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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.

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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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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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THE BEAST WITHin THE BEAUTY; HATCH 9 PLUS FLY fishing REEL

Hatch: 9 Plus Fly Reel

Specifications

  • Weight: 11.0 oz 
  • Spool Diameter: 4.25inches 
  • Spool Width: 1.375 inches 
  • Mid Arbor Spool: Line + Yards of Backing: 9 + 450 30# 10 + 400 30#, 11 + 375 30# 
  • Large Arbor Spool: Line + Yards of Backing: 9 + 300 30# 10 + 250 30#, 11 + 200 30# 
  • Retail Price: $725.00

 



What’s the word…

 
When we first met John and Danny of Hatch Outdoors several years back, we thought they were truly on to something good. Hatch engineering was right on the money, but our biggest issue was that they just didn’t have a full suite of fly reels in their lineup, (as in “bigger” reels). We went ahead and brought in the 3 Plus, 5 Plus and the 7 Plus with the anticipation that a 9 to 12 weight reel would some be on the way. Well, enter the Hatch 9 Plus and, now, we can’t get enough! These reels have all proven to be wonderful reels with powerful, smooth drags and we wouldn’t expect anything different from the 9 Plus. From the initial stripping of fly line from the 9 Plus, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be disappointed. The big question; could this drag hold up against big fish?

Features…

 
Cutting edge design, impeccable machining and powerful drag is how I would describe the Hatch 9 Plus fly reel. Alternating stacks of stainless steel and Rulon® discs are the foundation for this reel drag and along with stainless one-way bearing, gives you big fish stopping power and protection.

When you decide to enter the flooded fly reel arena, you better know what you’re doing. And when you enter the field of fly reel manufacturing, you better have something different, and better, that works, but without varying too far off the path. Welcome to Hatch Fly Fishing Reels. These reels are truly stylish looking without pushing over the edge, and with innovative ideas like an integrated reel foot that is machined as part of the frame,( no oxidizing foot screws here!) and a truly, fully sealed drag and bearing system, these Hatch reels are taking names and kicking fanny.

To reach this level of design with minimal weight, Hatch engineers applied a dimensional type spoke frame instead of the traditional flat, thick spokes. This allowed them to reduce the number of spokes, while increasing the look (“coolness”) of the reel, and increasing frame integrity.

The reel handle and counterbalance are perfectly trued, so the reel spins cavitation free, preventing uneven force distribution during a wild run. Hatch employs Type II anodization and polishes only the areas of the reel that come in contact with the fly line, thus providing protection while eliminating reel bright “flash” that can alert potential prey..

The 9 Plus is designed with two spools of different arbors depths, a mid arbor for 11 and 12 weight lines and a large arbor for 9 and 10 weight lines.

To top it all off the reels come with a neoprene pouch in a really cool, collectible tin.

Materials…

 
Aluminum, what else? No, just kidding, but yes, the Hatch reels are machined from the highest grade bar stock aluminum. This means that each and every aluminum piece of this fly reel is cut from a solid block of aerospace grade metal.. There is no casting or pressing to create anything on these fly reels. This adds to the reel’s integrity and strength.

The sealed drag system contains a precisely calculated size and number of Rulon® and stainless steel discs. This sizing and numbering has to do with the engineering for the Effective Braking Surface area. Basically, the correct number and size of discs is dictated by the amount of drag needed for each size fly reel; the 9 Plus has eleven discs, 6 Rulon® and 5 stainless. That gives you 10 effective interactive drag surfaces, and a larger contact surface area than most single, large flat surfaces.

The one-way roller bearings are stainless steel and even though they never see any water, are non-corrosive and do not need lubrication.

Fit and Finish…

 
The 9 Plus has a stylishly raked spoke frame which gives the fly reel its cutting edge looks while adding strength and integrity. Each reel has a clear, unpolished anodized finish providing the reel a dull aluminum color, although black is also available. All Hatch reels are accented with a matching color logo, model and size names, thin striping on the handle and counterbalance, and as a final touch, the drag cap is colored to match, too.

Sealed drag of 11 stacked Rulon® and stainless steel disc washers
Fully Machined and Type II anodized aluminum
Stainless steel roller bearings
Made in USA 

 

Reliability, Durability and Customer Support …

 
Relatively new to the fly fishing industry, Hatch fly reels are quickly becoming one our most popular brands. Their design and engineering is second to none and this is evident by the lack of returned reels. There have been very few reels brought back , with the largest issue being adjustment range of the Hatch drag. Some customers like a reel that locks down completely, where as the Hatch reels have a slight amount give when tightened all the way down. The guys at Hatch can easily adjust the drag, so it will lock down for you, if you so desire.

Hatch stands behind every reel they manufacture and offer a warranty against any manufacturer’s defects in materials or craftsmanship for the life of the product. Hatch publishes all telephone and email contacts and is available on the web. John and Danny were once outsiders in the fly fishing industry, and were told a whole bunch of “you can’t do that”, so they did it anyway. Anyone that bucks the system better make a good product, because that’s what it all comes down to. Hatch makes a great product.

Overall Rating…

 
Move over, boys at the top, Hatch Outdoors with the 9 Plus is moving in. This fly reel looks good and it fishes good. I used the 9 Plus on an eleven weight and the reel performed quite well. The mid-arbor spool provided ample backing capacity at over 200 yds of 30# Dacron, the pickup ratio was excellent, and the drag, while performing without a hitch, could have tightened down a tad more for the eighty plus pound tarpon I fought . Several fish were runners, not jumpers, so it was gut check time. However, a quick palm and the fish were stopped! If you’re looking for a change from the traditional, but want a strong fly reel, grab a Hatch 9 Plus. I think you’ll be impressed as I am.

Reviewer…

 
I have been fly fishing the saltwater environs now for more than 15years and grew up with a fishing rod of one type or another in my hands. I have been in the fly fishing industry for more than 10 years and have been lucky enough to be exposed to most of the major manufacturers of fly rods, reels, waders, clothing…I hope this review helps you decide on which products to purchase.

-Richard Montgomery

PROS –A thing of beauty strapped to any fly rod. But beauty is only design-deep, as this is one brute of a fly reel. A series of eleven, alternating, stacked Rulon® and stainless washers is the centerpiece of this big fish, tough fly reel. Two different arbor size spools are available for the frame of the 9 Plus.

CONS – The reel looks so good you may not want to fish with it, but please do. Some people may feel the drag range doesn’t tighten enough. Some anglers like to lock it up, but the 9 Plus is designed to apply just the right amount of pressure to control any big fish.

BOTTOM LINE - The Hatch fly reel is a great looking fly reel that provides a powerful, fully sealed disc drag system. Designed by fly anglers that thought there something missing in the fly industry and set out to fill the void. The result is one fine fly reel.

Check out our selection of Hatch Fly Reels.

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Where will your Red Truck take you?

Did you know that California has more trout-filled river miles than Montana? It's true, and like a trusted truck or a fishing buddy, your Red Truck fly rod will dare you to get out there and explore. So, live richly; wake up to the amazing vistas, fish with friends, camp, explore, eat well, and above all take it all in.

• Balanced solutions

• Efficient action

• Same-stroke selection

• Rod caps that open beers

• Precision-fit ferrules

• The fastest lifetime warranty in the business


From ease of cast to ease of ownership, efficiency is what it's all about!

At Red Truck Fly Rods we have two goals:

1. Design the best-balanced, most-efficient casting fly fishing outfits available.

2. Create an easy and efficient path to ownership.


It's Simple:

• Get actual market price for your underused fly fishing rods and reels.

• Swap your old gear toward a balanced Red Truck Fly Fishing Outfit.

For more information on our balanced outfits, Swap program or just need some solid advice on where to fish...contact your friends at Red Truck Fly Rods. casey@flyfishingoutfitters.com
















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The Important Role Of Fly Lines




If you think about it, the art of fly casting is actually misnamed. We
are not, in fact, casting the fly, we are casting the fly line. The mass
of the fly line is replacing the weight of the lure used in
conventional fishing and is necessary to deliver the almost-weightless
flies we use when fly fishing. Therefore, fly casting should actually be
named, “Fly Line Casting.”



 



With this truth in mind, it’s worthy of revisiting the important role of
the fly line. Regardless of your fly rod’s performance level, a
smooth-casting, quality fly line will elevate your overall casting
experience. Your fly line is in use all day when fishing. Your line is
not only the delivery vehicle for your leader and fly, it’s also the
contact point between you and the fish. Furthermore, the correct fly
line will catch you more fish. With specialized tapers and sink rates,
an avid angler can select from an offering of fly lines that not only
deliver a specific fly or rig with ease, but also present your offering
in a subtle manner, at the perfect feeding level.

 





If you’ve been using an older, outdated fly line, or just casually
purchasing fly lines that offer fish-catching function, we, at Leland,
recommend that you elevate your cast with the perfect fly line for your
specific fishing needs. You’ll not only enjoy every cast, you’ll catch
more fish, too.

 

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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.

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Simms Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Wader


Specifications

• 3-layer GORE-TEX® Performance Shell fabric technology with 5-layer front leg panel for additional durability
• Patented front and back leg seam design for exceptional comfort and articulation
• Adjustable elastic 1.5" suspender with YKK® non-locking buckles
• Exterior chest pocket with Velcro® closure
• Fleece-lined hand warmer pocket with DWR treatment keeps hands warm & dry
• Flip-out, zippered chest pocket
• Upper features women-specific cut with higher chest
• Patented built-in Guide Model Gravel Guards
• Includes nylon wading belt with unique pattern and repair kit
• Offered in a broad range of 13 sizes - including short & tall - to accommodate diverse shapes and sizes
• Every pair manufactured in Bozeman, Montana
• Approximate weight: 33 ounces
• Color: Gray-blue
• Price: $329.95



What’s the word...


Most experienced fly fishermen, and fly fishing
guides, would acknowledge that Simms makes the highest quality
waterproof/breathable fly fishing waders that you can buy. Simms is the
only manufacturer of waders located within the United States; in fact,
right in the heart of trout country, in Bozeman,
Montana. Most folks are surprised, as I was, when they hear that all of
the other 30 or so wader brands on the market are made in the same two
factories in China. Simms not only has the best designs, the latest
materials, the best fit and the highest quality control, in my opinion,
it’s the ONLY maker, to my knowledge, that water tests every single pair
of waders that leaves it’s factory, so that you don’t have to ‘test’
them yourself the first time you enter the water.

There’s no
reason a woman can’t love her fly fishing as equally (or more) as a man
loves his, and, as such, she demand as much (or more) from her
equipment. But historically, women have sorta gotten a bum rap, often
having to endure ill fitting men’s waders in pursuit of their passion.
Even Simms has admitted that by making multiple versions of women’s
waders in the past, at different price points, they were unable to fully
address a comprehensive women’s size range due to the simple economics
of supply and demand for the women-specific segment of the fly fishing
market.

That’s changed, for 2008, with the introduction of the
new Simms Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Wader. This is now the only
woman-specific designed wader that Simms makes, but it’s loaded with
features for comfort and function, and offered in 13 stock sizes that
are designed to fit a wide range of women’s body shapes and sizes. Since
it IS Bozeman, there are more than a few serious women’s fly anglers
working at the Simms factory, the lead Simms designer and, as always,
Simms relied heavily on the input and testing of this product from some
of the most accomplished professional women fly fishing guides in the
world. These are waders designed by women anglers, for women anglers.


Features and Materials. . .



Although we fish in a variety of aquatic habitats,
fly fishers most often work their magic in cold, fast moving rivers and
streams fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead. This can be a very
harsh and demanding environment on the human body, regardless of the
time of the year. In summer, you may be wading waist deep in 50 degree
water one minute, then hiking in 90 degree weather the next, and then,
back in the cold water again. Or, in winter, you may be exposed to
freezing conditions all day, and
you can only remain out there for as long as you stay warm and dry. In
essence, by keeping you comfortable, your waders become the most
important piece of fly fishing equipment you can own, so it makes sense
to put your money where it counts. “Stockingfoot” is, by far, the most
popular design in fly fishing waders, whereby a separately purchased
pair of felt or studded sole wading boots are worn over the soft
waterproof neoprene socks of the wader. This system is much lighter and
more agile than the heavier, attached “bootfoot” waders one might see in
dad’s or granddad’s fishing photos.

Waders have to be waterproof,
of course, to keep that cold water out. Years ago, we fished in
stretchy, solid rubber waders called Seal-Dris, and, then, when better
seam sealing techniques evolved, synthetic neoprene rubber,( the same as
used in SCUBA wetsuits), became the standard material for fly fishing
waders. Neoprene was relatively durable, and its ability to stretch and
compress allowed for tighter, form fitting waders that had a low drag
profile in fast moving water and very good freedom of movement. The only
problem was that most of the perspiration produced by your body
remained inside these snug waders, eventually soaking socks and whatever
other insulation, causing discomfort and greatly increasing conductive
heat loss. Waders that were cozy in the water could become sauna baths
when walking on dry land. And if you were unfortunate to take a spill,
your waders were going to stay wet inside all day, unless you stripped
them off and dried them out.

Today, thankfully, almost all fishing waders are made from multi-layer, laminated fabrics that are both waterproof AND breathable (wp/b). These
fabrics, by allowing perspiration to pass to the outside through
micro-pores, keep you much drier and comfortable than in years past, and
extend the comfort range of the waders in both warmer and colder
weather, but particularly in hot conditions.

The type of waterproof/breathable fabric plays
an important role in a wader’s performance, and there are two basic
categories of laminate fabrics that are currently used in making modern
waders. Newer polyurethane laminates are by far the most popular
in waders, due to their much lower costs. Higher quality polyurethane
laminates are waterproof, relatively durable, and have a reasonable rate
of breathability. Gore-Tex, on the other hand, has a membrane
composed of PTFE, the same stuff as Teflon, and needs little
introduction to those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Gore-Tex
revolutionized the outdoor equipment industry with the introduction of
the first wp/b fabrics in 1978, and many improvements have been made
since then. Gore-Tex fabrics cost about four times as much as most
polyurethanes, but, in general, are capable of breathing at higher
rates, keeping you drier and more comfortable. Simms uses higher
performance Gore-Tex in its top-of the line waders, including the
Women’s Wader, and polyurethane Quadralam fabrics in their
less-expensive waders.

The 3-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell of
the Simms Women’s Wader has a 100% polyester face fabric which is
light, and highly abrasion and puncture resistant. Reinforced front leg
panels add strength where it counts, yet, at an average weight of only
33 ounces, these waders won’t tire you out. The 1.5” crossed-back
elastic suspenders support the wader very comfortably and have nifty YKK
buckles that don’t allow you to buckle the wrong buckle when you flip
the suspenders over your shoulder. These waders easily convert to waist
high waders for better comfort in hot weather or for wading shallow. The
sculpted wader booties are constructed of the finest, high density
neoprene from Japan and the patented built-in Gravel Guards keep sand,
rocks and other debris out of your wading boots. There's a guy in the
Simms factory that has been hand-crafting these booties for over
fourteen years. Very functional features include a fleece lined hand
warmer pocket for chilly weather, a flip-out zippered chest pocket for
accessories, and no-seam heat applied belt loops. The nylon wading belt
and a small repair kit are included.


Fit and Finish...


 
Even if Simms used second-best materials,
I’d probably still buy and recommend their waders, based on their
superior quality of workmanship, and without a doubt, the best fit in
the industry.

The intention of Simms, from the very beginning of
this project, was to make the Simms Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Wader
the best fitting women’s wader available, and, as mentioned previously,
professional women fly fishing guides had a lot to say on that subject.
The upper of this wader features a women-specific cut with a higher
chest design and the wader is contoured at the hips, as well. Patented
front and back leg seams significantly reduce wear and are noticeably
articulated for greater freedom of movement on-stream. It’s important to
note that modern fabric wader materials don’t stretch like the rubber
or neoprene waders of old, so it’s critical that extra fabric is put where it’s needed,
so that you can move unrestricted in all fishing situations, whether
it’s sitting, kneeling, crawling, hiking, or climbing (but, hopefully,
not swimming!) Other brands
of waders I’ve used don’t even come close to this fit, and I’ve usually
had to buy a size larger just to make them work. When trying on waders,
one of the best tests for this freedom of movement, while standing, is
to see if you can lift your leg and place your foot on, say, a chair
seat. This would duplicate stepping up on a rock. It should be
effortless. If the fabric tightens up behind your leg or across your
butt to restrict movement, these waders do not fit and will not perform
properly on-stream.

Someone’s going to say, “Hey, you’re a guy.
How can you evaluate women’s waders?” Fair enough. Yes, I’m a male,
and, no, I haven’t personally tried on the Women’s Wader. But in my
favor, I've fitted fly fishers of both sexes in waders for over 30 years
and have helped design waders for major manufacturers. I've gone
through the process of fitting numerous women into these Simms waders
and have gotten their direct feedback and I’ve spent countless hours
fishing in Simms waders with near identical properties. I’ve also had
the privilege to work for the very first outdoor equipment companies to
use Gore-Tex laminates, as well as breathable polyurethanes.

The 13 stock sizes do,
indeed, fit a wide range of women’s body shapes. We’re all different,
so there’s no there’s no guarantee that every woman will find the
perfect fit within this scope. The good news is that some women still
find the Simms men’s waders, with a huge size selection in its own
right, to fit them better. In addition, since their waders are made in
the U.S., Simms is the only wader manufacturer to offer a practical
custom fit program. In the Women's Wader, you can order custom size
booties, or custom Short or Tall sizes for an additional $50 charge.

Every fabric wader,
on average, has about 2000 needle holes, and many seams, and each
constitutes a potential point for water to enter. Seam-sealing
technology is absolutely critical to ensure that water can’t find its
way through. The Simms factory in Bozeman, Montana has the most advanced
seam sealing machinery for waders in the world; many of these machines
were designed in conjunction with the Engineering Department of Montana
State University and are exclusive and proprietary to Simms. The Simms
factory recalibrates its machinery to adjust for temperature,
atmospheric pressure, and humidity every hour. And once Simms completes
the wader, they are the only company that water tests every wader to
ensure that they haven’t missed anything. You simply won’t find this
level of sophistication and quality control in the Chinese factories
employed by their competitors.


Durability, Warranty, Company Profile...


 
As Simms says, experienced fly fisherman know
that there are "two types of waders; those that leak, and those that
are going to leak". Basically, all waders eventually wear out and fail.
So, if you think that by spending extra money, you’re never going to
have to deal with wader repairs, think again. Durability must be
considered in relative terms; an occassional angler may get eight or ten
years use out of a wader fishing, say, a couple weeks out of the year,
whereas a professional working guide's wader might last a season, or two
at most. Building waders with extra-heavy fabrics to increase
durability tends to make them ungainly, less breathable, and tiring to
wear. In my experience, Simms waders outlast others, and are more
comfortable in the process, due to superior design, materials and
construction methods. Yet, abrasion from sharp rocks, sticks, and
micro-punctures from blackberries, gorse, and, heaven forbid, barbed
wire will eventually take their toll on any wader.

Simms stands behind everything they make. Here’s a breakdown of their warranty:

Simms
warranties all their products, for the life of the product, against
defects in materials and workmanship. Waders that fail for these reasons
will be repaired, or replaced, at no charge. This warranty does not
cover damages caused by improper care, accidents or the natural
breakdown of materials over extended use and time.

If, within 30
days of the purchase date, you are unhappy with a Simms wader, bring it
back to the dealer you bought it from. Present your sales receipt, and
they will replace it, no questions asked.

If you accidentally
damage your Simms wader during the first year that you own it, the first
repair is on Simms. Simply ship Simms the wader, along with a copy of
your receipt, and they will repair it and ship it back to you.

Further,
they will only charge you their actual costs for any additional repairs
that you may need during the life of your wader. Simply bring the wader
to your dealer, or contact Simms’ Customer Service for a Return
Authorization. Then, ship the wader to them with a note describing the
problem and someone from their Customer Service Team will promptly
contact you with a repair estimate. Once they receive your approval,
they will repair your waders and ship them back to you. Simms even
maintains a sophisticated on-line service that allows their customers to
register warranties, print repair shipping labels and track their
repair status and return shipping status from the convenience of their
home computers.

My suggestion? Unless your Simms wader
has a major problem, like a rip (moderately rare), I’d recommend fixing
the wader yourself. I don’t have time during the fishing season to send
my waders back for minor pin-hole leaks, which are the main culprit for
most anglers as their waders age. It’s usually very easy. Simply turn
your waders inside out and lay them on a flat surface, with the
suspected leak area facing up. Get a small plastic spray bottle from a
convenience or hardware store and fill it with 91% rubbing alcohol from
any pharmacy (70% will work, but 91% is better). Now, spray a little
alcohol on the suspect area, and low and behold, any punctures clearly
show up as dark grey dots against the light fabric Gore-Tex background.
Now, take the little tube of Aqua-Seal that’s included with the wader
repair kit, and simply put on a small, thin dollop (yes, over the wet
alcohol!) that covers the grey spot. The alcohol will dry and the
Aqua-Seal will harden overnight – repair complete! I carry these items
on any overnight fishing trip and I can affect almost any repair in the
field as needed.


Simms was the pioneer in the fly fishing world,
creating the first waterproof/ breathable Gore-Tex waders in 1993.
Since then, they have successfully grown to become the largest domestic
supplier of waders, boots, and fly fishing clothing in the industry.
Simms is one of only three manufacturers worldwide licensed to make
Gore-Tex waders. Based on this success, I would guess these guys will be
around, backing their warranties, for a long time.


Pros



Designed with input from professional women guides, for
women fly fishers. Patented front and back articulated leg seam design
and Gore-Tex Performance Shell Technology enhance maximum breathability,
fit, comfort and performance. 13 sizes available to fit a wide range of
body shapes. Easily converts to waist-high waders for warm weather use.
Custom sizing modifications available at an additional charge and a
convenient warranty service from the only manufacturer in the U.S.


Cons



More expensive than other women’s waders; at a
cost of $329, you can certainly find some serviceable, albeit,
lesser-performing models from Simms, or other manufacturers, at about
half this price. This is the only women-specific wader choice from
Simms.


Bottom Line



You get what you pay for; probably the best
women’s fly fishing wader on the planet, from the best manufacturer of
waterproof/breathable waders. Light, comfortable, and relatively
durable. Limited lifetime warranty.
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