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Loop Multi Fly Rod Series Review


GREAT TROUT RODS WITHOUT THE HYPE

 
Yet another example of what Loop does best: fly rods built to handle anything, and reasonable enough for any budget... Read More.
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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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Dry Fly 4 Weight - Abel Super N Series Fly Reel - 4N
For Dry Fly Rods in 4 weight and you know how much we love Dry Flies.
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  • When you're assembling your tackle and looking forward to a big day on the stream, you're going to feel very confident putting this Abel Super 4N Large Arbor Fly Reel on your favorite 4 or 5 weight rod. That's because it's the newest fly reel in the superb Abel Super Large Arbor Series, with an extra narrow profile spool to take up line quickly when a big boy races toward you. And, when he heads the other direction, fast, you can rely on the proven large surface area cork disk drag to slow him down and stop him. This reel is built to last a lifetime, and it shows in its robust rock solid bar stock machining and precision CNC porting. Simply put, some would call this the finest 4/5 trout reel in the world. We call it "passion" about what we love. You know what we mean. Read the Complete Review of the Abel 5N Fly Reel.
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  • Weight: 4.6 oz
  • Spool Diameter: 3.300 inches
  • Spool Width: 0.675 inches
  • Capacity: Line weight Yards of Dacron Backing: 4 125 20#, 5 100 20#
  • Weight w/ Super 4N Standard Arbor Spool: 5.6 oz
  • Capacity w/ Super 4N Standard Arbor Spool: 6 190 20#, 7 140 20#
  • Standard color: Black Coral
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Leland Sonoma Traveler 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


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

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

• Reel: Leland Classic Trout
• Line: Leland Trout (WF5F)
• Leader: Leland Trout (9'5X)
• 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



January 8, 2014 (Sonoma, CA): Regardless of the time of year, there's no better resolution than spending more time outdoors. If you're new to the sport of fly fishing, gaining experience is as easy as grabbing the Sonoma Traveler Outfit and a few flies and hitting the trail. But if you're an experienced angler looking for another quality rod to add to your lineup, you'll appreciate the ucompromising performance of the Sonoma Traveler Outfit.

Rods we stand behind: The Leland Sonoma Series has always been the cornerstone of our education program, designed for maximum efficiency, versatility, and intuitive casting. These are the rods that influenced the way we design fly tackle and informed how we teach the sport of fly fishing. From beginners to expert instructors, thousands of anglers have come to better know fly fishing through the Leland Sonoma fly rods.
 
The Sonoma Traveler 4-Piece Outfit is the most versatile edition yet, providing enjoyable and efficient fly fishing in a setup that's built to go everywhere you go. The Traveler Outfit embodies the best elements of what a quality fly fishing outfit should be: accurate and fun to cast with an efficient distribution of energy throughout fly rod to fly line. The Sonoma Traveler owes a lot of this performance to a rather unconventional 8-foot length. Few five-weight rods are built to this standard, but the shorter length allows the rod to be both exceptionally light and hugely powerful. The result is accurate, tight loops and effortless casting for every skill level.

Built with a purpose: The Sonoma Traveler fly rod is everything you'd expect from a Leland flagship rod. The premium cork custom-shaped grip, the highly figured wood insert and anodized double-uplocking reel seat, the chrome-plated stainless guides. It's matte finish means you won't spook fish and the aesthetics are superior to rods twice the price. Paired with the Leland Classic Reel - one of our best selling designs and a perfect blend of vintage and contemporary – and you've got a premier assembly of fly fishing gear.
 
But it's the way that these elements work in concert to provide outstanding control that sets the Sonoma Traveler Outfit apart. And of all these elements, the fly line is perhaps the most critical. Our Leland weight forward, five-weight floating fly line perfectly complements the efficient taper of the Sonoma Traveler. It allows for smooth casting and gives the kind of tailored performance that makes buying a balanced outfit worthwhile.

The rundown: Fly fishing gear shouldn't be complicated. Our Sonoma Traveler Outfit is a testament to what happens when the best attributes of today's fly fishing gear are simplified into one solution. It's a refined option for the angler that wants gear they can trust and the guarantee of the Leland name.


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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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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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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Specifications:

• Line Size: 4
• Length: 7 feet 9 inches
• Sections: 4
• Colors: 
BluePink
• Reel: Red Truck 3/4 Weight
• Fly Line: Weight Forward Floating
• Reel Seat: Single-Uplocking Black Anodized Aluminum
• Guides: Chrome-plated light wire stainless steel

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


December 6, 2013 (Sonoma, CA):  Leland's Emerger Fly Rod Outfit is 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.


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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Dry Fly 4 Weight - Scott M Series Fly Rod - 884/4
A finer dry fly trout rod does not exist. If you buy one dry fly rod on planet Earth, make it this one.
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  • To us at Leland, fly fishing for trout with a dry fly is the essence of the sport.  Nothing can compare with the ease of casting a dry fly, the visual anticipation as your dry fly floats at the current's pace and the inevitable strike.  It just never gets old.  If you agree and are considering a new dry fly rod, we highly recommend you review the M Series from Scott Fly Rods.  Leveraging their award-winning G2 488-4 fly rod, and adorning it with the ultimate components, Scott has created a fly rod fit to keep in the family for generations.  Darkened nickle silver, rich figured woods, agate stripping guides, tight thread work and crystal-like epoxy.  Stunning...simply stunning!  Casting this rod, you'll quickly understand that accuracy and stability beat outrageous performance claims from other brands every time.  You simply won't find a better, more beautiful dry fly trout rod on the planet.
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Scott M 8ft 8in 4wt 884/4 Fly Rod

  • Line Size: 4
  • Rod Length: 8'8"
  • Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.6oz
  • Reel Seat: Elegant uplocking nickel silver
  • Spacer: Highly figured amboyna hardwood
  • Stripping Guide: Hand chosen agate hoops in hand-soldered nickel silver frames
  • Guides: Snakebrand hard chrome snake guides
  • Handle: Small modified wells grip turned from Flor grade cork
  • Action: Mid-fast
  • Woven graphite rod tube with machined and anodized cap and collar
  • Hand sewn rod sock
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Spring Creek 3 Weight - Abel Super N Series Fly Reel - 3N
Balance your favorite Spring Creek Rod in 3 weight. Tight Lines and thanks Abel.
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  • Do you want the smoothest (and most durable) reel imaginable for your 2, 3 or 4 weight rod that will protect the lightest tippets? Well, you just found it with the brand new Abel Super 3N Fly Reel. Thanks to the precision machining and oblong porting employed by computer numeric control lathes and mills in the famous Abel machine shop in California, you're looking at a reel that's actually lighter, and will pick up line faster than its predecessor, the Abel Super 2! Now, that's progress. This reel is arguably the finest light line trout reel made anywhere and should last for your lifetime of trout fishing enjoyment. A huge cork disc drag with infinite adjustment will put you in control when that big brownie screams toward cover! Read the Complete Review of the Abel 5N Fly Reel.
  • The new Abel Super 3N has a slimmer profile than the other Abel Super Series models and features a large arbor design with superlative bar stock machining. It is the smallest of the Super Series,
    replacing the Super 2 while sporting a larger line capacity with less
    weight. A large surface area cork disc-draw bar drag provides
    unparalleled smoothness and adjustability. Precise oblong porting
    insures strength and rigidity while reducing the weight to only 4.2
    ounces. The Super 3N matches well with a 2, 3 or 4 weight rod. It's hard
    to believe, but Abel just got better. What more could you ask for in a
    light line fly reel? Nothing we can think of.
featdesc::Leland on the Abel Super 3N Fly Fishing Reel

  • Weight: 4.2 oz
  • Spool Diameter: 3.125 inches
  • Spool Width: 0.675 inches
  • Capacity: Line weight Yards of Dacron Backing: 3 100 20#, 4 75 20#
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Trout 5 Weight - Abel Super N Series Fly Reel - 5N
Arguably, the best all-around 5 weight trout reel on the planet. Trout is King.
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  • Fly Fishing Reel

    Whether you're hunting large brown trout in New Zealand or need a light tackle solution for Christmas Island bonefish, redfish or half pound steelies, the Abel Super 5N is the fly fishing reel for you. This newest member of the Abel Super Series is perfectly suited for 5 to 6 line weights and rods and was specially designed with a narrow spool for faster line retrieval and a slim profile. The Super 5N has everything you have come to expect from Abel; a smooth-as-silk large cork disc drag coupled with hard-as-nails anodizing for a lifetime of corrosion protection. Read the Complete Review of the Abel 5N Fly Reel
featdesc::Leland on the Abel Super 5N

  • Weight: 5.7 oz
  • Spool Diameter: 3.500 inches
  • Spool Width: .750 inches
  • Capacity: Line weight Yards of Dacron Backing: 5 125 20#, 6 100 20#
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Red Truck Diesel Switch Outfit Review


A SWITCH ROD DONE RIGHT AND AN OUTFIT YOU CAN TRUST
 

Expertly designed to work together for efficiency and balance, every element of the Diesel Switch Outfit is precisely picked... Read More.
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A SWITCH ROD DONE RIGHT AND AN OUTFIT YOU CAN TRUST
 

Expertly designed to work together for efficiency and balance, every element of the Diesel Switch Outfit is precisely picked... Read More.
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Specifications:


The Diesel Switch Outfit includes:
• 
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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detdesc::Leland New Zealand Dry Fly Outfit:


"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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  • Length: 8 feet, 6 inches
  • Sections: 4
  • Blank color: Olive
  • Reel Seat: Darkened nickle silver, uplocking
  • Spacer: Cocobolo
  • Guides: Blued chrome light steel wire
  • Handle: Proprietary Leland Grip
  • Action: Adaptive, Fast
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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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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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detdesc:: Red Truck Fiberglass Fly Rod Review – By: Keith Westra

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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Red Truck Fiberglass Trout Fly Rod, 3 Piece, 476-3
Nothing matches the pure enjoyment of casting a well-designed fiberglass fly rod, when fishing small streams for trout.
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detdesc:: Fiber Glass Fly RodRed Truck Fiberglass Fly Rod:

 

Like stepping into a time machine, the Red Truck Fiberglass Fly Rod will transport you to a simpler time. Whether you will find yourself boulder hopping the North Fork of the Yuba or casting dries to rising fish on Hot Creek you will appreciate the buttery action. The soft tip allows for a delicate presentation during the morning and evening hatch, while the powerful lower section of the comes in handy when casting large hopper dropper rigs or when that afternoon wind picks up.

 

The Fiberglass Fly Rod: While fiberglass is hardly a new material; we have improved traditional fiberglass by reducing weight and designing a versatile action.

  • The soft tip acts as a shock absorber protecting the lightest of tippets.
  • Fiberglass is incredibly durable making it the ultimate boulder hopping rod.
  • At 7 foot 6 inches this rod excels when fishing brushy creeks, pocket water, and small spring creeks.
  • The versatility of this rod is truly incredible. The soft tip allows for delicate presentations on spring creeks; while the powerful butt of the rod will effortlessly cast large hopper dropper rigs even when the wind picks up.
  • The ergonomic grip feels great and increases casting efficiency.
  • You can't help but smile when fighting on this rod.
  • Handcrafted and finished with the best components money can buy this rod looks and feels amazing in hand.

 

Recommended Reel:  A perfect match for the Red Truck Fiberglass fly rod is our Red Truck Diesel Fly Reel. Taking notes from the reels our grandfathers used this reel is durable, simple, and elegant.

  • The click and pawl drag system provides perfect amount of tension to protect light tippet and fight fish.
  • Machined from solid bar stock aluminum this reel will be appreciated for generations to come.
  • Whether you are pulling off line or hooked up on a fish this reel screams fly fishing.

 

Recommended Line:  Designed to be balanced with a double taper 4wt. This line enhances the feel and performance of your rod.

  • No stretch design allows for efficient casting and hook sets.
  • Made out Polyurethane which is incredibly durable and can withstand exposure to sunscreen, gas and diesel. All other fly lines are made from PVC which is horrible for the environment.
  • Designed in a natural color for stealth when fishing gin clear spring creeks.

 

If you put this all together you have a highly effective and fun tool to fish small freestone rivers and spring creeks. You will search out new and exciting places to fish this outfit. It’s durable design and easy to use action make it the perfect outfit to teach your kids on.

 

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

 

Read Keith Westra's Review of the Red Truck Fiberglass Outfit>>>>

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  • Rod Length: 7'6"
  • Sections: 3
  • Weight: 2 7/8 oz.
  • Handle: Small Wells
  • Cork: Hand selected premium cork
  • Reel Seat: Uplocking Gunsmoke Anodized Machined Aluminumn
  • Reel Seat Spacer: Maple Burl
  • Action: Moderate 

Fish Camp Member Review:

Thought I would post a short review of the Red Truck Glass rod. I have had it for a few weeks now and have had a good chance to put it through it's paces.

When I first saw them for sale with Leland Fly Fishers, I wasn't ready to pull the trigger with them costing four hundred, and not being able to really find any info on them (here's that info). Well, luckily, one came up on a local secondary market and I grabbed it.

They only sell one glass rod and it is a 7.5 foot 4wt in 3 pieces. It is very well appointed. The blank is a transluscent tan/bamboo/light brown/caramel? (not sure what to call the color, but I really like it.) It has white solid glass spigots. Uplocking nickel hardware over a really nice piece of wood that blends well with the blank. It comes in a great yellow aluminum tube with black top and bottom, and a divided sock. Inside the cap for the tube is what they call the Brews-key, which is a bottle opener. Love this idea.

But the great thing is this rod. It is quick for glass, but VERY smooth. The tip has a beautiful flex and progresses into the butt, which is pretty slender for glass, but still has lots of reserve power. I am able to cast two feet of line with lots of feel with the tip and then haul out sixty feet as it gets into the butt power. It's real beauty though is found in what you would want for this configuration, at about fifteen to twenty five feet of line. It just seems to cast itself.

The grip on this is one I was really hesitant about (all those guys smack talk Leland grip shape). Not being able to give it a try before buying, I was not liking the look of the grip, but once I got it into my hand, I think it might be one of my favorites. It just positions everything so naturally.

Overall, I really like this rod. I just wish they would come out with some other configurations. I would love to have an eight foot five weight in this series.

Will post some photos when I get some taken. . .
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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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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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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.
 

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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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