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We're passionate about fly fishing and our customers.

We're available to answer questions on products, orders, manufacturers, and fly fishing any time between
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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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Fly Fishing The Lower Sacramento Redding - Beginner
The Lower Sac is rated one of the best tailwater fisheries in the US. It flows through downtown Redding, meandering through residential subdivisions, office buildings, and recreational areas. This river is a lifeline for most of California, providing water for central valley agriculture. It just so happens that Rainbows that inhabit the river are football shaped and weigh up to 15 lbs
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The Lower Sacramento is rated one of the best tailwater fisheries in the US. It flows through downtown Redding, meandering through residential subdivisions, office buildings, and recreational areas. This river is a lifeline for most of California, providing water for central valley agriculture. It just so happens that Rainbows that inhabit the river are football shaped and weigh up to 15 lbs. The predominate fishing method for the Lower Sacramento River is by drift boat. Although, drifting can be the most sucessful method; it is not the only method.

Difficulty rating of the Lower Sacramento River - Beginner

This rating comes with a caveat. The Lower Sacramento River is a very large river and can be baffling to even expert anglers. However, if you get a good guide a complete greenhorn has a great shot at catching a nice fish. Indicator rigs are the best for fishing the Lower Sacramento.

Species in the Lower Sacramento River:

Rainbow Trout: Year Round
King Salmon: Summer/Fall
Steelhead: Fall/winter
Stipers: Summer/Fall
Shad: Late Spring/ Summer

Fishable flows on the Lower Sacramento:

Wading: 3,000-8,000 cfs

Drift boat: 3,000-20,000 cfs

Most productive time of year to fish the Lower Sacramento River:

Spring through Fall


Hatches on the Lower Sacramento River:

  • Egg Hatch: October through March
  • Caddis (Brachycentrus): March through May
  • Caddis (Hydropsychid): May through October
  • Blue Wing Olive: November through February


Recommended reading for the Lower Sacramento River:

Fly Fishers Guide to Northern California: Seth Norman

California's Best Fishing Waters:

Licenses to fish the Lower Sacramento River:


To fish the Lower Sacramento you need a California Fishing License.

Access on the Lower Sacramento River:

Wading The Lower Sacramento:
Codwell Park
The Sundail Bridge
Knighton Island
Girvan Rd.
Anderson River Park
Deschutes Bridge

Boat Access on the Lower Sacramento River:
Posse Grounds
Bonnyview Boat Ramp
Riverside RV Park
Anderson River Park
Roosters Landing

Lodging on Lower Sacramento River:

Hotels:


Camping:
Sacramento River RV Park
6596 Riverland Dr
Redding, CA 96002

Phone: 530-365-6402



Recommended Guide on the Lower Sacramento River:

Aaron Grabiel - The Northern California Guide

Phone- 530-356-2189

Fly fishing gear for The Lower Sacramento River-

Casting large indicators, heavy split shot, up to 3 flies, and not to mention the enormity of the fish make the Lower Sacramento River a six weight fly rod river.

If you have any more questions on The Lower Sacramento River please feel free to contact us info@flyfishingoutfitters.com or by phone 415.781.3474

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No longer fly fishing? Looking for an appraisal? Contact Leland Fly Tackle Consignment to learn more.
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Why consign my gear through Leland Fly Tackle Consignment?

Leland Upgrade, an established trade-in program has been an outlet for anglers looking to upgrade to the best gear available by taking their underutilized fly rods and reels and turning this tackle into store credit.

Selling fly tackle through our world renowned ebay store maximizes consignee returns and ultimately puts more money in your pocket. That's where Leland Fly Tackle Consignment comes into play. Sometimes you don't need new gear... maybe you have acquired a family members collection of tackle, you no longer fly fish, or you just need cash. Leland's here to help turn this tackle into cash.

What makes Leland Fly Tackle Consignment different than other consignment programs out there?

The beauty of our program is that each item is sold as a 7 day auction on ebay... after only 7 days it's sold. No more waiting months for a shop to sell your tackle in the back corner or other websites that list items at a set price who receive little or no traffic. Ebay is a worldwide marketplace and Leland has mastered the art of selling here. From our 5 high resolution studio photos, to compelling item descriptions and accurate condition assessments we are a trusted source for those looking to purchase quality tackle. What does that mean for you the consignee? More $$$, our sale prices are consistently 15% higher than other selling methods and you won't even get your hands dirty. We do all of the work, from cleaning to minor repairs because our goal is to make you more money!

What are your consignment fee's?

Leland Fly Tackle Consignment takes a commission of 30% after ebay and PayPal fees are deducted (10% of the sale price). Remember, you would pay these same fees if you sold the item yourself. Example: If an item sells for $100, $10 goes to ebay and PayPal, and you keep $63.

What form does the money come in?

All you need is a PayPal account to receive your cash return. PayPal is a secure form of money transferring and it allows you to use the money for other online purchases or simply transfer to a debit card or linked bank account. If you have more questions about PayPal just ask.

How long does it take?

From the day we receive your gear, it generally takes 2-3 weeks for all items to sell and for Leland to issue a one time PayPal money transfer. Leland Upgrade credit is updated each week while Leland Consignment transfers are done once all your items sell.

Can I get some money in cash and some in store credit, maybe I want a new fly rod outfit?

Of course you can. Please let us know first, but we can split any of your proceeds into a gift card and the remainder into cash via PayPal. Many have sold their tackle after leaving the sport and decided to gift new gear to the younger generation, son's, daughter's and grandchildren. Don't give them your old worn out gear, get them something new they'll enjoy for many years to come.

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What is Leland Upgrade?

Leland Upgrade helps sell your unwanted fly fishing rods and reels on eBay and turns the sales into store credit to be used at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters.
 
This all sounds great but where is the catch?
There is no catch. We deduct the same service fees you would pay if you sold the gear on eBay yourself. This is equal to 10% of the sale price of the item to cover eBay and PayPal fees.
 

In what form is money coming?

The sale amount less 10% to cover eBay & PayPal fees is yours in store credit, in the form of an electronic gift card for each round of credit issued. When you're ready to redeem your credit, a call, click or email is all it takes.
 

What price will I get for my equipment?

Our professional listings are fine tuned and optimized to achieve the highest sale amount with respect to item condition and age. We guarantee it! Recent research shows Leland Upgrade obtaining 15% higher returns than anyone else, and any other listing method.
 

What kind of gear do you accept?

  • Fly Rods with greater than $150 original retail value (Call before sending in bamboo rods)
  • Fly Reels & Spools with greater than $100 original retail value
  • Luggage, Gear Bags, Vests / Packs, & Boots in Like-New Condition
  • Waders must be NEW w/ Packaging
  • Call or Email Us before Sending in Jackets, Sunglasses, or Any Other Fishing Accessory
  • We DO NOT sell float tubes or fly lines (There is too much liability involved)


Why not sell it my self?

We have Leland Upgrade participants all over the U.S. and the world. If your goal is getting some new fly fishing gear, there’s no reason for you to sell your old gear by yourself. We take nothing off the top, putting this free service right at your fingertips. It’s a lot of work, but we offer it free with the hope that we’ll make you one of our life-long customers!


The perks when the Upgrade Team sells your gear



1. We extend a second owner 18-month warranty for the gear you sell on brands we carry.
A pre-owned item’s warranty is voided when re-sold, but at Leland we pass on this warranty for another 18 months. This gives our eBay buyers more confidence in the products we sell and adds value to your purchase. Only Scott and Loop graphite fly rods our eligible for this warranty.

2. We clean and refurbish your items.
We want your item to get as many bids as possible, and no one wants to buy a pre-owned item that looks used or is broken.
 
3. We professionally photograph your gear in our in-house studio.
Our high quality photos honestly depict equipment condition. Like our warranty extension, this not only boosts bidder confidence – it adds value to your eBay listing.
 
4. We have a full time staff that will answer questions about gear.
We know you’re busy and don’t have time to check your eBay messages, so you can count on us to take care of this for you.
 
5. We boast a 100% positive feedback rating on eBay.
The Leland Upgrade Program has been selling on eBay for the last 6 years, and we’ve earned the status of a Top Rated Seller
 
6. We have a professional shipping department.
We deal with the hassle of confusing shipping methods and will carefully package your sold gear and ship worldwide.

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What is Leland?

 

Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters is a full-service fly shop providing anglers in the Bay Area and Sonoma Valley with top quality education and gear since 1985. The difference? We only carry the gear that we endorse and fish on our days off. We guarantee that our curated inventory represents the best of today's fly fishing equipment.

Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters
24120 Arnold Drive/Highway 121
Sonoma, CA  95476

Toll Free: (866) 672-1959
Phones are staffed by Phone - Monday-Friday, 9AM to 5PM Pacific Time
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What is your Returns/Exchange policy?

We call it the FISH ON RETURN POLICY or FORP. If you buy something and if it falls short of your expectations in any way, or you just want to demo an item for 59 days and you did not fall in love, FORP it. Just send it back. This policy is good for 60 days after you receive a product, and it has virtually no restrictions. Rods, reels, waders, clothes, luggage, accessories. No Questions Asked. We're not happy unless you are. Simple as that. . . Fish On!!
The only exceptions to our FORP policy are special order or custom items and items on sale.  Our address for returns and exchange:


Leland Fly Fishing Company 
Attn: Exchange/Returns Dept.
24120 Arnold Drive

Sonoma, CA 94578


If you'd like to make an exchange, do so in one of two ways:

1) The Best Option is to immediately place an order for the replacement items. Do this online or over the phone with one of our fish whisperers. You will be billed for these items. At any time -- during, before, or after this second order -- you can ship us the unwanted items from your original order, and upon receipt of them here we will credit you for those items. Please use the back of your invoice for any comments, and include it (or a copy) with your return shipment. This method ensures the most efficient processing of your return, but more importantly, it ensures the best availability of the new outgoing replacement items.

2) The Second Best Option: Ship us the items you'd like to exchange. Please include a copy of your receipt and write instructions detailing the exchange (For example: "These Medium Waders are too small, exchange for size Large of the same wader.") In most cases, on receiving your original items, we'll issue a credit on the next Thursday. (If something comes up, we'll call you to get it straightened out.) Your replacement items will ship out within 2 business day and will be charged as a separate transaction. Please be aware that the hoped-for replacement items may sell out while your exchange is in transit. This is the reason that the above option is encouraged. If you'd like to make a return, please ship the items to the address above and include a copy of your receipt. In most cases, we'll issue a refund to the credit card you used for the original purchase on the first Thursday after receipt of your goods. If something comes up, we'll call you to get it straightened out. Worry not.

How long until my bank issues return credit?

A note on Credit Card Companies: In more than twenty five years of retail experience, we've seen that some banks and credit card companies are a bit slower in issuing credits to your account than they are in debiting it. As such, two charges might appear on your online statement or account balance for a brief period of time while your bank or credit card company goes through the credit-issuing process.

Do I have to pay sales tax?

If we are shipping your purchase to a destination outside of California, you won't be charged sales tax. For those orders sent within the state, you will be charged the appropriate rate.

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Yes. We do our best to keep our prices as low as possible. But if one of our competitors goes lower, don't hesitate to ask us beat their price.
Please keep in mind that sometimes price-matching isn't as simple as it appears. We like to make sure we're comparing apples to apples. There can be great variation in the cost of bundled or kitted products.  Some retailers choose to cut corners by using second-rate products to round out their packages. When comparing prices, please make sure to keep an eye out for such details!

In order to consider a price matching request, we will require proper documentation:

(1) A link to a webpage showing the lower price.

(2) A forwarded email with the price quote, including the name of the retailer in order to ensure that they are an authorized dealer of the products they're promoting.

Then lets get you fishing with great product at 10% less.

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Do you offer price protection?

Yes we do. If you purchase a product from us, and we end up reducing the price of that item within 60 days of your purchase, you are welcome to contact us and we will issue you a Leland gift card for the difference. This policy only applies if we have the same size and color of the item that you originally purchased in stock, as sometimes we'll reduce prices when we need to get the last few stragglers of a given product out the door.

Please note that our Price Protection policy will not be applicable to promotional discounts. Promotional discounts are not applicable to previous purchases.

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We offer a straight-forward shipping policy. FedEx  Ground is our standard method of shipping, and we charge a straight  flat rate: ten bucks (US$10). Yes, that's right, only $10 for FedEx  Ground shipping within the Lower 48 States, for any size order!

Typically,  we will process your order and get it out the door within 1 or 2  business days (not including weekends). However, during our epic sales,  processing orders can take a little more time, so please be patient. If  time is tight and you need your new gear in a hurry, and FedEx Ground  Shipping will not work for your situation, we can expedite your order by  using FedEx OVERNIGHT, 2nd DAY AIR, EXPRESS SAVER (3-day service).

If  you have any concerns or questions whatsoever about shipping to your location, please contact us toll-free at 866-673-1959. You can reach us  from 9:00am to 5:00pm, US Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. If  you live beyond the boundaries of the Lower Forty-Eight United States,  in Hawaii, Alaska, or a US Territory like Puerto Rico, you'll be charged  a flat rate of $35.00 for FedEx expedited service. If you're outside the United States, we ship via FedEx International Economy for a flat rate of $60.00 USD.

 Can I use my Leland Upgrade credit on this site?

Yes. The Leland Upgrade Program and the credit it generates is a premium service now available on our websites. There are no exceptions. For more information about the Leland Upgrade Program, click here. 

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Scientific Anglers Sharkskin
Fly Fishing Line Review


The Next Generation of Fly Line Performance


Scientific Anglers Sharkskin Fly Fishing Line
Ultimate Trout Taper


Specifications
• Fly Line Density: Floating
• Fly Line Taper: Long belly, weight forward with welded front loop
• Total Head Length: 51 feet (for 5 weight line - varies by line weight)
• Running Line Length: 49 feet (for 5 weight line- varies by line weight)
• Total Line Length: 100 feet
• Core: Braided multifilament for cold water use
• Coating: Sharkskin Micro-textured surface on 3M PVC
• Line Weights: 3 through 8 weight
• Colors: Blue Heron (gray) or Chartreuse


PROS- Technological
breakthrough greatly improves overall fly line and fly fishing
performance; less friction, greater casting distance, higher floatation,
easier mending, better presentation, more stealth, less line memory,
improved potential durability, with less effort from the caster.

CONS-
$100 price is about $40 more than other premium fly lines.  Creates
much more noise going through fly rod guides than smooth fly lines.
 
BOTTOM LINE –
One of our basic fly fishing tools has experienced significant
improvement! If the durability claims hold up, there’s no reason not to
buy this line if you dry fly or nymph fish in moving water. The
Sharkskin should be economical to use in the long run.


What’s the word?



Fly Fishing, as popular as it may seem from its
prominence in television ads, is still a very, very tiny industry. The
total money spent on our several hundred year old art form pales in
comparison to even recent phenomena like Pilates, for example.

Yet,
because fly fishing holds a fascination for a dedicated following,
there are intelligent people in our world who devote themselves to
finding ways to improve the fly fishing tackle that we all use. Almost
all of these improvements are small ones. As manufacturers learn
technologies from one another, product categories are slowly refined;
Rods get lighter, faster, and more powerful. Reels become smoother, more
rigid, with better drag performance. But rarely does a piece of new
equipment come along with multiple attributes that clearly sets it apart
from others.
 
Well, that’s just what’s happened with the
introduction of the new Scientific Anglers Sharkskin Fly Fishing Line.
And I’m going to tell you why you’ll probably want to spend $100 to get a
Sharkskin, if you can find one. Even if you’ve just bought a new fly
line.


Features



The new Scientific Anglers Sharkskin Floating Fly
Line features a remarkable, patented micro-replication embossed surface
that greatly improves overall fly line performance in virtually every
category; higher flotation, less friction, less line flash, less line
spray, less line coil and, purportedly, greater durability. The result
is enhanced fishing performance with increased casting distance, easier
mending, easier line pick up, greater stealth and better drifts.

• Patented, micro-textured fly line surface greatly enhances overall fly line performance
• Superior shoot-ability with greatly reduced friction through the guides for easier casting and greater distance
• Higher flotation reduces drag and greatly increases line mend-ability
• Greater pliability significantly reduces fly line drag component in moving water
• Fly line surface sheds water more effectively – less line spray
• Line is purported by manufacturer to be up to 3 times more durable than other fly lines.
• Textured surface eliminates line glare or flash—more stealth
• Line lifts off water and roll casts with ease


Enter the Shark



The Sharkskin Fly Line made its official debut at
the recent 2008 American Fly Fishing Trade Association Show in Denver,
CO, where retailers gather every year to see the new gear and decide on
their inventory for the following season. Of all the new products, the
conversational buzz I most often overheard in the aisles was, “Have you
cast the new Sharkskin Line from S.A.!?”, or, “It makes a lot of noise
when you haul, but I’ve never cast that far!”, or, “I swear it was floating
above the water!” I didn’t get to cast one at the Show ponds; I was too
busy trying to see all the other new stuff, and besides, I’d heard
sales hype so often in the past that my expectations, honestly, weren’t
that great. But I was handed a new Sharkskin line at the Scientific
Anglers booth, as were hundreds of other trades people, and I put it in
my bag as I left.

I took the line out in my hotel room that
night, as I read the information on the 3M box cover. My floating 6
weight Sharkskin line was called “Blue Heron” but appeared a very dull
gray with a texture similar to cloth. The line was very supple in my
hand and felt like dry snakeskin. The box explained that the surface of
the Sharkskin Line was modified with “micro-repeating structures” that
“achieve surface interface properties that mimic nature, such as the
ability of insects to walk on water, the shedding and self-cleaning
ability of Lotus leaves, or the adhesion that allows a gecko to walk up
vertical surfaces.” Wow! That sure sounded impressive. I made a mental
note to read up on Lotus leaves later. Although I didn’t have a
magnifying glass handy, the close-up photo of the line surface looked
like fuzzy fish scales. The performance claims were equally grand, but,
like rods or reels, you never really know until you fish them hard.


Casting Performance



A couple of weeks later, I was on one of my
favorite Northern California freestone streams. The nymphing was
outstanding after a recent rain. I could see big Rainbow trout in
exposed positions, feeding comfortably in the stained current. My
relatively new long belly floating fly line, however, felt a little
sticky, and was causing me to labor as I forced it through the guides.
The front eight feet of the line was sinking. Even after I polished it
to remove accumulated dirt and algae, I still felt I was working too
hard. That night in camp I remembered I had the Sharkskin Line with me,
and I mounted it on a spare reel to use the next day.

In the
morning, my first cast sailed ten feet past the fish I had spotted! In
fact, the Sharkskin Line had so little friction going through the
guides, I had to adjust my casting and mending over the next couple of
hours to accommodate this phenomena. I was used to using far more power
to accomplish these tasks with other fly lines. Now, it seemed I needed
only half the energy to extend or shoot line. Single and double hauling
was easier with fewer false casts.

Texturing a fly line surface
to reduce friction is not a new concept. Original silk fly lines were
naturally uneven. The old Chancellor Chalkstream lines from England, and
to a lesser degree, the old Sunset lines, had a dimpled surface, not
unlike a golf ball, to reduce the amount of surface area making contact
with the guides. Airflo, England’s premier fly line maker, recently
introduced their bumpy surfaced Ridge fly line series in 2006.
Scientific Anglers claims the patterning of the Sharkskin process
reduces the contact surface area of the line up to 70%. Whatever it is,
the Sharkskin, at least when new, has far less friction than any fly
line I’ve ever used. I should mention that casting textured fly lines
through fly rod guides creates more of a rasping noise than smooth
lines, and with the Sharkskin, quite a bit more noise. It doesn’t bother
me at all, any more than my click-pawl reel drag.

So is the
Sharkskin the ultimate distance full-length floating line? Well, that’s
hard to say at the moment. Aside from texturing, fly lines in the past
have either been stiffer and/or smaller in diameter to increase casting
distance. The Sharkskin is much more flexible and softer, than other
lines, bending more like a bicycle chain. Fly line taper comes into play
for distance as well. The Sharkskin currently is offered in only one
taper configuration, called the “Ultimate Trout Taper” in line weights 3
to 8. (note: after this review was published, SA has since
introduced several new Sharkskin fly lines; Ultimate Trout Double Taper,
GPX, Magnum indicator line, Steelhead Taper, Shooting Line for heads,
and an ideal general purpose Saltwater Line - DS 4/09)
This long
belly, weight forward profile has a head length of about 45 for the 3
weight, ranging to 55 feet for the 8 weight, with a thinner, running
line adding to the 100 foot overall length. This taper in a 6 weight
performed extremely well for me, fishing at short to fairly long
distances (70+ feet), both roll casting and overhead casting. I didn’t
test the Sharkskin in a raw distance competition with my other high
performance lines as I was mainly interested in assessing the
Sharkskin’s fish-ability. The Sharkskin technology, either in the
current Ultimate Trout Taper, or a future configuration, may very well
prove to cast further than any other line. However, what I can tell you,
from a practical standpoint, is that the Sharkskin Ultimate Trout will
probably cast further, with less effort, than any other fly line for
most casters in typical trout fishing situations. Note: This line is
designed for mainly cold water use. Tropical saltwater fly lines
typically have stiffer cores, so if that’s what you need, wait until
S.A. comes out with a Sharkskin model suitable for that purpose (they have - see note above).


Fish-Ability and the Holy Grail


The most impressive, and important feature, by my
reckoning, of 3M’s micro-replication process is its awesome flotation
properties. I couldn’t believe how high my new Sharkskin line floated on
the water, even the line tip! Fly line manufacturers have been
struggling to improve line floatability for decades with decidedly mixed
results. There’s only so much that you can do with a given mass of PVC
with internal micro spheres to reduce specific gravity. Not many years
ago, one could expect the best distance floating lines to start sinking
immediately, and even most recently, the first six to eight feet of my
dry lines will sink unless they were cleaned that morning, and they’ll
still sink by the end of the day. Sinking fly lines increase drag and
make line mending much more difficult and far less effective. The
coatings on most floating fly line tips are barely capable of keeping
them on the surface at all.

According to Scientific Anglers, the
micro-texturing of the Sharkskin Fly Line “Greatly increases the upward
meniscus force (surface tension) through a combination of the water’s
interaction with the new surface and the trapping of air into the
valleys of the texture. The result is an over 200% improvement in
resistance of the line to be forced into the water….effectively
improving “floatation” of the line significantly beyond anything that
can be achieved through the addition of glass bubbles or surface
chemistries.”

The incredible flotation of the Sharkskin had a
profound effect on my ability to make drag free presentations. Firstly,
the high floating fly line better supported the floating portion of my
leader, keeping it up near the surface in rougher water. Secondly, the
Sharkskin lifted so damned easily off the water that mending, stack
mending, and roll casting could be accomplished with a fraction of the
energy of my other lines, particularly at distance across disparate
currents. Thirdly, the Sharkskin line itself has less drag in moving
water due to its high flotation, but it also has less drag due to its
suppleness, compared to other fly lines. Softer material, be it line,
leader or tippet, will create less drag in current. Most trout anglers
stake their fish catching success on their ability to present dry flies
or nymphs in the most natural manner, which usually means as close to
dead-drift as possible. Veteran anglers will understand
the import of what I’m saying here, but let me re-emphasize for the
less experienced; the new Sharkskin line does everything so much better
that it will improve your fly fishing, improve your casting and
strengthen your learning curve.

The fly fishing line is,
arguably, the most important functional piece of tackle you own, so
we’re talking about something approaching the Holy Grail of desirability
here. With this technology, fly lines won’t have to be so closely
matched to rods, guide sizes on rods could conceivably be smaller and
lighter, improving rod performance, sinking lines (when available)
fished under tension would have greater tactile sensitivity. Not only
that, the Sharkskin’s dull surface has virtually no line flash to scare
wary fish, making it the most stealthy line available and a no-brainer
for fishing spring creeks and hunting New Zealand brown trout. I’d
strongly recommend the Blue Heron (gray) color for subtlety in most
trout fishing situations. The alternative color, Chartreuse, while
having low flash, is day-glo bright, suitable for anglers who have
difficulty seeing their line or for fishing in very low-light
conditions.


Company Profile


Scientific Anglers was founded in 1945 by fellow anglers
Leon Martuch, Clare Harris, and Paul Rottiers in Midland, Michigan.
They developed the first modern, plastic coated fly line in 1952,
replacing silk fly lines which had been in use for well over 100 years.
In 1954, SA introduced the Air Cel, widely considered the first modern
floating fly lines. The development of 3M Microballoons in 1959
revolutionized the way that fly lines float and is the standard
technology by which all manufacturers float their lines today. 3M, then
known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, acquired
Scientific Anglers in 1973.

Today, 3M is one of 30 companies
comprising the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is ranked about 100 in
the Fortune 500 listing with over $23 billion in annual sales, operating
in over 60 countries with 29 international companies and 35
laboratories. It’s probably the largest company in the world directly
involved in the fly fishing industry. No wonder these guys can make fly
lines float! They obviously wrote the book on early modern fly line
development and it’s not surprising that they have research and
development resources way beyond the means of the handful of other major
fly line makers that we usually see on the shelves, which include Rio
and Cortland in the U.S. and Airflo in the U.K. Most other brands you
buy are actually made by one of these few companies or in Asia. Machines
to build modern fly lines are very sophisticated, very expensive, and
take up a lot of space, to satisfy a very small potential market. Hence
the dearth of players.

So, why hasn’t Scientific Anglers simply
rolled over their competition? Well, the other companies may be small by
comparison, but they too, have been innovative at times, particularly
in coming up with specialized tapers for different fishing situations.
These tapers are designed by knowledgeable fishermen, not scientists, so
sometimes the little guy gets the jump on the big guy. Rio Products,
recently purchased by the Sage rod company, has been particularly
active, and successful, pioneering whole new categories of Spey and
single handed fly lines.
 
I’m not a patent lawyer, but I’m
guessing that the 3M micro-replication process might pose a difficult
challenge for all other fly line companies seeking to mimic the
advantageous properties of the new Scientific Anglers technology.
Certainly expect S.A. to capitalize on Sharkskin with an expansion of
the product line in the near future.


Overall Rating - FIVE STARS


Out of the box, the Sharkskin certainly functions better than any other floating fly line I’ve fished, but the remaining question
for all of us is, “How long does this party last?” Scientific Anglers
testing indicates, by their accord, that Sharkskin Lines can last up to 3
times longer, overall, than their previous most durable lines. The
micro-texturing that increases suppleness allows the line to bend with
less cracking over time. S.A. has made some pretty durable lines in the
past, so that’s encouraging. They also claim that used Sharkskin lines
returned to their lab for re-testing actually exhibited improved
flotation properties.

Frankly, we won’t really know the true
durability of Sharkskin until enough of us go out and thrash the water
for a while. Lines that last a year for a fishing guide might last ten
years for a casual angler. My feeling is, even in the worst case
scenario (that being Sharkskin isn’t any more durable than other modern
fly lines), the $100 price would still be a bargain based simply on its
performance advantages. When you think about the money that you spend on
rods, reels, other tackle, and the gas just to get to where you fish,
forty extra bucks is a small price to pay.

Check out the best fly fishing lines.

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What is Fly Line
Fly line is a common term for the weighted line that, in conjunction with a fly rod and reel, delivers the relatively weightless fly fishing lure, or fly, to the targeted game fish in the sport o f fly fishing. As described by the 17th Century fly angler and writer, Sir Izaak Walton, and others, fly fishing line originated as spun or braided lengths of natural silk. Although these early silken fly lines were quite effective, they were not known for their ability to cast flies long distances or for a lasting overall durability.
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Fly line is a common term for the weighted line that, in conjunction with a fly rod and reel, delivers the relatively weightless fly fishing lure, or fly, to the targeted game fish in the sport of fly fishing. As described by the 17th Century fly angler and writer, Sir Izaak Walton, and others, fly fishing line originated as spun or braided lengths of natural silk. Although these early silken fly lines were quite effective, they were not known for their ability to cast flies long distances or for a lasting overall durability.


Since fly fishing's earliest period of development, fly line has grown and morphed into a highly sophisticated component of an angler's tackle strategy. Today, fly lines are available in a wide range of styles and designs; the prevailing theory in modern fly fishing is to match the functional design of a fly line with distinct fishing situations and/or targeted fish species.

Accordingly, there are several common varieties of fly line: full-floating fly lines, partial-float fly lines, sinking fly lines of varying sink rates, full-sinking lines, and a range of specialty lines that are too numerous to mention. The most commonly utilized fly line type, however, is the full-floating line, a line designed to sit atop the water's surface for the full length of the line. Full-floating lines are often referred to informally as "full-floaters" and are the best choice for all-round fishing situations and are perfect for the execution of classic dry fly fishing techniques.
featdesc::MODERN FLY LINE CONSTRUCTION

Today's fly lines range in length from 80 to 105 feet and are constructed of a single-stranded, spun, or braided synthetic core material and a high-tech plastic coating. The stiffness of the core material is of paramount importance when considering the climate of your fishing destination. Softer and more supple materials are perfect for colder weather, while stiffer braids excel in warmer climates. Selecting the right core stiffness will ensure that loose loops or tight coils between your guides will not hamper your cast.

Floating fly fishing lines are able to actually float because they are less dense than water. During the construction of a floating fly line, hollow microspheres imbedded in the PVC plastic coating, lowering the overall density of the line while maintaining the line's unique shape or "taper." Sinking fly lines are more dense than water and are constructed in the opposite way than floating lines. A sinking line's construction generally employs a coating of varying amounts of tungsten mixed with the plastic. Different ratios of PVC to tungsten yield different sink rates, a technology that has created a new market for highly specialized sinking lines, especially for striped bass and steelhead fly fishing which often require the use of sub-surface streamers, wet flies, and nymphs for successful results.


FLY LINE WEIGHT

Fly lines range from the very thinnest and lightest for making short casts with tiny flies with tiny rods on small water, up to the heaviest, thickest fly lines designed to cast over-foot-long, massive flies with powerful big-game fly rods to catch giant fish in the ocean. All fly lines are numbered, on a universally accepted scale, by the physical weight of the first 30 feet of the forward, delivery end of the fly line; the bigger the number, the heavier the fly line. Fly rods are numbered in the same way, to balance the proper line weight with the rod's relative flex or stiffness. The heavier the fly line, and the respective fly rod, the greater the capability of casting larger flies, combatting the effects of wind, and, up to a point, casting greater distances. So, in a sense, the fishes that we pursue actually determine what line weights we anglers use to catch them. The fish prefers natural foods of a certain size range, and we try to select the line weight that is best able to a cast our hand-tied imitations of that food in a manner that, hopefully, won't scare the fish.

The smallest fly lines are the ultra-light lines, all floating, a category created in recent years for those that enjoy fishing with the lightest tackle conceivable. Ultra-light fly lines range from the tiniest, 3/0, or '000', to '0' or zero. From there, fly lines are numbered by weight from '1' to '15'. Line weights 1 to 3 are still pretty "light" and are generally used by anglers that fish primarily on sheltered, small water with small flies.

Most trout fly anglers prefer to use either a 4, 5, or 6 weight fly line, and the correctly matched fly rod, for most of their all-around trout fishing. The 4 weight would be for an angler that fishes small to medium water with smaller flies. The 5 weight line and rod combination is the most popular, by far, and should be considered the all-around choice for fishing most sizes of trout flies on most trout water. The 6 weight line and rod may benefit trout anglers fishing larger rivers, in wind, or casting larger weighted nymphs and bigger dry flies.

Although these categories are somewhat arbitrary, as all anglers have their individual sense of technique and style, some other general recommendations would be 6 or 7 weight for smallmouth bass, 7 to 9 weight for largemouth, 7 to 10 weight for steelhead and salmon, and 8 to 10 weight for striped bass. Although some saltwater light tackle enthusiasts are now picking up the 6 weight, most saltwater flats folks use 7 to 10 weights for speckled trout, redfish, bonefish, permit, and many other small to medium salt water species. The 11 to 15 line weight category is in the realm of giant ocean critters, from fifty to several hundred pounds. The bigger line weights, once again, are for casting progressively larger flies.


FLY LINE TYPES

Weight Forward Fly Lines

Most trout fishing and other typical fly fishing situations call for a floating, weight forward fly line. These tapers are designed to carry the greatest mass at the front of the line, exploiting the laws of physics to send casts outward and load rods quickly and easily. Weight forward tapers are the most versatile of the bunch, covering fishing situations requiring everything from delicate dries to monstrous blue water flies. Depending on application, the length of the head on weight forward tapers varies widely, from massive, thick bass tapers under 28' in head length that turn over huge, wind resistant flies, to long belly steelhead lines with heads over 65' in length to allow line control at greater distances. However, most freshwater and saltwater anglers use weight forward fly lines with head lengths from 30' to 45'.

Shooting heads

Shooting heads are very short fly lines, 24' to 41' in length, designed to be cast, or "shot," the greatest distances using fast action fly rods with minimal false casting and minimal backcast room. The shooting head is attached, usually by a loop-to-loop connection for a quick, convenient exchange, to a thin running line that has minimal surface contact with the fly rod guides, thus achieving the long distance casts. When considering the geometric taper of a shooting head, think "cannonball at the end of a string." Shooting heads are also usually designed to sink, and a selection of various densities allow the angler, with one reel and spool, to fish a variety of water depths and water speeds. Shooting head systems are most often used by steelhead and salmon anglers, with either single-handed and Spey rods. Lake fly anglers as well as striper fly fishers will also benefit from casting a shooting head system.

Spey Lines

Spey Fly Lines are used with Spey, or double handed rods. Spey rods range from 11' to over 18' in length and the most powerful of these, in the hands of an expert, are able to unleash casts sometimes approaching 200 feet! Spey rods are typically seen on steelhead and salmon rivers, but the recent leap in the popularity of Spey casting and fishing finds them on trout rivers, lakes and saltwater, as well. Spey fly lines are much thicker and heavier throughout their taper, can be longer than their single-handed cousins and have their own numbering system; so an 8 weight Spey line, for example, is a lot bigger than an 8 weight standard, or single-handed fly line. There are many styles of Spey casting that exist today. For traditional Spey casting, making longer, fixed distance, D-loop casts choose a longer belly (57 - 71' head length) spey line such as the RIO PowerSpey. The Scandinavians have developed their own overhead casting method of Spey using very fast action rods and very short (31 - 40'), shooting head Spey lines attached to thin running lines.

Currently, the most popular Spey lines used in the States have head lengths, more or less, (34 - 56') that fall between these two previous categories. The RIO Skagit and Windcutter lines are considered by many to be the easiest of the Spey lines to learn with and are also preferred by the majority of experienced Spey anglers to match the conditions encountered on many North American steelhead rivers. The utmost in Spey versatility, however, is offered by a fly line system with interchangeable floating and sinking tips when Spey casting in a variety of conditions.

Sinking Fly Lines

There are two main categories of sinking fly lines: sink-tips and full-sinking lines. Sink-tips are sinking lines designed to only allow the tip to sink below the water's surface, and are quite useful for controlled subsurface fly fishing situations. Full-sinking fly lines, as the name implies, sink for their entire length. Full-sink lines are most often used for fishing flies in still water; lakes and ponds, or slow moving rivers are the favored full-sinker fishing environments. Flies cast and fished by sinking fly lines are usually retrieved, or “stripped” in by the angler to imitate prey swimming through the water. Both sink-tip and full-sink lines come in a range of densities for fishing at different depths in the water column, from a few inches below the waters surface, to over twenty feet deep.

The industry of fly fishing seems to be overdeveloping and overproducing too many product choices these days. This is very true when it comes to fly lines. To remain relevant, fly line manufacturers are creating specialty fly lines with unique tapers for just about every conceivable fishing situation. Even with good intentions, the result is an explosion of fly line choices and no clear solution for you the angler. At Leland, we've taken the time to cast and fish all available fly lines. We've assembled what we consider to be a selection of the best fly lines available today, using the criteria of casting enjoyment and fishing function.
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Frequently Asked Questions at Red Truck Fly Fishing Co.

Who am I buying from?


Red Truck is a place that novices come to outfit their first forays into the sport, but also a place that salty, seen-it-all anglers know they can find that one piece of equipment at the best price possible.

We think anyone who appreciates good gear at a reasonable price will appreciate the service we provide.

Red Truck on Sale, Haulin' the Goods!

What's your return policy?


Our Return Policy is limited and strictly adhered to by our staff.

Running a lean returns department is just part of the cost-saving equation that allows us to bring you the best fly fishing gear on the planet at rock bottom prices.

All sales on items purchased at sale prices are final.

If you have any questions, please call us at 866-672-1959 and we'll make it right.

What's your shipping policy?


At Red Truck, we offer a straight-forward shipping policy.

FedEx Ground is our standard method of shipping, and we charge a straight flat rate: ten bucks (US$10). Yes, that's right, only $10 for FedEx Ground shipping within the Lower 48 States, for any size order!

Typically, we will process your order and get it out the door within 1 or 2 business days (not including weekends). However, during our epic sales, processing orders can take a little more time, so please be patient.

FedEx Ground to the Lower 48 States typically averages 1-2 days for the West Coast, 3 days to the Rockies, 4 days to the Midwest, and 5 or 6 days to the East Coast from our Downtown San Francisco location.

If time is tight and you need your new gear in a hurry, and FedEx Ground Shipping will not work for your situation, we can expedite your order by using FedEx OVERNIGHT, 2nd DAY AIR, EXPRESS SAVER (3-day service).

If you have any concerns or questions whatsoever about shipping to your location, please contact us toll-free at 866-673-1959. You can reach us from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Pacific Standard Time, U.S.A, Monday through Friday.

If you live beyond the boundaries of the Lower Forty-eight United States in Hawaii or Alaska, or if you reside in a US Territory like Puerto Rico, you'll be charged a flat rate of $35.00 for FedEx expedited service.

If you're outside the United States, we ship via FedEx International Economy for a flat rate of $60.00 USD.

Can I use my Leland Upgrade credit on Red Truck?


No. The Leland Upgrade Program and the credit it generates is a premium service available only to Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters Customers and full-price gear sold at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters. There are no exceptions.

What methods of payment do you accept?


Red Truck accepts Visa, American Express, and Master Card, as well as payment through Paypal.

What's your privacy policy?


We share nothing.

Your photos and copy are great; Can I use them?


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The Fundamentals of Fly Fishing French, European or Czech Nymphing Techniques

What a Czech nymphing is: The Czech nymphing craze owes its origin to competition fly fishing and over time it has emerged as a popular and effective fishing method in Europe. Some more traditional fly fishermen have their individual preferences and admire the splendor and heritage of classic dry fly fishing and therefore might look down upon the Czech style of nymph-fishing. Nevertheless, this fishing method has proved to be highly effective and indispensable for today’s fly fisherman who focuses more on the catch count. The French, European or Czech fly fishing technique is destined to provide more fish to hand for those who have mastered it, especially when fishing pressured waters.
 
Overview

European, French or Czech fly fishing is an angling technique that uses heavy Czech nymphs. This method is based on short, repetitive casts, dead drifts and a deeper fly presentation. The leader hangs under the tip of the fly rod held by the fisherman in his outstretched arm, while the fly is guided through the run. That's why it's often called high stick nymphing or contact nymphing. The typical fly rig includes three nymph flies of different weights. The method uses Czech nymphs, known as Bobes. The nymphs are tied on gammarus hooks and are made to imitate fresh water shrimps or caseless larvae of sedge flies.
 
  •  Fish to Target: Grayling, brown and rainbow trout respond well to a Czech nymph. But the method can be applied to roach, chub, barbell, and dace.
  • Fly Patterns: There is no method to determine the most effective fly pattern. Commonly, three different fly patterns with different color combinations are put on the leader and the effectiveness of each pattern is tested. A natural pattern is used as the first dropper while the second dropper needs to have a wilder color combination. Larger fly patterns typically attract larger fish. Imitative patterns attract brown trout while natural patterns and colorful flies are perfect choices for grayling and rainbow trout.
History of Czech Nymphing

Czech fly fishing is a Euro nymphing technique that includes Polish, French, and Spanish modifications as well. Czech nymphing originated in Poland during the 1984 international fly fishing competition. The Polish anglers fished “short” due to the unavailability of fly fishing lines so they relied on thick nylon monofilament. They used flies that resembled Sedges Hydropsyche and Rhyacophila. Czech competitors learned the technique used by the local anglers very quickly and applied it during the next year’s World Championship held on the river San. With this new technique, Poland secured the first position while the Czechs finished right behind. It was in 1986 that Slavoj Svoboda won the world championship and brought home the first gold medal for the Czech team, employing the newly-named Czech nymphing technique.
 
French Nymphing Techniques

Czech fly fishing is primarily a short-distance fishing technique that involves catching fish almost under the tip of the rod without making use of the fly fishing line. After “casting” upstream, you should allow the flies to sink to the bottom. Use the tip of the fishing rod to follow the fly's movement downstream, making sure to keep your flies at the current's pace. The flies should be of appropriate weights so that they can sink to the desired depth relative to the current. Overweight flies are undesirable because it will become difficult to lead them naturally through the run. The success of this method depends on maintaining permanent contact with the flies at all times. Subtle upstream or peripheral movement of the leader may indicate a strike. You might also feel a tap or hesitation in your drift. It's time to set the hook in an upward motion. If nothing nothing comes tight to your hook set, the good news is you can quickly cast your short leader and flies back into the run for another drift. As you become better skilled to casting shorter distances and managing your drifts better, your catch rate will greatly increase. Focus more on fishing the faster and deeper water, making each cast and drift count. Leader length relates to the waters depth and your fly rod's length. If you're just getting started, fish a shorter leader for better line control and more natural drifts. Maintaining contact with heavier flies is easy, but the lighter ones exhibit natural movements in the water and require a bit more practice.  

Leland's Latest Czech Nymphing Gear

 Czech Nymphing 101 DVD
    
Sage ESN 10ft 4wt
    

Czech Nymph, 3rd Edition Hardcover
Czech Nymphing Master Class DVD
    
Loop Opti Peak 11ft 4wt
    
Dynamic Nymphing Techniques, Hardcover

Although you can employ the Czech, Euro or French nymphing technique with a common 9 foot 5 weight fly rod, a longer rod is better suited for optimal drift control. Today, most dedicated Euro nymph fly rods are 10 to 11 feet in length. Recently, many fishermen have started to use lighter rods, like 2, 3, and 4 weights in longer lengths. European, Czech or French nymphing involves frequent casting and requires you to keep your arm outstretched for long durations and hence, using lighter rods will be the most convenient option for you. Although there are some dedicated Czech, French or European nymphing leaders available today, most Czech nymphers use a shorter (7.5 foot) tapered leader with varying tippet ratings. Just remember the fly rod length should always be greater than the leader length. For added strike detection, some Czech nymphers us a very small indicator or coloring on the leader. These colored leader sections magnify any subtle movements (possibly a strike) of the leader during a drift. European nymph-fishing is effective year round. However, if you fish streams with high waters during Spring runoff, make sure to give Czech nymphing a try. We're pretty sure you'll be impressed with the fish-catching results.
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Permit

The Permit Puzzle

by J. M. Chico Fernández

photos by Chico Fernández

Don't be too cautious when presenting a fly to permit. Hook 'em or spook 'em.
Fly Fishing for Permit - Chico Fernandez
Mature permit usually require a slow-to-stagnant retrieve. However, permit under about 10 pounds behave more jacklike and will aggressively pursue a moving baitfish imitation.

THE LIGHT WAS PERFECT as I aimed my telephoto lens at a skiff working across the flats. The bow angler made some beautiful practice casts, and I was sure the photos were going to be nice.

All of a sudden, the poler pointed to the right, and the angler started to cast again. But this time, there was no loop. His backcasts were hitting the water, and finally, his leader caught and wrapped around the rod, ending any possibility of a shot. Even at a distance, the angler looked four inches shorter in his humiliation.

I turned around to my friend, who was smiling broadly. "A permit," he said. "They saw a permit." And sure enough, a few seconds later, the angler started to practice his cast, which was once again beautiful.

A little late, but lovely.

I cast my first fly to a permit in the mid-to-late 50s, and today, with quite a few permit to my name, they still make me nervous when I am getting ready to cast. There is something about permit fishing that just makes an angler uneasy. Maybe it's the fact that you could face a fish well over 40 pounds, and that same large fish can often be hard to see in the flats. Or perhaps it's the fact that they can be incredibly spooky even on a windy day; forget a calm day. Even after a great presentation, they might come to the fly as it drops, carefully inspect your offering long after it has reached the bottom, and then reject it and go about their business of looking for real food. It can leave you with the shakes.

As hard as it can be to find permit, and as tough as they can be during a fight, I find the presentation and the retrieve the most critical. The toughest thing about landing a big permit is hooking a big permit.

The Presentation

Given a good breeze — which is ideal for permit because it helps conceal your profile — you are going to have to talk yourself into being fairly aggressive in your presentation. You must cast close enough that the permit sees or hears your fly when it plops and, more important, sees it sink to the bottom. Remember that the only defense a crustacean has when confronting such a swift predator is to dive to the bottom and dig in. To a permit, this looks like a crab or a shrimp (depending on your fly pattern) trying to skip out on dinner.

So don't lead him by too much, just a couple of body lengths or so is enough. And while you will occasionally spook a few fish by being aggressive and getting too close, you will also hook more fish than by being too cautious. There is nothing worse than an angler casting all day to a few permit that never knew he was there. Spook them or hook them.

If the cast did not land exactly where you want it to, yet is still too close to pick up and cast again, then retrieve it slowly. A long pull might put it were you want it. Or you can just retrieve until you see the fish react, and then let it drop.

One exception occurs when you are chasing a permit or a school of permit feeding into a strong current, which will be waiting for crustaceans to drift their way. Here it may be wise to lead the fish a little more than usual and let the fly drift into them.

The Retrieve

Once you have made a good cast, you must interact with the fish. That is, watch his reaction to the fly from the moment it plops on the water to the take. Try to read the fish's body language during all of this, because every fish reacts differently, although this is certainly an area where experience is the ultimate teacher.

Fly Fishing for Permit
The author (above) prefers the longest leader possible for the prevailing wind and a butt section measuring up to half the length of the leader to help turn over the heavy crab flies normally used for permit fishing.

If he sees the fly dropping and comes over for a look, lay it on the bottom as he investigates. If you feel you must move it, or you can't stand it any longer, move the fly very slowly and such that it is off the bottom. Dragging a fly across the sand will spook them.

Other anglers may fish the crab a little faster by swimming it with a long, slow pull.
Then, if this does not work, they will go back to the drop-and-wait. But whatever you try, do not use sharp or abrupt strips. This appears very unnatural to a permit and more often than not will spook them.

As you make your retrieve — even while you are letting the crab fly sit on the bottom — make sure that you have no slack in the line. This way, the moment the permit picks it up, you will feel the take and are ready to strip-strike. If you don't maintain line contact, a permit will pick up the fly for a few seconds and then spit it out without you knowing. Happens all the time, to the frustration of the guide who is begging for the angler to strike.

On that point, any permit angler should have a constant line of communication with the guide or poling partner. Remember that he or she is much higher than you on that poling platform and, if it is a guide, has seen many more permit than you.

One exception to the slow retrieve is a school of small permit in the flats, and by small I mean fish under 10 pounds or so. These younger fish act more like jacks than mature permit, so it is almost always better to use a faster retrieve and even a fishier fly, such as a Clouser.

Cast in front of the moving school (like teenagers, small permit always seem to be moving) and let the fish approach the fly. Then, without any sharp strips that may scare them, strip, stop, and strip. If you get no hits, mix it up with a few strips, a long strip, and so on. By then, the spirit of competition among small permit will usually trigger a strike. And remember to strip-strike before you lift the rod, and to look at your line and not at the fish while clearing your fly line.

In the way of leaders, I like the longest I can handle in the prevailing wind condition. And half of that is butt section to help turn over the typically heavily weighted permit flies.

Most of my permit leaders range from about 9 feet for very windy days to almost 14 feet for fairly calm days. If it's super calm, I do some other type of fishing (or head back to shore for a big lunch).

The single best tippet size for me is around 12-pound test. I say "around" because some manufacturers' tippets are heavier than others for the same test strength. Too heavy a tippet, and the crab will not dive as fast and does not act as natural. But I do see anglers using 16-pound tippet, and that's okay if the diameter is not too big. Others even go to 20-pound tippet, but not me.

Permit Flies

Everyone has their own killer permit fly, but in most areas, the basic crab designs seem to do the best, followed by some shrimp patterns. Rather than show you any of the crab flies I use, I think it is more important to point out that you should have your crab flies in two weight sizes. One should be lightly weighted with brass eyes or bead-chain eyes, and you should have another group tied with lead eyes. So, for example, you would have a light-colored Merkin in a light weight and heavy; a dark color in a light weight and heavy, and so on. This way, if the tide is high when you get to the flats, you go heavy. If the tide is low and the fish are tailing in fairly shallow water, then you pull out the lighter flies so you can land softly and still get to the bottom.

Tackle for Permit

Permit require one of the warmwater fly lines specifically designed to put up with very hot weather and high humidity. Most of these lines have a hard core (either braided monofilament or a single mono core) to keep the fly line fairly stiff in permit weather. Unlike for bonefish, it doesn't get too hot for Mr. Permit. So in that high heat, ordinary fly line will hang on the guides like wet linguini and refuse to shoot. They also tangle often, making any line manipulation a nightmare.

A 9- or a 10-weight is the best line for delicately presenting heavy crab and shrimp flies in shallow water. Any heavier and you are pushing it; besides, what fun would it be to fight a permit with a tarpon rod?

Use a 9-foot saltwater taper rod to match your fly line. Unfortunately, some manufacturers have rods that are, at least in my opinion, too stiff for the recommended fly line. So you may have to use one line size larger on some rods. But try to stay with the 9- and 10-weights, if you can.

Despite the fact that permit grow several times larger than bonefish, they tend not to run as far as fast. Even if you hook a 40-pound permit, you should be fine with a fly reel that holds around 200 yards of 20-pound backing. And of course, a smooth drag is a great help and a pleasure to use. However, I have landed lots of permit while using reels with light drags or clicker drags, just for fun.

Either way, the fight may be long not so much for the blistering runs but for the permit's stubborn, jacklike fight. Before you can experience that, however, you have to learn the necessary patience to entice them to eat, and that can come only from fishing for them as much as possible.

Chico Fernández is a renowned fly fishing instructor, lecturer, and author who developed or helped develop many of the modern saltwater flyfishing techniques and fly patterns in use today. Chico's most recent book is Fly-Fishing for Bonefish (Stackpole Press, 192 pages, August 2004). This article was first published in Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine.

~ Ref: By Chico Fernandez, http://www.midcurrent.com, Aug 2010
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