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Leland Sonoma Traveler Trout Fly Fishing Outfit Review


OUR FLAGSHIP FLY FISHING OUTFIT


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


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

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

• Reel: Leland Classic Trout
• Line: Leland New Zealand Trout (WF5F) "The Pliny"
• Leader: Leland New Zealand Trout (12' 4X)
• Blank Color: Matte Wine
• Reel Seat: Double-Uplocking Gunsmoke Anodized Aluminum
• Guides: Darkened chrome-plated light wire stainless steel

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


Pro Review - Leland's Casey Rolig

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


 


Three hours south of the small town of Chaiten, at
the edge of the remote Reserva Nacional Lago Rosselot, lies El Patagon:
the rustic outback brother camp of Yan Kee Way and truly one of Chile's
premier fishing lodges. Under the care of skilled American guides,
anglers float rivers so fresh and undiscovered that it will take decades
to make them legends: the Rio Rosselot, Figueroa, and Pico. Here guides
encourage you to twitch and drag your dries for emphasis and to walk
back in the woods, away from the river, to where no angler has ever
walked before. Weather permitting, anglers will have the rare
opportunity to fish for anadromous rainbows in the extremely remote
Puyuhapi National Park. Be among the first to fish these remarkably
pristine, productive dry fly waters.     

 

El Patagon Fishing:   

With multiple rivers and lakes within easy striking distance of El
Patagon Lodge, anglers have a great many options.  The main systems are
the Rio Figueroa, the Rio Rosselot, and the Rio Pico.  Anglers access
these rivers using rafts, catarafts, and jet boats.  During a typical
week at El Patagon it is not uncommon for anglers cast dries, nymphs,
streamers, and mice patterns.  I can personally recall fishing all these
methods in one day on the Rio Figueroa.  On average fish range from 14"
to 18" but it is not uncommon to see fish in the 20" to 25" range in a
week's fishing.  As far as numbers of fish are concerned we expect there
to be tough days that you will have to work hard for half a dozen fish
and we also expect there to be great days with 20 plus fish to hand with
most days falling somewhere between.

        

El Patagon Accommodation:

El Patagon is located on over 3,000 acres on the banks of the Rio
Figueroa.  The property has four well appointed cabins for guests, a 30
foot yurt for dining, a changing room for storing waders, boots and
equipment, a wood burning hot tub on the river, and a modern cook
house.  The cabins are nicely appointed and all are equipped with full
baths, ample built in storage, and wood burning stoves. 

 

El Patagon Travel:

To get to El Patagon Lodge you will need to Make travel arrangements to
Santiago, Chile and then to Puerto Montt, Chile and finally Chaiten,
Chile.  Your travel agent will be able to assist you with flights to
Puerto Montt.  The flight from Puerto Montt to Chaiten is on a small
commuter air line and we will assist you with this reservation.  You
will need to make you travel arrangements to arrive in Puerto Montt by
12:00 noon on your arrival day.  On your departure day you should
schedual your flight out of Puerto Montt after 4:00 Pm.  The majority of
flights to Chile depart the US in the evening and arrive early in the
morning at the Santiago International Airport. Upon arrival you will be
charged a $100.00 entry tax.  Domestic airport taxes are $8.00 and
departure tax is $18.50. After receiving your luggage and clearing
customs, you'll make a short 5 minute walk to the National Airport where
you'll connect with your 90 minute flight to Puerto Montt's
International Airport - El Tepual.  Your arrival will be in the late
morning or early afternoon. You'll be greeted in the Puerto Montt
airport by Yan Kee Way staff and be assisted on to your short flight to
Chaiten.  In Chaiten you will be met by El Patagon staff and then drive 3
hours to the lodge.  All itineraries begin in the afternoon of your
arrival day.

 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  Depart Home.

Day 2:  Arrive Santiago:    The majority of flights to Chile depart the
US in the evening and arrive early in the morning at the Santiago
International Airport. Upon arrival you will have to clear customs and
then transfer to the domestic terminal which is just 100 yards away from
the international terminal.  From the domestic terminal you will fly to
Puerto Montt. In Puerto Montt you will be greeted by a member of the
Yan Kee Way Lodge staff and be assisted on to your short flight to
Chaiten.  In Chaiten you will be met by El Patagon staff and then drive 3
hours to the lodge.  You should arrive at El Patagon Lodge at
approximately 5:00 pm

Day 3-8:  6 full days of fishing @ El Patagon Lodge         

Day 9:  10:00 am Drive from El Patagon to Chaiten.  Fly from Chaiten to
Puerto Montt.  Fly from Puerto Montt to Santiago.  Depart Santiago for
the US.

Day 10:   Arrive Home.
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Chile On The Fly: Val Atkinson & Leland in South America

 
Leland's longtime friend and famed fly fishing photographer, Val Atkinson, spent two weeks this spring in Chilean trout paradise. His photos are nothing short of stunning, capturing the epic terrain and culture that makes Chile a premier destination for anglers and adventurers alike. Spend a few minutes enjoying the best shots of his trip South and check out the links below for more of his renowned work. We might not ever make it down there to fish ourselves, but Val's photography is moving nonetheless.

Website: Val Atkinson Photography
See more of his Chilean photos: Trout Fishing in Chile
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Abel Super 5N Fly Reel Review
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Specifications
• Weight: 5.7 ounces
• Spool diameter: 3.500 inches
• Spool width: .750 inches
• Capacity: Standard WF 5 line plus 125 yards of 20 lb. Dacron backing or WF 6 plus 100 yards of backing
• Material: Spool, frame and foot machined from 6061-T6 cold finished
aluminum bar stock
• Drag system: Draw bar actuated cork disk
• Finish: Corrosion-resistant anodized
• Colors: High gloss black coral or non-reflective matte black, other custom colors available at an additional charge



A little history…

 
So, what’s this?? A beefy, brawny saltwater tough guy posing as a trout reel? Isn’t that a bit …well, overkill?
After all, in fly fishing, unlike conventional spinning or bait casting, we don’t actually use the reel to make the cast. In the old genteel days of trout fishing, the reel simply stored line until we’re lucky enough to hook something that took out more line than we had in our hand. I grew up using a stamped, Japanese import, then a stamped Pflueger Medalist, and finally graduated to a variety of die cast Hardy reels, the gold standard of trout reels in the early 1980’s. I treasured all of them in their time. Maybe it was the insistent buzz made by the clicker as a trout peeled off line, or maybe I felt the reel was my fishing companion, sharing in each new adventure.

Fast forward to 2007. Our “genteel” art has become, on many fronts, a slugfest. No longer are we satisfied plying our trade in bucolic settings fishing for small trout. Today, many of us travel the world seeking larger trout in New Zealand, Patagonia, and Chile. We fish the salt water flats for species such as bonefish and permit that swim much faster and pull much harder than their similarly sized freshwater cousins. Consequently, we’re harder on our tackle and have come to expect greater performance from our fly reels.

You’d think it wouldn’t take rocket science to come up with a little metal wheel with a brake that was dependable. But I’ve seen just about every brand of reel fail at one time or another. Whether it’s grit or grime, extreme heat or cold, component wear, or impact from a hard fall, if there’s a weakness, we usually find out about it exactly at the wrong time.

Enter Steve Abel. Although not a rocket scientist, he is an experienced aerospace machinist, who started selling his fly fishing reels in 1987. His motto then, and the company’s motto today is “to design and build the best, most dependable gear in the world and give world class customer service.” In the ensuing twenty years, Abel Quality Products has succeeded in carving out a niche in the increasingly competitive arena of high quality fly fishing reels and built a devoted following of end users. The latest offering from Abel is the Super 5 Narrow Large Arbor, a trout sized reel that boasts a robustness usually found only in its larger, saltwater brethren.

Features

The Abel Super 5N Fly Fishing Reel is the newest addition to the Abel Super Series, which have a large arbor design for faster line retrieve, reduced line coiling, and better drag continuity. The 5N spool, frame, and foot are cut from a solid block of 6061-T6 cold finished high molecular density aluminum. The spool and frame are aggressively ported (ventilated) to reduce weight, while maintaining great strength and rigidity. The draw bar, main shaft, pawls, and screws are machined 303 stainless steel. The drag is comprised of a large surface area, cork composite covered drag plate tightened against the inside of the aluminum spool by the draw bar. All aluminum surfaces are protected against corrosion by Abel’s proprietary hard anodizing process. The 5N is convertible to left or right hand retrieve. At 5.7 ounces, it’s relatively light considering its bombproof strength. The drag system is silky smooth, with low start up inertia, and based on a simple design that has proven itself over two decades. The spool capacity is suitable for 5 or 6 weight lines, making it ideal for large trout and small steelhead. Substituting smaller diameter gel spun backing in place of Dacron, one could pump up the backing capacity to over 150 yards for medium steelies, smaller bonefish, specks and reds. Overall, a nearly flawless, extremely rugged and reliable fly fishing reel for taking fresh and smaller saltwater species on light tackle.

• Large arbor, narrow spool design for quick line pick up

• Machined from 6061-T6 cold finished aluminum bar stock

• Impact resistant spool rim and frame

• Smooth, reliable cork-draw bar drag system

• Durable, hard anodized finish

• Custom colors, handles, and engraving available at additional charge

Materials, Fit, and Finish

Fly fishing reels machined from a solid bar of metal have the greatest rigidity and strength per weight, but in the long run, are more costly to produce than stamped, or die cast reels. Over thirty years ago, American companies such as Seamaster and Fin Nor pioneered the construction of machined fly reels, primarily for a small following of hard core salmon and saltwater fly enthusiasts. The increased popularity of fly fishing, coupled with political and economic expansion of the Far East in recent years, has led to an influx of many reasonable quality, less expensive machined imports primarily targeting entry and mid level customers. Many U.S. makers of good reels have folded under this pressure, and the majority that have remained, like Abel and Tibor, have done so by directing there efforts at top of the line products.

Although you may find some custom $2000-$10,000 titanium reel models on the Internet, aluminum is the choice for mere mortals. Abel uses 6061-T6 cold finished bar stock in all of their reels, which is the strongest, densest, most corrosion resistant aluminum for this purpose. The spool, frame and foot of the 5N Super are cut from this, and the mainshaft and drawbar from 303 stainless steel, on Computer Numerical Control lathes and mills. In fact, every machinable part in the reel is made in the Abel factory to insure utmost quality control, right down to the stainless steel screws. The only non-metal parts are the cork drag washer, a neoprene o-ring, and the laminated, sealed wood handle.

The overall weight of the reel is significantly reduced, while retaining structural integrity, by precise, aggressive porting throughout the spool and frame. All parts are hand de-burred, hand polished, cleaned and inspected and aluminum parts are protected from wear and corrosion (and colored) by Abel’s unique hard anodizing process, which penetrates and bonds to the metal. Two sealed waterproof ball bearings on the spool and one on the drag plate provide near frictionless rotation.

Abel currently employs 28 production workers and 7 support staff in their Camarillo, California facility. They offer a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects for all their reels. Although you’re not likely to need that warranty, it’s nice to know that Abel, due to their success, will probably be around to back it up if you do.

What a drag

In a nutshell, there are two basic types of fly reel drags; the classic spring and pawl, popularized by Hardy Brothers of England well over a century ago, or one of many variations of the more modern disk drag. Most anglers, and manufacturers today overlook the click pawl, unfairly in my opinion, in favor of disks for all fly fishing. Actually, the click pawl, if well constructed, is very reliable for smaller trout and is the lightest, simplest, and least expensive to build. And as it works, it creates that sweet sound that many of us find synonymous with fly fishing.

As we seek fish that pull harder and faster and fight longer, our fly reels are progressively subjected to greater amounts of what most often kills them; heat. A disc drag slows the spool by friction, applying pressure between two or more discs, usually one on the spool and one on the frame, or within a hub mounted on the frame. A great number of variations of this seemingly simple concept are available today, each one claiming superior performance.

However, the big game fly reels that have been the most successful in landing fish over 100 pounds, and, therefore, operate smoothly and survive the greatest amounts of stress, have draw bar drags. This simple system has two center mounted disk shaped brake surfaces that meet when the spool is attached, and drag is increased as the draw bar tightens the frame against the spool through the central shaft.

Although most newer disk drag systems use synthetics such as Rulon, Delrin or carbon fiber, as the brake material, natural cork (ground and mixed with a polymer), is still considered by many to offer the best balance of durability, low start up inertia, stopping power, and adjustability. This cork composite, unlike the synthetics, is compressible, providing for its smoothness. The Abel 5N Super has the largest drag of this type of any 5 or 6 weight reel I’ve seen, and the “open” design dissipates heat rapidly into the rear of the spool and throughout the reel frame. “Closed” or completely sealed drag systems offer the advantage of low maintenance, but generally can not cool as effectively.

Cork must be lubricated occasionally to replenish its natural moisture, usually with pure neatsfoot oil. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions, as petroleum products or solvents may harm the cork, and back off the drag tension when not in use. Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of the draw bar drag is that it does not allow for quick change spools, as some disassembly is required. Choose another design if this is a priority for you.

According to the International Game Fish Association, Abel reels where used in setting the greatest number of new world records for 2006. Though you may not land a world record, you will at some point encounter that fish of a lifetime. The Abel 5N Super Large Arbor Fly Fishing Reel, with its impeccably machined strength and superb drag, is as likely as any to get the job done. 

Pros

Rugged, beautifully machined and finished trout-size reel with a very smooth and reliable drag system usually found only in larger, saltwater fly reels.

Cons

At $550, the Abel 5N Super is much more expensive than some other very serviceable trout reels and is an ounce or more heavier than others with lighter drag designs and frames. The draw bar does not allow for the convenience of quick-change spools. Open design requires occasional cleaning and lubrication.

Bottom Line

The Abel 5N Super, compared to other reels of its size, is most likely to withstand extreme conditions, and the one you’ll probably hand down to your grandchildren.

Reviewer. . .

Having been in the fly fishing industry for over 25 years as a professional guide, fly fishing school director, writer, and manufacturers sales representative, I’ve been fortunate to fish with a wide array of equipment from almost all of the top makers.

Check out the Abel Super 5N Fly Reel

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DRAGON FLY LODGE


 


Dragon Fly Lodge Fishing:

The Dragonfly Lodge fly fishing adventure
and guide service in
Patagonia, Chile caters to the expectations of both novice and
experienced anglers. We offer a flexible guide service, adapting each
fly fishing program on a daily bases to the prevailing conditions. The
diversity of water in this fishery provides many opportunities to fish
your choice of fine dries, large terrestrials, nymphs, or streamers in
both still and moving water. Of course the weather and various factors
will govern the choice of water and technique that will be the most
successful.

 

Trophy size trout lurk in all the water. A few large Browns continue to
"get away" and elude our sight!  The fishing is based on The Picacho
River which provides the only means of transportation to and from The
Dragonfly Lodge during this fly-fishing adventure in Patagonia, Chile.
The river is crystal clear under normal water conditions and full of
exciting log, gravel, riffle, big pool and tail out structures to fish.
The upper river is the nursery of the system and many young fish with
the odd large predator brown trout inhabit the upper faster water. After
the Rio Picacho merges with the Rio Roosevelt, the river is much larger
and full of healthy large resident trout. Trophy Brown and Rainbow
Trout can be found anywhere in these waters. You never know what will
strike next! This is our feature river fishery and it is very close and
easily accessible from the lodge. The prime sections of river can be
floated and fished any time throughout the week. The delta in front of
the lodge is a great place to walk and wade. Most of the fishing is done
from the boat.

 

The confluence of the Rio Picacho and the Rio Roosevelt is a very
special spot. The Rio Roosevelt crashes into the Rio Picacho over a
beautiful waterfall creating a spectacular and huge fishing hole.

 

Dry fly fishing in the river is very exciting and is usually done with a
big terrestrial. Some fine dry flies can be used to match the hatch
when the bugs are active. Streamer fishing is incredible! The fish are
very cannibalistic here. Passing a streamer down beside the shadow of a
big log can yield a huge surprise. The Browns and Rainbows of this
system are very aggressive.  The resident Brown and Rainbow Trout are
eager to investigate large terrestrials including beetles, spiders,
mice, and anything else that may fall of a cliff! Fish are often seen
stalking adult dragonflies as they cruise above the water and are eager
to demonstrate their acrobatic abilities in pursuit of them. Caddis,
small stoneflies mayflies and midges are all on the menu. Nymphs and
streamers will clean up in most situations.

 

Dragonfly Lodge Accommodation and Meals:

The Dragonfly Lodge is strategically placed to give an exclusive
fly-fishing adventure and guide service access to a vast, virgin
watershed in remote Patagonia, Chile. It is hidden amongst sheer forest,
temperate jungle, and absolute wilderness. Tracks and trails fade into
greenery with the last humble huts belonging to a handful of mountain
men, well before the latter part of your journey to The Dragonfly Lodge.
One must take to the water and follow the green depths, clear riffles
and rapids of the river as it meanders deeper into steep mountains
swathed in an impenetrable green mantle.

 

Forged of stone, steel, glass and local timber, the lodge is an
architectural masterpiece that reflects Jose and Erica Gorronos
ingenuity and commitment to providing excellence. Located where no road
or trail goes, the lodge is only accessible with our special boats.
Nestled in the Andes Mountains, the lodge is a very comfortable and an
efficient base for the weeks fly-fishing adventure. Guests will enjoy
traditional Chilean and North American cuisine and fine Chilean wines.
Come prepared to fly fish untouched waters, be awed by glaciers,
temperate rainforests and crystal clear water in the spectacular Andean
mountains in Patagonia, Chile

 

Dragonfly Lodge Climate:

The summer climate of this southernmost region of South America is
extremely changeable, and a wide range of temperatures and weather
conditions should be expected. The sun can be very strong during the
day, but the wind chill factor makes the use of protective gear
necessary all season long.

 

Dragonfly Lodge Power and Communications:

The lodge has 220 volts and takes the rounded two prong adaptors.

 


Included:


All transfers to and from Balmaceda Airport, Coyhaique,
Chile and the lodge; accommodations Sunday through Saturday morning;
daily guided fly-fishing based on two anglers sharing one guide; five
days of fly-fishing, and a fly-fishing license. All meals and liquor are
included.
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CHILE EQUIPMENT LIST


 


Early morning caddis followed by a nice PMD hatch followed
by a mess of hoppers! This is a typical day when fishing the Chilean
Mountains.  Add lake fishing, for monster browns and rainbows, to these
pristine rivers and you have quite a trip. What does this all mean for
an equipment list?  You better make sure you have the right equipment to
handle not only small dry flies but also big hoppers and sinking
lines.  Also, don't forget that you are fishing in the Roaring 40's of
the Southern Hemisphere so bring some warm clothes.  We suggest bringing
as much equipment as possible so that you are prepared for all of the
conditions you will experience.  We've tried to keep the list simple and
effective.


 


DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!!!!!


 


RODS


 


REELS


 


LINES


 


LEADERS




 


TIPPET SPOOLS




 


FLIES


Provided by the Resort (additional charge) or Leland Signature Chile Selection


 


TECHNICAL CLOTHES


 


MISCELLANEOUS

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Val Atkinson

Life at the Edge of the World


There's no doubt that photographer and friend of Leland, Val Atkinson, is something of a fly fishing legend. But his recent trip to South America is as much a celebration of angling landscapes as the sport itself. Capturing the immensity of the Southern Hemisphere's most coveted fishing destinations, Val's latest collection depicts life at the edge of the world. And, of course, the trout that call these sacred waters home.

 
In March, Val hosted a group of international anglers for the trip of a lifetime: one week fishing for browns at the Remota Lodge in Chilean Patagonia, one week chasing sea-run trout at the Kau Tapen Lodge in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and an opportunity to wet a line with a fly fishing great. Equipped with a selection of Loop and Leland's finest gear, Val and the gang trekked across the wilds of a trout fishing mecca. With them, a brand new Leland Switch prototype and Leland Brass Sea Run Reel, two Loop Cross S1 Fly Rods with Leland Limited Edition Opti Reels (9ft 5wt with a Dryfly for browns, 12ft 7wt with a Speedrunner for sea-trout), and a 12ft 7wt Loop Yellow Rod equipped with a Classic Fly Reel, 8-11wt.
 
There's no better place to put fly tackle to the test than Patagonia, with the Rio Grande boasting the largest run of anadromous brown trout in the world. Big fish, long days, and ripping winds made for beautiful photographs and serious strain in environments where lesser gear is best left at home. The season's exceptionally low water levels also demanded delicate presentations and put rods and anglers to the ultimate test. But this didn't stop them from landing enormous fish amid spectacular settings. In Val's own words, the trip was “truly remarkable, among the most productive and enjoyable fishing adventures I've ever gone on.” Not to mention, the response to the gear was hugely positive and had the guides offering to purchase Val's own rods and reels.
 
And what about the man behind the camera? Val landed the largest fish of the trip, of course: a whopping 23 pound gem of a sea-run brown. With fish like that and photos like these, it's easy to see why Val's is undoubtedly the best job in the world. As for the rest of us, there's nothing like gawking at a few South American slabs to get you through the work day.

- Val and his 23 pound monster sea-run trout
 

**Look for Val's Bolivian Dorado series in the latest edition of Catch Magazine, or browse his websites:


valatkinsonphotos.smugmug.com

valatkinson.com

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HEART OF THE ANDES


 


Located in Chiles remote southern Andes, Heart of the
Andes Lodge ranks among the most unique and interesting operations in
the country. Part of what makes this experience so unusual, is the fact
the owner Mark Kniprath has the only fly-out operation in the country. 
Mark spent more that a dozen years pilot-guiding for No-See-Um lodge in
Alaska and started his operation in Chile in 1994.   In the week package
you fly three days and fish local waters three days.  The Three days
flying in the Andes will be a memorable experience.  If you can bear
taking some time away from fishing have him fly you over the ice fields
and then land in the Fiords to check out the Glaciers up close.  You
will not regret it.  You will have the opportunity to fish spring
creeks, large and small freestone rivers, and glaciated fjords.  While
Rainbows and Browns are the prime target, opportunities also exist for
Bookies, King Salmon, Silver Salmon and Sea Run Browns.  The average
fish size in most systems is 14" to 18" although larger fish are
common.  Anglers should be prepared to fish with dry flies, wet flies,
sink tips, and mouse patterns.  For the adventurous, there is the
opportunity to be dropped at a remote camp for a stay of any duration to
find trout that have most likely never felt a hook.

 

Heart of the Andes Accommodation:

Heart of the Andes Lodge consists of a main lodge for dining, tying
flies and relaxing and private cabins for the guests.  Each cabin has
two bedrooms with queen sized beds, shower, and a small living room with
a wood stove.  Mark's wife Margarita, a native Chilean, does all the
cooking and most of the entertaining.  She is a joy to be around, always
greets you with a Pisco Sour and makes great bread in her wood cook
stove. 

 

Heart of the Andes Travel:

To get to Heart of the Andes Lodge you will need to Make travel
arrangements to Santiago, Chile and then to Balmaceda, Chile. You will
need to make you travel arrangements to arrive in Balmaceda  by 12:00
noon on your arrival day.  On your departure day it is recommended to
depart on the 2:00 pm flight to Santiago.


 


The majority of flights to Chile depart the US in the
evening and arrive early in the morning at the Santiago International
Airport. Upon arrival you will be charged a $100.00 entry tax.  Domestic
airport taxes are $8.00 and departure tax is $18.50. After receiving
your luggage and clearing customs, you'll make a short 5 minute walk to
the National Airport where you'll connect with your 90 minute flight to
Balmaceda.  Your arrival will be in the late morning or early afternoon.
You'll be greeted in the Balmaceda airport by Heart of the Andes staff
and be assisted on to your short flight to the Lodge. 

 

Heart of the Andes Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:    Arrive Santiago and spend the night.

Day 2:    8:10 am fly from Santiago to Balmaceda arriving @ 11:10 am. 
In Balmaceda you will be met by Mark of one of his pilots.  They will
assist you with your luggage and get you on their private plane for the
flight to the lodge. Once you at the lodge and settled in to your room
you will have lunch and head out for an afternoon of fishing.

Day 3-8:  6 full days of fishing.

Day 9:  Depart for home.


 


Heart of the Andes Clothing:

In the Patagonia it is always possible to encounter a wide variety of
weather conditions.  We recommend that you always come well prepared
with different layers including lightweight long sleeve and
short-sleeved shirts, fleece top and bottoms, synthetic long underwear,
rain jacket, sun and rain hats and fishing gloves. Evening attire is
casual.

 

Heart of the Andes Documentation: 

Passport Required : Note your passport must have an expiration date that is at least 6 months after your initial travel date.


 

Included:

Accommodations, meals, wine, alcohol, guided fishing, transportation from Balmeceda to the lodge.


 


Not Included:

Air transportation to and from Balmeceda, arrival and departure taxes, fishing license.

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BELLA VISTA LODGE


 


Opened in 1995, Bella Vista Lodge is the most
exclusive lodge on the Rio Gallegos, offering exciting fishing for giant
sea-run trout as well as some of the finest dry fly brown trout
fishing, on an intimate spring creek.  A much bigger system than its
sister river the Rio Grande, the Gallegos and its pools are far more
varied in their character.  Slow oily looking holding pools are
interspersed with fast riffles and boulder strewn runs, and the gravel
bottom makes wading very easy.


 


The Estancia owns nearly 50 kms of double bank private
access fishing which is limited to a maximum of eight rods per week. 
Guided by one of a team of experienced guides, each pair of rods have
only the the diverse wildlife of the river valley for company.  The Rio
Gallegos has earned a deserved reputation as being a true "Fisherman's
River".  Though most pools can be covered with a single handed rod, the
Rio Gallegos is most effectively fished with double handed rods.  These
will also help deal with the legendary Patagonian wind! Even the most
experienced angler will learn new techniques and skills that will
improve his averages elsewhere.  A challenging but infinitely rewarding
river, the Gallegos' list of devotees grows year after year.


 


Bella Vista Lodge Region and Rivers:


Bella Vista Lodge is located half way up the Rio Gallegos Valley.  Which is the southern-most, large river, on the Argentine
mainland in Southern Patagonia.    Large sheep farming estancias share
this land with herds of wild llama-like guanacos, red foxes, and
condors.  The total acreage of land is around 650,000 or an English
county of the size of Oxfordshire.


 


Santa Cruz province in southern Patagonia is a bleak land
similar to the open plains of Wyoming or the flow country of Northern
Scotland.  Barren rolling hills, stretch from the coast all the way to
the "Cordillera" the mountain chain that is the terminations of the
Andes and a natural border between Argentina and Chile.


 


Bella Vista lodge Fishing Program:


The fishing at Bella Vista comprises of two principal
fisheries.  The Rio Gallegos of which the Estancia has 50 km and the
Gallegos Chico which is a spring creek tributary of the main river of
which we fish 20 km.  The brown trout of the Rio Gallegos and Gallegos
Chico are extremely well documented fish, originally stocked in the late
1920's and 30's the fish on
the main river have gone on to establish a healthy sea-run strain of
large running fish, present in only a few other rivers in the world. 
High average sizes persist and improve year on year and the chance of a
trophy sea-trout are present with every cast.  The Gallegos Chico is a
small charming spring creek with huge character that flows into the main
river on the estancia's eastern boundary.  Abundant weed growth and
rich aquatic food combine to make this one of the world's most
exceptional dry fly fisheries.


 


Bella Vista Lodge Climate:


The summer climate of this southernmost region of South
America is extremely changeable, and a wide range of temperatures and
weather conditions should be expected.  The sun can be very strong
during the day, but the wind chill factor makes the use of protective
gear necessary all season long.


 


Bella Vista Lodge Clothing:


It is recommended that anglers layer their clothing,
enabling the adding and subtracting of garments throughout the day. 
Pack polar fleece jackets, thermal underwear, polar neck, wool socks and
a wool cap to be prepared for the extreme.  Flannel or chamois cloth
shirts and polars are ideal for the stream.  A reliable windstopper/rain
jacket is also recommended.  Attire at the lodge is casual and laundry
service is available.


 


Included:


Transfer
Rio Gallegos airport to lodge (round-trip), dinner wines, all fishing
services including guiding, fishing license where applicable.


 


Not Included:


Buenos Aires hotels and transfers, personal equipment, staff and guide gratuities, laundry services.


 


Bella Vista Lodge Travel:


To get to the Bella Vista Lodge, you will need to make
reservations to and from Rio Gallegos, Argentina via Buenos Aires.  You
will likely need to overnight in Buenos Aires before departing on a
morning flight to Rio Gallegos.  A lodge representative will meet you at
the Rio Gallegos airport and transport you to the lodge in a four wheel
drive vehicle.  Transfer from the airport to the lodge takes
approximately 1.5 hours.


 

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ISLA MONITA LODGE, CHILEAN ANDES



Trophy trout in a magnificent setting


 


The splendor of the Chilean Andes is the backdrop for
this spectacular brown and rainbow trout fishing experience. The
classic Isla Monita Lodge is located on a small island at the north end
of Yelcho Lake. This provides unsurpassed access to a great variety of
water. Six full days of fishing combines float trips on the scenic
Palena, Futaleufu, Rosalot and Yelcho rivers.
This can be coupled with boat fishing on small lagoons and lake fishing
for large cruising browns and rainbows. A special aspect of the lake
fishing can be the spectacular "takes" during the dragon fly hatch (one
of our reserved weeks includes this hatch) that bring large fish
aggressively through the surface, into the air. The ambiance of the
lodge and the meals are outstanding and considering the rural nature of
this isolated part of the Andes, an unexpected benefit. Many people use a
week at Isla Monita as the cornerstone to build a Chilean Andes
experience. Adding another three to seven days to your trip will allow
you to take pleasure in all of the other enjoyable aspects of Chile,
whether it be a visit to the fjords, another fishing location, or just
sight-seeing and enjoying the Chilean people and their beautiful
country.

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YANKEE WAY LODGE


 


Located on the shores of Lago Llqnquihue (pronounced
Yan Kee Way) in the spectacular lake district of Chilean Patagonia, this
world-class resort offers a rare combination of true luxury, fine
dinning, a remarkable diversity of trophy trout waters, and quality
outdoor activities for non-anglers.

Equally as impressive as their fishing program, is the lodge's adventure
sport program. Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, single and
multi-day trekking expeditions, volcano climbs, and horseback
expeditions are available throughout the season. And when you return to
the lodge after a day of roughing it, you will be met with a level of
comfort and service as spectacular as the natural surrounding. The
elegant exposed beam lodge has spared no expense and is among the most
tasteful facilities we have ever visited. Enjoy evening wine tastings
followed by dinners of broiled chicken, smoked salmon, and local
seafood, then retire to tastefully appointed private bungalows boasting
leather couches, decadent overstuffed beds, down comforters and
whirlpool baths.

 

Yan Kee Way Travel:

Travelers arrive in and depart from Santiago, Chile and connect to
Puerto Montt, Chile.  From Puerto Montt anglers travel with a lodge
representative to Yan Kee Way.

 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  Depart Home.

Day 2:  Arrive Santiago:    The majority of flights to Chile depart the
US in the evening and arrive early in the morning at the Santiago
International Airport. Upon arrival you will have to clear customs and
then transfer to the domestic terminal which is just 100 yards away from
the international terminal.  From the domestic terminal you will fly to
Puerto Montt. In Puerto Montt you will be greeted by a member of the
Yan Kee Way Lodge staff and drive one hour to the lodge.

Day 3-8:   6 full days of fishing @ Yan Kee Way Lodge   

Day 9:  Fly from Puerto Montt to Santiago.  Depart Santiago for the US.

Day 10:     Arrive Home.

 

Yan Kee Way Documentation:

Passport required.

 

Yan Kee Way Climate:

Temperatures typically range from the mid 50's to the mid 90's.  In the
summer it is usually quite warm during the day and cool in the evening. 
However, it is important for guests to be prepared for cold rainy
conditions throughout the season.
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VILLA MARIA LODGE


 


Villa Maria Lodge Region and Rivers:


The Rio Grande flows from East to West, from the
Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, through 70 KM  of Argentine territory. The
landscape of Tierra del Fuego is reminiscent of Wyoming or the Scottish
Flow country. It is a sparsely populated wilderness. Large sheep farming
estancias share this land with herds of wild llama-like guanacos, red
foxes, and condors. 


 


The success of the fishery on the Rio Grande is a modern-day
fisherman's Cinderella story. In just a decade, through access control
and the diligent promotion of catch and release, average catch results
have risen remarkably.


 


Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Program:


Guests will leave the lodge around 9 AM after breakfast each
day, fishing until around 1 PM. Following lunch and the traditional
siesta (the hours of which will depend on the season) guests return to
the river between 5 and 6 PM and fish through until dusk.


 


The first brown trout were stocked in Tierra del Fuego by John Goodall in 1935. Shipped from Puerto Montt in Chile, 60,000 "Salmo Trutta"
eggs survived the arduous journey, to be planted on the Candelaria and
McLennan Rivers, both tributaries of the Rio Grande. These fish
eventually found their way to the sea, possibly attracted by the rich
nourishment of the estuary. These sea-run brown trout now complete the yearly migratory cycle of salmonids, spawning during the summer months in freshwater.


 


Salmo Trutta
remain in the river for a period of time which ranges between 1 and 4
years until their first migration to the sea, where they will feed and
grow for about 6 months before their first return to freshwater,
weighing approximately 6 lbs. Researchers have found trout which had
spawned more than 6 times. A trout which as completed 4 cycles of
returning to freshwater can weigh over 20 lbs. The frequency with which
they return to freshwater is also an indicator that the fish face very
few threats. Whilst also providing a very real example of the benefits
of Catch and Release.


 


Villa Maria Lodge Accommodation and Meals:


Villa Maria Lodge was designed to offer Anglers maximum
comfort during their fishing trip, as well as easy accessibility to the
pools. The lodge accommodates up to 6 guests and has a large living room
that opens up to vistas of the Menendez Valley and Rio Grande Valley.
There is a large fireplace and well stocked bar as well as a tackle shop
and 4 wading rooms.


 


Villa Maria offers wonderful cuisine based on local meats,
fresh vegetable and delicious deserts. A traditional Asado (BBQ) will be
held once during your stay, and you can sample different cuts of meat
and wonderful salads. A full cooked breakfast will be available together
with fresh fruits, yogurts, home baked breads and jams and a selection
of cereals. Villa Maria's cellars feature a wonderful selection of fine
wines from the Luigi Bosca Bodega, which will be served during lunch and
dinner.


 


Villa Maria Lodge Climate:


The summer climate of this southernmost region of South
America is extremely changeable, and a wide range of temperatures and
weather conditions should be expected. The sun can be very strong during
the day, but the wind chill factor makes the use of protective gear
necessary all season long.


 


Included


Transfer to the Lodge from Rio Grande,

Fishing Licence, Lodging, Meals, all wines, beer and local spirits at the Lodge, Professional guide services


 


Not included


Gratuities for guides and house staff, Airfares, Buenos Aires transfers and hotels, Laundry service.

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