Leland Sonoma Traveler 8ft 5 Weight 4-piece 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 commitment. 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. This eight footer tracks true, is 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 dry 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 on the water.
Fly lines too often are a secondary consideration. Not with us at Leland. We searched and tested high and low for the perfect fly line. Our goal was to find a fly line that combines casting efficiency with fishing function. We did our job. Our Leland weight forward, five-weight floating fly line casts like butter and floats like a cork and very noticeably compliments the efficient taper of our Leland Sonoma Traveler fly rod.
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 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.
This is the outfit that our instructors use to teach casting classes at the Leland Ranch!
Designed to be the best fly rod to use when learning how to fly cast, it's also the perfect outfit for most anglers, as they head for the hills to fish smaller streams for trout. It will make fans of experienced casters as well, packaged in a cordura tube with a Leland Classic Trout fly reel and a proprietary fly line that aids casting and fishing. This outfit is impossible to beat.
To go with our Sonoma rods, we wanted a reel that was affordable, durable, and classic in appearance. In the Leland Classic Trout, we've used anodized, machined aluminum, proven click-pawl drag system, and quick, easy spool interchange to produce a reel that's as cosmetically beautiful as it is mechanically sound.
With an easy-casting weight forward taper, our fly line turns over fly and leader well and loads the rod appropriately at both close and intermediate distances. At our Sonoma Ranch, and across the fly waters of Northern California, we’ve seen how this line casts and mends exceptionally well, and helps new and returning fly anglers put the fly where it needs to be.
Also included in this outfit are fly line backing and a cordura rod/reel case. We will rig this outfit for you to the Leland Standard, wherein all connections between the leader, fly line, fly line backing, and fly reel will be assembled and tested to the greatest strength and reliability before arriving at your door, ready to fish, right out of the box.
Six hundred dollars of fly fishing Nirvana to someone thatappreciates owning and using the finest fly tackle sounds like the bestthing since Christmas. Well, Christmas comes once a year, so thisLeland Gift Card will also serve to say "I love you" or "Thank you verymuch" any time of the year.
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.
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.
The StopThe “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 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.
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.
Whether you're new to fly fishing or a seasoned angler, this great sport can be a bit overwhelming with all the brands, series and models of tackle available today...each claiming to be the best. Truth is, even we at Leland felt overloaded with all the choices. That's exactly why we got rid of them and kept only the solutions that are worthy of your consideration.
We have a balanced, efficient fly fishing outfit for every type of fly fishing situation you might encounter. From panfish to billfish, we'll put the right solution in your hands so you can arrive anywhere in the world completely confident that your fly tackle won't let you down. If it's fly fishing for trout, we're ready for you. Saltwater flats...no problem. Steelhead...yup. We make it easy for you.
This doesn't mean we only kept the most
expensive solutions. We pride ourselves on the ability to service all
our guests with the same responsible approach at all prices. Whether
you're just learning, we've got the right gear. If you're a youth fly angler, we've got the right gear for you. Maybe you just love to
backpack into the mountains for a soulful trout trip. We've got the
right gear for that, too.
But, gear alone doesn't make for an
exceptional fly fishing experience. For this you need confidence and
our principle-based approach to education won't leave you wanting.
Over our many years, we've honed our instructional technique, making
learning easier and more enjoyable for you. No lengthy classes,
syllabuses or quizzes that bring on that “test anxiety” feeling.
We promise, your experience with us will be refreshing and
enjoyable...just like fly fishing should be.
Our thoughtful approach to fly fishing
means we'll take care of you, your needs, your wants and your wishes.
The way we see it, it's our job to put you in that magical fly
fishing picture that lies deep in your mind and to do this right, you
simply need to visit the Fly Shop at Leland Ranch. We look forward to
your visit and to the many memorable fly fishing experiences that
August 1 (Sonoma, CA): If you're new to fly fishing, you
should know that the defining attribute of our sport is the unique
way we deliver our fly. It's called fly casting and this activity
should be celebrated.
Furthermore, a fly fishing outfit must
be efficient at amplifying and transferring your body's movement and
energy into the fly line, which is the goal of any efficient fly
cast. Rod taper, blank thickness and materials all play a role in
this quest. When you smoothly pull our Leland Sonoma Trout fly rod to
a stop (the secret to a good cast), you'll be rewarded with the
smoothest, most-efficient fly cast you've ever made.
The right fly line also makes a
difference for fly casting enjoyment. The correct taper, head length
and weight done smartly makes casting that much easier and fishing
more effective. Our Leland Pliny fly line solves the riddle.
Color-coded, so you can always efficiently control your line and put
your fly where you want it. And since 90% of trout are caught within
a forty foot (or less) cast, our Pliny fly line assures that distance
on every cast. Simply put, this fly line is a joy to cast.
Sure a trout fly reel is just a storage
device for the fly line, but the Leland Sonoma Trout fly reel is one
heck of a reel. Fully-machined from solid, bar-stock aluminum, then
anodized for a long life a hard fishing. Its simple click drag needs
no adjusting. It will keep your fly line from overrunning when a
trout charges off with your fly. If necessary, you can slow down that
fish by “palming” the exposed rim of the fly reel's spool. It's
simple, elegant and functional. Most importantly, it perfectly
balances with the Sonoma Trout fly rod.
It takes focus and planning to design a
fly fishing outfit where the whole (rod, reel and line) is greater
than the sum of parts and that's exactly what you get in our Leland Sonoma Trout Fly Fishing Outfit. Fly casting becomes effortless and
accurate as you discover efficient control of your fly line and catch
Our Leland Sonoma Trout is the perfect
fly fishing outfit for anyone wanting to learn how to cast correctly
and efficiently, then take smooth loops of fly line to a small trout
stream and apply your craft. Controlled distance, accuracy and subtle
presentations will be yours at will. Fly casting in this manner alone
will put a smile on your face, but when your fine cast is rewarded
with a wild trout, the wold becomes a bit better.
If you've been wanting to fly fish, or
if you've been struggling with your current rod, reel and line, it's
time to find balance and efficiency in our Leland Sonoma Trout Fly
Fishing Outfit. By the way, this is the same fly rod, reel and fly
line we use for fly casting instruction every day at our fly fishing
ranch in Sonoma. We love it and you won't be disappointed.
Spending my days at the ranch assisting anglers with more efficient fly casts, I've noticed a thing or two. Mainly I've noticed most anglers using more energy than necessary to present the fly accurately.
One thing is for sure, using proven fly casting principles to more efficiently cast a fly line is important. However just as important is a balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit and the Leland Sonoma Trout Outfit is just the ticket.
The Leland Sonoma Trout outfit is brilliant. It's balanced in hand, which not only makes this outfit more comfortable to hold, it makes casting easier. It's also incredibly efficient at amplifying our students' casting energy and transferring this energy into the fly line. Simply put, this is one easy casting fly fishing outfit.
Any angler will quickly notice how easy this outfit is to cast, and when tight loops jump efficiently off this rod's tip, confidence is born. Confidence on the water makes all the difference...in enjoyment and fish-catching success.
If you're new to fly fishing or on the hunt for a truly-balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit for trout...you just found it.
Time Slot One : 8 - 10am
Time Slot Two : 11 - 1pm
Time Slot Three : 2 - 4pm
Questions & Inquiries
The Leland Ranch was built for you. Here in Sonoma, we celebrate this great sport, by sharing our passion with others, like yourself. We can think of nothing better than helping you understand how to efficiently form a loop and control your fly line to subtly land your fly exactly where you want it. Our goal is to put you in the magical fly fishing photograph that's buried deep in your mind. Our goal is to provide you with the confidence to head out into Nature's beauty with a grand excuse to be there. Our goal is to aid you in collecting truly memorable fly fishing experiences that will last a lifetime.
The Leland Ranch was built for you, too. You already can catch fish on a fly rod, and that's great...but what if we could help you catch even more and bigger fish? Interested? We'll give you the gifts of efficient fly line control and increased distance. Whether you're fly casting in the salt or two-hand casting on a broad river, we're ready to help catch you more fish. With the right principles and a balanced outfit, you'll be able to cast in situations that other anglers deem impossible. You'll be able to cast to fish, that to other anglers, don't exist...and you'll be able to naturally fish your flies in waters that other anglers can't fish.
Yup, the Leland Ranch was built for you, as well. World-class fly fishing photographer, Val Atkinson, has a unique talent for capturing on film, the magical moment of the perfect fly cast, which is the ultimate celebration (and defining attribute) of our sport. As Val sees it, the beauty of a perfect cast should be shared with others. World-class angler Goran Andersson celebrates the magic moment, when a perfect cast results with an earned fish. As he sees it, this type of experience approaches perfection. It's these inevitable truths, exposed by Val and Goran, that eventually become the end goal of our sport and we're here to share them with you.