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