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Loop Tackle Cross S1 Fly Rod Review


A RADICAL REDESIGN OF THE FLY ROD

Loop Cross S1 might well be the most highly refined fly rod ever produced, its every feature a testament to flawless design enabling flawless casting. . . . Read More.
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A RADICAL REDESIGN OF THE FLY ROD

Loop Cross S1 might well be the most highly refined fly rod ever produced, its every feature a testament to flawless design enabling flawless casting. . . . Read More.
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The Wait Is Over: Loop Cross S1 Fly Rods

Specifications

•  Single-Hand Models: 386-4, 490-4, 590-4, 690-4, 796-4, 890-4, 1090-4, 1290-4
•  Double-Hand Models: 7107-4, 7120-4, 9140-4


•  Sections: Four
•  Action: Medium-Fast
•  Blank in aesthetic matte smoke finish.
•  High-grade cork handle with Cork mix reinforcements
•  Triangular 3-pin aluminum reel seat in Gun Metal finish
•  Nickel Titanium Alloy Recoil stripping guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
•  Recoil snake guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
•  Delivered in matching Gun Metal aluminum tube and cloth bag 

March 23, 2012 (Sonoma, CA): What began thirty years ago as a modest mission to build better tackle for their home waters in Sweden, Loop has grown to be one of the most influential names in fly fishing. Today, those same visionaries responsible for the large arbor fly reel have altered the landscape of fly fishing yet again. Introducing a new paradigm of angling performance: the Cross S1 Fly Rod, premiering exclusively at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters.

At a glance, Loop's Cross S1 is clearly a league apart from the ordinary. Featuring a radically redesigned reel seat and matte smoke colorway, the sleek and predatory finish is just a taste of what it's capable of on the water. But it's what you can't see that makes the S1 spectacular. Featuring the revolutionary new Powerlux™ resin system from 3M, the Loop Cross S1 might well be the most highly refined fly rod ever produced, its every feature a testament to flawless design enabling flawless casting.


3M's Powerlux™ composite material has been abuzz in the angling community, considered by many to be the next breakthrough in fly rod manufacturing. But cutting edge materials are only as good as the time that's invested in understanding their capability. While other companies rushed production to capitalize on the novelty of 3M Powerlux™ technology, their fly rods failing to harness its full potential, Loop was insistent on excellence. For over two years, Loop tirelessly dedicated its efforts to producing what would become the Cross S1, sparing no expense to get things perfect. Creating countless prototypes, their engineers and anglers focused on every element of S1's construction. The result is a fly rod that blends equal parts craftsmanship and cutting edge design for an exceptionally responsive and smooth casting experience.

So what is 3M Powerlux™? The 3M Powerlux™ Composite is an entirely new approach to making fly rods more efficient. Rather than just concentrating on the modulus of the carbon fiber filaments in the blank material, Powerlux™ owes its efficiency to the composition of the resin. Consisting of millions of microscopic glass spheres (nano-silica particles) that are capable of incredibly even and thorough distribution, the resin is virtually without unfilled space. These seamless bonds allow for an equally seamless distribution of energy throughout the blank, effectively eliminating any break in the energy of your cast. In turn, you can translate every minute motion into your line with less energy and perfect execution.The resin's unparalleled density also makes it tremendously strong and as a result the overall amount of material, and thus weight, can be reduced without compromising performance.



That said, Loop understands that lightweight doesn't equate to a better rod. Each model is balanced for its intended application and every feature contributes to the overall performance. Available in single and double-hand models, the lineup covers the spectrum of angling applications. For Single-Hand models, choose from the 386, 490, 590, 690, 796, 890, 1090, and 1290. The Double-Hand Cross S1 Rods are offered in 7107, 7120, 9140. From quiet, crystal-clear creeks to coastal rivers and saltwater havens, there's an S1 for every angler. Regardless of the model, the Cross S1's action is truly adaptive and hugely responsive, allowing for every style casting to be optimized. Classified as medium-fast, it's best described as recovering quickly with the flexibility to execute subtle line control with incredible clarity. Suffice to say, it's absolute control with minimal interference.

Cast the S1 and you'll understand why it's a fly rod worthy of accolades. It's not because of the resin or the Loop reputation, it's not the design or the demand. It's the harmony between fisher and fly that inspires true tackle innovation. Yes, the Cross S1 is result of the latest technology, but its essence comes from the same timeless Loop tradition: build gear that celebrates and enhances every aspect of the best days on the water. It's this desire to perfect the art of fly fishing that has made Loop's legacy one of innovation, and it's what makes their Cross S1 a truly remarkable achievement.
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Leland Rod Co. British Columbia Steelhead Swing Outfit

Fly fishing for steelhead? This is the one outfit that will do it all!
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Fly fishing for steelhead? This is the one outfit that will do it all!
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When you learn how to fly fish for steelhead, you'll also learn it's a low-numbers game. In fact, the steelhead has been called “the fish of a thousand casts.” Whether that math is exactly true or not, you'll still be making a lot of casts in between your magical fish. Rather than battle this fact with inefficient casts, why not celebrate it and enjoy every cast during your day on the water?

To do this, you'll need the right equipment. Although you can use a single-handed fly rod when chasing steelhead, like we did in the past. Today, most steelheaders prefer a two-handed fly fishing outfit (rod, reel line) to more efficiently deliver the fly. As it relates to casting the fly line, any fly rod is just an amplifier. A two-handed fly rod, is just a longer amplifier, making repeated casts far more efficient and therefor easier...that's the secret of a two-handed fly rod!

The Leland Rod Company British Columbia Swing outfit is exactly what you need to fish the storied steelhead rivers on your list. Thoughtfully designed from the ground up, this steelhead-specific outfit embodies our core commitment to balance and efficiency. Balance allows any angler to effortlessly cradle our outfit with a relaxed grip. Efficiency requires less power during the cast and this combination offers up enjoyable casting all day long.

Our thirteen foot, seven-weiht fly rod is the do it all weight for all things steelhead. It's plush, stable and efficient. It's also well-appointed with all the right components. This is one pretty rod. It's designed to efficiently deliver a line system that will work on just about any river. Our 450 grain Scandi head is perfect for skating dries or presenting classic flies on the swing. Our 540 grain Skagit head is what you'll want when casting sink-tips and clunkier, bigger bugs, when conditions require it.

Our British Columbia Steelhead fly reel certainly has enough capacity to keep you connected to a trophy, but more importantly...it's exactly the right weight to balance out the fly rod. Nothing technical here, just a proven, classic click and pawl drag system...just like your grandfather used. We even had some fun with the cosmetics by adding an additional handle, like the good old reels of the past.

Bottom line, this is a push-button outfit, ready to cast and fish on day one. It comes professionally rigged and ready, right out of the box. It's also the one rod you'll need for all things steelhead and with it cradled in your hands, you'll actually wish the steelhead was the “fish of two thousand casts.”


Pro Review – Leland's Casey Rolig

There's no doubt that when chasing the fish of a thousand casts, a balanced and efficient outfit is a requirement for all day casting enjoyment. The truth is, you can still play the game with a single-handed fly fishing outfit. However, there's no denying a two-handed outfit is far more efficient at delivering the goods time and time again.

Whether you call it a Spey rod or a two-handed rod, the rod's longer length holds more line off the water during a water cast (roll cast), allowing for resulting longer casts with limited back-cast room. This becomes the key during long days chasing steelhead. Truth is, there are many two-handed rods on the market, seemingly-unlimited line options and of course, many reel choices to consider these days.

If you know exactly what you're doing when it comes to choosing fly fishing equipment, you can cobble together your own custom outfit. However, if you're like most, you might want a proven, balanced and efficient two-handed outfit designed from the ground up. That's where Leland Rod Co.'s British Columbia Swing outfit comes in.

You might call it the “Goldy Locks” of steelhead two-handed outfits. Not too long, not too short, not too heavy, not too light...it's just right for pretty much everything you'll be doing when steelheading. The outfit is perfectly balanced, so it floats in your hand. The rod is stable, true-tracking and plush, with just enough power to reach out far and land a trophy.

Everything works together, from the smartly-designed line system that makes every cast efficient and fishing functional, to the reel, which not only balances out the rod but also performs when it comes to landing your fish. The reel is also cosmetically treated with a nod to traditional salmon reels from the past.

Beyond the function of the overall outfit, the little things are noticeable too. The red, anodized ferrule plugs make a great statement and the rod tube is probably the best I've ever met. Oh, don't forget one of the prettiest reel seats I've seen in a long time...cocobolo and darkened nickle silver. All in all, fine touches to a wonderful outfit.

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A Forty Foot Fly Cast
A forty-foot fly cast is all you'll ever need to catch 90% of the trout you'll ever pursue. Learn why...
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detdesc::Long ago, it was no secret that a forty-foot fly cast would catch you a net-full of trout. Unfortunately, this fly fishing fact has been lost to the world of “performance” fly casting. You see, in the never-ending quest to cast farther with high line speed and tight loops, the vast majority of contemporary trout fly rods are designed to do one primary thing…cast far. This is just fine if you plan on entering a fly casting distance tournament with hopes to bring home a plastic trophy. If however, you wish to fully enjoy fly fishing for trout, a forty-foot, accurate fly cast is all you will really need.


So why a forty-foot fly cast for trout? Well, fly casting was…and still should be a very intimate and visual activity, and forty-feet is the Goldilocks of fly cast distances. For the fly fisher, at forty-feet you can still see your trout. You can watch it feed in the clear water. You can take your time, learn from the encounter, choose your fly and make your cast. It’s also the perfect distance from the trout’s angle, as you’re generally not close enough to scare your fish. A forty-foot fly cast uses the perfect amount of fly line, which you can comfortably, efficiently and accurately control, yet it’s still very fishing functional.


If you’re truly wishing to unlock the essence and enjoyment of fly fishing for trout, don’t get fooled into buying a performance fly rod designed to blast your fly cast three trout streams over. Find a fly rod, reel and fly line designed to efficiently, accurately and subtly present your fly at the magical and proven distance of forty-feet. And remember...if you need to cast five or ten feet farther to reach your target…nine times out of ten, you can quietly move yourself closer to your fish and make your practiced, proven and magical forty-foot cast. Now it's time to drift your fly correctly on the water.


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Upgrade your Sage fly rod toward a Limited Edition New Zealand Trout Outfit

If you own a Sage fly rod, you might be able to trade it in toward this incredible fly fishing outfit.
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detdesc::Trade in your old Sage fly rod toward our Limited Edition Leland Rod Co. New Zealand Trout Outfit!

For a limited time, you can purchase our Special Edition Leland Rod Co. Outfit for less than retail if you're lucky enough to own (and are willing to trade in) one of the following Sage fly rods for an incredible trade in value:

Sage One 590-4 Trade In Value: $600.00
Sage Z-Axis 590-4 Trade In Value: $500.00
Sage XP 590-4 Trade In Value: $400.00


Leland Rod Co.'s  Special Edition New Zealand Trout Outfit is simply the best-casting, best-balanced and most-efficient five weight outfit ever assembled. It's also drop-dead sexy and we believe you deserve to fish with the best.

We're so confident that our work at Leland Rod Co. is better than Sage's, we're ready to put our money where our mouths are with a special offer for some Sage owners. We'll pay you well-above market price to trade in your old Sage five weight fly rod toward the best all-around trout outfit you've ever cast.

Maybe you've been thinking about a new five weight Sage fly rod, but are confused about the differences between the Method, Bolt, Mod or Circa series (you're not alone) and certainly not ready to part with up to $850 of your hard-earned dollars, just for a fly rod.

Well, we're here to help guide you to a all-purpose trout solution in the form of a balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit that will last you a lifetime. No confusing acronyms or over-promised performance...just a fly fishing outfit worthy of existence and something your grandfather would approve of.

featdesc::At Leland Rod Company, we hate choices...we love solutions! We only make one nine foot, five weight fly rod. It's our best work. It's balanced and efficient to cast. It delivers dry flies, nymphs and smaller streamers with ease. It's appointed with only the finest components and won't be replaced next year with some newer, lighter five weight, because we don't need to. This trout rod will last you a lifetime.

But you're not just upgrading to the best, all-around trout fly rod. We've completed the project with exactly the right fly line and fly reel. The result is a whole that's far greater than the sum of its parts. Assembled, our fly rod, fly reel and fly line make every cast controlled, accurate, efficient and most importantly...enjoyable!

It's simple to take advantage of our offer, and you can't lose a penny. Test cast our Leland outfit against your favorite Sage fly rod. If you don't think it's better than your old Sage, send it back in new condition (using the included return shipping label) for a full refund.

Just click the button below to learn more about our Leland Rod Co. New Zealand Trout Outfit specifics. If you want one...and if you're lucky enough to own one of the three listed Sage rods...do the following:

- Add the item to the cart and proceed to checkout.
- In the notes field, include your Sage rod model.
- In the notes field, provide reel retrieve preference.

*Trust us, you won't be charged full retail price. 

We'll then adjust the sale price accordingly, professionally rig your new outfit and ship the next business day. We'll even include a return shipping label and box so you can send back either your old Sage or our Leland outfit. You just can't lose!

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Florida Keys Bonefish Fly Rod 890-4 9' 8wt
When quick, accurate casts are the requirement for success, you'll want our Florida Keys Bonefish fly rod.
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detdesc::Bonefish fly Rod Bonefish Fly Rod:

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slowly on a white sandy flat you are completely alert and looking for
any sign of movement! You spot three shadows at 1 o’clock moving toward
you. You begin casting with the wind blowing right into your face. Three
quick false cast until you deliver the fly subtle delivery 5 feet in
front on the fish. You wait for your fly sink. Just as you begin to
strip the largest of the group darts to your fly and eats. You strip set
and the fish begins to pull of line at an alarming rate. Bonefish on!

The near invisible bonefish has a nasty habit of appearing out of nowhere.  Whether a short or far cast, distance must be quickly judged and a controlled and accurate cast must be made.

Good thing we designed our Florida Keys Bonefish fly rod for just this reason.  Our fly rod has the unique ability to comfortably load at nearly all casting distances, allowing you to confidently rely on the fact that you can make the shot. 

Our Bonefish fly rod is balanced, stable and above all efficient at transferring energy from your casting stroke into the fly line.  Of course this rod is well-equipped with saltwater safe components and the best available cork.

It's also handsomely finished with attention to detail not often see in fly rods these days.



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  • Length: 9 feet
  • Sections: 4
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  • Reel Seat: Uplocking, anodized aluminum
  • Guides: Hard-chromed steel
  • Handle: Proprietary Leland Grip
  • Action: Adaptive, Fast















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All Fisherman Are Liars - Book Review


John Gierach's 17th book since 1984.

A must read for anyone who is a fan of Gierach and his fly fishing adventures...Read More.
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A must read for anyone who is a fan of Gierach and his fly fishing adventures...Read More.
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detdesc::                    'All Fisherman Are Liars' by John GierachPurchase here

The ever-popular Gierach shares insights, musings, and countless stories from the profound to the funny to the downright absurd that he’s collected over a lifetime of fishing. 

*Gierach's first book in 3 years
*A book that is wry, contemplative, and lively as ever
*256 pages
*Autographed edition

From the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest to the Canadian Maritimes, “America’s best fishing writer” (Houston Chronicle) shows us why life’s most valuable lessons—and some of its best experiences—are found while fly-fishing.

For John Gierach, fishing is always the answer—even when it’s not clear what the question is. He’s fished for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, bull trout in British Columbia, bonefish in Mexico, and pike in the Upper Midwest. He’s even tried winter fly-fishing and braved the remote Alaskan wilderness. Through it all, he has nurtured his enduring love for the sport.

Traveling around North America, Gierach seeks out great fishing experiences with one goal in mind: to have a good time and maybe catch some fish. He talks about fashion in flies and fly-tying, about the mysteries of why certain flies work, and about the etiquette of fishing a popular spot. He reflects on how it feels to approach a new stream, acting nonchalant while experiencing intense excitement and anticipation. He also muses about fishing rods: “Although I own enough rods to build a picket fence around my property, I can sometimes be convinced that I need just one more.” And though Gierach loses some fish along the way, he never loses his passion and sense of humor.

Pro Review - Leland's Keith Westra

The first John Gierach book I read was 'Trout Bum'.  Gierach has an amazing way of transforming the reader into his world.  A world full of smoky campfires, gentle flowing creeks, and trout on a bamboo fly rod.  Reading his adventures makes you want to simply stop what you are doing, pick up your rod and reel, and catch something.  He does not put his nose up at some of the "not so talked about fish."  Rather he embraces them and they add to his many adventures.  Whether fishing for panfish on small deer hair poppers or catching rainbows on detailed oriented dry flies, he is a man of many fish (and fishing stories).

'Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg', 'Even Brook Trout Get the Blues', 'Sex, Death, an Fly-Fishing', and of course 'Trout Bum' have all made there way into my fly fishing library.  In my opinion, John Gierach is one of the best Fly-Fishing Writers out there.  When you read one of his books you just realize that he get's it and what it means to be a fly fisherman.

'All Fisherman are Liars' is a continuation of John's stories and his fishing trips. Venturing out across North America from the Pacific Northwest to the Canadian Maritimes he brings his experiences to life and paints the picture every fisherman dreams of.

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Florida Keys Tarpon Fly Rod 1290-4 9' 12wt
Accurate and powerful, the perfect fly rod when casting for tarpon.
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Tarpon Fly Rod:

You just arrived at your favorite Tarpon trail in the Keys. The guide stakes the boat and the waiting game begins. As you BS with your buddy the guide remains vigilant. Eyes squinted searching the horizon as if he were
Ponce de Leónlooking for the first sight of land. You see the guide’s expression change and know something is up. Quickly you run through your Tarpon maxims you have acquired over the years. Lead ‘em, strip set, bow, and fight with the butt of the rod. Just as soon as the guide gives the ok, you make your cast and it’s on the money. You let your fly sink down to the level of the fish and begin stripping. A 90 pounder darts to your fly and you know you're in for it. You see the fish inhale you fly and you strip set HARD. Tarpon on! TARPON ON! You feel the dip down and you know the jump is coming… Maybe you will land it maybe you won’t after all it’s the Silver King.

When you finally book that epic fishing trip to test your skills against the Silver King, you better pack the right gear...as everything will be tested. 

Important not to overlook is packing your casting skills. 

Although the tarpon is an aggressive predator, their speed on the flats is deceiving and your cast must be right on the mark to be rewarded with an "eat."  Controlled distance, accuracy and even a subtle presentation is required.  Marrying your casting skills with a well-balanced, true-tracking and efficient casting fly rod is a must. 

This is exactly why Leland Rod Co. offers the Florida Keys Tarpon fly rod.  Designed for the demanding casts that tarpon fishing requires, you'll cast all day without fatigue and might be rewarded with a catch of a life time. 

Of course our Tarpon fly rod is built with saltwater safe materials and components and is finished with the attention to detail that few rods today embody.  Now you have no excuse not to cast well.

  • The best tarpon fly rod available.
  • Only the best materials and components used to craft this rod.
  • Attention to finish detail is unmatched.
  • Super-powerful for long casts and big fish battles.
  • Best warranty in the business.

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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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  • Weighing 2 ounces less than Hatch's 3+ model, the Hatch Finatic 1+
    Fly Fishing Reel balances your most delicate trout rods with 2.8 ounces
    of machined aluminum beauty. Dedicated to fly anglers who seek out the
    treasures found in spring creeks and high mountain streams, the Hatch
    Finatic 1+ Fly Fishing Reel works best when paired with 0-2 weight fly
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  • We're talking small. You might even use one these Hatch Finatic 1+ Fly
    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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    Hatch Finatic 1+ Fly Fishing Reel

    • Body: Finatic
    • Weight: 2.8 oz
    • Spool Diameter: 2.9"
    • Spool Width" .85"
    • Line Weights: 0-2
    • Protection: Type 2 Anodize
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      Red Truck Premium Spey, 4 Piece, 7136-4
      Designed to be the ultimate steelhead two-hander, capable of delivering all manner of lines, tips and flies.
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      detdesc::Our Most Powerful and Versatile Steelhead Rod
      Swinging for steelhead is a pretty bold thing to do, but with odds this long, it's downright rash to skimp on equipment. Hooks, leaders and rigging must be of the highest quality, and rods are no exception. As a powerful seven weight, the Red Truck Premium 7136-4 is designed to be the ultimate steelhead two-hander, capable of delivering all manner of lines, tips and flies, on any river and at any time of year.
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      Loop Goran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rod Review


      THE BEST ROD DESIGNER IN THE WORLD

      This is not a fly rod that's a year in the making, it's the culmination of SIXTY years of Göran Andersson's expertise distilled into an ONE rod taper. . . . Read More.
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      THE BEST ROD DESIGNER IN THE WORLD

      This is not a fly rod that's a year in the making, it's the culmination of SIXTY years of Göran Andersson's expertise distilled into an ONE rod taper. . . . Read More.
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      Featured 12ft 6wt Outfits

      •  All 6120 OutfitsShop Here
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      •  Steelhead OutfitShop Here
      •  Steelhead Outfit (with Tips)Shop Here

      •  Single Hand Models: 494-4, 7100-4
      •  Double Hand Models: 6120-4, 8140-4, 9116-4, 9126-4, 10146-4
      •  Sections: Four
      •  Handle: High quality Portuguese cork grip
      •  Reel Seat: Polished aluminum, triangular locking
      •  Ceramic stripping guides and durable chrome snake-guides
      •  Action: Medium-Fast

      October 13, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): Ask the legendary Göran Andersson about his signature series of Loop fly rods, and he'll talk to you as an artist or composer would about their finest work. Fishing one produces a kind of harmony between angler and environment made possible when the right rod—like a finely tuned instrument—sharpens the experience and transforms instincts into effortless, intuitive casts. Meet the father of modern fly tackle and experience the first production fly rods to bear his name: Goran Andersson.

      The Rodmaker's Rod: This is not a fly rod that's a year or two in the making, it's the culmination of sixty years of Göran Andersson's expertise distilled into an unprecedented rod taper, constructed from the latest materials, and available to everyone who appreciates the power of the right tool. The son of a Swedish fly fisherman and rodmaker, Göran Andersson started tailoring fly lines at age eight and began building his own fly rods soon after. That passion would become his life's work, devoting himself to the art of the cast and tools to constantly better his techniques. Despite developing rod designs for the world's leading manufacturers, pioneering the underhand cast, and contributing immeasurable insight into the sport of fly fishing, this is the first series of fly rods to feature his name. Why? Because Andersson's Signature Series Fly Rods are not simply another of his cutting-edge creations, they are the fly rods he brings with him to fish the world's blue-ribbon waters. Delivering the precision, accuracy, power and finesse that a man of Andersson's ability demands, Loop's Göran Andersson Signature Series is a crowning achievement in fly rod design

      Series Overview...


      Form & Function:
      Too often in today's fly rod market does technology take precedent over performance. Loop remains steadfast in their commitment to innovation with a purpose, and their Göran Andersson Fly Rods are constructed around a fundamental commitment to line control and an uninterrupted, efficient transfer of energy through the blank. The engine for this efficiency lies in the Andersson Series' unique taper and action: to label it a moderate-fast action is too vague, and the term deep-flexing is often misunderstood. A more apt description is a responsive or enhanced-fast action, where the quick-firing accuracy of a fast action tip combines with a high modulus, graphite butt that flexes enough to load the rod in perfect balance. The result is butter smooth casting and absolute control over the trajectory of your line, allowing you to redirect and adjust your cast in the air. That means your cast isn't over until your fly hits the water, extending your control over every square inch of the river.

      This total command of a river is synonymous with Goran's signature underhand cast, a technique that allows him to access every spot no matter how limited the backcast room. The Andersson Signature Series is the most effective rod for underhand casting, loading well from the water and opening up stretches of river that others simply can't fish. That being said, the action lends itself to traditional overhead casts and anglers both novice and expert alike.

      The Lineup...


      Loop Göran Andersson Signature Series are available in single and double-hand models, each satisfying a particular application and all possessing a proud place in Andersson's quiver. Featuring an understated gray finish and crimson ferrel wraps, the look is uniquely Loop and entirely sophisticated. The Goran Andersson Single Hand Series are available in two models: the 9'4" #4 is a great all-around trout rod, and the 10' #7 is an exceptional single-hand rod for steelhead or Loop's coveted Atlantic Salmon.

      The double-hand lineup offers a more extensive selection of lengths and weights, in keeping with Göran Andersson's reputation as the preeminent two-handed caster and father of the underhand cast. The 12' #6 is ideal for summer steelhead and tailwater trout, extending your reach across the river. The GA Signature Series 14' #8 is a serious tool for stellar salmon and steelhead fishing, delivering an extraordinary command over every square inch of water without comprising sensitivity. Both the 11'6" and 12'6" #9's are also ideal for salmon and steelies, with the latter being Andersson's preferred fly rod for Atlantic salmon and sea trout. Then there's the monster of the bunch: the 14'6" #10, built for vast rivers, huge mends and unforgettable fish.

      Regardless of the model, all of the Loop Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rods are all groundbreaking, effectively eliminating any disconnect between fly and fisher and delivering seamless, spot-on casts. Serene waters deserve superb gear, and the Loop Göran Andersson Fly Rods celebrate the pleasure of fishing time well spent.

      Loop Göran Andersson Fly Rods - Pro Review by Leland's Ben Paull


      What's the Word...


      Casting a Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rod alone is fun, but alongside the man himself, it's a rare opportunity to experience a world-class rod with its distinguished designer. We spent the afternoon casting Andersson's Signature Series Fly Rods at the Leland Ranch in Sonoma, and both the single and double-handers proved to be unlike anything else on the market. Delivering a dynamic action and acute line control, they are the embodiment of Loop's functional innovation.

      Action...


      The action of Loop's Göran Andersson Signature Series is difficult to classify. It manages to have a sensitivity that permeates the whole rod without compromising power or contributing to a soft, sloppy action. At the same time, it remains fast and accurate in the tip like a traditional fast action rod. The result is a rod that loads well off the water when you're underhand casting and also performs well with traditional, overhead casts. Don't let the idea of a deep flexing action mislead you: Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rods are far from your full flexing rod of yesteryear, instead proving to be a contemporary, innovative action meant for a diversity of styles.

       

      Fit and Finish...


      Like everything Loop, the Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rods deliver on aesthetics. The deep gray finish and and aluminum reel seat are sleek, and the crimson wraps contribute a nice bit of color to a great looking rod. The triangle reel seat is certainly new-school, but the overall impact is classic and, much like Göran, concerned with function over flash. In all the rod looks as good as it feels, and the Portuguese cork and ceramic stripping guides are always a nice touch.

      Run Down...


      Pros:
      When one of the greatest casters ever develops a rod for his favorite fly fishing destinations, chances are the results are going to be impressive.

      Cons: The unique action is different, and that means it isn't easy to classify. But for anyone who wants to broaden their game, these rods are a great excuse to try something new.

      Bottom Line: The Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rods are fun, efficient, and different from anything we've fished. Between the unique action, effortless casting, and timeless design, they're great rods and another example of Loop's comprehensive approach to tackle.
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      Leland Fly Lines Review


      BACK TO BASICS


      Built to remind you why we fly fish in the first place, Leland's Sierra Nevada Glass rod is an instant classic... Read More
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      Built to remind you why we fly fish in the first place, Leland's Sierra Nevada Glass rod is an instant classic... Read More
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      Specifications:

       Line Size: 4
      • Length: 7 feet 6 inches
      • Sections: 5
      • Blank Color: Golden


      May 9, 2014 (Sonoma, CA):  As fly fishermen, nothing is more satisfying than exploring alpine trout streams with a backpack and the essentials. This classic pursuit deserves an equally classic rod, and after years of refinement, the result is Leland Rod Company's Sierra Nevada Backpacker Outfit. A tribute to the wilderness regions we love and their native trout, the Backpacker is a compact, balanced outfit in a class all its own.

      Back to Basics: 9ft 5wt's have there place, as do some all-around rods, but it's not in the high country of the Sierra Nevada Range. The Sierra Series is a select line of rods, reels, & lines crafted for places where hiking boots come before wading boots and wild trout aren't measured by their size. The Backpacker outfit exemplifies the essence of the series with its compact construction and an emphasis on performance and portability. The outfit as a whole is well balanced and extremely fun, but it also pays homage to the origins of fly fishing tradition and tackle.

      The Rod: No detail went unaddressed in the design of the Sierra Nevada Backpacker fly rod. At 7' 6'' in length, it casts easily on tighter waters, and as a 4-weight, it provides enough power for range of flies efficiently. The 5-piece construction makes easy work of carrying it in your backpack, regardless of the miles you plan to travel. Then there's the craftsmanship: top notch componentry and timeless design make for a rod that looks as good as it performs. Agate stripping guides, a darkened nickel-silver slide-band reel seat crafted around a cut of cork impregnated with Cocobolo wood; premium cork that complements the custom Leland grip. It's all inside the durable and compact aluminum rod tube.

      Sierra Nevada Reel & Fly Line: Perfectly suited in size and style is the Leland Sierra Nevada Golden Trout Reel. This click-pawl throwback is suited for any 3-4 weight, but it shines on the Sierra Series rods. It's a time-honored and tough little reel with solid brass components. Throw in the Leland Sierra Nevada Backpacker WF 4wt fly line, and you have a truly custom designed outfit.

      The Rundown:  Every piece of this outfit was designed for small stream success: Sierra Nevada fly rod, fly reel, & fly line, all developed by Leland in honor of one of our favorite places to fish. You won't find a more thoughtfully crafted and fun outfit anywhere but here. 


      Pro Review - Leland's Burke White

      Often overlooked, a quality fly line is a necessary component to truly enjoy the sport of fly fishing. Think about it, it's the vehicle for delivering our fly to the mark. We touch it every second we're fishing and it's the obvious connection between us anglers and our fish. You bet the right fly line is important.

      Today, most brands of fly lines focus on performance with stiffer, micro-textured coatings and super-low-stretch cores, available in a confusing myriad of tapers. Now if you're all about performance, best defined as: higher line speed, tighter loops and longer casts...maybe these lines are right for you.

      At Leland, we still remember the fun lines of yesteryear, with softer coatings that resulted is butter-smooth, efficient, well-shaped loops. With our Leland fly lines, you can come off the casting accelerator and instead of blasting out an ultra-fast loop of hardened fly line, you can relax (and with lower line speed), lay out a beautifully controlled loop of fly line...accurately.

      With lower line speed and a softer-coated fly line, you'll have more control, you'll be more accurate and your fly will land more naturally. In our eyes, that's really what fly fishing is all about. Of course there's advanced technology in our fly lines, but to be honest...we're getting tired of all the materials hype. These are just great fly lines to cast and fish.

      Beyond smooth, enjoyable, efficient casts, we've applied our thirty years of fly fishing retail to design an offering of fly lines that map to the most common fly fishing situations. Whether you fish for tiny trout in micro-creeks, prefer to cast only dry flies, nymph or streamers, we've got the right fly line for you, designed to present your particular fly or rig with ease and function. No more confusion!

      If you want to get back to what fly fishing is all about, if you want to efficiently control your fly line, if you want to be more accurate and earn fish, instead of just catching fish, maybe our Leland fly lines are right for you.


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      Loop Tackle Classic Series Fly Reel Review


      YOUR FLY REEL SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOU

      They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. . . . Read More.
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      YOUR FLY REEL SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOU

      They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. . . . Read More.
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      •  Models: 4/6, 5/8, 7/9, 8/11, 10/13
      •  Machined and Anodized Bar Stock, Aircraft Aluminum
      •  Fully-Sealed, Fully-Adjustable Power Matrix Drag System
      •  Distinctive Outgoing/Incoming Click
      •  Precisely Counterbalanced

      November 3, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): Fly reels say a lot about an angler. They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. Now you don't have to choose between timeless design and state-of-the-art engineering: where the ageless aesthetics of the past and the breakthrough technologies of the future converge, Loop Classic Fly Reels stand in a class all their own.

      Paying homage to the most iconic fly reels ever produced—a lineage spanning from Edward Vom Hofe to Stanley Bogdan to Hardy Cascapedias—Loop Classic reels are a modern take on a centuries-old legacy of angling style. From the sleek S-handle down to the handcrafted leather reel case, every feature of Loop Classic Fly Reels speaks to the rich history of fly fishing and the satisfaction that comes from connecting with its ongoing heritage. Under the hood, the Loop Classic's unparalleled drag system is anything but retro. If it's possible to build a piece of tackle that is emblematic of the finest elements of the sport of fly fishing, the elegant and ergonomic Loop Classic Fly Reel might just be it.


      Striking aesthetics alone don't warrant admission into such an elite club, a club where fly reels are built to outlast everything short of the waters they fish. For that you need an unwavering dedication to craftsmanship, and the Loop Classic Fly Reels are as sturdy as fly reels get. Manufactured from premium aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized for a finish that is as indestructible as it is iconic, Loop Classic Fly Reels are meant to handle the harshest conditions with graceful power. The Loop brand was built on the back of adventure angling; its founders and engineers travel to ends of the earth to test gear where others had never fished before. From South America to Russia, Alaska to Africa, the Classic Series is steeped in a rich angling tradition of design and forged in the waters of the world's premier fly fishing destinations.

      Reels you can trust: Loop's meticulous approach to design is not reserved to a polished exterior; the top-notch components powering the Classic Fly Reels are nothing short of spectacular. For those discerning anglers who require uncompromising performance, the mechanics of the Loop Classic Series sets the bar for impenetrable drag systems. Featuring Loop's signature Power Matrix Drag System, Loop Classics take fully-sealed waterproof performance to a new level.* Utilizing the extreme resilience of carbon drag plates (rather than your conventional cork) the Power Matrix Drag System is impervious to frictional wear. The benefits of this innovative design are particularly clear in strenuous saltwater environments where corrosion and compromised performance attack lesser-made reels. Want a testimonial? The Loop lodges in Argentina and Cuba have operated the same fleet of Loop Classic and Opti Fly Reels for several years without fail, with virtually every day spent under the most demanding fly fishing conditions.

      *Note: The Loop Classic 4/6 does not feature the Power Matrix Drag System, instead it has a more suitable and lightweight, butter-smooth adjustable click and drag system.



      A reel for the senses: Loop Classic Reels are a celebration of the senses. From spring creeks to the surf, the echoing click of a Loop Classic Fly Reel is a call to any angler to get out and fish. The sensory experience of “fish-on” is a place where we all long to be, and the Loop Classic Reels deliver an unmistakable sound to completely immerse you in the catch. It's these distinctive touches—like the precision porting against the vintage look and the beautiful leather reel case—that make the Loop Classic worthy of its name.

      The supreme achievement of the Loop Classic Fly Reels comes not from their elegance and craftsmanship, their brute strength and durability, but from the harmony of all these features. Merging “classic” style with modern mechanics, Loop Classic Reels strike a superb balance between angling's rich past and promising future. Give your favorite fly rod the better half it deserves: a Loop Classic Fly Reel.


      Loop Classic Pro Review - By Leland's George Revel


      What's the Word...


      When the Loop Classic Reels first arrived here at Leland, it's fair to say they were immediately fondled and groped by the entire staff. They just looked like something I wanted. In the same realm as our red truck diesel reels. We had to know how they fished... drove north to swing some black leaches at the early fall steelhead.

      Features...


      The Classic Series is a perfect example of Loop's ability to craft efficient, purpose-built fly reels that look as good as they perform. The Loop Classic Fly Reel's drag system is fully adjustable to provide you with complete control and versatility. Of course it's entirely corrosion-resistant and waterproof, built to handle whatever punishment comes its way. Loop Classics come in a range of weights cover every application, from stealthy spring creek trout all the way up to the most powerful flats fishing for tarpon or trevally... See video here. Loop Classics also come with a leather reel case that is as elegant as the reels themselves.
       

      Fit and Finish...


      Looks aren't everything, but they certainly don't hurt. If you've always wanted a Bogdan or a Hardy, the Loop Classic is worth more than just a second glance. Their sleek S-curve handle contrasts the quality porting, and the whole reel delivers a unique blend of vintage and contemporary features.  These are excellent competitors in the premium fly reel market that won't let you down no matter how much you fish.  If you appreciate more of an old-school look, Leland has a limited supply of the non-ported models in stock (One less as of 20 min when I got mine 7-9RHW).


      Rundown...


      Pros:
      The weight of the Classic Reel is one of the things I have enjoyed most. The drag system is an upgrade form what you assume is in it by looking at it.

      Solid... they don't have the solid feeling on of a Bogdan, but the full cage gives a very nice sturdiness to it.

      Cons: Some might consider the Loop Classic Reels to be a bit on the heavier side, but to a lot of us, that's not a bad thing. Particularly, Those using Spey rods, Bamboo, Glass, longer single handers. Now I am no weight weenie... but the right reel on rod can make all the difference.

      The Drag system on the 4-6's is not RH or LH specific. Not a big deal but would have been nice to have.

      Bottom Line:
      Whether you are looking for a timeless trout reel or a heavy-duty spey reel, the Loop Classic Series delivers incredible design and reliability across the board.
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