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What is a Fly Fishing Leader


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Check out the best fly fishing leaders for your specific fishing needs.. . . . Read More.
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In fly fishing, a leader is a length of thin, transparent line that is attached to the front end of the fly line and to the rear end of the tippet material, forming an important component of a fly angler's terminal tackle. Leaders, whether hand-tied by an angler or pre-packaged and sold at a fly shop, are generally tapered, consisting of a thick level butt section, a tapering midsection, and a thing level terminal portion called the tippet.

Leaders perform two basic functions. First, their taper allows energy to travel seamlessly from the weighted fly line to the terminal tackle, preserving the power created by the casting stroke and delivering the relatively weightless fly to the target as efficiently as possible. A well-balanced leader is responsible for that sweet unfurling action at the end of a perfect cast.

The leader's second function is to create a length of lighter, transparent line between the heavier, opaque fly line and the fly lure itself. This section of "hidden line" will help minimize the impact of a heavy fly line on the water's surface near the target fish and will help mask the conspicuous presence of a colored fly line in the target fish's feeding lane.

An effective leader must be strong and flexible to perform its basic functions and accordingly, there are a variety of durable and supple synthetic materials employed leader construction. The two most common leader types are fluorocarbon leaders and nylon leaders.
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Fluorocarbon leaders are designed primarily to fish heavier subsurface flies such as nymphs, streamers, and wet flies. The special polymer used to construct a fluorocarbon leader is heavier than the material employed in nylon leaders, resulting in a faster sink rate. Fluorocarbon also boasts almost the same refraction index as water, thereby reducing its visibility while increasing your chances of fooling a fish with a subsurface offering. Leaders made of fluorocarbon also retain their dry break strength throughout the day, making them less prone to breakage and more abrasion resistant, a must when fishing heavy flies deep in the water column. However, fluorocarbon does not degrade like nylon, so use it sparingly...Mother Earth will thank you.

Nylon leaders are considerably less expensive than fluorocarbon leaders and are much more supple than their heavier counterparts, making them an excellent choice for dry fly fishing. Delicate presentations and high floatation are almost guaranteed by today's modernized and improved nylon leaders. Blended of a special mix of copolymers, the nylon leaders available today are of nearly the same density as water, making them excellent for surface fishing with dry flies in a favorite spring creek. 

Braided leaders are also widely available to the modern fly angler. A braided leader is constructed using a braiding system that steadily "drops out" strands of the nylon or fluorocarbon as the leader progresses from the butt section to the terminal tippet. These leaders are quite supple even in large tippet diameters and are quite popular among die hard dry fly purists who regularly deal with easily spooked fish and challenging currents in their angling pursuits.


Leaders are classified by three measures: tippet diameter, break strength, and length. Tippet diameter is the diameter of the leader material at the thinnest point in its taper, the termination point of the tippet section. Break strength is rated in a standard and familiar "pound test" notation, and length covers the length of the leader itself as measured from the thick level butt section to the terminal end of the tippet.

A freshwater leader is usually classified by the diameter of it's tippet using the X numbering system: the higher the X number, the lighter the tippet. For example, a 6X (.004 inches dia.) leader will handle 3 pounds of pressure before breaking, whereas a 2X (.009 in. dia.) leader's break strength is 8 pounds.

Some Saltwater leaders also use the X system, but since they can be quite thicker and stronger for larger fish, they can alternatively be rated by tippet diameter described in thousandths of inches (example .015) or by breaking strength categories established by the International Game Fish Association (example IGFA 10 KG -22 lbs.)

As a general rule, bigger wind resistant and weighted flies are more difficult to cast and require a thicker, heavier leader to turn them over. The bigger the game fish you fight, the higher the poundage break strength is required for successfully landing the fish. Following manufacturer's recommendations as to what leader to use for what fish makes the process of choosing a leader simple: if you're headed after stripers, look for a leader that will fit your needs. Or if it's bonefishing on Christmas Island, leaders designed for the sizes and behavior of your quarry will guarantee you have the right strength and diameter for the flies you're fishing.


The length of the leader you choose is usually determined by the type of water you plan to fish. If you're traveling to the gin clear spring creeks and rivers of New Zealand, you'll be fishing much longer leaders in the 12- to 14-foot range because of the ultra-wary nature of Kiwi trout. On the other hand, if you're high stick nymphing in the fastest, roughest, and toughest riffles and pocketwater you can find on Northern California's McCloud River, you'll probably be using a much shorter leader in the 7- to 9-foot range.
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Bonefishing: Fly Fishing, Kaufmann, Hardcover
Totally rewritten, the most comprehensive work on bonefish and flats fishing ever produced.
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Spirit River: Fly Tying Calf Tail, Grey, 12 in.
Spirit River's Calf Tails for fly tying are excellent for Crazy Charlies and other bonefish patterns. Use this crinkly fly tying material for salmon and steelhead patterns as well.
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detdesc::When bonefish are cruising skinny saltwater flats, you'd better have a Crazy Charlie at the end of your leader! Spirit River's Calf Tails provide lots of crinkled hair fibers that are excellent for this infamous fly. This all-natural material is also an excellent choice for tying thick, natural looking wings on streamers, salmon, and steelhead patterns. Spirit River's top quality material is easy to work with and very durable. Spirit River Calf Tails are available in a range of assorted colors. You'll be catching big bonefish in no time!

Summary

Spirit River's Calf Tails are the perfect all-natural winging material for a variety of fly tying applications. This material contains lots of crinkly fibers making it excellent for use in streamers, salmon and steelhead fly patterns. But, when tying the unstoppable Crazy Charlie bonefish fly, calf tails are mandatory. Spirit River's Calf Tails are available in yellow, white, tan, pink, orange, olive, grey, and chartreuse colors. Christmas Island, here we come!

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- All-natural calf tails

- Contain lots of crinkly fibers

- Perfect for streamers, salmon and steelhead patterns, and Crazy Charlies

- Colors: yellow, white, tan, pink, orange, olive, grey, and chartreuse

Common patterns



- Crazy Charlie

- Fall Favorite

Leland on Calf Tails

Tying the perfect wing on your favorite new steelhead fly or whip finishing that last streamer before taking off for the Florida Keys can be satisfying adventures in themselves. That's why you shouldn't scrimp on the fly tying hair you use! Spirit River's all-natural Calf Tails are a joy to tie with and will assure your tying experiences will always be what you want them to be! Use this material to tie the best Crazy Charlies on the planet and go stalk the ghost of the flats - the big bonefish will love the thick, crinkly look of your flies!

Leland on Spirit River



Since 1990, Spirit River, Inc. has been providing quality, service, and innovation to the fly tying industry. Continually offering creative new products of the highest quality and application, Spirit River, Inc. pushes the envelope in fly tying each and every season. Flies tied with Spirit River's unique materials turn up extremely productive results cast after cast and the superb quality of Spirit River's entire line of fly tying materials will help any fly tyer confidently create or execute any type of artificial fly pattern on the planet. For simply the very best in both classic and modern fly tying materials, choose Spirit River, Inc.

Spirit River on Calf Tails

"This finely textured, crinkled hair is a popular material for streamer wings, salmon and steelhead patterns, Crazy Charlies, and dry flies."

Spirit River on Spirit River

"Since our birth in 1990, Spirit River, Inc has been striving to fulfill the needs of fly anglers and tyers alike. We work hard to provide high quality, exciting and innovative materials along with premium quality industry standard products. We want to make a difference.



It is our ultimate goal to supply the world with fly tying materials that stimulate your imagination and stir your fly fishing soul. It is this goal that has made Sprit River lead the way in new product ideas and produce ground-breaking products that have set us apart and made us a true leader in the fly tying industry."
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Red Truck Diesel Best Bonefish Fly Rod, 890-4
For chunky flies, stiff breezes, long casts and pissed off fish, the four piece Diesel 890-4 is what you need to get the job done.
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Bonefish Fly Rod:

 



Walking slowly on a white sandy flat you are completely alert and looking for any sign of movement! You spot three shadows at 1 o’clock moving toward you. You begin casting with the wind blowing right into your face. Three quick false cast until you deliver the fly subtle delivery 5 feet in front on the fish. You wait for your fly sink. Just as you begin to strip the largest of the group darts to your fly and eats. You strip set and the fish begins to pull of line at an alarming rate. Bonefish on!

 



The 9ft 8wt is your bonefish solution, the one best answer for bonefishing anywhere. From the clear waters of the Bahamas to the sandy flats of Christmas Island the Red Truck Balanced Bonefish Fly Rod will make every cast and presentation easier. A good Bonefish rod makes casting in the wind and long accurate cast a breeze.

 



The Red Truck Diesel “Bonefish” Fly Rod: Our saltwater safe and bonefish specific fly rod, at 9 foot for a 8 weight, this rod is balanced to cast bonefish flies in the wind effortlessly to their target. This rod was balanced to be accurate, powerful, and easy to cast.

 



·         A great rod starts with the grip. Red Trucks full wells grip is not only ergonomic but enhances feel and efficiency of casting and fishing.



·         Matte finished reducing rod glare, reflection from the sun hitting the rod blank caused from shiny rods, which can spook fish.



·         Sanded and precision fit ferules, where the rod pieces come together, allow for repairs in just 3 days and eliminates the need for you to ship the entire rod back to us.



·         Effortlessly cast in the wind.



·         4 piece design meets carry on restrictions when traveling to bonefish destinations.



·         The perfect weight for bonefishing.  



·         Powerful mid section allows for long and accurate casts.



·         Hand made with incredible craftsmanship and premium components.

 



The Recommended Fly Reel: A perfect match for the Red Truck Bonefish Fly Rod is the Loop Evotec Fly Reel. The saltwater safe sealed drag, dimensions and weight make this reel an excellent reel to hang on your Red Truck Bonefish Fly Rod.

 



·         The sealed drag system provides perfect amount of tension to fight large fish.



·         Machined from solid bar stock aluminum this reel will be appreciated for generations to come.



·         Designed in Sweden with the smoothest saltwater safe drag we have ever touched.

 



The Recommended Fly Line: The Red Truck Bonefish Fly Rod balances best with a weight forward 8wt. This line will enhance the feel and performance of your outfit.

 



·         No stretch design allows for efficient casting and strip sets.



·         Made out of Polyurethane which is incredibly durable and can with stand exposure to sunscreen, gas and diesel. All other fly lines are made from PVC which horrible for the environment.



·         The taper lends itself to long accurate casts in the wind.

 



When you put this all together you have an outfit that is incredibly easy to fish, haul, and cast. If you are sick of flubbing casts get into control and experience a truly balanced fly rod with the Red Truck Bonefish Fly Rod.

 



Where will your Red Truck take you?



Bonefish Outfit

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CHRISTMAS ISLAND OUTFITTERS


 


The fact that virtually every fly angler in America
has heard of Christmas Island is far from coincidence.  Amidst the vast
inventory of the world's saltwater destinations, Christmas Island is a
unique natural masterpiece that magically, as if designed by committee,
combines all the elements critical to
fly-fishing success: Endless hard sand flats, remarkable numbers of
cruising bonefish and trevally, and consistent year round weather await
all who visit this remarkable atoll.  Whether you are an experienced
saltwater angler returning for your tenth trip or a novice keen on
honing your flats fishing skills, we invite you to join us for the
finest and most intimate angling experience the island has to offer.

 

Christmas Island Location:


Located 1,200 miles south of Hawaii and 200 miles north the
Equator in the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas), Christmas
Island is the world's largest coral atoll.  Visiting anglers typically
spend Monday night in Hawaii and depart Tuesday at noon for a 3 hour
flight to Christmas Island.  Upon arrival the group will be greeted and
taken to the secluded beachfront lodge.


Christmas Island Accommodation:

Catering to no more than eight anglers per week, accommodations at Christmas Island Outfitters consist of four private
bungalows that sleep two anglers each.  Rooms are simple clean and
spacious and have private baths, fans, screened windows, a table with
chairs and refrigerators.  The common meeting area features a friendly
bar and a casual dinning area where fresh simple meals are served in the
morning and evening hours.  Small by design to ensure flexibility and
quality fishing, the daily schedule and meal times at Christmas Island
Outfitters often vary slightly in order to take advantage of the best
tides and fishing conditions.

 

Christmas Island Fishing Program:

All guides at Christmas Island Outfitters have been hand picked for
their overall level of experience and skill, calmness under pressure,
and instructional abilities.  We feel that visitors will be hard pressed
to find a better crew of saltwater fly-fishing guides anywhere in the
world.


Each day anglers will depart via truck or catamaran for the
day's fishing.  While standard packages include one guide for every two
anglers, one on one guiding is available at a reasonable
additional cost.  Virtually all fishing will be done while wading and
entails sight casting to visible fish in shallow water.  Christmas
Island's plentiful bonefish average 2-4 pounds with each week presenting
numerous opportunities at larger specimens in the 5-10 pound class.


For anglers keen on the challenge of trevally, (giant,
golden, blue fin, and striped) the guides at Christmas Island Outfitters
are highly skilled and passionate in their pursuit.  While a somewhat
higher stakes game than bonefishing, the results are often
spectacular!  

 

Christmas Island Travel:

To get to Christmas Island you will need to make travel arrangements to
and from Honolulu, Hawaii and also hotel arrangements in Honolulu.  All
trips to Christmas Island start and end in Honolulu.  You should plan to
arrive in Honolulu on Monday.  Most guests prefer to stay at the
Honolulu Airport Hotel (808-836-0661).  The flight to Christmas Island
departs Honolulu
Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. from the Aloha Airline inter-island terminal.  It
is essential to arrive at the Airport two hours before your flight. 
The following Tuesday the return flight from Christmas Island typically
leaves about 7:30 a.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 10:30 a.m.  Due to the
somewhat unpredictable nature of the arrival time on your return flight
we recommend that you schedule your flight out of Honolulu to leave
after 12:00 or 12:30 p.m.   

Included:

Accommodations, meals, guide fees, Christmas Island ground transfers, flats transportation, and fishing license.


 


Not Included:

Round trip flight from Honolulu to Kiribati, alcoholic beverages,
gratuities ($20-30 per guide per day and $5-10 per day for room
service plus Island departure tax).

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CHRISTMAS ISLAND EQUIPMENT LIST


 


Bonefish cast, nice one, now let's walk some more; Bonefish
cast again, another nice one, now let's walk some more; Bonefish, no
wait, quick take the 11 weight here comes a Giant Trevally! Those are
the words you will hear from the guides over and over on this beautiful
South Pacific island.  Your only thought should be ?no problem atoll? as
you cast to that 50 pounder.  You will be traveling a long way, on trip
of lifetime, to island that does not have a fly shop; we suggest you
prepare for any and all types of fishing conditions that will arise. 
We've tried to keep the list simple and most of all effective.


 


DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT AND YOUR VISA!!!!!


 


RODS, REELS AND LINES


Bonefish


 


Trevally


 


LEADERS, TIPPET AND FLIES 


Bonefish


Flies: Christmas Island Selection


 


 


Trevally




Flies: Christmas Island Selection


 






TECHNICAL CLOTHES


 


MISCELLANEOUS


Simms Dermatone Suncreen


Greased Lightnin' Line Cleaner



Dr. Slick Pliers


Dr. Slick 6" Hook File

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Red Truck Diesel Best Bonefish Outfit 890-4
Perfectly balanced for casting to Bonefish on the flats in even the windiest of conditions.
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Bonefish Fly Fishing Outfit:

 



Walking slowly on a white sandy flat you are completely alert and looking for any sign of movement! You spot three shadows at 1 o’clock moving toward you. You begin casting with the wind blowing right into your face. Three quick false cast until you deliver the fly subtle delivery 5 feet in front on the fish. You wait for your fly sink. Just as you begin to strip the largest of the group darts to your fly and eats. You strip set and the fish begins to pull of line at an alarming rate. Bonefish on!

 



The 9ft 8wt is your bonefish solution, the one best answer for bonefishing anywhere. From the clear waters of the Bahamas to the sandy flats of Christmas Island the Red Truck Balanced Bonefish Outfit will make every cast and presentation easier. A good Bonefish rod makes casting in the wind and long accurate cast a breeze.

 



The Red Truck Diesel “Bonefish” Fly Rod: Our saltwater safe and bonefish specific fly rod, at 9 foot for a 8 weight, this rod is balanced to cast bonefish flies in the wind effortlessly to their target. This rod was balanced to be accurate, powerful, and easy to cast.

 



·         A great rod starts with the grip. Red Trucks full wells grip is not only ergonomic but enhances feel and efficiency of casting and fishing.



·         Matte finished reducing rod glare, reflection from the sun hitting the rod blank caused from shiny rods, which can spook fish.



·         Sanded and precision fit ferules, where the rod pieces come together, allow for repairs in just 3 days and eliminates the need for you to ship the entire rod back to us.



·         Effortlessly cast in the wind.



·         4 piece design meets carry on restrictions when traveling to bonefish destinations.



·         The perfect weight for bonefishing.  



·         Powerful mid section allows for long and accurate casts.



·         Hand made with incredible craftsmanship and premium components.



·         Comes with extra tip for on the flats insurance.

 



The Loop Evotec Fly Reel:A perfect match for the Red Truck Bonefish Fly Rod is the Loop Evotec Fly Reel. The saltwater safe sealed drag, dimensions and weight make this reel an excellent reel to hang on your Red Truck Bonefish Fly Rod.

 



·         The sealed drag system provides perfect amount of tension to fight large fish.



·         Machined from solid bar stock aluminum this reel will be appreciated for generations to come.



·         Designed in Sweden with the smoothest saltwater safe drag we have ever touched.

 



The Line: This outfit comes balanced with a weight forward 8wt. This line enhances the feel and performance of your outfit.

 



·         No stretch design allows for efficient casting and strip sets.



·         Made out of Polyurethane which is incredibly durable and can with stand exposure to sunscreen, gas and diesel. All other fly lines are made from PVC which horrible for the environment.



·         The taper lends itself to long accurate casts in the wind.

 



When you put this all together you have an outfit that is incredibly easy to fish, haul, and cast. This outfit comes fully rigged, ready to fish, and includes an extra tip. If you are sick of flubbing casts get into control and experience a truly balanced outfit with the Red Truck Bonefish Outfit.

 



Where will your Red Truck take you?



Bonefish Outfit

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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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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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What our upgrader's have to say
When a customer trusts us to get the best prices for their unwanted gear, it’s our duty to provide the best service possible.
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7/2/13
Jim of Naples, FL

Dear Leland Upgrade Team
Last year I happened to tell one of my fishing buddies, that I wanted to sell some of my old fly fishing stuff on ebay.  My friend told me about Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters and the Leland Upgrade program.
 
After reading about the Leland Upgrade on your website, and a quick phone call for some minor questions, I sent you my fly fishing rods & equipment that I wasn't using anymore.  I can't tell you how surprised I was at how quickly you got this equipment on ebay and sold.  I was also very pleased by the prices that you were able to get for me.
 
Thank you again for making this an easy process, and making my experience with Leland a great one!  I will tell everyone about the Leland Upgrade team and how you enabled me to upgrade my fly fishing equipment painlessly and without spending a lot of money!
Thank you again.


2/14/13
Tom of
Danbury, CT


Attached please find a photo of me with a beautiful brown trout caught using my new Abel reel purchased from Leland. You guys are the best in offering advise and your upgrade program is Great !!!!


 

2/13/13
Jack of
Oklahoma City, OK


Having fly fished for over 40 years, I have accumulated a lot of equipment that I don't use anymore…that is until I found your upgrade program.  Now I am able to have the Loop Cross S1, what I consider the best fly rod made. I can't thank you enough for providing this service.  Leland has a customer for life now.


 









11/21/12
Duncan of Orange Beach, AL

I wanted to post about a great experience I had with Leland Outfitters and their exchange program. I shipped them a bunch of old flyfishing equipment I no longer used, they cleaned it up and sold it on ebay for me, and I was able to buy new equipment. It all worked just as it was supposed to, and that doesn't happen very often these days. I can highly recommend you do business with this shop.










8/21/12
Joel of Dutch Flat, CA

Job well done.  This really is a no-hassle way to clean out the closet of gear I wasn’t using and get some items that I do need for Christmas Island.    
I’ve not listed anything on ebay before, but watching the process was like fishing itself, toss the offering out there and see what happens.

And now for the fun part!
Cheers,
Joel


 


7/2/12
Cary of Arlington, VA

I promised myself no new fly rods until I got rid of some that I no longer use so naturally Leland Upgrade came to mind. I now have sold seven rods through Leland and I am confident that I got a good price for every single one (and I saved myself a lot of hassle) because Leland was the interface with the buyer. They kept me well informed and was a pleasure to work with.  And I cannot wait to go fishing with my new gear.









4/24/12
Michael of Branford, CT

Big thanks to Casey and the guys at Leland outfitters for rigging my tibor reels,, they are amazing reels.. the backing and the bimini loop got plenty of work this week,, it helped land this 41"-35lb bass
the upgrade program is the best!!!!
thanks!


4/25/12
John C. of Illinois


Just a short note to express my complete satisfaction with
your program. You were most helpful before I sent my rod to you--and after the rod sold as well. Your pictures and comments were the reason the rod did as well as it did. I would not hesitate to make your talent, as well as your program, public. What an asset
for a fly shop to have.





2/14/12
Mark of Southern California

I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the Leland Upgrade Program.  The process was completely painless and the descriptions of the my gear were well written and accurate.  The best part was the results, so much better than I expected!  I will definitely do this again in fact I’m cleaning out my garage now.


1/23/12
Alain of Branford, CT

I am really pleased with the Leland Upgrade Program.  The no-nonsense
commission is perfect, as the people who send you product can
easily track their auctions and know immediately what they are owed in
store credit.  Casey did a great job answering my questions and
updating the auction's progress and payment.  You did everything
perfectly and the listing was the most professional I have seen.  Your
photography and listing was top-notch.  I have already recommended
your service to numerous people in the Northeast (I am part of the
competitive fly-fishing community and a huge proponent of European
nymphing styles).  There are other eBay services, but none as
professional as yours.



11/25/11
Derry of Ireland

In relation to feedback on the Leland Upgrade experience, I am very satisfied especially with the ability to follow the auction on ebay. This was my first time to use this facility and will certainly use it again very soon in the future. It’s amazing to discover how many rods / reels one has that are seldom used!! Great idea and works well for all.





11/02/11
Scott of Horseshoe Bay, TX


I can't thank you enough for your encouragement to gather up some of my seldom used fly fishing gear and give you a chance to find it a new home. Your program is marvelous and you really do absolutely everything involved in the auction sale process. Every item I sent you was very professionally marketed and each one brought far more value that I expected. It certainly will not be a problem to spend up my







8/29/11
Greg of Fair Oaks, CA


"A Fly Fishing Fairytale" Once upon a recent time there was a tall fly fisherman who during the course of a passionate fly fishing life accumulated many rods,reels and spools that he no longer used. The formerly utilized fly gear languished in a desk,closet and his garage. The equipment was much too fine to not be used and their disuse caused the fly fisherman minor ennui and consternation.  The accumulated unused gear also inhibited the fly angler from buying new and finer gear. As great luck would have it the fly Angler learned of a magician's guild known as Leland Fly Fishing's Upgrade Program where sorcerers could invoke spells that allowed used fly fishing gear to regain some of the luster of it's youth.  the gear was then sold for astonishing prices throughout the known world.  Casey and Jon were the names of 2 of the affable, engaging and expert sorcerers. In short order the tall fly fisherman sent more than 20 spools,reels and rods to the LFF UP and they sold the gear to fly fisherman across the globe.  The story continues and the tall fly angler has new and advanced gear with poetic names like VXP, spey, Galvan and Rio which have graced waters in British Columbia, Mexico, Montana, the California Delta, Northern and Central California with the Amazon on the horizon...........





8/09/11
Steve of South Korea


I have just shipped my third (and probably not final!) batch of gear to the Leland Upgrade Program - what can I say, I wouldn't keep using it if it didn't work so well! Even though I live in Asia, it is still worthwhile for me to use the program - for starters, Leland make it so easy, I get exactly the same outcome as if I did it myself, but they do all the work, plus their status on eBay adds value to my goods when they sell. I have sold several rods, reels and spools and all have sold equally well, in some cases for more than I bought them for!

It's a great service, and it has allowed me to upgrade a rod and some reels to current models. Which fly fisherman doesn't like new gear??!!

Also the team at Leland is very efficient, provide great customer service and communicate well.






7/27/11
Mark of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX


I wanted to write and let you know that I have now sent you ALL of my older rods to be sold through Leland Upgrade. I am truly amazed at how well the upgrade program has worked for me. I have never heard of a better program for selling off older gear. I applaud your level of professionalism and knowledge regarding the upgrade program and it is certainly a pleasure to call you and discuss different ideas regarding fly gear. Additionally, I want to thank you for introducing me to the Red Truck Series fly rods. As you know, I was a bit skeptical of them in the beginning. As it stands today, I know of no better rod regardless of the price. Certainly the Red Truck rods are a great value but the "fishability" of these rods is second to none, regardless of the price. In short, I am absolutely thrilled with Red Truck rods. Also, I appreciate you sending the Red Truck Premium 5wt to my friend in such a timely manner. Keep up the great work. You guys have an amazing shop and an even better customer service package. I look forward to working with you in the future





7/18/11
Juan of Clayton, CA


The Leland Upgrade program: easy as heck, reliable, and a great excuse to visit the shop! I have used it on a number of occasions and have really
enjoyed it.  The guys are super professional, prompt, and very
knowledgeable!





6/29/11
Jerry of Edmond, OK


If you are an angler who wants to sell good stuff in order to get even better stuff, then Leland Upgrade is the only way to go.  Jon and the guys will prep your gear, take professional grade photos and list it in a manner that will guarantee top dollar.  Get serious, who has the time to sell gear?
Leave it to the professionals. You should be out on the water.  Thanks again to Jon and Casey.







5/9/11
Al of Excelsior, MN


Leland’s Upgrade Program is one of the finest services in fly fishing.  Take that reel you never use or the rod you want to upgrade and send it to Leland.  Their photographers and copywriters will present it on ebay, honestly describing it but putting it in the best possible light.  Sincerely, unless you’re a professional you can’t matching Leland’s presentation or the financial results.  The profit on the sale becomes a store credit, and you’re ready to go shopping. 




4/25/11
Gregg of Longmont, CO


This will be my third and fourth rods to sell through the Upgrade Program. The first sales went so well. I was impressed at the professional way everything was handled from the start to buying my new Scott T2H switch rod. I am convinced that you net me more cash because of the great presentation and the Leland name.


Thanks, Gregg






4/14/11
Mark of Great Falls, MT


I recently went on my first Salt Water trip and after doing some research I decided to go with the Hatch reels for the trip. I was not disappointed by their performance. When I returned to the States, I decided to make the full conversion to Hatch reels for all my fly fishing and the Leland Upgrade Program was perfect for this goal. I sold all of my non Hatch reels and used all the profits to replace my old fresh water reels.  I got top dollar for my old gear  and I had no hassles selling it. Leland took care of it all.

My only problem is now I also started buying from the Leland Upgrade
listings.  I found some great values and hard to find merchandise.  I check the listings very few days looking for that new used gear item I can't live without.

The program is very well run and organized. The staff have been excellent in customer service. I would highly recommend this program.




4/4/11
Reverend Joel of Bradenton. FL


I want to thank the Leland Upgrade Program for this incredible program! You guys made it possible for me to sell my used gear, some of it decades old, and get equipment I’d been dreaming about. When I sent my gear to you I had hoped to sell enough stuff to partially finance one particular Winston bamboo fly rod. Not only did I get the Winston bamboo but amazingly I was able to pick-up two Winston IIIx rods and a tackle pack for my spring bonefishing trip to the Bahamas.

This program is great! Selling my used equipment was easy, stress-free and may have contributed to the improvement of my marriage!






3/24/11
Sergey
of Simsbury, CT


"About my experience with Leland Upgrade I can address to everyone that no matter if you are selling or you are buying from Leland Upgrade like I did few times during last three years, you can be absolutely sure that your product will get best professional evaluation and presentation allowing other people to buy it with confidence and trust. In my opinion this is the key of any Upgrade program and Leland has developed it extremely well."





3/7/11
Bob
of El Dorado Hills, CA


"I am heading to Belize for some saltwater fishing in June, 2011. Needed to standardize my reels. Had an Abel Super 8 and Sage 3400D with spools for my 10wts. Decided to purchase two Tibor Riptide reels but how do I sell my Abel and Sage? Bingo, the Leland Upgrade Program. Jon & Casey handled the selling of the reels on eBay from start to finish. I received a good enough price that I was able to purchase one of the Riptides and some accessories. If this program was not available I would probably still have the two reels and spools. Jon and I are also working on some additional equipment that I need. To Jon and the Upgrade Program, "Job Well Done"







2/12/11
Cole
of Pingree, ID


"Leland does an amazing job of taking  the hassle out of selling your gear.  I was impressed by the prices they got for my gear and the quality of service they offered.  They truly know what they're doing and don't charge any dumb fees or commission. They did a great job selling my old gear.  The other thing great about this program is that your store credit can literally get you any of the top gear in the fly fishing industry.  The bonus with this program is that Leland has some of the best customer service around.  Talking to them on the phone is just like walking into your local fly shop.  They are knowledgeable and caring and really want to make you happy with your purchase."





1/4/11
Brett
of San Rafael, CA


"I had heard good things about the Leland Upgrade Program (LUP) from my brother, who had taken advantage of the program several years ago. I had a closet full of 2-piece rods that were not likely to see the light of day again, so I decided to see if I could recycle them through the LUP. After receiving about 3 times the amount I had anticipated, I went back to the closet and pulled out bags of old reels from different phases of my fishing career, spanning the last 15 to 20 years. All of the items auctioned on eBay were professionally described and accurately rated for condition. Duplicate reels and spools were staggered to get maximum return. When it was all said and done, I netted about $5,000 from gear that was previously destined for the dust bin. The staff is very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. I highly recommend the LUP to everyone with unwanted or out of date gear - everybody wins."








12/08/10
Jon
of Canby, OR


"I could not be happier with the Leland Upgrade Program! Finally, a
guilt-free way to fish with the newest and latest gear. The guilt of leaving
perfectly usable gear in the closet just to fish with the latest gear kept
me from buying what I really wanted. Thanks to the Upgrade Program, no more gear guilt.

The help from the Leland staff has been nothing short of impressive. In
those rare instances that one of their staff doesn't know the answer, they
get me to a person who has the answer."






    



12/07/10
Patrick
of Feasterville, PA


"I was a little hesitant about sending my gear across the country to be sold on ebay. However after dealing with the Leland staff on previous occasions I knew it was in good hands. The quality of their descriptions and photographs was great, and they even took the extra time to clean all my gear so it would turn top dollar. I ended up with more credit than I thought my old gear would receive. Constant email updates and contact through phone calls let me know I was in good hands and Leland's costumer service is second to none. I will not be hesitant in the future to go to Leland for any of my fly-fishing needs!"
 



 

12/02/10
Jim
of Shreveport, LA


"Like most fly fisherman, I have accumulated a lot of gear over the years
that - while fine when I bought it - has spent more time in the fishing
closet lately than on the water... Happily, I have recently discovered the
Leland Upgrade Program as a way to turn that lonely gear into money.
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The program is simple - send your gear to Leland and they'll clean it up for you, sell it on Ebay and won't charge you a dime more than Ebay would charge you for selling it yourself - leaving you with top value for your gear in store credit at one of the top fly shops in the country.  Ariel and the entire Upgrade Team are pros whose specialty seems to be putting dollars in your pocket.
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Once your gear is sold and you have your credit, you'll find the Leland staff is an invaluable resource for information on the replacement gear you need no matter where or how you fish. From the newest cutting edge technology to time-tested gear that evokes the rich tradition of our sport, the Leland staff can help you find exactly what you want and need."








10/19/10
Kent of Bedford, NH


So here I am in Bedford, New Hampshire wondering what to do with some quality fly-fishing gear that hasn't seen the water in just about two years. According to Mapquest my home is 3,128 miles away from your flagship store in San Francisco. That said having done business with you in the past via eBay I decided to take advantage of your upgrade program and let's just say I am so glad I did. From the very beginning Ariel Molina was tremendously helpful guiding me through the description and shipment process. As promised the shipping labels arrived via email, I shipped them from the local UPS Store and I was told my gear arrived safely. A few days later I checked out my gear on eBay under the Leland banner and I was stunned at the quality, professionalism and presentation of my gear on eBay and not only that one week later I was very very pleased with the result.

For anyone reading this email I have a little bit of advice for you, buy the best gear you can afford, take good care of your gear and if you ever want to upgrade or sell your gear use the Leland Upgrade Program!

07/18/10
L
arry of Grand Rapids, MI


Larry was most impressed with the communication from the Upgrade Team during the sale of his gear.

Best of all, he got a little more credit out of the experience than he expected. Here's how Larry's expectations were exceeded:

 

“When I first came upon it online, I thought it would be a good way to sell some old fly fishing equipment, and I didn't have any idea as to current value, collectiblity or demand,” Larry said. “I had a number in mind as to what would be a fair price for my gear and was pleased and surprised to have gotten twice what I expected.”

 

06/06/10
Phil of San Diego, CA

 
Phil upgraded a handful of his collection of older model rods and reels.
 
After the sales were finished, he was impressed with the quality and professionalism of the service:
 
“I think your text and quality photos add more appeal to the eBay auction process than I could do on my own; plus, I think buyers feel more comfortable with a retailer than an individual,” Phil said. “As long as I keep fly fishing, I figure I could always use the credit at Leland. When I'm in SF, I always stop by to see what's new.”
 
After the credit was tallied, he picked up a new Scott S4 4-weight rod and a Simms Windstopper DL Jacket for the small streams and chilly weather in the High Sierra.

 

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What is a Bonefish
The bonefish has been called the “silver bullet of the flats” and rightfully so. This member of the Elopiformes order and close relative of the tarpon possesses lightning quickness and race car speed. In open water these fish have been clocked at nearly 23 miles per hour. This astounding physical ability has helped the bonefish survive 125 million years of evolution, solidifying its place among the earth’s most ancient species.
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Albula vulpes

Pieter Bleeker, 1859


“Bonefish fight so hard that they almost deserve to get away.”


- Pete Perinchief, former Director of Bermuda’s

Fishing Information Bureau, 1964





The bonefish has been called the “silver bullet of the flats” and
rightfully so. This member of the Elopiformes order and close relative
of the tarpon possesses lightning quickness and race car speed. In open
water these fish have been clocked at nearly 23 miles per hour. This
astounding physical ability has helped the bonefish survive 125 million
years of evolution, solidifying its place among the earth’s most ancient
species. The bonefish is also clever and cunning, its name, Albula vulpes, literally means “white fox.”



The bonefish was first discovered and named by famed Dutch
ichthyologist, Pieter Bleeker, in 1859. Bleeker’s contribution to the
study of fish was more than prolific during his 18 year stint as a
medical officer in the Dutch East Indian Army from 1842 to 1860; his
famous treatise Atlas Ichthyologique provides a laboriously detailed
account of his work in Indonesia and includes notes on the bonefish.



Bleeker’s bonefish are incredibly nimble and skittish creatures. Native to saltwater
flats environments, bonefish can be found in nearly every tropical body
of water on the globe. The recorded range of the bonefish is 45°N -
31°s, 159°w - 35°w. Yet, despite their common occurrence and widely
distributed range, bonefish remain a difficult set of silvery fins to
catch, owing to their selective feeding, nearly perfect camouflage,
360-degree eyesight, and flat out speed in open water. The unique
sporting challenge offered by bonefish has brought a host of eager fly
anglers to the tropics in search of adventure and the chance to catch a
silver bullet.



Bonefish are a curiously primitive looking species. Masters of illusion,
bonefish sport a highly reflective set of scales that function as an
array of tiny mirrors, reflecting quite accurately the fish’s
ever-changing environment. The narrow and muscular bonefish is also
built with a tapered nose, leading to an extremely powerful mouth. The
species uses this mouth to root for its food in the coral and on the
sandy bottom of the saltwater flats it calls home, crushing prey with
its hard palate.



Emerging on the skinny water of the saltwater flats during periods of
tidal flux, bonefish dine on a rich diet of clams, shrimp, and crabs,
and they will rarely pass up the opportunity to snare even smaller
critters such as saltwater worms, snails, and baitfish. Locally,
bonefish will vary their feeding habits, sometimes turning into the tide
to sniff out their prey and at other times following prey into the
tidal direction. Fly anglers should be sure to understand their local
quarry prior to stalking bonefish – a local fly shop or guide service
can be invaluable in the pursuit of these mirrored torpedoes.



Tropical saltwater flats are often only a few inches deep and don’t
offer feeding bonefish much protection or cover. When digging for their
meals, bonefish are often forced to expose a good portion of their tail
above the water. Subsequently, bonefish will often be found “tailing”
either in
pairs or in larger schools. To spot a tailing bonefish or group of
bonefish, look for their deeply forked tails just above the waterline,
flashing brilliantly in the sunlight. Saltwater fly anglers will tell
you that there is nothing more exciting than crouching near a thick
patch of turtle grass in the middle of an expansive tropical flat and
spotting the glittering flash of a school of tailing bonefish!



Despite the classic tailing give-away, merely spotting a bonefish can
present quite a frustrating challenge to a fly angler. Many saltwater
flats have sandy bottoms, but others are composed of the mottled browns,
greens, and gold of thick turtle grass, making it very difficult to
glimpse a well-camouflaged fish. Saltwater fly anglers also look for
“cruising” or “mudding” bonefish. When looking for a cruising fish or
school, watch for quick flashes and shadows along the bottom of the
flat. Mudding bonefish will produce clouds and wide plumes of gray sand
as they hunt and dig for their prey. Looking for such a mud spot will
often yield good results.



A good pair of polarized sunglasses with copper or yellow photochromatic
lenses will ease the strain of this challenge. (Experience in spotting
bonefish, or a guide perched atop the polling platform of a specialized
flats boat will also help!)



Bonefish are particularly aware of the perils of the thin water in which
they feed. Such heightened awareness renders these fish extremely
skittish at the slightest sign of danger. Fly anglers must take extreme
care not to frighten feeding bonefish. This means maintaining a low
profile, keeping rod tips on the water, and being prepared to make long, directed, and accurate casts in a number of challenging conditions.



Saltwater flats fishing requires a confident cast, tight attention to
fly presentations, and a good working knowledge of local water and tidal
conditions. Bonefishing requires all of these along with a heavy dose
of concentration. Fly anglers chasing bonefish will most often be sight
casting for their quarry. When sight casting for bonefish it is
extremely important to understand the delicate mix of water and wind
conditions and distance to the fish. If the wind is high, an angler may
need to use a shorter leader and a heavier 9 weight rod and line to turn
over the fly and lay down a sixty foot cast. If conditions are calm and
the saltwater flat is glassy, a 14 or 15 foot leader and a lighter 7
weight rod may be necessary to avoid spooking the fish during
presentation of the fly.  However, if you were to choose just one fly rod to tackle all conditions, it should be a 9' #8 fly rod.  Our favorite bonefish fly rod is the Loop Cross S1 Flatsman 890-4...controlled distance, accuracy and strength.



Because bonefish are so wary, it is important to understand how the fish
is moving and where to place a cast. Saltwater flats anglers will often
lead a feeding bonefish by a generous 15 feet or more. The key to
presenting a fly to a bonefish is to make the fly appear to be moving
away from the fish. This may sound difficult, but can easily be achieved
with a simple hook cast or reach cast – both well-practiced casts in
the arsenal of trout and freshwater anglers.



Stripping line after such a cast is also important. Experiment with
longer and shorter strips with different pacing; pause and give the fly a
slight jerk and then strip in more line. Local guides will have a
favored technique and will tell you just what to do when you’ve spotted a fish and placed that perfect cast.



Hooksetting should also not be overlooked. Be sure to set the hook
firmly with a confident strip set as soon as you feel the subtle tug of a
bonefish at the end of the line. Freshwater anglers making the
transition to salt commonly make the mistake of lifting the rod tip
vertically to set the hook. This technique may work on Montana’s great
and storied Madison for big browns, but it won’t hook a bonefish. (Too
many anglers have bought their guides rounds of drinks back at the lodge
for lifting the tip instead of using a solid strip set. Don’t be a
statistic!)



For efficient fly delivery and better hook sets, the proper fly line is very important when bonefishing.  The Airflo Ridge Bonefish fly line
is the best fly line on the market today for saltwater flats fishing. 
With a patented coating of polyurethane, which is impervious to bug
repellant and sunscreen, this particular fly line will last many hard
seasons.  All other fly lines are constructed of PVC material and don't
react well to the likes of bug spray and sun screen.  The low-stretch
core of the Airflo Bonefish line provides more efficient casts.  And,
when "strip-setting" on a bonefish, this low-stretch core makes for
solid hook sets. 



Bonefish will readily take a well-presented fly, and will make several
long runs, usually taking a fly angler 150 yards deep into the backing.
Generally a bonefish will make about as many long, straight runs as its
weight in pounds. A 2-pound fish will make 2 long runs and a 4-pounder
will take you and your reel for a spin about 4 times. This is not by any
means a hard and fast rule, but something to keep in mind when it’s
time to strip set the hook and play that fish!



A raft of creative fly patterns has arrived on the tails of the bonefish
craze. Synthetics, foam, and flashy materials offer fly tiers a new
world of possible creations to toss into the salt. Crazy Charlies and
Bonefish Candy are effective patterns from Christmas Island to Los
Roques. One of the hottest and most productive bonefish flies around is
Bonefish Bitters, a modern epoxy-headed crustacean imitation developed
by Craig Matthews in the 1980s. Classics like the Gotcha and the
Bonefish Scampi as well as myriad crab patterns will also yield good
results on the saltwater flats.



Bonefish have provided fly anglers of all stripes and backgrounds with a
new and salty world of mystery, information, and excitement. Freshwater
anglers have enjoyed the challenge of learning new rigging, casting
techniques, and traveling to warmer more tropical destinations.
Saltwater anglers have enjoyed advancing the sport of fooling bonefish
with a fly and pushing the limits of saltwater flats fishing. Bonefish
are special creatures, and according to fly fishing legend, Lefty Kreh,
if left with only one choice, the bonefish would be his target. That’s
quite a bold marketing pitch, and one we’re hard-pressed to disagree
with. 





                                                                       - Evan P. LeBon

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LOS ROQUES


 


Los Roques is a set of small islands in the Caribbean
Sea located 80 miles north of Caracas, Venezuela.  While the area is
often referred to as an archipelago, technically Los Roques is an atoll
within the Lesser Antilles characterized by  magnificent coral beds,
diverse and varied flats, sandy beaches, clear waters and incredible
natural beauty.  The entire atoll was declared a national park in the
mid-80's and since that time there has been very little development,
thus insuring the pristine nature of the area for generations to come.


Located 11 degrees north of the equator, Los Roques' air and
water temperatures vary little throughout the season.  The area is also
characterized by a dry climate and is relatively unaffected by cold
fronts and hurricanes.  These factors make Los Roques one of the safest
bonefishing locations in the world in terms of weather and water
conditions much like Christmas Island.  Chris Yrazabal, owner of Sight
Cast, is a ten-year veteran to guiding the Los Roques region.  His
guests are housed at Vistalmar lodge, which is located only five minutes
from the airport on the atoll's largest island El Gran Roque.


 


Sight Cast Outfitters Fishing:    

With more than 250 square miles of fishable water, the Los
Roques area is wade fisherman's dream come true. While many of the more
productive flats are covered with turtle grass, coral flats and hard
sand flats also abound. 

 

Regarded primarily as a bonefish destination, the vast and varied waters
surrounding your lodge also provide ample opportunities for species
such as Barracuda, Tarpon, Jacks and Spanish mackerel.  During the prime
months of mid-January through mid-October, Los Roques offers impressive
numbers of bonefish that average 3-4 pounds.  Fish over 5 pounds are
common, and good numbers of fish in the 7-10 pound range are present. 
Fish over 10 pounds have been taken, and the lodge record is an honest
13 pounder!  Their season runs from mid-January through October.


 


Fishing is done from 28 ft fiberglass boats with one guide
and one captain per two clients.  The fishing day is approximately
8-hours, but times vary so as to hit the best tides.  If the best tides
for tailing fish are late afternoon, the fishing day may be from 10:30
a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  When anglers tire of walking the flats
or tides are not optimal for wading, anglers can fish from the boat's
casting platform.    While these boats are too large to be poled
effectively, the boatman can "walk" the boat across deeper flats, while
the guide helps anglers to spot fish from the bow.  The guides can also
take anglers to deep-water "muds," or "secret" bonefish holes where even
beginners can catch an abundance of bonefish.              

 

Sight Cast Outfitters Vistalmar Lodge Accommodation:


Lodging is at Vistalmar Lodge, which is located on the beach
of the big island of El Gran Roque.  Anglers stay in double occupancy
guestrooms, each with two standard single or double beds, ceiling fan,
air conditioners and a private bath.    There is a living room area
downstairs, and an open-air rooftop bar and lounge.  Breakfasts and
dinners are served Oceanside by an exclusive chef.  

 

Sight Cast Outfitters Travel:

You will need to make travel arrangements to Caracas, Venezuela. The
Hotel in Caracas and inner country flights are included in the package
price.  Anglers are met at the airport
(after clearing customs) by a representative of the lodges transfer
service, Grand Slam Transfers.  The employee of the transfer service
will be holding a sign with the name Sight Cast and Grand Slam.  He will
then take anglers to the Hotel.  The transfer to the hotel from the
airport should take 10 minutes.


The next morning, the transfer service will take Anglers
directly to the LTA Airline counter (usually pick up at the hotel is at
6:45 a.m.). Once there, they will need to pay US $4 each (national
departure tax).  The confirmation number for the flight will be given
(as well as an electronic ticket via mail) one month prior to arrival. 
The plane to Los Roques usually departs at 8:00 a.m. for the 35-minute
flight on a DASH 7.   Anglers can have breakfast at the airport or at
Los Roques.  The Sight Cast staff will be at the El Gran Roque airport
to meet arriving anglers.  It is then a short 3 minute walk from the
airport.


 


On the departure day the flight back to Caracas is usually at 6:00
p.m.  In Caracas Grand Slam will transfer anglers to the hotel and then
to the airport the following day. There is an $42.00 departure tax.

 


Included:

First and last over night at the selected hotel: In Caracas: Best
Western or Tamanaco and and in La Guaira: Puerto Viejo Best Western,
round trip flight Caracas - Los Roques - Caracas with LTA, Accommodation
at Vistalmar Lodge, all meals at the Lodge and at the boat, all ground
transfers, guided fishing, fishing licenses and permits.


 


Not Included:

International air to Caracas, Meals and beverages in the mainland, Los
Roques National Park, entry fee (approx. $10), alcoholic beverages
(except beers on the boat), items of a personal nature such as phone
calls and laundry, domestic departure tax (approx. $2), International
departure tax (approx. $37), gratuities to the lodge staff and fishing
guides.


 

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