Leland Rod Co. Sierra Nevada Backpacker Review


Leland Rod Co. Sierra Nevada Backpacker

Line Size: 4
Length: 7 feet 6 inches
Sections: 5
Blank Color: Golden
Reel Seat: Darkened Nickle Silver Slide Band
Spacer: Cocobolo, Cork Spacer
Guides: Blued Chrome Light Steel Wire
Handle: Proprietary Leland Grip
Action: Adaptive, Fast
Rod Tube: Painted Aluminum

Sierra Nevada Backpacker Outfit
Reel: Sierra Nevada Golden Trout, 3-4 Weight
Line: Leland Sierra Nevada Backpacker Fly Line, WF 4wt
Leader: 7’6” 5x

May 9, 2014 (Sonoma, CA): As fly fishermen, nothing is more satisfying than exploring alpine trout streams with a backpack and the essentials. This classic pursuit deserves an equally classic rod, and after years of refinement, the result is Leland Rod Company’s Sierra Nevada Backpacker Outfit. A tribute to the wilderness regions we love and their native trout, the Backpacker is a compact, balanced outfit in a class all its own.

Back to Basics: 9ft 5wt’s have there place, as do some all-around rods, but it’s not in the high country of the Sierra Nevada Range. The Sierra Series is a select line of rods, reels, & lines crafted for places where hiking boots come before wading boots and wild trout aren’t measured by their size. The Backpacker outfit exemplifies the essence of the series with its compact construction and an emphasis on performance and portability. The outfit as a whole is well balanced and extremely fun, but it also pays homage to the origins of fly fishing tradition and tackle.

The Rod: No detail went unaddressed in the design of the Sierra Nevada Backpacker fly rod. At 7′ 6” in length, it casts easily on tighter waters, and as a 4-weight, it provides enough power for range of flies efficiently. The 5-piece construction makes easy work of carrying it in your backpack, regardless of the miles you plan to travel. Then there’s the craftsmanship: top notch componentry and timeless design make for a rod that looks as good as it performs. Agate stripping guides, a darkened nickel-silver slide-band reel seat crafted around a cut of cork impregnated with Cocobolo wood; premium cork that complements the custom Leland grip. It’s all inside the durable and compact aluminum rod tube.

Sierra Nevada Reel & Fly Line: Perfectly suited in size and style is the Leland Sierra Nevada Golden Trout Reel. This click-pawl throwback is suited for any 3-4 weight, but it shines on the Sierra Series rods. It’s a time-honored and tough little reel with solid brass components. Throw in the Leland Sierra Nevada Backpacker WF 4wt fly line, and you have a truly custom designed outfit.

The Rundown: Every piece of this outfit was designed for small stream success: Sierra Nevada fly rod, fly reel, & fly line, all developed by Leland in honor of one of our favorite places to fish. You won’t find a more thoughtfully crafted and fun outfit anywhere but here.

Pro Review – Leland’s Keith Westra

Being an avid angler of small creeks I love nothing more than throwing fluffy dry flies to eager fish.

Having spent lots of time in the Sequoia Park region and fishing small creeks that run into the Little and main stem of the Kern River this rod and reel outfit has earned it’s spot in my arsenal.

Not only does it look like a classic rod and reel should it casts even better. The rod is efficient and buttery smooth and perfect for the back country. Being 5 pieces and being able to pack down to 21 inches makes it easy and conveinent for traveling, backpacking, or just keeping in the car for an impromptu trip after work.

Paired with the Vintage “Golden Trout” Reel which is simple and machined to perfection. This outfit is really something special. I’m proud to be a California Native and this Sierra Nevada really represents what the State and Leland have to offer.