Leland New Zealand Dry Fly Outfit:
"Hooking a trout has much to do with how perfectly you are able to present your dries."
The Leland Rod Co. New Zealand Dry Fly rod was designed specifically
for those trout anglers who prefer to fish with dry flies.
Well-balanced, efficient, accurate and just plain fun to cast, this rod
is what casting dreams are made of. Rest assured that our rod is
dressed with highest-quality components and the best blank materials
available. From the moment you handle this rod, to your first
cast...it's all smiles. It's like finding a classic car with a
contemporary engine in it.
Review by W. Arnold of Georgia
I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to test the Leland
New Zealand Dry Fly 486-4 fly rod for a couple of weeks. While testing
this rod, I was able to solicit input from other guides and also an
individual new to fly fishing, so the following comments are the
consensus of several others, not just myself.
The build quality of this rod is excellent. The blank, guides, reel
seat, and cork grip are all top quality components. The blank is
slender and the ferrule connections are hardly noticeable. The action
is medium to fast and very well suited to dry flies and small nymphs,
and the rod tube and sock are also a "cut above." Neat, little extras
include ferrule plugs and the sock even has a small pocket to store the
plugs when the rod is assembled. There is also an extra place in the
sock for a spare rod tip. At first glance the shape of the cork grip is
a little "quirky," however, the ergonomics are excellent and the grip
is a perfect fit for most hands. Overall, this is a very well thought
I have ready many rod reviews where the reviewer states how easy a rod
is to cast or the rod almost, "cast itself." I own a couple of these
rods and do not find these statements to be accurate. However, I found
the New Zealand Dry Fly rod to be one of the nicest casting rods I have
ever had in my hand. The rod is excellent at short distances and loads
with very little line. The rod can also throw a line a considerable
distance and I had no trouble casting 60 feet or more. The rod also
executes "roll casts" in an equally competent manner. While guiding a
"Wounded Warrior," who had never cast a fly rod, I traded off the
"guide rod" we provided for the New Zealand Dry fly rod model. He found
his casting to be so much improved that he did not want to go back to
the "guide rod."
I tried several different lines from Airflo to Rio and found a normal "trout taper," such as a Rio Gold to work best for my casting style.
While I did not have the chance to land any fish larger than 14 inches,
I felt the rod could handle large fish with ease. Casting accuracy was
"dead on" and mending line was also very precise.
I would definitely recommend the rod to anyone of any skill level and
my next rod purchase will be a New Zealand for sure.