Leland Sonoma Traveler 8ft 5 Weight 4-piece Fly Fishing Outfit
Efficiency is the secret of any well-crafted fly cast. A balanced fly fishing outfit, like the Leland Sonoma Traveler, embodies this commitment. Our rod, reel and fly line compliment one another and amplify your body's movement, transferring your effort through the fly rod and into the fly line. The result are casts that celebrate our sport by providing you with controlled distance, accuracy and a subtle presentation, all with astonishing ease.
Our Leland Sonoma Traveler fly rod is designed to respond to the short, compact casting stroke we teach in our Leland Method casting classes. The five weight Sonoma Traveler will help you cast any trout fly with astonishing accuracy and efficiency. This eight footer tracks true, is balanced in hand, and will make you a better caster by rewarding the right stroke with brilliant results. Designed as the ideal beginner's rod, this portable four-piecer ended up as one of the finest dry fly rods we've ever cast.
Adorned with our special Leland grip, the Sonoma Traveler fly rod literally fits like a glove into your hand, adding intimacy that other fly rods often lack. Our intuitive grip provides you with added purchase and control of our already well-balanced fly rod. This rod is truly and extension of your body. Of course it's finished with all the right components, including a highly-figured wood insert on our double-uplocking, anodized reel seat. Our non-glare blank finish combined with and our darkened guide set provides a stealthy approach when on the water.
Fly lines too often are a secondary consideration. Not with us at Leland. We searched and tested high and low for the perfect fly line. Our goal was to find a fly line that combines casting efficiency with fishing function. We did our job. Our Leland weight forward, five-weight floating fly line casts like butter and floats like a cork and very noticeably compliments the efficient taper of our Leland Sonoma Traveler fly rod.
To store the perfect fly line, we obviously needed a fly reel. Again, we worked hard to design a fly reel that balanced correctly with our fly rod, both physically and aesthetically. The Leland Classic Trout fly reel is the answer. When combined with the Leland Traveler fly rod and our fly line, the whole is much greater than the sum of parts. With an adjustable and proven click and pawl drag system, this fly reel nods to the great fly reels of the past, while employing better contemporary materials and manufacturing process, ensuring a fly reel that will last a lifetime. Your grandfather would approve of this reel's quality and he'd certainly approve of the celebratory sound it makes when your fish heads downstream.
Finally, you can store your Leland Sonoma Traveler fly fishing outfit handily in our nylon-covered rod tube. With its integrated, padded reel pouch, you can leave your Leland Classic Trout fly reel mounted proudly on your favorite trout rod for easy storage and more importantly, quick rigging when it's time to hit the water.
This is the outfit that our instructors use to teach casting classes at the Leland Ranch.
Every product designer behind Leland Rod Co. is a F.F.F. (Fly Fishing Federation) Master Certified Casting Instructor. Simply put, we are students of the defining attribute of the sport of fly fishing, the cast. The pinnacle of fly casting is the master cast and every balanced fly fishing outfit we design embodies our commitment to this belief.
It's the proper balance of ingredients that makes anything worth the effort and worthy of existence. Take our Leland fly rods for example, we don’t tout the latest materials as “game changers,” nor do we run to the trough of technology for a new gimmick to market. Instead, we research, design, tinker, revise, test and even abuse our work. If newer materials allow our fly rods to cast more efficiently and with better balance, we use them. If they don't improve our fly rod's casting pleasure, we pass. Only when a Leland Rod Co. rod provides master casts, do we put our mark on it.
Beyond master casting pleasure, we also wanted our Leland fly rods and reels to look like fly tackle should, as though you discovered it in your great uncle's dusty garage. We like rich, figured wood fitted smartly to darkened nickel silver hardware. We respect tight thread wraps, clean epoxy work and dense, high-grade cork handles as well as machine-cut metals. In essence, we craft our fly rods and fly reels in the hopes to one day receive a quiet, approving nod from your grandfather.
If you yearn for something more, if you feel blessed for every minute you spend by the water celebrating the cast, if you desire to earn your fish with a master cast, not just catch it...a Leland Rod Co. balanced outfit is probably in your future.
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Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters is a full-service fly shop that has provided anglers in the San Francisco Bay Area with top quality gear and education since 1985. As we continue to serve Bay Area anglers from our Sonoma Ranch, the Internet has given us the chance to extend our service to fly anglers across the planet, and that's an opportunity and privilege we're excited to have.
Leland is the grandfather I never met. Unfortunately he passed away before I was born, but through bed-time stories told by my father, his life, and most memorably his passion for fly fishing, were carried forward. A man whose face I only knew from black and white photos taken along the Owens River was slowly becoming a legend in my mind. As I grew older and came to understand that fly fishing was more than just a pastime, these photos and stories began to resonate. Sadly, I thought fly fishing was a mystery whose complexity and history had to be learned from a sage like my grandfather, a man who now only lived in lore and legend like the sport itself.While conventional fishing with my father on the banks of the San Joaquin each summer, I watched the wielders of long rods paint the water with their colored lines and dry flies. These fly fishermen were free to search every corner of the stream for the colorful, native trout. I feared this type of angling freedom was not available to me. Driven by the legacy of my grandfather and images of these "free" fly fishers, I challenged my apprehension and picked up a fly rod.Twenty years later I named my retail fly fishing business after this angling legend, Leland Frazier. This was an obvious and easy decision, as it was he who led me to fly fishing and his memory that lent me the courage to return to the river after those challenging days when I caught more trees on my back cast than fish on my forward cast.It's probably true that with Leland by my side it would have been easier to cover the water with my fly line and dry flies. I worked very hard to become a fly fisherman by reading, fishing, researching, and cornering anyone who knew anything about the sport. It was a long road, but I learned that with hard work, fly fishing, like anything in life, is attainable.We at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters want to make it easy for you to become a fly fisher, as easy as if a wise grandfather were at your side every step of the way. I welcome and encourage you to let fly fishing connect you to your proud history, create history of your own, or perhaps give you the opportunity to fill your grandchildren with the same wonder, possibility, focus, and joy that Leland gives to me.– Josh Leland Frazier, Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters
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