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Leland Rod Co - Dry Fly Selection
Stop wasting your life and start fishing Dry Flies.  These 36 will catch any fish you see rising.  Fly Fishing is for Dry Flies.
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Leland's Dry Fly Selection:

Arrive prepared.

Nothing, nothing...nothing beats catching your trout on a dry fly. You know, the big, fun, fluffy ones that float high and proud on the river's surface. Yes, those are dry flies and they are the flies that we all remember casting to wild trout when we were young. Guess what, they still work...even today. Don't believe us, well then...just buy this Leland Rod Co. fly box, packed with 36 of your favorite dry fly patterns and drift them down your favorite trout stream. You'll be surprised at what happens. We only fill half the fly box. The other half is left bare so you can stop in your local fly shop and keep adding to your dry fly collection. It's just how it should be.


  • Box Dimensions: 6"L x 3.5"W x 1 1/8"D.
  • Slit-Foam Rows: 12
  • Fly Capacity: 282
  • Flies: 36 of the Good Stuff
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Leland Rod Co - Nymph Fly Selection
When the sun is high and the fish are low these are the Nymphs to get'er done.  36 of the best.  Tight Lines!
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Leland's Nymph Fly Selection:

Arrive prepared.

It's a fact, a trout's diet is primarily subsurface. For those of you scratching your head, this simply means you'll catch more trout using nymphs (subsurface flies) than fishing dry flies. First of all don't give up on dry flies, as that's simply the best way ever to catch a trout. However, there will be days when the trout aren't looking up and if you really need to bend that rod, you'll have to take your offering deeper in the water. That's where we come in. We've got a Leland Rod Co. Nymph Fly Box readied with 36 of our best-producing, favorite trout nymphs. You'll arrive stream side with the goodies to get yourself some fat trout. By design we leave on side of this fly box empty, so you can visit a cool, little fly shop on your next trip, get some good fishing information and pick up some local nymphs for your trip. Add them to your growing and organized nymph collection. It's the right thing to do.



  • Box Dimensions: 6"L x 3.5"W x 1 1/8"D
  • Slit-Foam Rows: 12
  • Fly Capacity: 282
  • Flies: 36 of the Good Stuff
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Choosing the Best Fly Rod for Trout
The fly rod is the defining element in any tackle ensemble as it is responsible for propelling the weighted fly line and relatively weightless fly lure out into the river or lake and to the targeted fish. It is the angler's primary tool, a synthesis of functionality and art. The very first fly fishing rods were crude instruments that got the job done, but today's high performance fly rods come in many shapes and sizes and are constructed of space age materials like fiberglass and graphite that would no doubt have the earliest anglers salivating at the advances in the primary tool used in fly fishing.
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Choosing a fly rod for trout
Which length and weight of trout fly rod is best for you and your fishing needs?

Choose a fly rod: Selecting a trout fly rod is not as complex as it may seem. What follows is a generalized discussion that will help you make good choices when selecting fly rods for trout fishing.

The vast majority of time, trout anglers are fly fishing with rods in line weights 3 through 6. Though you might use a two weight on a small Appalachian creek, or a seven weight on a large Montana river, these situations are rarer and will be treated as outliers.

Based upon our decades of fly fishing retail experience, each rod weight has an ideal length and ideal application, more or less regardless of manufacturer or brand. Of course, some extremely specialized fly rods exist at every line weight, but we believe our clients are best served by this concise selection of trout fly rods.

The Three Weight Fly Rod
Three weights are the rods to choose for fishing spring creeks. For this application, a fly rod around 8ft 9in is ideal. It gives you the right balance of accuracy and control because it's a little shorter than the standard nine feet, but also has the length you'll need for precise mends and line control on the water.

You should buy an 8ft 9in three weight fly rod if:
1. You're targeting seriously educated trout, as you would find in spring creeks
2. Flies used are small, like size 14 and smaller

The Four Weight Fly Rod
To our thinking, there are two types of four weights. For fishing small water with a variety of flies, a four weight fly rod around 7ft 6in is ideal. This compact length allows you to work in tight amongst the brush that can line small streams, while a four weight line has the guts to carry some of the larger, bushier dry flies, like size 8 Stimmies, that are so fun to fish.

You should buy a 7ft 6in four weight fly rod if:
1. You're planning to fish small streams and creeks with a variety of flies


Meanwhile, for fishing dry flies on rivers, a four weight trout rod around 8ft 6in is ideal. Much like the spring creek 3 weight discussed above, this four weight has the right balance of accuracy and reach, and it's got a little more oomph for distance, larger flies, or a stiff breeze.

You should buy an 8ft 6in four weight fly rod if:
1. You're looking for a dry fly specialty rod
2. The dry flies you want to fish are normal-sized, ie size 6 to 18

The Five Weight Fly Rod

Five weights are arguably the most versatile trout fly rods. They can place small flies with delicacy, but have the guts to handle larger flies, and longer casts in wind. In our opinion, the 9ft five weight fly rod is the rod that will serve anglers well in the broadest range of angling situations.

You should buy a 9ft five weight fly rod if:
1. You're looking for the all-around trout rod
2. You're not sure what trout rod you should get

The Six Weight Fly Rod

To us, six weights are streamer rods. They are more powerful than five weights and can better control bulky and/or heavy flies in the air. So if you love to fish streamers or out-sized dry flies like mouse patterns, reach for a six weight.

You should buy a 9ft six weight fly rod if:
1. You're looking for a streamer specialty rod

So as you can see, the two primary factors that determine trout fly rod selection are: (1) type and size of fly you'll be using and (2) the type of water you'll be fishing.

Based on our collective experience, these are the specific models of trout fly rods that serve our clients best. If you follow the guidelines laid out above, you can't go wrong, but if you have any questions at all, just give us a call or livechat us:

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Leland Rod Co - Four Trout Fly Box Selection
Keep all your flies and fly boxes organized and ready to use.  Organized anglers catch more.  Tight Lines!
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Leland Rod Co - Four Trout Fly Box Selection:



Finally something very simple and so thought out!



With all the time, energy, and money you've dedicated to the study and practice of fly fishing, your flies deserve more than just ordinary fly boxes.



Just about every trout fly angler already owns a fly box or two. And yes, it's a good bet that their fly boxes do hold trout flies. It's also another good bet that if you were to peek inside your angling friend's fly boxes you'd withdraw in shock from the unorganized mess of feathered hooks.



At Leland, we're fly anglers too, and as such, we've spent far too many days on the water rummaging through our vest pockets for our collection of oddly sized fly boxes, looking for that special fly. Grumbling, we'd poke about in our unorganized mess of flies telling ourselves, “It's in here somewhere.”



Well, that's no longer the case for us. We now have our Leland Rod Co. fly boxes. We're now organized anglers and you (our your angling friends) can be too. These color-coded, anodized aluminum boxes are smartly labelled on all four sides for quick and easy identification. We've taken our four most-popular Leland Rod Co. fly boxes and grouped them in a special offering that will make sense to any trout angler.




Inside each fly box are rows of slit foam that will conveniently hold all types of flies. For example, you might want to assemble all your micro mays and midges into our “Spring Creek” box. Take your fluffy Wulffs and Humpies and load them into our “Dry Fly” box. Of course your general-purpose nymphs and bead-heads will have their happy home in our “Nymph” box. Your bulky streamers belong obviously in our clearly-labelled “Streamer” box. It all makes sense.



Next time you fish, you'll actually enjoy changing flies. You'll easily identify the fly box you need, and well-organized inside, you'll find your magic bug. Even better, you'll find yourself compelled to put your flies back where they neatly belong in their categorized boxes. Your mom would be so proud.



Regardless of how disorganized your actual life is, at least your fly fishing life will be ship-shape with this handy set of four Leland Rod Co. fly boxes. Enjoy!

  • Four (4) - Aluminium Fly Boxs
  • 6 rows of micro-slit foam each side
  • Size: 6" x 3.5" x 1 1/8"
  • Classic English Style
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Leland Rod Co - Ultimate Trout Selection
33 Dries - 33 Nymphs - 11 Small Stream - 11 Spring Creek - 11 Dry Flies, everything you need to catch Trout. Tight Lines!
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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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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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Red Truck 1953 Fly Rod Combo, 4 Piece, 590-4
All you need to get out and fly fish for trout -- rod, reel and line -- in a convenient and durable package.
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Red Truck 1953 All Purpose Trout Outfit


Red Truck's 1953 Trout Fly Fishing Outfit was born from 30 years of retail experience assisting beginning fly anglers with their desire to own a responsibly-priced, balanced outfit that was worthy of ownership. With this in mind we began the lengthy process of designing the balanced outfit we knew should exist. After four years of testing, refining and testing again, the 1953 All Purpose Trout Outfit was born.


Performance is a term overused when it comes to fly rod design. Our goal at Red Truck is efficiency, both in casting and catching. Take our 1953 fly rod for instance. Of course it's crafted from all the right materials, but more importantly it's what we do with these materials that counts. Our nine foot five weight 1953 is well-balanced, stable, plush and again...efficient. This approach simply means that every cast is enjoyable and accurate. And when you put the fly where you want it...you'll catch more fish!


Even the best fly rod can lose some of its magic when paired with an incorrect fly line. That's why we put in the extra effort to tirelessly search for and field test fly lines until we found the correct fly line for our all purpose trout fly rod. Our Red Truck Trout weight-forward five weight fly line is butter-smooth when casting and floats like a cork on the water. It has the right taper to enjoy dry fly, nymph and even smaller streamer fishing, making this the perfect line for any fly angler wishing to adjust his or her technique to the ever-changing angling conditions.


You've probably heard it before, “A fly reel just holds your fly line.” Although there is some truth to this statement, like a lot of things in life, there's more to it. The right fly reel will balance physically with the fly rod, adding efficiency and casting enjoyment to the experience. Our Red Truck Premium fly reel takes it even further adding increased fishing function in the form of a large arbor spool. Even when fishing for trout, the added benefits of faster line retrieve, less line coiling and a constant drag are obvious. Furthermore, our Red Truck Premium trout reel is fully-machined and anodized for a long life on the water and its adjustable disc-drag system is butter-smooth and super strong. This fly reel is built for business.


When combined, the smartly-designed components that create our Red Truck 1953 All Purpose Trout Outfit, prove that the whole can indeed be more than the sum of parts. You'll enter the world of fly fishing for trout with an outfit worthy of ownership and your limited time on the water.


Finally, you can stow your Red Truck 1953 fly rod (with reel attached) easily in our nylon-covered protective tube. Not only is this convenient for travel, you'll be ready at a moment's notice to hit the water with the right gear for the job.

featdesc::Leland on Red Truck Fly Fishing Company With all the fly fishing tackle available today, why would Red Truck Fly Fishing Company bring to market our own offering of fly fishing gear? Our honest answer is: with over 25 years of face-to-face retail experience with you, our customer, we've learned a few important things... You told us that you were confused with the "over the top" marketing hype manufactured by our industry's big brands. You were baffled by proprietary names for graphite modulus and confused by overly complicated reel drag systems. You told us there were too many bewildering product choices and that you wanted concise answers and recommendations to your questions and fishing needs. When purchasing fly gear, you wanted to feel confident that you were making a smart investment in a product that would not be replaced next year with a "newer" version. In essence, you wanted stuff that works and was worth your hard-earned money! At Red Truck, we've listened to you and leveraged our staff's combined 300 plus years of fly fishing experience to design equipment that is strictly necessary and that raises your level of enjoyment from purchase to use. We tested this gear with hard-working, no-nonsense, professional guides who rely on their tackle in the same way as a carpenter d'es his hammer. With each project, we always asked ourselves, "D'es this product deserve to exist?" Our Red Truck fly rods embody this honest thinking. Unlike some fly rod brands that employ a myopic marketing campaign, stating their rod is the lightest, at Red Truck, we focus on the big picture. We believe in the essential characteristics of a truly good rod: balance, minimal swing weight, true-tracking, stability and efficiency. The result of this balanced rod design approach is a selection of fly rods that are a joy to cast and fish. For our Red Truck Fly Reels, we took the same angle. Instead of inventing a new marketing slant or a hyper-technical pitch, we designed reels that speak to the core reason most of us fly fish: simplicity. We wanted to offer reels that get the job done, look good while doing it and last a long time. Take apart our Red Truck Premium fly reel and you'll know in a glance how the drag systems work and more importantly, why they won't fail. Sure, all our Red Truck equipment employs the latest in quality materials and manufacturing. Heck, we even work in titanium when necessary. But we never push any unproven concept or pseudo-technology, especially when we deem it unnecessary. At Red Truck, we believe that fly fishing should be fun and that your fly tackle should always work as intended. We like fishing memories of friends, dusty handshakes, wet dogs, great casts, beautiful places and even a fish or two. We design gear that takes you into the outdoors and gets the job done in the field, every time.
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What is a Stonefly
The stonefly is a relatively large aquatic insect commonly found in cool, clean trout water throughout North America. Even though these bugs are less common than mayflies and caddis because of environmental factors, stoneflies can be quite important to trout and steelhead anglers in the western United States (especially in the Pacific Northwest) and they can make a well-prepared mid-western or eastern trout fly fisher's day during a prolific spring, summer, or fall hatch in ultra-clean and higher elevation lakes, rivers, and creeks.
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Stonefly


The stonefly is a relatively large aquatic
insect commonly found in cool, clean trout water throughout North
America. Even though these bugs are less common than mayflies and caddis because of environmental factors, stoneflies can be quite important to trout and steelhead
anglers in the western United States (especially in the Pacific
Northwest) and they can make a well-prepared mid-western or eastern
trout fly fisher's day during a prolific spring, summer, or fall hatch
in ultra-clean and higher elevation lakes, rivers, and creeks.

Stoneflies display easily recognizable characteristics throughout their typical life cycle and are most often identified as nymphs
by their long matched tails and antennae. As adults, stoneflies display
two sets of wings which do not work in unison during flight, rendering
this insect rather awkward when airborne. Biologically and like
mayflies, all stoneflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis, experiencing
only three major stages within their typical life cycle.

The
first of these three stages is the larval stage where these bugs are
commonly referred to as stonefly nymphs. The nymph stage is spent
entirely beneath the surface of the water. Stoneflies, unlike mayflies
and caddis have very stringent survival requirements like clean, cool,
and well-oxygenated water so their populations tend to be strong only in
northern environments, alpine environments, and otherwise clean rivers
and lakes.

Stonefly nymphs broadly resemble mayfly nymphs, but
are generally a bit larger, have only two tails, and do not display
visible gills along their abdomens. Stonefly nymphs can occur in a range
of colors with blacks, browns, yellows, and rusty oranges being the
most common. The stonefly nymph's set of six large, powerful legs allow
it to hug its often rocky environment for up to three years before it
finds itself ready to hatch to a winged adult.

Unlike other
common aquatic insects, stoneflies are a type of trout food that does
not hatch beneath, within, or on top of the water's surface film.
Stoneflies undergo their final molt to winged adults on land, generally
finding a log, rock, or sandy area near shore to initiate their adult
life stage. For stoneflies, the trip from the river or lake bottom to
land is relatively short and hurried; if they dawdle or get hung up by a
significant roadblock, they quickly become breakfast, lunch, or dinner
for hungry and opportunistic trout.

Adult stoneflies, for all
intents and purposes, look just like their nymph form with the addition
of 4 wings which generally lay flat along the fly's back while it rests.
The tails an antennae of fully mature stoneflies may also appear to be
less pronounced. Male stoneflies, which tend to be considerably smaller
than females of the species will typically find their mates along the
same rocks, vegetation, and sandy areas on which they hatched.
Fertilized females will return to the water to deposit their eggs.
Females fly low above the water, "dipping" their egg balls into the
water. They are also often found skating or skitting across the water's
surface, depositing their eggs with great effort -- when female
stoneflies are hard at work laying their eggs, trout can't resist these
large and vulnerable morsels.

Stoneflies follow three stages in
their typical life cycle of incomplete metamorphosis: nymph, adult, and
sexually mature adult. As far as fly fishing goes, there are really two
main points during this life cycle that require distinct artificial fly
imitations. These imitation points are: nymph and adult. A nymph
imitation is fished entirely in the subsurface and is designed to
imitate the stonefly during the major portion of its pre-adult stage and
just prior to its final, on-land molt to adulthood. An adult stonefly
is fished dry (on the water's surface) and generally imitates a sexually
mature female in the midst of her strenuous egg laying process.

When
packing your fly box with stonefly imitations, it's important to
research the species of stonefly most commonly found in the waters of
your targeted destination. Similar to fishing a local caddis hatch,
matching both size and color of the local stonefly population can be the
difference between a so-so day of fly fishing and an epic adventure on
the water. Because stoneflies spend the proportionally greatest time in
the nymph stage and are most vulnerable to trout during their trip from
water to land, never leave for a fly fishing destination without a solid
selection of stonefly nymphs on hand. Don't underestimate the
importance of having a good selection of adult stoneflies in lots of
colors and sizes either. These poor fliers are often blown from their
landward perches into the drift, where they are helpless in the face of a
waiting trout.


Due to its relatively large size (when compared to other aquatic insects), the stonefly is a fun pattern to fish. When fished like a dry fly, on the surface of the water, the resulting strikes are aggressive and memorable. Typically during a stonefly hatch the largest trout in the water come to feast. When fished sub surface as a nymph, few trout will pass up the larger meal ticket being offered. Having the right equipment, especially fly rod and fly line, makes all the difference when casting the larger stonefly pattern. Leland recommends the below fly rods for the best results.

Leland Rod Company's New Zealand Dry Fly Rod

Leland Rod Company's New Zealand Trout Fly Rod

Red Truck Fly Rod Company's Diesel Dry Fly Rod

Red Truck Fly Rod Company's Diesel Trout Fly Rod

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Leland Signature Fly Collections Review


HANDPICKED FLIES IN A HANDSOME BOX 

Classic fly boxes complete with custom fly selections, these Signature Leland Collections have you covered from small streams to streamers... Read More.
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Specifications:


• Sets feature 36 handpicked flies
• Staff-favorite flies included in each set
• Plenty of additional room for your own flies
• Housed in a Leland Fly Box
• Lightweight, sturdy aluminum construction
• Distinct Color-Coded models
• Labeled on all sides

March 28, 2014 (Sonoma, CA): Leland Signature Fly Collections make easy work out of perfecting your arsenal of trout flies. Equipped with 36 tried and true classics, each assortment targets a specific trout application and includes an organized and optimal pick of our favorite flies. Available in five distinctive sets, each with its own custom colored and labeled Leland fly box, the Leland Signature Fly Collections feature handpicked classics for wherever you chase trout.

Organize and optimize: When it comes to flies, no collection is ever complete. But with the Leland Signature Collections, you get a great selection of effective flies as well as the gift of organization.

Whether you're looking to add to your existing collection or build the perfect set of flies for your favorite water, the Leland Signature Fly Collections are an easy solution. Stay organized with a color-coded, clearly labeled lineup of our popular fly boxes. Give your dry flies the home they deserve, and never misplace your favorite nymphs again. Our Signature Collections feature everything you need to succeed on the water, with plenty of room to keep adding to them.

From small streams to spring creeks: Every set features staff favorite flies that have earned their stripes on a variety of blue ribbon water. We love trout fishing in its many forms, and these are the flies that made the cut.

Small Stream: Dries and nymphs for energetic trout including terrestrial and attractor patterns.
Spring CreekSmall dries and nymphs for slow moving spring creeks.
Dry Fly: The best days on the water deserve the best flies.
Nymph: Covering the four major aquatic insects: mayfly, stonefly, caddis & midge.
Trout: A little bit of everything.

Pro Review - Leland's Burke White

It might sound crazy that a guy who already owns a whole bunch of flies would need a Leland Fly Selection, but I did and here's why. Most of us plan ahead for our fishing trips and enjoy gathering the necessary gear for a successful outing. But what happens when you get a surprise offer for an unexpected fishing trip and all your flies are back home? You pick up a Leland Fly Selection. At least that's what I did.

We were headed to a smaller trout stream where we'd be primarily dry fly fishing. It therefor made great sense to pick up the Leland Dry Fly Selection, which I did. Pretty simple so far. When we got to the stream, I had a solid selection of dry flies to choose from. I popped on a fluffy dry and began to fish. Yup, caught some fine little wild trout. I changed flies a few more times and all was right in the world.

Leland has made it really simple as each clearly-labelled and color-coded fly box comes filled with a great selection of flies that will perform on 80% of the waters you will fish. For example, with the Leland Nymph Selection, you'll arrive ready to fish with top-producing nymphs. However, you might want to visit your local fly shop for a magic nymph or two. That's exactly why the other side of the fly box is empty, so you can dial in your selection just the way you want it.

If you're new to the sport of fly fishing, you simply can't go wrong with any or all of the Leland Fly Selections. You truly can arrive ready to fish on day one...organized to boot. Yet, you can also visit the local shop for some regional information and a secret bug or two. Nice work Leland.

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What is Fly Line
Fly line is a common term for the weighted line that, in conjunction with a fly rod and reel, delivers the relatively weightless fly fishing lure, or fly, to the targeted game fish in the sport o f fly fishing. As described by the 17th Century fly angler and writer, Sir Izaak Walton, and others, fly fishing line originated as spun or braided lengths of natural silk. Although these early silken fly lines were quite effective, they were not known for their ability to cast flies long distances or for a lasting overall durability.
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Fly line is a common term for the weighted line that, in conjunction with a fly rod and reel, delivers the relatively weightless fly fishing lure, or fly, to the targeted game fish in the sport of fly fishing. As described by the 17th Century fly angler and writer, Sir Izaak Walton, and others, fly fishing line originated as spun or braided lengths of natural silk. Although these early silken fly lines were quite effective, they were not known for their ability to cast flies long distances or for a lasting overall durability.


Since fly fishing's earliest period of development, fly line has grown and morphed into a highly sophisticated component of an angler's tackle strategy. Today, fly lines are available in a wide range of styles and designs; the prevailing theory in modern fly fishing is to match the functional design of a fly line with distinct fishing situations and/or targeted fish species.

Accordingly, there are several common varieties of fly line: full-floating fly lines, partial-float fly lines, sinking fly lines of varying sink rates, full-sinking lines, and a range of specialty lines that are too numerous to mention. The most commonly utilized fly line type, however, is the full-floating line, a line designed to sit atop the water's surface for the full length of the line. Full-floating lines are often referred to informally as "full-floaters" and are the best choice for all-round fishing situations and are perfect for the execution of classic dry fly fishing techniques.
featdesc::MODERN FLY LINE CONSTRUCTION

Today's fly lines range in length from 80 to 105 feet and are constructed of a single-stranded, spun, or braided synthetic core material and a high-tech plastic coating. The stiffness of the core material is of paramount importance when considering the climate of your fishing destination. Softer and more supple materials are perfect for colder weather, while stiffer braids excel in warmer climates. Selecting the right core stiffness will ensure that loose loops or tight coils between your guides will not hamper your cast.

Floating fly fishing lines are able to actually float because they are less dense than water. During the construction of a floating fly line, hollow microspheres imbedded in the PVC plastic coating, lowering the overall density of the line while maintaining the line's unique shape or "taper." Sinking fly lines are more dense than water and are constructed in the opposite way than floating lines. A sinking line's construction generally employs a coating of varying amounts of tungsten mixed with the plastic. Different ratios of PVC to tungsten yield different sink rates, a technology that has created a new market for highly specialized sinking lines, especially for striped bass and steelhead fly fishing which often require the use of sub-surface streamers, wet flies, and nymphs for successful results.


FLY LINE WEIGHT

Fly lines range from the very thinnest and lightest for making short casts with tiny flies with tiny rods on small water, up to the heaviest, thickest fly lines designed to cast over-foot-long, massive flies with powerful big-game fly rods to catch giant fish in the ocean. All fly lines are numbered, on a universally accepted scale, by the physical weight of the first 30 feet of the forward, delivery end of the fly line; the bigger the number, the heavier the fly line. Fly rods are numbered in the same way, to balance the proper line weight with the rod's relative flex or stiffness. The heavier the fly line, and the respective fly rod, the greater the capability of casting larger flies, combatting the effects of wind, and, up to a point, casting greater distances. So, in a sense, the fishes that we pursue actually determine what line weights we anglers use to catch them. The fish prefers natural foods of a certain size range, and we try to select the line weight that is best able to a cast our hand-tied imitations of that food in a manner that, hopefully, won't scare the fish.

The smallest fly lines are the ultra-light lines, all floating, a category created in recent years for those that enjoy fishing with the lightest tackle conceivable. Ultra-light fly lines range from the tiniest, 3/0, or '000', to '0' or zero. From there, fly lines are numbered by weight from '1' to '15'. Line weights 1 to 3 are still pretty "light" and are generally used by anglers that fish primarily on sheltered, small water with small flies.

Most trout fly anglers prefer to use either a 4, 5, or 6 weight fly line, and the correctly matched fly rod, for most of their all-around trout fishing. The 4 weight would be for an angler that fishes small to medium water with smaller flies. The 5 weight line and rod combination is the most popular, by far, and should be considered the all-around choice for fishing most sizes of trout flies on most trout water. The 6 weight line and rod may benefit trout anglers fishing larger rivers, in wind, or casting larger weighted nymphs and bigger dry flies.

Although these categories are somewhat arbitrary, as all anglers have their individual sense of technique and style, some other general recommendations would be 6 or 7 weight for smallmouth bass, 7 to 9 weight for largemouth, 7 to 10 weight for steelhead and salmon, and 8 to 10 weight for striped bass. Although some saltwater light tackle enthusiasts are now picking up the 6 weight, most saltwater flats folks use 7 to 10 weights for speckled trout, redfish, bonefish, permit, and many other small to medium salt water species. The 11 to 15 line weight category is in the realm of giant ocean critters, from fifty to several hundred pounds. The bigger line weights, once again, are for casting progressively larger flies.


FLY LINE TYPES

Weight Forward Fly Lines

Most trout fishing and other typical fly fishing situations call for a floating, weight forward fly line. These tapers are designed to carry the greatest mass at the front of the line, exploiting the laws of physics to send casts outward and load rods quickly and easily. Weight forward tapers are the most versatile of the bunch, covering fishing situations requiring everything from delicate dries to monstrous blue water flies. Depending on application, the length of the head on weight forward tapers varies widely, from massive, thick bass tapers under 28' in head length that turn over huge, wind resistant flies, to long belly steelhead lines with heads over 65' in length to allow line control at greater distances. However, most freshwater and saltwater anglers use weight forward fly lines with head lengths from 30' to 45'.

Shooting heads

Shooting heads are very short fly lines, 24' to 41' in length, designed to be cast, or "shot," the greatest distances using fast action fly rods with minimal false casting and minimal backcast room. The shooting head is attached, usually by a loop-to-loop connection for a quick, convenient exchange, to a thin running line that has minimal surface contact with the fly rod guides, thus achieving the long distance casts. When considering the geometric taper of a shooting head, think "cannonball at the end of a string." Shooting heads are also usually designed to sink, and a selection of various densities allow the angler, with one reel and spool, to fish a variety of water depths and water speeds. Shooting head systems are most often used by steelhead and salmon anglers, with either single-handed and Spey rods. Lake fly anglers as well as striper fly fishers will also benefit from casting a shooting head system.

Spey Lines

Spey Fly Lines are used with Spey, or double handed rods. Spey rods range from 11' to over 18' in length and the most powerful of these, in the hands of an expert, are able to unleash casts sometimes approaching 200 feet! Spey rods are typically seen on steelhead and salmon rivers, but the recent leap in the popularity of Spey casting and fishing finds them on trout rivers, lakes and saltwater, as well. Spey fly lines are much thicker and heavier throughout their taper, can be longer than their single-handed cousins and have their own numbering system; so an 8 weight Spey line, for example, is a lot bigger than an 8 weight standard, or single-handed fly line. There are many styles of Spey casting that exist today. For traditional Spey casting, making longer, fixed distance, D-loop casts choose a longer belly (57 - 71' head length) spey line such as the RIO PowerSpey. The Scandinavians have developed their own overhead casting method of Spey using very fast action rods and very short (31 - 40'), shooting head Spey lines attached to thin running lines.

Currently, the most popular Spey lines used in the States have head lengths, more or less, (34 - 56') that fall between these two previous categories. The RIO Skagit and Windcutter lines are considered by many to be the easiest of the Spey lines to learn with and are also preferred by the majority of experienced Spey anglers to match the conditions encountered on many North American steelhead rivers. The utmost in Spey versatility, however, is offered by a fly line system with interchangeable floating and sinking tips when Spey casting in a variety of conditions.

Sinking Fly Lines

There are two main categories of sinking fly lines: sink-tips and full-sinking lines. Sink-tips are sinking lines designed to only allow the tip to sink below the water's surface, and are quite useful for controlled subsurface fly fishing situations. Full-sinking fly lines, as the name implies, sink for their entire length. Full-sink lines are most often used for fishing flies in still water; lakes and ponds, or slow moving rivers are the favored full-sinker fishing environments. Flies cast and fished by sinking fly lines are usually retrieved, or “stripped” in by the angler to imitate prey swimming through the water. Both sink-tip and full-sink lines come in a range of densities for fishing at different depths in the water column, from a few inches below the waters surface, to over twenty feet deep.

The industry of fly fishing seems to be overdeveloping and overproducing too many product choices these days. This is very true when it comes to fly lines. To remain relevant, fly line manufacturers are creating specialty fly lines with unique tapers for just about every conceivable fishing situation. Even with good intentions, the result is an explosion of fly line choices and no clear solution for you the angler. At Leland, we've taken the time to cast and fish all available fly lines. We've assembled what we consider to be a selection of the best fly lines available today, using the criteria of casting enjoyment and fishing function.
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Leland Rod Co. Fly Boxes Review


MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER SET OF FLY BOXES

These ARE timeless pieces from Leland Rod Co. that will only look better with age and are the solution to organizing your flies for good... Read More.
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Leland Fly Boxes

Specifications:

• Lightweight, sturdy aluminum construction
• Distinct Color-Coded models
• Labeled on all sides
• Available with or without comprehensive fly selections
• Trout Models: Small StreamSpring CreekDry FlyNymph, TroutCollector Set

December 17, 2013 (Sonoma, CA):  A great fly box is a must for every angler, and our new series aims to do one thing: simplify your flies in style. You've spent years collecting the perfect flies for every outing, now keep them stored in a safe and straightforward way with a Leland Rod Co. Fly Box. Featuring nine models to suit your trout and steelhead needs, each is available with or without a comprehensive fly collection.

Bigger than a box: Nothing is more essential than keeping your flies organized and accessible, and we designed these boxes with that in mind. Don't waste time searching for your favorite fly, and don't ever have to worry about buying another fly box.

Leland Rod Co.'s Fly Box lineup is built to last a lifetime, crafted with absolute quality and functionality. But their aesthetics and design extend their use beyond just a place to dump your flies. Each is clearly labeled for its particular use. Below are the models offered by Leland with links to purchase either the box itself, or a package including a comprehensive selection of our favorite flies.

Trout Lineup: With five models, you're sure to find what you need for your next trip.


Small StreamLoad it up with ants, terrestrials & hoppers.
Spring CreekStore your favorite small dries and nymphs.
Dry FlyThe name says it all.
NymphKeep it simple and store your nymphs in one spot.
TroutAll your favorite trout flies in one spot.
Collector SetSet includes Dry Fly, Spring Creek, Streamer, Nymph Fly Boxes.

Steelhead Lineup: Three models and a whole lot of space to hold your favorite bugs. With the Leland Rod Co. steelhead boxes, you're covered year round.

Steelhead Nymph: You guessed it, all your favorite steel nymphs.
Summer Steelhead: All your warm weather chrome flies.
Winter Steelhead: Big bugs for big fish.


Pro Review - Leland's Burke White


When it comes to fly boxes, there are plenty of options. There are nearly-bomb-proof, water-proof boxes. There are classic aluminum English boxes. There are handmade wooden boxes, too. And guess what? They all hold flies. You can pick up just about any fly box in any fly shop, jam some flies in it and stick it into one of the many pockets on your vest. But what's missing with this approach to fly storage? It's all about organization.

On my last trout trip, I took the time to transfer my trout fly collection from the odd assortment of fly boxes I've collected over my many years of fishing into a collection of Leland Rod Co. Fly  Boxes. Admittedly, I'm not the most organized human on the planet and this theme of mine extends into my fly fishing endeavors. My flies were all over the place and my fast-paced rigging paired with a lack of attention meant that many of my flies had migrated from one box to the next. It was time for a clean up.

I began by removing my flies from various oddly sized, unmarked boxes and organizing them into one of four common trout fly categories: Spring Creek (Small, specialty dries and nymphs), Dry Fly (Fluffy dries and attractors), Nymph (General purpose nymphs and bead-heads), and finally Streamer (Big ugly buggers and sculpins). I took each category of flies and put them into their respective Leland Rod Co. color-coded, aluminum fly box, clearly marked on all four sides. Inside are ample rows of slit foam that will conveniently hold each fly without tearing up the foam.

By the time I'd finished, I actually felt good about my newly organized life (at least in fly fishing). I looked at my stack of fly boxes and realized that for the first time in a very long time, I knew where every fly of mine was. I loaded them into my trout pack and put them to the real test.

On the water, it was a treat to switch flies. Instead of grumbling, searching every box for my secret fly, I reached right into my pack and pulled out exactly the right box. Even in low light, the distinct colors make it simple. And at the end of the day, I returned home with a few fish stories. But I was also content knowing that next time I trout fished, I'd be organized...and if you knew me, that's actually saying something.
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What is a Mayfly
In fly fishing, the mayfly is an iconic figure and probably the image most people with conjure when invisioning of the "fly" in the sport's name. These slender aquatic insects are easily recognizable in their adult or dun form by their highly visible upright wings and long, tailed abdomens. Biologically, all mayflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis, experiencing only three major stages within their typical life cycle.
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In fly fishing, the mayfly is an iconic figure and probably the image most people with conjure when invisioning of the "fly" in the sport's name. These slender aquatic insects are easily recognizable in their adult or dun form by their highly visible upright wings and long, tailed abdomens. Biologically, all mayflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis, experiencing only three major stages within their typical life cycle.


The first of these three stages is the larval stage where these bugs are commonly referred to as mayfly nymphs. The nymph stage is spent entirely beneath the surface of the water, and the type of water is entirely dependent on the particular species of mayfly. Crawlers, burrowers, clingers, and swimmers are all mayfly nymphs and all exhibit different body types and behaviors depending on their varying habitats. As the respective names make clear, crawlers crawl, burrowers burrow, clingers cling, and swimmers swim. Mayfly nymphs are most easily recognized in the field by their three long tails and gill-lined abdomens. Some are slender, some are stout, but each mayfly nymph will display these distinguishable characteristics.


From the nymph stage, the mayfly will emerge from its underwater habitat and hatch into a winged adult, subsequently living out two separate and distinct winged stages. During the first of these adult stages the mayfly is called a dun and can fly, but is not yet sexually mature and ready to propagate the species (the mayfly in its dun stage is the iconic figure of fly fishing mentioned earlier). Adult mayfly duns are notable for their dull, species-specific coloration, long and tailed abdomens, and opaque, upright wings -- mayfly duns observed resting on the surface film have been compared metaphorically to tiny sailboats bobbing with the river's current.


After sufficient time has passed (anywhere from 1 hour to a few days), the mayfly dun will undergo a final molt, shedding its outer layer to reveal a sexually mature spinner. At this point, the spinner mayfly will find and attract a mate. The females will deposit their eggs on the surface of the water and will fall to the water as a "spent spinner." During this sexually mature life stage, mayflies take on a much richer, more vibrant coloration. Generally the spinners are dark brown, reddish, or rust colored, but many species display creams, greens, olives, and even brilliant whites in their spinner stages. Despite the wide variation in species color, all mayfly spinners are easily identified by their large transparent wings, a change from the opaque wings of the dun stage.


Mayflies are incredibly important to trout because of their wide and dense distribution throughout rivers and lakes in the world's vast and varied temperate regions. Fy fishers have been imitating mayflies since the sport began hundreds of years ago, and having a wide selection of mayfly imitations in your fly box is never a bad idea.


Biologically speaking, a mayfly really undergoes three major stages in its typical life cycle: nymph, dun, and spinner. As far as fly fishing goes, there are five points during this life cycle that require distinct artificial fly imitations. These imitation points are: nymph, emerger, cripple, dun, and spinner. A nymph imitation is fished entirely in the subsurface and is designed to imitate the mayfly during the major portion of its larval stage. An emerger is a specific artificial fly designed to imitate a mayfly during its emergence from a nymph to a winged adult dun and is fished just beneath the water's surface or within the surface film. A cripple is similar to an emerger, but designed to closely imitate an emergent mayfly that has been caught or trapped in the surface film by its own nymphal shuck, unable to hatch to an adult dun. The two remaining artificial flies, the dun and spinner, are designed and fished to imitate the two separate and distinct winged life stages common to all mayflies.


When packing your fly box with mayfly imitations, always consider the destination before you start filling up those little rows of slotted foam. The water type, season, local climate, and time of day will often determine which distinct hatches of mayfly species you'll most likely encounter. Because mayflies spend the proportionally greatest time in the nymph stage, never leave for a fly fishing destination without a solid selection of mayfly nymphs and emergers on hand. Don't underestimate the duns and spinners either. These stages in the mayfly life cycle may be short relative to the nymph stage, but they can just as easily be the ticket to an epic day on the water for a fly fisher.  


When fishing a mayfly pattern, you have multiple options. However, the two most common approaches are either to fish the nymph form of the mayfly below the surface. This certainly can be done with a high stick nymphing approach, but it's far more common for fly fishers to fish a mayfly nymph with the assistance of an indicator to better detect strikes. The second, and arguably the most enjoyable way to fly fish with a mayfly, is the dry fly technique. Here, your floating, adult mayfly pattern is presented on the surface of the water. With a natural drift (the same speed as the current) you'll be amazed when a trout rises to take your offering. Dry fly fishing with a mayfly is the essence of the sport of fly fishing.

Take a look at the best nymph and dry fly rods we have to offer:

Leland Rod Company's New Zealand Trout Fly Rod

Leland Rod Company's New Zealand Dry Fly Rod


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