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 at Leland, 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 line is right for you. But, if you actually fish…you might be interested in our offering.
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 the leader, allowing you to cast with far less power and still get the desired results. 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, and the 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 before you can efficiently shoot the line. With our 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 for educated trout. We even worked hard to minimize our fly line’s 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 this 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 fish this line 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.
The right tapered leader is more important than you think…
Like most trout fly fishers, you probably loop on any brand name 9 foot, 5X tapered leader and head out for a day of fishing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but what if there was something better? What if there was a correctly-tapered leader that was so efficient at transferring energy, it made casting even easier? What if this same leader, with its softer material, formed a better loop and was less affected by a stream’s micro currents, reducing the need to mend your line? There is such a leader and we designed it.
Our Leland New Zealand Trout Leader is admittedly counter-intuitive to what you’ve probably read in the latest fly fishing magazine, where you were informed a shorter, harder-finished leader is necessary to “kick over” your fly with authority. Remember, fly fishing is a game of intimacy and control, where landing your fly accurately with a subtle presentation is the key to enjoyment and success. Our 12 foot leader will present your fly on the water like a feather and fish better than any leader you’ve ever cast.
Ok, now’s the time when you say, “But what about casting in the wind? What about fishing smaller streams? What about casting larger flies? This longer leader just won’t work!” Then we say, “Yeah, that’s what we thought too…but we were wrong and so are you.” A longer leader is the secret to the perfect cast. It’s extra length and mass helps to stabilize the leading loop of your fly line, allowing for a more efficient loop shape and most importantly, a better transfer of casting energy through the line, through the leader and to the fly. The result of casting with a longer, correctly-tapered leader (ironically) is that it’s easier than casting with a shorter leader…and that’s the truth.
Not only does our New Zealand Trout Leader cast easier, your fly is also farther from your fly line for a more stealthy approach. This same long leader also extends the natural drift of your fly, and a longer, more-natural drift will catch you more fish. And, rather than offer you a ton of leader choices, we boiled it down to just one. It’s arguably the best all-around trout leader at 12 feet 4X. You can fish it straight out of the package or tie on a bit of 5X tippet, should you desire. We guarantee this will be your new favorite trout leader, so give it a try. You can thank us later.