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Red Truck Summer Steelhead Balanced Outfit Review


SUMMER STEELHEADING DONE RIGHT


The perfect two-handed outfit for chasing summer chrome, designed exclusively by Red Truck Fly Fishing Outfitters ... Read More.
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The perfect two-handed outfit for chasing summer chrome, designed exclusively by Red Truck Fly Fishing Outfitters ... Read More.
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•  Head #2: Airflo #20 Ridge
•  Leaders: Umpqua Leaders



January 24, 2014 (Sonoma, CA): Steelhead fishing, regardless of the season, is a test of form. A day of two-handed casting demands the most from your technique and your gear, making efficiency the key to all-day success. The Red Truck Summer Steelhead Balanced Outfit was designed with this in mind, providing exceptional power and line control in a perfectly balanced package.

The Right Length: The Red Truck Summer Steelhead Balanced Outfit is all about the efficient transfer of energy. At 12' 6'', you'll have no problem making long casts and easy mends, but the reduction in length and weight makes for a tremendous improvement in the in-hand feel. This is thanks to the custom line system built around Airflo's Ridge Running Line. With today's efficient fly lines, we're able to reduce the overall length and weight of our spey rods without sacrificing performance. If you're used to fishing longer rods (we were too), it's a welcome change. And if you have one steelhead rod in your lineup, go for the Red Truck Summer Steelhead Balanced Outfit.

Diesel Durability: This is a given. Red Truck fly rods are built to handle the harshest conditions, and steelheading is grueling on your gear. The heavy-duty guides, aluminum rod tube, snake-belly finish, and quality cork are all top-notch. Plus, the outfit includes an extra tip for streamside insurance.

The Reel: Red Truck Diesel reels, like any good diesel engine, are built to stand up to a lifetime of hard work in tough conditions. The Diesel Chrome may be the largest in the series, but it's every bit as efficient as its younger brothers and tough as nails. Built to balance perfectly with our Diesel 6126-4 spey rod, it's the exact right weight and size for summer chrome. And the outgoing click is there to celebrate when all those casts finally pay off.

The Lines: The backbone of any good outfit is as much the fly line as it is the rod, and we chose the Airflo Ridge Running Line for its superb shooting capabilities in any conditions. Included is the Compact Scandi head for skating dry flies or swinging summer patterns. And if the fish are staying deep, you've got the Skagit head and a set of Rio's MOW tips. It's a comprehensive kit for every steelhead scenario.

The Rundown: Summer run steelhead make for some of the most enjoyable fly fishing around, but an inefficient setup can distract you from the fun at hand. Enjoy every cast, focus on the fishing, and reduce fatigue. Invest in an outfit that will last forever and experience the Red Truck Summer Spey Balanced Outfit.


Red Truck Diesel Summer Steelhead Outfit Review - Leland's Burke White


Washington State's Grande Ronde River is world renowned for its summer run of steelhead. If you've ever wanted to raise a steelhead to a skated dry fly…this river must be on your list. I was lucky enough to spend a few days on the G.R. last season and my goal was to bring a wild fish to the surface…more on this later.

My current selection of two-handed fly rods was a bit overkill for this style of fishing, so I wrangled a Red Tuck Summer Steelhead Outfit for the trip. I'm sure glad I did. Although the outfit came with a properly matched Skagit Compact head and a selection of sinking tips, I didn't need them. Instead I got to cast the floating Scandi Compact head with a tapered leader and skating fly. Every cast was effortless and enjoyable. I almost forgot how fun it is to cast a two-hander without a heavy tip or a big bug.

The Red Truck Diesel Summer Steelhead rod is 12'6" in length, which felt perfect in my hands. It was still long enough to provide efficient casts and easy mends, but didn't feel like a big stick…it's very well balanced. I was a bit hesitant to fish a two-handed fly rod rated as a six weight, as most of my all-around two-handers are seven weights, but I found it had ample power to efficiently cast the flies we were using. Most of the runs we fished were pretty shallow and therefor required a subtle presentation, as to not spook the fish. I have to say, that casting the included Airflo Scandi Compact (390 grain) head on this rod was a real treat…easy casts and subtle presentations. Everyone needs to cast a Scandi head!

Like any steelhead trip, I had to make lots (as in tons) of casts, but with this Red Truck outfit, every cast was easy and enjoyable. My mends were effortless and each skate of my fly seemed to promise a surface grab. I found myself almost forgetting that I had just made another cast and swing, as everything seemed to work better than my other outfits. Finally, on one of my many skates…it finally happened. I woke from my comfortable daze to see my skated dry fly disappear into a watery void, then my line went tight. I had just skated up a wild, summer-run steelhead on the Grande Ronde. It gets better. The Red Truck Chrome fly reel, with its click and pawl drag system, announced to the world I had completed my goal.

I was lucky enough to repeat this topwater experience two more times while on my trip. I'm pretty confident that I could have caught more steelhead with a Skagit head and sink tip, but I didn't care. The fun I encountered while casting and skating dries on the G.R. far outweighed the potential increase in fish count I might have encountered fishing down deep. If you're looking for the truth and essence of catching a summer run steelhead on a fly rod, I highly recommend you book a trip to Washington's Grande Ronde River and don't forget to pack a Red Truck Diesel Summer Steelhead Outfit.
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Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit Review


A SWITCH ROD DONE RIGHT AND AN OUTFIT YOU CAN TRUST
 

Expertly designed to work together for efficiency and balance, every element of the Diesel Switch Outfit is precisely picked... Read More.
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A SWITCH ROD DONE RIGHT AND AN OUTFIT YOU CAN TRUST
 

Expertly designed to work together for efficiency and balance, every element of the Diesel Switch Outfit is precisely picked... Read More.
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Specifications:


The Diesel Switch Outfit includes:
• 
Diesel 7110-4 Switch Rod
• Fly Reel: Loop Evotec 7-9
• Airflo Running Line 20lb
• Airlfo 450 Rage Compact Skagit Line
 Skagit Mow Tip Kit (Light)
• Extra Tip
• 9ft 12lb Leader

• Rigged and ready to fish



January 24, 2014 (Sonoma, CA):  When conditions and terrain change often – and when you're steelheading, they absolutely do –  a versatile rod can mean the difference between focusing on your gear and focusing on the fish. The Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit is a comprehensive solution for steelhead angling that combines one of our favorite switch rods with a fly reel and fly line system custom tailored for changing conditions.

Complete ControlFrom first prototypes to the final package, our team of rod designers managed every element of assembling the Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit to ensure a truly balanced system. The Diesel 7110-4 SwitchLoop Evotec reel, and custom line system were meticulously selected to operate together. It's this level of control that translates into an outfit that goes beyond your typical rod/reel/line combo. And it's this same idea of control that we want to pass on to anglers and steelheaders looking for a rig that will give them total coverage of the water they're fishing, regardless of the conditions. The Red Truck Diesel Switch is your solution for steelhead fishing made simple.

The Rod: Though the switch rod is a relative newcomer in the fly fishing market, it's made a lasting impact on the world of steelhead fishing. Designed to act as both a single-hand and double-hand fly rod, most of today's switch rods are best described as a compact two-handed fly rod and they offer a smart solution for any angler wanting to join the two-handed revolution. Our Red Truck Diesel 7110-4 Switch Rod is indeed a hybrid of both single and double-handed, but it makes no compromises on either front and provides exceptional performance across the board. Whether you're indicator fishing, swinging deep, or fishing near the surface, the Red Truck Diesel 7110-4 Switch Rod is a perfect solution. With extra length for big mends and and power for big fish, yet compact enough for effortless single-hand casts, this is the workhorse of our lineup.

Additionally, the Diesel 7110-4 comes with the hallmark ingenuity that sets Red Truck apart. Sanded, precision-fit ferrels provide a secure fit that stands up to the torsional stresses of swing fishing and spey casts. The switch grip is made from the highest grade cork, designed for ergonomics as well as enhanced feel. And the rod cap comes equipped with a bottle opener for post-chrome refreshment.

The Reel: There's no better fit for the Red Truck Diesel Switch than Loop's Evotec 7-9 Fly Reel. Of course, it's fully sealed and machined from aircraft grade aluminum. But it's dimensions and weight perfectly balance with the Diesel Switch, and we challenge you to find a smoother drag system or a more durable reel.

The Line System: The outfit comes ready for every type of steelhead fishing and includes a running line, 450 grain skagit head, and a set of light MOW tips. The short taper excels when you're casting large flies and heavy tips, and everything is easily interchangeable depending on the conditions. 

The Rundown: It comes down to balance you can feel and an outfit you can trust. Steelheading is as fun as fly fishing gets, but it can be hell on gear. Enjoy every cast and every fish with the exceptional control of the Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit. And trust that it's as tough as it is versatile, giving you range on the water and countless seasons of steelhead.


Pro Review - Leland's James Park


On a trip to Oregon's Rogue River last October, I fished two days with the Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit. Although not known for large steelhead, the summer run of steelhead on the Rogue offers an opportunity to catch a solid number of fish in the four to eight pound range. The Rogue is also a medium-sized river and perfect for a switch rod.

Although switch rods make easy work of indicator nymphing for steelhead, my go-to technique is swinging a fly cross current. It allows me to get the most out of every cast and every take. Plus, the Rogue River's fish are notoriously aggressive and will happily grab a well-swung fly.

The Red Truck Diesel Swiich Outfit is the ideal tool for this kind of fishing. At eleven feet in length, it's just right. Not too long for a river the size of the Rogue, yet still long enough to provide efficient casts and mends. As a seven weight, it has the appropriate line mass to deliver the common sizes and weight of flies used on most steelhead rivers. The Red Truck Diesel Switch Rod's power is dialed in right, making a three pound fish fun, yet it can still cast a Skagit head with a heavy tip and big bug.

Of course this rod is well-finished with its classic “snake belly” blank and all the right components, including tight thread wraps and smooth epoxy work. The cork grade is very nice and the handle shape feels great in hand. There's even a bottle opener in the rod cap.

Included in the outfit is a complete line system. It comes professionally rigged and ready to fish, including backing, an Airflo Ridge Running Line (#20) and an Airflo Compact Skagit Head (450 grain), as well as Rio's MOW Tip Kit (Light). The line system makes casting a breeze and the Rio MOW Tip Kit allows the angler to dial in the perfect tip regardless of fishing conditions.

The fly reel is the equally solid Loop Tackle Evotec 7-9. This fully-machined and anodized large-arbor fly reel comes with a completely sealed disc drag system, which is butter smooth and very powerful. Essentially, this reel is bomb-proof, great looking, and a good fit with the Red Truck Diesel Switch Rod.

Casting this setup on Oregon's Rogue River was epic. Easy mends resulted in amazing line and fly control. I beached about six fish on the swing during my two days on the Rogue, which is about average...nothing to brag about, but each was the result of smooth casts and controlled swings. If you're looking for the same experience, the Red Truck Diesel Switch is as good as it gets.

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Red Truck 5110-4 Switch Outfit Review


YOUR SWITCH NYMPH SOLUTION!


A standalone fly rod for exceptional performance chasing trout and summer steelhead... Read More.
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YOUR SWITCH NYMPH SOLUTION!


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Specifications



•  Outfit: Purchase here...
•  Rod: 5110-4 Diesel
•  Reel: Red Truck Diesel 7/8wt
•  Line: Airflo Mend WF5F
•  Backing: Hatch
•  Included: Fighting butt and bottom grip, extra tip



March 6, 2014 (Sonoma, CA): The Red Truck 5110-4 Nymph Outfit is a comprehensive nymphing solution, owing its efficiency to the balance between rod, reel and line. That said, the rod itself is one of Red Truck's most innovative and versatile models. With an adjustable weight system in the reel seat and interchangeable butt sections, it's built to handle changing conditions without compromise and provide an individualized fit for every angler.

The Right Length: Eleven feet means a lot of reach, and the Red Truck 5110-4 Nymph Outfit is all about getting your nymph to otherwise inaccessible water. Heavy nymph rigs can struggle at a distance, especially with an ordinary five-weight, but the Red Truck Diesel 5110-4 is long enough for drag-free dead drifts and seamless mends. Ultimately, nymphing is about catching more fish, and the more water you can cover the higher your fish count. Despite its length and power, the Diesel 5110-4 rod is exceptionally responsive and transmits energy efficiently through the blank and into the handle so you don't miss a take. 

Multiple rods in one: A huge factor in the design and development of the Diesel 5110-4 was delivering versatile performance that could accommodate the unique demands of every fisherman and adapt to changing environments. The solution came in the form of an interchangeable fighting butt and lower grip section, as well as counterweights that attach to the reel seat. Now you can zero in on the perfect balance between a heavy nymph rig, your fly line, and your reel. Customize your setup on the fly and don't be surprised if you wind up using this as much as a micro-switch setup as much as a nymph rig.

The Reel: The Diesel 7/8wt reel runs large for a reason. It balances well with the rod when you're fishing heavy nymph rigs, and the added line capacity and efficient retrieve makes it great for covering big water. It's a workhouse of a fly reel that complements the performance of the 5110-4.

The Lines: The Airflo Mend WF5W is a no-brainer. Designed specifically for nymphing, it combines a long, powerful head with an extended rear taper. Translation: huge, effortless mends to compliment the reach of the Diesel 5110-4.

The Rundown: If you're into nymphing, get your hands on the Red Truck 5110-4 Switch Nymph Outfit. Each element has been thoughtfully designed for exceptional performance, but the rod alone is a standalone success of the Red Truck Lineup.


Red Truck Diesel 5110-4 Switch Outfit Review - Leland's James Park


Although it doesn't get much better than dry fly fishing, there's no arguing that a trout's diet is primarily subsurface. An angler wanting to maximize their would do well to nymph fish.

It's true there are multiple nymphing techniques, like sight nymphing (no indicator) or micro nymphing (just a puff of yarn for your indicator). There's even the old “hopper-dropper” rig where a large dry fly supports a smaller nymph. However, the most popular technique employs a larger, high-floating, highly-visible indicator. Under this indicator, we commonly attach weight (split shot) and multiple nymphs. This effective rig sure catches fish, but it's a challenge to cast on most trout rods.

Red Truck has the solution for those of us who want to catch as many trout as possible. It's their Diesel Nymph Rig. At 11 feet, it makes for easy casting of larger and heavier nymph rigs and serves up the best drag free drifts I've ever encountered. Honestly, I found myself not having to mend at all on some drifts because of the fly rod's length.

You'd think that this longer fly rod would be very tip heavy and would create stress on my casting hand, but Red Truck took care of this in two ways: first, the 5110-4 fly rod comes with counter balance weights. Just remove the fighting butt and add the necessary weight. The eleven foot rod felt more like a longer nine footer. Secondly, the complete outfit comes with a larger and heavier fly reel, giving me more line capacity and added reel weight, further balancing this effective fly rod. There's even an extended lower grip option if you prefer.

I fished this outfit for a weekend on California's Truckee river. There's lots of trout in that river, but they don't come easy and the water is heavily trafficked. That's where the added length put me at an advantage: I could access water and seams that others couldn't. Plus I could keep my fly in the zone longer. It was one of the most fun weekends I've had on the Truckee, and a personal best for the river.

Even if you already own a solid nymph rod or outfit, I guarantee you don't own anything like this outfit. It's as good as nymph fishing gets. To put it another way, fishing with this outfit is like bringing private water everywhere you go.
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