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Leland Sonoma Traveler Trout Fly Fishing 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


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Specifications:

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

• Reel: Leland Classic Trout
• Line: Leland New Zealand Trout (WF5F) "The Pliny"
• Leader: Leland New Zealand Trout (12' 4X)
• 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


Fly fishing is a grand excuse to find yourself in beautiful places with something fun to do. Truth is, if more people went fly fishing, the world would be happier. And to properly enjoy and celebrate the sport of fly fishing, one should focus on its defining attribute...the cast. Although it's true that any fly rod or outfit can catch a fish, it's not true that all cast the same. To enjoy each fly cast, a worthy fly fishing outfit (rod, reel and line) should be balanced and efficient. That's exactly why we at Leland Rod Co. designed the Sonoma Traveler Outfit.

In a chaotic world of fly tackle choices, our simple goal was to provide a sensible solution. We did this by designing our own gear from the ground up, where each component (fly rod, fly line and fly reel) complimented one another. The result of this project is a balanced and efficient trout fly fishing outfit, where the whole is greater than the sum of parts. Not only is this outfit brilliant for anyone just getting into the sport. It's also the perfect solution for any angler who's grown tired of tinkering with disconnected fly gear. It's all right here waiting to be efficiently cast and enjoyed.


This outfit didn't happen by luck. It was born from thirty years of retail experience, where we noticed our customers not only struggling with the overwhelming offering of big-brand fly gear...we also noticed them struggling to use it. We tossed out industry lingo like “proprietary technology” and “super performance” and instead, focused on balance, efficiency, control and accuracy. To us, fly fishing is an intimate sport where trout should not just be caught, they should be earned. And good casts earn fish!


Take for instance our Sonoma Traveler fly rod. It's not your standard nine-footer. We found by dropping one foot in rod length, we greatly reduced “swing weight,” making our fly rod feel even more balanced in hand. We also found that a shorter fly rod created naturally tighter (more efficient) loops of fly line, making casting much easier. Add to this, the most comfortable cork handle shape in the business and our balanced and efficient Sonoma Traveler is truly an extension of your arm.

A fine rod like our Sonoma Traveler is made even better with the right fly line. Our Leland New Zealand “Pliny” Trout line is just the ticket. In fact, it's so good, we named it after our favorite, local beer (Pliny The Elder). We softened the line's coating, shortened the head (the weight-forward part) and created the most efficient profile to efficiently roll your casting energy down the fly line, through the most efficient leader we've ever cast (our New ZealandTrout Leader) and to your fly. When you cast this line on our rod, you'll finally understand what we mean by efficient.

Of course every fly fishing outfit needs a fly reel. Yes, it does store your fly line...but there's more to it than that. The proper fly reel should be the correct weight to balance out the rod. It should have the correct capacity to store not only our fly line, but have enough backing (emergency line) should a big trout head down stream. A fully-sealed, disc-drag is unnecessary for trout, so we went with the classic and proven click and pawl system. It's easy to adjust, and requires little to no maintenance. Best of all, when your trout takes off, the classic sound of our Leland Classic Trout reel celebrating the moment will make you smile. Yes, it's fully-machined, anodized and all, but most importantly...this is a fly reel your granddaddy would want.

When assembled, our fly rod, our fly line and our fly reel makes every forty foot trout cast efficient, controlled and accurate. More importantly, our Sonoma Traveler outfit will make your day on the water that much better and really, that's why we all fly fish in the first place. Take our word for it. This outfit is the one we use every day at our ranch, teaching people how to efficiently control their fly line. It's also the outfit we personally take to the water on our days off.

We designed this outfit to make casting more fun primarily for beginners. The good news is, we did it. The better news is, we also created a fly fishing outfit that any expert fly angler will enjoy. Remember, this is our best-selling fly fishing outfit and comes with a full, money-back guarantee. Buy it and try it in your own back yard. Take a few days and think about it. Have your buddy try it. You won't be disappointed. If you are disappointed, we'll think you're crazy...but we'll still give you all your money back.


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 Sonoma Starter Trout Fly Fishing Outfit Review


OUR AFFORDABLE FLY FISHING OUTFIT FOR ALL THINGS TROUT


Experience the difference that a perfectly balanced, custom assembled rig can make with the Leland Sonoma Starter Outfit...Read More.
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OUR AFFORDABLE FLY FISHING OUTFIT FOR ALL THINGS TROUT


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

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

• Reel: Leland Reel Co. Sonoma Trout Fly Reel
• Line: Leland Custom Line WF5F (Instructor Version)
• Leader: Leland New Zealand Trout (12' 4X)
• Blank Color: Matte Wine
• Reel Seat: Double-Uplocking Anodized Black Aluminum
• Guides: Darkened chrome-plated light wire stainless steel

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


It's time you went fly fishing. You might believe that fly fishing is extremely complicated, confusing and expensive. The truth is...fly fishing is actually quite simple and we at Leland have made the sport affordable. The goal of fly fishing is to present your fake bug (a fly) to a fish with a subtle presentation (no big splashes) and trick a fish into taking your fly. Remember, fish don't have hands and they're quite inquisitive. Chances are great your fly will soon be grabbed by a fish. Better yet, most places you'll fly fish are quite beautiful and now you'll have a reason to be there. That's how easy fly fishing can be and that's how we like it at Leland.

Although there's a lot of fly fishing equipment available these days, all you really need to arrive prepared for a day on the water is this well-balanced and efficient Leland Starter outfit. It comes with everything you'll need to get fishing...fly rod, fly reel, fly line, tapered leader and six flies. Simply tie on a fly to your leader, get it in the water and the fish will take care of the rest. Nothing could be easier.

The Leland Starter outfit was designed from the ground up so all components compliment one another. Our 8' #5 fly rod is exactly the right fly rod for all things trout. It's balanced in hand and is very efficient at casting. Next, our easy-casting Leland fly line will shoot like an arrow, carrying your fly accurately to the mark. This line floats on the water like a cork and will last many seasons of hard fishing. We've stored our Leland fly line on our fully-machined and anodized Leland Ranch trout fly reel. This reel is just what you'll need to land that big trout. When all components in this outfit are assembled, it's proof that the whole can be greater than the sum of parts.

Our Leland Sonoma Starter fly rod is also a four-piece rod. You can conveniently stow it in the included, nylon-covered hard tube for protection during travel or storage. You can even leave the fly reel mounted to the fly rod, allowing you quick rigging when the time comes to fish. It couldn't be more convenient.

It's time for you to stop dreaming about fly fishing and actually start fly fishing. Grab our Leland Starter outfit and begin exploring your home waters. Remember, fly fishing is a gate key. It's an excuse to find yourself in beautiful places with something fun to do. It's a reason to hike around the next bend of the stream, explore nature and begin collecting memories that last a lifetime.

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Pro Review - Leland's Burke White

Working in a fly shop for many years, I've had the chance to cast a great number of fly rods. The majority of the rods I've cast weren't cheap. Don't get me wrong, there are reasons to spend more money on fly equipment, but you must know the reasons otherwise, you're just buying an expensive graphite stick.
 
Often I've heard that more people would begin fly fishing if it weren't so darned expensive. Well, I've got good news. Leland has designed an extremely balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit at a very reasonable price. It's the Sonoma Starter. It's perfect for just about any trout stream you'll encounter. With it, you can quickly learn how to cast and put your fly where you want it. As an ex-fishing guide, the one thing I can assure you is that good fly casts catch fish and with this outfit you'll be on your way to fly casting like a champ.
 
I also like the fact that the Leland Starter outfit comes with everything you'll need to catch a fish. Included with the rod, reel, fly line and leader are six dry flies to begin the journey. Just tie one on and get to fishing. Leland knows the world is a very busy place these days and few people have the time to research fly fishing gear. With this ready to fish outfit, you can begin your fly fishing journey today and stop dreaming about it.
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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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Leland's Emerger Fly Fishing Outfits are 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.

Pink Emerger from Leland               Blue Emerger from Leland

Pink Emerger on Amazon Prime
     Blue Emerger on Amazon Prime



Pro Review - Leland's Burke White


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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