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Leland Rod Co. Sonoma Coast Alaska Fly Fishing Outfit

Headed to Alaska this summer? Want to fly fish while you're there? Then you'll definitely want to pack this fly fishing outfit.
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detdesc::Leland Rod Co.'s Sonoma Coast fly fishing outfit was made specifically for the fishing experience that only Alaska can offer. Whether it's a leaping leopard Rainbow Trout or the psychedelically-colored Dolly Varden, the majestic Grayling or the Coho Salmon, this smooth-casting fly fishing outfit has you covered.

Most companies will start by touting an outfit's fly rod, as it's very tempting to talk about graphite. We at Leland know the fly line is actually the secret sauce to the right fly fishing kit. It's not only the vehicle to carry and deliver your fly, it's also the connection between you and your fish and this is one heck of a fly line.

Leland's custom WF7F fly line walks the fine line between casting enjoyment and fishing function. It's shorter, weight-forward section allows all anglers (whether beginner or advanced) to comfortably and efficiently control the cast. And, when you can control where the fly line goes, you'll be extremely accurate at where your fly lands. It floats like a cork and requires little line adjustment for natural drifts, and of course this line has the right amount of mass to efficiently deliver the flies you'll use in Alaska.

To cast our smartly-designed fly line efficiently, you'll need a fly rod. Remember, as it relates to fly casting, a fly rod is an amplifier. It amplifies your small body movements and efficiently transfers your energy into the fly line. Our well-designed Sonoma Coast fly rod is balanced and efficient. It's also the right length for all the common casts you'll make in Alaska. Of course, our Sonoma Coast rod has all the right materials and components allowing for a long life of easy casts and earned fish. Oh, and its four-piece configuration makes for easy storage and travel to and from Alaska.
featdesc::To store our Leland fly line and ample backing (should a large fish head down stream), you'll need a fly reel. A proper fly reel should be the right size to hold the correct amount of line for the fish you're chasing. It also must be the correct weight to properly balance the fly rod. It should also aid you in slowing down your hard fighting fish, with a smooth drag and an exposed palming-rim. Finally if possible, a fly reel should celebrate the sport cosmetically. There is such a fly reel and it's our Leland Classic Drift fly reel. With its classic click and pawl drag system and timeless sound, you'll announce to the world when hooked to a trophy.

When assembled, this outfit is balanced, efficient and fun to cast. With it, you can enjoy every cast and earn every fish. With it, you can explore the wonder of any Alaskan river and create memories that will last a life time. Oh, and our Sonoma Coast fly fishing outfit comes complete with a handy, protective rod tube with integrated reel pouch. This not only makes for smart storage during travel, it allows for quick rigging when it's time to fish.


Ready to gear up for Alaska?

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Fly Fishing Alaska

Considering a fly fishing trip to Alaska? Everyone should have it on their list and here's why...
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detdesc::Heading to Alaska to fly fish is a quest that pretty much everyone should put on their bucket list. And why not? Alaska is after all, our country's largest and most-wild state and the experience awaiting you is well worth the investment. Whether in a rented motorhome fishing the Kenai or at some fancy, fly-out lodge buying your solitude, there's a worthwhile experience for all heading to Alaska to fly fish.

Most visit Alaska during the summer months and there's good reason, as off-season Alaska is one harsh environment. That's probably why in a state that's one-fith the size of the lower 48, Alaska's population is only about 700,000. During summer, you'll see nature at full speed, as everything...even humans are making hay while the sun shines.

With limited time on the calendar to reproduce and feed, bugs, bears and fish are focused on feeding and reproducing. It's the perfect time to visit a land that's about a hundred years behind the times and have an experience that will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Although there are many Alaskan destinations and fish species worth pursuing with a fly rod, sticking with rainbow trout, dolly varden, grayling and silver salmon will not only keep you happily busy with beautiful hard-fighting fish, but limit the amount of fly fishing gear you'll need to be successful.

Even when focusing only on rainbow trout, dolly varden and grayling, timing does matter with regard to your fly selection. In the early season, the majority of these fish are skinny and hungry, having made it through a tough winter. They know the short summer is the time to put on some weight. Just about any wooly bugger, egg-sucking leach or even a mouse pattern will get a fish to go.
featdesc::As the summer season continues and salmon enter the rivers, trout, dollies and grayling follow this salmonid migration to the spawning grounds...awaiting the egg-laden feast. During this time of year, a fly that mimics a salmon egg is a great idea. There's pretty much a “hatch” occurring...but in eggs. Tie on an egg fly, a split shot or two and make a cast. Oh, and get ready for a big grab.

Nearing the later part of the season, most salmon will be finished spawning. By design, all five Pacific salmon die after reproducing. This insures available nutrients for their young. Talk about dedicated parents. With decaying salmon carcasses littering the rivers, now is a great time to fish a flesh fly. Sounds gross, but this fly mimics a chunk of decaying salmon and will land you some of the fattest fish of the season.

If your fly fishing trip to Alaska is in the later part of the season you might run into the Coho or silver salmon. If you do, you're in luck. They are very aggressive to the fly and fun to fight. Try a streamer that is flashy and maybe pink or purple...they love that stuff.

If what you've read so far sounds intriguing, you'll be happy to know that you can catch all the fish listed in this article with just one fly fishing outfit. It's Leland Rod Co.'s Sonoma Coast Fly Fishing Outfit. If you want to know a bit more about this perfect Alaska fly fishing combo, just click here!

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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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Sonoma Coast Alaska Fly Fishing Outfit 9'3
Absolutely a dream to cast when chasing bass, steelhead and larger trout. Very efficient and balanced.
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Leland Sonoma Coast 9'3" 7 Weight 4-piece Fly Fishing Outfit:



A brilliant and balanced outfit perfectly suited for bass, steelhead and large trout.



Efficiency is the secret of any well-crafted fly cast. A balanced fly fishing outfit, like the Leland Sonoma Coast, embodies this principle. Our rod, reel and fly line compliment one another and amplify your body's movement, transferring your effort through the fly rod and into the fly line. The results are casts that celebrate our sport by providing you with controlled distance, accuracy and a subtle presentation, all with astonishing ease.



Our Leland Sonoma Coast fly rod is designed to respond to the short, compact casting stroke we teach in our Leland Method casting classes. This 9'3" seven weight is exactly the right length and weight to not only efficiently deliver larger flies to bigger fish, but also control your drift. This particular fly rod is a nod to the past, when most fly anglers chose a single handed fly rod when chasing steelhead and larger trout. It allows for easy roll casts, when back cast room is limited, as well as super smooth overhead casts. This is a fly rod that would make your grandfather smile.



Adorned with our special Leland grip, the Sonoma Coast fly rod literally fits like a glove into your hand, adding intimacy that other fly rods often lack. Our intuitive grip provides you with added purchase and control of our already well-balanced fly rod. This rod is truly and extension of your body. Of course it's finished with all the right components, including our double-uplocking, anodized reel seat. Our non-glare blank finish combined with and our darkened guide set provides a stealthy approach when casting and fishing.



Fly lines too often are a secondary consideration. Not for us at Leland. We searched and tested high and low for the perfect fly line. Our goal was to find a fly line that blends casting efficiency and enjoyment with fishing function. After much research, casting, testing and frustrating results, we decided to embark on our own journey to design the best fly line. It took us a while, but we did our job. Our Leland British Columbia weight forward, seven-weight floating fly line (affectionately called the "Pliny" after our favorite beer) casts like butter and floats like a cork and very noticeably compliments the efficient taper of our Leland Sonoma Coast fly rod.



To store the perfect fly line, we obviously needed a fly reel. Again, we worked hard to design a fly reel that balanced correctly with our fly rod, both physically and aesthetically. The Leland Classic Drift fly reel is the answer. When combined with the Leland Coast fly rod and our fly line, the whole is much greater than the sum of parts. With an adjustable and proven click and pawl drag system, this fly reel nods to the great fly reels of the past, while employing better contemporary materials and manufacturing process, ensuring a fly reel that will last a lifetime. Your grandfather would approve of this reel's quality and he'd certainly approve of the celebratory sound it makes when your fish heads downstream.



Finally, you can store your balanced Leland Sonoma Coast fly fishing outfit handily in our nylon-covered rod tube. With its integrated, padded reel pouch, you can leave your Leland Classic Drift fly reel mounted proudly on your favorite big trout rod for easy storage and more importantly, quick rigging when it's time to hit the water.

Want even more information on this Alaska fly fishing outfit? Click Here.

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  • Handle: Proprietary Leland Squeeze Grip
  • Action: Adaptive, Fast
  • Line: Leland British Columbia WF7F
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  • Leader: 15' 2x
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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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  • Weight: 6.0 oz.
  • Spool Diameter: 3.4 in.
  • Spool Width: 0.7 in.
  • Capacity: WF7F 140 yds. 20# ; WF8F 120 yds. 20#
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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, 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
aesthetics and precise performance like the Loop Classic 7/9 Fly
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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  • Capacity: WF8 200 yd/30 lbs
  • Weight: 11.9 oz.
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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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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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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.”

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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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