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How to Fly Fish Step 2 - Line Control
Two Hour - > Step Two teaches bending line in the air using water casts and air casts to fish places others can not.
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detdesc::In the second lesson your instructor will impart to you a deeper understanding of rod and line control so that you can shoot line and cover more water. A review of the fly cast and its components will lead to an evaluation and solutions for standard problems encountered by all fly fishers, such as tailing loops, snapping off flies, wind knots and piling line.

You’ll learn techniques for greater accuracy and will begin to cover some of the specialty casts, such as the roll cast and single Spey, that allow you to perform when back cast space is at a premium. We'll teach you the essential fly fishing knots so that you can rig and repair your own leaders, as well as provide insight into the gadgets that professionals carry in their vests. An overview of the different types of flies that we fish with, and the insects or other foods that they imitate, will impart to you a practical knowledge of “matching the hatch.”


Practice the skills from Step 2
and you will be ready for step 3


Price is $200 for one person (or for a group up to four). Dates are arranged according to your schedule. Time is arranged according to your schedule. Duration is 2 hours. Location is generally held at the Casting Ponds in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Marin Civic Center, Napa and Sonoma Parks.

featdesc::Step Two Curriculum

• Accuracy practice

• Shooting line

• Stop, Shoot and Drop

• The Roll Cast

• The Advanced Roll Cast or Single Spey

• Shooting line in a Single Spey

• Knot tying and various rigging methods

• Professional’s Vest

• Flies and the Fly Box

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How to Fly Cast Step 1 - Form a Loop
Two Hour - > Step One in our famously effective 7 Steps on 3 Principles on how to Form a Loop.
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detdesc::The most basic motion in fly fishing is stopping the rod and forming a loop. This is taught throughout all of our fly fishing courses. Through an understanding of rod mechanics, line construction and leader taper, you will learn how your equipment is designed to transfer energy and create the perfect fly cast. You will notice in all our fly fishing courses how the "power of the stop" will economize effort and gain amazing results, leading to higher line speed and greater accuracy, the basis for any good fly cast.





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





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


Price is $200 for one person (or for a group up to four). Dates are arranged according to your schedule. Time is arranged according to your schedule. Duration is 2 hours. Location is generally held at the Casting Ponds in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Marin Civic Center, Napa and Sonoma Parks.




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Step One Curriculum

• Equipment lexicon and assembly

• The theory of tapered equipment

• Body position, stance, and grip

• "The power of the stop"

• Forming Loops, open and tight

• Aiming loops, changing direction and plane

• Adding line to the system

• Stop and Drop



Practice the skills from Step 1 and you will be ready for Step 2 Line Control


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Leland Patch Teach Someone How to Fly Fish, Kohl
Leland Patch Teach Someone How to Fly Fish, Kohl
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How to Fly Cast Step 3 - Distance Casting
Two Hour - > Step Three, most fish are caught within 40 feet, but sometime longer is better.  Learn the right way to shoot line to your target.
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detdesc::Your final casting class is devoted to casting in the wind
and at a distance, learning to read water to achieve an effective
presentation, and understanding specialty casts that allow you to change
the shape of your fly line in the air.

A more thorough understanding of casting
will enable you to add more power and line speed to your loops. The
single and double haul casts, coupled with the power of the stop and
aiming of loops, will lead to your mastery over wind and distance.

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critical piece of the casting puzzle is acquiring a drag free drift for
proper presentation of your fly. The vagaries of differing water
currents can be offset by the use of “aerial mending casts” that place
slack line where you need it. You’ll learn the reach mend, the pile
cast, the tuck cast, and the snake cast to achieve this goal.

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will familiarize you with the basics of how to find fish in a variety
of habitats, and when you do, how to fight them, and more importantly,
release them fast and effectively.



Price is $200 for one person (or for a group up to four). Dates are arranged according to your schedule. Time is arranged according to your schedule. Duration is 2 hours. Location is generally held at the Casting Ponds in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Marin Civic Center, Napa and Sonoma Parks.

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Step Three Curriculum

• Single Haul

• Double Haul

• Casting in the wind

• Casting for distance

• Specialty casts - reach cast, curve cast, tuck cast etc.

• How to get a good drift

• How to read a trout stream or a bonefish flat

• Hooking, fighting, landing, and releasing fish
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Choosing the Best Fly Rod for Trout
The fly rod is the defining element in any tackle ensemble as it is responsible for propelling the weighted fly line and relatively weightless fly lure out into the river or lake and to the targeted fish. It is the angler's primary tool, a synthesis of functionality and art. The very first fly fishing rods were crude instruments that got the job done, but today's high performance fly rods come in many shapes and sizes and are constructed of space age materials like fiberglass and graphite that would no doubt have the earliest anglers salivating at the advances in the primary tool used in fly fishing.
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Choosing a fly rod for trout
Which length and weight of trout fly rod is best for you and your fishing needs?

Choose a fly rod: Selecting a trout fly rod is not as complex as it may seem. What follows is a generalized discussion that will help you make good choices when selecting fly rods for trout fishing.

The vast majority of time, trout anglers are fly fishing with rods in line weights 3 through 6. Though you might use a two weight on a small Appalachian creek, or a seven weight on a large Montana river, these situations are rarer and will be treated as outliers.

Based upon our decades of fly fishing retail experience, each rod weight has an ideal length and ideal application, more or less regardless of manufacturer or brand. Of course, some extremely specialized fly rods exist at every line weight, but we believe our clients are best served by this concise selection of trout fly rods.

The Three Weight Fly Rod
Three weights are the rods to choose for fishing spring creeks. For this application, a fly rod around 8ft 9in is ideal. It gives you the right balance of accuracy and control because it's a little shorter than the standard nine feet, but also has the length you'll need for precise mends and line control on the water.

You should buy an 8ft 9in three weight fly rod if:
1. You're targeting seriously educated trout, as you would find in spring creeks
2. Flies used are small, like size 14 and smaller

The Four Weight Fly Rod
To our thinking, there are two types of four weights. For fishing small water with a variety of flies, a four weight fly rod around 7ft 6in is ideal. This compact length allows you to work in tight amongst the brush that can line small streams, while a four weight line has the guts to carry some of the larger, bushier dry flies, like size 8 Stimmies, that are so fun to fish.

You should buy a 7ft 6in four weight fly rod if:
1. You're planning to fish small streams and creeks with a variety of flies


Meanwhile, for fishing dry flies on rivers, a four weight trout rod around 8ft 6in is ideal. Much like the spring creek 3 weight discussed above, this four weight has the right balance of accuracy and reach, and it's got a little more oomph for distance, larger flies, or a stiff breeze.

You should buy an 8ft 6in four weight fly rod if:
1. You're looking for a dry fly specialty rod
2. The dry flies you want to fish are normal-sized, ie size 6 to 18

The Five Weight Fly Rod

Five weights are arguably the most versatile trout fly rods. They can place small flies with delicacy, but have the guts to handle larger flies, and longer casts in wind. In our opinion, the 9ft five weight fly rod is the rod that will serve anglers well in the broadest range of angling situations.

You should buy a 9ft five weight fly rod if:
1. You're looking for the all-around trout rod
2. You're not sure what trout rod you should get

The Six Weight Fly Rod

To us, six weights are streamer rods. They are more powerful than five weights and can better control bulky and/or heavy flies in the air. So if you love to fish streamers or out-sized dry flies like mouse patterns, reach for a six weight.

You should buy a 9ft six weight fly rod if:
1. You're looking for a streamer specialty rod

So as you can see, the two primary factors that determine trout fly rod selection are: (1) type and size of fly you'll be using and (2) the type of water you'll be fishing.

Based on our collective experience, these are the specific models of trout fly rods that serve our clients best. If you follow the guidelines laid out above, you can't go wrong, but if you have any questions at all, just give us a call or livechat us:

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

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

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

Learn to fly cast
 

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New Zealand Dry-Fly Fly Fishing Outfit
A day casting dry flies for trout with this outfit will be memorable, regardless of the catch.
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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."


  • Dry fly fishing for trout is viewed as the purest form of our sport. It's also the most fun. Accurate casts are followed by the anticipation of a strike as you watch your fly float with the current's pace. In an instant, a silver flash proves that your offering was worthwhile.


  • Whether you hook your fish or not, the visual game of dry fly fishing fills your soul with the correct medicine for what ails you. For just this experience, we've assembled the best casting, dry fly outfit ever offered.

  • Our New Zealand Dry Fly rod is 8'6" in length. This magic length keeps our rod lively and crisp, offering effortless and accurate casts. As a four weight, this rod can still deliver the fun flies like hoppers or Humpies, yet still offer up subtle presentations when fishing smaller dries.

  • We've even included an extra, matching tip for your Dry Fly rod...just in case.

  • To increase your casting experience we've chosen Airflo's Ridge Technical fly line, which casts with ease, authority and delicacy.

  • We've loaded this line on our Classic Spring Creek fly reel. Of course it's the right size and weight to balance with our New Zealand Dry Fly fly rod, but moreover this reel speaks to you visually, as it looks like a fly reel you might find hidden in your Grandfather's sock drawer. When mounted on our Dry Fly fly rod, all is right in the world.

  • Finally, we include a three pack of tapered trout leaders (9' 5x) for casting and fishing pleasure.



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Leland New Zealand Dry Fly Outfit:


  • Rod: New Zealand Dry Fly, 8'6" #4 4-Piece
  • Extra Tip: For New Zealand Dry Fly
  • Rod Tube: Painted aluminum
  • Line: Airflo's Ridge Technical, WF4 Floating
  • Reel: Leland Classic Spring Creek, 3-4
  • Leader: 9' 5x (3-Pack)
















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What is a Fly Rod
There is a big difference between a well-designed fly rod and all other types of fishing poles. The best fly rods are a joy to cast, are truck tracking, efficient and well-balanced. Click to learn more about the history of fly rods and what makes this type of fishing rod so special.
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The Evolution of the Modern Fly Fishing Rod
From Macedonia to Montana, how did we wind up with today's technology?
 
Of all the thoughts that drift by when you're on the water, the history of the rod in your hand might not top the list. But with every cast, you are celebrating two millennia of fly rod history and innovation. And though the earliest recorded fly rods bore little resemblance to their contemporary kin, they satisfied the same fundamental desire: outwitting Mother Nature amid her most serene landscapes.

The earliest references to fly fishing rods date back to the book Aelian’s Natural History. Published in 200 AD by Roman angler Aelian, the two thousand year old text illustrates the Macedonian fishing technique in which red wool and homemade hooks were tied to wooden branches. The wood rods of this period were extremely stiff and heavy, little more than glorified tree bows that could weigh  upwards of 20 pounds. These cumbersome casters remained the standard even during the time of Izaak Walton, author of one of fly fishing's defining works, The Compleat Angler.

History of Fly Rods in the 17th and 18th Century in Picture

In the 17th century, long and hefty branches began to evolve into more modern forms, with craftsmen hollowing fly rods to reduce their weight. Then came one of the most substantial developments in the history of the fly rods: as builders experimented with various types of wood and joined the pieces to create custom rods, the first ferrule systems came to be and made way for countless variations in fly rod tapers.

Fly fishing rod materials…
Materials varied geographically, but the Greenheart wood variety was a favorite as recently as the Hardy fly rods of the 1960s. Nothing, however, compared to the bamboo fly rods which gained great popularity in the 18th century for their lightweight composition and pliability. In 1845, an American violin maker named Samuel Phillipe created what is believed to be the first split cane fly fishing rod, encouraging many American anglers to develop new tapers and modify ferrule systems with this technique. The early split cane rods were 3 and 4 strip designs and after a few years, 6-strip rods were also introduced. According to some sources, Hiram Leonard, the founder of H.L. Leonard Rod Company, created the first 6-strip rods, but others argue that it was Samuel Phillipe’s friend, Charles Murphy, who introduced the concept.
 
Developments of Fly Rods in the 19th Century

Fly fishing gained huge popularity in the 19th century. This was also the time during which rod builders made immense progress in splitting cane and creating tapers using beveling machines, leading to the birth of companies such as South Bend, Hardy Brothers, and Montague. Split cane remained the most popular and widely used material for making fly fishing rods until the early part of the 20th century when fiberglass and new resins caught the attention of anglers and the industry. In 1946, a military researcher by the name of Dr. Howald broke his split cane rod and used a fiberglass tube to fix it. As a result, the Shakespeare Company launched the first commercial fiberglass rods and dubbed the rod making process the “Howald Process.” These rods featured a fiberglass “fabric” wrapped in a spiral around a steel mandrel. Strands of additional fiber, aligned with the axis of the mandrel, were placed over the fiberglass material.

The Transition from Fiberglass to Graphite in the Modern-day

Advancements in the construction of fiberglass fishing rods continued and greatly lowered manufacturing costs and the availability of the equipment to enthusiasts. Split cane started losing its practical popularity, but they continued to be manufactured by companies catering to more traditional anglers. The breakthrough that brought them to modern front was graphite fly fishing rods hit the market for the first time in 1973 (Fenwick and Hardy both claim to be the manufacturers of the first graphite rods). Within the next few years, a number of companies started taking part in the development and refinement of graphite fly rods. Graphite brought revolution to the fly fishing industry and deeply impacted the fishing styles that many fishermen now use today. Improvements in rod design and discovery of processes to create stronger, lightweight fly rods have all contributed to a successful and positive evolution of the present-day graphite fly fishing rods. Boron was also considered as a viable material to create rod blanks, but for now, graphite remains as the material of choice and is most likely to be in this status for some time.

Today's Fly Rods

With advancements in materials and manufacturing processes, today's fly fishers sure have many fly rod choices. In fact you might feel overwhelmed with all the brands, series and fly rod models available, not to mention some pretty high tech marketing pitches. At Leland, we've done our best to weed out the choices and keep only the solutions that make your fly fishing experience more enjoyable. Please visit our collection of the best fly rods to learn more.
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Tarpon S4S Saltwater Fly Rod 12 Weight 9' Fly Rod, 4-P, 9012-4
Huge power for Giant Tarpon, GTs, and any other fish you'd be afraid to get in the water with.
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  • Why would anyone think a tarpon could be caught on a fly rod?  It just doesn't seem like a good idea to chase a fish that can weigh 200 pounds and fights like a rampaging bull.  The good news is, someone did think of it and it's some of the most fun you can have with a fly rod.  As big and strong as these fish are, when they're cruising the flats, they're actually quite spooky.  The first requirement in landing a tarpon is hooking one.  To do this, you need to cast accurately at all distances and have a subtle presentation of your fly. 

  • This is exactly why we at Leland like Scott's S4S 9' #12 fly rod.  Although it's a very strong 12 weight, it still loads easily at all distances and allows an anglers to land a fly softly.  Once a tarpon is hooked, you'll need a powerful rod in hopes of controlling a crashing tarpon.  The good news is that this fly rod has a strengthened butt section, allowing you to control your fish with solid pressure.  Balance is also important for a 12 weight fly rod.  It's not so much how light the rod is (this one is light) but more importantly, where the weight is.  Keeping a fly rod's weight more toward the handle makes this fly rod feel lighter and cast more efficiently.  Of course Scott's S4S 9' #12 utilizes only the best, saltwater-safe components, but as important is the craftsmanship.  The thread work and epoxy is exceptional.  All in all, this rod is the answer to your tarpon fishing needs.
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Leland on the Scott S4S 9012/4 Fly Rod

  • Line Size: 12
  • Rod Length: 9’0”
  • Sections: 4
  • Weight: 5.4oz
  • Reel Seat: Uplocking REC aluminum, type 3 matte anodize
  • Action: Fast
  • Stripping Guides: Silicon Carbide hoops in titanium frames
  • Guides: Nickel-titanium recoil snake guides
  • Handle: Flor cork, full-wells grip
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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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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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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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How To Clean Your Fly Line
Don't throw out that old fly line yet! Clean it us and get a few more months out of it! It won't take you long and will pay dividends on the river. Life is far too short to deal with a floating fly line that sinks.
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By George Revel


Let's first start with the question, "When is it time to clean my fly line?"

Well, I clean mine any time my floating line starts sinking. If you want to be proactive, every 4-5 uses is a good rule of thumb. This will dramatically extend the life of your line if done properly.


Other signs your fly line needs cleaning

  • The line holds memory
  • Small cracks begin to appear
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For this Project you will need: 

  • Two buckets or a double basin sink
  • Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Airflo Whizz Lube


Step One: Soak the Fly Line:I use a double basin sink (2 buckets or tubs also work). Fill one with 2-3 inches of warm soapy water (use a mild dish detergent) and the other with 2-3 inches of warm water. Strip the fly line off your reel into the soapy water using long pulls and deliberate placement of the line. Let soak for 25-30 minutes. You only need to clean the portion of line that you use...but I figure, why not the whole thing?


Step Two: Scrub and Rinse the Line:

The next step is to run the fly line through a wash cloth, beginning with the line that is nearest your reel. Pinch the fly line with the wash cloth firmly in between your thumb and index finger. Apply good pressure and pull the line into the bucket of warm water. Empty the soapy water and dry that basin. Beginning with the front of your fly line (nearest the leader), dry the line with the washcloth while pulling it into the freshly dried basin.


Step Three: Remove the Tough Grit

Empty the freshwater basin and dry it out. Begin with the line closest to your reel and pull it through the doubled over washcloth, applying pressure with your thumb and index finger. Repeat pulling the line in between the basins until no more dirt rubs off onto the washcloth .


Step Four: Condition Your Fly Line

Apply a dime-size dab of whizzlube. Double over the washcloth again and pull the line through, applying less pressure than before. Your goal is to coat the fly line in the conditioner. Let the fly line dry for 30-40 minutes (we recommend at least five minutes and up to 24 hours).



Step Five: The Buff
After letting the fly line dry for at least five minutes, use a clean washcloth to pull the line back through for a polished finish. Before you reel the fly line back on the reel make sure the leader end is at the bottom of the pile to avoid tangles.


Step Six: Get out fishing with your grime-free, like-new fly line...

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