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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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OUR FLAGSHIP FLY FISHING OUTFIT


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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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Loop Multi Fly Rod Series Review


GREAT TROUT RODS WITHOUT THE HYPE

 
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Specifications:


• Trout Model: 9ft 5wt, 590-4: Purchase Here
• Streamer Model: 9ft 6in 6wt, 696-4: Purchase Here
• Action: Fast
• Sections: Four
• Guides: Ceramic stripping guides, chrome snake-guides

• Reel Seat: Triangular, locking reel seat for easy reel placement
 
January 24, 2014 (Sonoma, CA):  Loop doesn't claim that the Multi Series are “the greatest fly rods ever made,” they're just great rods. They aren't the “lightest rods on the planet,” because balanced casts and your reel/line selection are more important than weight. The Multi Series is proof that quality fly rods don't need to cost upwards of $500, and they're everything you'd expect from a Swedish brand dedicated to building premium tackle.

Casting above all else: If you're like us, you care more about how much fun a rod is rather than how high-modulus its blank is. Loop puts this emphasis on casting above all else. Designed to deliver solid line control and hold up in tough conditions, the Multi Series has the kind of components you expect from rods twice the price. And with two featured models, the 590-4 Trout and 696-4 Streamer, it's the ideal trout option for anyone looking to upgrade an old rod or add something new to their arsenal. 

The 590-4 (Trout): For a great all-around trout rod, it goes without saying that the 9ft 5wt is king. The Multi 590-4 is an excellent option that's versatile and easy to cast, making it ideal for a range of techniques and skill levels. Your buddy is getting into trout fishing? Here's his answer. You want a backup rod for an upcoming trip? The Multi 590-4 is it. If you want to cover just about any type of water, and you'd rather spend extra on flies or a sturdy reel, then take advantage of this offer from Leland and Loop. Limited quantities for a limited time, so pick one up in time for next season.

Recommended Fly LineLeland New Zealand, 5wt

The 696-4 (Streamer): This is a great rod with a ton of power, perfect for anyone who wants a dedicated streamer rod. At 9ft 6in, the added length gives you plenty of coverage and lifting power for large trout. The review below has a good rundown of its on-the-water performance, but suffice to say it makes easy work of streamer fishing. Loop rods have always been designed for going after huge trout (these guys pioneered Jurassic Lake) and the Multi 696-4 is a part of this legacy.
Recommended Fly LineAirflo Mend, 6wt

The Rundown: If you're in the market for a great rod, be it because you need to upgrade or you want another trout setup in you gear cache, go for the Multi Series. They are built to be solid and fun, and that's ultimately what we look for in the gear that we recommend.


Loop 696-4 Pro Review - Leland's Burke White


California's Lower Truckee River flows from the famous Tahoe Lake. It winds it's way though beautiful alpine country, passes through the quaint mountain town of Truckee and then bends eastward. Unlike most Sierra Nevada streams, the Truckee River never meets the Pacific Ocean. Instead, it heads inland, eventually feeding into Nevada's Pyramid Lake. It's a pretty western river and it's full of trophy trout...but they don't come easy.

It was on this river, that I had the chance to test out Loop Tackle's Multi 696-4 fly rod. That might sound like a larger fly rod for your standard-sized trout stream, but I had a plan in mind. Knowing that really big brown trout hold in these waters and also knowing that there's a healthy population of crawfish in this watershed, I was going streamer fishing.

I tied up some heavy-duty, rusty brown crawfish patterns with barbell eyes. I even added some rabbit strips to mimic the claws of the crawfish. This fly would be the only pattern I would fish this day. To efficiently deliver this heavier fly, I need a fly line with more mass. I chose the new Airflo Mend in a six weight. You might think I would fish a sinking tip line, but most of the clear water runs on the Truckee are not that deep and if a big brown trout wanted my fly...he'd happily move toward it.

To keep things simple, I used the Loop Multi fly reel (6-9) to compliment this outfit. Might sound like a pretty big reel to put on a six weight, but I chose it for two reasons: The reel's extra weight would counter-balance the extra length of this rod, providing improved balance for a long day of casting. Also, this larger reel would give me extra line capacity, should I need it on a big brown trout.

Here's an important factoid related to crawfish. They have an exoskeleton (a hard outer shell). As these critters grown, they shed or molt their entire exoskeleton and grow into their new one. Calcium is the key element here, as it is used to harden the new exoskeleton. Not wanting to waist any calcium, prior to the molt, a crawfish removes as much calcium from the old shell and stores it in its gastrolith (stomach stone). It then blasts this calcium back into the new shell to create a hard exoskeleton.

And the point of all this is...? When a big brown trout eats a crawfish, the trout's stomach dissolves the crawfish, except for the gastrolith. This white, pill-like stone (it looks like a Tums antacid) is passed through digestive track of the fish and drops to the bottom of the stream. A big brown trout will eat many crawfish and the expelled gastroliths will collect in the tail out of brown trout's run. Just think bones near a dragon's lair.

With the Loop Multi 696-4 fly rod rigged and ready, a walked the banks of the Truckee in search of a promising run. Prior to fishing, I inspected the tail of the run, looking for expelled gastroliths. Within a short hunt, I found a run with many (as in a lot) gastroliths in the tail out. The Loop Multi six weight had plenty of casting power to propel my Airflo six weight Mend fly line with ease. It's a nine foot six inch rod that provided easy mends and superior line control.

I could easily dead drift, jig and swing my crawfish pattern. I had total control over my many casts and drifts. My guess is that most people would have moved on to another run after a dozen or so casts, but not me. The confidence provided me by visually inspecting the collection of gastroliths kept me on the hunt. On one drift, my line literally stop. There was slight pressure and I set the hook. My Loop Multi rod bowed over and the Loop Multi fly reel's drag smoothly paid out line.

It was a big, really big brown trout on my line. I had twelve pound tippet, so I felt pretty confident putting hard pressure on the fish to keep him from structure. Not kidding, these big brown trout act more like Ling Cod, as they will dig (head first) into any crevice afforded them by the stream. I had the chance to land two more large trout during my day. Casting the Loop Multi 696-4 was fun and easy. It had plenty of power and balanced nicely with the Loop Multi 6-9 fly reel. This is one great rod/outfit for any angler wanting to pursue larger trout with confidence.

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Leland Rod Co. Emerger Outfit Review


GIVE YOUR KIDS THE GIFT OF THE OUTDOORS


From tip to butt, the Leland Emerger Outfit has been designed to meet the needs of young anglers and beginners alike.. . . Read More.
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Leland's Emerger Fly Fishing Outfits are all about tradition. Like your first fly rod, it's the chance to introduce a child to a lifelong relationship with the outdoors. It's about giving them the gift of time spent in nature. And here at Leland, we think that's about the best gift you can give a kid.

More than just a fly rodWhen it comes to construction and attention to detail, there's nothing childish about the Emerger Fly Fishing Outfit. Built with the same precision as its big brother, the Leland Sonoma Traveler, the Emerger Outfit is meant to be fished hard. The adaptive-fast action makes it the ideal tool for new anglers who are honing their cast, but its versatility means the Emerger never outgrow its usefulness (no matter how big they get). From trout streams to farm ponds and everywhere in between, Leland's Emerger Outfit is the perfect companion for days spent on the water.

Purpose-Built: From tip to butt, the Leland Emerger Outfit has been designed to meet the needs of young anglers. At 7 feet 9 inches in length, it has enough reach to accommodate long and accurate casts, yet it's compact enough to provide excellent line control for new casters. The Emerger's proprietary grip was designed to fit comfortably in smaller hands, keeping the focus on the fundamentals rather than too-large and cumbersome gear. A 4-weight, the Emerger is both the perfect weight for youngster and powerful enough to fight big trout and mid-size fish. And it's four piece construction and travel case make it perfect for camping trips and easy carrying.

What's in the box? Leland's Emerger Outfit comes with everything you need to get fishing, minus a few of your favorite flies. Featuring a durable Red Truck ¾ weight fly reel and weight-forward floating fly line, it's a carefully balanced outfit that's anything but your typical big box “kit.” Everything comes assembled in the Cordura rod tube for easy transport and solid protection from the wear and tear of little ones. Plus, it's available in pink or blue so that everyone in the family is covered.

Pink Emerger from Leland               Blue Emerger from Leland

Pink Emerger on Amazon Prime
     Blue Emerger on Amazon Prime



Pro Review - Leland's Burke White


As a father of two young ladies, I'm officially stating for the record that fly fishing is the best outdoor activity for all ages, especially the young ones.

But before I delve into fly fishing, let me share something I recently discovered about my daughters when I asked them if they'd like to go on a hike. Their response was, “Why?” My initial reaction was to think my daughters were just being lazy. “Well, for exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery,” I said.

It wasn't until a bit later that the thought dawned on me. My children weren't lazy at all, they just needed a reason to hike, something to do once we got there. The next time I proposed that we hike, I tested my new theory. I simply asked them, “Who wants to go fly a kite?” Voila! Both daughters jumped at the chance. They threw on their shoes and we hiked to the top of a nearby hill (the very same hill we hiked prior), this time with no questions...just smiles. We had a reason to hike. Call it what you will, a reason, an activity, an excuse. Children just want to know why they're doing something, and flying a kite at the top of a hill was reason enough.

Enter fly fishing. To me, fly fishing is the best excuse to get out of the house, to go someplace beautiful with those you love and have something fun to do when you get there. If done correctly, it requires very limited equipment and brings human and nature together. Unlike adult minds that succumb to the self-imposed pressure of knowing everything about something before participating, children will jump right in and play. This youthful approach to life and learning dovetails perfectly with fly fishing.

Casting a fly rod isn't hard when you're a child. You just pull the fly line forward and stop the rod's tip in the direction you want the line to go. The fly lands in the water and the fish take over from there. If they're interested in something they put it in their mouth to inspect it. It doesn't matter what the fish thinks, the fact is, your kid just caught it...and on a fly rod to boot.

Our Leland Rod Co. Emerger fly fishing outfit was designed specifically for your kids (and mine). It's the right size and weight for their smaller hands and is perfect for catching the two fish available to just about everyone...panfish and trout. It's balanced perfectly and makes for the easiest and most efficient fly casts. It comes completely rigged and ready to cast upon arrival. Just tie on a fly (any fly) and cast it on the water. The fish will respond and you just found a fun reason to spend quality time with your children.

Hidden behind the fun activity of fly fishing is the real secret to the sport. Whether you drive or walk to your water, you'll have time to talk with your kids. You'll notice nature's best work in the form of plants and animals. You'll share stories of your childhood and create meaningful memories that your children will cherish forever. These are the simple but important moments in life that will happen when you and your child fly fish.


Leland Rod Co. knows this and that's exactly why we designed the Sonoma Emerger fly fishing outfit.
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Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit Review


A SWITCH ROD DONE RIGHT AND AN OUTFIT YOU CAN TRUST
 

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A SWITCH ROD DONE RIGHT AND AN OUTFIT YOU CAN TRUST
 

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The Diesel Switch Outfit includes:
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Diesel 7110-4 Switch Rod
• Fly Reel: Loop Evotec 7-9
• Airflo Running Line 20lb
• Airlfo 450 Rage Compact Skagit Line
 Skagit Mow Tip Kit (Light)
• Extra Tip
• 9ft 12lb Leader

• Rigged and ready to fish



January 24, 2014 (Sonoma, CA):  When conditions and terrain change often – and when you're steelheading, they absolutely do –  a versatile rod can mean the difference between focusing on your gear and focusing on the fish. The Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit is a comprehensive solution for steelhead angling that combines one of our favorite switch rods with a fly reel and fly line system custom tailored for changing conditions.

Complete ControlFrom first prototypes to the final package, our team of rod designers managed every element of assembling the Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit to ensure a truly balanced system. The Diesel 7110-4 SwitchLoop Evotec reel, and custom line system were meticulously selected to operate together. It's this level of control that translates into an outfit that goes beyond your typical rod/reel/line combo. And it's this same idea of control that we want to pass on to anglers and steelheaders looking for a rig that will give them total coverage of the water they're fishing, regardless of the conditions. The Red Truck Diesel Switch is your solution for steelhead fishing made simple.

The Rod: Though the switch rod is a relative newcomer in the fly fishing market, it's made a lasting impact on the world of steelhead fishing. Designed to act as both a single-hand and double-hand fly rod, most of today's switch rods are best described as a compact two-handed fly rod and they offer a smart solution for any angler wanting to join the two-handed revolution. Our Red Truck Diesel 7110-4 Switch Rod is indeed a hybrid of both single and double-handed, but it makes no compromises on either front and provides exceptional performance across the board. Whether you're indicator fishing, swinging deep, or fishing near the surface, the Red Truck Diesel 7110-4 Switch Rod is a perfect solution. With extra length for big mends and and power for big fish, yet compact enough for effortless single-hand casts, this is the workhorse of our lineup.

Additionally, the Diesel 7110-4 comes with the hallmark ingenuity that sets Red Truck apart. Sanded, precision-fit ferrels provide a secure fit that stands up to the torsional stresses of swing fishing and spey casts. The switch grip is made from the highest grade cork, designed for ergonomics as well as enhanced feel. And the rod cap comes equipped with a bottle opener for post-chrome refreshment.

The Reel: There's no better fit for the Red Truck Diesel Switch than Loop's Evotec 7-9 Fly Reel. Of course, it's fully sealed and machined from aircraft grade aluminum. But it's dimensions and weight perfectly balance with the Diesel Switch, and we challenge you to find a smoother drag system or a more durable reel.

The Line System: The outfit comes ready for every type of steelhead fishing and includes a running line, 450 grain skagit head, and a set of light MOW tips. The short taper excels when you're casting large flies and heavy tips, and everything is easily interchangeable depending on the conditions. 

The Rundown: It comes down to balance you can feel and an outfit you can trust. Steelheading is as fun as fly fishing gets, but it can be hell on gear. Enjoy every cast and every fish with the exceptional control of the Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit. And trust that it's as tough as it is versatile, giving you range on the water and countless seasons of steelhead.


Pro Review - Leland's James Park


On a trip to Oregon's Rogue River last October, I fished two days with the Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit. Although not known for large steelhead, the summer run of steelhead on the Rogue offers an opportunity to catch a solid number of fish in the four to eight pound range. The Rogue is also a medium-sized river and perfect for a switch rod.

Although switch rods make easy work of indicator nymphing for steelhead, my go-to technique is swinging a fly cross current. It allows me to get the most out of every cast and every take. Plus, the Rogue River's fish are notoriously aggressive and will happily grab a well-swung fly.

The Red Truck Diesel Swiich Outfit is the ideal tool for this kind of fishing. At eleven feet in length, it's just right. Not too long for a river the size of the Rogue, yet still long enough to provide efficient casts and mends. As a seven weight, it has the appropriate line mass to deliver the common sizes and weight of flies used on most steelhead rivers. The Red Truck Diesel Switch Rod's power is dialed in right, making a three pound fish fun, yet it can still cast a Skagit head with a heavy tip and big bug.

Of course this rod is well-finished with its classic “snake belly” blank and all the right components, including tight thread wraps and smooth epoxy work. The cork grade is very nice and the handle shape feels great in hand. There's even a bottle opener in the rod cap.

Included in the outfit is a complete line system. It comes professionally rigged and ready to fish, including backing, an Airflo Ridge Running Line (#20) and an Airflo Compact Skagit Head (450 grain), as well as Rio's MOW Tip Kit (Light). The line system makes casting a breeze and the Rio MOW Tip Kit allows the angler to dial in the perfect tip regardless of fishing conditions.

The fly reel is the equally solid Loop Tackle Evotec 7-9. This fully-machined and anodized large-arbor fly reel comes with a completely sealed disc drag system, which is butter smooth and very powerful. Essentially, this reel is bomb-proof, great looking, and a good fit with the Red Truck Diesel Switch Rod.

Casting this setup on Oregon's Rogue River was epic. Easy mends resulted in amazing line and fly control. I beached about six fish on the swing during my two days on the Rogue, which is about average...nothing to brag about, but each was the result of smooth casts and controlled swings. If you're looking for the same experience, the Red Truck Diesel Switch is as good as it gets.

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New Zealand Dry Fly Rod 486-4 8' 6
Crisp, fun, efficient and deadly accurate.  Yup, it's the best casting dry fly rod on the planet.
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"Hooking a trout has much to do with how perfectly you are able to present your dries."



The Leland Rod Co. New Zealand Dry Fly rod was designed specifically
for those trout anglers who prefer to fish with dry flies. 
Well-balanced, efficient, accurate and just plain fun to cast, this rod
is what casting dreams are made of.  Rest assured that our rod is
dressed with highest-quality components and the best blank materials
available.  From the moment you handle this rod, to your first
cast...it's all smiles.  It's like finding a classic car with a
contemporary engine in it.



Review by W. Arnold of Georgia



Background


I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to test the Leland
New Zealand Dry Fly 486-4 fly rod for a couple of weeks. While testing
this rod, I was able to solicit input from other guides and also an
individual new to fly fishing, so the following comments are the
consensus of several others, not just myself.



Quality


The build quality of this rod is excellent. The blank, guides, reel
seat, and cork grip are all top quality components. The blank is
slender and the ferrule connections are hardly noticeable. The action
is medium to fast and very well suited to dry flies and small nymphs,
and the rod tube and sock are also a "cut above." Neat, little extras
include ferrule plugs and the sock even has a small pocket to store the
plugs when the rod is assembled. There is also an extra place in the
sock for a spare rod tip. At first glance the shape of the cork grip is
a little "quirky," however, the ergonomics are excellent and the grip
is a perfect fit for most hands. Overall, this is a very well thought
out package.




Casting


I have ready many rod reviews where the reviewer states how easy a rod
is to cast or the rod almost, "cast itself." I own a couple of these
rods and do not find these statements to be accurate. However, I found
the New Zealand Dry Fly rod to be one of the nicest casting rods I have
ever had in my hand. The rod is excellent at short distances and loads
with very little line. The rod can also throw a line a considerable
distance and I had no trouble casting 60 feet or more. The rod also
executes "roll casts" in an equally competent manner. While guiding a
"Wounded Warrior," who had never cast a fly rod, I traded off the
"guide rod" we provided for the New Zealand Dry fly rod model. He found
his casting to be so much improved that he did not want to go back to
the "guide rod."




Lines


I tried several different lines from Airflo to Rio and found a normal "trout taper," such as a Rio Gold to work best for my casting style.




Fishing


While I did not have the chance to land any fish larger than 14 inches,
I felt the rod could handle large fish with ease. Casting accuracy was
"dead on" and mending line was also very precise.




Recommendation


I would definitely recommend the rod to anyone of any skill level and
my next rod purchase will be a New Zealand for sure.


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Fiberglass Fly Rod Review


FLY FISHING IN ITS PUREST FORM

The Red Truck Fiberglass Outfit embodies fly fishing in its purest form. A throwback to vintage glass rods, this setup brings a modern, efficient feel to a classic era of rod making. It’s smooth, buttery action and perfect balance make it an absolute pleasure to fish and an outfit worthy of any trout fisher's collection. . . . Read More.
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The Red Truck Fiberglass Outfit embodies fly fishing in its purest form. A throwback to vintage glass rods, this setup brings a modern, efficient feel to a classic era of rod making. It’s smooth, buttery action and perfect balance make it an absolute pleasure to fish and an outfit worthy of any trout fisher's collection. . . . Read More.
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The Red Truck Fiberglass Outfit embodies fly fishing in its purest form. A throwback to vintage glass rods, this setup brings a modern, efficient feel to a classic era of rod making. It’s smooth, buttery action and perfect balance make it an absolute pleasure to fish and an outfit worthy of any trout fisher's collection.

Simply put, the Red Truck Glass Outfit is all about a simpler style of fly fishing. Just bring a small fly box, a few leaders, a spool of tippet and the Red Truck Glass outfit. It's like trout rehab in an age where the essence of the sport is overshadowed by “cutting-edge” materials and technologies.

A nice Upper Sacramento Rainbow caught using a hopper dropper rig.

 Upper Sac Rainbow 

Fiberglass Fly RodFirst Impression:

The team at Red Truck was able to take the best attributes of fiberglass and provide a much-needed upgrade. The Red Truck Fiberglass Fly Rod is light and smooth with just enough power; a welcome change from the heavy and noodly rods of yesteryear.  Plus, the outfit is incredibly easy to cast and the balanced line makes it extremely efficient.

Action:

The Red Truck Fly Rod’s Action is best described as stable yet buttery. It's soft tip makes for effortlessly subtle presentations, while a powerful lower section allows for easy casting when the wind picks up or you're using larger flies. The precisely balanced fly line stabilizes the rod and gets the most out of the rod's action.

The Reel:

The Diesel 3/4 feels like it was built to pair with our fiberglass rods. It’s classically styled cosmetics and click and pawl drag system make for the perfect complement to a rod that looks like it came from your grandad's collection. The click and pawl drag system is really a “set it and forget it” system. I set my drag just above half and it's good to go. The reel screams fly fishing every time you pull off line or hook a fish.

Fit and Finish:

Fiberglass Rod ReviewThe craftsmanship of Red Truck's Glass Outfit is apparent from the moment you pull it out of the tube. Beautiful maroon thread wraps adorn each hard chrome guide; the top grade cork is shaped into the most ergonomic grip I've ever fished; the rod blank has a nice, translucent honey color that is quintessentially fiberglass. The rod also comes in a retro aluminum tube with our patented Brews-Key, a rod cap with a built in bottle opener.

Bottom Line:

If you want an outfit that will inspire you to find new and exciting creeks, the Red Truck Fiberglass Outfit is your answer. This 7-foot 6-inch 3-piece rod lends itself perfectly to the best trout destinations and a proud heritage of craftsman fly rods. It's sure to be the sweetheart of your lineup and open up many miles of new water for those days off.



I love fishing this outfit on small freestone rivers and spring creeks. Where will your Red Truck take you?

The North Fork of Yuba The Upper Sacramento River Hot Creek
Fly Fishing North Fork of Yuba Fly Fishing the Upper Sac Fly Fishing Hot Creek
More Reviews:

Jim Arce (Customer and Friend):

My son Paul just picked this as the first fly rod he ever selected all by himself . He is almost 10 and I got him a starter rod a couple of years ago. He saw this rod at the Fly Fishing Show and loved the design and color. He tried it out and cast it very well on his own. I cast it and loved it. It has a crisp medium action that reminds me of some of my bamboo rods--medium full flex and with an active tip. A very responsive rod for a new fly fisher. It was not a tough sell when he asked me if we could get it. We got the kit and love the reel, too. I can already see it will be hard to use it myselft because he likes it so much. A very classic outfit. We love it and can't wait to get it on the stream!

Bill Lowe (Guide on the Lower Yuba River):

Having fished a few glass rods back in the day I was skeptical at first but this rod is a perfect mix between classic action and power for those windy days. I would have no problem taking this as my only rod on a weekend trip in the mountains, it's that versatile! Also would make a great dry fly rod if your other rod is rigged for nymphing for the day.

RetroGLass (fiberglass aficionado):

I am a fiberglass nerd. I have 50 or so different fiberglass rods that range in price from 50-700 dollars. This rod is now one of the best rods in my collection. It lacks the charm of my older used outfits but as far a new rods on the market this outfit wins. I decided to get the balanced to cast the rod as the designer intended. This has proven to be a wise decision.

R Stevens (Customer and friend):

After making two casts I realized I had found the perfect rod for my favorite fishing. Dry flies on remote waters in the Sierra Nevada. The rod action makes it a treat to cast and with the classic reel this is a perfectly balanced outfit. This is definitely my go to rod from now on

Read more about the outfit: Read more about the rod: What makes Red Truck different?
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Leland Reel Company Vintage Fly Reel Review


ANCHORING YOU IN THE THE TRADITIONS OF FLY FISHING

Conceived for fly anglers who find that today's loudly colored, tech-ed out fly reels don't match the greater feel of their day on the water. . . Read More.
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Conceived for fly anglers who find that today's loudly colored, tech-ed out fly reels don't match the greater feel of their day on the water. . . Read More.
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Specifications:

 
• Models: Sierra Nevada Golden Trout, New Zealand Brown Trout, British Columbia Sea Run, British Columbia Steelhead
• Time-Honored Click and Pawl Drag System
• Machined and Anodized Bar Stock Aluminum
• Full Cage Reel Frame with Inside Palming Access
• Brass Fittings, Reel Foot and Line Guard
• Agatine Handle
• Laser Engraved
 


Leland Reel Company Vintage Brass Reels debut in San Francisco and Sonoma, and online.

 
October 20, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): In keeping with Leland Reel Company's commitment to timeless aesthetics and contemporary fishing performance, we announce the arrival of the new Leland Reel Co. Vintage Series Fly Reels.

Taking a Step Back: Conceived for fly anglers who find that today's loudly colored, tech-ed out fly reels don't match the greater feel of their day on the water, Leland Vintage Series have engineered the fishing function you need into the traditional aesthetic that brought you to the sport in the first place. Fully-machined from solid blocks of cold-finished aluminum, then teflon-anodized for generations of reliable companionship, the Vintage Brass Series of fly reels represents Leland Reel Company's determination to fuse the rich aesthetic of bygone times to the functional advantages of modern reel technology.



The Line-Up: Recognizing that tradition-minded anglers exist in more than one of fly fishing's sub-disciplines, the Leland Vintage Series of reels features three sizes: the Sierra Nevada Golden Trout, appropriate for small stream dry fly fishing and line sizes 2 to 4; the New Zealand Brown Trout, sized for all-around trout fishing with lines 4 to 6; and the British Columbia Sea Run, our take on a traditional Spey reel, appropriate for mid- or long-belly lines up to line weight 7/8 and Skagit or Scandi shooting heads to 450 grains.

Click-Pawl Drag: As the most time-honored and fool-proof type of drag design, the click-pawl is built to perform for decades, not years. With a base level of care, the stainless steel components of the drag can function admirably for generations. Did we mention the sound this reel makes? It's enough to make you reflect on our sport's long and distinguished history.

Meant for Palming: We've designed every Leland Vintage Fly Reel to allow finger tips through the bottom of the reel cage when additional braking power is required. For centuries, such palming was an essential skill in fly fishing, just like casting and fly selection, but it's fallen away in recent years. We feel it provides a more intimate experience for the angler who is connected to a fish, and we want to bring it back. That said, the British Columbia Sea Run reel, designed for pursuing powerful anadromous fish, has dual pawls and an adjustable drag knob to provide the considerable braking power that this application requires.

Brass Hardware: The machined brass line guard, reel foot and screws are another deliberate touch. Selected because they develop a subtle patina over many hard seasons of fishing, these components -- unlike the impervious components of the drag -- are meant to show the distinction that comes with age. The same is true with the hand-sewn leather case that houses each Leland Reel Co. Vintage Reels: each fishing trip further enhances its appearance, each blemish becomes a reminder of a day well spent. We are confident that you will treasure your Leland Vintage Reel more with each season you own it.



Superior Fishing Tools: Built with a standard arbor and a narrow and tall geometry to maximize line pick-up while also maximizing line capacity, Leland Vintage Fly Reels are performance fishing tools -- make no mistake about that. With high-end materials, peerless machining and top-notch anodizing, they are built to provide the on-the-water fishing function you need, for seasons to come. But we feel the Leland Vintage Reels are more than tools. They are a reminder of a simpler time, a physical connection to a past when anglers could access nature's majesty and mystery whenever they set foot in moving water.
 

pro review - leland's josh frazier


What's the Word...


As the latest addition to the Leland Reel Company line-up, the Vintage Brass Series of fly reels offer anglers everywhere what many reel manufacturers believe you no longer want: well-built, traditionally styled fly reels.

Fit and Finish...

 
With the Vintage Brass Series, we wanted to build genuine fly fishing artifacts, reels that fished great and stood the test of time, both functionally and aesthetically. By scrutinizing the classics in our personal reel collections, by using a carefully selected roster of materials and the most advanced manufacturing methods, and by revising over and over, we've created three very unique reels. Functionally, they balance well with a variety of the premium fly rods we sell, and aesthetically, they enrich any rod, whether graphite, fiberglass, or bamboo.

Why We Did It...


When we go fly fishing, it's sometimes as though we're trying to connect with the past. For those of us who were fortunate enough to have a grandfather or other elder introduce us to the sport, fly fishing can be a way of remembering or honoring them, especially after their passing. For others among us, going fishing in fertile, pristine places is a way of imagining a time when more of the world was that way. With Leland Vintage Brass, we wanted to build reels that enhanced this feeling of return, that took their cues from our sport's long history, that consecrated your time on the water by anchoring you in the traditions of fly fishing.

Rundown...

 
Pros: We knew that if we designed a reel that you'd want to give to your grandchildren, we'd better build it tough enough to last that long. So we did. Like the most legendary reels of old, the Leland Reel Co. Vintage Fly Reels are tanks.

Cons: To stay true to our vision of a fly reel that any creel-toting fisherman from the 19th century would be proud to fish, we elected to go with the full reel cage and screw-operated spool release that held sway for so long. If you're looking for a classically styled reel that offers tool-free spool release and features a half-cage frame, check out the Leland Classic Reels.

Bottom Line: Extraordinarily well-made reels with a timeless aesthetic.

A Final Thought...


In our rapidly changing and always-distracting world, it's easy to lose sight of all our connections to the past. We forget, for example, that the water moving down spring creeks and glacial freestones today fell as snow thousands and thousands of years ago. And that the native trout of the Sierra and the steelhead of coastal BC were spawning in those waters thousands of generations before that. To be sure, the Leland Vintage Fly Reels are nothing more than what they are: fly reels. Fishing with one isn't going to make you a better angler or a wiser person. But it might make you reflect just a little bit more. About our world. About ourselves and our history. About why we do the things we do. At least, it's done that for me. Tight lines, Josh Frazier
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Leland Sonoma Starter Trout Fly Fishing Outfit Review


OUR AFFORDABLE FLY FISHING OUTFIT FOR ALL THINGS TROUT


Experience the difference that a perfectly balanced, custom assembled rig can make with the Leland Sonoma Starter Outfit...Read More.
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OUR AFFORDABLE FLY FISHING OUTFIT FOR ALL THINGS TROUT


Experience the difference that a perfectly balanced, custom assembled rig can make with the Leland Sonoma Starter Outfit...Read More.
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• Line Size: 5
• Length: 8 feet
• Sections: 4

• Reel: Leland Reel Co. Sonoma Trout Fly Reel
• Line: Leland Custom Line WF5F (Instructor Version)
• Leader: Leland New Zealand Trout (12' 4X)
• Blank Color: Matte Wine
• Reel Seat: Double-Uplocking Anodized Black Aluminum
• Guides: Darkened chrome-plated light wire stainless steel

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


It's time you went fly fishing. You might believe that fly fishing is extremely complicated, confusing and expensive. The truth is...fly fishing is actually quite simple and we at Leland have made the sport affordable. The goal of fly fishing is to present your fake bug (a fly) to a fish with a subtle presentation (no big splashes) and trick a fish into taking your fly. Remember, fish don't have hands and they're quite inquisitive. Chances are great your fly will soon be grabbed by a fish. Better yet, most places you'll fly fish are quite beautiful and now you'll have a reason to be there. That's how easy fly fishing can be and that's how we like it at Leland.

Although there's a lot of fly fishing equipment available these days, all you really need to arrive prepared for a day on the water is this well-balanced and efficient Leland Starter outfit. It comes with everything you'll need to get fishing...fly rod, fly reel, fly line, tapered leader and six flies. Simply tie on a fly to your leader, get it in the water and the fish will take care of the rest. Nothing could be easier.

The Leland Starter outfit was designed from the ground up so all components compliment one another. Our 8' #5 fly rod is exactly the right fly rod for all things trout. It's balanced in hand and is very efficient at casting. Next, our easy-casting Leland fly line will shoot like an arrow, carrying your fly accurately to the mark. This line floats on the water like a cork and will last many seasons of hard fishing. We've stored our Leland fly line on our fully-machined and anodized Leland Ranch trout fly reel. This reel is just what you'll need to land that big trout. When all components in this outfit are assembled, it's proof that the whole can be greater than the sum of parts.

Our Leland Sonoma Starter fly rod is also a four-piece rod. You can conveniently stow it in the included, nylon-covered hard tube for protection during travel or storage. You can even leave the fly reel mounted to the fly rod, allowing you quick rigging when the time comes to fish. It couldn't be more convenient.

It's time for you to stop dreaming about fly fishing and actually start fly fishing. Grab our Leland Starter outfit and begin exploring your home waters. Remember, fly fishing is a gate key. It's an excuse to find yourself in beautiful places with something fun to do. It's a reason to hike around the next bend of the stream, explore nature and begin collecting memories that last a lifetime.

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Working in a fly shop for many years, I've had the chance to cast a great number of fly rods. The majority of the rods I've cast weren't cheap. Don't get me wrong, there are reasons to spend more money on fly equipment, but you must know the reasons otherwise, you're just buying an expensive graphite stick.
 
Often I've heard that more people would begin fly fishing if it weren't so darned expensive. Well, I've got good news. Leland has designed an extremely balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit at a very reasonable price. It's the Sonoma Starter. It's perfect for just about any trout stream you'll encounter. With it, you can quickly learn how to cast and put your fly where you want it. As an ex-fishing guide, the one thing I can assure you is that good fly casts catch fish and with this outfit you'll be on your way to fly casting like a champ.
 
I also like the fact that the Leland Starter outfit comes with everything you'll need to catch a fish. Included with the rod, reel, fly line and leader are six dry flies to begin the journey. Just tie one on and get to fishing. Leland knows the world is a very busy place these days and few people have the time to research fly fishing gear. With this ready to fish outfit, you can begin your fly fishing journey today and stop dreaming about it.
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Red Truck Diesel Fly Reel Review


A REEL THAT LOOKS AND SOUNDS LIKE A FLY REEL

Somewhere along the way, we feel some reel manufacturers have lost a connection to the past, instead focusing on over engineering a fly reel to justify its price. . . . Read More.
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A REEL THAT LOOKS AND SOUNDS LIKE A FLY REEL

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•    Classic Click and Pawl Drag System
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•    Easy and Quick Spool Interchange

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Check out the Red Truck Diesel Fly Reels.




Red Truck Diesel Fly Reels are now available.
February 1, 2011 (San Francisco, CA):  Old-school anglers take note.  With the growing popularity of Red Truck’s proven Diesel Series of fly rods, Red Truck raises the bar again with its traditional series of Red Truck Diesel fly reels. 

Old meets new:  Fully-machined from bar-stock, aircraft-grade aluminum, then anodized for a long life of use, these traditionally-styled fly reels are anticipating your next fishing trip.  The rim-mounted drag adjustment knob awaits your fingers to fine tune the “click and pawl” drag system.  The exposed palming rim is there for you when added drag pressure becomes necessary.  Classic porting reduces reel weight and provides that vintage look.  The sweet sound of the click and pawl drag will announce “fish on.”  A removable brass line guard reduces line wear, while adding to that classic look.  Each reel comes in a handsome leather-capped, padded reel pouch.   




When did fly reels stop looking and sounding like fly reels?  It’s not to say that we at Red Truck don’t like or respect the progression of fly reel design.  It’s just that somewhere along the way, we feel some reel manufacturers have lost a connection to the past, instead focusing on over engineering a fly reel to justify its price.   Fishing a fly reel – one that looks and sounds like your grand daddy’s reel – connects you, as an angler, to a more carefree time when fly fishing was simple and fun.  At Red Truck, our goal is to make fly fishing fun again. 

The Red Truck Diesel fly reel was born from a straightforward concept, “combine vintage cosmetics with contemporary performance.”  We started our design process by searching for our favorite fly reel from the past.  We reviewed reels by manufacturers from around the world, some no longer in business and some from present-day brands.  Our search resulted in two favorite fly reel models.  Each had design and functional qualities we at Red Truck liked.  Our decision at that point was to combine the best characteristics from these two reels into one great fly fishing reel.  The Red Truck Diesel was born.


For the Diesel fly reels to reflect our vision of a traditional fly reel, it first had to look like one.  For this, we focused on two aspects, the porting pattern of the spool and the matte anodize of the reel.  We designed our porting pattern (the arrangement of holes in the spool) after reviewing many vintage fly reel samples.  Our porting design is visually simple, but still very classic.  Of course, our porting also reduces the weight of the fly reel and allows for the fly line and backing to dry faster after a day on the water.

For our Diesel fly reel’s finish, we settled on an anodized matte gray finish with polished silver accents.  The resulting Diesel fly reel’s finish speaks to the fact that a fly reel should first and foremost be a functional tool, nothing too flashy…but it still should have enough flair for that occasional admiring glance while fishing.  On the water, our Diesel’s matte finish also keeps reel-flash to a minimum, which is always important when chasing wily fish.  Not only do our Diesel fly reels perfectly complement our Red Truck Diesel fly rods, they look great on just about every other brand, too.

By reviewing traditional fly reel dimensions and line capacities, we found that it was time for an update.  You’ll notice that our Diesel fly reels are larger in diameter and thinner in width than vintage fly reels.  The result of our efforts is a classic appearing fly reel with large-arbor performance.  Although our fly reels are standard arbor, in effect they are actually large arbor in function.  Instead of removing crucial backing capacity from the center of the spool, we just build up the “arbor” with backing.  Now you have the best of all worlds…large-arbor performance (faster line pickup, less line coiling and a more consistent drag setting) with more than ample backing, in a traditional-looking reel.

Click, acoustics, noise…however you define it, the sound created from a fly reel with a running fish is music to Red Truck’s ears.  We felt it so important that we struggled to finely tune the sound of our Diesel’s click and pawl drag system.  We all knew we had the right configuration when the Red Truck gang smiled during a sound test.  Truth is, we were all imagining the silence of a trout stream being awakened by our Diesel reel announcing, “fish on.”  This sweet music is created by our adjustable click and pawl drag system, which unlike many classic fly reels is easily converted to left or right hand retrieve. The drag control knob is classically positioned on the reels frame for easy access, ensuring you always have the proper drag setting.  But we didn’t overlook contemporary advancements, like an exposed palming rim, used to add more drag pressure during a grand fish fight.

Next we searched the world for the best reel manufacturer.  A company who already crafts fly reels for some of the biggest names in the fly fishing industry.  We desired a facility with talented engineers and craftsmen who know how to leverage current technology, advanced materials and machines which result in the best fly reels presently available.  We found them in South Korea and after much romancing they agreed to partner with us on our fly reel project.

Of course our Diesel fly reel is fully machined from aircraft-grade aluminum.  Unlike cast or molded fly reels, a machined fly reel has a higher tolerance to abuse, allowing for an extended life of fishing.  Machining also creates greater structural integrity.  With this stronger reel, we can remove more material from the reel, reducing weight and offering even greater fishing function.  Unlike classic fly reels, we removed the reel frame’s cage.  This contemporary frame modification not only results in a lighter reel, it also makes for easier spool changes or line/leader wrangling, when the need arises.  Changing spools and accessing your line is a snap.

Of course we didn’t neglect the extra design features too.  We even added a line guard at the base of the reel frame, which reduces line wear and can be easily repositioned for either right or left hand retrieve.  A polished silver counter-balance weight (opposite the handle) ensures smooth operation when reeling line in or on a hot fish run.  And of course you’ll be proud to place your Diesel fly reel back into its classic reel pouch for safe storage.

The word. . .


The new Red Truck Diesel Series reels were born straight from the honest, function-forward design philosophy we have come to expect from the boys at Red Truck. With a classic look reminiscent of the trusty click-and-pawls of yesteryear, these reels are built to stand the test of decades on the water. The Diesel Series reels have all of the aesthetic and functional features that one could want in a freshwater reel, without any of the hyped up finishes and Formula-1 drag systems that are, simply, overkill for trout and steelhead. Now, anglers looking for a classic style reel will no longer have to empty their bank accounts for a vintage Hardy. The Diesel reels allow anyone to enjoy that same screaming sound and timeless style, all on a guide’s budget.  Red Truck’s Diesel Series reels show respect for the past while creating a legacy of their own.

Features. . .


The Diesel Series reels are equipped with a proven, click-and-pawl drag system that has a nice and loud in and out-going click, and easily converts from left to right hand retrieve. They also have a palming rim to apply added pressure when that hot summer steelhead takes off on a screaming run. Precision-machined from anodized aluminum, the Diesel Series reels are built to resist both scratches and corrosion, so they will look just as pretty in 20 years as they do today. 

Fit and Finish. . .


•    Fully machined anodized aluminum construction
•    Machined brass line guard
•    Click and pawl drag system with exposed palming rim
•    Tight, solid, and lightweight
•    Leather and cotton-weave zippered reel case
•    Limited lifetime warranty

Reliability and Durability. . .


All Red Truck rods and reels are built to withstand the test of time in the field, and the Diesel Series Reels are just about as bullet-proof as freshwater reels come.  The proven, click-and-pawl drag system is super low maintenance, and will still sing loud and clear when you hand it down to your grandchildren.  Plus, should an issue arise, all Diesel reels are backed by Red Truck’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Overall Rating. . .


PROS – Built with a loud outgoing and incoming click-and-pawl drag, and machined to ultra-tight tolerances in a timeless, classic aesthetic that will endure decades fishing abuse.


BOTTOM LINE – If you’re looking for a series of reels that will perform day in and day out, whether you are facing feisty golden trout, summer steelhead, or anything in between, the Red Truck Diesel Series is it.  


Check out the Red Truck Diesel Fly Reels.

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Loop Tackle Opti Fly Reel Review


IN 1984 LOOP MADE THE FIRST LARGE ARBOR REEL

Thirty years after this revolutionary design, the Opti Fly Reel Series continues Loop's quest to challenge industry conceptions about what fly fishing gear is capable of. . . .Read More.
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Specifications


•  Models: Opti Creek Fly Reel, Opti Dry Fly Reel, Opti Runner Fly Reel, Opti Speedrunner Fly Reel, Opti Megaloop Fly Reel, Opti Big Fly Reel
•  Machined and Anodized Bar Stock, Aircraft Aluminum
•  Fully Sealed Power Matrix Drag System
•  Simple, quick spool-change
•  Precisely counterbalanced




October 5, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): In 1984, Swedish tackle manufacturer Loop produced the first large arbor fly reel—it would be another decade before the rest of the industry caught on and virtually every fly reel was built to the Loop standard. Nearly thirty years after this revolutionary design, the Opti Fly Reel Series continues Loop's quest to challenge industry conceptions about what fly fishing gear is capable of.

Not just another large arbor reel: Loop's groundbreaking Opti Fly Reels illustrate what's possible when tradition takes backseat to innovation and the boundaries of conventional design give way to cutting-edge thinking. Simply put, the Loop Opti doesn't look like your typical fly reel because it's anything but your typical fly reel. Utilizing input from fly fishers around the world, Loop developed their Opti Fly Reels to satisfy the demands of top anglers in tough environments. Each of the six models of the Loop Opti Series features an expert combination of ergonomic, efficient power integrated into a striking and seamless exterior. Sporting a super-large arbor and lightweight design, the Loop Opti Reels represent a new generation of fly reels built to change the way you fish. Whether you are playing wily trout with the Opti Creek or conquering saltwater locomotives with the Opti Big, the Loop Opti Fly Reels are guaranteed to look and feel unlike any other reel on the water

Series Overview...


Construction: Loop Opti Fly Reels are machined from bar stock, aircraft-grade aluminum for uncompromising strength and an exceptionally lightweight frame. As a result, the Opti Series features an increased spool diameter optimized for accelerated line retrieve without weighing down your rig. This super-large arbor design is a radically effective way to maximize line recovery and minimize line memory, thus reducing arm fatigue and making every revolution more efficient. Working in concert with this revolutionary arbor design, Loop Opti Reels also feature a V-shaped spool that directs fly line into place with little help from your fingers. The result is a fly reel that does not just boast blazing line retrieve, but that does it all with an effortless dependability that's characteristic of Loop's comprehensive design process.

Form & Function: The Loop Opti Series is constructed with an emphasis on durable power and sleek, Scandinavian aesthetics; think of it as a workhorse with the body of a thoroughbred. Under the hood, the Loop Opti Reel's fully sealed, fully adjustable Power Matrix Drag System is the latest in braking system technology, delivering huge stopping power for reduced fatigue and fight times. The Power Matrix is especially evident in the larger models like the Opti Megaloop, where dual braking plates dish out serious resistance against formidable saltwater trophies.



Of course Loop Opti Fly Reels are entirely waterproof and saltwater ready, featuring stainless steel and anodized aluminum components, as well as screws secured with Loc-Tite to provide an extra layer of defense against the elements. Every Opti Fly Reel can accommodate left or right hand retrieve and the quick spool change greatly enhances versatility when you need multiple lines for varied action. Opti Fly Reels are also precisely counterbalanced to ensure that whether you are taking trout on the Opti Dryfly or warring with a King on an Opti Megaloop, every revolution is consistent and smooth. On the exterior, Loop aesthetics contribute to a distinctive look that reaffirm the Opti Fly Reel's cutting-edge design. The Opti porting is as visually striking as it is functional, optimizing the reel's lightweight performance and contributing to a prominent profile. The Loop Opti Fly Reel frame features a distinguished L insignia on the side, an understated signature of Loop's immaculate style.
 

The Lineup...


Optimized for trout anglers, the Loop Opti Creek (WF3+140yd/20lb) and Opti Dryfly (WF5+190yd/20lb) are aptly named and excel in trout environments. Each features a silky-smooth drag for fine leaders and partners with a model in the Opti Fly Rod and Opti Line series for a complete package.

The Opti Runner (WF7+150yd/30lb) and Opti Speedrunner (WF8+185yd/30lb) are ideal for single or double-hand rods. They feature an inset handle that reduces the circumference of your rotation, combining the power of super-large arbor with the rapid rotation of a much smaller reel. This makes the Opti Speedrunner a perfect contender for fast moving bonefish that demand speed over torque.

And then there are the Opti Megaloop (WF12+230yd/50lb) and Opti Big (WF12+500yd/50lb): these are the heavy-hitters of the Opti series, delivering huge power for everything from salmon and permit to tarpon and tuna. The Opti Megaloop and Big would pair well with the appropriately named Opti Power Fly Rods.


Loop Opti Fly Reels – Pro Review by Leland's Burke White


What's the word...


The Opti Fly Reel evolved from Loop’s endless quest to design and create revolutionary fly fishing gear that increases function and performance. Inside and out, the Loop Opti Series is unlike anything else available. We had the opportunity to fish the Dryfly for trout and the Speedrunner for steelhead, and both performed incredibly.

Features...


Pick up a Loop Opti and the first thing you'll notice is it's size, but it's all in the name of performance. The Loop Opti Reels feature a larger diameter spool that provides a far more consistent drag setting and rapid line retrieve; Loop calls it a “super-large arbor.” This results in a more efficient reel where each rotation of the handle returns more line, making the Opti Fly Reels hugely efficient at reducing fatigue and speeding up the fight. Translation: when a bonefish turns and charges back, you’ll be with it every crank of the way.  A long fish run on a standard arbor fly reel greatly reduces the diameter of the backing.  This reduction in backing diameter increases drag resistance at exactly the wrong time. With a super-large arbor Loop Opti fly reel, this increase in drag is negligible.

The super-large arbor also reduces line memory. When fly line is stored at a larger diameter, “line memory” is greatly reduced and the line remains straighter.  A straighter fly line glides more efficiently through your fly rod’s guides, resulting in more efficient casts.

Fit and Finish...


At first glance, the Opti fly reel might look a bit out of place in the fly fishing world. With its unique design and ultra-large diameter, it’s part garden hose winder and fly reel all in one. But the meticulous engineering that contributes to its large size provides some of the best retrieval efficiency on the market. The anodized finish and intricate porting also give the Opti Fly Reel a technical look that speaks to its advanced performance.


Rundown...


Pros: Huge power on the heavy-duty models, superb finesse on the lighter ones, and balanced performance the whole series through. The Loop Optis are a whole new breed of fly reel.

Cons: There's no way around it: the Loop Opti Reels are bigger than your traditional reel. But that's also what the skeptics said about Loop's first large arbor reel, and look how that turned out.

Bottom Line: The Loop Opti series of fly reels might not be for every fly angler…especially the more traditional type. However, for those of us who are looking for every edge to increase our enjoyment and catch, the Loop Opti is your new fly reel. 
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Loop Goran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rod Review


THE BEST ROD DESIGNER IN THE WORLD

This is not a fly rod that's a year in the making, it's the culmination of SIXTY years of Göran Andersson's expertise distilled into an ONE rod taper. . . . Read More.
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THE BEST ROD DESIGNER IN THE WORLD

This is not a fly rod that's a year in the making, it's the culmination of SIXTY years of Göran Andersson's expertise distilled into an ONE rod taper. . . . Read More.
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•  Single Hand Models: 494-4, 7100-4
•  Double Hand Models: 6120-4, 8140-4, 9116-4, 9126-4, 10146-4
•  Sections: Four
•  Handle: High quality Portuguese cork grip
•  Reel Seat: Polished aluminum, triangular locking
•  Ceramic stripping guides and durable chrome snake-guides
•  Action: Medium-Fast

October 13, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): Ask the legendary Göran Andersson about his signature series of Loop fly rods, and he'll talk to you as an artist or composer would about their finest work. Fishing one produces a kind of harmony between angler and environment made possible when the right rod—like a finely tuned instrument—sharpens the experience and transforms instincts into effortless, intuitive casts. Meet the father of modern fly tackle and experience the first production fly rods to bear his name: Goran Andersson.

The Rodmaker's Rod: This is not a fly rod that's a year or two in the making, it's the culmination of sixty years of Göran Andersson's expertise distilled into an unprecedented rod taper, constructed from the latest materials, and available to everyone who appreciates the power of the right tool. The son of a Swedish fly fisherman and rodmaker, Göran Andersson started tailoring fly lines at age eight and began building his own fly rods soon after. That passion would become his life's work, devoting himself to the art of the cast and tools to constantly better his techniques. Despite developing rod designs for the world's leading manufacturers, pioneering the underhand cast, and contributing immeasurable insight into the sport of fly fishing, this is the first series of fly rods to feature his name. Why? Because Andersson's Signature Series Fly Rods are not simply another of his cutting-edge creations, they are the fly rods he brings with him to fish the world's blue-ribbon waters. Delivering the precision, accuracy, power and finesse that a man of Andersson's ability demands, Loop's Göran Andersson Signature Series is a crowning achievement in fly rod design

Series Overview...


Form & Function:
Too often in today's fly rod market does technology take precedent over performance. Loop remains steadfast in their commitment to innovation with a purpose, and their Göran Andersson Fly Rods are constructed around a fundamental commitment to line control and an uninterrupted, efficient transfer of energy through the blank. The engine for this efficiency lies in the Andersson Series' unique taper and action: to label it a moderate-fast action is too vague, and the term deep-flexing is often misunderstood. A more apt description is a responsive or enhanced-fast action, where the quick-firing accuracy of a fast action tip combines with a high modulus, graphite butt that flexes enough to load the rod in perfect balance. The result is butter smooth casting and absolute control over the trajectory of your line, allowing you to redirect and adjust your cast in the air. That means your cast isn't over until your fly hits the water, extending your control over every square inch of the river.

This total command of a river is synonymous with Goran's signature underhand cast, a technique that allows him to access every spot no matter how limited the backcast room. The Andersson Signature Series is the most effective rod for underhand casting, loading well from the water and opening up stretches of river that others simply can't fish. That being said, the action lends itself to traditional overhead casts and anglers both novice and expert alike.

The Lineup...


Loop Göran Andersson Signature Series are available in single and double-hand models, each satisfying a particular application and all possessing a proud place in Andersson's quiver. Featuring an understated gray finish and crimson ferrel wraps, the look is uniquely Loop and entirely sophisticated. The Goran Andersson Single Hand Series are available in two models: the 9'4" #4 is a great all-around trout rod, and the 10' #7 is an exceptional single-hand rod for steelhead or Loop's coveted Atlantic Salmon.

The double-hand lineup offers a more extensive selection of lengths and weights, in keeping with Göran Andersson's reputation as the preeminent two-handed caster and father of the underhand cast. The 12' #6 is ideal for summer steelhead and tailwater trout, extending your reach across the river. The GA Signature Series 14' #8 is a serious tool for stellar salmon and steelhead fishing, delivering an extraordinary command over every square inch of water without comprising sensitivity. Both the 11'6" and 12'6" #9's are also ideal for salmon and steelies, with the latter being Andersson's preferred fly rod for Atlantic salmon and sea trout. Then there's the monster of the bunch: the 14'6" #10, built for vast rivers, huge mends and unforgettable fish.

Regardless of the model, all of the Loop Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rods are all groundbreaking, effectively eliminating any disconnect between fly and fisher and delivering seamless, spot-on casts. Serene waters deserve superb gear, and the Loop Göran Andersson Fly Rods celebrate the pleasure of fishing time well spent.

Loop Göran Andersson Fly Rods - Pro Review by Leland's Ben Paull


What's the Word...


Casting a Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rod alone is fun, but alongside the man himself, it's a rare opportunity to experience a world-class rod with its distinguished designer. We spent the afternoon casting Andersson's Signature Series Fly Rods at the Leland Ranch in Sonoma, and both the single and double-handers proved to be unlike anything else on the market. Delivering a dynamic action and acute line control, they are the embodiment of Loop's functional innovation.

Action...


The action of Loop's Göran Andersson Signature Series is difficult to classify. It manages to have a sensitivity that permeates the whole rod without compromising power or contributing to a soft, sloppy action. At the same time, it remains fast and accurate in the tip like a traditional fast action rod. The result is a rod that loads well off the water when you're underhand casting and also performs well with traditional, overhead casts. Don't let the idea of a deep flexing action mislead you: Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rods are far from your full flexing rod of yesteryear, instead proving to be a contemporary, innovative action meant for a diversity of styles.

 

Fit and Finish...


Like everything Loop, the Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rods deliver on aesthetics. The deep gray finish and and aluminum reel seat are sleek, and the crimson wraps contribute a nice bit of color to a great looking rod. The triangle reel seat is certainly new-school, but the overall impact is classic and, much like Göran, concerned with function over flash. In all the rod looks as good as it feels, and the Portuguese cork and ceramic stripping guides are always a nice touch.

Run Down...


Pros:
When one of the greatest casters ever develops a rod for his favorite fly fishing destinations, chances are the results are going to be impressive.

Cons: The unique action is different, and that means it isn't easy to classify. But for anyone who wants to broaden their game, these rods are a great excuse to try something new.

Bottom Line: The Göran Andersson Signature Series Fly Rods are fun, efficient, and different from anything we've fished. Between the unique action, effortless casting, and timeless design, they're great rods and another example of Loop's comprehensive approach to tackle.
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Loop Tackle Cross S1 Fly Rod Review


A RADICAL REDESIGN OF THE FLY ROD

Loop Cross S1 might well be the most highly refined fly rod ever produced, its every feature a testament to flawless design enabling flawless casting. . . . Read More.
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A RADICAL REDESIGN OF THE FLY ROD

Loop Cross S1 might well be the most highly refined fly rod ever produced, its every feature a testament to flawless design enabling flawless casting. . . . Read More.
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The Wait Is Over: Loop Cross S1 Fly Rods

Specifications

•  Single-Hand Models: 386-4, 490-4, 590-4, 690-4, 796-4, 890-4, 1090-4, 1290-4
•  Double-Hand Models: 7107-4, 7120-4, 9140-4


•  Sections: Four
•  Action: Medium-Fast
•  Blank in aesthetic matte smoke finish.
•  High-grade cork handle with Cork mix reinforcements
•  Triangular 3-pin aluminum reel seat in Gun Metal finish
•  Nickel Titanium Alloy Recoil stripping guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
•  Recoil snake guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
•  Delivered in matching Gun Metal aluminum tube and cloth bag 

March 23, 2012 (Sonoma, CA): What began thirty years ago as a modest mission to build better tackle for their home waters in Sweden, Loop has grown to be one of the most influential names in fly fishing. Today, those same visionaries responsible for the large arbor fly reel have altered the landscape of fly fishing yet again. Introducing a new paradigm of angling performance: the Cross S1 Fly Rod, premiering exclusively at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters.

At a glance, Loop's Cross S1 is clearly a league apart from the ordinary. Featuring a radically redesigned reel seat and matte smoke colorway, the sleek and predatory finish is just a taste of what it's capable of on the water. But it's what you can't see that makes the S1 spectacular. Featuring the revolutionary new Powerlux™ resin system from 3M, the Loop Cross S1 might well be the most highly refined fly rod ever produced, its every feature a testament to flawless design enabling flawless casting.


3M's Powerlux™ composite material has been abuzz in the angling community, considered by many to be the next breakthrough in fly rod manufacturing. But cutting edge materials are only as good as the time that's invested in understanding their capability. While other companies rushed production to capitalize on the novelty of 3M Powerlux™ technology, their fly rods failing to harness its full potential, Loop was insistent on excellence. For over two years, Loop tirelessly dedicated its efforts to producing what would become the Cross S1, sparing no expense to get things perfect. Creating countless prototypes, their engineers and anglers focused on every element of S1's construction. The result is a fly rod that blends equal parts craftsmanship and cutting edge design for an exceptionally responsive and smooth casting experience.

So what is 3M Powerlux™? The 3M Powerlux™ Composite is an entirely new approach to making fly rods more efficient. Rather than just concentrating on the modulus of the carbon fiber filaments in the blank material, Powerlux™ owes its efficiency to the composition of the resin. Consisting of millions of microscopic glass spheres (nano-silica particles) that are capable of incredibly even and thorough distribution, the resin is virtually without unfilled space. These seamless bonds allow for an equally seamless distribution of energy throughout the blank, effectively eliminating any break in the energy of your cast. In turn, you can translate every minute motion into your line with less energy and perfect execution.The resin's unparalleled density also makes it tremendously strong and as a result the overall amount of material, and thus weight, can be reduced without compromising performance.



That said, Loop understands that lightweight doesn't equate to a better rod. Each model is balanced for its intended application and every feature contributes to the overall performance. Available in single and double-hand models, the lineup covers the spectrum of angling applications. For Single-Hand models, choose from the 386, 490, 590, 690, 796, 890, 1090, and 1290. The Double-Hand Cross S1 Rods are offered in 7107, 7120, 9140. From quiet, crystal-clear creeks to coastal rivers and saltwater havens, there's an S1 for every angler. Regardless of the model, the Cross S1's action is truly adaptive and hugely responsive, allowing for every style casting to be optimized. Classified as medium-fast, it's best described as recovering quickly with the flexibility to execute subtle line control with incredible clarity. Suffice to say, it's absolute control with minimal interference.

Cast the S1 and you'll understand why it's a fly rod worthy of accolades. It's not because of the resin or the Loop reputation, it's not the design or the demand. It's the harmony between fisher and fly that inspires true tackle innovation. Yes, the Cross S1 is result of the latest technology, but its essence comes from the same timeless Loop tradition: build gear that celebrates and enhances every aspect of the best days on the water. It's this desire to perfect the art of fly fishing that has made Loop's legacy one of innovation, and it's what makes their Cross S1 a truly remarkable achievement.
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