The World-famous Leland Fly Fishing Hat:
This hat has graced the cover of many a fly fishing magazine and has certainly been forgotten in a watering hole or two. Yeah, it keeps the sun out of your eyes and works pretty much like a hat should, but that's not why you should buy it. You should buy it because (whether brand new or covered in salt stains) it reminds you of the great memories that only fly fishing can deliver.
Get yourself a Leland Trucker Hat...put it on and be prepared for a knowing nod from a stranger, be it in Modesto, California or Geneva, Switzerland!
August 1 (Sonoma, CA): If you're new to fly fishing, you
should know that the defining attribute of our sport is the unique
way we deliver our fly. It's called fly casting and this activity
should be celebrated.
Furthermore, a fly fishing outfit must
be efficient at amplifying and transferring your body's movement and
energy into the fly line, which is the goal of any efficient fly
cast. Rod taper, blank thickness and materials all play a role in
this quest. When you smoothly pull our Leland Sonoma Trout fly rod to
a stop (the secret to a good cast), you'll be rewarded with the
smoothest, most-efficient fly cast you've ever made.
The right fly line also makes a
difference for fly casting enjoyment. The correct taper, head length
and weight done smartly makes casting that much easier and fishing
more effective. Our Leland Pliny fly line solves the riddle.
Color-coded, so you can always efficiently control your line and put
your fly where you want it. And since 90% of trout are caught within
a forty foot (or less) cast, our Pliny fly line assures that distance
on every cast. Simply put, this fly line is a joy to cast.
Sure a trout fly reel is just a storage
device for the fly line, but the Leland Sonoma Trout fly reel is one
heck of a reel. Fully-machined from solid, bar-stock aluminum, then
anodized for a long life a hard fishing. Its simple click drag needs
no adjusting. It will keep your fly line from overrunning when a
trout charges off with your fly. If necessary, you can slow down that
fish by “palming” the exposed rim of the fly reel's spool. It's
simple, elegant and functional. Most importantly, it perfectly
balances with the Sonoma Trout fly rod.
It takes focus and planning to design a
fly fishing outfit where the whole (rod, reel and line) is greater
than the sum of parts and that's exactly what you get in our Leland Sonoma Trout Fly Fishing Outfit. Fly casting becomes effortless and
accurate as you discover efficient control of your fly line and catch
Our Leland Sonoma Trout is the perfect
fly fishing outfit for anyone wanting to learn how to cast correctly
and efficiently, then take smooth loops of fly line to a small trout
stream and apply your craft. Controlled distance, accuracy and subtle
presentations will be yours at will. Fly casting in this manner alone
will put a smile on your face, but when your fine cast is rewarded
with a wild trout, the wold becomes a bit better.
If you've been wanting to fly fish, or
if you've been struggling with your current rod, reel and line, it's
time to find balance and efficiency in our Leland Sonoma Trout Fly
Fishing Outfit. By the way, this is the same fly rod, reel and fly
line we use for fly casting instruction every day at our fly fishing
ranch in Sonoma. We love it and you won't be disappointed.
Spending my days at the ranch assisting anglers with more efficient fly casts, I've noticed a thing or two. Mainly I've noticed most anglers using more energy than necessary to present the fly accurately.
One thing is for sure, using proven fly casting principles to more efficiently cast a fly line is important. However just as important is a balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit and the Leland Sonoma Trout Outfit is just the ticket.
The Leland Sonoma Trout outfit is brilliant. It's balanced in hand, which not only makes this outfit more comfortable to hold, it makes casting easier. It's also incredibly efficient at amplifying our students' casting energy and transferring this energy into the fly line. Simply put, this is one easy casting fly fishing outfit.
Any angler will quickly notice how easy this outfit is to cast, and when tight loops jump efficiently off this rod's tip, confidence is born. Confidence on the water makes all the difference...in enjoyment and fish-catching success.
If you're new to fly fishing or on the hunt for a truly-balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit for trout...you just found it.
Three Forks Ranch Fishing: Situated in the high mountain aspens, Three Forks Ranch straddles the Wyoming Colorado border. This 200,000-acre working cattle ranch is one of the premier fishing destinations in the West. Mountain streams and springs breathe life into the Little Snake River right inside the gate of the Colorado headquarters. The headwaters of this river are home to countless rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout. This fishery has been the beneficiary of the largest privately funded river restoration project in the history of America. Once a drying giant, new life has been given to the Little Snake River. Sixteen miles of the river has been restored to what Mother Nature may have wished it 150 years ago and 30 oxbow lakes now dot the property, all connected to the river by reopened river channels and all home to wonderful, fighting trout.
The typical week: The first day you and your guide will take off to a stretch of river or lakes and assess your fishing prowess. From there you and your guide will decide which waters you would like to fish. Whether it's catching "big boys" in the lakes or testing your 3-weight rod on the South Fork, Three Forks Ranch has plenty of water for the novice or the purist. Four-wheeler trips or horseback trips to the upper lakes are available if you choose. For those that would like a break from fishing, cattle drives are usually going on which you are welcome to participate in; trail riding, wildlife viewing, hiking, 4-wheeling, and our 14-course sporting clay course are all available to you.
Season - June 10th through October 15th Three Forks Travel: To get to Three Forks Ranch you will need to make travel arrangements to Hayden, Colorado, with connections through Denver. Three Forks runs a free shuttle to and from Hayden, approximately 75 minutes. There is also a county-owned airport with a 5500-foot paved landing strip at Dixon, Wyoming, that welcomes private airplanes. Shuttle is also available from Dixon, approximately 30 minutes. Three Forks also offers its own private aviation service from Denver to Dixon Wyoming. Flights in their five-seat twin engine King Air depart for the lodge at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily. The cost is $750 per person round trip and it is the most reliable service to the area. If you are interested in this flight option please contact us and we will make the needed arrangements. There is also a county-owned airport with a 5500-foot paved landing strip at Dixon, Wyoming, that welcomes private airplanes. Shuttle is also available from Dixon, approximately 30 minutes. Itinerary: Three Forks Ranch operates on a very flexible schedule. Various lengths of stays are available, from 6N/5D stays to 3N/2D stays. Select the length of stay you like and the day of arrival. We will do our best to schedule you in. Early booking ensures the dates of your choice. Departure: The evening before your departure, all incidentals purchased during the week should be paid in full. We will have a driver ready to take you to the airport for the various departure times Three Forks Ranch Accommodations:The River Rock Lodge will provide guests with relaxing enjoyment over hors d'oevres and cocktails followed by delicious dinners served in our guest dining room. The accommodations are very comfortable in our nicely appointed Aspen, Alpine and Hidden Valley homes. We do request that there be no smoking in any of the buildings. Smoking areas are provided on the decks of all the buildings. The guest facilities are within walking distance to a large portion of this incredible trout water. But, with over 16 miles of private river fishing and 14 miles of off-channel and oxbow fishing, one of the lodge's superb fishing guides will escort you to the farthest reaches. Catering to a capacity of only 15 guests the fishing opportunities are endless. Personalized service, warm Western hospitality, and great fishing are their trademarks. Three Forks Ranch Meals:All meals are taken at the River Rock Lodge and scheduled to the angling conditions and where you will be fishing that day. On trips to the more distant fishing locations the kitchen staff will prepare a wonderful picnic lunch. Generally breakfast is between 7:00-8:00 a.m. Fishing times are later as we move into September. After a full day of fishing, you return to the lodge in time to relax before dinner, which is usually served around 6:30 p.m. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. Alcoholic Beverages:Three Forks Ranch provides complimentary beer, wine and your favorite mixed drinks. We suggest only moderate drinking before dinner hour. Wading can be dangerous and your guide will decide when excessive drinking has impaired your ability to fish safely. Our elevation at the headquarters is 7200 feet. Alcohol can slow down your body's ability to adjust to the change in altitude. We also recommend that you drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep your first few nights on the ranch.
Three Forks Ranch Clothing:Dress at Three Forks Ranch is casual and comfortable. The weather can change abruptly so be prepared. The nights and mornings are cool, sometimes in the 40's and the daytime temperatures can climb into the 80's. It is best to dress in layers. Long johns are often worn under fishing pants and wool socks under waders. On top, a flannel shirt, warm sweater, rain jacket, down vest or jacket. Included:Round-trip transfer from Hayden, Colorado, or Dixon, Wyoming. Accommodations based on double occupancy; three meals per day; knowledgeable guide per two fishermen with full fishing services; transportation to and from the river on a daily basis; complimentary beverages. Horseback riding, 4-wheeling, hiking, wildlife tours, and sporting clay course. Not Included:All scheduled commercial air transportation; fishing licenses, sales tax, gratuities, tackle charges, telephone calls, and other incidental purchases.
• Sections: Four
• Length: 10'
• Konnetic Technology construction
• Fuji ceramic stripping guides
• Handle: High grade cork, custom tapered
• Reel Seat: Cocobolo insert, Dark Nickel
• Action: Medium
Sage has finally addressed the world of
European nymphing with their new ESN Fly Rod Series, and what an
entrance they've made. We had a chance fish some Czech nymphs with
the Sage ESN 4100-4 Fly Rod, and although we didn't fair quite as well as
some of the famed tournament nymphers, we still had a successful day
and a lot of fun.
Instead of rambling on about the
technicalities of Konnetic Technology, let's leave it at this: a
narrower, more efficient taper means the Sage ESN telegraphs the
slightest strikes down the rod length so you can set the hook.
The Sage ESN Fly Rod is a medium action
and a compound taper mandral construction. Translation: with enough
flex in the tip for a nuanced read of the underwater action and
enough power in the butt for sturdy hook sets, the Sage ESN is the
best of both worlds. Not to mention the lightweight design makes a
day of high-sticking a breeze on your arm and a blast in the water.
Fit and Finish...
Sage doesn't miss a beat when they
stamp their name on a new line of rods, and the ESN Series is no
exception. The forest green shaft and gold trim wraps give the blank
a great finish, similar in color to the famed Sage Z-Axis. The
cocobolo reel seat is a personal favorite, and the choice to use
aluminum instead of nickel silver improves performance without
compromising the great look. Also, the Fuji ceramic stripping guides
are a great touch and the mark of any quality rod.
Pros: In keeping with Sage's commitment
to crafting the best tools for specific applications, the Sage ESN is
true to it's name: an ultra-sensitive tip paired with a powerful butt
for maximum success with European nymphing.
Cons: Although European nymphing is
quickly amassing a following on this side of the pond, some might not
have room in their quiver yet for this specific application. But for
those who are in the know when it comes to contact nymphing, the Sage
ESN is just what the doctor ordered.
Bottom Line: Sage has once again
delivered on their promise to build the best possible rods for one of
the most fun techniques around. The Sage ESN Series marks a welcomed
entry into the world of European nymphing with the best best
materials assembled by innovative minds.