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.
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!
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.
Welcome to eastern Shasta County's newest and most remarkable fly fishing destination! We've combined the ambiance, elegance, and spacious accommodations of the extraordinary 1921 Arts and Crafts-style Pit River Lodge with the talented guide staff, creative menus, and renowned fly fishing schools of Clearwater House on Hat Creek to create a brand new, full-service fly fishing destination. We offer meals, accommodations, and guiding and instruction on northeastern California's five great wild trout rivers and spring-fed stillwaters. Clearwater Lodge Fishing : The Fall RiverThis famous spring creek rises clear and cold from Thousand Springs, in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, and flows nearly thirty miles through the lush Fall River Valley. Its large wild rainbows come readily to a well-fished dry fly or nymph. Fall River's legendary hatches range from the tiny #22 Trico spinner to the giant #6 Hexagenia mayfly. Fall River is fished only from aluminum prams with electric motors.
Hat CreekHat Creek is California's version of the chalk streams of southern England where fly fishing was born. Managed for wild trout only for over twenty years, Hat's rich waters support a diverse insect population and thousands of trout per mile in the three miles of Trophy Water. The fishing is tough on the flats, with large fussy trout, small flies, and 7X tippets. There is also over a mile of productive riffles and runs for nymphing. The evening caddis hatches often bring the fish to the surface in a feeding frenzy.
The Pit RiverThe Pit might be the finest naturally-occuring wild trout fishery in California. The final 25 miles, below Lake Britton, are in a deep canyon and are divided into three reaches by dams and powerhouses. Access is challenging, but the beauty of the canyon, the extensive pockets and pools, and the high catch rate of bright wild fish are perfect if you are an energetic wader.
The McCloud RiverA classic pool and pocket water river in a magnificent wooded canyon, the McCloud is northern California's most famous freestone fishery. McCloud rainbows are world renown. Special regulations protect this fishery and it produces trout to 24 inches, typically on nymphs and streamers. In the fall, spawning browns add an extra thrill. The three miles of Nature Conservancy water is zero-kill and limited to ten rods a day. We fish both this water and the six miles of public water above the Conservancy.
The Upper Sacramento River After a chemical spill in 1992 and subsequent closure for three years, this classic little trout river has astonished everyone with the speed and success of its recovery. The rainbow are back, all wild fish, and in remarkable numbers. Nearly 40 miles of pools, pockets, riffles, and runs, with relatively easy access and wading and the promise that with continued enlightened management, the Upper Sac will soon regain its place as one of California's premier wild trout fisheries.
The Sacramento River Float TripsThe Sacramento below Redding has become recognized as a world-class rainbow fishery. We use drift boats to fish the excellent water between Redding and Anderson, getting out on the gravel bars and islands to wade and fish. While it's mostly nymphing, there are good caddis hatches from spring to fall.
Northeastern California StillwatersBaum Lake, Eastman Lake, Manzanita Lake, McCumber Lake, Eagle Lake, McCoy Flats - these and other stillwaters around Clearwater offer excellent fishing for outsized rainbow and browns. We provide float tubes and pontoon boats for our guests and guide many of these fisheries. If it's big fish you want, these stillwaters are the place. 5 pound fish are frequent; 10 pounders not unknown.
Private Trophy TroutThe Hat Creek Ranch's two stillwaters and one half mile of Hat Creek offers fee fishing for big, aggressive rainbows to 10 pounds. A superb private water for guided wading, bank fishing, and pontoon boat access. Clearwater Lodge Accommodation:The lodge features seven bedrooms, each with a private bath. The adjoining Annex offers six singles and two large shared baths. The three Cottages, set among the oaks and pines and broad lawns, feature 2 and 3 bedroom suites.
Clearwater Lodge Clothing:In the Pacific North West 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 at the lodge is casual. Clearwater Lodge 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. Clearwater Lodge Rates: Packages Vary, Call for details!
Included:Accommodation, meals, guiding, rods, reels, and wading equipment.
Not Included:State and local taxes, alcohol, fishing licenses, terminal tackle.
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When we first met John and Danny of Hatch Outdoors several years back, we thought they were truly on to something
good. Hatch engineering was right on the money, but our biggest issue
was that they just didn’t have a full suite of fly reels in their
lineup, (as in “bigger” reels). We went ahead and brought in the 3 Plus,
5 Plus and the 7 Plus with the anticipation that a 9 to 12 weight reel
would some be on the way. Well, enter the Hatch 9 Plus and, now, we
can’t get enough! These reels have all proven to be wonderful reels with
powerful, smooth drags and we wouldn’t expect anything different from
the 9 Plus. From the initial stripping of fly line from the 9 Plus, I
was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be disappointed. The big question;
could this drag hold up against big fish?
Cutting edge design, impeccable machining and powerful drag is
how I would describe the Hatch 9 Plus fly reel. Alternating stacks of
stainless steel and Rulon® discs are the foundation for this reel drag
and along with stainless one-way bearing, gives you big fish stopping
power and protection.
When you decide to enter the flooded fly reel arena, you better know
what you’re doing. And when you enter the field of fly reel
manufacturing, you better have something different, and better, that
works, but without varying too far off the path. Welcome to Hatch Fly
Fishing Reels. These reels are truly stylish looking without pushing
over the edge, and with innovative ideas like an integrated reel foot
that is machined as part of the frame,( no oxidizing foot screws here!)
and a truly, fully sealed drag and bearing system, these Hatch reels are
taking names and kicking fanny.
To reach this level of design with minimal weight, Hatch engineers
applied a dimensional type spoke frame instead of the traditional flat,
thick spokes. This allowed them to reduce the number of spokes, while
increasing the look (“coolness”) of the reel, and increasing frame
The reel handle and counterbalance are perfectly trued, so the
reel spins cavitation free, preventing uneven force distribution during
a wild run. Hatch employs Type II anodization and polishes only the
areas of the reel that come in contact with the fly line, thus providing
protection while eliminating reel bright “flash” that can alert
The 9 Plus is designed with two spools of different arbors depths, a mid
arbor for 11 and 12 weight lines and a large arbor for 9 and 10 weight
To top it all off the reels come with a neoprene pouch in a really cool, collectible tin.
Aluminum, what else? No, just kidding, but yes, the Hatch reels
are machined from the highest grade bar stock aluminum. This means that
each and every aluminum piece of this fly reel is cut from a solid block
of aerospace grade metal.. There is no casting or pressing to create
anything on these fly reels. This adds to the reel’s integrity and
The sealed drag system contains a precisely calculated size and number
of Rulon® and stainless steel discs. This sizing and numbering has to do
engineering for the Effective Braking Surface area. Basically, the
correct number and size of discs is dictated by the amount of drag
needed for each size fly reel; the 9 Plus has eleven discs, 6 Rulon® and
5 stainless. That gives you 10 effective interactive drag surfaces, and
a larger contact surface area than most single, large flat surfaces.
The one-way roller bearings are stainless steel and even though they
never see any water, are non-corrosive and do not need lubrication.
The 9 Plus has a stylishly raked spoke frame which gives the fly
reel its cutting edge looks while adding strength and integrity. Each
reel has a clear, unpolished anodized finish providing the reel a dull
aluminum color, although black is also available. All Hatch reels are
accented with a matching color logo, model and size names, thin striping
on the handle and counterbalance, and as a final touch, the drag cap is
colored to match, too.
Sealed drag of 11 stacked Rulon® and stainless steel disc washers
Fully Machined and Type II anodized aluminum
Stainless steel roller bearings
Made in USA
Relatively new to the fly fishing industry, Hatch fly reels are
quickly becoming one our most popular brands. Their design and
engineering is second to none and this is evident by the lack of
returned reels. There have been very few reels brought back , with the
largest issue being adjustment range of the Hatch drag. Some customers
like a reel that locks down completely, where as the Hatch reels have a
slight amount give when tightened all the way down. The guys at Hatch
can easily adjust the drag, so it will lock down for you, if you so
Hatch stands behind every reel they manufacture and offer a warranty
against any manufacturer’s defects in materials or craftsmanship for the
life of the product. Hatch publishes all telephone and email contacts
and is available on the web. John and Danny were once outsiders in the
fly fishing industry, and were told a whole bunch of “you can’t do
that”, so they did it anyway. Anyone that bucks the system better make a
good product, because that’s what it all comes down to. Hatch makes a
Move over, boys at the top, Hatch Outdoors with the 9 Plus is
moving in. This fly reel looks good and it fishes good. I used the 9
Plus on an eleven weight and the reel performed quite well. The
mid-arbor spool provided ample backing capacity at over 200 yds of 30#
Dacron, the pickup ratio was excellent, and the drag, while performing
without a hitch, could have tightened down a tad more for the eighty
plus pound tarpon I fought . Several fish were runners, not jumpers, so
it was gut check time. However, a quick palm and the fish were stopped!
If you’re looking for a change from the traditional, but want a strong
fly reel, grab a Hatch 9 Plus. I think you’ll be impressed as I am.
I have been fly fishing the saltwater environs now for more than
15years and grew up with a fishing rod of one type or another in my
hands. I have been in the fly fishing industry for more than 10 years
and have been lucky enough to be exposed to most of the major
manufacturers of fly rods, reels, waders, clothing…I hope this review
helps you decide on which products to purchase.
PROS –A thing of beauty strapped to any fly rod. But beauty is
only design-deep, as this is one brute of a fly reel. A series of
eleven, alternating, stacked Rulon® and stainless washers is the
centerpiece of this big fish, tough fly reel. Two different arbor size
spools are available for the frame of the 9 Plus.
CONS – The reel looks so good you may not want to fish with it,
but please do. Some people may feel the drag range doesn’t tighten
enough. Some anglers like to lock it up, but the 9 Plus is designed to
apply just the right amount of pressure to control any big fish.
BOTTOM LINE - The Hatch fly reel is a great looking fly reel that
provides a powerful, fully sealed disc drag system. Designed by fly
anglers that thought there something missing in the fly industry and set
out to fill the void. The result is one fine fly reel.
Check out our selection of Hatch Fly Reels.
The arbor is the interior cylinder of the fly reel; it's what your fly line wraps around. Recent design trends have emphasized an arbor with a greater circumference. With large arbor reels, line coiling or "memory" is reduced, and the rate of line retrieval is increased. Most importantly, outgoing drag tension is mitigated as line is depleted, decreasing the chance of losing that once-in-a-lifetime trophy on a long run. Fishing a large arbor maintains a tighter connection with the fish, reducing slack and giving you more control over unpredictable fish-fighting conditions.
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