At Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters, we strive for the next perfect cast and the next big take. When we’re not on the water, we’re dreaming of being on the water, and that means we’re committed to the constant and unflagging pursuit of fly fishing knowledge. This commitment to learning does not stop at gear; we believe that fly anglers must understand the unique characteristics of the fish we chase.
Our roots are in the fast and cold trout water of California’s Sierra, but we vividly recall the first time we learned that fish beyond trout love artificial flies! We’ve identified our favorite species on a fly and have gathered some interesting information about their histories, habits, and habitats.
Our passion for fly fishing has taken us to far flung corners of the globe. We hope you’ll use this information as a starting point for your own important adventures in fly fishing.
The ocean-run rainbow trout, known as the steelhead, is a fish everyone should have on their list.
Billfish: Out of the Blue by Bob StearnsA class tippet is important to help prevent losing your entire rig on a big sail. But if you've never caught a sailfish, you should go with a 30-pound-class tippet to first land a fish before dropping to a
Spanish for Sure Mackerel are your best winter bet on fly. By Mike Conner, Managing EditorThe strike was hammer-hard. Fly line burned through my fingers and jumped off the deck in serpentine waves. I bobbed. I weaved. I danced around the deck
Istiophorus albicans, Atlantic SailfishDescription & BehaviorFirst described as a species in 1792, the Atlantic sailfish carries the scientific name of either Istiophorus albicans (Latreille, 1804) or Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw in Shaw and
Fish Facts: False AlbacoreFor whatever reason, false albacore are among the most misidentified fish in the ocean. Also commonly called little tunny, they are frequently mistaken for bonito, albacore, tinker mackerel or other small tunas. No matte
Try Topside for Redfish by Dr. Aaron Adamsphotos by Aaron AdamsFloating Flies for RedfishAS THE TIDE TURNED and began to flood, I poled the boat across a shallow grass flat, just inside the sandbar that separated the flat from the Intrac
The Permit Puzzle by J. M. Chico Fernándezphotos by Chico FernándezDon't be too cautious when presenting a fly to permit. Hook 'em or spook 'em.Mature permit usually require a slow-to-stagnant retrieve. However, permit under about
Although technically not a true trout, this beautiful fish certainly needs to be on your fly fishing catch list. Learn more!
MapTaimen RangeFast Facts Type: Fish Diet: Carnivore Average life span in the wild: 50 years Size: Up to 6.5 ft (2 m) Weight: Up to 200 lbs (90 kg) Protection status: Threatened Did you know? The largest recorded taimen ever caught wei
The iconic fly fish is the rainbow trout. With all the colors of the rainbow, this beautiful fish fights hard and lives in stunning environments. You should catch one!
Thin Skinned by Bob StearnsWhen it comes to skittish game fish in truly shallow water, snook may be the wariest of them all. You'd better be on your best game if you want to fool this edgy predator.Capt. Bill Lindsay shows off a snook taken
Life History and Habitat Life history, including information on the habitat, growth, feeding, and reproduction of a species, is important because it affects how a fishery is managed.Geographic range: Wahoo are found in tropical and subtropical w