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Fly Patterns of Alaska, Dirk Dirksen
Revised and enlarged edition, this is a definitive fly pattern book containing the best 251 patterns for fly fishing in Alaska.
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A revised and enlarged edition, this is a definitive fly pattern book containing the best 251 patterns for fly fishing in Alaska. These flies were carefully selected by a team led by Mr. Dirksen of the Alaska Flyfishers. Each pattern is photographed in color, with recipes, the originator and fishing history. 8x11 inches, 80 pages.
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Leland Rod Co - Bonefish/Streamer Fly Box
This double-sided, water-proof, near-bomb-proof fly box is just perfect for bonefish flies and big trout streamers, too. 4" x 7"
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Leland Rod Co - Bonefish/Streamer Fly Box:

Bass 2 Bonefish arrive prepared!

When fishing the flats for bonefish, you want a fly box that will keep your bugs dry...even during a bouncy, splash-filled boat ride. Our Leland fly box is rubber lined on both sides, ensuring your flies will remain dry...even if you're not. With clear windows, you'll see exactly what's inside before opening and you'll have to work real hard to break it. It also doubles as a gnarly streamer fly box for big brown trout fishing or a jump to Alaska.



  • ABS Clear Plastic Fly Box
  • Waterproof
  • 9 rows of slit foam - two sided
  • Hold 8 Dozen+ flies
  • For Flies up to size 2
  • Size: 7⅜"L x 4½"W x 1½"D
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Red Truck Diesel Fly Reel 7/8 weight
Taking its cues from steelhead angling traditions, the Diesel 7/8 blends classical aesthetics with contemporary function.
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Red Truck Diesel Fly Reel 7/8 weight:



Taking its cues from steelhead angling tradition, blending classical aesthetics with contemporary function!



 



  • The criteria were fairly simple: the reel had to be functional, durable, and beautiful. It had to look and sound like a fly reel. It had
    to have the appeal to stand the test of time. In short, it had to deserve to exist. Fully machined from anodized aluminum, the Diesel is corrosion-,
    scratch-, and impact-resistant. The proven click-pawl drag system is dependable, simple, and easily convertible from right to left-hand wind. Should you
    need to apply more pressure on fired-up trout and steelhead, the exposed palming rim is there for you.
  • The Diesel fly reel was designed for fishing for steelhead on single hand rods with a variety of line systems. Some of our favorites are swinging with shooting heads, skating dry flies, and indicator fishing. Smartly-sized for summer steelhead and Alaska rainbows, the Diesel 7/8 has more than ample backing and works more like a large arbor fly reel, due to its refined dimensions. 
  • The Diesel Fly Reel is machined with precision to keep even the thinnest running lines from slipping through the frame. When hooked to a fish, you’ll rejoice in the Diesel’s sweet sound, as the traditional “click and pawl” drag system sings its song. Not only does the click and pawl sound great but it’s perfect drag range will keep you from loosing fish. The click and pawl design is truly the set it and forget it approach to landing more steelhead. .  Although designed to pair well with a seven or eight weight single hand fly rod, this reel complements lighter switch and Spey rods, too.

  • Red Truck Diesel Fly Reels





  • When we set out to design the Diesel Series of fly reels, our main goal was to make reels that we ourselves would enjoy fishing forever.
    We jogged our memories for ideas from our favorite reels from the past and pored over our huge selection of modern designs, picking and choosing the
    features and styles that, to us, embody the perfect freshwater fly reel.




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Red Truck 1953 8 wt 9ft Fly Rod, 4-Piece, 890-4
From Alaskan silvers to Delta largemouth, Cape Cod stripers, or Keys bonefish, the 890-4 expands horizons.
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detdesc::What You Need in a Big Gun


For delivering bigger flies, throwing longer distances, or chasing larger fish, anglers would do well to up-size from a five weight to the 1953 890-4. This powerful four-piece eight weight is safe for saltwater use, and can handle sinking lines, sink-tips, and floating lines without a problem. From Alaskan silvers to Delta largemouth, Cape Cod stripers, or Keys bonefish, the 890-4 allows anglers to expand their fly fishing horizons to some of the tougher fish out there.
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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Loop Classic Fly Reel, LHW, 7-9 Weight
Loop's commitment to top-tier fly fishing tackle once again proves unbeatable with their new Classic 7/9 Fly Fishing Reel.
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Few fly reels deliver timeless
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Fishing Reel. From the first time you hear the outgoing click of a
steelie or a bonefish on the run, you'll never want to leave the
water and you certainly won't want to fish anything short of the Loop
Classic 7/9 Fly Fishing Reel. Featuring a spool and frame machined
from lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum, the Loop The Loop Classic
7/9 Fly is capable of delivering smooth, fast line retrieve without
succumbing to the elements. After all, a good fly fishing reel is an
investment that should last a lifetime, and the Loop Classic 7/9 Fly
Fishing Reel will be there for every trip to the bonefish flats of
the Florida Keys and expedition to Alaskan king salmon country.
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Loop Classic Fly Reel, RHW, 7-9 Weight
Loop's commitment to top-tier fly fishing tackle once again proves unbeatable with their new Classic 7/9 Fly Fishing Reel.
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detdesc::Loop Classic 7/9 Fly Fishing Reel

Few fly reels deliver timeless
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Fishing Reel. From the first time you hear the outgoing click of a
steelie or a bonefish on the run, you'll never want to leave the
water and you certainly won't want to fish anything short of the Loop
Classic 7/9 Fly Fishing Reel. Featuring a spool and frame machined
from lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum, the Loop The Loop Classic
7/9 Fly is capable of delivering smooth, fast line retrieve without
succumbing to the elements. After all, a good fly fishing reel is an
investment that should last a lifetime, and the Loop Classic 7/9 Fly
Fishing Reel will be there for every trip to the bonefish flats of
the Florida Keys and expedition to Alaskan king salmon country.
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  • Weight: 11.9 oz.
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DVD: Essence of Fly Casting Mel Krieger, Volume I
The Essence of Flycasting Vol. 1 is a comprehensive guide to improving your cast from one of the most esteemed anglers around: Mel Krieger.
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detdesc::Back Cover: From the basics of good hand position to the complexities of presentation and the double haul, this modern fly fishing manual has it all. The Essence of Flycasting Vol. 1 includes fishing sequences in the Bahamas, Oregon, Florida and Alaska add to the excitement. The result is fly fishing teaching at its best and The Essence of Flycasting Vol. 1 is guaranteed to improve your time on the water.



About Mel Krieger: Mel Krieger is widely recognized internationally as the foremost instructor of flycasting today. His teachings have established world wide standards in flycasting.
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Abel: Series Large Arbor Fly Reel, Black, Super 7/8N
Abel: Series Large Arbor Fly Reel, Black, Super 7/8N
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  • Abel's Super 7/8N fly reel bridges the gap between heavier freshwater and lighter saltwater applications. From largemouth bass and steelhead to Alaska's coho salmon, this fly reel has the capacity and stopping power to get the job done. When it comes to saltwater, snook, bonefish and smaller permit better look out, as this fly reel is fully machined and anodized for a hard life of saltwater use.
  • Abel Automatics put the quality fly reel on the map. Since then, many competing manufacturers have thrown their hat in the ring with their version of a quality fly reel. However, Abel still is the benchmark of what a fly reel should be...tough, functional and beautiful. With simple but well-proven drag system, you'll have little to no maintenance for the long life of you new favorite fly reel.
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Leland on the Abel Super 7/8N Fly Fishing Reel

  • Weight: 6.8 oz
  • Spool Diameter: 3.9 inches
  • Spool Width: 0.85 inches
  • Capacity: Line weight Yards of Dacron Backing: 8 200 20#
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Fly Fishing for Trout
When most people think of fly fishing, they're thinking about catching trout. To prepare you better, we created a short primer on the topic of trout.
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TROUT 101 - THE WHAT, WHEN & WHY



What is a Trout?


 
Trout is the common name given to a number of
freshwater fish species belonging to the salmon family, Salmonidae, and
include three genera: Genus Salvelinus (often refered to as "char"),
Genus Salmo which includes Atlantic species and Genus Oncorhynchus which
includes Pacific species. Trout have no spines on the fins, and all of
them have a small adipose fin along the back, near the tail.






Where are trout found?



Trout are usually found in cool, clear streams
and lakes, and are distributed naturally throughout North America, Asia
and Europe. Several species of trout were introduced to Australia and
New Zealand by fishing enthusiasts in the 19th century. In California,
trout thrive in a number of environments. Steelhead are found in coastal
watersheds, many native species ply the high mountain creeks of the
Sierras and rainbows and browns can be found all over the state.
 


Why are trout important?



Trout are important for a number of reasons but
perhaps their primary importance is as an "indicator species". When
trout disappear from a lake or river, that watershed is in trouble.
Trout are referred to as "cold water fish" because, unlike a number of
other species, they prefer cold, clean and often free-flowing water.
When our streams and rivers, slow down, dry out or heat up, it's the
trout that are the first to feel it.



Trout are also considered by ecologists to be a 'keystone'
species for watersheds. Keystone species are those that, if they die
off, leave critical gaps in the ecosystem that cannot be filled by other
species. If trout are removed from a river system, for instance, the
many aquatic insects that they feed on overpopulate, resulting in
destruction of aquatic vegetation. Meanwhile, bears and birds and other
land vertebrates that feed on trout are left without an important food
source.


What Are "Wild Trout"?


 
When we talk about trout at CalTrout we usually
mean wild trout. Unlike hatchery fish that are farmed and planted
expressly for recreational fishing, wild trout live and breed naturally
in the state's watersheds. While hatchery-reared fish have their place
in California, wild trout remains CalTrout's primary focus.


Steelhead, a trout or not?


 
The steelhead is an anadromous species of
trout, native to the west coast. Anadromous fish, like Salmon, are born
in fresh water, mature in the ocean and return to freshwater (often the
stream of their birth) to spawn. Unlike Salmon, however, steelhead do
not necessarily die after spawning and can make the run between fresh
and salt water several times. Because their habitat, appearance, and
life cycle is so different from other trout species, they are often
singled out as a separate species.


 


Heritage Trout



Many species of wild trout are actually
immigrants. Species like the brown and some rainbow trout species were
introduced into California's lakes and rivers many years ago where they
continue to thrive and are protected under the Wild Trout Program.


Heritage trout, however, refers to those species that were here long
before our state was called California. So, while all heritage trout are
wild trout, not all wild trout are heritage trout.


 


California's Heritage Trout



No state can compete with California's diversity
of native trout species. Its 60 major watersheds include over 20,000
miles of rivers and streams (Source: FRRAP, 1988.). These waters support
10 native trout species, the majority residing in the Sierra Nevada.
California, however, also leads the nation in the number of extinct or
imperiled aquatic species (Source: Moyle and Williams, 1991.). The
problems for the State's native trout species are particularly acute in
the Sierra Nevada, where river systems are the most altered and habitats
impaired by logging, mining and grazing (Source: SNEP, 1996.).


A brief assessment of the status and health of these 10 native trout
species is presented below. The assessment designates their health and
general risk level according to four categories: extinct, at high risk,
at moderate risk and not at risk.


 


Extinct



California Bull Trout: While Bull Trout
populations still remain in other western states, no Bull has been
caught in California since the 1970's. Before their disappearance, they
were found in the McCloud River in Siskiyou and Shasta counties.


 


At High Risk



Paiute Cutthroat Trout: This is the rarest trout
in California and one of the most imperiled species in the state.
Limited to two small populations surviving in Silver King Creek in the
Humboldt Toyabi National Forest and the Inyo National Forest, the Paiute
is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Presently
there are only about 500 Paiute trout over six inches. The two primary
reasons for their diminishing numbers are habitat loss caused by
overgrazing and the introduction of non-native trout species including
rainbow and brown trout.


California Golden Trout: Once called the Volcano
Creek Golden Trout, this species was designated as the State Fish by the
California Legislature in 1947. Their range encompasses approximately
120 miles of stream habitat found mostly within the Golden Trout
Wilderness high in the Sierras. The California golden trout is a State
Species of Special Concern (Source: Fish Species of Special Concern in
California, CA DFG, Second Edition, June 1995.) and a Forest Service
classified Sensitive Species. The golden is the most likely
California-native species to be federally listed as endangered, due to
habitat degradation, primarily by livestock, and planting of non-native
trout species.


 


Native Trout Populations at Moderate Risk



McCloud River Redband Trout: This unique and
colorful rainbow trout subspecies is native only to the McCloud River
and tributaries above Middle Falls near Mt. Shasta. Redbands populate
about 60 miles of stream habitat but their numbers have been reduced by
competition with non-native trout, primarily German browns.
Hybridization with introduced rainbow trout and deficient late summer
flows are also a problem. The McCloud River redband trout is a State
Species of Special Concern and is a candidate for federal listing.


Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout: This rainbow trout subspecies is confined
to Eagle Lake near Susanville in Northern California. The Lake's
population is a robust one. However, the fish are spawned in a local
hatchery as their historical spawning grounds (Pine Creek) go dry at
certain times during the year due primarily to cattle overgrazing. The
fish is presently listed as federally threatened.
 


Lahontan Cutthroat Trout: This cutthroat species
historically occurred throughout the Walker, Carson, Truckee and Honey
Lake drainages including Lake Tahoe, Donner and Fallenleaf Lake. Today,
the Lahontan population is restricted to 14 streams in the Lahontan
drainage with about 23 miles of occupied habitat, as well as 720 acres
in Independence Lake. Presently the population consists of less than
10,000 adult fish. The Lahontan cutthroat trout is a federally listed
threatened species due primarily to past overgrazing. Currently, the
Lahontan is considered stable and a population has been re-established
in the Upper Truckee River.


Goose Lake Trout: This rainbow trout species occurs
in Goose Lake and most of its tributaries, as well as some of the
tributaries of the Pit River. Historically, significant spawning runs
consisting of thousands of 2-5 pound trout occurred in most suitable
tributaries and provided a popular trophy fishery. Today, most of the
spawning runs are blocked by diversion dams and are de-watered for
irrigation purposes. The California Department of Fish & Game (DFG)
feels that, despite the drought of 1992-93 which caused the lake to dry
out completely, there is a good chance for the population to stabilize
and even grow. And in tributaries such as Lassen Creek, several hundred
Goose Lake trout have been seen spawning. The Fish and Wildlife Service
wants to see the trout listed while the DFG feels that they should not
be.


Warner Lake Redband Trout: This rainbow trout
subspecies was isolated in Warner Lake approximately 15,000 years ago.
Evolutionary changes during their long period of isolation resulted in a
unique strain of trout. Human impact over the last 150 years has
resulted in the fragmentation and diminishment of the marsh/lake/stream
systems. Basin floors were developed for agriculture, which included
extensive damming, channeling, draining and loss of marshlands.
Irrigation diversions were constructed on most streams causing
de-watering and physical blockages for both upstream and downstream
migrating trout. Cattle grazing also contributed to channel destruction
in some locations. In several cases, the loss of adjacent marshlands
appears to be related to increased alkalization. Lake and marsh rearing
habitat and functioning migration corridors have been lost as a result.
Exotic warm water species have infiltrated and spread.


 


Native Trout Populations Not at Risk



Little Kern River Golden Trout: This colorful
rainbow trout subspecies is native only to the Little Kern River
drainage. In 1978 this species was listed as threatened. However,
because of long and expensive restoration efforts, the Little Kern
golden trout is now restored to 80 miles of stream habitat. It is likely
to be the first species in California to be de-listed. Because of
unauthorized plantings of exotics this may cause a delay in this
de-listing.


Kern River Rainbow Trout: This rainbow subspecies
formally occurred throughout the Kern River drainage but is now limited
to the mainstem, upstream of the Little Kern River where it occupies
about 30 miles of stream habitat. The Kern River rainbow is a State
Species of Special Concern primarily as a result of hybridization with
planted rainbow trout. The current population is relatively stable and
is not federally listed.


Coastal Cutthroat Trout: The coastal cutthroat
trout's range occurs from the lower Eel River north to Seward, Alaska.
To date, 182 populations occupying 650 miles of stream habitat have been
documented in California. In addition, they occur in five coastal
lagoons with 4,500 acres of habitat. The best population occurs in the
Smith River drainage where 14-18 inch fish are common. This population
is considered stable and is not federally listed, but is listed as a
State Species of Special Concern.


The source of this article
is California Trout, Inc. • 870 Market Street, Suite 528 • San
Francisco, CA 94102 and can be found on the internet at www.caltrout.org.

Through the experience of catch and release fly fishing, value is created when human and wild trout meet. This perceived value is very important for the future of all wild trout. Whether for themselves or to share with others, fly fishers will go to great lengths to protect the waters that support the wild trout populations which provide this valuable experience. It might be ironic that fly fishers are the ones actually protecting the fish they catch, but that's exactly how it works. If you want to learn how to fly fish and become a steward of the environment visit our learn to fly fish page.

Want to get started fly fishing. There are many books and DVD's the consider. However, the best-selling fly fishing book ever made is the Curtis Creek Manifesto. Whether you're seven or ninety-seven years old, this book will get your started fly fishing for trout the right way.

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Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Fly Fishing Rod Review
Arguably one of the best all-around two-handers that Sage has ever built. If you can only have one two-handed fly rod this is it, from summer to winter steelhead...this rod can do it all. Read more!
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Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Fly Fishing Rod Review


Specifications

• Line Size: 7

• Rod Length: 13' 6”

• Sections: 4

• Weight: 7 1/8 oz.

• Handles: Premium Portuguese Cork - Two Handed

• Reel Seat: Uplocking Black Aluminum

• Tube Size: 44 ½”

• Action: Fast and Smooth

• Price: $800





What’s the word . . .



Being one of Sage’s top dealers, I was able to borrow one of Jerry
Siem’s new Z-Axis Spey rods before it was unveiled at the Fly Fishing
Retailer. For my trip to the North Umpqua, the choice was easy; the Sage
Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Rod. This was over a year ago and the trip was
magical. The history, the scenery and catching steelhead on dries
overwhelmed my senses. This year I was lucky enough to return to the
Umpqua. This time, I brought my own Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Rod . . .
and it was the only rod I brought.



People who know me and my love of gear have never seen me show up for a trip, no matter what the destination, with less
than half a dozen rods. In fact, I am constantly made fun of for having
“too much gear to fit in the car.” This Z-Axis Spey rod has stopped my
quest to find the perfect rod for every situation, for every pool and
every fly line. The Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey rod is that ‘perfect rod’
for me. I expect it to be the only rod I use on my next trip to British
Columbia, too. Keep in mind, I do not say this lightly. . . in fact, it
hurts the total gear-head in me to think I may not have a full quiver of
rods with me on my next steelhead trip. Maybe I’ll just have three
7136-4 Z-Axis rods rigged and ready to fish . . . one with a floating
line, one with a type three sink tip and one with 10 feet of T-14?





Features. . .



The Sage 7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rod is rated for a 7 weight spey fly line.
This can be confusing because a 7 weight Spey line doesn’t weigh the 185
grains that a single handed 7 weight fly line does. In fact, the
perfect line for this rod is the Rio Skagit Shooting Head for
interchangeable tips, which weighs 450 grains, that is, before the
addition of a 140 grain tip. So this ‘seven weight’ rod balances with a
line closer to 600 grains than the 7 weight designation might indicate.
Despite the rumors, fly fishers don’t make it confusing just for fun. It
is my observation (I may be tarred and feathered for saying this) that
this Spey ‘thing’ is relatively new for most of us, and those designing
and manufacturing the gear are just starting to figure some of it out.
We at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters take it to be our mission to educate
ourselves, and you, on how to wade through this confusion so you can
just enjoy the fishing!



This amazingly efficient rod casts floating heads, sinking tips, extreme
sink tips, heavy flies, and dry flies, all with effortless precision
that I have not experienced before. The 13’6” length, weighing in at
only 7 1/8 oz., gives you the length you need to precisely control your
swing without tiring. The rod breaks down into four pieces, is protected
by a cloth rod sock and fits into an aluminum rod tube 44 ½ inches in
length, allowing you to fit it safely in most overhead compartments. This
insures the rod will make it safely to British Columbia, Alaska, Russia
or the Great Lakes. The 21” cork handle provides enough room to
accommodate any style grip. The 7136-4 comes with an uplocking
saltwater-safe black aluminum reel seat that resists corrosion when
you’re fishing the tidewater on the Dean. The fast, smooth action of
this rod generates line speeds I have never before experienced in any
spey rod, which translates directly into accurate, precise and easy
fishing. What a rod!





Action. . . .



The first impression when I opened the tube is that the rod blank was
thinner than a traditionally-built 13’6” rod. As I put the rod sections
together, my observation turned into the physical conclusion that this
rod was light! I wiggled the rod and it did indeed feel light in the
hand, and fast! (Wiggling rods is a fantastic pass time, and is done the
world over in fly shops. This is a poor way to determine a rod’s
action, but until every shop has a river running through it, we are left
to wiggle.) I strung up the recommended 450 Grain Rio Skagit line, with
a floating tip, and started to fish the North Umpqua. This is really
the only way to determine a rod’s action. If a rod Only feels good in
the store, it should stay there. After numerous casts, I could confirm
that this rod was “fast”; not in the tainted meaning of the word, which
means “stiff”. “Fast”, as in the awesome meaning that it transferred a
magical amount of energy to the fly line and created loops with
tremendous line speed. Line speed in this situation means easy casting
and accuracy!! The last attribute that I look for in a rod is tracking.
Does the tip follow the butt of the rod and, therefore, the casting
stroke? If it does, you get accurate loops and a versatile rod that
accommodates many types of casting styles. This rod has a thin blank for
low windless drag, is lightweight for tireless fishing, generates amazing
line speed, tracks like it’s on rails, and handles all types of lines,
flies and all my different casting styles. Jerry Siem, the rod designer
at Sage, has built into this rod the potential for it to be a seamless
part of your fishing; where you no longer feel the rod as a fly fishing
rod, but, as an extension of yourself to land your fly exactly as you
pictured it.





Materials. . .



The Sage 7136-4 Z-Axis is built with the Generation 5 Technology
process, a significantly different and improved method used in building
rod blanks. Instead of a typical fiberglass “scrim” or mesh that is
rolled around the steel mandrel to bind the longitudinal graphite fibers
together, the Z-Axis Series has this scrim replaced by a lighter layer
of graphite cloth. This cloth is rolled at a 90º angle to the
longitudinal power fibers, resulting in a rod with greater “hoop”
strength, more power, a thinner wall and less weight. A more efficient
rod with less weight?! Sage wins this one!





Fit and Finish. . . 



The Z-Axis rods are also attractive, with a rich, olive green blank and
contrasting brown thread wraps over English Hopkins and Holloway guides
and tip top. The finish over the wraps is a medium build and has very
professional, near flawless appearance as you would expect. The reel
seat is a black aluminum, giving the rod a solid look. The handle is top
quality Portuguese cork which is a beautiful tan and natural to the
touch. It’s all organized in a custom tan rod sock and fits into a
handsome aluminum brown Sage rod tube. Sage’s fit and finish is equal to
their reputation of making the finest fly fishing rods in the world.





Reliability and Durability. . .



When a fly fishing rod bends, its circular cross section becomes an
oval, with the greatest stress occurring in the compression element at
the inside of the bend. This phenomenon is typically what causes
graphite rods to shatter when they’re overstressed (aside from car
doors, dog teeth, and nicks from weighted flies). In addition, when the
G5 layers are compressed with tape and baked in an oven, as all
synthetic rods are, the epoxy resin fuses the layers together more
effectively than it would with scrim, and uses less resin in the
process. G5 tech has already been proven over several years within the
existing Sage line of tough Xi2 Salt Water rods, and one might assume
this durability will carry over to the Z-Axis line, as well. Time will
tell, but I have no concerns in this department.





Company Profile and Customer Support. . .



Sage was founded in 1979 by Don Green, an experienced rod blank builder
and one of the architects of the modern fishing rod, as owner of the
Grizzly Fiberglass Company, which later partnered with Fenwick. It was
originally called Winslow Manufacturing (after the city of Winslow on
Bainbridge Island, Washington) but within a year had changed its name to
Sage. Emphasizing high quality fly rods sold only through specialty
stores, Sage rode the crest of the fly-fishing boom in the post “A River
Runs Through It” years. Today, although there is no industry repository
for exact numbers, Sage is probably the world’s largest producer of
premium fly rods and employs over 100 workers in their manufacturing
facility.



So, has being the 800-pound gorilla affected the quality of their
product as it has with so many other companies in the outdoor industry?
Although challenged by industry wide flat sales, the growth of the
Internet, and increasingly higher quality Asian imports, my impression
is no, for several reasons. Sage has continued to retain talented people
and spend money on research and development. The proximity of
Bainbridge to the Boeing Aircraft manufacturing plants near Seattle and
Toray Composites in Tacoma provides access to a wealth of knowledge from
the aerospace industry, the primary end users of graphite fiber. More
importantly, aside from a few casting and spinning rod models over the
years, Sage has pretty much stuck to their original intention, building
very good fly rods.



The Z-Axis has a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner. If
you damage or break your rod, you are responsible for the shipping
charges and insurance to send ALL of the pieces to Sage, plus a $40
handling fee, to cover return shipping and insurance within the U. S.
International owners are charged the actual shipping and insurance fees.
Not a bad deal for an expensive, relatively fragile tool. The other
five or six top US makers offer similar rod warranties, but not all
provide the same level of service. I’ve seen some customers wait 3 or 4
months, or longer, to get their rods back. Sort of puts the damper on
the fishing season. Sage’s lead time for repairs is currently about 2 to
2 ½ weeks during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ weeks in
the winter.





Overall Rating. . . 



Scott Howell is one of the finest guides I have ever fished with. His
passion for steelhead fishing is only rivaled by his intensity for
having his clients catch
one on a dry fly. He was one of the pioneers of Skagit-style spey lines
and was perfecting his cast before most of us knew what Spey fishing
was. His belief is that this rod has put Sage back in front in spey fly
fishing.



“There were, until now, independent boutique manufactures that
produced better rods. The Sage Z-Axis Spey Series and, specifically, the
7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rod changed all that.”




I feel them same way. After fishing this rod for a full year, I can say
that this beautiful spey rod has halted my search for different rods for
specific situations. On a trip last year, I brought six rods to fish.
This year, I brought only two; both 7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rods, one for me,
and one for my fishing buddy, Thys. These were the only rods we used
all weekend and we never felt under or over-gunned. This has never
happened to me before. I’m sold, and I have a lot of boutique Spey rods
that are going to very lonely in the closet.





Reviewer. . .



I’m the owner of Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters by no mistake. I’m,
admittedly, a gear head, and there is nothing better each day than to be
surrounded by fly fishing equipment. I personally have 50+ fly rods,
maybe twice as many reels, 12 cameras, 8 guitars (I can barely play),
1,800 bottles of wine (I barely drink), and four boats. I love the
stuff. I enjoy spending hours trying figuring out what rod matches best
with what line, leader, and fly on a specific river, in variable
conditions. I keep hundreds of lists, and on most trips will be greeted
by groans from the guides on the number of rods I have brought that day
to test. I was introduced to Spey casting about ten year ago, and it
resonated deeply with my love of steelhead fishing. There is nothing I
would rather do than to work a run in the cold autumn of a British
Columbia morning with a Two-Handed Rod. Spey rods and spey lines make up
the focus of many of my current lists. I hope my above review was as
helpful to you as it was fun for me to test the gear and write about it.
Please, if you have any questions, call the shop, as I would much
rather be talking about steelheading than doing the paperwork I find
myself confronted with more and more as a store owner!



Tight Lines – Josh Leland Frazier





PROS    This is the one steelhead spey rod I’ll bring on my next
trip, regardless of where it is. . . B. C., the Pacific Northwest, Idaho
or the Great Lakes. It does it all!



CONS    Being a gear head, I’ve been used to having a few rods with me. This limits my need for a quiver.



BOTTOM LINE    Light, powerful, and strong; I don’t think I’ve
ever said this before, “This rod is a ‘must-have’ for every steelhead
fisherman.”

Sage no longer makes this fine rod. Click here to view Sage's latest work, the Sage ONE 7126-4 Spey Rod. She's a doll!

Click here to see Sage's best steelhead Spey outfit.

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Fly fishing can take us to some miserably cold and wet places in pursuit of our passion. So it’s fortunate that we can rely
on the experience and wisdom of Simms, who knows more than a little
about staying dry and comfortable on and in the water. Outdoor
professionals test over two hundred new Simms designs year round in some
of the worst conditions imaginable. What other company is this
dedicated to getting it right?

For 2008, Simms is offering the most comprehensive mix of hard
and soft shell protection in their history, utilizing the very latest
in design, fabric technology and construction techniques to ensure your
all-day performance. No matter what kind of fishing you do, Simms makes a
Gore-Tex, Windstopper, or Primaloft garment to shield you from the elements and to keep you casting.

The 10 ounce In-Vest Jacket fits in your pocket so you’ll never be without it. The rugged, Classic Guide Jacket is a favorite in Alaska. Or experience the next generation in rain jackets, the all new G4 Pro Jacket featuring Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, the ultimate in all-weather protection.

Simms Outerwear provides
complete coverage from extreme wet weather to the coldest fishing
conditions imaginable. The use of W. L. Gore waterproof-breathable
fabrics is a mainstay with Simms Fishing Products and they are utilized
extensively in the Simms Outerwear lineup. Simms Jackets feature fully
adjustable hoods for improved weather protection and enhanced field of
vision in foul conditions. As you would expect, the YKK zippers operate
smoothly and are corrosion resistant.
The pockets and pocket closures, along with tool accessories, are
designed for maximum functionality on-stream. Wrist and waist closures
ensure that you are completely sealed from the elements. Simms has
always been the forerunner in building superior quality, comfortable and
functional fly fishing wear and their outerwear is no exception, but
the rule!


  • Jackets utilize W.L. Gore & Associate products or Simms proprietary weatherproofing 
  • All hoods are fully adjustable 
  • Corrosion-resistant YKK Zippers 
  • Pockets designs to hold fly boxes 
  • Adjustable, waterproof/breathable cuffs 
  • Adjustable waist for varying conditions
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Loop Tackle Classic Series Fly Reel Review


YOUR FLY REEL SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOU

They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. . . . Read More.
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Specifications


•  Models: 4/6, 5/8, 7/9, 8/11, 10/13
•  Machined and Anodized Bar Stock, Aircraft Aluminum
•  Fully-Sealed, Fully-Adjustable Power Matrix Drag System
•  Distinctive Outgoing/Incoming Click
•  Precisely Counterbalanced

November 3, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): Fly reels say a lot about an angler. They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. Now you don't have to choose between timeless design and state-of-the-art engineering: where the ageless aesthetics of the past and the breakthrough technologies of the future converge, Loop Classic Fly Reels stand in a class all their own.

Paying homage to the most iconic fly reels ever produced—a lineage spanning from Edward Vom Hofe to Stanley Bogdan to Hardy Cascapedias—Loop Classic reels are a modern take on a centuries-old legacy of angling style. From the sleek S-handle down to the handcrafted leather reel case, every feature of Loop Classic Fly Reels speaks to the rich history of fly fishing and the satisfaction that comes from connecting with its ongoing heritage. Under the hood, the Loop Classic's unparalleled drag system is anything but retro. If it's possible to build a piece of tackle that is emblematic of the finest elements of the sport of fly fishing, the elegant and ergonomic Loop Classic Fly Reel might just be it.


Striking aesthetics alone don't warrant admission into such an elite club, a club where fly reels are built to outlast everything short of the waters they fish. For that you need an unwavering dedication to craftsmanship, and the Loop Classic Fly Reels are as sturdy as fly reels get. Manufactured from premium aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized for a finish that is as indestructible as it is iconic, Loop Classic Fly Reels are meant to handle the harshest conditions with graceful power. The Loop brand was built on the back of adventure angling; its founders and engineers travel to ends of the earth to test gear where others had never fished before. From South America to Russia, Alaska to Africa, the Classic Series is steeped in a rich angling tradition of design and forged in the waters of the world's premier fly fishing destinations.

Reels you can trust: Loop's meticulous approach to design is not reserved to a polished exterior; the top-notch components powering the Classic Fly Reels are nothing short of spectacular. For those discerning anglers who require uncompromising performance, the mechanics of the Loop Classic Series sets the bar for impenetrable drag systems. Featuring Loop's signature Power Matrix Drag System, Loop Classics take fully-sealed waterproof performance to a new level.* Utilizing the extreme resilience of carbon drag plates (rather than your conventional cork) the Power Matrix Drag System is impervious to frictional wear. The benefits of this innovative design are particularly clear in strenuous saltwater environments where corrosion and compromised performance attack lesser-made reels. Want a testimonial? The Loop lodges in Argentina and Cuba have operated the same fleet of Loop Classic and Opti Fly Reels for several years without fail, with virtually every day spent under the most demanding fly fishing conditions.

*Note: The Loop Classic 4/6 does not feature the Power Matrix Drag System, instead it has a more suitable and lightweight, butter-smooth adjustable click and drag system.



A reel for the senses: Loop Classic Reels are a celebration of the senses. From spring creeks to the surf, the echoing click of a Loop Classic Fly Reel is a call to any angler to get out and fish. The sensory experience of “fish-on” is a place where we all long to be, and the Loop Classic Reels deliver an unmistakable sound to completely immerse you in the catch. It's these distinctive touches—like the precision porting against the vintage look and the beautiful leather reel case—that make the Loop Classic worthy of its name.

The supreme achievement of the Loop Classic Fly Reels comes not from their elegance and craftsmanship, their brute strength and durability, but from the harmony of all these features. Merging “classic” style with modern mechanics, Loop Classic Reels strike a superb balance between angling's rich past and promising future. Give your favorite fly rod the better half it deserves: a Loop Classic Fly Reel.


Loop Classic Pro Review - By Leland's George Revel


What's the Word...


When the Loop Classic Reels first arrived here at Leland, it's fair to say they were immediately fondled and groped by the entire staff. They just looked like something I wanted. In the same realm as our red truck diesel reels. We had to know how they fished... drove north to swing some black leaches at the early fall steelhead.

Features...


The Classic Series is a perfect example of Loop's ability to craft efficient, purpose-built fly reels that look as good as they perform. The Loop Classic Fly Reel's drag system is fully adjustable to provide you with complete control and versatility. Of course it's entirely corrosion-resistant and waterproof, built to handle whatever punishment comes its way. Loop Classics come in a range of weights cover every application, from stealthy spring creek trout all the way up to the most powerful flats fishing for tarpon or trevally... See video here. Loop Classics also come with a leather reel case that is as elegant as the reels themselves.
 

Fit and Finish...


Looks aren't everything, but they certainly don't hurt. If you've always wanted a Bogdan or a Hardy, the Loop Classic is worth more than just a second glance. Their sleek S-curve handle contrasts the quality porting, and the whole reel delivers a unique blend of vintage and contemporary features.  These are excellent competitors in the premium fly reel market that won't let you down no matter how much you fish.  If you appreciate more of an old-school look, Leland has a limited supply of the non-ported models in stock (One less as of 20 min when I got mine 7-9RHW).


Rundown...


Pros:
The weight of the Classic Reel is one of the things I have enjoyed most. The drag system is an upgrade form what you assume is in it by looking at it.

Solid... they don't have the solid feeling on of a Bogdan, but the full cage gives a very nice sturdiness to it.

Cons: Some might consider the Loop Classic Reels to be a bit on the heavier side, but to a lot of us, that's not a bad thing. Particularly, Those using Spey rods, Bamboo, Glass, longer single handers. Now I am no weight weenie... but the right reel on rod can make all the difference.

The Drag system on the 4-6's is not RH or LH specific. Not a big deal but would have been nice to have.

Bottom Line:
Whether you are looking for a timeless trout reel or a heavy-duty spey reel, the Loop Classic Series delivers incredible design and reliability across the board.
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