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Loop Adventure 9' 5wt Trout Fly Fishing Outfit
New to fly fishing? Chasing Trout? Need a quality outfit at a great price? Here you go!
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Loop Adventure 9' 5wt Trout Fly Fishing Outfit:

Let's face it, getting started in fly fishing can be pretty darn confusing and possibly expensive, too. At Leland, we're always trying to help you out. We've built one heck of a trout fly fishing outfit here...and, at a great price! If you, or someone special you know, needs a great fly fishing outfit for trout fishing, this is it.

  • Loop Adventure 9' 5-weight 3-piece Fly Rod
  • Red Truck Standard 5/6 Fly Reel
  • WF5F Floating Fly Line (Moss Green / Yellow)

Loop Tackle, from Sweden, has designed quality fly fishing tackle for over thirty years and the Adventure fly rod, included in this outfit, contains Loop Tackle's DNA. It's balanced, efficient and fun to cast. As a five weight, it's exactly what you need for almost all trout fly fishing situations. You can cast dry flies, indicator nymph rigs and smaller streamers. It's even a three piece rod, allowing for convenient travel and storage. You're going to love this fly rod.

The Red Truck Standard fly reel is nothing fancy, but it's one heck of a workhorse. We've sold hundreds of these fly reels and they just never fail. In other words, it's proven in the field. With a fully-adjustable disc-drag system, you'll be able to dial in just the right amount of resistance for your fishing needs. Keep it light when fishing thin tippet and crank up the volume when fighting that trophy trout.

Even a quality fly rod, like the Loop Adventure, can leave you wanting without the correct fly line. Not to worry, as we've found just the right line for all-purpose trout fishing. Our weight forward five weight, floating fly line is butter-smooth when casting and floats like a cork. You're going to enjoy every cast.

If you're really new to fly fishing, you'll be happy to hear that we also include three tapered leaders already rigged with top performing flies. Literally, you don't even have to know how to tie a knot to catch a fish. Just loop on a leader and start fishing. It's that easy!

Wrap it all up and you've got a properly-balanced fly fishing outfit that will easily rival outfits costing many times more. You'll cast efficiently. You'll fish functionally and add further enjoyment to this great sport. Even if you've got all the tackle you need, there's probably someone on your list that could benefit from an outfit such as this.




LOOP on LOOP Tackle:

As a fly fisher you should have high demands on your fly fishing equipment. For us at Loop, this is obvious and Loop fly fishing rods are made with the highest standard. Loop would never put our brand on ready made blanks. We make our own rods with pride at Loop, with knowledge that comes from years of experience in fly fishing. “Fly rods developed by fly fishers for fly fishers”. Loop's fly fishing rods are made from a brand new technology. They are built to last and their action will surprise you. But most importantly, the Loop Fly Fishing Rods are fly fishing tools with a feeling you will love, no matter what type of fly fishing you prefer. Each series has its own special qualities. There is a rod for every fly fisher and every situation. Welcome to the world of Loop Fly Fishing Rods.



Leland on LOOP Tackle:

Pioneers of angling prestige and performance, Loop has been blazing trails internationally for over three decades and Leland is proud to be part of their stateside story. Loop was founded by two fly fishing gurus whose passion for the sport is equaled only by their gift for innovation. With this unparallelled balance of tradition and technology, Loop is the realization of a dream to craft fly fishing tackle as spectacular as the uncharted waters its patrons revere. Fly Fishing is in Loop's DNA.

Loop knows that setting the standard for fly fishing technology once takes dedication, but that revolutionizing the fly fishing industry several times over takes perfection. With the invention of the large arbor fly reel, the underhand casting method, and an unquenchable passion for seeking out premier fly fishing, Loop has accomplished more since 1979 than most fly tackle companies could ever imagine.

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Loop Adventure 9' 6wt Trout/Bass Fly Fishing Outfit
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Loop Adventure 9' 6wt Trout/Bass Fly Fishing Outfit:

Let's face it, getting started in fly fishing can be pretty darn confusing and possibly expensive, too. At Leland, we're always trying to help you out. We've built one heck of a trout fly fishing outfit here...and, at a great price! If you, or someone special you know, needs a great fly fishing outfit for larger trout or even bass fishing, this is it.

  • Loop Adventure 9' 6-weight 3-piece Fly Rod
  • Red Truck Standard 5/6 Fly Reel
  • WF6F Floating Fly Line (Moss Green / Yellow)

Loop Tackle, from Sweden, has designed quality fly fishing tackle for over thirty years and the Adventure fly rod, included in this outfit, contains Loop Tackle's DNA. It's balanced, efficient and fun to cast. As a six weight, it's got plenty of line mass to cast larger trout or bass flies. It also has the power to put the heat on larger fish, during a battle. You can cast big fluffy dry flies in the wind, heavier indicator nymph rigs and streamers. It's even a three piece rod, allowing for convenient travel and storage. You're going to love this fly rod.

The Red Truck Standard fly reel is nothing fancy, but it's one heck of a workhorse. We've sold hundreds of these fly reels and they just never fail. In other words, it's proven in the field. With a fully-adjustable disc-drag system, you'll be able to dial in just the right amount of resistance for your fishing needs. When you hook that big trout of bass, you can rest assured our drag system won't let you down.

Even a quality fly rod, like the Loop Adventure, can leave you wanting without the correct fly line. Not to worry, as we've found just the right line for larger trout and bass fishing. Our weight forward six weight, floating fly line is butter-smooth when casting and floats like a cork. You're going to enjoy every cast.

If you're really new to fly fishing, you'll be happy to hear that we also include three tapered leaders already rigged with top performing flies. Literally, you don't even have to know how to tie a knot to catch a fish. Just loop on a leader and start fishing. It's that easy!

Wrap it all up and you've got a properly-balanced fly fishing outfit that will easily rival outfits costing many times more. You'll cast efficiently. You'll fish functionally and add further enjoyment to this great sport. Even if you've got all the tackle you need, there's probably someone on your list that could benefit from an outfit such as this.




LOOP on LOOP Tackle:

As a fly fisher you should have high demands on your fly fishing equipment. For us at Loop, this is obvious and Loop fly fishing rods are made with the highest standard. Loop would never put our brand on ready made blanks. We make our own rods with pride at Loop, with knowledge that comes from years of experience in fly fishing. “Fly rods developed by fly fishers for fly fishers”. Loop's fly fishing rods are made from a brand new technology. They are built to last and their action will surprise you. But most importantly, the Loop Fly Fishing Rods are fly fishing tools with a feeling you will love, no matter what type of fly fishing you prefer. Each series has its own special qualities. There is a rod for every fly fisher and every situation. Welcome to the world of Loop Fly Fishing Rods.



Leland on LOOP Tackle:

Pioneers of angling prestige and performance, Loop has been blazing trails internationally for over three decades and Leland is proud to be part of their stateside story. Loop was founded by two fly fishing gurus whose passion for the sport is equaled only by their gift for innovation. With this unparallelled balance of tradition and technology, Loop is the realization of a dream to craft fly fishing tackle as spectacular as the uncharted waters its patrons revere. Fly Fishing is in Loop's DNA.

Loop knows that setting the standard for fly fishing technology once takes dedication, but that revolutionizing the fly fishing industry several times over takes perfection. With the invention of the large arbor fly reel, the underhand casting method, and an unquenchable passion for seeking out premier fly fishing, Loop has accomplished more since 1979 than most fly tackle companies could ever imagine.

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Fly Fishing the Middle Fork American - Advanced
Fly Fishing the Middle Fork of the American River
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Middle Fork Premier 2-3 Day

This trip is for those looking for the thrill of class 4+ whitewater mixed with trophy trout hunting. All skill levels are welcome but prepare for an adventure with the best raft and fly guides in the area. No one knows these waters better! Call us if you have any questions





Your 2-day fishing adventure starts in Auburn, CA at 6am. We meet in
the parking area behind Raleys grocery store on Lincoln Way. This is
where you will leave your car for the night, and pack your overnight
gear into our dry bags. Each person is given one dry bag to pack all of
their gear for the overnight stay, please pack light and compact. Our
fishing and river gear do not get packed in this dry bag, it is for
overnight gear only. Once your gear is packed, we will load into our
vehicle and wind our way through the countryside to Foresthill, CA. In
Foresthill we start the 1800ft. descent into the Middle Fork American
Canyon. Total drive time is just under an hour.



Once we arrive at Oxbow Reservoir we get the boats and our gear down by
the river side. While your fishing guides are rigging the boats for
the trip, we will give you a river safety orientation.



By 9 am its time to say good-bye to our shuttle driver and head down
the river for two days of Whitewater and Wild Trout Fishing. The 1st 4
miles of river contains all the whitewater on our trip. We will run the
few class III-IV rapids, and fish the long flat sections between rapids
for beautiful rainbows and brown trout (we can and will portage if you
do not want to run Tunnel Chute Rapid). After a morning of fishing and
rapids we will enjoy a nice lunch and then ripper streamers for the next
4 miles.as we float toward camp. Here we will enjoy one of our
delicious river meals as the sun disappears behind the canyon walls.
Good company, spirits, and recollection of the day’s events always makes
for an enjoyable evening in camp. We sleep beneath the stars, taking in
the sounds and other sensations the canyon has to offer.



Day-2 will start off early in the morning with a hearty breakfast. We
pack up our camp and get ready for a day filled with non-stop fishing
action. We will float and wade fish for the next 6-8 miles. There are
no rapids on this section of river. We will reach our take-out above
Ruck a Chucky waterfall around 5pm. Once our gear is loaded up, we will
make our way back up to the canyon rim. It is an easy ten minute drive
from there back to your vehicles where we arrive between 6-7 pm.



Our trips are world class, and our guides are the most experienced on
the river. Our attention to detail in every element of the trip assures
your comfort and pleasure from start to finish. We are confident you
will enjoy your trip, and want to come back for more. 

Testimonial

Casey here at Leland / Red Truck. I was privileged enough to join in on a trip last July. Long story short.... this is a trip that some will travel the globe in search of and it's on our backyard! 2 hours from the SF Bay and you're in a stretch of water anglers dream about. Keep in mind you won't access this water on your own, you won't find anyone with a boat or the skills to navigate this water except for Rise Up River Trips (Robby and Grady). These guys make you feel extremely comfortable with the whitewater as they do all the work as you watch waves of water rush over your head. The food is amazing and the entire operation from shuttle to shuttle is 5 star. Plan on helping haul gear to speed things up, plan on getting soaked, plan on stripping big streamers fast and aggressively all day, plan on a trip you won't soon forget and will make you wanting more.

Contact

Rise Up River Trips

Contact: Robby Hogg

www.class5flyfishing.com/

infoinfo@wildrivertrips.com

855-9-RISEUP




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Rio Gallegos Sea Trout, Las Buitreras Fly Fishing Lodge
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Rio Gallegos Seatrout: Solid Adventures Las Buitreras Fly Fishing Lodge






The Rio Gallegos River
is nearly 300 kilometers in length and has
its origin in the Southern Andes from two pristine and very beautiful
streams, the Penitente and the Ruebens. Winding its way through the wild
Patagonian landscape, the Rio Gallegos emerges into the mountainous
landcape that encompasses the unique Las Buitreras beats, some 40kms
from the river mouth. The setting teems with birdlife, alongside large
numbers of rheas, silver foxes, horses, hares, flamingos and guanacos.



Solid Adventures' (Loop) Las Buitreras Lodge is home to the most
prolific beats on the Rio Gallegos, consisting of over 40kms of both
sides private water comprising over 50 named pools. The fly fishing is
exciting and varied with pools ranging from deep stony runs to cut banks
and streamy shingle flats. Relatively shallow, the fishing at Las
Buitreras makes for easy wading, and fast sinking lines create an
exciting and challenging fly fishing environment. It's this versatile
fishing combined with the visually inspiring mountainous outcrops that
makes this part of the Rio Gallegos quite simply one of the most
spectacular stretches of fly fishing water in Patagonia.



The Fish at Las Buitreras:


A fly fishing trip to Rio Gallegos River and the Las Buitreras Lodge
offers the adventurous angler the opportunity to pit his skills against
the explosive sea running trouts of Patagonia. The new local regulations
with catch & release, and better protection has definitely meant
more and bigger fish in the Rio Gallegos. These fish can reach sizes of
25-30lbs+ and will reward the angler with arm wrenching takes and
blistering runs, interspersed with regular acrobatic displays. Sometimes
explosive, always challenging, fly fishing for seatrout requires a
level of skill, stealth and understanding that can frustrate the average
salmon angler. However, armed with the correct knowledge to unlock
these secrets, the fly fishing on the Rio Gallegos and the Las Buitreras
beats can be immensely rewarding.



The Guides at Solid Adventures' Las Buitreras Lodge:


At the Las Buitreras Lodge, we pride ourselves on having some of the
best guides in the world, now with five full seasons of experience on
the Rio Gallegos River. Each is a very talented fly fisherman, and they
are some of the best casters and instructors in the world. All of our
fly fishing guides are friendly, speak good English, and keep a fly box
tucked away with their secret, deadly patterns they have created. The
fly fishing guides at Las Buitreras Lodge will ensure that you get the
very most out of your fly fishing trip on the Rio Gallegos.



The Las Buitreras Lodge:


Solid Adventures (Loop) has renovated an old house on the estancia and
furnished it with traditional “campo” style antiques. At the Las
Buitreras Lodge, the living is comfortable and clean. There are five
double rooms, two single rooms and a new annex with an indoor barbeque
and an extra room with three beds. In addition to the structural
renovation, the entire heating, water, electrical and gas systems at Las
Buitreras have been replaced. There is a wine cellar with a fantastic
selection from the Mendoza and San Juan regions of Argentina. The Las
Buitreras Lodge is also stocked with Cerveza Isenbeck, an outstanding
local beer. Outside, there is a huge veranda, a spacious courtyard that
is protected from the wind, and a large, fixed stone grill and terrace
for barbeques. House wine and beer is included in the rate at Las
Buitreras, but we do keep a wide selection of local wines not often
available elsewhere and guests are welcome to purchase these at a very
reasonable rate. No smoking inside the Las Buitreras Lodge.



Clothing:


Pack light, warm and windproof clothing on your trip to Jurassic Lake.
Most of the fly fishing occurs in the Argentine summer, but at parallel
53 south, the days can be chilly, particularly when the wind blows!
Those visiting Solid Adventures and the Las Buitreras Lodge in the late
season can count on cold mornings and evenings. Windbloc and Windstopper
fleece products are very good and when combined with breathable waders
and jacket, they offer superior protection that will keep you warm and
comfortable all day. Prepare to dress in layers, as the temperature
tends to shift at on the Rio Gallegos. And remember your sunscreen and
polarized sunglasses!



Travel Information:

From Buenos Aires domestic airport, you will need to fly to Rio Gallegos
with Aerolineas Argentinas. On arrival at Rio Gallegos you will be met
by Las Buitreras staff and transported by 4x4 or mini bus to the lodge.
The journey takes approximately 50 minutes to arrive at the Las
Buitreras Lodge on the Rio Gallegos.





Jurassic Lake Addition

Half or full week before or after Las Buitreras: less 15% of regular Jurassic prices.



Itinerary


Fishing is Saturday – Saturday. Arrive at Rio Gallegos Saturday afternoon – depart from Rio Gallegos following Saturday.
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Loop Tackle Classic Series Fly Reel Review


YOUR FLY REEL SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOU

They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. . . . Read More.
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Specifications


•  Models: 4/6, 5/8, 7/9, 8/11, 10/13
•  Machined and Anodized Bar Stock, Aircraft Aluminum
•  Fully-Sealed, Fully-Adjustable Power Matrix Drag System
•  Distinctive Outgoing/Incoming Click
•  Precisely Counterbalanced

November 3, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): Fly reels say a lot about an angler. They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. Now you don't have to choose between timeless design and state-of-the-art engineering: where the ageless aesthetics of the past and the breakthrough technologies of the future converge, Loop Classic Fly Reels stand in a class all their own.

Paying homage to the most iconic fly reels ever produced—a lineage spanning from Edward Vom Hofe to Stanley Bogdan to Hardy Cascapedias—Loop Classic reels are a modern take on a centuries-old legacy of angling style. From the sleek S-handle down to the handcrafted leather reel case, every feature of Loop Classic Fly Reels speaks to the rich history of fly fishing and the satisfaction that comes from connecting with its ongoing heritage. Under the hood, the Loop Classic's unparalleled drag system is anything but retro. If it's possible to build a piece of tackle that is emblematic of the finest elements of the sport of fly fishing, the elegant and ergonomic Loop Classic Fly Reel might just be it.


Striking aesthetics alone don't warrant admission into such an elite club, a club where fly reels are built to outlast everything short of the waters they fish. For that you need an unwavering dedication to craftsmanship, and the Loop Classic Fly Reels are as sturdy as fly reels get. Manufactured from premium aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized for a finish that is as indestructible as it is iconic, Loop Classic Fly Reels are meant to handle the harshest conditions with graceful power. The Loop brand was built on the back of adventure angling; its founders and engineers travel to ends of the earth to test gear where others had never fished before. From South America to Russia, Alaska to Africa, the Classic Series is steeped in a rich angling tradition of design and forged in the waters of the world's premier fly fishing destinations.

Reels you can trust: Loop's meticulous approach to design is not reserved to a polished exterior; the top-notch components powering the Classic Fly Reels are nothing short of spectacular. For those discerning anglers who require uncompromising performance, the mechanics of the Loop Classic Series sets the bar for impenetrable drag systems. Featuring Loop's signature Power Matrix Drag System, Loop Classics take fully-sealed waterproof performance to a new level.* Utilizing the extreme resilience of carbon drag plates (rather than your conventional cork) the Power Matrix Drag System is impervious to frictional wear. The benefits of this innovative design are particularly clear in strenuous saltwater environments where corrosion and compromised performance attack lesser-made reels. Want a testimonial? The Loop lodges in Argentina and Cuba have operated the same fleet of Loop Classic and Opti Fly Reels for several years without fail, with virtually every day spent under the most demanding fly fishing conditions.

*Note: The Loop Classic 4/6 does not feature the Power Matrix Drag System, instead it has a more suitable and lightweight, butter-smooth adjustable click and drag system.



A reel for the senses: Loop Classic Reels are a celebration of the senses. From spring creeks to the surf, the echoing click of a Loop Classic Fly Reel is a call to any angler to get out and fish. The sensory experience of “fish-on” is a place where we all long to be, and the Loop Classic Reels deliver an unmistakable sound to completely immerse you in the catch. It's these distinctive touches—like the precision porting against the vintage look and the beautiful leather reel case—that make the Loop Classic worthy of its name.

The supreme achievement of the Loop Classic Fly Reels comes not from their elegance and craftsmanship, their brute strength and durability, but from the harmony of all these features. Merging “classic” style with modern mechanics, Loop Classic Reels strike a superb balance between angling's rich past and promising future. Give your favorite fly rod the better half it deserves: a Loop Classic Fly Reel.


Loop Classic Pro Review - By Leland's George Revel


What's the Word...


When the Loop Classic Reels first arrived here at Leland, it's fair to say they were immediately fondled and groped by the entire staff. They just looked like something I wanted. In the same realm as our red truck diesel reels. We had to know how they fished... drove north to swing some black leaches at the early fall steelhead.

Features...


The Classic Series is a perfect example of Loop's ability to craft efficient, purpose-built fly reels that look as good as they perform. The Loop Classic Fly Reel's drag system is fully adjustable to provide you with complete control and versatility. Of course it's entirely corrosion-resistant and waterproof, built to handle whatever punishment comes its way. Loop Classics come in a range of weights cover every application, from stealthy spring creek trout all the way up to the most powerful flats fishing for tarpon or trevally... See video here. Loop Classics also come with a leather reel case that is as elegant as the reels themselves.
 

Fit and Finish...


Looks aren't everything, but they certainly don't hurt. If you've always wanted a Bogdan or a Hardy, the Loop Classic is worth more than just a second glance. Their sleek S-curve handle contrasts the quality porting, and the whole reel delivers a unique blend of vintage and contemporary features.  These are excellent competitors in the premium fly reel market that won't let you down no matter how much you fish.  If you appreciate more of an old-school look, Leland has a limited supply of the non-ported models in stock (One less as of 20 min when I got mine 7-9RHW).


Rundown...


Pros:
The weight of the Classic Reel is one of the things I have enjoyed most. The drag system is an upgrade form what you assume is in it by looking at it.

Solid... they don't have the solid feeling on of a Bogdan, but the full cage gives a very nice sturdiness to it.

Cons: Some might consider the Loop Classic Reels to be a bit on the heavier side, but to a lot of us, that's not a bad thing. Particularly, Those using Spey rods, Bamboo, Glass, longer single handers. Now I am no weight weenie... but the right reel on rod can make all the difference.

The Drag system on the 4-6's is not RH or LH specific. Not a big deal but would have been nice to have.

Bottom Line:
Whether you are looking for a timeless trout reel or a heavy-duty spey reel, the Loop Classic Series delivers incredible design and reliability across the board.
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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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Midnight Sun Adventures
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MIDNIGHT SUN ADVENTURES


 


Deep within the Alaskan Arctic, on the edge of the Brooks
Range where the summer sun never sets and moose, musk ox, and caribou
still roam their ancient territories, there is a secret.  And only a few
lucky anglers will ever fish these clear, classic rivers to which the
world's largest race of sea-run dolly varden return each year. 


 


Midnight Sun Adventures Fishing:


This trip is all about dollies - large ones to be specific -
that average seven plus pounds and exceed twenty pounds on a fair
basis.  To make things even more interesting,  anglers fly about one at a
time in Piper Cubs landing with soft, oversized
tires on the rocky beaches of four exceedingly wild and productive
rivers.  Once you have landed, your solitude is essentially guaranteed
each and every day, with the exception of your campmates.  Best suited
to skilled anlgers fond of swinging streamers on sink-tip lines, these
rivers typically offer five to ten quality fish per day with the chance
at a true world record. 


 


Midnight Sun Adventures Accommodations:


The lodge is very rustic, with a rambling array of small,
stove-heated bunk cabins and simple hearty meals that are served in the
main cabin.  This is wild Alaska - utter soliture, no roads, and no
other lodges. Just you, a couple of Piper Cubs, and four rivers full of
sea sculpted char that can top fifteen pounds.  A remarkable Alaskan
experience for the adventurous angler.


 


Midnight Sun Adventures Travel:


To reach Midnight Sun Adventures, anglers will need to make flight arrangements in and out of Kotzebue, Alaska.  Since anglers
are encouraged to arrive at Kotzebue in the morning, overnighting in
Anchorage is encouraged, but for the adventuresome, arriving at Kotzebue
the night before and overnighting there can also be arranged.  Due to
potential weather related delays in departing the lodge, anglers are
encouraged to schedule their flight out of Kotzebue in the afternoon.


 


A representative from the lodge will pick you up in Kotzebue and fly you roughly 1 hour out to the lodge.


 


Midnight Sun Guide Staff and Fishing Program:


Anglers typically fly one at a time in Piper Cubs to the
elected pools and rivers.  During a typical week with agreeable weather
anglers might fish as many as three separate river systems.  All planes
are wheel planes and landings are made at low air speeds on rock
beaches/bars adjacent the rivers.  Guiding is somewhat relaxed and the
fishing is best suited to skilled anglers not requiring excessive
instruction.


 


Midnight Sun Climate:


Being located within the Arctic Circle, the weather is
highly variable at all times of year.  While daytime highs may reach 75
degrees, it is just as likely that they stay within the 40's.  Come well
prepared for cold, inclement conditions. 


 


Midnight Sun Power and Communications:


There is a telephone at camp and power is provided by a generator that is turned off at night.


 


Included:


Transportation between Kotzebue and the lodge, lodging, meals and guiding.


 


Not Included:


Air transportation to and from Kotzebue, alcohol, licenses and gratuities.


 

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Keith Westra
Keith's love of fly fishing started on the north coast of California pursuing king salmon and steelhead. He is an expert in custom fly tying and prides himself in being able to match that "one of a kind fly." When not tying or working, you can find Keith chasing stripers in the San Francisco Bay and Delta or high-sticking for trout in the fastest waters he can find. He is the manager of our retail showrooms and provides creative services for Leland as well.
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detdesc::How you got started fly fishing? What were/are your strongest fly fishing Influences? What was your most memorable or first fly fishing experience?

In 1993 I started my freshman year at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. I noticed one of the guys in my dorm was wearing a fly fishing shirt and I asked, “Do you fly fish?” Of course he did, and I begged him to teach me. We ditched out a day of freshman orientation and he took me up to a little creek called Coffee Creek. Once I hooked my first small rainbow on a fly, I was hooked. My life long passion began.

Shortly after this experience I spent time learning to fly cast outside the dorm and even took a course in fly casting conducted by Bob Kelly, a professor at Humboldt State.

I hooked my first steelhead while fishing the Mad River Estuary. It was on a brand new 5 weight I received as a birthday gift. I was targeting smaller half pounder steelhead when I saw the flash of a larger adult and before I knew it my fly line was racing upstream. I landed that chrome 8 lb. buck on a size 12 Brown Hackle Peacock. It will always be the fish I’ll never forget.

What do you like to fish now? Explain How?

I love the fishing and variety that California has to offer. From stripers in the Delta, steelhead up north, high country goldens, to rainbows and browns a plenty.

If I’m not tromping around California I’m planning my next saltwater adventure. I truly love the salt and the tropics. Bonefish and Tarpon are my passion and life does not get much better than wading a flat for tailing bones. I’ve fished Christmas Island, Los Roques, the Bahamas, Belize, the Keys, and the Yucatan. Every year I strive to check off a saltwater destination off my list, I want to experience them all!

What is your fantasy trip? What do you see in the future?

I have a thing for Australia. I’d love to fish the Gulf of Carpentaria and spend a week (or more) aboard a Mother Ship and fish for the multiple saltwater species that abound there.

Also, I need to experience New Zealand and stalk those monster browns and hard fighting rainbows I keep drooling over. I’ve seen so many pictures and have heard a multitude of stories that I must experience first hand!

Gear. What is your next purchase and why?

I love fly reels! Currently I’m on the Hatch Pro-Staff and I’d have to say they are my favorite reels out there. I have every model but the 3 and 12 plus. I’m thinking of pimping out the 3 plus with a mid arbor in black with red accents. SWEET!

What’s your favorite San Francisco spot? Why?

I’m an East Bay guy so I don’t spend as much time exploring SF as I should. The Casting Ponds at Golden Gate Park are truly amazing and I do enjoy casting there (even though I don’t get out there as much as I’d like). Any place with good food and beer suits me just fine. Ultimately, I think it would just be hanging in the back at Leland playing pool, drinking cheap beer, and shooting the s@*t with the boys.

What music do you listen to when you hop in the truck and go fly fishing?

I love 80’s music, classic alternative, reggae, and blue grass. Anything where you can freestyle your own twist on the lyrics and make your buddy laugh as you head out fishing at 5 in the morning drinking crappy coffee and a few chocolate twists.

What’s your ultimate fly fishing travel rig? A lifted van? A Range Rover? An F-350? Why?

I love my truck (a Ford F-150 with a camper shell). Unfortunately, it’s only 2-wheel drive, next time 4 wheel for sure. I’ve got myself in a world of trouble before on the Truckee. Let’s just say some new tires and a trip to my buddy’s body shop was in order.

What do you do at Leland?

I’ve worn many hats at Leland throughout the last 10 years: Sales, Receiving, Buying, Inventory, Phone Orders, Side Walk Sweeper it seems the list is never ending.

Currently, I’m back at what I love and where my passion lies. I love working the floor and interacting face to face with my customers. Seeing people get excited about fishing and giving them solid advice and hearing there stories when they come back all really make my day. I take pride in the Leland Showroom and enjoy assisting customers via the phone and “Live Chat” as well.

Anything else we should know about you? School? Hometown? Other projects, interests, etc.?

I really enjoy shooting and then editing videos on my trips. My goal is to give the viewer the whole experience of what a particular destination has to offer: from the transportation, to the people, to the lodging, and of course, the fishing itself.

I graduated from Humboldt with a BA in Art with an emphasis on Graphic Design. I still do logo design for people and volunteer much of my time to the Fremont School District (where my wife works) in helping them with any graphic design needs.

I’m also a happily married man (sorry ladies) of almost 10 years to my Humboldt State sweetheart, Sherea. The two other sweethearts in my life are my daughter, Keira (4 years old) and my Yellow Lab, Tessa (7 years old).

I’m a California native and super proud of it! I grew up on a Dairy Farm in Ontario, CA…. Most people think of Southern California and think smog, traffic, the beach, LA and Hollywood. I lived in front of 1600 head of dairy cattle and fished our farm pond. It was a great way to grow up!

I have also been learning to play the banjo over the last year and a half and really enjoy it.

Recently, I have purchased a brand new Hoyt Bow and am hoping to get into pig and deer hunting.
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All Fisherman Are Liars - Book Review


John Gierach's 17th book since 1984.

A must read for anyone who is a fan of Gierach and his fly fishing adventures...Read More.
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A must read for anyone who is a fan of Gierach and his fly fishing adventures...Read More.
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detdesc::                    'All Fisherman Are Liars' by John GierachPurchase here

The ever-popular Gierach shares insights, musings, and countless stories from the profound to the funny to the downright absurd that he’s collected over a lifetime of fishing. 

*Gierach's first book in 3 years
*A book that is wry, contemplative, and lively as ever
*256 pages
*Autographed edition

From the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest to the Canadian Maritimes, “America’s best fishing writer” (Houston Chronicle) shows us why life’s most valuable lessons—and some of its best experiences—are found while fly-fishing.

For John Gierach, fishing is always the answer—even when it’s not clear what the question is. He’s fished for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, bull trout in British Columbia, bonefish in Mexico, and pike in the Upper Midwest. He’s even tried winter fly-fishing and braved the remote Alaskan wilderness. Through it all, he has nurtured his enduring love for the sport.

Traveling around North America, Gierach seeks out great fishing experiences with one goal in mind: to have a good time and maybe catch some fish. He talks about fashion in flies and fly-tying, about the mysteries of why certain flies work, and about the etiquette of fishing a popular spot. He reflects on how it feels to approach a new stream, acting nonchalant while experiencing intense excitement and anticipation. He also muses about fishing rods: “Although I own enough rods to build a picket fence around my property, I can sometimes be convinced that I need just one more.” And though Gierach loses some fish along the way, he never loses his passion and sense of humor.

Pro Review - Leland's Keith Westra

The first John Gierach book I read was 'Trout Bum'.  Gierach has an amazing way of transforming the reader into his world.  A world full of smoky campfires, gentle flowing creeks, and trout on a bamboo fly rod.  Reading his adventures makes you want to simply stop what you are doing, pick up your rod and reel, and catch something.  He does not put his nose up at some of the "not so talked about fish."  Rather he embraces them and they add to his many adventures.  Whether fishing for panfish on small deer hair poppers or catching rainbows on detailed oriented dry flies, he is a man of many fish (and fishing stories).

'Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg', 'Even Brook Trout Get the Blues', 'Sex, Death, an Fly-Fishing', and of course 'Trout Bum' have all made there way into my fly fishing library.  In my opinion, John Gierach is one of the best Fly-Fishing Writers out there.  When you read one of his books you just realize that he get's it and what it means to be a fly fisherman.

'All Fisherman are Liars' is a continuation of John's stories and his fishing trips. Venturing out across North America from the Pacific Northwest to the Canadian Maritimes he brings his experiences to life and paints the picture every fisherman dreams of.

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Loop Tackle of Sweden


IN PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT CAST

For over thirty years, Loop Tackle of Sweden has produced some of the best fly fishing tackle on the planet.  Loop is truly the total package. . . Read More.
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IN PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT CAST

For over thirty years, Loop Tackle of Sweden has produced some of the best fly fishing tackle on the planet.  Loop is truly the total package. . . Read More.
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detdesc::In Pursuit of the Perfect Cast...

Founded in 1979, Loop is more than a brand of fly fishing tackle: Loop is a global legacy of angling innovation and adventure forged in some of the world's most serene waters. From their humble roots in Sweden, Loop chased their dream across continents and united the innovative minds of the world's premier anglers to produce the best fly fishing gear on the market. Loop is truly the total package, celebrating the interplay between fly rod, reel and line with series that work in concert to provide you with unparalleled control and finesse. From their unprecedented rod tapers and the invention of the large arbor fly reel, to the pioneering of the underhand cast and a groundbreaking approach to fly line systems, the brilliant minds at Loop aren't just ahead of the curve, they're setting it.


To appreciate Loop tackle, you have to know the people behind the story. The year is 1990 and Loop has already revolutionized the fly fishing industry several times over. Sporting a backpack full of handmade gear and fueled by a fearless pioneer spirit, angling outlaw and co-founder of Loop, Christer Sjöberg, treks into the wilds of Russia's Kola Peninsula in search of uncharted waters. The Russian government accuses him of using fly fishing as a cover for an illegal diamond mining operation – epic, we know – but Christer and Loop succeed in opening five camps throughout the Kola and providing fellow dreamers with access to legendary Atlantic Salmon fishing.

With additional lodges in Patagonia and Cuba, Christer set the stage for elite fishing adventures and established the ideal venues to test their gear under strenuous conditions. It's this comprehensive approach to the sport and dedication to innovation that allows Loop to constantly invent and improve fly tackle design. The true breakthrough came in 1984, when the team crafted the first Loop large arbor reel and forever changed industry standards for fly reel manufacturing. It would be another decade before the skeptics started to wise-up and the competition started to mimic Loop's design. Fast forward to today, and nearly all fly reels on the market feature the signature Loop large arbor design. Not bad for a couple anglers looking to build a better fly reel.

Loop fly rods are equally impressive, meticulously designed and refined to suit every fly fishing application. Some require as many as fifty or sixty prototypes before production and undergo rigorous testing in the harshest fishing environments. The genius behind Loop fly rods is Göran Andersson, a fly fishing guru and undisputed legend amongst anglers everywhere. His mastery of the cast lead Loop to revolutionize the industry with graphite rods that delivered the most precise transfer of power and effortless casting on the market. Leaving no stone unturned, Loop tailor-made their own fly lines to optimize the casting potential of these rod tapers. Loop understands fly lines and their critical, yet often overlooked role in a successful angling outfit. After all, what comes to mind when you think of fly fishing? If you're as fixated on the art of the cast as the folks at Loop, you're probably conjuring up a brilliant arc of line unraveling across a gin-clear stretch of pristine river. The elegant execution of a seamless cast is captivating, and Loop has worked to streamline the science of fly lines with a system of interchangeable tips.

Despite their tireless dedication to traveling the world and transforming fly fishing tackle, the Loop name is seductively simple. It reminds us that the essence of fly fishing is the quest for effortless loops, uncharted waters and lines unfolding in celebration of the art of the cast. Guided by their passion for innovation and a relentless trailblazing spirit, Loop applies this philosophy to every piece of tackle they make. The best innovation is born of adversity, and Loop never lets the industry get in the way of their dream. Leland is proud to partner with these pioneers and share in the pursuit of the perfect cast.

Check out the best Loop fly rods.
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Burke White
My favorite fish to chase is Pacific Steelhead. There’s just something about this fish that is haunting…where it lives in the ocean, what it eats, why it grabs a swinging fly…I hope I never find out the answers to these questions. At Leland I work in Video Production, Business Development, Product Development and taking out the garbage.
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detdesc::How you got started fly fishing? What were/are your strongest fly fishing Influences? What was your most memorable or first fly fishing experience?

I was blessed with a grandfather who was an avid fly angler. At the age of 4, I followed my grandfather about in the streams and lakes of California’s Sierra Nevada. In awe, I watched him cast flies to wary trout, and with my first trout on a fly, a life’s passion was born. My mentor gifted him with my very own fly rod at age seven and…the world has never been the same. Slowly, skills were honed and new waters were introduced: the Madison, the Yellowstone and Silver Creek. My fly fishing journey has since expanded to more exotic angling destinations. However, I've never forgotten the early years at my grandfather’s side casting flies for trout.

What do you like to fish now? Explain How?


My favorite fish to chase is the Pacific steelhead. There’s just something about this fish that is haunting…where it lives in the ocean, what it eats, why it grabs a swinging fly…I hope I never find out the answers to these questions. There’s no better way to chase a steelhead than on the swing. Elegant casts and smooth mends on broad rivers with traditional flies...yup. Every swing could be the one. When the tug finally comes, it’s always a surprise. Regardless of size, every wild steelhead is amazing to encounter.

What is your fantasy trip? What do you see in the future?

As a father of two young girls who already love to fish, I cannot wait for them to be old enough to join him on a true angling adventure. Whether in a drift boat on a trout river, or on the bow of a flats boat, it doesn’t matter to me. Sharing the sport of fly fishing and the sights and sounds that nature provides with my girls will be the ultimate.

Gear. What is your next purchase and why?

Always looking for something unique, I hope to acquire that “special” fly rod that cosmetically reminds me of the days on the water with my grandfather, but casts like a contemporary performance fly rod.

What’s your favorite San Francisco spot? Why?

Late summer on the San Francisco bay: At water level, the city’s sky line looks even more impressive. The Golden Gate Bridge stands guard as ocean-cooled fog snakes like thick waterfalls through the draws of the Marin Headlands. It’s a great sight.

What music do you listen to when you hop in the truck and go fly fishing?

Robert Earl Keen Jr., Pat Green, The Gourds, Wrinkle Neck Mules and Credence Clearwater Revival. Music from these artists and bands brings back good memories of road trips with friends, time on the water and laughs.

What’s your ultimate fly fishing travel rig? A lifted van? A Range Rover? An F-350? Why?

A Sportsmobile! Imagine a full-size, 4-wheel van with a 600 mile range, solar panels on the roof, a navigation system, all the amenities and enough fly gear to open a shop. It’s a mobile fly shop you can sleep in. Just need the “winning lotto” numbers and away we go!

Anything else we should know about you? School? Hometown? Other projects, interests, etc.?

I live in Marin, CA with my wife Linda, daughters Sophia and Siena, Yellow Lab named Jager Dog and a cat named Bella…which I like to describe as “my wife’s cat.”
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Val Atkinson
I like to fish for big Rainbows on Fall River with small dry flies. I found that special place in Fall River Valley where I've been photographing the fishing, nature and the old barns for many years. At Leland, I am a photographer.
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When I was very young I would ride my bike to local hardware store where they sold fly fishing gear. Somehow I just knew I wanted to learn to fly fish. I can remember taking the caps off the silicone bottles and thinking this smells good. But I had no one to teach me, so I had to learn it on my own. I finally was able to purchase some basic gear but I couldn't figure out how to get the thick fly line throughout the eye of the fly. No one had told me about leaders. Eventually I figured it out and caught some bluegills and bass.

What do you like to fish now? Explain How?

I like to fish for big Rainbows on Fall River with small dry flies.

What is your fantasy trip? What do you see in the future?

My current fantasy trips are pursuing what I call the exotic "grand slam" which is Tigerfish in Africa, Golden Dorado in South America and Masheer in India.

Gear. What is your next purchase and why?

My next purchases would be flies and more flies. You can't have enough flies. And Leland's has a fantastic supply. Almost endless.

What’s your favorite San Francisco spot? Why?
My favorite spot in San Francisco is carp in Golden Gate Park (don't tell anyone-it's illegal). This was an adventure some friends and I once planned and successfully accomplished. Seth Norman wrote about it in an earlier issue of California Fly fisher.

What music do you listen to when you hop in the truck and go fly fishing?

I'm an old hippie so I like rock and roll…Hendrix, Clapton, the Doors, etc.

What’s your ultimate fly fishing travel rig? A lifted van? A Range Rover? An F-350? Why?

My Toyota 4-runner serves me well. I can sleep in it if I fish late.

Anything else we should know about you? School? Hometown? Other projects, interests, etc.?


I studied art and photography at Columbus College of Art & Design for 5 years and came west to find something special. I found that special place in Fall River Valley where I've been photographing the fishing, nature and the old barns for many years.
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