rod design for their enhanced durability and
performance.



Reel seat



The reel seat is metal component that holds a fly reel
to the rod. Reel seats can be as simple as two aluminum rings (called
cork-and-ring reel seat), or can be beautifully machined combinations of
aluminum and wood or composite material for larger, heavier reels. The
reel seat is a relatively new addition to fly rod design as anglers used
to hold the fly reel in their free hand as recent as the mid 1800s.





Fly Rod Construction




The best fly rods, whether bamboo,
fiberglass, or graphite are put together with the utmost care.
Construction is the ultimate determinant of how efficiently the rod
transfers the energy of the caster through the rod to fly line and
eventually to the fly. A poorly constructed rod is not efficient and
will not directly transmit the energy generated by the caster to the fly
line, often resulting in a "wobble" at the end of the casting stroke.
This wobbling transfers to the line resulting in a weaker, less accurate
cast. The better and tighter the construction of a rod, the more
efficient it is, and the more accurate and powerful it will be at all
distances.



In modern graphite rods, the quality of construction is directly related
to the type of source graphite used to make it. As a general rule, the
higher the modulus (a term indicating how much graphite is present in
the rod), the better the graphite. Quality rod makers are continually
searching and redefining the right amount and type of graphite to make
their rods even better. Translation: just the right amount of modulus
graphite will make a higher performance rod. Rods that use modern
aerospace grades of graphite will transfer the most energy with the
greatest degree of ease and also allow for the best accuracy.





Fly Rod Performance and Optimization




Fly Rods and Line Weight



Generally speaking, the weight of a fly line is proportionate to the
size of the species you're pursuing. If you are fishing for smaller fish
with smaller flies, a lighter line weight will allow you to present the
fly more accurately. However, if you are going after big fish, a
heavier line is important for turning over larger flies in the wind and
casting greater distances.



Action and Flex



Fly
rods are characterized by where the rod flexes. A "fast action" fly rod
flexes near the tip, and a "slow action" rod flexes near the butt of
the rod with "medium action" somewhere in between. Action determines the
tempo of your casting stroke. It also determines the ability of your
rod to generate line speed, a term for how quickly the loop travels away
from the rod tip. As it takes less effort to cast farther and more
accurately with a fast action rod, beginning casters are often best fit
with this action.



Length



The type of water and fishing determines appropriate fly rod length.
Smaller streams mean tighter casting situations, and a shorter rod is
much more manageable. Big Western rivers and salt water require a longer
rod for increased distance and power. While, anglers fishing for
steelhead and salmon commonly prefer longer rods for large mends and
roll casts. Generally speaking, a nine-foot rod is ideal for the vast
majority of fishing situations. If you are new to the sport, this length
will perform effectively in a variety of waters and will allow for a
solid development of your fly cast.

Check out the best fly rods available today.

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Leland Reel Company Vintage Fly Reel Review


ANCHORING YOU IN THE THE TRADITIONS OF FLY FISHING

Conceived for fly anglers who find that today's loudly colored, tech-ed out fly reels don't match the greater feel of their day on the water. . . Read More.
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Conceived for fly anglers who find that today's loudly colored, tech-ed out fly reels don't match the greater feel of their day on the water. . . Read More.
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Specifications:

 
• Models: Sierra Nevada Golden Trout, New Zealand Brown Trout, British Columbia Sea Run, British Columbia Steelhead
• Time-Honored Click and Pawl Drag System
• Machined and Anodized Bar Stock Aluminum
• Full Cage Reel Frame with Inside Palming Access
• Brass Fittings, Reel Foot and Line Guard
• Agatine Handle
• Laser Engraved
 


Leland Reel Company Vintage Brass Reels debut in San Francisco and Sonoma, and online.

 
October 20, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): In keeping with Leland Reel Company's commitment to timeless aesthetics and contemporary fishing performance, we announce the arrival of the new Leland Reel Co. Vintage Series Fly Reels.

Taking a Step Back: Conceived for fly anglers who find that today's loudly colored, tech-ed out fly reels don't match the greater feel of their day on the water, Leland Vintage Series have engineered the fishing function you need into the traditional aesthetic that brought you to the sport in the first place. Fully-machined from solid blocks of cold-finished aluminum, then teflon-anodized for generations of reliable companionship, the Vintage Brass Series of fly reels represents Leland Reel Company's determination to fuse the rich aesthetic of bygone times to the functional advantages of modern reel technology.

The Line-Up: Recognizing that tradition-minded anglers exist in more than one of fly fishing's sub-disciplines, the Leland Vintage Series of reels features three sizes: the Sierra Nevada Golden Trout, appropriate for small stream dry fly fishing and line sizes 2 to 4; the New Zealand Brown Trout, sized for all-around trout fishing with lines 4 to 6; and the British Columbia Sea Run, our take on a traditional Spey reel, appropriate for mid- or long-belly lines up to line weight 7/8 and Skagit or Scandi shooting heads to 450 grains. Finally, our British Columbia Steelhead Spey reel will suck up all your big Skagit lines for two-handed lines in weights 8/9.

Click-Pawl Drag: As the most time-honored and fool-proof type of drag design, the click-pawl is built to perform for decades, not years. With a base level of care, the stainless steel components of the drag can function admirably for generations. Did we mention the sound this reel makes? It's enough to make you reflect on our sport's long and distinguished history.

Meant for Palming: We've designed every Leland Vintage Fly Reel to allow finger tips through the bottom of the reel cage when additional braking power is required. For centuries, such palming was an essential skill in fly fishing, just like casting and fly selection, but it's fallen away in recent years. We feel it provides a more intimate experience for the angler who is connected to a fish, and we want to bring it back. That said, the British Columbia Sea Run reel, designed for pursuing powerful anadromous fish, has dual pawls and an adjustable drag knob to provide the considerable braking power that this application requires.

Brass Hardware: The machined brass line guard, reel foot and screws are another deliberate touch. Selected because they develop a subtle patina over many hard seasons of fishing, these components -- unlike the impervious components of the drag -- are meant to show the distinction that comes with age. The same is true with the hand-sewn leather case that houses each Leland Reel Co. Vintage Reels: each fishing trip further enhances its appearance, each blemish becomes a reminder of a day well spent. We are confident that you will treasure your Leland Vintage Reel more with each season you own it.

Superior Fishing Tools: Built with a standard arbor and a narrow and tall geometry to maximize line pick-up while also maximizing line capacity, Leland Vintage Fly Reels are performance fishing tools -- make no mistake about that. With high-end materials, peerless machining and top-notch anodizing, they are built to provide the on-the-water fishing function you need, for seasons to come. But we feel the Leland Vintage Reels are more than tools. They are a reminder of a simpler time, a physical connection to a past when anglers could access nature's majesty and mystery whenever they set foot in moving water.
 

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What's the Word...


As the latest addition to the Leland Reel Company line-up, the Vintage Brass Series of fly reels offer anglers everywhere what many reel manufacturers believe you no longer want: well-built, traditionally styled fly reels.

Fit and Finish...

 
With the Vintage Brass Series, we wanted to build genuine fly fishing artifacts, reels that fished great and stood the test of time, both functionally and aesthetically. By scrutinizing the classics in our personal reel collections, by using a carefully selected roster of materials and the most advanced manufacturing methods, and by revising over and over, we've created three very unique reels. Functionally, they balance well with a variety of the premium fly rods we sell, and aesthetically, they enrich any rod, whether graphite, fiberglass, or bamboo.

Why We Did It...


When we go fly fishing, it's sometimes as though we're trying to connect with the past. For those of us who were fortunate enough to have a grandfather or other elder introduce us to the sport, fly fishing can be a way of remembering or honoring them, especially after their passing. For others among us, going fishing in fertile, pristine places is a way of imagining a time when more of the world was that way. With Leland Vintage Brass, we wanted to build reels that enhanced this feeling of return, that took their cues from our sport's long history, that consecrated your time on the water by anchoring you in the traditions of fly fishing.

Rundown...

 
Pros: We knew that if we designed a reel that you'd want to give to your grandchildren, we'd better build it tough enough to last that long. So we did. Like the most legendary reels of old, the Leland Reel Co. Vintage Fly Reels are tanks.

Cons: To stay true to our vision of a fly reel that any creel-toting fisherman from the 19th century would be proud to fish, we elected to go with the full reel cage and screw-operated spool release that held sway for so long. If you're looking for a classically styled reel that offers tool-free spool release and features a half-cage frame, check out the Leland Classic Reels.

Bottom Line: Extraordinarily well-made reels with a timeless aesthetic.

A Final Thought...


In our rapidly changing and always-distracting world, it's easy to lose sight of all our connections to the past. We forget, for example, that the water moving down spring creeks and glacial freestones today fell as snow thousands and thousands of years ago. And that the native trout of the Sierra and the steelhead of coastal BC were spawning in those waters thousands of generations before that. To be sure, the Leland Vintage Fly Reels are nothing more than what they are: fly reels. Fishing with one isn't going to make you a better angler or a wiser person. But it might make you reflect just a little bit more. About our world. About ourselves and our history. About why we do the things we do. At least, it's done that for me. Tight lines, Josh Frazier
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Loop Tackle Evotec Fly Reel Review


LOOPS WORKHORSE FLY REEL

Loop Tackle knows when to keep a good thing going. That's why the newest edition of the Loop Evotec Fly Reel features all the inner-workings that earned it an ironclad reputation. . . . Read More.
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Specifications



•  Loop Evotec G4 Fly Reel Models

•  Machined and Anodized Bar Stock, Aircraft Aluminum

•  Fully-Sealed, Fully-Adjustable Power Matrix Drag System

•  Precisely Counterbalanced

•  Simple, quick spool change

•  Waterproof, salt-tolerant

•  Easy-grip progressive brake knob



February 16, 2012 (Sonoma, CA): With a mind for design and a
history of producing premier fly reels, Loop Tackle knows when to keep a
good thing going. That's why the newest edition of the Loop Evotec Fly
Reel features all the inner-workings that earned it an ironclad
reputation with a vibrant and updated finish (think new paint job on
your favorite car). The Limited Edition Evotec reels in red are the
latest release from Loop Tackle and Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters is
proud to be the only retailer offering these striking new fly reels.

 

Forging a balance between hard-hitting performance and contemporary
design, the Loop Evotec Fly Reels' added dash of color reinvents an
already renowned series. The premium anodization process also ensures
that the finish—in addition to its aesthetic appeal—is durable enough to
stand up to a lifetime of harsh environments and hard fly fishing. This
dedication to lasting performance permeates every component of the Loop
Evotec Fly Reels. Beneath their polished exterior, the Evotec reels
offer a state-of-the-art drag system that makes them among the
smoothest, most reliable, and most powerful fly reels around. Their
fully adjustable, fully sealed drag system and aircraft grade aluminum
body combine for a light yet powerful, sleek yet practical, series of
premium fly reels.
 


 

Regardless of the model you choose, the G4 series is stacked with Loop's Power Matrix Drag System and composed of the
finest parts available. Performance is ultimately what makes a good fly
reel, and that's exactly why the Limited Edition Evotecs are designed to
be totally impenetrable and impossibly smooth. The Power Matrix is a
cutting edge braking system featuring carbon brake plates that will slow
even the largest fish without deteriorating over a lifetime of use.
Available in weights three through thirteen, the Limited Edition Loop
Evotec reels are the perfect accent to any fly rod from spring creek to
the saltwater. And if you choose to fish the salt with your Evotec reel,
the fully sealed Power Matrix Drag System ensures that no amount of
saltwater will result in the corrosion that afflicts lesser drag
systems.

 

For fans of the Evotec fly reels and those new to Loop, the limited
edition series is a rare opportunity to outfit your favorite fly rod
with a reel worthy of a second glance. Maintaining the sleek and
sought-after design that has contributed to the wide success of the G4 series,
these limited edition reels don't change any of the things we've grown
to love, they simply look great. It's true, after all, that every fly
reel tells a story; Loop just happens to tell some of the best.
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Hatch Finatic 1+ Reel, Clear/Black
Dry fly die hards have been waiting for Hatch to offer one of their stylish reels in a smaller and lighter model.
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    treasures found in spring creeks and high mountain streams, the Hatch
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    lines.
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    Fishing Reels as a key chain. Hatch had never considered a fly fishing
    reel of this size since we very rarely fish with 0 to 2 weight fly rods.
    However, our minds changed when we had so many requests. How could we
    refuse? So for all you creeky anglers who love the little stuff, the
    Hatch Finatic 1+ Fly Fishing Reel is for you.
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      Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Fly Fishing Rod Review
      Arguably one of the best all-around two-handers that Sage has ever built. If you can only have one two-handed fly rod this is it, from summer to winter steelhead...this rod can do it all. Read more!
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      Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Fly Fishing Rod Review


      Specifications

      • Line Size: 7

      • Rod Length: 13' 6”

      • Sections: 4

      • Weight: 7 1/8 oz.

      • Handles: Premium Portuguese Cork - Two Handed

      • Reel Seat: Uplocking Black Aluminum

      • Tube Size: 44 ½”

      • Action: Fast and Smooth

      • Price: $800





      What’s the word . . .



      Being one of Sage’s top dealers, I was able to borrow one of Jerry
      Siem’s new Z-Axis Spey rods before it was unveiled at the Fly Fishing
      Retailer. For my trip to the North Umpqua, the choice was easy; the Sage
      Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Rod. This was over a year ago and the trip was
      magical. The history, the scenery and catching steelhead on dries
      overwhelmed my senses. This year I was lucky enough to return to the
      Umpqua. This time, I brought my own Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Rod . . .
      and it was the only rod I brought.



      People who know me and my love of gear have never seen me show up for a trip, no matter what the destination, with less
      than half a dozen rods. In fact, I am constantly made fun of for having
      “too much gear to fit in the car.” This Z-Axis Spey rod has stopped my
      quest to find the perfect rod for every situation, for every pool and
      every fly line. The Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey rod is that ‘perfect rod’
      for me. I expect it to be the only rod I use on my next trip to British
      Columbia, too. Keep in mind, I do not say this lightly. . . in fact, it
      hurts the total gear-head in me to think I may not have a full quiver of
      rods with me on my next steelhead trip. Maybe I’ll just have three
      7136-4 Z-Axis rods rigged and ready to fish . . . one with a floating
      line, one with a type three sink tip and one with 10 feet of T-14?





      Features. . .



      The Sage 7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rod is rated for a 7 weight spey fly line.
      This can be confusing because a 7 weight Spey line doesn’t weigh the 185
      grains that a single handed 7 weight fly line does. In fact, the
      perfect line for this rod is the Rio Skagit Shooting Head for
      interchangeable tips, which weighs 450 grains, that is, before the
      addition of a 140 grain tip. So this ‘seven weight’ rod balances with a
      line closer to 600 grains than the 7 weight designation might indicate.
      Despite the rumors, fly fishers don’t make it confusing just for fun. It
      is my observation (I may be tarred and feathered for saying this) that
      this Spey ‘thing’ is relatively new for most of us, and those designing
      and manufacturing the gear are just starting to figure some of it out.
      We at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters take it to be our mission to educate
      ourselves, and you, on how to wade through this confusion so you can
      just enjoy the fishing!



      This amazingly efficient rod casts floating heads, sinking tips, extreme
      sink tips, heavy flies, and dry flies, all with effortless precision
      that I have not experienced before. The 13’6” length, weighing in at
      only 7 1/8 oz., gives you the length you need to precisely control your
      swing without tiring. The rod breaks down into four pieces, is protected
      by a cloth rod sock and fits into an aluminum rod tube 44 ½ inches in
      length, allowing you to fit it safely in most overhead compartments. This
      insures the rod will make it safely to British Columbia, Alaska, Russia
      or the Great Lakes. The 21” cork handle provides enough room to
      accommodate any style grip. The 7136-4 comes with an uplocking
      saltwater-safe black aluminum reel seat that resists corrosion when
      you’re fishing the tidewater on the Dean. The fast, smooth action of
      this rod generates line speeds I have never before experienced in any
      spey rod, which translates directly into accurate, precise and easy
      fishing. What a rod!





      Action. . . .



      The first impression when I opened the tube is that the rod blank was
      thinner than a traditionally-built 13’6” rod. As I put the rod sections
      together, my observation turned into the physical conclusion that this
      rod was light! I wiggled the rod and it did indeed feel light in the
      hand, and fast! (Wiggling rods is a fantastic pass time, and is done the
      world over in fly shops. This is a poor way to determine a rod’s
      action, but until every shop has a river running through it, we are left
      to wiggle.) I strung up the recommended 450 Grain Rio Skagit line, with
      a floating tip, and started to fish the North Umpqua. This is really
      the only way to determine a rod’s action. If a rod Only feels good in
      the store, it should stay there. After numerous casts, I could confirm
      that this rod was “fast”; not in the tainted meaning of the word, which
      means “stiff”. “Fast”, as in the awesome meaning that it transferred a
      magical amount of energy to the fly line and created loops with
      tremendous line speed. Line speed in this situation means easy casting
      and accuracy!! The last attribute that I look for in a rod is tracking.
      Does the tip follow the butt of the rod and, therefore, the casting
      stroke? If it does, you get accurate loops and a versatile rod that
      accommodates many types of casting styles. This rod has a thin blank for
      low windless drag, is lightweight for tireless fishing, generates amazing
      line speed, tracks like it’s on rails, and handles all types of lines,
      flies and all my different casting styles. Jerry Siem, the rod designer
      at Sage, has built into this rod the potential for it to be a seamless
      part of your fishing; where you no longer feel the rod as a fly fishing
      rod, but, as an extension of yourself to land your fly exactly as you
      pictured it.





      Materials. . .



      The Sage 7136-4 Z-Axis is built with the Generation 5 Technology
      process, a significantly different and improved method used in building
      rod blanks. Instead of a typical fiberglass “scrim” or mesh that is
      rolled around the steel mandrel to bind the longitudinal graphite fibers
      together, the Z-Axis Series has this scrim replaced by a lighter layer
      of graphite cloth. This cloth is rolled at a 90º angle to the
      longitudinal power fibers, resulting in a rod with greater “hoop”
      strength, more power, a thinner wall and less weight. A more efficient
      rod with less weight?! Sage wins this one!





      Fit and Finish. . . 



      The Z-Axis rods are also attractive, with a rich, olive green blank and
      contrasting brown thread wraps over English Hopkins and Holloway guides
      and tip top. The finish over the wraps is a medium build and has very
      professional, near flawless appearance as you would expect. The reel
      seat is a black aluminum, giving the rod a solid look. The handle is top
      quality Portuguese cork which is a beautiful tan and natural to the
      touch. It’s all organized in a custom tan rod sock and fits into a
      handsome aluminum brown Sage rod tube. Sage’s fit and finish is equal to
      their reputation of making the finest fly fishing rods in the world.





      Reliability and Durability. . .



      When a fly fishing rod bends, its circular cross section becomes an
      oval, with the greatest stress occurring in the compression element at
      the inside of the bend. This phenomenon is typically what causes
      graphite rods to shatter when they’re overstressed (aside from car
      doors, dog teeth, and nicks from weighted flies). In addition, when the
      G5 layers are compressed with tape and baked in an oven, as all
      synthetic rods are, the epoxy resin fuses the layers together more
      effectively than it would with scrim, and uses less resin in the
      process. G5 tech has already been proven over several years within the
      existing Sage line of tough Xi2 Salt Water rods, and one might assume
      this durability will carry over to the Z-Axis line, as well. Time will
      tell, but I have no concerns in this department.





      Company Profile and Customer Support. . .



      Sage was founded in 1979 by Don Green, an experienced rod blank builder
      and one of the architects of the modern fishing rod, as owner of the
      Grizzly Fiberglass Company, which later partnered with Fenwick. It was
      originally called Winslow Manufacturing (after the city of Winslow on
      Bainbridge Island, Washington) but within a year had changed its name to
      Sage. Emphasizing high quality fly rods sold only through specialty
      stores, Sage rode the crest of the fly-fishing boom in the post “A River
      Runs Through It” years. Today, although there is no industry repository
      for exact numbers, Sage is probably the world’s largest producer of
      premium fly rods and employs over 100 workers in their manufacturing
      facility.



      So, has being the 800-pound gorilla affected the quality of their
      product as it has with so many other companies in the outdoor industry?
      Although challenged by industry wide flat sales, the growth of the
      Internet, and increasingly higher quality Asian imports, my impression
      is no, for several reasons. Sage has continued to retain talented people
      and spend money on research and development. The proximity of
      Bainbridge to the Boeing Aircraft manufacturing plants near Seattle and
      Toray Composites in Tacoma provides access to a wealth of knowledge from
      the aerospace industry, the primary end users of graphite fiber. More
      importantly, aside from a few casting and spinning rod models over the
      years, Sage has pretty much stuck to their original intention, building
      very good fly rods.



      The Z-Axis has a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner. If
      you damage or break your rod, you are responsible for the shipping
      charges and insurance to send ALL of the pieces to Sage, plus a $40
      handling fee, to cover return shipping and insurance within the U. S.
      International owners are charged the actual shipping and insurance fees.
      Not a bad deal for an expensive, relatively fragile tool. The other
      five or six top US makers offer similar rod warranties, but not all
      provide the same level of service. I’ve seen some customers wait 3 or 4
      months, or longer, to get their rods back. Sort of puts the damper on
      the fishing season. Sage’s lead time for repairs is currently about 2 to
      2 ½ weeks during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ weeks in
      the winter.





      Overall Rating. . . 



      Scott Howell is one of the finest guides I have ever fished with. His
      passion for steelhead fishing is only rivaled by his intensity for
      having his clients catch
      one on a dry fly. He was one of the pioneers of Skagit-style spey lines
      and was perfecting his cast before most of us knew what Spey fishing
      was. His belief is that this rod has put Sage back in front in spey fly
      fishing.



      “There were, until now, independent boutique manufactures that
      produced better rods. The Sage Z-Axis Spey Series and, specifically, the
      7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rod changed all that.”




      I feel them same way. After fishing this rod for a full year, I can say
      that this beautiful spey rod has halted my search for different rods for
      specific situations. On a trip last year, I brought six rods to fish.
      This year, I brought only two; both 7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rods, one for me,
      and one for my fishing buddy, Thys. These were the only rods we used
      all weekend and we never felt under or over-gunned. This has never
      happened to me before. I’m sold, and I have a lot of boutique Spey rods
      that are going to very lonely in the closet.





      Reviewer. . .



      I’m the owner of Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters by no mistake. I’m,
      admittedly, a gear head, and there is nothing better each day than to be
      surrounded by fly fishing equipment. I personally have 50+ fly rods,
      maybe twice as many reels, 12 cameras, 8 guitars (I can barely play),
      1,800 bottles of wine (I barely drink), and four boats. I love the
      stuff. I enjoy spending hours trying figuring out what rod matches best
      with what line, leader, and fly on a specific river, in variable
      conditions. I keep hundreds of lists, and on most trips will be greeted
      by groans from the guides on the number of rods I have brought that day
      to test. I was introduced to Spey casting about ten year ago, and it
      resonated deeply with my love of steelhead fishing. There is nothing I
      would rather do than to work a run in the cold autumn of a British
      Columbia morning with a Two-Handed Rod. Spey rods and spey lines make up
      the focus of many of my current lists. I hope my above review was as
      helpful to you as it was fun for me to test the gear and write about it.
      Please, if you have any questions, call the shop, as I would much
      rather be talking about steelheading than doing the paperwork I find
      myself confronted with more and more as a store owner!



      Tight Lines – Josh Leland Frazier





      PROS    This is the one steelhead spey rod I’ll bring on my next
      trip, regardless of where it is. . . B. C., the Pacific Northwest, Idaho
      or the Great Lakes. It does it all!



      CONS    Being a gear head, I’ve been used to having a few rods with me. This limits my need for a quiver.



      BOTTOM LINE    Light, powerful, and strong; I don’t think I’ve
      ever said this before, “This rod is a ‘must-have’ for every steelhead
      fisherman.”

      Sage no longer makes this fine rod. Click here to view Sage's latest work, the Sage ONE 7126-4 Spey Rod. She's a doll!

      Click here to see Sage's best steelhead Spey outfit.

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      Red Truck Diesel Fly Reel Review


      A REEL THAT LOOKS AND SOUNDS LIKE A FLY REEL

      Somewhere along the way, we feel some reel manufacturers have lost a connection to the past, instead focusing on over engineering a fly reel to justify its price. . . . Read More.
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      Old-school anglers take note.  With the growing popularity of Red Truck’s proven Diesel Series of fly rods, Red Truck raises the bar again with its traditional series of Red Truck Diesel fly reels. 

      Old meets new: Fully-machined from bar-stock, aircraft-grade aluminum, then anodized for a long life of use, these traditionally-styled fly reels are anticipating your next fishing trip. The rim-mounted drag adjustment knob awaits your fingers to fine tune the “click and pawl” drag system. The exposed palming rim is there for you when added drag pressure becomes necessary. Classic porting reduces reel weight and provides that vintage look. The sweet sound of the click and pawl drag will announce “fish on.” A removable brass line guard reduces line wear, while adding to that classic look. Each reel comes in a handsome leather-capped, padded reel pouch.
        
      When did fly reels stop looking and sounding like fly reels? It’s not to say that we at Red Truck don’t like or respect the progression of fly reel design. It’s just that somewhere along the way, we feel some reel manufacturers have lost a connection to the past, instead focusing on over engineering a fly reel to justify its price. Fishing a fly reel – one that looks and sounds like your grand daddy’s reel – connects you, as an angler, to a more carefree time when fly fishing was simple and fun. At Red Truck, our goal is to make fly fishing fun again. 

      The Red Truck Diesel fly reel was born from a straightforward concept, “combine vintage cosmetics with contemporary performance.” We started our design process by searching for our favorite fly reel from the past. We reviewed reels by manufacturers from around the world, some no longer in business and some from present-day brands. Our search resulted in two favorite fly reel models. Each had design and functional qualities we at Red Truck liked. Our decision at that point was to combine the best characteristics from these two reels into one great fly fishing reel. The Red Truck Diesel was born.



      For the Diesel fly reels to reflect our vision of a traditional fly reel, it first had to look like one. For this, we focused on two aspects, the porting pattern of the spool and the matte anodized finish of the reel. We designed our porting pattern (the arrangement of holes in the spool) after reviewing many vintage fly reel samples. Our porting design is visually simple, but still very classic. Of course, our porting also reduces the weight of the fly reel and allows for the fly line and backing to dry faster after a day on the water.

      For our Diesel fly reel’s finish, we settled on an anodized matte gray finish with polished silver accents. The resulting Diesel fly reel’s finish speaks to the fact that a fly reel should first and foremost be a functional tool, nothing too flashy…but it still should have enough flair for that occasional admiring glance while fishing. On the water, our Diesel’s matte finish also keeps reel-flash to a minimum, which is always important when chasing wily fish. Not only do our Diesel fly reels perfectly complement our Red Truck Diesel fly rods, they look great on just about every other brand, too.

      By reviewing traditional fly reel dimensions and line capacities, we found that it was time for an update. You’ll notice that our Diesel fly reels are larger in diameter and thinner in width than vintage fly reels. The result of our efforts is a classic appearing fly reel with large-arbor benefits. Although our fly reels are standard arbor, in effect they are actually large arbor in function. Instead of removing crucial backing capacity from the center of the spool, we just build up the “arbor” with backing. Now you have the best of all worlds…large-arbor performance (faster line pickup, less line coiling and a more consistent drag setting) with more than ample backing, in a traditional-looking reel.

      Click, acoustics, noise…however you define it, the sound created by a fly reel with a running fish is music to Red Truck’s ears. We felt it so important that we struggled to finely tune the sound of our Diesel’s click and pawl drag system. We all knew we had the right configuration when the Red Truck gang smiled during a sound test. Truth is, we were all imagining the silence of a trout stream being awakened by our Diesel reel announcing, “fish on.”  This sweet music is created by our adjustable click and pawl drag system, which unlike many classic fly reels is easily converted to left or right hand retrieve. The drag control knob is classically positioned on the reel's frame for easy access, ensuring you always have the proper drag setting. But we didn’t overlook contemporary advancements, like an exposed palming rim, used to add more drag pressure during a grand fish fight.

      Next we searched the world for the best reel manufacturer. A company who already crafts fly reels for some of the biggest names in the fly fishing industry. We desired a facility with talented engineers and craftsmen who know how to leverage current technology, advanced materials and machines which result in the best fly reels presently available. We found them in South Korea and after much romancing they agreed to partner with us on our fly reel project.

      Of course our Diesel fly reel is fully machined from aircraft-grade aluminum. Unlike cast or molded fly reels, a machined fly reel has a higher tolerance to abuse, allowing for an extended life of fishing. Machining also creates greater structural integrity. With this stronger reel, we can remove more material from the reel, reducing weight and offering even greater fishing function. Unlike classic fly reels, we removed the reel frame’s cage. This contemporary frame modification not only results in a lighter reel, it also makes for easier spool changes or line/leader wrangling, when the need arises. Changing spools and accessing your line is a snap.

      Of course we didn’t neglect the extra design features too. We even added a line guard at the base of the reel frame, which reduces line wear and can be easily repositioned for either right or left hand retrieve. A polished silver counter-balance weight (opposite the handle) ensures smooth operation when reeling line in or on a hot fish run. And of course you’ll be proud to place your Diesel fly reel back into its classic reel pouch for safe storage.

      The word. . .


      The new Red Truck Diesel Series reels were born straight from the honest, function-forward design philosophy we have come to expect from the boys at Red Truck. With a classic look reminiscent of the trusty click-and-pawls of yesteryear, these reels are built to stand the test of decades on the water. The Diesel Series reels have all of the aesthetic and functional features that one could want in a freshwater reel, without any of the hyped up finishes and Formula-1 drag systems that are, simply, overkill for trout and steelhead. Now, anglers looking for a classic style reel will no longer have to empty their bank accounts for a vintage Hardy. The Diesel reels allow anyone to enjoy that same screaming sound and timeless style, all on a guide’s budget.  Red Truck’s Diesel Series reels show respect for the past while creating a legacy of their own.

      Features. . .


      The Diesel Series reels are equipped with a proven, click-and-pawl drag system that has a nice and loud in and out-going click, and easily converts from left to right hand retrieve. They also have a palming rim to apply added pressure when that hot summer steelhead takes off on a screaming run. Precision-machined from anodized aluminum, the Diesel Series reels are built to resist both scratches and corrosion, so they will look just as pretty in 20 years as they do today. 

      Fit and Finish. . .


      •    Fully machined anodized aluminum construction
      •    Machined brass line guard
      •    Click and pawl drag system with exposed palming rim
      •    Tight, solid, and lightweight
      •    Leather and cotton-weave zippered reel case
      •    Limited lifetime warranty

      Reliability and Durability. . .


      All Red Truck rods and reels are built to withstand the test of time in the field, and the Diesel Series Reels are just about as bullet-proof as freshwater reels come.  The proven, click-and-pawl drag system is super low maintenance, and will still sing loud and clear when you hand it down to your grandchildren.  Plus, should an issue arise, all Diesel reels are backed by Red Truck’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

      Overall Rating. . .


      PROS – Built with a loud outgoing and incoming click-and-pawl drag, and machined to ultra-tight tolerances in a timeless, classic aesthetic that will endure decades fishing abuse.

      BOTTOM LINE – If you’re looking for a series of reels that will perform day in and day out, whether you are facing feisty golden trout, summer steelhead, or anything in between, the Red Truck Diesel Series is it.  



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      Loop Tackle Opti Fly Reel Review


      IN 1984 LOOP MADE THE FIRST LARGE ARBOR REEL

      Thirty years after this revolutionary design, the Opti Fly Reel Series continues Loop's quest to challenge industry conceptions about what fly fishing gear is capable of. . . .Read More.
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      IN 1984 LOOP MADE THE FIRST LARGE ARBOR REEL

      Thirty years after this revolutionary design, the Opti Fly Reel Series continues Loop's quest to challenge industry conceptions about what fly fishing gear is capable of. . . .Read More.
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      Specifications


      •  Models: Opti Creek Fly Reel, Opti Dry Fly Reel, Opti Runner Fly Reel, Opti Speedrunner Fly Reel, Opti Megaloop Fly Reel, Opti Big Fly Reel
      •  Machined and Anodized Bar Stock, Aircraft Aluminum
      •  Fully Sealed Power Matrix Drag System
      •  Simple, quick spool-change
      •  Precisely counterbalanced




      October 5, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): In 1984, Swedish tackle manufacturer Loop produced the first large arbor fly reel—it would be another decade before the rest of the industry caught on and virtually every fly reel was built to the Loop standard. Nearly thirty years after this revolutionary design, the Opti Fly Reel Series continues Loop's quest to challenge industry conceptions about what fly fishing gear is capable of.

      Not just another large arbor reel: Loop's groundbreaking Opti Fly Reels illustrate what's possible when tradition takes backseat to innovation and the boundaries of conventional design give way to cutting-edge thinking. Simply put, the Loop Opti doesn't look like your typical fly reel because it's anything but your typical fly reel. Utilizing input from fly fishers around the world, Loop developed their Opti Fly Reels to satisfy the demands of top anglers in tough environments. Each of the six models of the Loop Opti Series features an expert combination of ergonomic, efficient power integrated into a striking and seamless exterior. Sporting a super-large arbor and lightweight design, the Loop Opti Reels represent a new generation of fly reels built to change the way you fish. Whether you are playing wily trout with the Opti Creek or conquering saltwater locomotives with the Opti Big, the Loop Opti Fly Reels are guaranteed to look and feel unlike any other reel on the water

      Series Overview...


      Construction: Loop Opti Fly Reels are machined from bar stock, aircraft-grade aluminum for uncompromising strength and an exceptionally lightweight frame. As a result, the Opti Series features an increased spool diameter optimized for accelerated line retrieve without weighing down your rig. This super-large arbor design is a radically effective way to maximize line recovery and minimize line memory, thus reducing arm fatigue and making every revolution more efficient. Working in concert with this revolutionary arbor design, Loop Opti Reels also feature a V-shaped spool that directs fly line into place with little help from your fingers. The result is a fly reel that does not just boast blazing line retrieve, but that does it all with an effortless dependability that's characteristic of Loop's comprehensive design process.

      Form & Function: The Loop Opti Series is constructed with an emphasis on durable power and sleek, Scandinavian aesthetics; think of it as a workhorse with the body of a thoroughbred. Under the hood, the Loop Opti Reel's fully sealed, fully adjustable Power Matrix Drag System is the latest in braking system technology, delivering huge stopping power for reduced fatigue and fight times. The Power Matrix is especially evident in the larger models like the Opti Megaloop, where dual braking plates dish out serious resistance against formidable saltwater trophies.



      Of course Loop Opti Fly Reels are entirely waterproof and saltwater ready, featuring stainless steel and anodized aluminum components, as well as screws secured with Loc-Tite to provide an extra layer of defense against the elements. Every Opti Fly Reel can accommodate left or right hand retrieve and the quick spool change greatly enhances versatility when you need multiple lines for varied action. Opti Fly Reels are also precisely counterbalanced to ensure that whether you are taking trout on the Opti Dryfly or warring with a King on an Opti Megaloop, every revolution is consistent and smooth. On the exterior, Loop aesthetics contribute to a distinctive look that reaffirm the Opti Fly Reel's cutting-edge design. The Opti porting is as visually striking as it is functional, optimizing the reel's lightweight performance and contributing to a prominent profile. The Loop Opti Fly Reel frame features a distinguished L insignia on the side, an understated signature of Loop's immaculate style.
       

      The Lineup...


      Optimized for trout anglers, the Loop Opti Creek (WF3+140yd/20lb) and Opti Dryfly (WF5+190yd/20lb) are aptly named and excel in trout environments. Each features a silky-smooth drag for fine leaders and partners with a model in the Opti Fly Rod and Opti Line series for a complete package.

      The Opti Runner (WF7+150yd/30lb) and Opti Speedrunner (WF8+185yd/30lb) are ideal for single or double-hand rods. They feature an inset handle that reduces the circumference of your rotation, combining the power of super-large arbor with the rapid rotation of a much smaller reel. This makes the Opti Speedrunner a perfect contender for fast moving bonefish that demand speed over torque.

      And then there are the Opti Megaloop (WF12+230yd/50lb) and Opti Big (WF12+500yd/50lb): these are the heavy-hitters of the Opti series, delivering huge power for everything from salmon and permit to tarpon and tuna. The Opti Megaloop and Big would pair well with the appropriately named Opti Power Fly Rods.


      Loop Opti Fly Reels – Pro Review by Leland's Burke White


      What's the word...


      The Opti Fly Reel evolved from Loop’s endless quest to design and create revolutionary fly fishing gear that increases function and performance. Inside and out, the Loop Opti Series is unlike anything else available. We had the opportunity to fish the Dryfly for trout and the Speedrunner for steelhead, and both performed incredibly.

      Features...


      Pick up a Loop Opti and the first thing you'll notice is it's size, but it's all in the name of performance. The Loop Opti Reels feature a larger diameter spool that provides a far more consistent drag setting and rapid line retrieve; Loop calls it a “super-large arbor.” This results in a more efficient reel where each rotation of the handle returns more line, making the Opti Fly Reels hugely efficient at reducing fatigue and speeding up the fight. Translation: when a bonefish turns and charges back, you’ll be with it every crank of the way.  A long fish run on a standard arbor fly reel greatly reduces the diameter of the backing.  This reduction in backing diameter increases drag resistance at exactly the wrong time. With a super-large arbor Loop Opti fly reel, this increase in drag is negligible.

      The super-large arbor also reduces line memory. When fly line is stored at a larger diameter, “line memory” is greatly reduced and the line remains straighter.  A straighter fly line glides more efficiently through your fly rod’s guides, resulting in more efficient casts.

      Fit and Finish...


      At first glance, the Opti fly reel might look a bit out of place in the fly fishing world. With its unique design and ultra-large diameter, it’s part garden hose winder and fly reel all in one. But the meticulous engineering that contributes to its large size provides some of the best retrieval efficiency on the market. The anodized finish and intricate porting also give the Opti Fly Reel a technical look that speaks to its advanced performance.


      Rundown...


      Pros: Huge power on the heavy-duty models, superb finesse on the lighter ones, and balanced performance the whole series through. The Loop Optis are a whole new breed of fly reel.

      Cons: There's no way around it: the Loop Opti Reels are bigger than your traditional reel. But that's also what the skeptics said about Loop's first large arbor reel, and look how that turned out.

      Bottom Line: The Loop Opti series of fly reels might not be for every fly angler…especially the more traditional type. However, for those of us who are looking for every edge to increase our enjoyment and catch, the Loop Opti is your new fly reel. 
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