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Leland Sonoma Traveler Trout Fly Fishing Outfit Review


OUR FLAGSHIP FLY FISHING OUTFIT


Experience the difference that a perfectly balanced, custom assembled rig can make with the Leland Sonoma Traveler. . . Read More.
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Specifications:

• Line Size: 5
• Length: 8 feet
• Sections: 4

• Reel: Leland Classic Trout
• Line: Leland New Zealand Trout (WF5F) "The Pliny"
• Leader: Leland New Zealand Trout (12' 4X)
• Blank Color: Matte Wine
• Reel Seat: Double-Uplocking Gunsmoke Anodized Aluminum
• Guides: Darkened chrome-plated light wire stainless steel

• Handle: Proprietary Leland Squeeze Grip
• Action: Adaptive, Fast
• Cordura Rod Tube


Fly fishing is a grand excuse to find yourself in beautiful places with something fun to do. Truth is, if more people went fly fishing, the world would be happier. And to properly enjoy and celebrate the sport of fly fishing, one should focus on its defining attribute...the cast. Although it's true that any fly rod or outfit can catch a fish, it's not true that all cast the same. To enjoy each fly cast, a worthy fly fishing outfit (rod, reel and line) should be balanced and efficient. That's exactly why we at Leland Rod Co. designed the Sonoma Traveler Outfit.

In a chaotic world of fly tackle choices, our simple goal was to provide a sensible solution. We did this by designing our own gear from the ground up, where each component (fly rod, fly line and fly reel) complimented one another. The result of this project is a balanced and efficient trout fly fishing outfit, where the whole is greater than the sum of parts. Not only is this outfit brilliant for anyone just getting into the sport. It's also the perfect solution for any angler who's grown tired of tinkering with disconnected fly gear. It's all right here waiting to be efficiently cast and enjoyed.


This outfit didn't happen by luck. It was born from thirty years of retail experience, where we noticed our customers not only struggling with the overwhelming offering of big-brand fly gear...we also noticed them struggling to use it. We tossed out industry lingo like “proprietary technology” and “super performance” and instead, focused on balance, efficiency, control and accuracy. To us, fly fishing is an intimate sport where trout should not just be caught, they should be earned. And good casts earn fish!


Take for instance our Sonoma Traveler fly rod. It's not your standard nine-footer. We found by dropping one foot in rod length, we greatly reduced “swing weight,” making our fly rod feel even more balanced in hand. We also found that a shorter fly rod created naturally tighter (more efficient) loops of fly line, making casting much easier. Add to this, the most comfortable cork handle shape in the business and our balanced and efficient Sonoma Traveler is truly an extension of your arm.

A fine rod like our Sonoma Traveler is made even better with the right fly line. Our Leland New Zealand “Pliny” Trout line is just the ticket. In fact, it's so good, we named it after our favorite, local beer (Pliny The Elder). We softened the line's coating, shortened the head (the weight-forward part) and created the most efficient profile to efficiently roll your casting energy down the fly line, through the most efficient leader we've ever cast (our New ZealandTrout Leader) and to your fly. When you cast this line on our rod, you'll finally understand what we mean by efficient.

Of course every fly fishing outfit needs a fly reel. Yes, it does store your fly line...but there's more to it than that. The proper fly reel should be the correct weight to balance out the rod. It should have the correct capacity to store not only our fly line, but have enough backing (emergency line) should a big trout head down stream. A fully-sealed, disc-drag is unnecessary for trout, so we went with the classic and proven click and pawl system. It's easy to adjust, and requires little to no maintenance. Best of all, when your trout takes off, the classic sound of our Leland Classic Trout reel celebrating the moment will make you smile. Yes, it's fully-machined, anodized and all, but most importantly...this is a fly reel your granddaddy would want.

When assembled, our fly rod, our fly line and our fly reel makes every forty foot trout cast efficient, controlled and accurate. More importantly, our Sonoma Traveler outfit will make your day on the water that much better and really, that's why we all fly fish in the first place. Take our word for it. This outfit is the one we use every day at our ranch, teaching people how to efficiently control their fly line. It's also the outfit we personally take to the water on our days off.

We designed this outfit to make casting more fun primarily for beginners. The good news is, we did it. The better news is, we also created a fly fishing outfit that any expert fly angler will enjoy. Remember, this is our best-selling fly fishing outfit and comes with a full, money-back guarantee. Buy it and try it in your own back yard. Take a few days and think about it. Have your buddy try it. You won't be disappointed. If you are disappointed, we'll think you're crazy...but we'll still give you all your money back.


Pro Review - Leland's Casey Rolig

In a world full of “do it all” nine-foot five-weight fly rods, eight foot rods have become less and less common. But spend a day fishing with the Leland Sonoma Traveler Outfit, and you'll understand why other brands are missing out on a huge opportunity for fun and efficiency.
 
In hand, it feels lighter than just about any rod I've fished recently. But regardless of the actual weight, it's the reduction in “swing weight” provided by the shorter fly rod length that makes it not only feel lighter, it makes it more balanced. This shorter length of rod provides for naturally tighter loops of fly line, resulting is easy accuracy.
 
On a recent trip to Big Sur, California, I had a great time casting dry flies in tighter casting quarters. From close to medium-far, this balanced rod was a joy to cast and sensitive enough to land dry flies with ease. As a five weight, it still has ample line mass for efficiently delivering hopper dropper rigs when needed. It's also great as a nymph rig, but the trout were looking up so I was fishing dries. The fly line supplied is butter smooth. It seemed to have a softer finish than most “performance” fly lines of today. The line floats like a cork and my mends we nice and smooth.
 
Leland's Classic Trout Reel isn't just the correct size to accommodate my fly line and plenty of backing, it's also the correct weight to balance the entire outfit. Add to this a unique porting pattern that any grandfather would approve of and a classic click and pawl drag system and you've got a timeless fly reel. It also comes with a leather pouch for protecting this fine reel.
 
Wrap it all up and this outfit truly embodies what trout fly fishing is all about. Effortless, efficient, accurate casts are memorably provided by this balanced and beautiful outfit. Dry fly fishing and light nymphing are more enjoyable than ever and each fish is earned, not just caught. This four-piece outfit also comes with a nylon covered hard tube with integrated reel pouch for safe and easy transport.
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Sonoma Traveler Trout Fly Fishing Outfit 8' #5
No joke...the best-balanced, most-efficient trout fly fishing outfit on the planet. It's also our #1 seller.
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Leland Sonoma Traveler 8ft 5 Weight 4-piece Trout Fly Fishing Outfit:



This is the outfit that Leland used on his days off!



Efficiency is the secret of any well-crafted fly cast. A balanced fly fishing outfit, like the Leland Sonoma Traveler, embodies this principle. Our rod, reel and fly line compliment one another and amplify your body's movement, transferring your effort through the fly rod and into the fly line. The result are casts that celebrate our sport by providing you with controlled distance, accuracy and a subtle presentation, all with astonishing ease.



Our Leland Sonoma Traveler fly rod is designed to respond to the short, compact casting stroke we teach in our Leland Method casting classes. The five weight Sonoma Traveler will help you cast any trout fly with astonishing accuracy and efficiency. Unlike the more common nine-footer, our eight footer tracks truer, is better balanced in hand, and will make you a better caster by rewarding the right stroke with brilliant results. Designed as the ideal beginner's rod, this portable four-piecer ended up as one of the finest trout fly rods we've ever cast.



Adorned with our special Leland grip, the Sonoma Traveler fly rod literally fits like a glove into your hand, adding intimacy that other fly rods often lack. Our intuitive grip provides you with added purchase and control of our already well-balanced fly rod. This rod is truly and extension of your body. Of course it's finished with all the right components, including a highly-figured wood insert on our double-uplocking, anodized reel seat. Our non-glare blank finish combined with and our darkened guide set provides a stealthy approach when casting and fishing.



Fly lines too often are a secondary consideration. Not for us at Leland. We searched and tested high and low for the perfect fly line. Our goal was to find a fly line that blends casting efficiency and enjoyment with fishing function. After much research, casting, testing and frustrating results, we decided to embark on our own journey to design the best fly line. It took us a while, but we did our job. Our Leland weight forward, five-weight floating fly line (affectionately called the "Pliny" after our favorite beer) casts like butter and floats like a cork and very noticeably compliments the efficient taper of our Leland Sonoma Traveler fly rod.

Not kidding, when you cast our Pliny line and our special Leland leader (12' 4x) on our Leland Traveler fly rod...you'll finally understand what true casting efficiency is. Also, if you cast only our Pliny line's head (weight-forward section), the result is always a beautiful and accurate forty foot cast. Any knowledgeable fly angler will tell you forty feet is the magic mark. However, if you do need more distance, our line shoots with ease.



To store the perfect fly line, we obviously needed a fly reel. Again, we worked hard to design a fly reel that balanced correctly with our fly rod, both physically and aesthetically. The Leland Classic Trout fly reel is the answer. When combined with the Leland Traveler fly rod and our fly line, the whole is much greater than the sum of parts. With an adjustable and proven click and pawl drag system, this fly reel nods to the great fly reels of the past, while employing better contemporary materials and manufacturing process, ensuring a fly reel that will last a lifetime. Your grandfather would approve of this reel's quality and he'd certainly approve of the celebratory sound it makes when your fish heads downstream.



Finally, you can store your balanced Leland Sonoma Traveler fly fishing outfit handily in our nylon-covered rod tube. With its integrated, padded reel pouch, you can leave your Leland Classic Trout fly reel mounted proudly on your favorite trout rod for easy storage and more importantly, quick rigging when it's time to hit the water.

Click HERE to learn even more about this incredible fly fishing outfit.



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About Leland Rod Co., first class fly casting trainers
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For over thirty years, we've mentored thousands of fly fishers who aspire to master cast on our 13 acre Fly Casting Ranch in Sonoma, California. Our facility is solely dedicated to the ultimate fly cast and now we offer the crescendo of our commitment to the cast in the form of our library of Leland Rod Co. balanced outfits.

Every product designer behind Leland Rod Co. is a F.F.F. (Fly Fishing Federation) Master Certified Casting Instructor.  Simply put, we are students of the defining attribute of the sport of fly fishing, the cast.  The pinnacle of fly casting is the master cast and every balanced fly fishing outfit we design embodies our commitment to this belief.

It's the proper balance of ingredients that makes anything worth the effort and worthy of existence. Take our Leland fly rods for example, we don’t tout the latest materials as “game changers,” nor do we run to the trough of technology for a new gimmick to market. Instead, we research, design, tinker, revise, test and even abuse our work. If newer materials allow our fly rods to cast more efficiently and with better balance, we use them. If they don't improve our fly rod's casting pleasure, we pass. Only when a Leland Rod Co. rod provides master casts, do we put our mark on it.

Beyond master casting pleasure, we also wanted our Leland fly rods and reels to look like fly tackle should, as though you discovered it in your great uncle's dusty garage. We like rich, figured wood fitted smartly to darkened nickel silver hardware. We respect tight thread wraps, clean epoxy work and dense, high-grade cork handles as well as machine-cut metals. In essence, we craft our fly rods and fly reels in the hopes to one day receive a quiet, approving nod from your grandfather.

If you yearn for something more, if you feel blessed for every minute you spend by the water celebrating the cast, if you desire to earn your fish with a master cast, not just catch it...a Leland Rod Co. balanced outfit is probably in your future.

What is Fly Casting?    How to Fly Cast.    Learn to Fly Cast.




 




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Before we begin discussing how to fly cast, it's important to understand that the term “fly casting” might actually be misnamed and therefore confusing to the beginner.

In fact, we are not at all casting the fly, we are casting the fly line. So, maybe “fly line casting” is a better term. But we still have a problem with the term “casting.” "Casting” implies different physical movements to different people. It might mean throwing, or punching, pushing or poking...all of which are not good descriptions of a smooth fly cast.

The best term to describe efficient fly casting is “fly line pulling.” Everyone understands the concept of pulling and pulling is the secret action to a smooth, efficient fly cast. Forget all the thick fly casting books and extensive fly casting DVD's. A smooth, efficient fly cast is best described as a constantly-accelerating power stroke followed with an assertive stop of the fly rod's tip and this is best achieved by pulling your fly line to a stop.

Learn to fly cast.
 

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Leland Fly Fishing Gift Card - $50
$50 grants the lucky receiver access to thousands of quality fly products.
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A $50 Leland Gift Certificate
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$400 is half of what they need for the rod, reel and line of their dreams! Thanks.
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The $400 Leland Gift Certificate goes a long way to equip your recipient with some fine tackle from the best supplier in the business.  Eager fly fishers love fly fishing gear for presents.

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The Leland $200 Gift Certificate will make any angler ready and excited for the upcoming season.
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Visit the Leland Fly Fishing Ranch in Sonoma Friday's & Saturday's 10am to 6pm
Pack a picnic lunch and come visit the Leland Fly Fishing Ranch in Sonoma, California.
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detdesc::Don't know what to do this weekend? Put an old-fashioned, family picnic on your list. That's right, dust off that old wicker basket, grab a nice bottle of wine, pack a lunch and don't forget the rest of the family. You're headed to wine country.


Come up to the Leland Ranch in beautiful Sonoma and relax for a while. Shoot some pool on our vintage table, play a round of bocci, toss some horse shoes with your friends or enjoy casting some of the world's finest fly rods. You might even want to take a private fly casting lesson during your visit.

Our thirteen-acre ranch provides enough room for the kids to run around. Our ranch barn is full of unique fly fishing gear...the kind of stuff you'll only see here on the ranch, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will keep you smiling during your visit. If you wish, continue your journey into downtown Sonoma for a little shopping and wine tasting after your ranch visit. There's lots to do up here in Sonoma.

So, gather your friends and put a Leland Ranch picnic on your weekend calendar. Whether you just want to hang out with your friends in a beautiful location or if you've just always wanted to fly fish, come up to the ranch and enjoy the Leland lifestyle. You won't be disappointed.





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Sonoma Ranch Fly Shop and Casting Lesson Hours
   FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY 10am to 6pm PST

If our business hours don't work with your schedule please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate whether you just wanted to visit the fly shop or book a casting lesson. Our customers are the reason we're here so don't hesitate to ask.


(Please note, we may not be able to answer the phone on Saturday as we may be assisting customers in the shop or out casting)
Closed Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, NYE, & New Years Day

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Leland Fly Fishing Gift Card - $25
$25 for essential
supplies or new gadgets for the vest.
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detdesc::Leland Gift Cards and Certificates

A $25
is just the ticket for your favorite fisherman for essential supplies or new gadgets for the vest. A Leland Gift Certificate makes an angler happy!
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  • Attractively packaged for gift presentation
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  • Take the guess work out of what to get a fly angler
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  • The best selection of fly fishing equipment found anywhere - we promise.
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Tips & Techniques Fly Casting - Forming a Loop
The most basic motion in fly casting is a "smooth acceleration to a stop" of the fly rod's handle. This lets the rod and the fly line form a loop.
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The Casting in Fly Casting
Bringing the rod handle to a "stop" after it has been smoothly accelerated.
That is all there is to it.


This "smooth acceleration to a stop," happens in two opposite directions for the basic overhead cast. The basic overhead cast results in the casting loop going away from the target and towards the target in the air.

Smooth Acceleration

This smooth acceleration of the handle results in the fly line, in the air, being pulled straight into a line behind the rod tips path. This smooth acceleration also results in the weight of the line resisting the rods patch and thus storing energy in the form of a bent rod. A bent rod is a expensive spring and a springs only job is to store and release energy. Now we have stored stored energy in a bent rod, we now must release it.


The Stop
The “stop” releases the bent rods stored energy into the fly line. This bend of the rod is transferred in into the line in the same shape that the path of the rod tip takes while unbending, this rod tip path creates the formation of the recognizable, classic casting loop.


The Loop

The Loops direction, that looks like a U shape or elongated candy-cane unrolling in the air, dictates where the fly is carried. The tighter the loop the more accurate the fly is carried. 


Summary

Pull the line straight in the air with the rod. Stop the Rod. Watch the Rod release the energy into the fly-line. Watch the fly line loop drag your fly to the target.  Enjoy.

Want to get started casting Master Casts today? You can, and you don't even need to a "real" fly fishing outfit. In every one of our beginning fly casting classes, we always start with our Master Cast Practice Rod. Although it might look like a cat toy (and it is the greatest cat toy, by the way) our Master Cast Practice Rod is truly the best tool to initially learn how to "pull fly line to a stop" and efficiently form controlled loops. You can even learn in the comfort of your office or home any time you wish. Check out our Master Cast Practice Fly Rod.


Through a hands-on demonstration of fly rod mechanics, fly line construction and the tapering of the leader you will understand the energy transference of your equipment and how it leads to a perfect fly cast. You’ll also learn how proper stance, grip and arm position can increase your casting efficiency and relieve potential fatigue.

As the lesson progresses, we’ll teach you to adjust the shape of your casting loops, as well as their angle and direction, to accommodate varying conditions you may encounter astream. You’ll practice adding and stripping line to increase your casting distance and control slack, and how to “gently alight” your fly on the water.

First Steps of Learning to Fly Cast
• Equipment language and assembly
• The theory of tapered equipment
• Body position, stance, and grip
• "The power of the stop"
• Smooth acceleration of the casting stroke
• Forming Loops, open and tight by having the tip of the rod unbend in a open or tight path.
• Aiming loops, changing direction and plane
• Adding line to the system
• Stop and Drop
• “Gently alight” your fly on the water
• Enjoy


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