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Leland Sonoma Traveler Outfit Review


OUR FLAGSHIP FLY FISHING OUTFIT


Experience the difference that a perfectly balanced, custom assembled rig can make with the Leland Sonoma Traveler. . . Read More.
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OUR FLAGSHIP FLY FISHING OUTFIT


Experience the difference that a perfectly balanced, custom assembled rig can make with the Leland Sonoma Traveler. . . Read More.
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Specifications:

• Line Size: 5
• Length: 8 feet
• Sections: 4

• Reel: Leland Classic Trout
• Line: Leland Trout (WF5F)
• Leader: Leland Trout (9'5X)
• Blank Color: Matte Wine
• Reel Seat: Double-Uplocking Gunsmoke Anodized Aluminum
• Guides: Darkened chrome-plated light wire stainless steel

• Handle: Proprietary Leland Squeeze Grip
• Action: Adaptive, Fast
• Cordura Rod Tube



January 8, 2014 (Sonoma, CA): Regardless of the time of year, there's no better resolution than spending more time outdoors. If you're new to the sport of fly fishing, gaining experience is as easy as grabbing the Sonoma Traveler Outfit and a few flies and hitting the trail. But if you're an experienced angler looking for another quality rod to add to your lineup, you'll appreciate the ucompromising performance of the Sonoma Traveler Outfit.

Rods we stand behind: The Leland Sonoma Series has always been the cornerstone of our education program, designed for maximum efficiency, versatility, and intuitive casting. These are the rods that influenced the way we design fly tackle and informed how we teach the sport of fly fishing. From beginners to expert instructors, thousands of anglers have come to better know fly fishing through the Leland Sonoma fly rods.
 
The Sonoma Traveler 4-Piece Outfit is the most versatile edition yet, providing enjoyable and efficient fly fishing in a setup that's built to go everywhere you go. The Traveler Outfit embodies the best elements of what a quality fly fishing outfit should be: accurate and fun to cast with an efficient distribution of energy throughout fly rod to fly line. The Sonoma Traveler owes a lot of this performance to a rather unconventional 8-foot length. Few five-weight rods are built to this standard, but the shorter length allows the rod to be both exceptionally light and hugely powerful. The result is accurate, tight loops and effortless casting for every skill level.

Built with a purpose: The Sonoma Traveler fly rod is everything you'd expect from a Leland flagship rod. The premium cork custom-shaped grip, the highly figured wood insert and anodized double-uplocking reel seat, the chrome-plated stainless guides. It's matte finish means you won't spook fish and the aesthetics are superior to rods twice the price. Paired with the Leland Classic Reel - one of our best selling designs and a perfect blend of vintage and contemporary – and you've got a premier assembly of fly fishing gear.
 
But it's the way that these elements work in concert to provide outstanding control that sets the Sonoma Traveler Outfit apart. And of all these elements, the fly line is perhaps the most critical. Our Leland weight forward, five-weight floating fly line perfectly complements the efficient taper of the Sonoma Traveler. It allows for smooth casting and gives the kind of tailored performance that makes buying a balanced outfit worthwhile.

The rundown: Fly fishing gear shouldn't be complicated. Our Sonoma Traveler Outfit is a testament to what happens when the best attributes of today's fly fishing gear are simplified into one solution. It's a refined option for the angler that wants gear they can trust and the guarantee of the Leland name.


Pro Review - Leland's Casey Rolig

In a world full of “do it all” nine-foot five-weight fly rods, eight foot rods have become less and less common. But spend a day fishing with the Leland Sonoma Traveler Outfit, and you'll understand why other brands are missing out on a huge opportunity for fun and efficiency.
 
In hand, it feels lighter than just about any rod I've fished recently. But regardless of the actual weight, it's the reduction in “swing weight” provided by the shorter fly rod length that makes it not only feel lighter, it makes it more balanced. This shorter length of rod provides for naturally tighter loops of fly line, resulting is easy accuracy.
 
On a recent trip to Big Sur, California, I had a great time casting dry flies in tighter casting quarters. From close to medium-far, this balanced rod was a joy to cast and sensitive enough to land dry flies with ease. As a five weight, it still has ample line mass for efficiently delivering hopper dropper rigs when needed. It's also great as a nymph rig, but the trout were looking up so I was fishing dries. The fly line supplied is butter smooth. It seemed to have a softer finish than most “performance” fly lines of today. The line floats like a cork and my mends we nice and smooth.
 
Leland's Classic Trout Reel isn't just the correct size to accommodate my fly line and plenty of backing, it's also the correct weight to balance the entire outfit. Add to this a unique porting pattern that any grandfather would approve of and a classic click and pawl drag system and you've got a timeless fly reel. It also comes with a leather pouch for protecting this fine reel.
 
Wrap it all up and this outfit truly embodies what trout fly fishing is all about. Effortless, efficient, accurate casts are memorably provided by this balanced and beautiful outfit. Dry fly fishing and light nymphing are more enjoyable than ever and each fish is earned, not just caught. This four-piece outfit also comes with a nylon covered hard tube with integrated reel pouch for safe and easy transport.
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Leland Rod Co. Emerger Outfit Review


GIVE YOUR KIDS THE GIFT OF THE OUTDOORS


From tip to butt, the Leland Emerger Outfit has been designed to meet the needs of young anglers and beginners alike.. . . Read More.
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GIVE YOUR KIDS THE GIFT OF THE OUTDOORS


From tip to butt, the Leland Emerger Outfit has been designed to meet the needs of young anglers and beginners alike.. . . Read More.
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Specifications:

• Line Size: 4
• Length: 7 feet 9 inches
• Sections: 4
• Colors: 
BluePink
• Reel: Red Truck 3/4 Weight
• Fly Line: Weight Forward Floating
• Reel Seat: Single-Uplocking Black Anodized Aluminum
• Guides: Chrome-plated light wire stainless steel

• Handle: Proprietary Leland Squeeze Grip
• Action: Adaptive, Fast
• Cordura Rod Tube


December 6, 2013 (Sonoma, CA):  Leland's Emerger Fly Rod Outfit is all about tradition. Like your first fly rod, it's the chance to introduce a child to a lifelong relationship with the outdoors. It's about giving them the gift of time spent in nature. And here at Leland, we think that's about the best gift you can give a kid.

More than just a fly rodWhen it comes to construction and attention to detail, there's nothing childish about the Emerger Fly Fishing Outfit. Built with the same precision as its big brother, the Leland Sonoma Traveler, the Emerger Outfit is meant to be fished hard. The adaptive-fast action makes it the ideal tool for new anglers who are honing their cast, but its versatility means the Emerger never outgrow its usefulness (no matter how big they get). From trout streams to farm ponds and everywhere in between, Leland's Emerger Outfit is the perfect companion for days spent on the water.

Purpose-Built: From tip to butt, the Leland Emerger Outfit has been designed to meet the needs of young anglers. At 7 feet 9 inches in length, it has enough reach to accommodate long and accurate casts, yet it's compact enough to provide excellent line control for new casters. The Emerger's proprietary grip was designed to fit comfortably in smaller hands, keeping the focus on the fundamentals rather than too-large and cumbersome gear. A 4-weight, the Emerger is both the perfect weight for youngster and powerful enough to fight big trout and mid-size fish. And it's four piece construction and travel case make it perfect for camping trips and easy carrying.

What's in the box? Leland's Emerger Outfit comes with everything you need to get fishing, minus a few of your favorite flies. Featuring a durable Red Truck ¾ weight fly reel and weight-forward floating fly line, it's a carefully balanced outfit that's anything but your typical big box “kit.” Everything comes assembled in the Cordura rod tube for easy transport and solid protection from the wear and tear of little ones. Plus, it's available in pink or blue so that everyone in the family is covered.


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As a father of two young ladies, I'm officially stating for the record that fly fishing is the best outdoor activity for all ages, especially the young ones.

But before I delve into fly fishing, let me share something I recently discovered about my daughters when I asked them if they'd like to go on a hike. Their response was, “Why?” My initial reaction was to think my daughters were just being lazy. “Well, for exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery,” I said.

It wasn't until a bit later that the thought dawned on me. My children weren't lazy at all, they just needed a reason to hike, something to do once we got there. The next time I proposed that we hike, I tested my new theory. I simply asked them, “Who wants to go fly a kite?” Voila! Both daughters jumped at the chance. They threw on their shoes and we hiked to the top of a nearby hill (the very same hill we hiked prior), this time with no questions...just smiles. We had a reason to hike. Call it what you will, a reason, an activity, an excuse. Children just want to know why they're doing something, and flying a kite at the top of a hill was reason enough.

Enter fly fishing. To me, fly fishing is the best excuse to get out of the house, to go someplace beautiful with those you love and have something fun to do when you get there. If done correctly, it requires very limited equipment and brings human and nature together. Unlike adult minds that succumb to the self-imposed pressure of knowing everything about something before participating, children will jump right in and play. This youthful approach to life and learning dovetails perfectly with fly fishing.

Casting a fly rod isn't hard when you're a child. You just pull the fly line forward and stop the rod's tip in the direction you want the line to go. The fly lands in the water and the fish take over from there. If they're interested in something they put it in their mouth to inspect it. It doesn't matter what the fish thinks, the fact is, your kid just caught it...and on a fly rod to boot.

Our Leland Rod Co. Emerger fly fishing outfit was designed specifically for your kids (and mine). It's the right size and weight for their smaller hands and is perfect for catching the two fish available to just about everyone...panfish and trout. It's balanced perfectly and makes for the easiest and most efficient fly casts. It comes completely rigged and ready to cast upon arrival. Just tie on a fly (any fly) and cast it on the water. The fish will respond and you just found a fun reason to spend quality time with your children.

Hidden behind the fun activity of fly fishing is the real secret to the sport. Whether you drive or walk to your water, you'll have time to talk with your kids. You'll notice nature's best work in the form of plants and animals. You'll share stories of your childhood and create meaningful memories that your children will cherish forever. These are the simple but important moments in life that will happen when you and your child fly fish.


Leland Rod Co. knows this and that's exactly why we designed the Sonoma Emerger fly fishing outfit.
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