fishing is a grand excuse to find yourself in beautiful places with
something fun to do. Truth is, if more people went fly fishing, the
world would be happier. And to properly enjoy and celebrate
the sport of fly fishing, one should focus on its defining
attribute...the cast. Although it's true that any fly rod or outfit
can catch a fish, it's not true that all cast the same. To enjoy each
fly cast, a worthy fly fishing outfit (rod, reel and line) should be
balanced and efficient. That's exactly why we at Leland Rod Co.
designed the Sonoma Traveler Outfit.
a chaotic world of fly tackle choices, our simple goal was to provide
a sensible solution. We did this by designing our own gear from the
ground up, where each component (fly rod, fly line and fly reel)
complimented one another. The result of this project is a balanced
and efficient trout fly fishing outfit, where the whole is greater
than the sum of parts. Not only is this outfit brilliant for anyone
just getting into the sport. It's also the perfect solution for any
angler who's grown tired of tinkering with disconnected fly gear.
It's all right here waiting to be efficiently cast and enjoyed.
fine rod like our Sonoma Traveler is made even better with the right
fly line. Our Leland New Zealand “Pliny” Trout line is just the
ticket. In fact, it's so good, we named it after our favorite, local
beer (Pliny The Elder). We softened the line's coating, shortened the
head (the weight-forward part) and created the most efficient profile to efficiently roll your casting energy down the fly line,
through the most efficient leader we've ever cast (our New ZealandTrout Leader) and to your fly. When you cast this line on our rod,
you'll finally understand what we mean by efficient.
course every fly fishing outfit needs a fly reel. Yes, it does store
your fly line...but there's more to it than that. The proper fly reel
should be the correct weight to balance out the rod. It should have
the correct capacity to store not only our fly line, but have enough
backing (emergency line) should a big trout head down stream. A
fully-sealed, disc-drag is unnecessary for trout, so we went with the
classic and proven click and pawl system. It's easy to adjust, and
requires little to no maintenance. Best of all, when your trout takes
off, the classic sound of our Leland Classic Trout reel celebrating the moment will make
you smile. Yes, it's fully-machined, anodized and all, but most
importantly...this is a fly reel your granddaddy would want.
assembled, our fly rod, our fly line and our fly reel makes every
forty foot trout cast efficient, controlled and accurate. More
importantly, our Sonoma Traveler outfit will make your day on the
water that much better and really, that's why we all fly fish in the
first place. Take our word for it. This outfit is the one we use
every day at our ranch, teaching people how to efficiently control their fly line. It's also the outfit we personally take to the water
on our days off.
Leland Sonoma Traveler 8ft 5 Weight 4-piece Trout Fly Fishing Outfit:
This is the outfit that Leland used on his days off!
Efficiency is the secret of any well-crafted fly cast. A balanced fly fishing outfit, like the Leland Sonoma Traveler, embodies this principle. Our rod, reel and fly line compliment one another and amplify your body's movement, transferring your effort through the fly rod and into the fly line. The result are casts that celebrate our sport by providing you with controlled distance, accuracy and a subtle presentation, all with astonishing ease.
Our Leland Sonoma Traveler fly rod is designed to respond to the short, compact casting stroke we teach in our Leland Method casting classes. The five weight Sonoma Traveler will help you cast any trout fly with astonishing accuracy and efficiency. Unlike the more common nine-footer, our eight footer tracks truer, is better balanced in hand, and will make you a better caster by rewarding the right stroke with brilliant results. Designed as the ideal beginner's rod, this portable four-piecer ended up as one of the finest trout fly rods we've ever cast.
Adorned with our special Leland grip, the Sonoma Traveler fly rod literally fits like a glove into your hand, adding intimacy that other fly rods often lack. Our intuitive grip provides you with added purchase and control of our already well-balanced fly rod. This rod is truly and extension of your body. Of course it's finished with all the right components, including a highly-figured wood insert on our double-uplocking, anodized reel seat. Our non-glare blank finish combined with and our darkened guide set provides a stealthy approach when casting and fishing.
Fly lines too often are a secondary consideration. Not for us at Leland. We searched and tested high and low for the perfect fly line. Our goal was to find a fly line that blends casting efficiency and enjoyment with fishing function. After much research, casting, testing and frustrating results, we decided to embark on our own journey to design the best fly line. It took us a while, but we did our job. Our Leland weight forward, five-weight floating fly line (affectionately called the "Pliny" after our favorite beer) casts like butter and floats like a cork and very noticeably compliments the efficient taper of our Leland Sonoma Traveler fly rod.
Not kidding, when you cast our Pliny line and our special Leland leader (12' 4x) on our Leland Traveler fly rod...you'll finally understand what true casting efficiency is. Also, if you cast only our Pliny line's head (weight-forward section), the result is always a beautiful and accurate forty foot cast. Any knowledgeable fly angler will tell you forty feet is the magic mark. However, if you do need more distance, our line shoots with ease.
To store the perfect fly line, we obviously needed a fly reel. Again, we worked hard to design a fly reel that balanced correctly with our fly rod, both physically and aesthetically. The Leland Classic Trout fly reel is the answer. When combined with the Leland Traveler fly rod and our fly line, the whole is much greater than the sum of parts. With an adjustable and proven click and pawl drag system, this fly reel nods to the great fly reels of the past, while employing better contemporary materials and manufacturing process, ensuring a fly reel that will last a lifetime. Your grandfather would approve of this reel's quality and he'd certainly approve of the celebratory sound it makes when your fish heads downstream.
Finally, you can store your balanced Leland Sonoma Traveler fly fishing outfit handily in our nylon-covered rod tube. With its integrated, padded reel pouch, you can leave your Leland Classic Trout fly reel mounted proudly on your favorite trout rod for easy storage and more importantly, quick rigging when it's time to hit the water.
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Leland Sonoma Beginner Trout Fly Fishing Outfit:
At its root, fly fishing is quite easy. The goal is to use a weighted line to present a near-weightless lure (called a fly) to a fish. Why then does fly fishing seem so confusing and intimidating? It might be all the fly shops offering all the brands, series and models of performance fly equipment. It might be all the fly patterns and fancy lingo tossed about in a fly shop. It might be that the “industry” of fly fishing simply forgot how fun and easy fly fishing should be...
Regardless of the reasons, we at Leland, believe that fly fishing is an outdoor activity for just about everyone and we do our best to make it simple and enjoyable. The defining attribute of our sport is the unique way we deliver our fly to the fish. It's called a fly cast and done correctly, it's easy, fun and beautiful. The goal in fly casting is to efficiently control your fly line and place your fly where you want it. Forget about performance: high line-speed, tight loops, double-hauling and distance. Instead, work toward an efficient, graceful and accurate cast. With this approach, you'll earn your fish...not just catch them.
With this in mind (and thirty years of experience) we designed the right outfit for anyone who truly wants to enjoy this wonderful sport. Balance and efficiency are not words we take lightly here at the Leland Ranch. We believe those two adjectives define a worthy fly fishing outfit at any price, and they live in our new Sonoma Trout Fly Fishing Outfit. With it, you'll form beautiful loops of fly line, place your fly accurately with a subtle presentation, and truly enjoy this wonderful sport.
This outfit didn't happen by chance. For too many years, we've watched our guests struggle with the latest performance equipment and we decided to fix the problem. We did this by understanding the primary goal of this intimate sport...efficient control of the fly line. We designed a balanced and efficient fly fishing outfit that makes fly casting fun, easy and controlled. It's the perfect length and weight to catch panfish, small bass and trout in any stream. Put another way, this is the right outfit for anyone who's ever wanted to start fly fishing.
Don't get caught buying a “starter” kit that isn't enjoyable to cast. Don't try to piece together your own fly fishing outfit with “on-sale” gear, only to find you've built a bad kit. Instead, trust us when we tell you this outfit is the solution you've been searching for. Heck, if you're not completely thrilled with our work, we'll give you a full refund. We're that confident we've done our job...making fly fishing and most importantly, fly casting more fun.
This balanced and efficient, fly rod, fly reel and fly line is your “gate key” to go explore. With it, you'll enjoy casting and fishing. With it, you'll find yourself in beautiful places with a reason to be there. With it, you'll earn each fish with efficient and accurate fly casts. So, if you've been thinking about taking up fly fishing, don't get bogged down with research. Get started the right way, with the right information and our balanced fly fishing outfit. You'll be on the water sooner than you think creating casts and memories worthy of your limited time away from work.
This outfit also includes our Leland Pliny fly line. The name you ask? Pliney The Elder is simply the best beer you've ever tasted and it's made just up the road from our ranch in Sonoma. Good luck finding the beer by the way...darn near impossible. Just like the beer, our fly line is the best...best casting, best fishing fly line on the planet, making efficient casting and fish catching easier. We sell this line for $59 and we include it in this outfit.
The unique way we deliver our lure (the fly) is the defining attribute of the sport of fly fishing. Although we call this fly casting, the truth is...we are not at all casting the fly. Instead, we are casting the fly line. To many, a fly line is just a necessary component to go fly fishing. To us atLeland, we believe the fly line should be the focal point, as we use it to deliver our fly, mend our drift and land our fish. You bet the right fly line is important.
Over the years, we've sold them all.You name a fly line brand and series and we've probably carried it at some point. Most big brand fly lines entice your interest with performance and technology, promising longer, higher-line speed casts. If your sole focus is distance, maybe a performance fly lineis right for you. But, if you actually fish...you might be interested in our offering. We call it the Leland Pliny fly line. We named it after our favorite Sonoma beer...Pliny The Elder...it's that good.
Our goals, when designing this fly line, were efficiency and control. Our efficient fly line profile better transfers your casting energy down the fly line and into theleader, allowing you to cast with far less power and still get the desiredresults. Our unique profile is certainly part of the secret. The other part is our supple fly line. It forms smoother, more-efficient loops than a contemporary, hard-coated fly line. On the water, this softer fly line is less affected by micro currents...meaning, less mending for you.
It gets better. Our shorter weight forward section makes casting even easier. You only need to control and cast the head. Include the leader and your rod length, andthe resulting cast is always forty feet. As any seasoned trout angler knows, forty feet is the magic trout mark for casting. No longer are you required to hold some 47 feet of fly line head in the air beforeyou can efficiently shoot the line. With our Pliny fly line, you'll have easy access to the running line for effortless distance, should you need it.
Our olive green fly line head blends well with any brush-lined trout stream, offering you added stealth when fishing educated trout. We even worked hard to minimize our fly lines two welded loops. No more clunky casts and you still get super easy rigging, too.
While developing this fly line, we learned a thing or two we didn't expect. Not only is the fly line perfect for anyone just getting into fly fishing for trout, it's a master angler's line, too. We also learned that a truly efficient line works for all angling techniques. Whether dry fly, nymph or streamer fishing, we learned it's not necessary for a technique-specific fly line profile. All you need is an efficiently designed fly line that loves to transfer energy down the fly line. As the mass of the fly or rig increases, all you need to do is increase the line mass...don't change the profile of the line.
All of us at Leland have been fishing our Pliny line for the past two seasons and that's now all we use when trout fishing. We certainly believe in it, but you don't have to take our word...try it yourself. We'll ship you an efficient Pliny and you give it a try. If it doesn't make casting more enjoyable, efficient, controlled and accurate...just send it back and we'll give you a full refund. We promise, this fly line will change your fly fishing experience.
How to Fly Cast: Goal 4 – Saltwater Fly Casting
Casting quickly and accurately in the challenging winds of the saltwater flats is the key to success
• Quick Cast
• Fly Casting in the Wind
• Stripping fly line and the strip strike
• Confirming your fly equipment is balanced
• Floating and Sinking Fly Lines
• Demonstrating balanced, efficient Leland equipment
• Cast quickly and accurately
• Fly Cast in the Wins
• Catch fish others cannot
If fly fishing the saltwater flats is on your list, you should know this ain’t your granddaddy's style of fly fishing. Sure, the overall game is the same... to subtly land your fly in front of a cruising bonefish, permit or tarpon...but that's pretty much where the similarities end.
The saltwater environment is constantly in flux. Ever-changing tides, weather and seasons dictate your angling options...and the wind, it's brutal. To arrive prepared for an exceptional experience, it's imperative you up your fly casting game, and that's where we at Leland come in.
Sure, we've got years of saltwater flats fishing experience, but more importantly we've got almost thirty years of fly casting instruction under our belts. This fly casting saddle time means we've worked hard on honing in on what's important when it comes to efficiently fly casting in the wind, and we'll share this knowledge with you, here at our ranch.
We'll give you the necessary fly casting principles that convert to the most efficient loop shapes that easily penetrate the harshest of winds. While other anglers will stay in the lodge to sip fancy drinks adorned with umbrellas, you'll be out in the gusty winds casting and catching with confidence.
We'll also show you a trick or two that will further prepare you for fast, accurate casts and controlled follow-up casts. You'll be ready to land your fly to that spooky bonefish, permit or tarpon at just about any angle and distance. Believe us, your guide will be impressed with your fly casting abilities and so will your angling buddies. Oh, and when your guide knows you can fly cast well, you'll end up in even cooler angling locations, that other sports simply cannot fish.
Let's get you ready for an amazing saltwater fly fishing experience. Let's get you up to the Leland Ranch in Sonoma for some thoughtful fly casting principles that will change your saltwater angling experiences forever. Just give us a toll-free call at 866-672-1959 and start the journey.
Every product designer behind Leland Rod Co. is a F.F.F. (Fly Fishing Federation) Master Certified Casting Instructor. Simply put, we are students of the defining attribute of the sport of fly fishing, the cast. The pinnacle of fly casting is the master cast and every balanced fly fishing outfit we design embodies our commitment to this belief.
It's the proper balance of ingredients that makes anything worth the effort and worthy of existence. Take our Leland fly rods for example, we don’t tout the latest materials as “game changers,” nor do we run to the trough of technology for a new gimmick to market. Instead, we research, design, tinker, revise, test and even abuse our work. If newer materials allow our fly rods to cast more efficiently and with better balance, we use them. If they don't improve our fly rod's casting pleasure, we pass. Only when a Leland Rod Co. rod provides master casts, do we put our mark on it.
Beyond master casting pleasure, we also wanted our Leland fly rods and reels to look like fly tackle should, as though you discovered it in your great uncle's dusty garage. We like rich, figured wood fitted smartly to darkened nickel silver hardware. We respect tight thread wraps, clean epoxy work and dense, high-grade cork handles as well as machine-cut metals. In essence, we craft our fly rods and fly reels in the hopes to one day receive a quiet, approving nod from your grandfather.
If you yearn for something more, if you feel blessed for every minute you spend by the water celebrating the cast, if you desire to earn your fish with a master cast, not just catch it...a Leland Rod Co. balanced outfit is probably in your future.
What is Fly Casting? How to Fly Cast. Learn to Fly Cast.
It's time you went fly fishing. You might believe that fly fishing is extremely complicated, confusing and expensive. The truth is...fly fishing is actually quite simple and we at Leland have made the sport affordable. The goal of fly fishing is to present your fake bug (a fly) to a fish with a subtle presentation (no big splashes) and trick a fish into taking your fly. Remember, fish don't have hands and they're quite inquisitive. Chances are great your fly will soon be grabbed by a fish. Better yet, most places you'll fly fish are quite beautiful and now you'll have a reason to be there. That's how easy fly fishing can be and that's how we like it at Leland.
Although there's a lot of fly fishing equipment available these days, all you really need to arrive prepared for a day on the water is this well-balanced and efficient Leland Starter outfit. It comes with everything you'll need to get fishing...fly rod, fly reel, fly line, tapered leader and six flies. Simply tie on a fly to your leader, get it in the water and the fish will take care of the rest. Nothing could be easier.
It's time for you to stop dreaming about fly fishing and actually start fly fishing. Grab our Leland Starter outfit and begin exploring your home waters. Remember, fly fishing is a gate key. It's an excuse to find yourself in beautiful places with something fun to do. It's a reason to hike around the next bend of the stream, explore nature and begin collecting memories that last a lifetime.
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Come up to the Leland Ranch in beautiful Sonoma and relax for a while. Shoot some pool on our vintage table, play a round of bocci, toss some horse shoes with your friends or enjoy casting some of the world's finest fly rods. You might even want to take a private fly casting lesson during your visit.
Our thirteen-acre ranch provides enough room for the kids to run around. Our ranch barn is full of unique fly fishing gear...the kind of stuff you'll only see here on the ranch, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will keep you smiling during your visit. If you wish, continue your journey into downtown Sonoma for a little shopping and wine tasting after your ranch visit. There's lots to do up here in Sonoma.
So, gather your friends and put a Leland Ranch picnic on your weekend calendar. Whether you just want to hang out with your friends in a beautiful location or if you've just always wanted to fly fish, come up to the ranch and enjoy the Leland lifestyle. You won't be disappointed.
Sonoma Ranch Fly Shop and Casting Lesson Hours FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY 10am to 6pm PSTIf our business hours don't work with your schedule please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate whether you just wanted to visit the fly shop or book a casting lesson. Our customers are the reason we're here so don't hesitate to ask.(Please note, we may not be able to answer the phone on Saturday as we may be assisting customers in the shop or out casting) Closed Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, NYE, & New Years Day
How to Fly Cast: Goal 5 – Efficient Two-Hand Fly Casting
Efficiently casting a two-handed fly rod at all angles literally opens up your world of fly fishing
• Two-handed water casting
• Two-handed air casting
• Changing casting angles
• Balancing your two-handed line system
• Demonstrating balanced, efficient Leland two-handed equipment
• Cast at all angles
• Access all waters
• Catch more fish
If you dream of chasing steelhead or salmon in broader rivers, nothing compares to the function and potential enjoyment of using a two-handed fly fishing outfit. These longer fly rods provide extra leverage and fly line “lift” allowing you to cast in extremely tight quarters and access fish that other single-hand fly casters only dream about.
With the right information and equipment, you'll be able to comfortably and efficiently expand your fishing opportunities...and we've got it all waiting for you here at the Leland Ranch in Sonoma.
With thirty years of experience in fly casting instruction, we've distilled the basic principles that are necessary for you to truly understand how to efficiently and enjoyably cast a balanced two-handed fly fishing outfit.
With confidence and a new fly casting skill set, you'll begin to unlock the fishing potential that awaits you. You'll be able to cast in seemingly impossible conditions to waters that were previously unavailable to you...and catch fish that you only dreamed about.
We'll also demystify the overwhelming choices available in two-handed fly line systems, giving you the understanding and confidence that you'll have the correct fly line for angling success.
There's also a hidden secret to two-handed fly casting. Once you understand the basic principles of two-handed line dynamics, you'll apply them even when you're casting your single-handed fly rod.
Let's expand your fly fishing world. Let's unlock untouched waters and give you access to even more trophy fish and memories. Let's get you efficiently casting a two-handed fly rod. Let's get you up to the Leland Ranch. Give us a toll-free call at 866-672-1959 and we'll begin your two-handed journey.