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Loop Multi Fly Rod Series Review


GREAT TROUT RODS WITHOUT THE HYPE

 
Yet another example of what Loop does best: fly rods built to handle anything, and reasonable enough for any budget... Read More.
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Specifications:


• Trout Model: 9ft 5wt, 590-4: Purchase Here
• Streamer Model: 9ft 6in 6wt, 696-4: Purchase Here
• Action: Fast
• Sections: Four
• Guides: Ceramic stripping guides, chrome snake-guides

• Reel Seat: Triangular, locking reel seat for easy reel placement
 
January 24, 2014 (Sonoma, CA):  Loop doesn't claim that the Multi Series are “the greatest fly rods ever made,” they're just great rods. They aren't the “lightest rods on the planet,” because balanced casts and your reel/line selection are more important than weight. The Multi Series is proof that quality fly rods don't need to cost upwards of $500, and they're everything you'd expect from a Swedish brand dedicated to building premium tackle.

Casting above all else: If you're like us, you care more about how much fun a rod is rather than how high-modulus its blank is. Loop puts this emphasis on casting above all else. Designed to deliver solid line control and hold up in tough conditions, the Multi Series has the kind of components you expect from rods twice the price. And with two featured models, the 590-4 Trout and 696-4 Streamer, it's the ideal trout option for anyone looking to upgrade an old rod or add something new to their arsenal. 

The 590-4 (Trout): For a great all-around trout rod, it goes without saying that the 9ft 5wt is king. The Multi 590-4 is an excellent option that's versatile and easy to cast, making it ideal for a range of techniques and skill levels. Your buddy is getting into trout fishing? Here's his answer. You want a backup rod for an upcoming trip? The Multi 590-4 is it. If you want to cover just about any type of water, and you'd rather spend extra on flies or a sturdy reel, then take advantage of this offer from Leland and Loop. Limited quantities for a limited time, so pick one up in time for next season.

Recommended Fly LineLeland New Zealand, 5wt

The 696-4 (Streamer): This is a great rod with a ton of power, perfect for anyone who wants a dedicated streamer rod. At 9ft 6in, the added length gives you plenty of coverage and lifting power for large trout. The review below has a good rundown of its on-the-water performance, but suffice to say it makes easy work of streamer fishing. Loop rods have always been designed for going after huge trout (these guys pioneered Jurassic Lake) and the Multi 696-4 is a part of this legacy.
Recommended Fly LineAirflo Mend, 6wt

The Rundown: If you're in the market for a great rod, be it because you need to upgrade or you want another trout setup in you gear cache, go for the Multi Series. They are built to be solid and fun, and that's ultimately what we look for in the gear that we recommend.


Loop 696-4 Pro Review - Leland's Burke White


California's Lower Truckee River flows from the famous Tahoe Lake. It winds it's way though beautiful alpine country, passes through the quaint mountain town of Truckee and then bends eastward. Unlike most Sierra Nevada streams, the Truckee River never meets the Pacific Ocean. Instead, it heads inland, eventually feeding into Nevada's Pyramid Lake. It's a pretty western river and it's full of trophy trout...but they don't come easy.

It was on this river, that I had the chance to test out Loop Tackle's Multi 696-4 fly rod. That might sound like a larger fly rod for your standard-sized trout stream, but I had a plan in mind. Knowing that really big brown trout hold in these waters and also knowing that there's a healthy population of crawfish in this watershed, I was going streamer fishing.

I tied up some heavy-duty, rusty brown crawfish patterns with barbell eyes. I even added some rabbit strips to mimic the claws of the crawfish. This fly would be the only pattern I would fish this day. To efficiently deliver this heavier fly, I need a fly line with more mass. I chose the new Airflo Mend in a six weight. You might think I would fish a sinking tip line, but most of the clear water runs on the Truckee are not that deep and if a big brown trout wanted my fly...he'd happily move toward it.

To keep things simple, I used the Loop Multi fly reel (6-9) to compliment this outfit. Might sound like a pretty big reel to put on a six weight, but I chose it for two reasons: The reel's extra weight would counter-balance the extra length of this rod, providing improved balance for a long day of casting. Also, this larger reel would give me extra line capacity, should I need it on a big brown trout.

Here's an important factoid related to crawfish. They have an exoskeleton (a hard outer shell). As these critters grown, they shed or molt their entire exoskeleton and grow into their new one. Calcium is the key element here, as it is used to harden the new exoskeleton. Not wanting to waist any calcium, prior to the molt, a crawfish removes as much calcium from the old shell and stores it in its gastrolith (stomach stone). It then blasts this calcium back into the new shell to create a hard exoskeleton.

And the point of all this is...? When a big brown trout eats a crawfish, the trout's stomach dissolves the crawfish, except for the gastrolith. This white, pill-like stone (it looks like a Tums antacid) is passed through digestive track of the fish and drops to the bottom of the stream. A big brown trout will eat many crawfish and the expelled gastroliths will collect in the tail out of brown trout's run. Just think bones near a dragon's lair.

With the Loop Multi 696-4 fly rod rigged and ready, a walked the banks of the Truckee in search of a promising run. Prior to fishing, I inspected the tail of the run, looking for expelled gastroliths. Within a short hunt, I found a run with many (as in a lot) gastroliths in the tail out. The Loop Multi six weight had plenty of casting power to propel my Airflo six weight Mend fly line with ease. It's a nine foot six inch rod that provided easy mends and superior line control.

I could easily dead drift, jig and swing my crawfish pattern. I had total control over my many casts and drifts. My guess is that most people would have moved on to another run after a dozen or so casts, but not me. The confidence provided me by visually inspecting the collection of gastroliths kept me on the hunt. On one drift, my line literally stop. There was slight pressure and I set the hook. My Loop Multi rod bowed over and the Loop Multi fly reel's drag smoothly paid out line.

It was a big, really big brown trout on my line. I had twelve pound tippet, so I felt pretty confident putting hard pressure on the fish to keep him from structure. Not kidding, these big brown trout act more like Ling Cod, as they will dig (head first) into any crevice afforded them by the stream. I had the chance to land two more large trout during my day. Casting the Loop Multi 696-4 was fun and easy. It had plenty of power and balanced nicely with the Loop Multi 6-9 fly reel. This is one great rod/outfit for any angler wanting to pursue larger trout with confidence.

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Scott T3H & Leland Vintage Switch Fly Rod Package
Leland Optimized Switch Package - Scott Fly Rod, Leland Vintage Sea Run Fly Reel a Custom Airflow Line. Perfection.
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Switch fishing for steelhead

  • By design, steelhead are constantly reacting to their natural surroundings.  Mother nature is constantly changing the rules with her weather, water flows and seasons. To be successful, a steelhead must adjust to these never ending changes.  What does this mean to a fly angler pursuing a steelhead?  It simply means that no one day chasing steel is like another.  To bring a chrome fish to hand a steelheader must adjust his or her techniques and presentations.  To do this successfully, a swtich outfit is a great idea.  A switch rod can be cast just any way you wish (overhead, underhand, roll, spey).  It can be used to indicator nymph or skate a dry.  It can cast Scandi heads or dredge deep waters with a Skagit head and a fast sink tip.  We at Leland love switch rods and we've gone further by creating one fantastic outfit. 
  • Starting with Scott's T3H 11' #6 switch rod.  Balanced, stable and efficient...this rod is a joy to cast and fish with.  We've included the best fly line system from Airflo that will allow you to fish any water mother nature has designed and we've loaded this line system onto one of the coolest fly reels ever conceived, the Leland British Columbia Sea Run.  This beautiful reel looks the part of a reel you might find in your grandfather's sock drawer, but we assure you it's machined from the best aluminum available and then anodized with a unique Teflon treatment making this reel almost impossible to scratch.  One handle is great, two is even better.  The proven and classic click and pawl drag system sounds great when hooked up and is fully adjustable with a frame mounted knob.  With its unique dimensions, this reel looks like a standard arbor fly reel, but functions like a large arbor fly reel.  All in all, this outfit's components all compliment one another, making the whole far more than the sum of its parts. 
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Switch Steelhead Outfit
  • Fly Rod: Scott T3H 6110-4
  • Fly Line: Airflo Custom Scandi/Skagit line system
  • Fly Reel:  Leland B.C. Sea Run
  • Hatch Premium Braided Backing
  • Tapered Leader
This outfit comes professionally rigged and ready to fish, including backing and a tapered leader.


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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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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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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.

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.
 

pro review - leland's josh frazier


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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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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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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Specifications

•    Classic Click and Pawl Drag System
•    Machined and Anodized Bar Stock Aluminum
•    Easy and Quick Spool Interchange

•    Cageless reel frame with exposed palming rim


Check out the Red Truck Diesel Fly Reels.




Red Truck Diesel Fly Reels are now available.
February 1, 2011 (San Francisco, CA):  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 anodize 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 performance.  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 from 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 reels 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.  


Check out the Red Truck Diesel Fly Reels.

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