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MAGAZINE no.7 Flyfish Europe

2018


EUROPEAN Whether nylon or fluorocarbon, TroutHunter tippet and leader material offers unsurDISTRIBUTOR passed strength and reliability. Our leaders afford the angler unprecedented levels of turnover and control. www.flyfisheurope.com Fluorocarbon TroutHunter Fluorocarbon was declared Overall Champion of the “Tippet Shoot Out” in Fly Fisherman Magazine, receiving the highest possible score in spool design, honesty in advertised strength, abrasion resistance, invisibility to fish, casting accuracy, and expert angler’s preference. Nearly invisible due to its low reflective index, this double structured fluorocarbon is designed to create strong, durable knots to all tippets, while providing remarkable break strength for its diameter. Available sizes: 10X - 3X (50m spools) 2X - 0X (40m spools) 01X - 03X (25m spools)

Nylon TroutHunter Nylon is constructed with the highest quality copolymers available. This unique blend is double coated for maximum knot reliability and water repellency providing the strongest break strength to diameter of any supple tippet material available. TroutHunter Nylon is the choice when the situation demands exceptional presentation and performance. Available sizes: 10X - 3X (50m spools) 2X - 0X (40m spools) 01X - 03X (25m spools)

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NYLON SalmonHunter Nylon is constructed with the highest quality co-polymers available. This unique blend is double coated for maximum knot reliability and water repellency providing the strongest break strength to diameter of any supple tippet material available. SalmonHunter Nylon is the choice when the situation demands exceptional presentation and performance.

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EDITORIAL

Dear fellow fisherman, Another year has gone by and, once again, we’re all looking forward to new adventures. Flies are conjured up, equipment is overhauled and dream destination trips are planned. It might actually be the best time of the year? You are either holding the 2018-edition of FFE Magazine in your hands or reading it online. For everyone working at Flyfish Europe, it marks the start of a new season - and it just might for you too. It’s full of great products made by people who strive for perfection combined with editorial pieces written by people that share our passion. For some, fishing is a way of life. For others, it represents an opportune break from daily routines along with the chance of reconnecting with Nature. You might choose to spend your time on the river alone or with friends you see way too rarely. Regardless, it will give you a different perspective on life and renewed energy in everyday life. I’m fortunate enough to get to spend work days with special people that have spent a long life in the fly-fishing industry. One of those special people, I got to meet for the first time last fall on the banks of the famous Henry’s Fork: The legend, Rene Harrop, who joined us for a couple of days on his challenging home water. The fishing was slow, but it allowed for interesting conversations with an extremely knowledgeable man who has inspired - and continues to inspire - many. I wish I could transfer some of Rene’s wisdom to the many decision makers who should be protecting our waters. It’s frustrating to see how greed and financial interests override common sense. At the same time there are many interest groups and organisations, consisting of volunteering enthusiasts, who put a lot of effort into preserving our rivers and lakes for future generations. We support some of these already and, going forward, we intend to increase our efforts further in that direction. I encourage you to get engaged one way or another. The future of our common interest and passion depends on it. Best wishes, Jarle

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CONTENTS 6

REISA - HITCHING IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, Matt Harris

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SIMMS

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ANTICIPATION AND LACK OF PATIENCE, Knut Johan Ruud

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FLY FISHING FOR TOOTHY CRITTERS, Kristof Reuter and Lukas Kirchgässner

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SOS - SAVE OUR STREAMS: Q&A, The Editorial Staff

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UNA - THE ONE, Jonas Borinski

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SCOTT FLY RODS

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REEL DESIGN AND REAL INNOVATION: Q&A, The Editorial Staff

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WATERWORKS-LAMSON

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C&F DESIGN

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SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS

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THE SALMONIDS OF ICELAND, Rasmus Ovesen

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MCLEAN

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ALAN PETERSON: AN INTERVIEW, The Editorial Staff

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LOON OUTDOORS

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THE STF SHRIMP - STEP BY STEP

Cover Photo: Rasmus Ovesen Editorial staff: Rasmus Ovesen, Roy Thue, Tom Roger Bekkeli Artwork & Design: Rasmus Ovesen Repro: Basecamp AS Print: UAB Spaudos Konturai, Vilnius. Copyright © Flyfish Europe AS 2018. This Catalogue is produced by Flyfish Europe. We reserve the right for any incorrect information or fault in printing and take no responsibility for either. This cataloge is printed on environmentally friendly paper.

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Credits A big warm-hearted thanks to everyone who contributed to the magazine with inspiring articles and stellar photos. Matt Harris, Jonatan Ternald, Lukas Kirchgässner, Kristof Reuter, Ulrich Eichelman, Jonas Borinski, Rasmus Ovesen, Alan Peterson, Brett Zundel, Jozef Nevedel, Masa Katsumata, Tim Angelli, Jan Bach Kristensen, Brian Huskey, Stephan Gian Dombaj, Knut Johan Ruud


PHOTO: RASMUS OVESEN

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Reisa

Hitching in the Arctic Circle Matt Harris

The Reisa is a place of rare beauty and for the avid salmon fisherman, few places are better to target massive, chrome Atlantic Salmon. Follow in Matt Harris footsteps to the fabled river in the Arctic reaches of Norway.

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As the sun finally starts to disappear over the vast granite massif on the far side of the valley, I swallow my whisky, and snatch up my rod. Wading carefully and quietly into the long run, I lengthen the line, and send the big sunray shadow arcing out across the golden waters. It has been a long day, and I have nothing to show for all the long hours of wading in the powerful, icy currents of the early season. My shoulders ache after what feels like about a million spey-casts, and the rest of the Macallan is sitting in the canoe, just a few yards upstream. Yet the wind has dropped away, and the air is warm and full of promise. A big silver fish rolls downstream, and my heart leaps. The sunlight is off of the water, and as any salmon angler worth his salt will tell you, now is the time. Forty yards downstream, just past the wires that cross over the river, the pool starts to tail out, and it takes on a flat, glassy quality that is just made for the riffle hitch. I’m a sucker for the surface fly, and on reaching the wires, I retrieve the fly and re-rig. I cut off the big single hook, and before reattaching it, I push the leader through the hole in the side of the tube, so that the fly will skate across the surface. Despite the local wisdom that the fish like a big sunk fly, I’ve caught enough big silver stunners from this brawling river using the riffle-hitch to know what it can do. Unless the water is really high and cold, I always tie on the waking fly with a huge degree of confidence. I find the little “V” wake of the skating fly a great way to read the currents of a pool, and the sight of the V wake has a bewitching, magical quality that seems to just dare the salmon to come and have a go. I’m lost in the meditation of cast and step, utterly at peace in the warm evening air, with the vast, golden ramparts of the mountains all around. Suddenly, way out in the river, a big blur of chrome silver rolls lazily through the surface. It has just eaten my fly. Even as my brain is processing what I have just seen, the line snaps up tight, and the loop of running line comes fizzing up through my fingers. Line starts to peel off of the big reel, and

I lift the rod sharply. I feel the violent, magical electricity of a large salmon, and a moment later, the fish clambers into the cool blue shadows of the evening, a sparkling silver behemoth shrouded in spray. In an instant, the fish is rocketing downstream, and then it is barrelling up into the air again, as it goes greyhounding back to the sea. I watch helplessly as first fifty, then a hundred yards of line cascades from the big, saltwater reel. My fishing partner and long-time friend Roar comes to the rescue, wordlessly ushering me into the classic Nordic canoe that he has quietly brought downstream. I clamber aboard, and then we are off to the races, chasing the fish off down the river. Finally, nearly thirty minutes later, I am gazing down at a stunning silver pearl of a salmon, as it lays submerged in the shallows. Not the fifty pound monster that I dream of, but magnificent nonetheless: 27 pounds, and covered in the sea-lice that betray it as fresh from the Arctic Ocean. The fish gleams in the clean, clear waters, and it is a thing of utter beauty – its deep, iridescent chrome-silver fuselage is flushed with a shimmering band of sapphire blue and its flanks are tattooed with tiny black spots. Its eye searches out the depths, and for a moment I marvel at this heroic, indomitable creature, a fish that had ventured across the vast wastes of the North Atlantic to Greenland and beyond, to harass the baitfish through the long, dark arctic nights before returning, somehow, three long years later, to the river of its birth. A big, fresh Atlantic salmon is – to me at least – one of the most beguiling creatures on earth, and the long hours of hard work often involved in catching one always seem well worthwhile when you finally get to enjoy the privilege of seeing one close up. I lift the fish briefly out of the water for a quick picture, and then I nurse it carefully back to full strength, watching it revive in the ginclear water. Suddenly, with a powerful flourish of its mighty spade of a tail it is gone, and the big rooster tail of spray that the fish kicks up leaves us both soaking wet, and laughing. Happy Days!

A big, fresh Atlantic salmon is to me at least - one of the most beguiling creatures on earth

” Since Reisa isn’t about numbers but rather quality, every cast counts.

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Many of Reisa’s monster fish have been caught in the wee hours of the day. So it pays off to stay out until late.

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Fifty pounds may sound like an impossible dream, but on the Reisa it does happen

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I’ve been fishing the Reisa River in Northern Norway for four seasons now, and it is a simply magical place to fish for Atlantic Salmon. Although I would be the first to admit that the fishing can be tough, I’ve had some fantastic fishing on this beautiful and relatively unknown little gem. While I’m still waiting for the fifty pounder that all salmon fishers dream of, I know that they swim up this spectacular little river every year. In the meantime, I’ve caught a good number of stunning silver beauties weighing twenty pounds and more – fish that on most of our home waters would represent the fish of a lifetime. Fifty pounds may sound like an impossible dream, but believe me, on the Reisa it can and does happen. My excellent Reisa guides Morten Berglund and Trond Isaakson have m anaged fish of 54 pounds and 50 pounds respectively in recent years, and another friend, talented young local angler, Truls Bergmo has pulled out fish of 52 and 44 pounds in the last few seasons. The big fish don’t just surrender themselves to the locals: my great pal, Jens Olav Flekke caught a 51lb fish a few years ago, and another great mate, legendary spey-caster Scottie McKenzie has caught some belters from the Reisa, including his personal best fish - a fabulous 38 pound salmon caught in June, 2015. In 2017, another great friend, Ken Dunston, put a chrome-silver 45 pound fish on the bank, and it was a vintage season, with no fewer than 7 fish of over 40 pounds, and forty of over 30 pounds in weight reported. Despite these eye-popping catches, be warned: at the risk of repetition, the fishing is not easy. If you want numbers, look elsewhere. The river is crystal clear and the fish are as neurotic as any trout. It takes real cunning to get near them in all but the highest water, but if you can cast quietly and delicately, with a long leader that falls gently on to the glassy waters, you may just have a chance of fooling one of these magnificent fish.

I like to fish as stealthily as I can. In all but the highest water, I use a floating line with long, tapered leaders, and small, drab flies in quiet colours like black, blue and green, with little or no flash. I love to hitch a simple Sunray Shadow across the surface, but if that’s not working, then the classic Frances pattern – a fly that is a killer in other countries but seldom used in Norway – is a killer. Make sure you have all sizes in black, red and my favourite – Fire Orange. A small,1/4” tungsten tube can get the fly down without the need for clumsy, heavy tips, and combined with a 15 foot leader, is a great way to fish subsurface with the minimum of disturbance. This tactic can be especially successful in brighter weather, when the fish are less inclined to come up for a fly. In high water, a heavy tip and a big flashy fly like a Green Highlander Templedog is the way to go, but a bigger Frances, German Snaelda or Sunray shadow can also work well. The fish often respond to a big flush of rain in the high Lyngen Alps upstream, and the first hour of the rise is a very productive time. The Reisa is as beautiful as anywhere I have ever thrown a line, and on sunny afternoons, it pays to stop fishing and simply enjoy the stunningly beautiful scenery with just a few good friends and perhaps a bottle of speyside malt for company. The valley is an enchanted place, with countless sparkling waterfalls cascading all around, and the fragrant scent of the pine trees emanating from the dense alpine forests that carpet the valley floor. Buzzards and golden eagles soar over the old granite crags that stand sentinel over the clean, clear waters of the river, and occasionally, a moose will lumber into view. Now is a time to just appreciate this exquisite wonderland, resting the pool and taking the time to enjoy a plate of sizzling sausages, fried by the river, along with a cold beer, a glass of good red wine, or perhaps another dram or two.

Approach the river with caution. Bide your time, and wait until the light is off the water, unless the river is high or discoloured by rain. Fish through the pool once, and then rest the water before going through again with a smaller fly.

In high water, a heavy tip and a big flashy fly is the way to go

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The Sami people have frequented the Reisa since the 1500s leaving behind lots of art and artefacts.

Don’t be under any illusions - the Reisa is a hard taskmaster. I have had tough weeks here, but I’ve never gone home empty

Once the sun is off the water, wade back in – now is the time when the big fish of the Reisa come out to play. Fish as quietly as you can, and avoid splashy casts, heavy Skagit heads and clunky tungsten sink-tips, unless high, cold water absolutely necessitates it. Go through the pool quickly – in this gin-clear water, the fish will see your fly a mile away. Fish hard and THINK about fishing the pool differently every run through. Trust me, a hitched fly or a stripped sunray will often bring one of these big fish up to the surface, and it is just about as exciting as salmon-fishing gets. The Reisa’s fishing hours seem to change from year to year, but they are currently fixed from 10am to 2am – plenty of time to choose your moments, without the pressure of having to get out of bed too early in the morning, after a late night by the river. Come to Reisa knowing that you may hook the fish of a lifetime, and make sure you use stout and reliable tackle. Employ a scrupulously maintained 30lb leader, ultra-strong hooks and a heavy-duty reel loaded with 400 yards of backing. Be ready to jump into the boat in a hurry if circumstances dictate that you have to chase a fish downstream. Don’t be under any illusions – the Reisa is a hard taskmaster. I have had tough weeks here, but I’ve never gone home empty handed, and I’ve sometimes managed to average a fish a day. When the fish are of the size and quality that the Reisa can offer, it makes the tough times very much worthwhile. There is surely no more beautiful place to be, in between those very special moments of mayhem.

Catching big fish in gin-clear pools is not always an easy task, but the rewards are great.

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WANT TO GO? If you are keen to try your luck on the Reisa, then I would recommend that you fish out of my friend Roar Olsen’s excellent and intimate Reisastua Lodge, which stands high above a lovely pool on the middle river. Roar’s lodge is everything that an avid salmon angler could want – as well as delicious food served in suitably hefty quantities for guests who have spent a long day wading in the icy waters of the river, there are comfortable beds and a warm, convivial atmosphere. Roar is a keen angler and knows the river intimately. His guides are all excellent boatmen, and they navigate their long canoes through the rapids and riffles with consummate skill. Contact Roar at http://www.reisastua.no/ Matt Harris visits Reisastua every year & will be hosting weeks at Reisastua Lodge in 2018. If you are interested in joining him, contact mattharris@mattharris.com

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Adjustable elastic 1.5in suspender with opposing YKK® buckles for waist‐high conversion

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Removable Flip‐out Tippet Tender™ pocket with dual‐entry zippers

Zippered chest pocket

Super‐fly Patch® & integrated utility tabs

Zippered reach‐through micro‐fleece lined hand‐ warmer chest pocket

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Built‐in low‐profile belt loops with 2in stretch wading belt included

Patented front and back leg seams provide articulated fit, maximum comfort & mobility RTM ader) TE N DE TI PPET in G3 Guide W ed d lu nc (I

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Abrasion‐resistant built‐in Gravel Guards with boot hooks

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Adjustable elastic 1.5in suspender with opposing YKK® buckles for waist‐high conversion

Removable Flip‐out Tippet Tender™ pocket with retractor docking station

NEW

Zippered, reach‐through micro‐ fleece lined hand‐warmer chest pocket

Integrated utility tabs

Built‐in low‐profile belt loops with 1.5in stretch wading belt included

Women’s specific cut features scalloped top opening; fits higher at the chest & lower at the back

WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

Patented front & back leg seams

Abrasion‐resistant built‐in Gravel Guards with boot hooks

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Adjustable 1.5” elastic suspenders with opposing buckles for waist high conversion Flip out Tippet Tender™ with secure zippered internal storage pocket

Pass through, lined hand warmer with chest storage pocket

Built in belt loop at center back with multiple height options for a concise fit WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

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Patented front and back leg seam construction offers improved articulation and reduces abrasion in critical wear zones

Abrasion-resistant, built-in Gravel Guards

FABRIC TECH: 3-LAYER GORE-TEX® PRO WADER LAMINATE WITH REINFORCED LOWER LEGS

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WADERS Embrace the deep wade. Corner comfort. And access the untrammeled—unscathed—in Simms’ Freestone® waders, powered by a Toray® QuadraLam™ perimeter that breathes easy, repels water, and bushwhacks with aplomb. Angler-driven architecture includes articulated engineering, with center leg-seam construction that prioritizes fit. Toast icy digits inside the fleece-lined reach-through handwarmer pocket. Conveniently convert from chest- to waist-high level thanks to reversible suspender buckles. Tap an internal zipper interface that synchs with the Tippet Tender™ Pocket or Waterproof Wader Pouch. And treat your feet right, with hourglass patterning for glovelike boot-to-stockingfoot fit.

F R E E STO N E ® Adjustable elastic suspenders with opposing buckles

Internal zipper interface for attaching the Tippet Tender™ Pocket or Waterproof Wader Pouch

Reach-through hand warmer pocket is fleece lined for comfort, and offers secure storage for gear

Built-in belt loop at center back; nylon wading belt included

WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

Integrated waistband adjustment offers comfort and security on the river

Articlulated patterning combined with center leg seam construction offer the ultimate in fit and comfort RTM TE N DE TI PPET peratly) se d ol (S

Abrasion-resistant built-in Gravel Guards

Hourglass stockingfoot patterning eliminates excess material and offers a low profile fit in a wading boot FABRIC TECH:

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE Simms’ develops all its women’s waders with beta from the world’s best female guides. Enter the new Freestone® Stockingfoots, where articulated patterning in cahoots with center leg seams prioritize fit for appreciated fishing comfort. The Toray® QuadraLam™ perimeter breathes easy, repels water, and bushwhacks with conviction, while waders conveniently convert from chest- to waist-high level thanks to reversible suspender buckles. Fleece-lined reach-through pockets keep hands nimble through nuclear weather and amplify storage options.

® F R E E STO N E W O M E N’ S Reversible suspender buckles offer an easy conversion to a waist high wader

Internal zipper interface for attaching the Tippet Tender™ Pocket or Waterproof Wader Pouch

Reach-through handwarmer pocket is fleece lined for comfort, and offers secure storage for gear

WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

Simms’ proven Women’s wader fit developed with feedback from the best female guides in the world RTM TE N DE TI PPET peratly) se d ol (S

Articlulated patterning combined with center leg seam construction offer the ultimate in fit and comfort

FABRIC TECH: 4-LAYER TORAY® QUADRALAM™ TECHNOLOGY. WATERPROOF / BREATHABLE.

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Anticipation and Lack of Patience Knut Johan Ruud 10.000 years ago, the first Scandinavians settled somewhere on the brink of the retreating ice-age glacier barrier. Nowadays, we indulge ourselves and argue that this is because the Scandis were a macho, rugged and outdoor-oriented bunch, but the truth is probably that they were village idiots forcefully driven away into the cold from France and Spain. The best proof of that is that we uncritically kept following the retreating ice until we almost fell into the ocean at Nordkapp.

I must have some of those original village-idiot genes in me, because I can’t help migrating north every “summer” making the same mistake every year: Going too far too early. Following the retreating snow from Drammen to Alta, always a few hundred meters too high in elevation and a few hours’ drive too far north to intercept the best hatches. Fishing in cold water and hitting only half decent baetis hatches the whole season. Never staying long enough to fish the big may flies or the caddis hatches.

This same restlessness and feverish anticipation of great fishing also drives me north (or rather upstream) when on the river. I can’t fight the whispering voice in my head telling me that it must be even better a few miles upstream. There’s just got to be more hatches around the next bend, probably also a bigger trout on the edge of the back-eddy upstream along the opposite bank. I listen, every time, venturing further upstream and often performing very stupid river crossings. The type of crossings that you don’t want your kids to make.

Being a trout fisherman, I gravitate towards the transitions both on the water and when it comes to the seasons. Trout linger in the transitions where deep water becomes shallow or light gets dark. Correspondingly, I linger in the transitional sphere where spring meets “summer”.

Even the most expensive Simms waders in my collection have a big hole in them - and when I venture in too deep, the water gushes in through that big hole (the one through which I insert my body), and it’s a clear signal that things are about to get pearshaped and very dangerous.

That is how I rationalise things to myself, but the truth is that I go north too early each season because I start fishing for sea trout in the fjords way too early and tire of it before it gets really good. As a result, I head out to the forest lakes way too early to get away from the salt. I fish the lakes for weeks before it gets any good, get fed up with it and hit the rivers – usually 45 minutes or so before the big run off starts.

The famous last words for people like me is something along the lines of; “I think I can cross here!”

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I realise that writing this will put me in danger of being diagnosed with a serious mental health issue, but I accept that, just like I accept the voice that I have named “the trout whisperer”. I only have to learn when to ignore it and to not obey it when it tells me to leave on the same date in 2018. The trout whisperer is gently telling me: “OK, I admit June 2017 was a disaster, but summer can’t be that cold and late two years in a row. Don’t delay departure next season, if you do my whisper will turn in to a roar of biblical dimension”.


Fishing with your family - and especially with small kids adds significantly to the joy and wonder of fly fishing.

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The fact is that anticipation is a big part of the joy of fly fishing

However, I have a cunning plan for 2018. I am going to prove that I have learned from the cold summer of 2017 and that I can listen to “the trout whisperer” at the same time. My loving wife has agreed to let me join her and my daughter on their trip to New Zealand in January and February. Being Norwegian, we – of course - plan on driving to the southern end of the southern island, cross a large lake and hike up a high mountain so that we end up in the snow again. In anticipation of this trip we have tied stupendous amounts of flies, spent countless days dreaming and planning. The fact is that anticipation is a big part of the joy of fly fishing for me. I approach the preparations and planning with the same determination as the actual fishing. And “the trout whisperer” keeps me company, quietly whispering that I need more files, I need a new 5-weight, I need more olive dubbing and I need to book tickets for my wife and daughter to the arctic in June, so that nothing comes in the way of us going too early next summer. (For instance, you can’t attend weddings and such if you already have tickets booked). If you’re reading this, I guess that you’re also heavily anticipating the next season and trying to beat the fishing fever by checking up on new gear. Like me, you probably think that a new 5-weight will finally get you that elusive 4-kilo brown trout or that a shiny new reel will help you land a monster of a salmon.

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A life with Fly-Fishing-Acquisition-Disorder (FAD) is difficult and hard. This magazine probably doesn’t help either! The only thing that helps is to make sure you don’t spend so much that you can’t afford to go out and use the gear. Get out there, go far, go early and stay late. And if you discover the dreaded, dotted footprint of a pair of Simms shoes on the river bank that you’ve just arrived at; you now know what has driven the maniac that was on the same river weeks earlier. Kids are smart, and given half a chance, they’ll get involved and take reponsibility.


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Whether immersed in a snotslick north Umpqua or sending derailed scrambles into the black canyon abyss, good footing is essential to your fishing missions. Simms’ intrepid footwear lineup rounds the bend, aleuts the flat, combs the beach, and excels in taxing ocean environments thanks to technical aspects that simply enhance the essential act of mobility. These superior kicks feature CleanstreamTM designs to minimize the spread of invasive ”Hitch-Hickers”, unsurpassed Midsole technology for ultra-plush cushioning, and StreamtreadTM soles for unparalleled grip in and out of the water. Step into Simms today and walk away with State-Of-The-Art Performance for your feet.

Inspired by free climbing rubber, Vibram Idrogrip is ideal on wet surfaces and improves grip on slippery terrain. The Boa® Lacing System provides custom-comfort with smooth, even closure and no pressure points. Featuring a wire lace made of 49 strands of aircraft-grade stainless wire cable and bombproof nylon reel guides that are designed to take all of the abuse that you can throw at them. While not specific to a product feature, this designation indicates that the product includes features and/or materials that are more resistant to “hitch-hiking” organisms – have less exposed stitching, fewer ridges & pockets and utilize non-absorbent materials – all making the boots easier to inspect, clean and dry faster. Vibram® invests heavily in research and development of products never overlooking even the most minute detail. Vibram Megagrip offers the ideal combination of grip and durability for maximum surface adaptability.

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WADING BOOTS G3 GUIDETM FELT and VIBRAM® SOLE: A guide-quality felt-soled wading boot that provides the support, traction and durability you need to negotiate varied river beds and the trails that get you there day in and day out. Time spent on the river is knowledge. And the more time you spend on the river, the more your gear needs to perform at a high level. Our G3 Guide™ Wading Boot is designed with working guides in mind. This means the support, traction and durability that 200-plus days on the river demand.

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® G 3FEG U I D E LT AN D VI B R AM NEW

Collar height integrates with gravel guards on all Simms Stockingfoor waders

Waterproof nubuck leather & Lace‐to‐toe upper

Molded external TPU heel counter & heel clip

12mm heavy duty felt sole

NEW ESS plates for improved cleat retention & proprioception

High abrasion textile with full scratch rubber rand

Large scratch rubber rand for enhanced durability

Dual‐density midsole for shock absorption HARDBITE™ STAR CLEAT

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE HEADWATERS BOATM FELT and VIBRAM® SOLE: A sturdy boot designed to support your feet through rough, rocky terrain and difficult wading. Pristine water and solitude go hand in hand. We all know that a little effort goes a long way to getting off the beaten track. We designed our men’s Headwaters® Boa Boot for serious wading that lies beyond easily accessible roadside attractions. A Vibram® Idrogrip outsole lets you move with confidence across rocks and rough terrain in and out of the water, while a cushioned midsole supports your feet for full-day adventures.

® H E A D WATE R S B OA FE LT AN D VI B R AM NEW

HARDBITE™ STUD – FELT

12mm felt sole

Partial neoprene lining for cushioning & easy on/off

Full scratch rubber rand for increased durability

NEW Boa® Lacing System

Waterproof Nubuck leather

ESS plates for improved cleat/stud retention & proprioception

Dual‐density EVA midsole for shock absorption HARDBITE™ STAR CLEAT

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WADING BOOTS The Headwaters™ platform is engineered for the dedicated angler looking for a reliable wading boot

construction that

will hold up in the most demanding conditions. The Headwaters™ platform features Simms proven components that enhance proprioception for maximum underfoot stability, control and slip-resistance.

H E AD WAT E R S TM 1 SIMMS’ HEADWATERS™ BOOT has a lightweight, durable platform that maximizes underfoot stability,

control, and slip-resistance. The scratch rubber and high-denier nylon upper ensure long life, and a partial neoprene lining adds cushioning and easy on/off performance. Additional features include a dual-density EVA midsole for absorbing shock, ESS plates for improved cleat/stud retention, and proven Vibram® Idrogrip rubber outsoles for powerful grip.

2 HEADWATERS™ BOOT FELT is an all-day ally powered by a lightweight, durable platform that

maximizes balance and control. The scratch rubber and high-denier nylon upper ensure long life. A partial neoprene lining adds appreciated cushioning and easy on/off performance. Dual-density EVA midsoles absorb shock and bolster comfort. And die-cut, full coverage retention plates enhance rigidity.

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BENEFITS: > OFFERS A STURDY, WADING-READY DECK > HEEL-HOLD AND LATERAL STABILITYFOR ALL-DAY WADING SECURITY > CUSHIONING FOR ALL-DAY WADING COMFORT > MAXIMUM RIGIDITY AND CLEAT RETENTION FOR HEAVY-DUTY WADING > SLIP-RESISTANCE IN WATER AND TOE PROTECTION

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE The lure of high mountain streams is the solitude of the path less traveled. Our VaporTread® Boot answers the call of remote water with a lightweight, hiking-friendly build, so you can follow the trail further or hike to the next access point with comfort. The minimalist design walks like a hiking boot and wades like a fishing boot. Our VaporTread® Vibram® outsole sticks to wet, mossy rocks, and the partial neoprene lining insulates your foot in the water. A synthetic upper take the wear and tear of daily use in stride and the sole is reinforced for reliable cleat. retention.

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VAPOR BOOT: Lightweight, fast & minimal wading boot with a synthetic leather, textile & scratch rubber upper // Anatomical top line at collar for all-day hiking // Partially-lined with neoprene for wading warmth, cushioning & easy-on/easy-off // Lightweight: VaporTread™ platform for an engineered balance of fast hiking & wading performance. MATERIAL TECH: Synthetic leather, textile & scratch rubber upper; VaporTread™ platform/4.0mm Vibram® Megagrip rubber outsole.

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WOMENS VAPOR BOOT - FELT & VIBRAM: Lightweight, fast, & minimal wading boot with a synthetic leather, textile & scratch rubber upper // VaporTread™ platform for an engineered balance of fast hiking and wading performance // Partially-lined with neoprene for wading warmth, cushioning & easy-on/easy-off // Women’s-specific last for precision fit, comfort, and all-day adventure angling. MATERIAL TECH: Synthetic leather, textile and scratch rubber upper; VaporTread™ platform/4.0mm Vibram® Megagrip® or 12mm felt.

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WADING BOOTS FREESTONETM FELT and CLEAT SOLE: A proven wading boot for the support and traction that navigating rocky river

beds demands. Navigating strong currents and slippery rock river beds is part of the experience. Our Freestone Wading Boot has a proven record of durability and traction in rocky rivers around the world. It provides the support underfoot and at the ankle for negotiating slick, unseen river bottoms. The synthetic uppers take the abuse of brush, rock and water in stride, while a cushioned midsole and partial neoprene lining provide all-day cushioning and warmth.

® F R EFE ELT STO N E AN D C L E AT NEW HARDBITE™ STAR CLEAT

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Inside padding for perfect fit and comfort

Coated aluminium lace guides

Dual‐density EVA midsole for shock absorption

NEW

12mm felt sole

Partial neoprene lining

Waterproof synthetic leather & scratch rubber upper

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE INTRUDERTM BOOT - SALT: Try wading all day in sandals or sneakers and you’ll understand why we designed the Simms Intruder® Boot for saltwater wading. Whether you’re in surf or exploring saltwater flats, these wet wading boots support your feet and let you move without worrying about what’s under foot. You can wear them barefoot in warm water or with our Neoprene Wading or Guard socks when you need more warmth. A built-in neoprene sock hugs your foot for a snug fit, and a Vibram® outsole grips everything from wet rock to slippery wood. There’s a fold-down gravel guard to keep out sand and debris

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Vibram® Megagrip rubber outsole for durability and excellent grip on wet and dry terrain

Integrated neoprene sock and fold-down gravel guard

Welded TPU pads in high abrasion areas

Full neoprene lining for cushioning and easy on and off

Non-corrosive lacing hardware

Dual-density EVA midsole for shock absorption

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WADING ACCESSORIES 1

RIGHT ANGLETM PLUS FOOTBED: After a rewarding day on the water, our feet need some TLC. Our Right Angle® Plus Footbed is designed to promote good foot alignment and posture by giving your feet the support they need where they need it. Slip this footbed into your favorite aprés fishing shoe to treat your feet right.

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RIGHT ANGLETM WADING INSERT: Between the current and an unseen river bottom, staying balanced and relaxed while wading has its challenges. Good posture and reliable traction are our best tools to stay relaxed and upright. That’s why our Right Angle® Wading inserts are designed to promote good foot alignment and posture by giving your feet the support they need. The heel-only design takes up less room in your boot than a full footbed. Slip a pair into your wading boots and tune in to the river.

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REPLACEMENT LACES: Let’s face it, laces don’t last forever. So here are some high-quality denier nylon replacement laces to keep your boots alive and tight-fitting.

NEW

NEW

1 RIGHT ANGLE™ PLUS FOOTBED

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BOA FIELD REPAIR KIT

BENEFITS: 1 RIGHT ANGLE™ PLUS FOOTBED

> FULL LENGTH PU MOLD

ANGLE™ 2 RIGHT WADING INSERT

> DESIGNED TO FIT PRE-DEFINED CLEAT LOCATIONS ON VIBRAMTM RUBBER OUTSOLES FEATURED ON

> SHOCK ABSORBING PADS & TPU HEEL CLIP

SIMMS RIVERTREADTM, STREAMTREADTM AND VAPORTREADTM PLATFORMS > CARBIDE CHIPS WELDED TO EACH ARM OF THE CLEAT FOR ADDED TRACTION AND DURABILITY

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> HIGH QUALITY DENIER NYLON FOR DURABILITY > 188CM LONG > G4/M2/M3 BOA REEL KITS FOR SIMMS BOOTS > KIT INCLUDES REPLACEMENT KNOW 6 WIRE LACE FOR EACH SYSTEM

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BENEFITS: 1 ALUMIBITE™ STAR CLEAT

> CORROSION-FREE ALUMINIUM IS SOFTER THAN CARBIDE AND CONFORMS TO THE MICRO SURFACES OF

ROCKS PRODUCING EXCELLENT GRIP > DESIGNED TO FIT PRE-DEFINED CLEAT LOCATIONS ON VIBRAMTM RUBBER OUTSOLES FEATURED ON SIMMS RIVERTREADTM, STREAMTREADTM AND VAPORTREADTM PLATFORMS > MACHINED AND MANUFACTURED IN BOZEMAN, MONTANA

2 HARDBITE™ STAR CLEAT

> DESIGNED TO FIT PRE-DEFINED CLEAT LOCATIONS ON VIBRAMTM RUBBER OUTSOLES FEATURED ON

3 HARDBITE™

> 1/4” HEX HEAD SCREW AND HEX NUT DRIVER

STUD – VIBRAM HARDBITE™ 4 STUD – FELT

SIMMS RIVERTREADTM, STREAMTREADTM AND VAPORTREADTM PLATFORMS > CARBIDE CHIPS WELDED TO EACH ARM OF THE CLEAT FOR ADDED TRACTION AND DURABILITY

> WELDED CARBIDE GRIPPER PELLETS ENHANCE TRACTION AND DURABILITY

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Because fishing is a four-season pursuit full of mixed variables, Simms pours thousands of hours into outerwear R & D for a stacked lineup of rugged all-weather performers. From hood to cuff, each Simms jacket is designed to allow for comfort in all conditions, in any fishing environment. Simms Outerwear – where cutting-edge comfort comes standard. The ultimate in warmth-to-weight available in a synthetic is coupled with incredible packability and softness that mimics goose down, all with excellent water-repellency for wet-weather protection.

All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. These are long-lived no-nonsense zippers that just keep performing.

Toray s a heavy-duty engineered fabric with a microporous waterproof coating that utilizes 2-layer coated fabric, a single membrane layer and a tricot backer to offer improved durability.

Polartec® Thermal Pro® fabric provides superior benefits over traditional fleece - Warmth without weight, highly breathable, fast drying, durable, easy care.

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OUTERWEAR THE ULTIMATE WADING JACKET Dress for absolute angling success in Simms’ versatile, stormproof G4 Pro™ Jacket. Featuring updated GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric, G4 pro™ are 15% lighter than previous incarnations, while boasting an increase in bomber abrasion resistance and tear strength from top to bottom. Slip your hands into the drink, caress the tail of a two-footer, and keep inner sleeves dry thanks to the highly water-resistant Dry Cuff system. And source savvy architectural accents via nine storage pockets, including fly-box friendly bellowed and zippered chest options, two tippet pockets, a convenient sleeve stash, internal woven stretch storage, and one heaping back compartment—big enough to swallow your lunch, and then some. Welcome to the unmatched G4 Pro™.

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TM Fully adjustible storm hood the hood around the face, including a full lockdown to minimize water entrance Microfleece-lined collar provides added protection from the elements Tuck-away fly patch Folds out to hold flies or our Fractal foam fly patch Internal zippered pocket

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9 total storage pockets Two patented built-in retractors 2 bellowed chest pockets 2 zippered chest pockets Highly water-resistant Dry Cuff™ design keeps water out when tailing fish or casting in the rain Large back storage pocket

Colours: Black, Wetstone

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE When rainfall powerwashes the Pacific Northwest, find returns of ocean-bright steelhead or salmon and seek fortress-like shelter in Simms’ Slick Jacket. Propelled by GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric, with stretch, the Slick flows with your body for superior mobility, while the ultraclean outside-in design delivers snag-free performance from hood to bottom hem. Features include ample storage via large integrated chest pockets for fly boxes and tip-wallets, coupled with internal organization for river mainstays such as sunglasses, tippets, and leaders. Watertight, adjustable cuffs and a dual draw-cord waist keep the dank out, while plush hand warmer pockets with interior pass-thru zips allow you to access waders lying within, without breeching your external bulwark. TM

Fully adjustible storm hood the hood around the face, including a full lockdown to minimize water entrance

Microfleece-lined collar provides added protection from the elements

2 large hand warmer pockets with YKK® VT9 AquaGuard® VISLON® ultra water-resistant zips and interior pass-thru zips for access to inside of jacket

1 interior chest pocket with magnetic closure

2 large chest pockets capable of storing a “6-pack” of fly boxes with internal organization

Watertight adjustable Shingle cuff

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OUTERWEAR The Simms Men’s G3 Guide Tactical GORE-TEX Fishing Rain Jacket is an upgrade from the best selling Simms jacket of all time. It’s a men’s rain jacket with a smooth, cleanfront that is constructed with the technologically advanced and very innovative 3-layer Gore-Tex Shell fabric and a 100 percent nylon face. This G3 Guide Tactical jacket is designed specifically to handle very tough weather conditions and to keep you dry while you are fishing, hiking, or enjoying the outdoors during extreme weather conditions or just cool weather.

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Tuck-away, 4-point adjustable Storm Hood

YKK water-resistant zippers

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1 fly patch for storing wet flies

9 pockets: 4 zippered chest pockets, 1 internal zippered pocket, 2 zippered hand pockets, 1 zippered sleeve pocket, 1internal stretch mesh pocket

2 integrated retractors

Bottom hem closure

Watertight Shingle Cuff™ keeps water out of sleeves

1 net D-ring for landing net

Colours: Carbon FABRIC TECH:

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THE G3 GUIDE™ JACKET

GORE-TEX® FISHING FORTRESS, WITH GUIDE-APPROVED ARCHITECTURE INSIDE AND OUT G3 Guide™ Jacket is 25 percent lighter, while ratcheting performance thanks to rugged, rip-stopping 3-layer GORE-TEX® Shell fabric. Guide-tested including 2 large top-loaded fly boxes pockets and zippered chest, internal stash, and micro fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets. The stowable 3-point Storm Hood adjusts to fight the fiercest downpour. And proven Dry Cuffs keep water out of the sleeves when tailing, and releasing, fish.

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Tuck-away, 3-point adjustable Storm Hood Tuck-away fly patch Folds out to hold flies or our Fractal foam fly patch

7 storage pockets: 2 top-load chest pockets, 2 zippered chest pockets, 1 internal stash pocket

Micro-fleece lined hand-warmer pockets

Water-resistant Dry Cuffs keeps water out of sleeves

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OUTERWEAR Charge hard into the elements with Simms’ Guide Jacket, powered by contoured design lines, savvy sleeve articulation, and the highly breathable benefits of 3-layer GORE-TEX® Shell fabric. Angler-driven accents start with Shingle Cuffs that prevent up-sleeve water migration, a lined, wind-cutting collar, and fulltime shelter under an adjustable stormproof hood. Additional features follow suit, such as fly-box friendly zippered chest pockets, an internal stretchwoven pocket, and a large vertical-zip back pocket—big enough to swallow everything from copious fishing gear to essential gummy bear rations. While a YKK® VT9 AquaGuard® VISLON® main zipper seals in the warmth and style integral to this go-to piece built to fish through it all.

W O M E N’ S Microfleece-lined collar provides added protection from the elements

YKK® VT9 AquaGuard® VISLON® main zipper and matching tippet pocket zippers

Tuck-away fly patch Folds out to hold flies or our Fractal foam fly patch

4 storage pockets: 2 zippered chest pockets, 1 internal stretchwoven pocket and 1 large back storage pocket

Contoured design lines and sleeve articulation provide a women’s fit that works in harmony with the highly breathable 3-layer GORE-TEX® shell fabric

Water tight Shingle Cuff design keeps eliminates line catching

Colours: Nightfall, Storm Cloud FABRIC TECH:

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE STAY-DRY GORE-TEX® Shell, WITH GUIDE-DRIVEN EXECUTIONS FROM HEM TO HOOD The redesigned Guide™ Jacket is built-to-fish with Gore-Tex® Shell fabric that’s waterproof, breathable, lightweight, and tenacious against tears. Guide-tested features include two top-loading, fly-box compatible storage pockets with integrated retractors and Shingle Cuff™ engineering for unimpeded casting. A Tuck-Away fly patch folds out to hold sidelined bugs.

Dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem

Tuck-away fly patch Folds out to hold flies or our Fractal foam fly patch

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Micro-fleece lined hand-warmer pockets

Shingle Cuff™ is watertight & eliminates line catch points

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GORE-TEX® FORTRESS STOKED BY PRIMALOFT® SILVER INSULATION Simms’ Bulkley Jacket delivers fortress-like protection from washing-machine weather. Its waterproof breathable GORE-TEX® shell envelopes heat-generating Primaloft® Silver insulation. Storage pockets house multiple large fly boxes while the water-resistant zippers keep contents secure and dry. Shingle Cuff™ construction in the sleeves eliminates line-catching points for snag-free casts.

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Tuck-away fly patch Folds out to hold flies or our Fractal foam fly patch 2 large YKK® AquaGuard® VISLON® zippered fly box pockets

2 upper hand-warmer pockets

Shingle Cuff™ is watertight & eliminates line catch points

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE Keep out the cold or driving rain when you escape to the river in unpredictable weather. Simms’ Freestone Jacket locks the elements out with breathable three-layer Toray® fabric, so you stay comfortable while patiently waiting to hook a monster. Fully taped waterproof seams and a stow-away hood offer reinforcement against the storm, and an anti-catch internal cuff keeps you from snagging as you navigate the low-hanging trees. Two storage pockets provide plenty of safe keeping for your essential gear.

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100% seam taped waterproof/breathable protection

2 top-load storage pockets with Simms’ integrated retractors

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YKK® water‐resistant center‐front zipper

Anti‐line catch molded cuff tab

1 fly patch & 1 net D‐ring

Colours: Coal, Hickory FABRIC TECH:

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OUTERWEAR GALE FORCE DEFENSE SYSTEM, POWERED BY GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL FABRIC Simms’ redesigned ProDry™ Jacket & Bib is 25 percent lighter for enhanced stowability. While proven waterproof, durable Pro Shell fabric sets the performance standard for oceanic endeavors to the pro bass tour. Optimized architecture includes high-capacity zippered chest pockets, secured with water repellent YKK® AQUAGUARD® VISLON® zippers. Micro fleece lined-pockets thaw hardworking hands. Dry Cuff™ engineering blocks water at the sleeve. And the Cohaesive™ cord lock system intuitively manages internal adjustments, simplifying the act of cinching comfort in. A lower leg hem-lifter adjusts pant length to prevent cuff/heel drag on boat decks. And full length, 2-way leg zippers ventilate, while delivering appreciated entry/exit convenience.

Tuck-away, 3-point adjustable Storm Hood keeps water out & designed to wear well with a hat

Overzised collar to protect from elements

2 micro-fleece lined hand-warmer pockets

2 chest pockets with YKK® AquaGuard® zippers

Dry Cuff™ design locks water out of the sleeve

3 storage pockets: 2 top-load thigh pockets with plier sleeves, & zippered chest storage pocket

Full-length, 2-way leg zippers offer ease of entry/exit & add additional ventilation

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE BEST IN CLASS WATERPROOF-BREATHABLE PROTECTION Simms’ Challenger Jacket features 2-layer Toray® fabric with fully taped seams for 100-percent waterproof, breathable performance. Revive cold hands in fleece-lined pockets and dodge hard rain by ducking inside a 3-point adjustable storm hood that conveniently stows in the collar. External architecture includes a YKK® VISLON® center front zipper with a storm flap for added protection. Finally, a dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem customizes fit, while dual kill-switch anchor points add on-the-water safety. The Challenger Bib features an adjustable hem and adjustable suspenders ensure great fit and absolute comfort. Revive cold hands in fleece-lined pockets. And, finally, keep loose gear and pliers contained thanks to a single thigh pocket with a

3-point adjustable storm hood with stowage in collar

YKK® Vislon® CF zipper with external storm flap

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Chest pocket with YKK® AquaGuard® zippers

2 micro-fleece lined hand-warmer pockets

Fully taped seams for 100% waterproof performance

Adjustable hem

38mm adjustable suspenders

Single thigh pocket with reinforced plier sheath

Full-length, 2-way leg zippers offer ease of entry/exit & add additional ventilation

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OUTERWEAR The thrill of a morning hatch that sends schools of fish into a feeding frenzy can be ruined by a biting predawn wind. Get a suit that warms you to the core, so you can keep your line in the water. Simms’ Contender Insulated Suit has a two-layer GORE-TEX® shell that covers you with waterproof, breathable protection. PrimaLoft® Gold insulation blankets you in warmth with a lightweight build. Water-tight Shingle Cuffs™ on the sleeves and an interior Lycra® cuff add extra protection from encroaching water and snags. The jacket is finished with a packable storm hood and plush hand warming pockets. Insulated bib pants to combat the bitter cold and encroaching water.

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3‐point adjustable, tuck‐away Storm Hood

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2 zippered chest pockets

100% waterproof/breathable protection

Shingled cuff construction with Lycra® inner cuff

Padded suspenders for all day comfort

1 zippered cargo pocket with Cordura® pocket for plier

Cut out hem with Cordura® overlay

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EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE Forget the weather. Remember the moment. GORETEX® products provide long-lasting, comfortable weather protection you can trust from your head down to your toes. Guaranteed. The right clothing will determine whether someone is out on the water fishing or watching the fishing through the French doors at the fishing lodge. Simms® Clothing features waterproof, windproof and soft shell fleece fabrics from the highest tech companies in the world, including GORE-TEX® fabrics. These fabrics are also lightweight, breathable and durable - perfect for ever-changing fishing conditions. And the fishing-specific designs allow you to fish in comfort and with just the right amount of gear all in the hope you stay out on the water instead of running for the truck.

WHAT IS THE GORE-TEX® FABRIC?

GORE-TEX® products are well known for providing long-lasting, comfortable weather protection you can trust on. But what exactly is the GORE-TEX® fabric? Is it a coating or an impregnation? An outer fabric or an inner textile lining? It’s none of those but all of the following: 1 It´s a membrane 1.

The GORE-TEX® membrane is at the heart of all GORE-TEX® products. Due to its microporous structure it has some amazing characteristics.

The heart of all GORE-TEX® products

The GORE-TEX® membrane is an extremely thin layer of expanded polytetraflouroethylene (ePTFE). It has over 9 billion pores per square inch. It’s these pores that give the GORE-TEX® fabric its characteristics.

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manufacture of a finished product, it first has to be bonded between high-performance lining and outer textiles. This combination of membrane and support material is referred to as the GORE-TEX® laminate.

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3 It’s a product technology GORE-TEX® product technologies offer unique solutions for specific activities and climate conditions to fit your individual needs.

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GORE-TEX® PRO FABRICS Garments made with 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric are durably waterproof, windproof and extremely breathable. They combine comfort with reliable weather protection, even during extended activities in extreme weather.

For durable waterproofness, GORETEX® products rely on GORE-SEAM® TAPE applied by specially trained Simms personnel.

The fabric’s construction keeps your body dry by reducing the accumulation of sweat, so you remain cool during aerobic activities and warm during cool-down. Made to meet the high demands of (ski)mountaineers, freeriders, mountain guides and serious outdoor enthusiasts, garments made with 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric are engineered with added durability to withstand abrasion in rugged environments while protecting against extreme and unpredictable conditions with frequent work-rest cycles. GORE-TEX® SHELL GORE-TEX® Shell is waterproof, lightweight, durable, breathable and designed to provide excellent, long-lasting performance in a wide range of conditions.

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WATERPROOF Wet fabrics rob your body of warmth. GORE-TEX® fabrics are durably waterproof, allowing you to stay dry and enjoy your activity in comfort. What does it mean? We believe waterproof products shouldn’t leak - and, what is more, that this quality is retained over the entire lifetime of the product. The durability of waterproofness is really what sets GORE-TEX® products apart. GORE-TEX® fabrics withstand water-entry pressures encountered during severe weather and in demanding applications. However, a product’s waterproof protection depends on more than just the fabric. That’s why all new GORE-TEX® product prototypes from our manufacturing partners are put though a battery of tests in our labs. Only if they meet our strict weatherproof performance standards are they approved for production in a Gore certified factory. Why is it important? Wet fabrics conduct heat 3 times faster than dry clothes, robbing your body of warmth. By keeping water out, our durably waterproof clothing system prevents this heat loss. As a result, you stay dry and comfortable, even during extended use, and in harsh conditions. WINDPROOF What does it mean? Although textiles like microfibers, closely woven fabrics, and many fleece materials are often considered windproof, even light winds can penetrate most of these fabrics, making you feel chilled and uncomfortable. In technical terms, a fabric can only be considered truly windproof if its air permeability is 1.0 cfm (volume of air that passes through one cubic foot of fabric in one minute) or less. All GORE-TEX® products meet or exceed this standard. Why is it important? As cold wind blows through your clothes, it causes convective heat loss, robbing you of the warmth kept in the thin layer of air between you and your clothing. GORE-TEX® fabrics prevent this windchill from happening by stopping the wind from passing through. The result – you preserve a comfortable microclimate inside your gear. BREATHABLE GORE-TEX® fabrics allow sweat to pass through and help reduce overheating and perspiration buildup. What does it mean? “Breathability” is one of the outdoor industry’s most misunderstood terms. It is not, as many believe, about a fabric’s ability to let air move through it, rather it refers to how well it lets your sweat escape in the form of moisture vapor. Our standards require that during heavy exertion our fabrics must breathe well enough to allow sweat to evaporate easily. Why is it important? When you’re active, your skin removes excess heat via perspiration. To avoid uncomfortable sweat buildup, the GORE-TEX® membrane allows the evaporating moisture to escape through the fabric. This breathability leads to more comfortable and drier skin, even during high exertion.

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Users of GORE-TEX® know the importance of keeping for their garments. They also know that it is worth it in terms of what you get back. Clothes that resists cold and wet, regardless of what environments or contexts of use. By contributing to their Clothing’s long life, it also means something for the environment - ultimately it is thus a bet for all. To take care of your GORE-TEX® products has several advantages. If GORE-TEX® will keep its promise to always keep their customers dry it is required that those who have the clothes take care of them the best way. The result is a garment you can rely on long time plus a product with a long life is a win for the environment. In addition, the products are stylish and fresh. To wash your outerwear is the easiest and most important way for longer durability. Be sure to close all zippers before machine washing begins. Follow garment care label instructions, but generally GORE-TEX®’s outerwear feel best when washed at 40 C degrees with liquid detergent, FFE recommends ReviveX® fabric cleaner and not with heavily soiled laundry. DO NOT USE SOFTENER!

ReviveX® fabric cleaner

When it’s time for drying is recommended hang-drying or tumble dry on low heat. Just tumble drying product is important to you then re-enables the garment water repellent treatment, and if there is not the possibility you can also iron the outer garment. Place a towel or cloth between the iron and the garment and be careful. If you get it right, the water repellent treatment is reactivated. REMEMBER TO USE HEAT AND NO STEAM! NOTE! Do not tumble dry Waders. The Glue that attach the Neoprene foot don´t stand the heat. Use a hair dryer or Iron on GORE-TEX® garment. Is the garment so used to reading can not be reactivated, it is advisable to apply a new one. Use ReviveX® Durable Waterproofing to create or restore water, oil and stain repellency on all your favorite outerwear. Just spray this water-based formula on wet or dry garments, dry, and enjoy waterproof pants, jackets and rain gear again.

ReviveX® Durable Waterproofing

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EXPERIENCE EXTREME COLD

WITHOUT EXPERIENCING IT! It’s powerful, primal and fundamental. It allows us to get the most out of every experience. For this reason we will never stop eliminating what stands in the way of feeling good. Backed by the latest innovation and grounded in science, our technology gives you the comfort to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Comfort and innovation are as intertwined as the fibers in our insulation. Together, they make it possible to fully “Feel the Performance™” in any climate, in any condition. Originally developed to serve the needs of the U.S. Army, who desired a water resistant, synthetic alternative to goose down, PrimaLoft, Inc. is recognized as the leader and pioneer of innovative comfort solutions. DOWNSTREAM® INSULATION Simms DOWNStream® insulation is the most advanced insulation on the market, designed to keep you warm in wet river environments. The DOWNStream® Jacket and Sweater feature a combination of Primaloft® Gold Down Blend and Primaloft® Gold synthetic insulations to optimize warmth and wet weather performance by strategically placing the two insulation technologies in critical zones of the jackets.

is designed to provide significant weather protection for insulated garments in extreme conditions. It incorporates an ultra-thin air permeable coating that is highly breathable, water and wind resistant. This layer protects the insulation from the elements, maintaining loft and retaining warmth. 58

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE 3‐point adjustable Storm Hood

High loft insulation in lower sleeves, shoulders & hood

YKK® water‐resistant zippers

DWR‐treated down blended with Primaloft® Gold synthetic insulation

Waterproof/windproof performance

Colour: Black WOMEN’S DOWNSTREAMTM SWEATER A storm-worthy jacket that stays warm even when it’s wet. Designed for wicked weather, Simms’ DOWNStream® Jacket for women combines DWR-treated down with PrimaLoft® Gold synthetic insulation for water-resistant warmth. The ripstop shell is coated with Pertex® Endurance to buck rain and beat wind. Duck inside the three-point adjustable storm hood during squalls for serious weather protection. FABRIC TECH: PERTEX® ENDURANCE 30D –100% NYLON WITH WATERPROOF/WINDPROOF COATING, 20D RIPSTOP LINING – 100% POLYESTER; BODY: PRIMALOFT® GOLD DOWN BLEND – DWR TREATED - 750 FILL POWER EQUIVALENT; CUFFS/HOOD: PRIMALOFT® GOLD – 133 G/M2

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The DOWNStream® Sweater blends 750-fill equivalent, water-repellent treated down with PrimaLoft® Gold insulation for a cold-weather counterpunch. Down insulation placed in essential thermal zones holds heat where it counts, while body mapped 100-percent high-loft synthetic insulation strategically located in the lower sleeves boosts comfort/mobility.

Colours: Loden, Black

DOWNSTREAMTM JACKET The DOWNStream® Jacket blends 750-fill equivalent water-repellent down with PrimaLoft® Gold synthetic insulation for the ultimate in wet and cold weather protection. The exclusive cuff design and body mapped thermal zones in the chest and lower sleeves boost comfort/mobility while the Ripstop Pertex® Endurance outer layer sheds rain and beats wind.

FABRIC TECH: PERTEX® ENDURANCE 30D –100% NYLON WITH WATERPROOF/WINDPROOF COATING, 20D RIPSTOP LINING – 100% POLYESTER; BODY: PRIMALOFT® GOLD DOWN BLEND – DWR TREATED - 750 FILL POWER EQUIVALENT; CUFFS/HOOD: PRIMALOFT® GOLD – 133 G/M2

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Colours: Dusk, Boulder, Army Green, Black

Colours: Dusk, Anvil, Loden

KINETIC JACKET

CHALLENGER WINDBLOC HOODY

PrimaLoft® Gold insulation stacks warmth where it’s needed for optimized layering options without the bulk. And a low-profile insulated hood, designed to layer perfectly under Storm Hoods featured on Simms’ shell pieces, adds fortress-like performance to your on-the-water arsenal.

The jacket is built with Polartec® Windbloc® stretch fleece that gives you a triple threat of breathable, durable, and cozy comfort for long days in unseasonable weather. A storm hood and hand warming pockets provide added protection against the predawn cold. The jacket is finished with a DWR water-resistant coating that keeps you dry on rainy days.

FABRIC TECH: DWR TREATED, 100% POLYESTER SHELL WITH PRIMALOFT® GOLD INSULATION. POLARTEC® WIND PRO® HARDFACE STRETCH-FLEECE (UNDERARM/SIDE)

FABRIC TECH: DWR‐TREATED POLARTEC® WINDBLOC® STRETCH FLEECE;93% POLYESTER / 7% SPANDEX® FACE;100% POLYESTER BACKER

Water‐resistant, breathable protection

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YKK® water‐resistant zippers

2 zippered hand‐warmer pockets

slight drop tail hem provides coverage

Colours: Teal, Raven

WOMEN’S CHALLENGER WINDBLOC JACKET Hold your own against the squall in Simms’ Challenger Windbloc® Jacket for women. The versatile jacket is made with storm-defying Polartec® Windbloc® stretch fleece that’s breathable and has a water-resistant finish. Your line won’t catch on the molded cuff tabs. A slight drop tail hem provides coverage, while the adjustable waist dials in comfort and fit.

FABRIC TECH: DWR‐TREATED POLARTEC® WINDBLOC® STRETCH FLEECE;93% POLYESTER / 7% SPANDEX® FACE;100% POLYESTER BACKER

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3-point adjustable Storm Hood

Dry touch printed backer for improved next-to-skin comfort

YKK® VT9 water resistant center front zipper

Waterproof/breathable

Mesh-lined hand-warmer pockets

Colours: Lagoon, Iron, Malbec WOMEN’S HYALITE RAIN SHELL Simms’ fully-sealed Hyalite Rain Shell is a 2.5 layer waterproof/breathable storm savior kitted with a YKK® AQUAGUARD® center front zipper, 3-point adjustable hood, and mesh-lined hand-warmer pockets. A mini rip-stop face fabric and tailored cut bring style to the backcountry and beyond, while dry-touch printed backer internals bolster next-to-skin comfort. FABRIC TECH: 2.5 LAYER SHELL - 100% SEAM SEALED

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Colours: Hickory, Black, Loden

FALL RUN JACKET & VEST

Colours: Spring Green, Black, Boulder

FALL RUN WOMEN’S JACKET

Wherever the season takes you, Simms’ Fall Run Jacket is primed for detonation. Infused with the overachieving warmth-to-weight performance of PrimaLoft® Gold insulation, this street-style meets functional fishing jacket holds ample warmth opportunity, and multitasks as a stalwart standalone or under waders or a shell. Angler-driven architecture includes handwarmer pockets for chilled fingers in need of oven-like reprieve and a zippered chest pocket for added storage options. FABRIC TECH: LIGHTWEIGHT, DWR TREATED, 20D NYLON MICRO-RIPSTOP FACE FABRIC WITH PRIMALOFT® GOLD INSULATION – 60G (BODY), 40G (SLEEVES)

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Fishing is a demanding pursuit. And it knows no limits when it comes to varied climates across a full spectrum of fish-rich environments. Enter the Simms Sportswear lineup, a benchmark-setting series of fishing-specific shirts and pants built to go the distance. Born of rigorous field-testing and design expertise, Simms’ vast staple of products help anglers when they need it most—from fighting UV, breathing with aplomb, helping regulate core temperature for cutting-edge comfort or keeping anglers warm when the weather turns. Built to withstand the demands of marathon fishing sessions and seasons in flux, hard-core and casual anglers will appreciate built-to-last engineering, as well as fishing-specific features and accessories. Simms’ expanded line of SOLARFLEX® offerings continues to deliver ultimate sun protection, bolstered by technically superior designs that fit and perform flawlessly for all on-the-water applica­ tions. Anglers will welcome the high-quality UV protection inherent in these mainstay pieces. SOLARFLEX® products come equipped with Simms COR3™ technology, UPF30 and UPF50 ratings. They also feature comfort-enhanced fabrics and flat-seam construction which means these styles perform under simmering heat - and look and feel great in the process.

Sportswear using the COR3™ Technology fabric finish have a UPF rating of 30 or greater, properties to minimize odor and outstanding wicking performance for important moisture management. The foundation of all Powered by Coolcore® products is chemical-free cooling. Other moisture-management fabrics or cooling technologies rely on chemicals, xylitol, polymers, minerals like jade, finishes, phase change technologies, polymer crystal treatments, or other additives that wash out or degrade over time. Insect Shield® repellent apparel provides long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The active ingredient in Insect Shield® is so tightly bonded to the fabric fibers that it retains effective repellency throughout the lifetime of the product. This is well beyond the lifecycle of most other products on the market which typically last only a number of washes.

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Polartec® Thermal Pro® fabric provides superior benefits over traditional fleece - Warmth without weight, highly breathable, fast drying, durable, easy care.

The unique blend of synthetic and natural fibers in Drirelease® yarn accelerates the water release rate of our fabrics. In fact, DR fabrics push water and perspiration to the outside of a garment. All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. These are long-lived no-nonsense zippers that just keep performing. Polygiene® is a natural and permanent odor-control fabric treatment that stops the growth of odor-causing bacteria, allowing you to wear more, and wash less. Based on natural silver chloride made from 100% recycled silver.


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WOMEN’S SPORTSWEAR

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WOMEN’S BICOMP LS SHIRT

WOMEN’S BIG SKY LS SHIRT

Light Blue, Kelp, White

Dark Moon Plaid, Dark Moon, Teal Plaid

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WOMEN’S ISLE SHIRT

Wintergreen, Sky Blue, Light Coral, White

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WOMEN’S GUIDE INSULATED SHIRT Pond, Boulder

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WOMEN’S DRIFTER TECH HENLEY

WOMEN’S DRIFTER TECH LS

Light Blue, Turqoise, Dark Coral

Light Blue, Aqua, Tundra

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WOMEN’S SOLARFLEX CREWNECK

WOMEN’S SOLARFLEX HOODY

Print Mermaid, Sky Blue, Light Pink, Light Teal, Ash

Articulated hood

Ash, Wintergreen, Pale Blue

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Quick‐drying, wicking, anti‐odor & UPF 50 - Long‐lasting insect protection

Raglan sleeves for ease of movement

Extended cuff with thumb loops

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WOMEN’S BUGSTOPPER HOODY Aqua, Granite, Rose

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WOMEN’S SPORTSWEAR NEW

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WOMEN’S DRIFTER PANTS Dark Khaki, Pewter

WOMEN’S ISLE BUGSTOPPER PANTS Sage

WOMEN’S ISLE PANTS Sage, Dark Blue

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WOMEN’S COLDWEATHER PANTS Anvil

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WOMEN’S DRIFTER DRESS

WOMEN’S MADEIRA COVERUP

Dark Blue, Print Aqua

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Light Blue, Mermaid, Light Pint

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WOMEN’S GUIDE SKORT Granite, Dark Blue

WOMEN’S DRIFTER SHORTS Dark Khaki, Pewter, Sky Blue

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MEN’S SPORTSWEAR NEW

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GT TRICOMP SHIRT

ULTRALIGHT SHIRT

TAIMEN TRICOMP SHIRT

Mantis, Bone, Light Blue

Light Blue, Sterling

Army Green, Sage

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BUGSTOPPER SHIRT PLAID

BUGSTOPPER SHIRT

Plaid Kelp, Admiral Blue, Rusty Red

BUGSTOPPER INTRUDER BICOMP

Ash, Mantis

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Mountain Print Loden

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GUIDE SHIRT

INTRUDER BICOMP SHIRT

Nightfall, Olive, Pewter, Dark Khaki

Dark Khaki, Sage, Hex Camo Sky Blue

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EBB TIDE LS SHIRT

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STILLWATER SHIRT CHAMBRAY Charcoal, Indigo

COLDWEATHER SHIRT

Boulder, Tidal Blue, Oxford Blue

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CONFLUENCE REVERSIBLE

GALLATIN FLANEL SHIRT

Dark Olive, Nightfall, Midnight

Dark Moon, Raven Plaid, Garnet Plaid

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ROGUE FLEECE HOODY

Honey Brown, Hex Camo Loden, Water Print Dusk

Hickory

Pewter, Hickory

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ROGUE FLEECE VEST

ROGUE FLEECE JACKET

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RIVERSHED FULL-ZIP HOODY Smoke, Loden, Bark, Black

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Trust in Your Home Waters

Fly Fishing for Toothy Critters We flyfishermen tend to travel a lot. Most of the time, it´s a foreign river, another species or some other climate that really trigger us. Especially today, in the Instagram-era, you´re constantly exposed to fish porn from other places and regions – and it nourishes one’s urge to travel even more. Lukas Kirchgäßner and Kristof Reuther

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What do you do when you cannot afford a big trip to some remote destination every single time you feel like wetting a line? Well, here’s an idea: How about giving that overlooked, local fishery a chance? It certainly makes sense if you want to spend as much time on the water as possible. And I promise you, there´s some cool fishing to be found just around every corner – just waiting to be discovered. To me, this means targeting the European apex predator; the pike. Although I live in southern Germany, I do not have a lot of trout water close by. Fly fishing for trout usually involves a one-and-a-half-hour car drive and it’s too far for a spontaneous trip. Luckily, pike are abundant in nearly every type of water, maybe except for the really fast and cold trout streams or the salt, and consequently I fish several rivers, lakes and ponds that are more or less right around the corner and offer decent fishing throughout the year. The proximity, however, isn´t the only reason why pike have quickly become my favorite target species. It´s the possibility of seeing a fish come out of nowhere, attack your fly right in front of your feet with its mouth wide open, eyes full of fury and a body language that’s revelatory of bad, bad intentions. These moments of pure adrenaline oftentimes leave me with uncontrollably shaking knees. It´s what keeps me awake at night and it´s what keeps me coming back - even after several days

It´s the possibility of seeing a fish attack your fly with its mouth wide open, eyes full of fury and a body language that’s revelatory of bad, bad intentions

getting skunked in shitty weather doing nothing but swinging heavy flies on sinking lines. Pike fishing really isn’t for everybody, but once you’re addicted to it there’s nothing to free your mind except another vicious attack... So, let me take you through a typical season of pike fishing in southern Germany. In most waters here, pike season starts in the beginning of May. The pike have now spawned and they are hungry and ready to feed again in order to put on some weight. (Love-making, as you know, can be exhausting). Pike tend to gather up in shallow areas during the spawning. And, usually, they stay there a good, long while after the spawning because the shallow water warms up quickly – something that makes it attractive for both prey and predator. This combination of hunger and warm water really gets the pike in an aggressive mood, and big, funky flies that are fished fast tend to trigger the bite. As the days get hotter in July and August, the pike fishing usually slows down. Rumor has it that these predators can´t stand the heat and simply hang out in the shade, chillin´ without even thinking about attacking anything. We had the same idea when Lukas, Kris and Maxi came to visit me a late August-weekend to fish my childhood river. It had been bloody hot the whole week, and that particular weekend was no exception.

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With temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius and not a single cloud to be seen, all we thought about was focusing on asp, another furious predator, and one that is known for feeding during even the most brutal of dog days. Our tentative plan was to use only the cooler hours in the morning and evening casting big streamers for pike and not unlikely - catfish. But things turned out very differently! It turned out to be one of the best fishing days we spent that year - not for asp, but for pike! We were catching one pike after other, ranging from small to big, and they all gave one hell of a good fight in the warm water and fast current. Sheltered places like small bays, undercut banks or back eddies that were close to faster currents and therefore still rich in oxygen, turned out to be the best spots. The flies did not have to be as big as usual. Lukas, for instance, caught his personal best fish on a smaller redand-yellow Buford of about 10 centimeters. (Perhaps the pike were now targeting the rather small baitfish we saw in enormous amounts...) 78 FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2018

The fact that we weren´t wearing any waders and could take a refreshing swim every now and then was just the icing on the cake during a picture-perfect day! In September, when the leaves turn from green through yellow to some fancy orange or red, autumn slowly emerges and the first few colder nights signal the fall migration. As the water temperatures drop significantly, the smaller baitfish leave the shallows and seek shelter in the deeper areas - and the predators, they follow in hot pursuit. These migration patterns differ from one river to another, and indeed sometimes even between two stretches of the same body of water. Figuring them out can take a lifetime, but if you’re able to gain some insights your chances of finding good numbers of pike rise significantly. The constant connection between prey and predator is one thing that really fascinates me. I am a firm believer that you become a better fisherman if you are capable of thinking like a pike, because


The fact that we weren’t wearing any waders was just icing on the cake

you need to understand the fish and its behavior in order to catch it on a regular basis. A friend of mine once said: „If you want to target the sharpest predator in our waters, you have to become even sharper!“ As I’m writing this (it’s the end of November), the really good fishing is just about to start. As it gets colder and colder day by day, rain and wind mix in and especially after the first couple of frosty nights, the pike fishing really picks up. I don’t know why, but I think it really is the first frost that triggers their feeding habit, as if they suddenly realize that they need to; “hurry up, winter is near!” If you find the right spot - which at this time might involve good structure like a sunken tree, a big stone or a slow back eddy with deeper water and forage close by - and you present your fly at the right time, you have a good chance of getting several eats within a short timespan. When the days get shorter, it really is all about good timing (and of course a bit of luck). In my experience, pike have some kind of feeding window, an oftentimes short timespan during the day - and sometimes even

during the week - when they are actively looking for a meal. It usually takes a couple of outings to find out when these feeding window occurs, because it usually differs between different water and sometimes also based on the weather conditions. But as a general rule, lowlight conditions such as morning and evening are good if it’s not yet too cold. If the water temperature really does get low during mid-winter, the best time, in my opinion, is usually early afternoon when the water has warmed up a little. Winter fishing can still be very frustrating at times. If you can´t get the fish to bite, whether because you haven´t found them or because they just aren’t in the mood - and you´ve spent hour after hour outside in the cold with your fingers numb and your shoulders sore from casting heavy lines - you will, sooner or later, come to the point where you´re asking yourself: „Why the heck am I doing this?!“ FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2018

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The harmony between the rod and reel plays a really important role

Getting skunked is something you definitely have to get used to, when pike fishing during the winter months. At least that´s how it is on the waters that I am fishing. There´s generally a lot of fishing pressure in Germany, which means that the fish are fewer and more “educated” than elsewhere. I always enjoy being out on the hunt, and if I catch a fish, well - then it´s even better. But I´m not taking anything for granted. There are days when you get a couple of fish per session, but usually it is all about that one fish. I know this can be totally different in other parts of Europe, like Sweden for example, where more than 20 fish per day doesn’t seem to be anything special. I, for my part, feel more related to the guys overseas who are chasing musky... When the days start to get longer and the temperatures rise again during late winter and early spring, this is the absolute best time for pike during the whole year. Our pike season ends in mid-February, when the pike get a well-deserved break in order to reproduce. But the last few weeks of the season are really something special if the conditions are 80

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right – and in my part of the world this means no winter runoff. In my opinion, there are several reasons for this: First of all, the water is usually pretty clear at this time, with hardly any weeds anymore. This means that the fish can see the fly from a much longer distance, which is a huge advantage since streamers are relatively inconspicuous underwater, at least in comparison to all those lures the spinning guys use. Clear water conditions are actually not too good during the rest of the season, since it usually goes along with low water that generally doesn´t put predators in a hunting mood. Besides, pike seem to be a lot spookier if the water is clearer than they are used to. But then - and this is actually the second reason - the pike are getting hungry as hell since their metabolism starts to roll on again as the water gradually gets warmer after a long cold winter, and they need to put on some weight before the spawning. Thirdly, the pike are already gathering in certain spots of the probably for some kind of pre-spawning partner check. I´ve spots where a whole bunch of pike were following my fly others seemed total fishless. If you´re able to find one of „gathering spots“, you´re off to some crazy-good fishing.

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To finish off my little manifest I want to talk a bit about something that every flyfisher has a foible for: Tackle. But first note that you really don´t need a lot when fishing for pike. Tackle-wise, it’s a fairly simple deal. I personally like a rod with some backbone; ofr instance a #8-10 Scott Tidal or Meridian. I then match the rod with a good Scientific Anglers line, for example the Titan or BFT lines, which – due to their short and powerful tapers - can really carry a big fly The harmony between these components play a really important role, which too many people underestimate. Your combo should allow you to load the rod quickly and carry the big streamers to your desired fishing spot with as few false casts as possible. This makes pike fishing so much more effortless and therefore so much more fun! The reel is usually less important, but it should have a brake you can rely on when it´s needed, balance the rod and be saltwater resistant, since brackish- or coastal water offers some real outstanding fishing for our toothy friends. Having multiple spare spools is very handy, since this allows you to change between several line sink rates in the blink-of-aneye. Finish off with a strong monofilament leader with a 0.80-1mm bite guard and a snap for quick fly change, and, last but not least, a couple of flies in different colors, actions and profiles, tied on very sharp and durable hooks (I prefer Ahrex). Then you’re good to go! If you want to learn more about our local (pike) fishing in Bavaria or simply feel like talking toothy critters, do not hesitate to contact us through our blog page, Facebook or Instagram!

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THE DAM TSUNAMI

OUR RIVERS ARE

Did you know that several European rivers are in imminent danger of being destroyed and that, consequently, several endemic trout species are now on the verge of extinction? Well, the disturbing truth is that money still outranks ideology when it comes to the environment – especially, when swift profits are implied. The Editorial Staff

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BEING DESTROYED region in particular – the threats are even more severe. Here, dam projects are spreading like a cancer, and if nothing is done, thousands of Europe’s last remaining wild rivers – and the unique trout species that they sustain – will perish. Despite the tireless efforts of NGO’s and volunteering fishermen across Europe, rivers and wild fish stocks are under severe pressure. In many places in Northern Europe, fish farming, pollution, commercial net fishing and the lack of proper regulatory efforts have caused the trout and salmon stocks to be drastically diminished. And this holds true for a number of other species of fish too. In the Southern parts of Europe – and in the Balkan

One of the organisations that work untiringly to help protect European Rivers is RiverWatch (and partner EuroNatur), and they currently have their eyes peeled on the Balkan region – the new dam projecting frontier. We’ve had a word with Ulrich Eichelmann, the founder of RiverWatch – a man that has a very important message for anyone who cares about the environment and the species diversity across Europe and the Balkans in particular.

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Q&A WITH

ULRICH EICHELMANN Occupation // Nature Conservationist and Campaigner. CEO of RiverWatch Country of residence // Austria Website // www.riverwatch.eu

Can you tell us a little bit about RiverWatch and why it has come into existence? RiverWatch is an NGO that focuses on river protection and restoration. We are a lean organisation with only 2 employees at the moment. More people, however, are being paid via project money. We are a campaigning organisation meaning that we act in opposition to certain projects and promote public awareness.

These things are important, too, to keep up the good mood!

I founded RiverWatch because I am a bit of a river guy. I grew up on a river in Germany, learned to catch trout with my hands etc. Another reason is that rivers are the most threatened ecosystem types on the planet, more endangered than rainforests, oceans etc, but only very few NGOs focus on rivers. Before starting up RiverWatch, I spent quite a bit of time on river restoration projects and still do.

Despite our work on the Balkan rivers, we will continue the work on a dam removal campaign that we lead together with the German foundation Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung

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In early 2018, we will continue our work on dam removal that was started recently. Our goal is to identify the 50 dams that must come down in the alpine region - the area with the highest density of dams worldwide. For more info: http:// riverwatch.eu/en/dedamming/news/free-kamp-–-damremoval-rosenburg-demanded

How do you work and operate? RiverWatch is a campaign organisation, which means we are concentrating very much on the project, and we are not


The Mur River in Graz, Austria - home to the endangered huchen. The river is now threatened by dam-building.

My experience is that media and people long for a clear position and not groups that say stuff like “we are not against dams, but not here…” Last, but not least, our administrative and operational expenses are low so we can use most of the money we receive directly for our projects. What are the most imminent threats faced by the rivers in the Balkan region? Our recent update indicates that 188 hydro power plants are under construction and 2,800 more are in the pipeline. More than 1,000 of them inside strictly protected areas like national parks, Ramsar sites, Natura 2000 sites etc. It’s unbelievable, but the reality. The dam lobby neither respects protected areas, flora and fauna nor people. Since our last dam survey in 2015, about 160-180 additional hydropower plants have been constructed in the Balkans. Besides the rivers, the entire nature of the Balkans is at risk. Virgin forests are being logged like in Romania and Ukraine, mines and pits are destroying vast areas etc. It seems that money and companies have discovered this rather unspoiled area. But instead of protecting it, they are going for fast money and destruction of the area. They act even worse than they did in the 1970s and 1980s in Western Europe.

afraid of conflicts. On the contrary, we try to be very clear in our position and message - and to visualize the conflict. Since RiverWatch is a very small NGO, we can be “lean and mean”. In our work, we don´t have to be careful, for example, to speak out loud against a minister, because another branch of RiverWatch needs a deal with this minister. That is the good side to be mono thematic and small. We are pro rivers and clearly against dams - against all dams, big or small. We don´t talk about mitigation measures for dams like fish ladders or fish passes, not about greening hydropower plants. And we try to be clear in our message – in translating and communicating it. For example, in translating scientific data into an easily understandable message.

Why are the Balkan rivers in particular worth saving? The Balkans host the best and most divers rivers in Europe. It is truly the blue heart of Europe! Here, you can find rivers and streams that are long gone anywhere else on the continent. They are so diverse and full of life. For example, did you know that this area hosts the highest density of trout species? Besides the brown trout and the marmorata you have the Prespa trout, the soft-mouth trout and maybe 17 additional species. For the time being, it is unclear whether these 17 species are subspecies or real species. But all of them are at risk. There are 69 endemic fish species in the Balkans meaning that they live there and nowhere-else on the planet. The Balkan region is also home to the endangered huchen – the largest salmonid in Europe. Within our “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” campaign, 18 scientists assessed the situation of the huchen in the Balkans. The results proved that the huchen population there is in a good state – especially compared to the rest of Europe. Researchers found evidence of 1.800 kilometres of river with healthy populations. 5 out of 6 100km+ rivers with huchen populations are situated in the Balkans (Sava, Sana, Una, Kupa, Drina). The bad side of the story, however, is that 93 dams are planned- or under construction in these huchen FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2018

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Besides the rivers, the entire nature of the Balkans is at risk

territories. Experts predict a loss of 70% of the population if these dams are built. http://balkanrivers.net/en/news/ study-confirms-heart-huchen-beats-balkans In January 2018, we will present the first overview of the distribution of all endangered fish species in the Balkans. Why are dams being built at such a rapid pace in Southern Europe? The driving force for dam-building in the Balkan region is corruption, lack of legal implementation (laws are generally not bad, but they are largely ignored), investors that push money into the hydro market (in 2015 more than 800 Mio Euro were invested in dams in the Balkans by international financial institutions like EBRD, Worldbank, EIB…). Also, civil society is not prepared or/and not in the position to fight all these projects.

way above market prize AND he (unwillingly) supports the killing of rivers and biodiversity. Additionally, the hydro lobby is a very well-established lobby group. They have existed for many decades (while the solar lobby, for instance, is comparably young). The “hydro lobby triangle” consists of energy companies, construction industry and banks. This is a powerful group! And this group has discovered the Balkans as one of the last “paradises” for them in Europe. Everything seems perfect for them: great hydro potential, corrupt politicians, weak civil society, endless money, climate debate is paving the way and big international NGOs are not focusing on hydro any more. Perfect. We need to spoil their plans!

Another major reason is subsidiaries. Hydro power and especially so-called small-scale hydro - gets heavily subsidised. Per kilowatt hour the dam owner usually gets 100% on top of the normal market prize and that makes the construction profitable. Here’s an example: the normal market prize for a kWh is 3cent. With this small amount, nobody would think about investing in hydro. But due to subsidiaries, the dam owners receive 6 or more cent/kWh. So, the energy consumer pays a price 98

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Worst case scenario: the Balbina hydropower plant in Brazil near Manaus emits 20 times more climate destructive gases than a coal power plant with the same installed capacity. Credit: Riverwatch


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Many people think that dams are good for the environment. Can you provide some insights? Hydropower plants are no better than for example coal fired power plants. The effects of the hydro plants extend the actual dam site by far. Bigger dams can have negative effects for more than 1,000 km downstream, due to holding back water and sediments, leading to ground water depletion, river bed incision, coastal erosion, etc. Here are some global facts: * 50 million people have been displaced because of dams. * 500-750 million people suffer because of dams (displaced, they lost the chance to fish and to irrigate their land), (Study by Survival International). * Reservoirs emit as much destructive climate gases (Methan) as the global air traffic. * Evaporating water from reservoirs equal 7% of the global human water consumption. * According to UN, one third of all sediments are blocked behind dams. As a result, coastal erosion and the erosion of delta areas and estuaries is rapidly growing, increasing the flood risk for people who live upstream from these areas. * The impact on biodiversity is huge, but data is limited. According to scientists of Brazil, the dam program in Brazil would lead to the extinction of at least 1,000 fish species

Our recent update indicates that 188 hydro power plants are under construction and 2800 more are in the pipeline

in the country. Same in Europe and Turkey (another dam country, 4,000 hydropower plants projected!). * The impact of hydropower extends way beyond the rivers, since roads, tunnels, bridges and transmission lines often have to be constructed.

What is the key to success when it comes to saving Europe’s last free-flowing rivers? There is not one recipe that solves the problem. But one thing is clear to me: The problem cannot be solved by one group alone. We need to join forces. We need to create networks with groups and people that have different approaches and intentions. Groups like NGOs, local communities, artists, scientists, boaters, tourist organisations, politicians and of course fishermen. For me the fishing community and FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2018

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especially the fly fishing community is a natural ally in this fight. And when all these groups shout the same message out loud: “Stop the dams - Save the Blue Heart of Europe!” – then, at least, we have the chance to save the best rivers in the Balkan region. There is a lot to do: We have to stop the EU subsidiary system, which is up for revision in 2020. If we manage to reduce the subsidiaries for hydro (to zero) then most of the projects will be ended immediately. Also, we need to hold the involved financial institutions accountable. We have to make the aftermath of their investments visible. Where can people learn more about the situation in the Balkan region? There is plenty of information to be found via the website: www.balkanrivers.net

How can people in the fly fishing community help? * Fly fishing is capable of providing a substantial income for local communities. In the old Yugoslavian days, fly fishing tourism was pretty well-developed. This scenario could be re-established and it would provide a financial alternative to damming. * You can help communicate: Make the Balkan rivers and the dam tsunami visible. Tell people what´s going on. Write blogs, articles and share content. * Start a global fisherman-driven petition addressed to EU and to national presidents. * Donate money to the RiverWatch campaign. We have so many projects that are urgently needed and waiting funding, like the “Armada of Lawyers” project. This project aims at establishing lawyers in every Balkan country to file lawsuits against dam projects and file complaints to EU. * Go there – to the Balkan region and experience the rivers.

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THE UNA BALKAN RIVERS IN PERIL The Editorial Staff

The Una is home to trout, grayling and hucho hucho – the Danubian salmon, which is the biggest salmonid in all of Europe. It’s a truly unique river and fishery, but – unfortunately - it’s also very much like any other Balkan river in that it is facing severe threats.

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Jonas Borinski is a Germany-based flyfisherman and filmmaker. Along with his two brothers he runs a website, combining his two passions by frequently releasing films about fly fishing and conservation all over Europe. His films have been featured on major Fly Fishing festivals. Find out more about the Borinski brothers at


“By now 38 fish species have been discovered in the Una”. The Balkan rivers are heart-breakingly beautiful: Set in rugged mountainous terrain with sloping tree-clad banks, the heartblood of the region, which comes in the shape of translucent turquoise water, gushes downstream over their meandering and rocky riverbeds - well-oxygenated and clean. In their turbulent waters, some of the most diverse biotopes and habitats in the whole world are found, and many unique endemic species of trout have found their niche here – including the marble trout, hucho hucho and prespa trout, just to name a few. They have evolved and reproduced over the course of millennia and they have survived the perils of human settlement, industrialization and even war. But with the growing need for energy and the current boom in projected dam constructions, the Balkan rivers and their unique trout populations are now in critical danger of perishing. The River Una in Bosnia & Herzegovina is by many considered the pearl of the Balkan region. Its name means “The One” or the “Unique River”, and it is a very befitting name in deed. There really isn’t another river like the Una in the world. The biodiversity, the structures and the scenery is unlike anything anywhere else, and the fly fishing possibilities are just as unique. However, just like many other rivers in the Balkan region, the Una is also under threat. And it caught the attention of film-maker, Jonas Borinski, who then decided to make a film about the river and the perils it faces. We’ve had a word with Jonas Borinski about his experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, why he decided to make a film in the first place, and what he learned during the course of the film-project.

How did you learn about the Una River? “Bosnia? Isn’t that one of those war-stricken, ex-Yugoslavia states? Hmmm, don’t know much about it but doesn’t sound too tempting.” That is what I thought when Christof Menz contacted me in early 2016 with an idea about a fly fishing film in Bosnia. While filming for another project (about the controversy of C&R in Germany) with him and Uwe Rieder, he told me about the splendid huchen fishing in the Una and the threat from dams in the area. huchen, or Danubian salmon, as some call it, is Europe’s biggest fresh-water Salmonid and it’s native only to the Danube system! I was all ears, although the danger of hydro dams didn’t sound too exciting at first, as pretty much all rivers in central Europe have them nowadays. Why did you decide to make a film about the Una? “Making a film about it was actually Christof’s Idea. Only after I looked into the issue more thoroughly and came across the “Save the Blue Heart of Europe”-campaign, I had to agree with Christof: This was something worth fighting for! We had met for the first time in April and quickly decided to go to Bosnia in July that same year. He continued by telling me about his friend Anes Halkic, a local Bosnian, who had spent his last 12 years protecting the hucho and developing his guiding business on the Una. “Ani”, as everybody calls him, was well aware of the danger of hydro-dams and had been fighting against it with a rare passion. This was all I had to hear: Beautiful scenery, amazing fishery and a passionate character fighting for a good cause”. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2018

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What is the purpose and intention with the film? “First of all, it was clear that not many people knew about the conditions and the general situation down there. Many people nowadays only know the Balkans through its history of war. But the fact is, it offers some of the best fishing and most beautiful scenery in all of Europe. While researching the issue, we were quite impressed with how much the kayakers were doing, mainly by their “Balkan rivers tour”. To be honest, we were a bit embarrassed that it seemed like us fishermen were doing nothing.

How would you describe the fishing in the Una River? “Fishing in the Una is just as diverse as its structure and flora and fauna. While fishing from the shore is certainly possible and frequently done by the locals, looking for hucho is best done from a boat - Either a rafting boat in Una’s upper, wilder parts, or a traditional stand up boat, which the locals have been using for centuries. As experienced hucho fishermen know, hucho are very difficult to convince, so a healthy concentration of fish, which the Una certainly offers, helps a lot.

With the film, we wanted to achieve several things: Firstly, we wanted to show what is at stake in general as well as from a fishing standpoint. Although we made sure to include science, it was important for us to make it clear what dams mean for the people whose lives depend on the Una and its healthy fishery. Last but not least, we wanted people to know that it is not too late and that there is still hope as long as the message is spread and people keep fighting”.

Even though we focused on hucho fishing in the film, the Una and its tributaries are certainly wadable and offers amazing trout and grayling fishing, especially in Una’s upper parts - in the National Park Una”.

What is so special about the Una River and its fish stocks? “Everything! When I went down there, I had no idea what to expect, let alone that this would be my biggest and most rewarding film project yet. I have been to a number of destinations, in and out of Europe, but the Una is exactly what its name implies: Unique! Coming from central Europe, we have a very distorted impression of how rivers should look. We are so used to straightened, boring, concrete-riddled waterways – but a trip to a river like the Una reminds one that a natural, free flowing river is something completely different. By now, 38 fish species of fish have been discovered in the Una alone, which is a large variety and biodiversity compared to other rivers and places. And according to Boris Davidov, a local scientist who helped us with the film, this is because the Una has a very unique structure, both perfect for the hucho and its prey. The sheer number of fish you can easily see in the Una, is nothing short of amazing. This area is widely considered the last paradise for the huchen in the world”.

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What was it like to be in Bosnia & Herzogovina: to experience the country and the culture – and to meet with the local people along the river? “We had chosen the month of July to drive South, along with thousands of other tourists. The highway was packed! Only after we had crossed most of Croatia and passed the junction to the famous Adria, driving became more and more easy until we were pretty much the only ones crossing over to Bosnia, which in contrast to its neighbor Croatia does not belong to the EU. Though only separated by a river, the difference between Croatia and Bosnia couldn’t be more apparent. Driving through various tiny villages and towns, I couldn’t help but feel like I was on another continent. Bosnia is riddled by tiny farm villages and countless ruins that still tell the story of the Yugoslavia war some 20 years ago. It seems like nobody has bothered or had the time or money to get rid of them. A strange feeling came over me as

it hit me how little I knew about this area and its history. It takes only two hours from the Croatian capital Zagreb to Bosanska Krupa, the town we were heading to. We were welcomed by Anes and his family, who I would soon consider the nicest and most warm-hearted people I’d ever had the pleasure of meeting. It didn’t take long to realize just how passionate Ani is regarding fishing and “his Una”. The Romans, he told me, came up with the name “Una” meaning “the one, the unique”, and with a glow in his eyes he added “and it is The One!”. I soon realized that it wasn’t just Ani and his family but that pretty much all locals were just as open and welcoming as him. It was amazing to see how little doubt or prejudice these people showed towards foreigners, especially considering their history”. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2018

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“It hit me how little I knew about this area and its history”.

Were there any specific experiences during the filming process that were particularly memorable or surprising? “Apart from breathtaking scenery, seeing the relationship between the River Una and the people living alongside it, was really unusual for me. Rather than just a river, Una plays a big part in everybody’s life down there. When walking through “downtown” Bosanka Krupa, you see people enjoying the river in every way imaginable. From a single viewpoint, you can see people barbecuing, swimming, diving, fishing or rafting. Another thing that I will never forget is filming jumping hucho. Scientists have also been able to document hucho schooling behaviour in the Una, something that was unheard of before. We were fortunate enough to get this behaviour as well as jumping hucho on camera. When you first see the underwater footage, you might think this was filmed in a hatchery but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The fish are 100% wild and the numbers are amazing”. A lot of Balkan rivers are facing severe threats. Can you tell us a little bit about what those threats are? “At the time of filming, we had evidence of more than 2700 hydro power projects being planned in the Balkans, over 70 of which were already under construction. Whereas central Europe doesn’t offer more opportunities for the hydro lobby, the Balkans are pretty much untouched. And with Europe’s last free flowing river systems zig-zagging the region, Western banks and investors are now flocking down there in order to make money. 106

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The worst thing is that many of these projects are planned within protected areas, even National Parks. Whereas this wouldn’t be possible in many EU countries, laws are more easily bent in the Balkans, also due to corruption. The locals are usually treated in one of two ways. They either have absolutely no idea about the plans, or the industry tries to convince them with unrealistic promises of jobs and prosperity. According to Ulrich Eichelmann of Riverwatch, about 90% of the locals have no idea what is happening. This is exactly what needs to change”. Is there hope for the Una and Balkan rivers in general? “It would be very unrealistic to claim that we can stop all dam projects. However, there is certainly hope! Personally, I am of the opinion that if only one single project is stopped, it is worth it and I think we can achieve much more than that. With regards to the Una, lots of project have been planned and then stopped by local and international people. According to Anes Halkic, our main character in the film, this will probably never stop but people are prepared to keep fighting. One advantage that the Una has, is the National Park Una with its constantly growing number of tourists. People are beginning to understand that soft tourism can bring much more money into the region than a series of dams that only benefit the hydro lobby”.


Any good tips for people, who would like to get involved in protecting the Balkan Rivers? “There are a few organisations and campaigns which are highly active in the area and their websites provide tons of information and ways to help: Riverwatch.eu Balkanrivers.net For fishing the Una, contact: Unadiscovery.org” When and where can people watch your new film? “Most likely on Vimeo on demand. The film trailer can be found via the following link: https://vimeo.com/184548122”

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ReAct technology combines our X-Core design with a new complex material and taper system to create a breakthrough in fast action rod design. Distance, control and accuracy are compromised by waves that vibrate in the rod, even after the cast has been made. Simply making the rod stiffer to stop these vibrations kills feel. ReAct counteracts enReAct ergy sapping vibrations by speeding the recovery of the blank without theX-CORE need to stiffen the rod with more material. This puts the feel in fast. And that’s a really good thing. X -Core combines industry leading composite technology with cutting edge design. 10 out of 10 engineers agree (that’s all of them!) that diameter is proportional to stiffness and strength, and because of that, X-Core delivers blanks that transmit feel and maintain X-CORE stability better than any other design approach. We use fast taper mandrels with low-mass thin-walled blanks to create rods MIL-SPEC that have stiffness with feel, and stability with sensitivity. It’s a superior III to the slow-taper thick-walled designs that deliver stiffness at the expense solution of feel. UNIVERSAL

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Enhanced feel, incredible stability and unequalled performance. X-Core combines the industry’s leading composite technologies with cutting edge design. 10 out of 10 engineers (that’s all of ‘em!) agree that diameter is proportional to stiffness and strength, and X-Core (Expanded Core) technology, delivers blanks that transmit feel and maintain stability better than any other design approach. EXCESS VIBRATIONS SIGNIFICANTLY We use fast taper mandrels with low-mass thin-walled blanks REACT and proprietary ARC COMPROMISE FEEL INCREASES RECOVERY SPEED reinforcement to create rods that have stiffness with feel, and stability with sensitivity. AND the CONTROL MINIMIZE VIBRATIONS This design helps rod come alive in your hands. It’s a superior TO approach to the slow taper, thick designs that deliver stiffness at the expense of feel. BYwalled SAPPING ENERGY AND MAXIMIZE FEEL

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CRAFTSMANSHIP IN EVERY DETAIL The biggest take away we hear after giving a tour of the Scott shop is just how much of the process is done by hand - And not just any hands. Our team of rod builders is exceptionally skilled and passionate about crafting great fly rods. Each and every Scott rod is handcrafted in our shop in Montrose, Colorado. We do this so we know exactly what went into creating a rod before we hand inscribe our logo and an individual serial number on it. Take a look at a Scott rod next to other brands. Something you’ll notice right away is that we don’t hide anything. No coats of paint on the blank covering up blemishes, and no opaque thread to mask sloppy wrap and coating work. We use natural finish blanks, and transparent threads that let our careful attention to detail shine through. We also use the very best materials we can design and source. Since we’re dedicated to handcrafting exceptional rods, it doesn’t make sense to work with anything but the best materials we can get our hands on. In fact, we take so much pride in handcrafting our fly rods, we want you to see every detail.

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Scott pioneered multi-modulus lay-ups in blank design. We’re able to precisely control stiffness along the length of ARC TITANIUM ARC theS2rod to build rods that load GLASS S2 GLASS and unload more smoothly.

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Enhanced feel, incredible stability, and unequalled perTITANIUM formance. X-Core combines TITANIUM the industry’s most advanced MIL-SPEC composite technologies with III cutting-edge design.

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High Performance Fly Rods Handcrafted in the USA

G Series The all new classic from Scott Iconic and revolutionary, Scott G rods were first introduced in 1976. And with G, we truly changed fly fishing – by designing the first 9’ 4-weight rod (seriously, the very first 9’ 4 weight). And if that wasn’t big enough, we also pioneered the graphite hollow internal ferrule – the most sophisticated and seamless way to connect multi-piece fly rods smoothly. Those innovations are a couple of serious ‘firsts’ in the fly fishing world, and are a big part of why Scott G rods are among the most beloved medium-action, smooth-flexing fly rods. But it didn’t stop there... Scott was born with the determination to progress, and by building on the legacy of the Original G, we launched the G2 in 2006, and modernized medium-action fly rods by making them lighter and more responsive. Now, with that same conviction, we introduce the next evolution in the G heritage... the all new G Series. We’ve elevated medium-action fly rods to new heights by creating rods that load deeply into their lower sections yet recover quickly and are directionally stable in all casting planes. We solved this design conundrum, in part, with two innovations. First, we reinvented the hollow internal ferrule to make it more flexible, stronger, and more than 20% lighter. And second, we engineered the most dynamic multi-modulus lay-ups we’ve ever created using our advanced resin and fiber composites. The results are rods that have great stability and tracking, and generate faster line speeds. This improves accuracy and turnover even in windy conditions. And even with those big performance improvements, G Series rods retain that smooth, full-flexing action. We fit G Series rods with the most innovative and functional components like titanium stripping guides, Universal snake guides, and new micarta reel seat spacers. Along with that leading edge technology, we celebrate some of the classic visual cues from their heritage in features like the thread wraps and epoxy finished cork at the top of the grips. Like every Scott rod, G Series rods are handcrafted one at a time, in our shop by anglers who take pride in each and every rod they build. With over 40 years experience designing and crafting high performance medium- action fly rods, we’ve set yet another standard - the first rods to deliver full flex and flat loops. The all new G Series is like no other, and it’s better than ever.

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Our favorite small stream rod when we want a little more line speed than glass offers. Great for those windy afternoons in the high country and for pinpoint casts along banks and under cover.

GS 773/4 - Grip A

The small stream specialist’s graphite rod. This rod will cast a foot of fly line out the tip top for the days you fish the no name fork of the upper east fork of a creek. It will also fish hopper dropper rigs when you fish downstream in the main stem of that river system.

GS 843/4 - Grip B

A lovely rod for dries and emergers on mid sized waters. If you need to nymph, this rod will handle hopper dropper rigs and subtle indicators with light nymphs.

GS 883/4 - Grip B

Deep loading and progressive but with surprising stability and recovery, this is the perfect rod for long light leaders and micro flies. To the primadonna trout that have seen it all, give us the 883, some 7X and a midge emerger-we’ll convince you.

GS 844/4 - NATURAL Grip B

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FINISH FINISH Simply one of our favorite light line fly rods. This do it all rod, seems to capture the perfect balance for most light line fishing applications where feel and accuracy are equally prized. Controlled loops effortless glide off the rod, line speed is high enough for most conditions, and the balance is feather light.

GS 884/4 - Grip B

When hatches are reliable and you know you’ll get to fish through the cycle with nymphs, emergers, dries and spinners, this is the rod to take to the river. It’s a pleasure to cast and fish with small to mid sized flies, long leaders and light tippets. Light in hand, so smooth in loading, and springy with a fish on, this is one of our favorite rods.

GS 904/4 - Grip B

A stellar rod for smaller flies, long leaders and light tippets. This rod is light, responsive and accurate. It’s full of finesse without being wimpy, and it’s powerful enough without ever feeling too fast.

GS 775/4 - Grip B

Lovingly called the ‘Michigan Mouser’ at the shop, we designed this rod to cast bigger flies in tiny waters that hold big fish.

GS 885/4 - Grip B

The do it all trout rod in the line up. Hoppers, indicator rigs, or size 20 parachute Adams all fish with ease and grace on this rod. It balance lighter in hand than the 9 footer and is equally versatile.

GS 905/4 - Grip B

This rod is sure to be compared to the 885 when considering which G 5 weight to fish. It’s almost as light in hand and equally adept at fishing a wide range of fly types and sizes. This rod has the edge when a little more distance is called for, or when your fishing relies heavily on roll casts, single hand speys and long mends. This is an effortless 5 weight.

GS 886/4 - Grip B

The Hopper Dropper Special. This rod excels at casting big dries like hoppers and stoneflies, and will handle small to medium sized streamers gracefully.

GS 906/4 - Grip B

A superb rod for chucking streamers and big air resistant flies. With slightly lower line speed than today’s fast action rods, and the ability to open up the loop shape when desired, this rod makes casting big flies feel effortless and smooth.

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We dramatically increased recovery speed with our ReAct technology. By minimizing energy- sapping vibrations, ReAct creates fast action, high line speed rods with all the nuance and feel of a presentation rod. Roll casts to a tricky seam, and short, delicate casts with fine 6X leaders are just as easy as long distance streamer deliveries to the opposite bank. And after the cast, when you need extended fishability, Radian rods give you incredible mending abilities and tippet protection without sacrificing the authoritative hook setting and fish fighting power you expect from a fast action rod. There isn’t a finer production rod in existence. Features like titanium framed SiC stripping guides, custom reel seats with burled box elder spacers, the very top grade Portuguese cork, and the new patented Universal snake guides from American maker Snake Brand round out the most fully loaded rods to ever grace a rod rack. Fast and Feel have finally come together. The award- winning Radian from Scott. Available in line weights #3-9 for singlehanded rods and # 7-11 for doublehanded rods. IMAGE: JAN BACH KRISTENSEN

MODELS - Single handed RADIAN 753/4 - Grip L

Our newest Radian is our littlest. Super light in the hand with tons of touch, yet capable of casting very tight loops and cutting through wind.

RADIAN 854/4 - Grip L

RADIAN 955/4 - Grip L

The rod when extra reach is needed for technical nymphing, dry fly fishing, and highsticking. Think of this as the big brother to 9’ 5 line. It has very similar feel and capabilities with added reach.

Quick, sensitive, and light in the hand, the 854/4 is right at home with small and medium-sized dries and lightly weighted nymphs. Incredible feel and touch paired with control and line speed make this pure fun to fish.

RADIAN 1005/4 - Grip L

RADIAN 904/4 - Grip L

This is the rod for dry fly and light nymph fishing when long leaders and fine tippets are matched with long casts and complex mends.

The Radian 906/4 excels at delivering large and wind-resistant flies at longer distances, while offering a tip sensitive enough to protect tippet. When you need power to handle big trout, big flies and big winds, reach for this rod.

RADIAN 1004/4 - Grip L

RADIAN 906/4FB - Grip L

The rod for nymphing specialists. If you fish high stick nymph techniques like Czech styles, this is the tool. Light enough to hold out all day with a sensitive tip for quick positive hook sets.

RADIAN 855/4 - Grip L

The 8’6” Radian loads at closer range than the 9 footer, making this rod well-suited to fishing small to medium size freestones.

RADIAN 905/4 - Grip L

Truly an all-purpose fast-action 5 weight. The Radian 905/4 can turn over big flies or 16 foot dry fly leaders over a wide range of fishing distances. A powerful butt section paired with a sensitive tip make this rod incredibly versatile and almost effortless to fish.

RADIAN 905/4W - Grip W

W stands for Women´s model. Same model as above, an all-purpose fast-action 5 weight. But with a smaller full wells handle suitible for smaller hands.

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A great rod for nymphing, or float tube. The longer length helps control line drag and makes roll casting easy.

RADIAN 906/4 - Grip L

RADIAN 957/4 - Grip M

Designed to handle both streamer and nymph fishing with large flies, the 957/4 offers great line control at distance balanced with a strong butt section to turn hard-fighting fish.

RADIAN 1007/4 - Grip M

A top choice for light salmon -and stillwater fishing with floating and intermediate lines. Very smooth with single hand spey casts and long over-hand casts, this rod also helps manage line and fly speed for perfect swings.

RADIAN 908/4 - Grip M

The Radian 908 has the tippet protection and mending abilities you won’t find in any other 8 weights. The Radian generates the line speed needed to turn over larger flies and still loads at closer range.

Built off of the standard Radian 6 weight blank. Built with streamer and nymph fishing in mind, it is fitted with a wells grip and saltwater-safe anodized aluminum reel seat and a fighting butt.

RADIAN 908/4W - Grip W

RADIAN 956/4 - Grip L

RADIAN 958/4 - Grip M

The specialist streamer and nymph rod, the This is the rod to reach for when you’re fishing deep. Superb line control for long distance mending, and the power to deliver heavy nymph rigs.

RADIAN 1006/4 - Grip M

W stands for Women´s model. Same model as above, a great crossover saltwater/Pike rod. A smaller full wells handle suitible for smaller hands. The rod of choice for large anadromous fish. Paired with a long-belly line, this rod excels at long distance roll casting and mending. A strong butt section with a tip that is able to protect tippet during wild fights with big fish.

RADIAN 1008/4 - Grip M

A favorite rod for stillwater fishing. This rod handles sinking and floating lines with ease, long leaders and multi fly rigs with ease.

Our favorite single hander for swinging flies. This rod roll casts and single hand speys very well, and has the power for longer casts and big bright fish.

RADIAN 907/4 - Grip M

RADIAN 909/4 - Grip M

Quick and accurate with power to spare, the 907/4 is a great streamer rod. It’s sensitive tip protects tippet and keeps you in contact with the fly to detect subtle takes.

Our favorite single hander for swinging flies. This rod roll casts and single hand speys very well, and has the power for longer casts and big bright fish.


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RADIAN 1259/4 - Grip A

RADIAN 1510/4 - Grip A

RADIAN 1308/4 - Grip A

RADIAN 1409/4 - Grip A

RADIAN 1610/4 - Grip A

The perfect rodfor modern river techniques with Scandi style shooting heads or long bellies. It has progressive power allowing for compact casts off the tip to fully loaded casts that use the whole rod to propel line great distance.

This rod balances light in the hands and casts tight clean loops effortlessly. Spot on for fishing Scandi style floating or sinking lines in the summer with feel and accuracy. When long distance casts are called for but you don’t want to jump up to 9 or 10 weight rods, this is the choice.

We created this rod for battling big fish in tight quarters. Think small fast coastal streams, boulder strewn slot water, or creeks with a lot of log jams and debris. This rod also excels at casting very fast sinking tips.

This rod feels super smooth with all Scandi style lines, either floating lines and smaller flies and handle the heavy sinking lines and larger flies better than other rods in the same length/weight. If you need to cover lots of water and fish different water depths, this is it!

Our Big Gun. This rod makes very long casts with heavy flies and sinking lines easy. Excels when put under pressure by the heaviest sinking lines. It will cast the biggest flies in your box with no effort. Take this rod on high water trips and to bigger rivers and you will be prepared. When your fishing takes you to big water and demands the longest casts, this is the rod of choice. Surprisingly light for a rod this size with accessible power that will send your shooting head into the next zip code.

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High Performance Fly Rods Handcrafted in the USA

The Meridian saltwater rods build on our award winning ReAct technology to bring you a series of saltwater rods that are remarkably light, and generate exceptional line speed and power. Using increased recovery speed rather than stiffness to more efficiently transfer energy, Meridian rods help you quickly make accurate casts at any distance in demanding saltwater conditions. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can get the fly from your hand to the fish. Meridian rods are fit with newly designed components. Scott designed a new reel seat milled from aircraft grade aluminum, featuring self-indexed slide hoods, type 3 mil-spec hard coat in non-reflective flat black, and line weight engravings for quick rod identification in boat racks. Stripping guides feature SiC rings in full titanium frames and Recoil nickel titanium snake guides for low friction and corrosion free performance. These rods will truly last and perform in the salt even under the rigors of fishing year around. Wield the new Meridian on your next saltwater quest. We focused on every detail so you could focus on the fish. Available in line weights #6-12 & #15 IMAGE: RASMUS OVESEN

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MERIDIAN 8108/2 - Grip A

MERIDIAN 906/4 - Grip A

Fast, powerful and fun. This rod will pick off fish in close or a fly line away.

MERIDIAN 8109/2 - Grip A

Our new favorite rod for permit. Is there really anything else that needs to be said.

MERIDIAN 81010/2 - Grip A

Our pick for finicky ocean side tarpon, or ‘spring creek’ tarpon as we like to call them. Long leaders, small flies and long quiet presentations. Also a great choice for windy permit days with heavier crabs and shrimp.

MERIDIAN 81011/2 - Grip A

Light and quick, a perfect choice for redfish in the marsh, tailing bonefish, and sea trout.

MERIDIAN 907/4 - Grip A

The go-to rod for tailing redfish, bonefish, and sea trout both in Scandinavia and the PNW. Awesome line speed and tight loops defy wind and make this 7 fish in conditions that normally call for an 8 or higher.

MERIDIAN 848/4 - Grip A

A super fun rod for targeting snook, baby tarpon, and other mangrove dwellers. The short length balances light in the hand and generates blistering fast loops.

Affectionately named ‘the leaper’ by a Scott Pro, this is the rod to put tarpon in air and alongside the boat. Very powerful for quickly breaking the spirit of the silver king, but with a responsive tip for floating in those short shots to laid up fish.

MERIDIAN 908/4 - Grip A

MERIDIAN 81012/2 - Grip A

With amazing power to make long casts and turn over heavy flies and surprising touch in close for those quick chip shots, this rod is the choice for most permit fishing. It’s also perfect for stripers and big reds when fly sizes need to be downsized.

Go ahead, catch a fish you probably shouldn’t use a fly rod for. Halibut? Bull shark? Marlin? No problem.

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MERIDIAN 8410/4 - Grip A

When chasing larger tarpon or snook in the mangroves, or for big bull reds, this 10 weight is a little power house. Short, light, and quick, you’ll feel like you’ve got nothing in your hands, until you put the heat on a fish.

MERIDIAN 9010/4 - Grip A

Incredibly light in hand but very powerful this rod generates high line speed and forms tight crisp loops. This is the rod for stripers, bull reds, permit, ocean side tarpon, and any other big, fast, powerful fish.

MERIDIAN 9011/4 - Grip A

Tarpon, tarpon, tarpon. This is the standard rod for feeding and fighting the silver king.

So light in hand, you’ll think you picked up a 6 weight, until you make a cast and feel the line speed and power. This is the all-around workhorse of the Meridian series.

MERIDIAN 9012/4 - Grip A

MERIDIAN 909/4 - Grip A

MERIDIAN 8415/3 BW - Grip A

For all big game fish that push the limits of fly tackle, choose this model. Tarpon, tuna, sharks, and billfish. A glass graphite hybrid designed to tackle the largest fish ever caught on fly. It has a gimbal butt for the fighting belt and SiC ceramic guides all the way to the tip top to handle gel spun flying out of the reel. Bluefin? Bring it.


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Introducing the Scott Flex series, rods so light, effortless, and forgiving, they let you focus on fishing better. Flex rods generate line speed and tight loops effortlessly, helping you cast accurately and control your ARC X-CORE X-CORE presentations. And, their powerful butt sections help with quick, positive hook sets and fish control.

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Incorporating many of the innovations found in our award winning Radian and Meridian rods, Flex rods combine high performance with top quality components. And, each Flex rod is handcrafted, start to finish, in our shop in Montrose, Colorado. Fish better... Fish the rod that works hard for you. MIL-SPEC MULTI III MODULUS

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If fast delivery and precision matters, you’re hard put to top off the Flex rods. The ultimate in fast action freshwater fly rods. ARC TITANIUM

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For small waters and small fish, this rod loads up with just a few feet of line out of the rod tip and excels at fishing dries, terrestrials and hopper dropper rigs. The perfect all around small stream rod, and your comTITANIUM panion for farm pond sunfish andTITANIUM small bass. Handles a wide variety of trout and warm water flies in small to medium sizes.

FLEX 854/4 - Grip A

Our favorite Flex for focused dry fly fishing, and a great all around light line trout rod when small nymphs or soft hackles are used.

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Our favorite Flex for smaller dries and nymphs fished on very light tippets. Combines delicate presentation, tippet protection and the power to bring a tail water lunker.

FLEX 1004/4 - Grip A

The Flex for high stick and Euro style nymphing. And it will cast a fly line and dry fly too.

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The all around Flex for mid sized waters. It handles small to average sized nymphs, dries and streamers with ease. Great for shorter to mid range casts.

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The one Flex to rule them all on trout waters. The do it all rod from light streamers to size 20 baetis. TITANIUM

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FLEX 1006/4 - Grip B

Perfect light steelhead and salmon rod for dry line single hand swinging.

FLEX 907/4 - Grip B

The rod for streamer specialists whether you target trout from a drift boat or carp along shorelines, this is the stick.

FLEX 1007/4 - Grip B

Sea run cutts on the beach, double Pats out of the drift boat, or any other application where larger flies are fished on 5 wts.

Our favorite Flex for steelhead and Atlantics where a single hander is called for. Great dry line or sinking shooting head rod for single handed spey style casts.

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A great all arounder when extra length and reach are needed. Perfect for tailwaters and stillwaters. NATURAL FINISH

FLEX 906/4 - Grip A

A great choice for fishing larger indicator, big foam bugs and small to medium sized streamers on rivers and stillwaters.

FLEX 956/4 - Grip B

A great crossover rod for summer steelhead, big trout, and warm water species. A long casting big fly rod.

A great choice for heavier warm water applications and pacific salmon. Handles large flies and sinking lines gracefully.

FLEX 1008/4 - Grip B

A great rod for steelhead and Atlantics when faster sinking lines and bigger flies are called for.


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Choosing a fly rod to fish the world’s species clearly isn’t the easiest way to catch fish. But, for those of us who choose to fish the Hard Way, the rewards come from our methods as much as our results. We designed the new Scott Tidal fly rods to make accurate presentations to cruising fish a lot easier. ARC X-CORE These salt specific rods load quickly, generate high line speed with a relaxed casting stroke, and have ample power to turn over heavy saltwater flies into the wind. Their stiff tips really drive the line and help “finish” the cast. Like all Scott fly rods, they’re handcrafted start to finish by skilled rod builders using the best materials available...

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Tidal rods come in models to cover any species or situation you’ll encounter on the flats or open waters. Take some new Tidal series fly rods on your next saltwater adventure. They will make the Hard Way a bit easier… and make your guide smile, too. S2 GLASS

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MODELS TIDAL 906/4 - Grip M

Great rod in the marsh for redfish, or on the coast for sea trout. And, for those in the know, a heck of a streamer rod TITANIUM TITANIUM from the drift boat on rivers.

TIDAL 907/4 - Grip M

Bonefish, schoolie stripers, and redfish beware. The Tidal 7 weight is the perfect tool to deliver flies to these saltwater favorites. This rod generates very high line speed NATURAL NATURAL FINISH and tight loops to deliver smallerFINISH flies accurately at any distance and to quickly land speedy fish.

TIDAL 908/4 - Grip M

The all around work horse of our Tidal saltwater series, this rod will handle most saltwater situations easily and effectively. It casts a wide variety of fly sizes, and is powerful enough to handle any bonefish, most permit, stripers, smaller jacks and inshore species.

TIDAL 909/4 - Grip M

When fish size, fly size or weight start to climb, reach for the Tidal 9 line rod. There is a noticeable jump in power over the 8 line rod both for casting big flies and controlling hard running and fighting fish.

TIDAL 910/4 - Grip M

Choose this rod to target Keys permit, redfish, big stripers, and smaller tarpon. This is a big game class rod designed to deliver large bulky flies and for pulling hard on fish that pull back.

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Our Musky-Pike special comes the Tidal series. This rod is optimized for 450 grain lines and HUGE flies. It’s fit with a long fighting butt to facilitate ‘stirring the pot’ at the boat when those big toothy fish follow the fly all the way in.

TIDAL 912/4 - Grip M

Tarpon, trevally, and offshore species are easily hadled with the Tidal 12. The rod of choice when raw power is the most important factor in your fishing success.

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Fiberglass Rods If you want top performance and maximum fun from your small stream fishing, F2 high performance glass rods are the choice. These aren’t about nostalgia or being retro. F2 rods are about getting the most from your small stream fishing by using the right tools for the job. These rods form precise accurate casts with just a few feet of line and the leader, are great for underhand and bow and arrow casts, and load deeply under the pull of small fish, transmitting tons of feel.

Improve your success and enjoyment on small water with the Scott F2. A continuous taper and smooth progressive action.

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Our shortest lightest small stream rod. This rod will load and form loops with just a foot of line and the leader and place flies accurately in the tightest spots. And when that monster 4 incher takes the fly, you’ll feel this rod bend into the butt section.

This rod is a great choice for high performance small stream fishing that requires every trick in the bag. From bow and arrow casts, to roll casts, to laser tight loops, this little rod executes them all with ease and precision. This rod might be the most fun you’ll ever have fishing for the little ones.

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More of us at Scott have this model in common in our personal rod collections than any other. That tells you something about how special this rod is. A perfect blend of balance, casting precision, and feel, this rod makes small stream fishing successful and fun. Our favorite all around F2. It is incredibly smooth and even flexing with surprising range from just the leader and a foot of fly line to longer casts that turnover gracefully. If you’re heading to a small stream to fish dries, this may be the perfect companion.

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If you need to switch between dries and nymphs and even cast small streamers, this rod handles variety with ease. With the added length, it’s also a great choice for anglers who fish creeks up to their source and then fish the lakes, or who enjoy fishing glass on larger streams.


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High Quality Bamboo Rods Continuing our long standing tradition of partnering with the world’s top split cane rod makers, Scott is pleased to introduce the new three piece SC rods designed and built in collaboration with Naoki Hashimoto of Hokkaido, Japan. Scott SC bamboo rods seamlessly integrate the traditions of craftsmanship with the high performance innovations of contemporary split cane technology to bring you fly rods that stand the test of time as works of art, and as serious fishing tools.

SC rods feature beautifully figured amboyna burl wood and blued nickel silver reel seats, Snakebrand guides and agate inserts, and handmade ferrule plugs. Each rod comes with a pair of matched tip sections.

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MODELS SC 723/3 - Grip U

The perfect rod for small stream dry fly fishing. This rod has great touch in close for accurate placement of dries or small nymphs. The deep flex transmits feel even of the smallest trout.

SC 724/4 - Grip U

Our pick for the all around SC bamboo rod. This model handles most trout fishing situations effortlessly from long leaders and small dry flies, to medium sized weighted nymphs. This rod produces amazing line speed and tight loops for a bamboo rod, or any rod for that matter, and retains a ton of feel keeping you in touch with your line, flies and fish.

SC 774/4 - Grip U

This is the SC bamboo rod for medium to larger sized waters. It handles all dries, nymphs and smaller streamers with control and accuracy. Capable of handling larger and more powerful fish, pick this model when targeting larger tailwater or lake fish.

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T3h two handed and switch rods advance casting and feel with X-Core technology. Find out how easy it is to form tight flat loops and reach far off lies, and to control your swings precisely with T3h rods. X-CORE ARC

ARC MIL-SPEC X-CORE Advanced blank technologyX-CORE paired with exceptional quality components complete the package. With bar stock III milled reel seats in type 3 hard coat finish, titanium strippers with SiC inserts and Flor grade cork grips, you won’t find a better built two hander. Available in line weights #4-10.

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T3h two handed and switch rods advance casting and feel with X-Core technology. Find out how easy it is to form tight flat loops and reach far off lies, and to control your swings precisely with T3h rods.

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T3h SWITCH 1064/4 - Grip P

This rod will allow you to spey fish with smaller flies and light tippet. TITANIUM Discover the fun in taking two-handed tactics to the NATURAL NATURAL trout stream. TITANIUM FINISH FINISH

T3h SWITCH 1106/4 - Grip P

The choice for seatrout and grilse on smaller waters where tight quarters call for spey and single-hand techniques.

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A workhorse for anglers looking for a switch rod to handle NATURAL NATURAL both sinking and floating lines. FINISH

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The perfect summer grilse rod. It handles floating lines and lightly dressed flies with ease. Perfectly matched with modern Scandinavian and Skagit shooting heads.

T3h 1356/4 - Grip O

Great low water rod for small flies and floating lines. Very light crisp action. Handles long belly lines as well as compact heads.

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The perfect all-around two hander. This rod peforms equally well with floating lines or sink tips. Light and balanced, NATURAL TITANIUM FINISH it’s a great choice when you need one rod to cover a wide variety of techniques throughout the season. Our favorite rod for floating lines. Light in the hand and lively, this rod casts beautiful loops on mid and long belly lines. The perfect blend of power and finesse. This rod handles floating and sinking tips easily and casts tight, precise loops. It has progressive power for compact casts off the tip or fully loaded casts that use the whole rod for long distance casting with the heaviest tips.

T3h 1358/4 - Grip O

A great rod for summer salmon fishing when early season dry line techniques unfold into heavier sink tips and larger flies.

The backbone of the T3h line up. This rod typifies the versatility and smoothness of the T3h series. If you need to cover lots of water and fish different water depths, this model is a great choice. A great rod for big waters and the big fish you’ll find in them. The extra length helps form clean D-loops with long belly lines and controls swing speed at long distances. A great choice for early season when fast currents and fast-sinking tips are the norm. Lots of power to wear down powerful mint bright fish, and reach those far seams with long casts.

T3h 1610/4 - Grip O

A powerful two hander for big or high water conditions. This rod makes very long casts with heavy tubes and handles fast-sinking tips with ease. If you fish early season runoff conditions this rod will become an indispensable piece of gear.


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Stealthy, light, and stable, L2h are the value high performance two handed and switch rods. Easy to cast, smooth and powerful, these rods have the recovery and positive tracking to handle aggressive short heads. Components are top of the line, with new grips shaped from Super grade cork, TiCh coated reel seats with self ARC X-CORE X-CORE aligning slide hoods, and TiCh stripping guides that feature SiC inserts. And they’re handcrafted right in our Colorado shop. Available in line weights #5-10.

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Scott L2h series two handed rods are designed and optimized for today’s new line tapers and casting styles. L2h rods deliver a new level of performance in mid priced two handers. S2 GLASS MIL-SPEC III

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MODELS L2h 1308/4 - Grip K

L2h SWITCH 1105/4 - Grip J

L2h SWITCH 1158/4 - Grip J

For heavy lifting in the switch rod category. Perfect for rivers where space is confined but you still expect to hook up with bigger fish. Sinking lines and the new compact heads pair perfectly with this rod.

A fast powerful rod that pairs well with Scandi heads or Skagit style lines. Great for sink tips, and short quick casting strokes.

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L2h 1256/4 - Grip K

The all around work horse of the L2h series will cover most conditions with smooth power and crisp clean loops. A very adaptable rod that handles a variety of lines & tapers equally well. If you fish bigger water for heavier fish, this is it.

L2h SWITCH 1157/4 - Grip J

L2h 1257/4 - Grip K

A light switch rod that can be fished either overhead or two handed for half pounders and for applying two handed techniques for trout.

This light line switch rod is perfect for targeting summer runs or for taking your two handed game to the trout stream.

A great all-purpose switch rod for small to medium sized rivers, sea trout, grilse and medium sized salmon. This rod has the grunt to lift heavy rigs and turn powerful fish.

L2h 1409/4 - Grip K

The L2h 1256/4 handles floating lines and lightly weighted flies with ease. A great choice for fishing lighter flies and tips on today’s Skagit and Scandinavian heads.

L2h 1510/4 - Grip K

Light, smooth and responsive, this is an ideal rod for most steelhead and salmon conditions. This rod casts beautiful long flat loops and has a progressive bending curve to supply power when it’s needed.

The big gun. Take this rod on early season high water trips or when bigger rivers are swollen with rains or snow melt and long casts with heavy tips and big flies are called for. Sinking shooting heads, longer spey lines or Skagit. You’ll be well prepared.

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Product developer and designer Mark Farris field-testing the new Center Axis concept.

Q&A

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REEL DESIGN AND REAL INNOVATION Idaho-based Waterworks-Lamson has carved out a niche for themselves when it comes to making super-lightweight fly reels that combine flawless performance with eye-catching design. We have caught up with the design team for a talk about the company and the challenges involved when making fly reels.

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How did Waterworks-Lamson begin? In 1996 a question was asked: Isn’t there a better way to release a fly-caught fish? The status quo, the hemostat, wasn’t good for the fish or the fly. The fish was held and squeezed, the fly was clamped and often ruined. Those asking were fishermen who happened to be product designers, and their answer was an innovative tool that allowed a fish to be released without handling, and the fly to remain intact. Named after their home-base in Idaho, they called the tool the Ketchum Release. The fishermen that happened to be product designers had honed their skills in the world of high performance cycling, creating and patenting cutting-edge components (clipless pedals) and mountain bike suspension tech (Cannondale’s Headshock), so turning their focus to the fly reel was a logical thing to do: Reels were, essentially, a wheel on a frame. When they formed the Waterworks, there was a lot to be done; fly reels were heavy, overly complex and unreliable. They had slow retrieve rates. They caused line to coil and drag tension to increase as line fed out. So another question was asked: What would the perfect fly reel look like? The ULA (ultra large arbor), the power arm frame, the conical, sealed drag, the integrated counterbalance, all were the results of this early work, and formed the basis of an enduring architecture. In 1998, Waterworks acquired Lamson from Sage Manufacturing, and the Lamson Litespeed was released shortly thereafter. Alongside the Waterworks Force reels, sharing the core technology and design ethos of simplicity and function driven styling, the Litespeed would evolve through 5 generations into arguably the most influential fly reel since the advent of the large arbor. The line-up of reels has radiated into specialized niches over time: two handed, salt water, super-arbor, and rugged environments. Their compulsion for inspired design and solid engineering has led Waterworks Lamson to drive meaningful fly reel innovation for 2 decades, with no end in sight. As someone once said, “You can sleep when you’re dead”. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Making a fly reel requires precision and skill - and several manual steps are needed in the process.

Our challenge was to start at the heart of the standard reel: The drag system

What kind of visions, philosophies and skills were brought to the table, when the company was created? In 1988, C1’s design team was ready to revolutionize a sport. It’s hard now to picture performance cyclists reaching down and tightening leather straps around their feet to stay fast to their pedals, but that was the state of the art at the time. Our first patented product, the Avant Sport Talon clipless pedal was about to make the practice obsolete. C1 Design went on to sharpen another cutting edge in sport, pioneering bike suspension for companies like Cannondale, Kestrel and Scott USA. In a move that would become typical of C1 Design, the DeltaV/Headshok program ignored the impulse to simply scale down motorcycle technology, instead creating a telescoping assembly small enough to fit in the bike’s head tube.

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The approach, using rolling bearing elements instead of sliding surfaces, transmitted torque, saved weight, improved steering precision and enhanced suspension sensitivity. The Headshok patented technology lives on today in Cannondale’s Lefty system, still unique in the world of cycle sport. C1 Design continued innovating, developing component, tire and suspension concepts and licensing designs to Vetta Sports, Scott USA and Kestrel Composites. The Kestrel Rubicon Comp, an embodiment of our dual rate suspension frame won the prestigious Mountain Bike Magazine “Best Downhill Bike” award in ’97. Following the Ketchum Release and several other accessory products, we turned our attention to fly reels. The weight-obsessed, high performance world of cycling was a good training ground for minds poised to re-think the stale, outmoded status quo of mid ‘90’s reels. Many of the parameters were the same: critical strength-to-weight ratios, harsh operating environments, need for mechanical simplicity and requirements for high levels of precision. We could see that fly reels were poorly designed. Reels were too complicated; they were using too many parts; drag systems and other running parts were exposed to the elements; reels were too heavy. We knew our challenge was to start at the heart of the standard reel: the drag system. Traditional disc drag systems had a heavy (pun intended) influence on form development. The geometry of a disc implies a certain structure to support it, a constraint the design team refused to accept. But take friction surfaces and configure them as a pair of matched cones, and you have much greater freedom to design. Hence the inception of the Waterworks Conical Drag, which was first introduced in 1996 on the Waterworks Force reel. After twenty years in production, the conical drag is still a paragon of simplicity and efficacy. Design and invention are spurred by passion, curiosity and faithlessness; as soon as a work is finished, instead of doting on it you set about trying to make it obsolete. This can be an uncomfortable impulse, but it pushes our work to new levels of excellence and into new niches, which includes Waterworks -Lamson reels for two handed fishing, salt water, blue water, and rugged environments. Our latest efforts have yielded high performance/low cost reels that honor our customer’s strong preference for U.S. based manufacturing, as well as hyper-light, high-retrieve presentation reels. We continue on and ever onward, in a constant press to make our products more durable, reliable, higher- performing, more beautiful.

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The dictum Evolve or Perish is our condition. The work challenges us every day to choose between grazing and prowling, between ambling and charging. It’s a unique opportunity, to select one’s position in the food chain. Guiding and shaping change is what we undertook, and it is our passion. Passion is a fuel, the force that propels an idea from mentality into metal alloy. It’s what draws you onto the water, looking for a fish. Passion is a claim rendered by deeds into accomplishment, to new experiences, toward the next great day. The revolution never stops. Waterworks-Lamson continues to evolve their innovative products, introducing mutations and adaptations that ensure more than survival; they dominate. How has Waterworks-Lamson evolved over the years? The truth is, aside from getting bigger and claiming more market share, we are the same core group of designers and managers that founded the company. We have some new talent as well but the founders are still here. What is the defining aim and philosophy of the company today, when it comes to making fly reels? Design and invention are spurred by passion, curiosity and faithlessness; as soon as a work is finished, instead of doting on it you set about trying to make it obsolete. This can be an uncomfortable impulse, but it pushes our work to new levels of excellence and into new niches What are the biggest challenges when it comes to designing fly reels? Evaluating and understanding how much innovation fly fishermen are willing to accept. You want to lead people into new ideas, but too much, too fast can be alienating to them. For example, look how long it took the culture to accept the large arbor reel? 10 years after we introduced the first ULA Purist reel, people were still debating the merits. How does the fly reel design process start for Waterworks-Lamson? There is no easy answer. Sometimes concepts are driven by new technology, sometimes by a certain demand in the market. Cobalt would be an example of both impulses driving the design. A technological deficiency in existing reels, and a keen interest in the market for an absolutely bomb proof, totally sealed salt water reel with drag torque delivered in predictable repeatable increments. How long does it take from start till finish before a WWL fly reel hits the market? The overall process time varies from product to product. Cobalt


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took two years of steady, focused work and relentless field-testing. What are the most important things you’ve learned over the years, when it comes to reel design and construction? This could be 10,000 words. Or how about “Align the material with the load path”.

Tim Volk of Waterworks-Lamson on location in Idaho.

You make some of the lightest fly reels on the market today. Why is weight-reduction so important when casting a fly rod? The mass of the fly reel creates noise, masking the input you feel from the line, through the rod. Fly casting is fun, and the more you feel the line through the rod, the more fun it is. In 2018 you’re launching the new Center Axis concept. What is the idea behind this concept, and what kind of feedback have you gotten so far from end consumers? A rod and a reel are two things, but we think they should feel like one. The act of fly casting is really about imparting energy and direction into the line in precise, measure ways. There is a lot of nuance and “feel” involved, and we think the weight of the reel can be a distraction. It turns out there are two ways in which a fly reel can effect a rod: The counterbalance effect, and the torque effect. It’s easy to imagine that when on the water, let’s say you’re swinging a streamer, that some counterbalance would be a benefit. But the torque effect, the pendulum swing of a reel hanging below the reel seat, this is just a nuisance.

The new Center Axis rods and reels designed to provide casters with extremely lightweight and well-balanced casting experience.

are an

The effects can be either subtle or just annoying – like finding the reel has swung completely to the outside grip position. The subtle effects are easiest to identify when you eliminate it entirely. The rod gets very quiet in the hand. The sensations of the rod loading become more acute. The first issue, the counterbalance issue, is why we have always, from our first ULAs, tried our best to build extremely light reels. It doesn’t take much mass to offset a 2 ounce fly rod. The second parameter – the position of the mass – this is what we are addressing with the Center Axis. Raise the center off mass of the reel as high as it can go without interfering with the wrist. Use a reel that is already extremely light. Use a coupling system that’s reliable, simple and solid. Lastly, when you look at the CA compared to a traditional reel seat, it’s just obviously a more logical, elegant mounting system.

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CASTING IS BELIEVING!

CENTER AXIS RAISE THE REEL - RAISE YOUR GAME SOLVING THE REEL PROBLEM - ONCE AND FOR ALL Cast off your preconceptions of fly rod design—and get closer to the center of the action. The Center Axis may

be the most meaningful advancement in fly rod performance since graphite replaced fiberglass all those decades ago. By closely aligning the center mass of our Litespeed reel with the center axis of our medium-fast action rod, we’ve de-levered the mass of the heavier object. The result will amaze you. You’ll feel the pulse of your cast like never before. Don’t take our word for it. Put the Center Axis in your hand. Casting is believing! 126

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Cast off your preconceptions and get closer to the center of the action.

The new Center Axis rod and reel.

Handle: Reverse half- and full wells Materials: AAA Grade Cork, High

One hang up Graphite rods came on the scene in the early 1970s. Over the course of the next (nearly) 50 years, rod designers fine-tuned performance with advancements in materials, engineering, manufacturing, and the art that complements the science. Beautiful, well designed and precision-made, many brands today make graphite rods that defy expectations. But they can’t defy physics.

Modulus Graphite Reel Seat: Aluminium Click-On

No matter how great the rod, one core fact weighs it down: two-thirds of the total weight you’re casting is the reel, and that heavier object hangs far from the rod’s axis. Just not feeling it To visualize the impact of this heavier object sitting aside the rod, exaggerate it. Imagine casting with a reel mounted 12-inches below the rod. The reel would create undesirable pendulum and twisting forces. The same forces are at work with the standard rod/reel configuration on a smaller scale. On your backcast, what you want to feel is the decelerating line load the rod, not the force required to slow the reel and hold it straight. Your hands inform the brain about timing and position so the measured energy you put into the rod happens at the right instant, at the perfect amplitude and arc to send the loop sailing. However, while you’re doing this, several ounces of metal swinging around create background static, noise, when you are searching for rhythm and feedback from the rod and line. Get centered The Center Axis may be the most meaningful advancement in fly rod performance since graphite replaced fiberglass all those decades ago. By closely aligning the center mass of our Litespeed C/A reel with the center axis of our rod, we’ve de-levered the mass of the heavier object. The result will amaze you. You’ll feel the pulse of your cast like never before. Don’t take our word for it. Put the Center Axis in your hand.

Casting is believing!

CENTER AXIS SPECIFICATIONS MODEL CENTER AXIS 4 CENTER AXIS 5 CENTER AXIS 6 CENTER AXIS 8

LINE

PIECES

LENGTH

WEIGHT

4

4

9’

71g

5

4

9’

73g

6

4

9’

73g

8

4

9’

78g

*Center Axis system includes rod, reel and case. C/A rod and reel are detachable and can be sold separately. ** The Center Axis also comes as a standard seat rod, which are sold as rod-and-case only.

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LIGHTWEIGHT RODS ONLY BALANCE

WITH LIGHTWEIGHT REELS BY NATURE, FLY FISHING IS A MINIMALIST ACTIVITY. DEFIANTLY UNCLUTTERED. IT’S ABOUT BEING FULLY ENGAGED AND IMMERSED IN THE MOMENT - CONNECTED TO EVERYTHING AROUND YOU WITHOUT BEING DISTRACTED BY GEAR.

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ALOX AND MICRALOX FINISH

The drag system in all of our reels consists of a pair of precisely matched conical elements which are drawn together with spring tension to produce variable rates of smooth rotational braking. By re-configuring the surface area of traditional disks into a pair of matching conical elements we were able to seal the drag completely from moisture, salt and grit. And since the mass of the drag elements is centralized, the spool’s rotating mass is much lower which makes the reel more responsive to light drag settings. Because the average radius of the contact surface is much smaller (being conical rather than disk-shaped), start-up torque is too low to measure.

By increasing the coating thickness and reducing porosity, our Hard Alox coating trumps the conventional and ubiquitous Type 2 anodize, a finish which emphasizes gloss and color selection over durability. In place of Type 2 we offer you enhanced resistance to abrasion, impact and corrosion and a look that tells the story of beauty which, while not being just “skin deep”, actually does start there. Micralox is an industry first and only available on Waterworks-Lamson fly reels. It has over 55 TIMES the corrosion resistance of the industry standard type II anodize. This industry-first coating starts with a tough wearing aluminum hard coating that is then phase-changed into micro-crystalline structures, creating the highest level of aluminum corrosion protection available. Micralox isn’t all muscle though; striking yet subtle color paired with the smoothest feel of any hardcoat we’ve ever used yields a finish that is both beautiful and technically superior.

STORAGE FORMAT Our large arbor reels maximize the benefits of large arbor design by maximizing the arbor diameter-to-width ratio. The spool is large in circumference and wide, so that line is stored in a shallow layer. The increased circumference provides high retrieve rate and eliminates line coil memory. The wide, shallow line layer means there is little radius change as line is pulled form the reel. This results in constant drag torque during long runs and eliminates the risk of tippets breaking due to drag force gain.

COUNTERBALANCE Another structural theme built into our reels: integrated counterbalance. Why hang a piece of hardware on a spool if there’s a simpler way? But simple isn’t always easier. Our earliest spools required a fair amount of trial and error to build the precise bias into the spool to counter the weight of the spin knob. For us, the elegance of eliminating a component and then using the resultant asymmetry as part of the design made all the effort worth it. This simple, logical, but often difficult feature became essential to the personality of our reels.

CLUTCH Most premium reels rely on a pawl type clutch mechanism. These are often vulnerable to stress related failure, contamination and wear. All of our reels employ a Torrington zero-lash roller clutch. This mechanism relies on the locking effect of a number of ramps and rollers to achieve torque transmission. There are no “teeth” or “steps” to break off or wear out. And the zero-lash feature means instant engagement. This improves feel and eliminates “spike” that the reel, line and leader experience when a typical pawl clutch hooks up.

FRAME Due to our proprietary conical drag, we set out to develop a distinct and efficient frame. The Power Arm frame design is a way of aligning the structural support for the spool along the primary load path. The primary load path for any fly reel runs from the center of the drag core to the reel foot. It’s logical to put most of the material along that load path. Any distribution of material not aligned with the primary load path will result in either a structure that’s too flexible—or heavier than it needs to be. The Power Arm design uses the least amount of material to achieve the maximum stiffness.

“At Waterworks-Lamson our goal has been to make gear so technically fluid you can almost forget it’s there. How? By eliminating complexity, reducing weight, streamlining design, and using advanced materials and cutting edge processes. Our work has been to strip gear down to the core dynamics until what remains is only the essential—and from that discipline let emerge forms where beauty often derives from what isn’t there. That is our method and our paradox: to create products that you can forget about, and in doing so, make them unforgettable”.

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COBALT NEW

FORMAT: Super Arbor MATERIALS: Machined 6061 Aluminum, Titanium, stainless steel FINISH: MicraLoxTM DRAG: Sealed Carbon Conical Drag - Certified waterproof to 30m WEIGHT: 198 g / 7-8 wt

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A bolt from the blue, Cobalt is a big game powerhouse of a reel packed with technical breakthroughs that’ll change the game on the flats and on yourt favourite salmon river. Cobalt features a dual-axis machined frame that dramatically strengthens the side that bears the most load. The foot is embedded—rather than perched—atop the reel to effectively transmit force and distribute weight. The large arbor spool is also machined with many subtle asymmetries that bring perfect balance without a counterweight. Certified waterproof to 30 meters by an independent test laboratory, the Cobalt drag is an industry first. In and out of the water, it stands up to the harshest of elements. Custom formulated self-lubricating O-rings protect every point of ingress. A fixed spindle format ensures complete sealing. A supercharged version of our smooth conical drag system rotates on high-precision ABEC 5 ceramic ball bearings—and uses a proprietary high-temperature graphite alloy to create 12+ pounds of line out torque. The power is in your hands with a “set drag” system of adjustment that allows you to set a preferred stripping pressure against a stop. Access the full range of torque in half-pound click stop increments through a single rotation of the drag knob, with increments etched into the knob for visual reference. A coating as hard as type III anodize but with 20 times the protection against a saltwater environment, Cobalt is endowed with a stunning, shielding Micralox finish—exclusive to Waterworks-Lamson in the fly fishing world. 130

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US MADE IDAHO BUILT

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL COBALT 6 COBALT 8 COBALT 10 COBALT 12

DIA.

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

96,5mm

27,4mm

142 g

WF 6,7

LINE CAPACITY 175 yds 20#

108 mm

25 mm

198 g

WF 7,8

250 yds 20#

115 mm

27 mm

292 g

WF 9,10

250 yds 30#

120 mm

32 mm

315 g

WF 11,12

250 yds 30#

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FORMAT: Large Arbor

MATERIALS: Machined 6061 Aluminum, stainless steel

HA

The continuing evolution of Spey and Scandi lines, shooting heads, flat mono, and more require a reel that helps prevent line snags and delivers the high performance you expect from Waterwork-Lamson. Arx is a reel built with purpose. Spey or switch cast a variety of lines with maximum control and reliability. Arx has a full cage frame that encapsulates the spool to prevent line from escaping or snagging in critical areas. Normally a configuration like this would do a good job at preventing line fouling, but would preclude palming the reel. Arx is carefully milled on the bottom third of the reel to expose a full palming section. Even the drag knob has been designed to provide optimal grip without exposing a portion of the reel to line fouling.

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M

RD A

M

RD HA

O AL X

WEIGHT: 170 g / 7-8 wt

TM

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HARD ALOX

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ARX

RD HA


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WF 7,8

LINE CAPACITY 125 yds 20#

101 mm

38 mm

226 g

WF 8,9

150 yds 30#

110 mm

38 mm

297 g

WF 10,11

275 yds 30#

X LO

TM

RD HA

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RD A

ROD WT

HA

170 g

T

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WEIGHT

M

WIDTH 30 mm

T

DIA. 95 mm

O AL X

MODEL ARX 3 + ARX 3,5 + ARX 4 +

RD HA

HARD ALOX

SPECIFICATIONS


FORMAT: Ultra Large Arbor

MATERIALS: Machined 6061 Aluminum, Stainless Steel

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RD A

M

RD HA

O AL X

WEIGHT: 81 g / 4-5 wt

TM

HA

U SE THE FORCE Even lighter than the original, the Force SL Series II breaks its own record as the lightest machined reel on the market. This evolution in the Force Superlight reel lineage includes an even larger arbor to increase line retrieval and decrease weight. Plus it has an enhanced CNC machined structural development and more fluid, refined styling. Since coming onto the scene in 1997, the Force reels have pursued what we feel is the Holy Grail of fly reel performance: delivering the highest possible ratio of retrieve rate to reel weight. To this end, while other super arbor reels add weight in order to gain speed, Force reels maintain their featherweight specification by being pure muscle and bone.

SPECIFICATIONS DIA.

WIDTH

FORCE 1 SL II

MODEL

96 mm

24 mm

FORCE 2 SL II

105 mm

FORCE 3 SL II

111 mm

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ROD WT

LINE CAPACITY

81 g

WF4,5

WF4 100 yds 20#

25 mm

94 g

WF5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

32 mm

125 g

WF6,7

WF7 150 yds 20#

T

X LO DRAG: Sealed Conical Drag FINISH: Hard AloxTM

HARD ALOX

FORCE SL II

O AL X

RD HA


HARD ALOX

TM

T

M

O AL X

RD HA

T

M

RD HA

O AL X

SPEEDSTER

FORMAT: Super Arbor

MATERIALS: Machined 6061 Aluminum, stainless steel FINISH: Hard AloxTM DRAG: Sealed Conical Drag

HA

X LO

TM

WEIGHT: 120 g / 5-6 wt

RD A

A REEL HOT ROD A super-high retrieve rate reel, the Speedster features a narrower spool, inboard mounted handle, and an outer diameter significantly larger than our highest performing reels. The narrow spool prevents line barreling, while the inboard handle and added circumference improve retrieve rate. Rev these features up with our classic Waterworks-Lamson styling and attention to detail—plus our timetested, maintenance-free drag system—and you have what the name implies: a hot rod of a reel. *HD spools are not compatible with standard Speedster.

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL

DIA.

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

LINE CAPACITY

SPEEDSTER 1

78 mm

22 mm

96 g

WF 2,3

WF3 35 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER 1,5

89 mm

24 mm

113 g

WF 3,4

WF4 100 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER 2

95 mm

24 mm

120 g

WF 5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER 3

101 mm

26 mm

149 g

WF 6,7

WF7 150 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER 3,5

111 mm

29 mm

170 g

WF 8,9

WF9 200 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER 4

121 mm

32 mm

240 g

WF 9,10

WF10 250 yds 30# WF7 150 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER HD 3

95 mm

26 mm

162 g

WF 6,7

SPEEDSTER HD 3,5

111 mm

38 mm

187 g

WF 8,9

WF9 200 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER HD 4

121 mm

38 mm

265 g

WF 9,10

WF10 250 yds 30#

HD

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LITESPEED MICRA 5

FORMAT: Large Arbor MATERIALS: Machined Aluminum, stainless steel FINISH: MicraLoxTM WEIGHT: 119 g / 5-6 wt

I NFINITE POTENTIAL A legend continually in the making, the Litespeed is one of the most popular and influential fly reels of the last two decades. One of the world’s lightest full drag reels—infinitely durable—the Litespeed Micra 5 is engineering alchemy. In this new version, you get: A higher retrieve rate. An improved ergonomic drag knob for better grip. Plus a stronger, more structurally-sound frame and narrower spool for improved line handling. The drag housing is also integrated into the frame to save weight and decrease overall width. The Litespeed Micra 5 is coated in a new corrosion resistant shield called Micralox—exclusive to Waterworks-Lamson in the fly-fishing realm. Beyond amazing.

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL

DIA.

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

86 mm

33 mm

105 g

WF 3,4,5

LITESPEED Micra 5 - 2

92 mm

34 mm

119 g

WF 4,5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

LITESPEED Micra 5 - 3

99 mm

37 mm

144 g

WF 6,7,8

WF7 150 yds 20#

LITESPEED Micra 5 - 3.5

105 mm

38 mm

162 g

WF 8,9

WF9 200 yds 20#

LITESPEED Micra 5 - 4

118 mm

42 mm

228 g

WF 10,11

WF10 200 yds 30#

LITESPEED Micra 5 - 1.5

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GURU II

FORMAT: Large Arbor MATERIALS: Machined Aluminum, stainless steel FINISH: Type 2 WEIGHT: 131 g / 5-6 wt

R EACH NIRVANA The HD in this reel stands for “Heavy Duty.” The Guru HD has both a complete cage design (like the Arx) and type II finish in a pewter-tan color. Guru HD is a phenomenal, affordable Saltwater and/or Spey reel. Steadfast and stylish, Guru has long set a standard as a rugged, fully USA-machined, and ultra-reliable reel at a mind-blowing price. We’ve updated Guru’s spool geometry for enhanced retrieve rates, opened the porting to reduce weight and improve line drying, integrated the counterbalance, and introduced a curved cross section arbor for structural stability. Guru continues to prove that the quest for enlightenment can be anything but boring.

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL

DIA.

WIDTH

GURU 1 II

78mm

22mm

GURU 1.5 II

85mm

25mm

GURU 2 II

89mm

25mm

GURU 3 II

95mm

29mm

144g

WF 7,8

WF7150 yds 20#

GURU 3.5 II

101mm

30mm

158g

WF 8,9

WF9 200 yds 20#

GURU 4 II

112mm

33mm

198g

WF 10,11

WF10 250 yds 20#

97mm

29mm

143g

WF 7,8

WF7 150 yds 20#

GURU II HD 3,5

103mm

30mm

169g

WF 8,9

GURU II HD 4

114mm

33mm

205g

WF 10,11

GURU II HD 3

WEIGHT 109g

ROD WT

CAPACITY

WF 3,4

WF3 35 yds 20#

121g

WF 4,5

WF4 100 yds 20#

131g

WF 5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

WF9 200 yds 20# WF10 250 yds 30#

STANDARD

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REMIX

FORMAT: Large Arbor MATERIALS: Machined Aluminum Cage/Die Cast Spool FINISH: Type 2 DRAG: Sealed Conical Drag System WEIGHT: 135 g / 5-6 wt

AVAILABLE IN 3PACK

I NFINITE POTENTIAL A fusion between the free-form structures of a cast spool and the mechanical integrity of a CNC-machined case, Remix is a hybrid. The case, CNC-machined in the U.S. from 6061 bar-stock aluminum, delivers maximum structural rigidity and durability all wrapped in a harder, brighter finish. The spool, pressure cast with radiused compound curves, near zero-radius inside corners and a precise fit and finish. Remix brings together the best of CNC machining and pressure-cast technologies to deliver an unprecedented level of quality for a good price. In addition to the US-made case, all critical drag components are CNCmachined here in the U.S. Remix reels are assembled in Boise by our skilled and experienced team. The result of this Remix? High performance, reliability and quality assurance.

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL

138

DIA.

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

LINE CAPACITY

REMIX 1.5

85 mm

25 mm

121 g

WF 3,4

WF4 100 yds 20#

REMIX 2

92 mm

25 mm

135 g

WF 5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

REMIX 3.5

98 mm

29 mm

237 g

WF 8,9

WF8 200 yds 20#

REMIX 3.5HD

101 mm

29 mm

181 g

WF 8,9

WF8 200 yds 20#

REMIX 4HD

121 mm

38 mm

272 g

WF 10,11

WF10 250 yds 30#

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LIQUID

FORMAT: Large Arbor MATERIALS: Die Cast Aluminum FINISH: Type 2 DRAG: Sealed Conical Drag System WEIGHT: 131g / 5-6 wt

AVAILABLE IN 3PACK 1.5, 2, 3.5, 4

COLOR SLEEVES LIQUID & REMIX

Add your personal style on to your Liquid or Remix fly reel with the Color sleeves and one thing is certain: they bring an unseen level of quality and style. Available in three color options: Burnt orange, Salsa gren and Coral blue. (Sold seperatly).

L IQUID COURAGE Let’s face it, die cast reels are intended to be low cost alternatives to a machined reel, right? Imported, heavier, easier to damage, plain Jane, etc. Well... not necessarily. When we started creating Liquid we focused purely on the virtues and advantages a pressure-cast process can offer. These high quality castings are imported, but the components critical to the drag system are CNC-machined here in the U.S. Liquid reels are assembled in Boise alongside our highest priced reels. Nudging out a worthy old war horse like Konic wasn’t easy. It took a blank sheet of paper and sharp electrons. Enjoy the best of all worlds, including the best of Idaho, USA.

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL

DIA.

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

LINE CAPACITY

85 mm

25 mm

119 g

WF3,4

WF4 100 yds 20#

LIQUID 2

92 mm

25 mm

131 g

WF5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

LIQUID 3.5

98 mm

29 mm

152 g

WF8,9

WF8 200 yds 20#

118 mm

34 mm

232 g

WF10,11

WF10 250 yds 30#

LIQUID 1.5

LIQUID 4

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A WORLD OF COLOUR

By popular demand, Flyfish Europe and C&F Design have joined forces and launched a series of new fly boxes in colors that have been requested by fly fishermen across Europe. We’re pleased to launch four new colors designed for the European market: Olive, Blue and Burnt Orange. These colors are available on our Waterproof flyboxes in size S, M and L and on our brand new Large Tube Flyboxes.

Cap Fly Patch

Line Clipper

2-in-1 Retractor

A compact fly storage solution for your headwear. Utilizes 8 strong magnetic dots to keep the flies firmly in place.

A precision tool that is indispensable to any fly fisher. Rubber buttons help assist the cutting motion in wet or cold situations

Our unique open-end design accommodates 2 small tools such as clippers. One-piece urethane curl cord stretches up to 270mm

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Net Holder Easy attachment and removal with a strong stainless clip. Utilizes a unique release mechanism with a stainless spring wire.


-FLY CASES-

N EW C O LO U R S

C & F Design’s unique products are the result of years of development in the lab and on the water. It’s taken the utmost determination and refinement by Japanese designers to create fly boxes, fly fishing accessories, and fly tying tools with such exceptional functionality. Choose from fly boxes with foam facing built into the box, or system fly boxes with replaceable foam inserts that are designed to pop in and out quickly and securely. With this clever system you can use different inserts for different types of flies and create selections for each outing and expedition.

Micro Slit Foam is a concept by C&F Design for improved fly storage. Rows of foam with our patented design hold a wide range of hooks gently but securely. Notches help locate the Micro Slits, making fly organization a breeze. Just insert the hook bend into the slit.

SEE THE FULL RANGE OF C&F DESIGN´S FLY BOXES AT WWW.FLYFISHEUROPE.COM

Net Releaser

Rubycell Fly Dryer

Micro Slit Fly Protector

Tippet Dispenser

Utilizes strong neodymium magnets to hold your net safely in place. When you want to release the net, just pull it. Overall cord length: 1200mm.

Place a fly between the pads and gently dry. The Dryer utilizes high-tech, water-absorbing Rubycells for instant moisture removal. The sponge layer below the drying pad provides cushion.

Fly Protector with a small Micro Slit Foam panel. Polypropylene cover protects flies from damage. Large side gates for ventilation and Micro Slit Foam for secure hook holding

A low-profile dispenser that stores 6 diffeeent tippet materials. A line cutting blade is integrated. Spare spools sold seperatly

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WHEN CREATIVITY & INNOVATION UNITE! Fly tying is an artform in itself - one that sparks contemplative- and creative thoughts. As with all other artforms, the tools play a defining role when tying flies, and with that in mind, C & F Design have created some of the most versatile and innovative fly tying tools in the trade.

REFERENCE

MARCO POLO

Our top-of-the line fly tying vise, featuring superior ergonomic comfort, rock-solid construction and delicate adjustability. Innovations include link arm, magnetic jaw and exclusive accessories. Comes with Temporary Hanger, Bobbin Hanger and Centering Mandrel

The “Marco Polo� Fly Tying System is for serious use on fishing trips. The design started with our Large Waterproof Case, and we built the system around it to create a minimal yet fully functional fly tying tool kit. Travel neat, tie well, and fish hard.

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FLY TYING TRAVELLER KIT


LIGHTWEIGHT CHEST STORAGE

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Fly Tying Tools

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ROTARY BOBBIN TREE

FLY WHEEL

Hackle Pliers

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CFT-120/V バイオットプライヤー P ●Designed to flat materials such a Magnum Gravity Ring ●An replacement ring forwind CFT-120 and CFT-120M CFT-120M/V ミッジバイオットプライ Midge Biot Pliers 90 degrees from our standard Hackle

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90 degrees from our standard Hackle

●先端部のエッジ部分には全周アールを tension  The shock-absorbing elastomer joint

●マグナムグラビティーキットは、 ハックルプライ ●The gripping inside is sandbl ●An replacement ring for surface CFT-120 and CFT-120M ●Designed to wind flat materials such CFT-120M/V ミッジバイオットプライ ●The head has a sight flare at the nose ta エイトです shock-absorbing elastomer joint ●Its heavier The weight helps maintain tension of m 90 degrees our Hackle ●The gripping surface inside is sandbl ●Designed tofrom wind flatstandard materials such a tension ●よりステムの硬いマテリアルやブラシなどを巻き ●The head has a sight at theHackle nose  The shock-absorbing elastomer jointt ●マグナムグラビティーキットは、 ハックルプライ 90 degrees from our flare standard ●ハックルプライヤー本体からウエイトを外し付け ●プライヤー先端部内側にはサンドブラ ●The gripping inside is sandbl tension エイトです ●The head has asurface sight flare at the nose t をしっかり挟み込みます  The shock-absorbing elastomer joint ●The gripping surface inside is sandbl ●よりステムの硬いマテリアルやブラシなどを巻き ●プライヤー先端部内側にはサンドブラ

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●ショックアブゾーバーとOリングは、微妙

●先端部のエッジ部分には全周アールを ●ショックアブゾーバーとOリングは、 微妙 をしっかり挟み込みます ディを作る事ができます Rotary Hackle Pliers ●A swiveling防ぎます hackle pliers that shares the sam ●プライヤー本体の位置関係がマテリア ●先端部のエッジ部分には全周アールを

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ディを作る事ができます グリップ部 CFT-140 ロータリーハックルプライヤー PAT 防ぎます ●CFT-120と同じプライヤーを装備し、 ●プライヤー本体の位置関係がマテリア ●ショックアブゾーバーとOリングは、微妙 ●ジョイント部分にはエラストマーラバーでショッ ●A swiveling hackle pliers that shares the sam ディを作る事ができます ●プライヤー本体の位置関係がマテリア  ハックルを巻く際には適度なテンションを掛け ●CFT-120と同じプライヤーを装備し、 グリップ部 ディを作る事ができます きにくい箇所にもきっちりとハックルを巻くこと CFT-127 マグナムグラビティーリング ●ジョイント部分にはエラストマーラバーでショッ ●An replacement ring for CFT-120 and CFT-127 マグナムグラビティーリング  ハックルを巻く際には適度なテンションを掛け

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きにくい箇所にもきっちりとハックルを巻くこと ●An replacement ring for CFT-120 and Magnum Gravity R CFT-127 マグナムグラビティーリング Midge Rotary Hackle Pl ●マグナムグラビティーキットは、 ハック ●Its heavier weight helps maintain ten

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●よりステムの硬いマテリアルやブラシ

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CFT-140Midge ミッジロータリーハックルプ ●CFT-120Midgeと同じプライヤーを装備し、 グリ エイトです ●ハックルプライヤー本体からウエイトを ●マグナムグラビティーキットは、 ハック

●よりステムの硬いマテリアルやブラシ

●A swivelingエイトです hackle pliers that shares the sam ●ハックルプライヤー本体からウエイトを Rotary Hackle Plier ●よりステムの硬いマテリアルやブラシ ●ハックルプライヤー本体からウエイトを CFT-140 ロータリーハックルプライヤ Rotary Hackle Plier ●A swiveling hackle pliers that share CFT-140 ロータリーハックルプライヤ Rotary Hackle Plierグ ●CFT-120と同じプライヤーを装備し、 ●A swiveling hackle pliers that share Rotary Hackle Plier

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●CFT-120Midgeと同じプライヤーを装 ●A swiveling hackle ミッジロータリー pliers that share CFT-140Midge

●A swiveling hackle pliers that share ●CFT-120Midgeと同じプライヤーを装 Hans van Klinken ハンス・ヴァン・クリンケン Fly Fisher, Auther, Outdoor Journalist ●CFT-120Midgeと同じプライヤーを装 Hans van Klinken ハンス・ヴァン・クリンケン Hans van Klinken Hans van Klinken

積が確保されています。 ラバーを使ったショックアブソーバーはまったく斬新なアイディアで、 最初は耐久性に問題があるのではと思いました CFT-120ハックルプライヤーは、 通常のハックリングもパラシュートも、完璧にこなします。私はどちらのタイプも大量にタイイングします。 バ ちりとした高品質素材で、 その伸縮性はハックルの切れ防止に確かに役立つようです。小さいながらも画期的なツールですね。 積が確保されています。ラバーを使ったショックアブソーバーはまったく斬新なアイディアで、 最初は耐久性に問題があるのではと思いました

Fly for Fisher, Auther, Outdoor Journalist The hackle pliers model CFT-120 works perfectly normal hackles as well for parachutes. Of course I tried both techniques intens ハンス・ヴァン・クリンケン the clip and, plenty of purchase area under the flared points too. The flexible rubber neck between the clip and the finger-loop is ab Fly Fisher, Auther, Outdoor Journalist The pliers CFT-120 works perfectly for normal as well parachutes. Of course I tried both techniques intens first hackle it will not lastmodel for long, you will change your mind quicklyhackles when using it.for It’sハンス very・ヴァン solid ・クリンケン and seems very good quality rubber inde the clip and, plenty of snapping purchase while area under theFly flared points too.Outdoor The rubber neck between the clip and the finger-loop is ab Fisher, Auther, Journalist the hackle quills from winding. It’s a brilliant little tool.flexible The pliers CFT-120 works perfectly for normal as wellit.for Of course I tried bothquality techniques intens first hackle it will not lastmodel for long, you will change your mind quicklyhackles when using It’sparachutes. very solid and seems very good rubber inde the clip and, plenty of snapping purchase area under the It’s flared points hackles too. The flexible rubber neck between theI tried clip and the finger-loop is ab the hackle quills from winding. a brilliant little tool. The hackle pliers model CFT-120while works perfectly for normal as well for parachutes. Of course both techniques intens CFT-120ハックルプライヤーは、 完璧にこなします。 私はどちらのタイプも大量にタイイングします。 バ first it will notplenty last for you通常のハックリングもパラシュートも、 will mindpoints quicklytoo. when it. It’s very neck solid between and seems very quality rubber inde the clip and, oflong, purchase areachange under your the flared Theusing flexible rubber the clipgood and the finger-loop is ab 積が確保されています。 ラバーを使ったショックアブソーバーはまったく斬新なアイディアで、 最初は耐久性に問題があるのではと思いました the quills snapping while winding. a brilliant tool. firsthackle it will not lastfrom for long, you通常のハックリングもパラシュートも、 will change yourIt’s mind quicklylittle when using it. It’s very 私はどちらのタイプも大量にタイイングします。 solid and seems very good quality rubber inde CFT-120ハックルプライヤーは、 完璧にこなします。 バ ちりとした高品質素材で、その伸縮性はハックルの切れ防止に確かに役立つようです。 小さいながらも画期的なツールですね。 the hackle quills from snapping while winding. It’s a brilliant little tool. 積が確保されています。 ラバーを使ったショックアブソーバーはまったく斬新なアイディアで、 最初は耐久性に問題があるのではと思いました CFT-120ハックルプライヤーは、 通常のハックリングもパラシュートも、完璧にこなします。 私はどちらのタイプも大量にタイイングします。バ ちりとした高品質素材で、その伸縮性はハックルの切れ防止に確かに役立つようです。 小さいながらも画期的なツールですね。

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・ヴァン・クリンケン CFT-140 ロータリーハックルプライヤ The hackle pliers model CFT-120 works perfectly for normal hackles as well for ハンス parachutes. Of course I tried both techniques intensively. The ●ジョイント部分にはエラストマーラバー Fisher, Auther, Journalist ●CFT-120と同じプライヤーを装備し、 the clip and, plenty of purchase area under theFly flared points too.Outdoor The flexible rubber neck between the clip and the finger-loop is absolutely  ハックルを巻く際には適度なテンショ ●A swiveling hackle pliers that shareグ CFT-140 ロータリーハックルプライヤ first it will not last for long, you will change your mind quickly when using it. It’s very solid and seems very●ジョイント部分にはエラストマーラバー good quality rubber indeed. The e きにくい箇所にもきっちりとハックルを ●A swiveling hackle pliers that share ●CFT-120と同じプライヤーを装備し、 グ The hacklequills pliersfrom model CFT-120while workswinding. perfectly normal hackles as well for parachutes. Of course I tried both techniques intensively. The  ハックルを巻く際には適度なテンショ the hackle snapping It’sfor a brilliant little tool. ●ジョイント部分にはエラストマーラバー the clip and, plenty of purchase area under the flared points too. The flexible rubber neck between the clip and the finger-loop is absolutelyグ きにくい箇所にもきっちりとハックルを ●CFT-120と同じプライヤーを装備し、 CFT-140Midge first it will not last for long, you will change your mind quickly when using it. It’s very solid and seems very ハックルを巻く際には適度なテンショ good quality rubber indeed. The e ●ジョイント部分にはエラストマーラバー きにくい箇所にもきっちりとハックルを CFT-120ハックルプライヤーは、 通常のハックリングもパラシュートも、 完璧にこなします。私はどちらのタイプも大量にタイイングします。 バネは強く CFT-140Midge the hackle quills from snapping while winding. It’s a brilliant little tool.  ハックルを巻く際には適度なテンショ 積が確保されています。ラバーを使ったショックアブソーバーはまったく斬新なアイディアで、最初は耐久性に問題があるのではと思いましたが、 使っ きにくい箇所にもきっちりとハックルを CFT-140Midge ミッジロータリー CFT-140Midge ちりとした高品質素材で、 その伸縮性はハックルの切れ防止に確かに役立つようです。小さいながらも画期的なツールですね。 ●A swiveling hackle pliersバネは強く that share CFT-120ハックルプライヤーは、通常のハックリングもパラシュートも、完璧にこなします。私はどちらのタイプも大量にタイイングします。 CFT-140Midge ミッジロータリー CFT-140Midge 積が確保されています。ラバーを使ったショックアブソーバーはまったく斬新なアイディアで、最初は耐久性に問題があるのではと思いましたが、使っ ●CFT-120Midgeと同じプライヤーを装 ●A swiveling hackle pliers that share ちりとした高品質素材で、その伸縮性はハックルの切れ防止に確かに役立つようです。小さいながらも画期的なツールですね。 CFT-140Midge ミッジロータリー

CFT-140 The Expert’s Voice

●Plier ●Plier head head has has a slight a slight flare at the at the nose nose to minimize to minimize the risk of cutting of cutting materials materials ●Plier head has a slight flare atflare the nose to minimize thethe risk of risk cutting materials ●Shock-absorbing ●Shock-absorbing elastomer elastomer joint joint ●Shock-absorbing elastomer joint ●Brass ●Brass stabilizer/finger stabilizer/finger hole hole with with optimized optimized weight weight ●Brass stabilizer/finger hole with optimized weight ●Grip: ●Grip: elastomer elastomer rubber rubber ●Grip: elastomer rubber ●Head: ●Head: stainless stainless steel steel ●Head: stainless steel

●プライヤー先端部は充分なバレル研磨でエッジを処理しました ●プライヤー先端部は充分なバレル研磨でエッジを処理しました ●プライヤー先端部は充分なバレル研磨でエッジを処理しました  又ハックルのグリップを確実にする為にノンスリップ加工を施しました  又ハックルのグリップを確実にする為にノンスリップ加工を施しました  又ハックルのグリップを確実にする為にノンスリップ加工を施しました ●ジョイント部分にはグリップと一体のエラストマーラバーでショックアブソーバーを設けまし ●ジョイント部分にはグリップと一体のエラストマーラバーでショックアブソーバーを設けまし ●ジョイント部分にはグリップと一体のエラストマーラバーでショックアブソーバーを設けまし た。 た。 ハックルを巻きながら、 ハックルを巻きながら、 微妙な指先の感覚を失わずフレキシブルに伸縮します 微妙な指先の感覚を失わずフレキシブルに伸縮します た。 ハックルを巻きながら、 微妙な指先の感覚を失わずフレキシブルに伸縮します ●グリップ内側には着脱可能な真鍮削り出しスタビライザーをセットしました。 ●グリップ内側には着脱可能な真鍮削り出しスタビライザーをセットしました。 ハックルを巻き ハックルを巻き ●グリップ内側には着脱可能な真鍮削り出しスタビライザーをセットしました。 ハックルを巻き 終わった後にハックルプライヤーから手を離してもハックルが緩むことを防ぎます 終わった後にハックルプライヤーから手を離してもハックルが緩むことを防ぎます 終わった後にハックルプライヤーから手を離してもハックルが緩むことを防ぎます

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SHOOTING TEXTURE

SONAR

100-LB CORE

FLOATING TEXTURE

WELDED LOOPS

Diamond-shaped embossing that reduces surface area, resulting in high flotation

Hand-welded loops on the ends of fly lines to provide loop-to-loop leader connections

SEAMLESS DENSITY

TACTILE REFERENCE POINT

AUDIBLE REFERENCE POINT

Golf ball-shaped embossing that reduces friction, resulting in increased shootability

A smooth section of line that serves as a tactile signal between the head and running line

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A revolutionary breakthrough in slickness technology; 50% slicker than the original AST

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Our SONAR sinking technology takes flies to where the fish are: beneath the surface

The Audible Reference Point is the inverseoftheTactileReferencePoint - an embossed section oflinewhere the head meets the running line.

A 100-lb. braided monofilament core built for large fish and harsh tropical conditions

A gradual mixing of densities, resulting in a straight-line connection to the fly

CAMO TIP

A subtle mixing of muted colors on the tip to provide increased stealth


TEXTURED

MPX Mastery Presentation Taper • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

LINE WEIGHT WF-3-F

• The ultimate general presentation line • Improved version of our GPX taper

90’

80’

70’

60’

50’

HEAD LENGTH 9,9M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 7,1G

WF-4-F

9,9M

27,5M

8,4G

WF-5-F

11,OM

27,5M

9,7G

11,OM20’

27,5M10’

11,2G0’

40’ WF-6-F30’

• Made a half-size heavy to load fast-action rods

WF-7-F

12,1M

27,5M

12,8G

• Best for large dry flies, nymphs, and streamers

WF-8-F

12,5M

27,5M

14,5G

• For use in moderate and cold climates

WF-9-F

12,9M

27,5M

16,8G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Braided multifilament core

TROUT For Delicate Deliveries to Trout

NEW

• Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

LINE WEIGHT WF-3-F

• Floating Texture on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation • Shooting Texture running line delivers longer casts • Revised compound taper for delicate deliveries

HEAD LENGTH 19,5M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 6,5G

WF-4-F

20,1M

27,5M

7,8G

WF-5-F

20,7M

27,5M

9,1G

WF-6-F

21,3M

27,5M

10,4G

WF-7-F

21,9M

27,5M

12,0G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Excels in medium-to-long distances with dry flies and smaller nymphs and streamers • Designed specifically for chasing trout • Braided multifilament core

ANADRO Big Rivers and Long-Line Nymphing

NEW

• Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

LINE WEIGHT WF-4-F

• Floating Texture on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation 100’ 90’ 80’ 70’ 60’ 50’ • Shooting Texture running line delivers longer casts • Long rear taper for extended line control and longdistance casting • Overweighted by 1.5 sizes to assist in turning over heavy rigs

WF-5-F WF-6-F

40’

WF-7-F

HEAD LENGTH 18,3M 18,3M 18,3M

30’

18,6M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,7G

30,5M 30,5M

20’

30,5M

11,3G

10’

13,0G 14,6G

WF-8-F

19,2M

30,5M

16,8G

WF-9-F

19,2M

30,5M

19,8G

0’

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Use one size heavy for switch rods • For use in moderate and cold climates • Braided multifilament core

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GRAND SLAM Bonefish, permit and tarpon • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-F

HEAD LENGTH 12,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,9G 14,9G

WF-7-F

12,2M

30,4M

WF-8-F

12,2M

30,4M

17,0G

• Loads rods quickly, cuts through the wind with ease, and turns over big saltwater flies

WF-9-F

12,2M

30,4M

19,4G

WF-10-F

12,2M

30,4M

22,7G

• Short, powerful head for quick casts to moving targets

WF-11-F

12,2M

30,4M

26,7G

WF-12-F

12,2M

30,4M

30,8G

• Designed for demanding tropical saltwater applications

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Tropi-Core technology for tropical climates

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80’

70’

60’

50’

40’

30’

20’

10’

0’

BONEFISH For Bonefish on the Flats

NEW

• Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability • High-contrast sighter to identify the back of the line when fighting fish on long runs • Floating Texture on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation • Shooting Texture running line delivers longer casts

LINE WEIGHT WF-5-F

HEAD LENGTH 10,3M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,7G

WF-6-F

10,8M

30,5M

10,4G

WF-7-F

11,4M

30,5M

12,0G

WF-8-F

12,1M

30,5M

13,6G

WF-9-F

12,8M

30,5M

15,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Revised taper for delicate deliveries to skittish fish • Stiff coating and core for enhanced shooting • Looped on both ends for quick rigging • Medium-length head for fly control and casting accuracy • Tropi-Core technology for tropical climates

TARPON For Laid-Up or Moving Tarpon

NEW

• Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability • High-contrast sighter to identify the back of the line when fighting fish on long runs • Floating Texture on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation • Shooting Texture running line delivers longer casts • Short head for quick rod loading • Stealthy color scheme for wary fish • High-strength core to fight large fish • Tropi-Core technology for tropical climates

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LINE WEIGHT WF-10-F

HEAD LENGTH 11,0M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 18,5G

WF-11-F

11,0M

30,5M

22,0G

WF-12-F

11,0M

30,5M

25,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m


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70’

60’

50’

40’

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TEXTURED 10’ 0’

20’

BIG WATER TAPER For the Biggest Fish in the Biggest Water

NEW

• Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability • High-contrast sighter to identify the back of the line when fighting fish on long runs • Floating Texture on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation

LINE WEIGHT WF-10-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,9M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 21,4G

WF-11-F

9,9M

32,0M

24,6G

WF-12-F

9,9M

32,0M

29,2G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Shooting Texture running line delivers longer casts • Built one size heavy to load quickly and deliver the biggest flies to the furthest targets • Specially designed for tropical environments • Built on a 100-lb. core

Shoots Farther 50% slicker than the original AST

Retains Slickness Maintains that out-of-the-box feel for the life of the line

Lasts Longer On average Scientific Anglers lines last 86.2% longer than the closest three competitors

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ART All-Round Taper • Medium length head suited forRUNNING all skill levels LINE • Half-size heavy to load rods quickly

• Powerful taper turns over long dry-fly leaders and delivers nymphs and small streamers 100’ 90’ 80’ 70’ 60’ 50’ • Great for single-handed Spey casting

LINE REAR HEADBELLY TOTALFRONT WEIGHT FRONT WEIGHT LENGTHTAPER IN GRAMS* TAPERLENGTH TAPER WF-2-F 9,4M 30,5M 2 5,851 WF-3-F

9,8M

WF-4-F 40’

30’10,2M

30,5M

7,15

20’30,5M 10’ 8,45 0’

WF-5-F

10,6M

30,5M

• Two-tone,stealthy colors with camouflage tip for wary fish

WF-6-F

10,6M

30,5M

9,75 11,2

WF-7-F

11,0M

30,5M

12,8

• Floating Texture on tip for higher flotation

WF-8-F

11,0M

30,5M

14,6

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• AST slickness additive for increased shooting ability • Front and rear welded loops

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SBT Short Belly Taper • Short head delivers flies at short-to-medium range with extended line control • Turns over weighted flies, yet offers light presentations • Camo non-spooking tip,

LINE WEIGHT WF-2-F

HEAD LENGTH 6,5M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 6,5G

WF-3-F

6,8M

30,5M

7,8G

WF-4-F

7,1M

30,5M

9,0G 10,4G

• Well suited for single-handed Spey casts

WF-5-F

7,4M

30,5M

WF-6-F

7,7M

30,5M

11,9,G

• Braided multifilament core

WF-7-F

8,0M

30,5M

13,6G

WF-8-F

8,0M

30,5M

15,5G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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VPT Versatile Presentation • Perfect for delicate dry-fly fishing • Floating Textured tip for high flotation • Great for roll-casting and soft presentations • Excellent line control in close or at a distance • Braided multifilament core

LINE WEIGHT WF-2-F

HEAD LENGTH 12,1M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 5,2G 6,5G

WF-3-F

12,6M

30,5M

WF-4-F

12,9M

30,5M

7,8G

WF-5-F

13,4M

30,5M

9,0G

WF-6-F

13,7M

30,5M

10,4G

WF-7-F

14,3M

30,5M

12,0G

WF-8-F

14,0M

30,5M

13,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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BFT Big Fly Taper • “ Big gun” line delivers big flies without sacrificing control and accuracy • Optimized for temperate conditions • Short front head reduces need for false casts • Braided multifilament core, very low stiffness, very strong delivery

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-F

HEAD LENGTH 10,4M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,0G

WF-7-F

10,4M

30,5M

13,6G

WF-8-F

10,4M

30,5M

15,6G

WF-9-F

10,4M

30,5M

18,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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DTD Double Taper Dual • Popular Ultra 4 front taper on one end for diverse fishing situations • Modified VPT front taper on the other end for delicate dry-fly fishing • Looped on both ends, makes changing tapers quick and easy • Braided multifilament core

LINE WEIGHT DT-2-F

HEAD LENGTH N/A

TOTAL LENGTH 27,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 5,2G

DT-3-F

N/A

27,5M

6,5G

DT-4-F

N/A

27,5M

7,8G

DT-5-F

N/A

27,5M

9,1G

DT-6-F

N/A

27,5M

10,4G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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MPX Mastery Presentation Taper • The ultimate general presentation line

LINE WEIGHT WF-3-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,9M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 7,1G 8,4G

• Improved version of our GPX taper

WF-4-F

9,9M

27,5M

• Best for large dry flies, nymphs, and streamers

WF-5-F

11,OM

27,5M

9,7G

WF-6-F

11,OM

27,5M

11,2G

• Made a half-size heavy to load fast-action rods • Braided multifilament core

WF-7-F

12,1M

27,5M

12,8G

WF-8-F

12,5M

27,5M

14,5G

WF-9-F

12,9M

27,5M

16,8G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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BUCKSKIN/OPTIC GREEN

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TITAN LONG

Floating Dry Fly Line

Superior Turnover with More Line Control

Quick-Loading Floating Taper for Big Flies

• Delicate taper for precision casts

• Built two sizes heavy to load quickly and deliver the biggest flies to the furthest targets

• Built two sizes heavy to load quickly and deliver the biggest flies to the furthest targets

• Extended rear taper for line control and mending ability

• Ideal line for boat or wade fishing

• For cold-to-temperate climates • Braided multifilament core

• Braided multifilament core

• Superb dry-fly line • Ideal for delicate presentations

TITAN

LINE WEIGHT WF-2-F

HEAD LENGTH 19,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 5,2G

LINE WEIGHT WF-5-F

HEAD LENGTH 13,1M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,0G

WF-3-F

19,8M

27,5M

6,5G

WF-6-F

13,1M

27,4M

WF-4-F

20,4M

27,5M

7,8G

WF-7-F

13,1M

WF-8-F

13,1M

WF-5-F

21,0M

27,5M

9,7G

WF-6-F

21,6M

27,5M

10,4G

WF-7-F

22,2M

27,5M

12,0G

• Braided multifilament core

LINE WEIGHT WF-5-F

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,4M

13,6G

WF-6-F

10,2M

27,4M

13,6G

27,4M

15,6G

WF-7-F

10,2M

27,4M

15,6G

27,4M

18,1G

WF-8-F

10,2M

27,4M

18,1G

WF-9-F

10,2M

27,4M

21,4G

WF-10-F

10,2M

27,4M

24,6G

WF-11-F

10,2M

27,4M

29,2G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

NEW

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,0G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

EXPERT DISTANCE

DOUBLE TAPER

REDFISH COLD

Distance-Casting Taper

Floating Dry-Fly Line for delicate presentation

For Redfish in Cooler Temperatures

• Extra-long head and tapers for longdistance casting

• Excels in short-to-medium distances with dry flies and smaller nymphs

• Short front taper and head for quick, powerful casts

• Compound head design ensures strong turnover at distance

• The ultimate fly line for chasing trout

• Half-size heavy for quick loading

• Braided multifilament core

• Softer saltwater coating for cool-weather fishing

• Ideal line for IFFF casting certification

• Braided multifilament core LINE WEIGHT WF-5-F

HEAD TOTAL LENGTH LENGTH 20,8M 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,0G

LINE WEIGHT DT-2-F

BELLY LENGTH 24,8M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* 5,2G

LINE WEIGHT WF-7-F

HEAD LENGTH 12,1M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 5,2G 6,5G

WF-6-F

21,5M

32,0M

10,4G

DT-3-F

24,4M

27,4M

6,5G

WF-8-F

12,6M

30,5M

WF-7-F

22,0M

32,0M

12,0G

DT-4-F

24,0M

27,4M

7,8G

WF-9-F

12,9M

30,5M

7,8G

WF-8-F

22,7M

32,0M

13,6G

DT-5-F

23,5M

27,4M

9,0G

WF-10-F

13,4M

30,5M

9,0G

DT-6-F

23,0M

27,4M

10,4G

WF-5-F COMP

20,8M

36,5M

9,0G

WF-6-F COMP

21,5M

36,5M

10,4G

WF-7-F COMP

22,0M

36,5M

12,0G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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ANADRO

COMPETITION NYMPH

GRAND SLAM

Made for mending

Built to FIPS Mouche Standards

For Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit

• Long rear taper for extended line control and long-distance casting

• Ultra-thin level-line design for premium performance and sensitivity

• Designed for demanding tropical saltwater applications

• Ideal for roll casting and long-distance mending

• For use with rods 0- through 5-weight

• Loads rods quickly, cuts through wind with ease, and turns over big saltwater flies

• Overweighted to assist in turning over heavy rigs

NEW

LINE WEIGHT WF-4-F

HEAD LENGTH 18,3M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

• Meets FIPS Mouche competition specifications • For use in moderate and cold climates

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,7G

LINE WEIGHT 0-5 FLOAT

HEAD LENGTH N/A

TOTAL LENGTH 24,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* N/A

0-5 INT. SINK

N/A

24,4M

N/A

WF-5-F

18,3M

30,5M

11,3G

WF-6-F

18,3M

30,5M

12,8G

WF-7-F

18,6M

30,5M

14,6G

WF-8-F

18,9M

30,5M

16,8G

WF-9-F

19,2M

30,5M

WF-10-F

19,2M

30,5M

FLOATING

INTERMEDIATE

• Short, powerful head for quick casts to moving targets LINE WEIGHT WF-6-F

HEAD LENGTH 12,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 11,5G

WF-7-F

12,2M

30,5M

13,3G

WF-8-F

12,2M

30,5M

15,0G

WF-9-F

12,2M

30,5M

17,5G

WF-10-F

12,2M

30,5M

20,6G

20,0G

WF-11-F

12,2M

30,5M

23,8G

23,0G

WF-12-F

12,2M

30,5M

28,0G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

TARPON

BONEFISH

SALTWATER

For tarpon on the flats

For bonefish on the flats

Short belly taper

• Designed specifically for presenting flies to laid-up or moving tarpon

• Revised taper for delicate deliveries to skittish fish

• Compound taper turns over big flies

• Smooth casting, with a delicate delivery and tangle-free design

• Precise presentations in tropical conditions

• Designed for use in temperate and tropical climates

• Stealthy color scheme for wary fish

• Stiff coating and core for enhanced shooting

• Two tone for better visibility

• Short head for quick rod loading

• Looped on both ends for quick rigging TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,0G

LINE WEIGHT WF-7-F

HEAD LENGTH 11,3M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

10,6M

30,5M

10,4G

WF-8-F

11,3M

30,5M

14,6G

11,3M

30,5M

12,0G

WF-9-F

11,3M

30,5M

16,8G

LINE WEIGHT WF-10-F

HEAD LENGTH 10,9M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 19,7G

LINE WEIGHT WF-5-F

HEAD LENGTH 10,0M

WF-11-F

10,9M

30,5M

23,0G

WF-6-F

27,0G

WF-7-F

WF-12-F

10,9M

30,5M

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Variable head lengths for distance casting and quick shots to passing fish GRAM WEIGHT* 12,9G

WF-8-F

11,9M

30,5M

13,6G

WF-10-F

12,1M

30,5M

19,8G

WF-9-F

12,5M

30,5M

15,5G

WF-11-F

12,1M

30,5M

23,0G

WF-12-F

12,1M

30,5M

27,0G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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FISH THE

TRUTH LEADER & TIPPET For years, our tippet materials were marketed as being something they weren’t. The diameters, breaking strengths, and performance just weren’t accurate—or up to par with our own rigorous standards. Our new tippet is, simply put, the strongest and most reliable we have ever created, with the highest wet-knot strength of anything we tested. Period. You can fish the other stuff, or you can Fish the Truth!

HARD MONO AR TIPPET

FLUOROCARBON TIPPET

FRESHWATER TIPPET

TRI-COLOR SIGHTER TIPPET

• Abrasion-resistant • Sizes: 2,7kg to 9,1kg • 30m spools • The highest wet-knot breaking strength in the industry • Hardened monofilament for powerful fly turnover

• Up to 35% stronger • True-to-spec X sizes • Sizes: 7X to 36,3kg • 30m & 100m spools • The highest wet-knot breaking strength in the industry

• Up to 35% stronger • True-to-spec X sizes • Sizes: 8X to 29,5kg • 30m & 100m spools • The highest wet-knot breaking strength in the industry

• Triple-colored sighter tippet • Designed for use with Euro-style nymphing rigs • For use as a strike indicator • Green, white, and orange alternates every 10 inches • 10m worth of material

SPOOL FEATURES • 10 and 30m spools feature a built-in cutter • Color-coded elastic bands printed with size and strength • Spool hubs snap together and rotate independently

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MORE INFO • Freshwater and Fluorocarbon 0X-7X also come in 100m • Larger sizes come on large format spools


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NEW

FRESHWATER It’s all well and good to have a quality fly line, but without a good leader, you’re out of luck. Our nylon Freshwater leaders come in four different lengths and feature a longer, larger butt section for easy turnover. Each leader comes in a two-pack, so you spend less time rooting through your vest for a new leader and more time actually fishing. Sizes: 1,5kg - 9,1kg

FLUOROCARBON While we’re not going to sit here and claim that our Fluorocarbon Leaders are invisible underwater, let’s just say that they’re extremely difficult for fish to see. Constructed of a UV-proof material with high abrasion resistance, these leaders are great for wary fish, low-water conditions, and truly excel when nymphing. But did you know they’re also great for dry-fly fishing? Just an added bonus.

SALMON Fishing for salmon requires a lot of patience and, often, a lot of experimentation. Our nylon Salmon leaders are available in two different lengths and a variety of breaking strengths in order to help you get your flies in front of the fish. Ideal for both fresh and salt water, these leaders feature a large butt diameter to turn over large flies and work well for both Spey and conventional casting. Sizes 7,3kg - 13,6kg

SONAR LEADERS Imagine a world where you need to get a fly down to the fish, but all you have is a floating fly line. In that world, the perfect solution would be our SONAR Sinking Leaders. Luckily for you, we live in such a world. These 10’ leaders attach to the end of a fly line and can put your fly anywhere in the water column. With five different densities, each weighing in at 50 grains, you’ll be able to cover the surface to the depths. Ideal for single-handed lines as well as light double-handed lines, no matter the scenario, you can Get Down with SONAR.

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SALTWATER Designed with low visibility in mind for fish on the flats, our nylon Saltwater leaders are perfect for chasing permit, redfish, bonefish, and other saltwater game. The unique taper helps turn over flies and three different breaking strengths help you dial in your presentation. Sizes 3,6kg - 8,2kg

ANADROMOUS Fishing for salmon and steelhead requires a lot of patience and, often, a lot of experimentation. Our nylon Anadromous leaders are available in two different lengths and a variety of breaking strengths in order to help you get your flies in front of the fish. Ideal for both fresh and salt water, these leaders feature a large butt diameter to turn over large flies and work well for both Spey and conventional casting. They feature the highest wet knot strength in the industry.

BASS Specifically designed to handle larger bass flies and poppers, our freshwater nylon Bass leaders feature a heavy butt section and powerful taper that help turn over the largest flies. Available in three different breaking strengths, finely tuned to help you land those head-shaking, hard-fighting bass we all know and love. They feature the highest wet knot strength in the industry.

HARD MONO AR Abrasion resistance is a real concern when fighting fish that run and hide behind coral heads, mangrove roots, or logjams. Our Hard Mono AR leaders, with the highest abrasion resistance in the industry, will put a stop to these hucksters and help you land more fish without all the fuss.

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SINKING LINES

• Extra slow wink rate for sub-surface fishing with slow retrieves

The SONAR series takes your fly and puts it right in front of the fish. Whether you’re throwing streamers for trout, big flies for muskie, or even fishing stillwaters, we have the perfect sinking line for you. Get down, and stay down, with SONAR.

• Made a half-size heavy to load fast-action rods • Smaller diameter cuts through the wind and turns over bigger flies • For temperate climates

GET DOWN

LINE WEIGHT WF-5-F/H WF-6-F/H WF-7-F/H

HEAD LENGTH 11,1M 11,7M 12,3M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M 32,0M 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,7G 11,3G 13,0G

WF-8-F/H

12,8M

32,0M

14,6G

WF-9-F/H

13,6M

32,0M

16,8G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

SINK 30 WARM & CLEAR

SINK 30 COLD

SINK 25 COLD

Sinking-Head Fly Lines for Warm Water

Sinking-Head Fly Line for Cold Water

Sinking-Head Fly Line for Cold Water

• 30’ extra-fast sinking head with handling line

• 25’ extra-fast sinking head with handling line

• Intermediate running line

• Low tangle design increases shooting distance

• Excellent big-water streamer line from a boat

• Floating running line

• Super Fast Sink: 4.0 - 8.0 ips, sinks 4’ - 15’

• Super Fast Sink: 4.0 - 8.0 ips, sinks 4’ - 15’

• Braided multifilament core

• Braided multifilament core

• Sink 30 Warm: Super Fast Sink: 4.0 - 8.0 ips, sinks 4’ - 15’ • Sink 30 Clear: 1.25 ips (Intermediate) • Braided multifilament core (Warm); monofilament core (Clear)

GRAM WEIGHT* 6,5G

LINE HEAD TOTAL WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH 150 GR 4-6 WT 9,1M 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,7G

LINE HEAD TOTAL WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH 150 GR 4-6 WT 7,6M 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,7G

LINE WEIGHT 5/6

HEAD LENGTH 9,1M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

6/7

9,1M

32,0M

7,8G

200 GR 5-7 WT

9,1M

32,0M

13,0G

200 GR 5-7 WT

7,6M

32,0M

13,0G

7/8

9,1M

32,0M

9,0G

250 GR 6-8 WT

9,1M

32,0M

16,2G

250 GR 6-8 WT

7,6M

32,0M

16,2G

8/9

9,1M

32,0M

10,4G

300 GR 7-9 WT

9,1M

32,0M

19,4G

300 GR 7-9 WT

7,6M

32,0M

19,4G

350 GR 8-10 WT

9,1M

32,0M

22,7G

350 GR 8-10 WT

7,6M

32,0M

22,7G

9/10

9,1M

32,0M

11,9,G

10/11

9,1M

32,0M

13,6G

400 GR 9-12 WT

9,1M

32,0M

25,9G

400 GR 11-12 WT

7,6M

32,0M

25,9G

11/13

9,1M

32,0M

15,5G

450 GR 12-13 WT

9,1M

32,0M

29,2G

450 GR 12-13 WT

7,6M

32,0M

29,2G

5/6-CLEAR

9,1M

32,0M

9,7G

6/7-CLEAR

9,1M

32,0M

13,0G 16,2G

7/8-CLEAR

9,1M

32,0M

8/9-CLEAR

9,1M

32,0M

19,4G

9/10-CLEAR

9,1M

32,0M

22,7G

10/11-CLEAR

9,1M

32,0M

25,9G

11/13-CLEAR

9,1M

32,0M

29,2G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m


NEW

SINK TIP

STILLWATER CLEAR TIP MIDGE

STILLWATER CLEAR

Sinking-Tip Fly Line

For Fishing Flies in or Near the Surface Film

SINK RATE: 1.25 - 2.0ips

• Ideal for streamers and wet flies for trout, steelhead, salmon, and bass in moving water

• Overweighted by a full line weight for multiple flies and long leaders

• Clear line for stealthy presentations

• Sink Tip Sink Rates: Sink 3 = 2.50 - 4.25 ips Sink 4 = 3.75 - 5.25 ips Sink 5 = 5.50 - 6.50 ips

• 5-foot clear intermediate tip (1.25 ips) with floating running line and head for fishing flies just below the surface

• Small diameter for easy casting

• Excellent in windy conditions • Monofilament core

• Features all-new supple clear material for reduced memory

LINE HEAD TOTAL SINK TIP GRAM WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT* WF-5-F/S 10,6M 32,0M 2,4M 9,1G

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-F/I

HEAD LENGTH 12,0M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,0G

WF-6-F/S

11,6M

32,0M

3,0M

10,4G

WF-7-F/I

12,6M

32,0M

13,6G

WF-7-F/S

12,5M

32,0M

3,7M

12,0G

WF-8-F/I

13,3M

32,0M

15,6G

WF-8-F/S

13,4M

32,0M

4,3M

13,6G

WF-9-F/S

14,3M

32,0M

4,9M

15,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

LINE WEIGHT WF-4-I WF-5-I WF-6-I

HEAD LENGTH 12,5M 13,4M 14,3M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M 32,0M 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 7,8G 9,1G 10,4G

WF-7-I

15,2M

32,0M

12,0G

WF-8-I

16,1M

32,0M

13,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

NEW

NEW

NEW

STILLWATER SEAMLESS DENSITY STILLWATER PARABOLIC SINK Sinks in a U-Shaped Profile

Floating Tip for Suspending Flies off the Bottom

• Overweighted by two line weights for multiple flies and long leaders

• Sinking in a U-shaped profile, this line features a Sink 3 running line, Sink 5 head, and a Sink 3 tip

• 5’ floating tip designed to be used with sinking lines to keep leaders and flies suspended off the bottom, away from debris or weeds

S1/S3

• Features 10-foot and 20-foot textured hang markers

S5/S7 S3/S5

STILLWATER BOOBY TIP

Based on popular MPX taper

LINE WEIGHT WF-4-S

HEAD LENGTH 10,8M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 10,4G

WF-5-S

10,8M

32,0M

12,0G

WF-6-S

10,8M

32,0M

13,6G

WF-7-S

10,8M

32,0M

15,6G

WF-8-S

10,8M

32,0M

18,1G

WF-5-S

10,8M

32,0M

12,0G

WF-6-S

10,8M

32,0M

13,6G

WF-7-S WF-8-S

10,8M 10,8M

32,0M 32,0M

15,6G 18,1G

WF-7-S

10,8M

32,0M

15,6G

WF-8-S

10,8M

32,0M

18,1G

• Overweighted by two line weights for multiple flies and long leaders • Features 10-foot and 20-foot textured hang markers LINE WEIGHT WF-5-S

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,0G

WF-6-S

10,2M

32,0M

13,6G

WF-7-S

10,2M

32,0M

14,9G

WF-8-S

10,2M

32,0M

18,1G

• Looped on both ends for easy rigging • Especially effective with Booby-style flies

LINE WEIGHT 1,6 GR

LENGTH 1,5M

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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EXPRESS CUSTOM TIP

TROPICAL CUSTOM TIP

SALTWATER INTERMEDIATE

Custom-Cut Sinking Fly Line

Custom-Cut Sinking Fly Line for Tropical Climates

Slow-Sinking Clear-Headed Line - Sink rate - 1.25 ips

• Cut-to-fit design lets you cut the tip to the ideal weight

• Cut-to-fit design lets you cut the tip to the ideal weight

• Slow sink rate gets flies just below the surface

• Goes deep and stays deep

• Goes deep and stays deep

• Engineered for use in salt water

• Intermediate running line

• Intermediate running line

• Clear head for stealthy presentations

• Sink Rate: 7.75 ips

• Sink Rate: 7.75 ips

• Built a half-size heavy for quick loading

LINE HEAD TOTAL WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH CUT TO LENGTH 10,7M 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT 30,0G

LINE HEAD WEIGHT LENGTH CUT TO LENGTH 10,7M

GRAM: 22,8/CUT 2,44M (9-11 WT)

GRAM: 29,2/CUT 0,30M (10-13 WT)

GRAM: 21,9/CUT 2,73M (8-11 WT)

GRAM: 28,3/CUT 0,61M (10-13 WT)

GRAM: 21,0/CUT 3,05M (8-11 WT)

GRAM: 27,4/CUT 0,91M (10-13 WT)

GRAM: 20,1/CUT 3,35M (8-9 WT)

GRAM WEIGHT 30,0G

WF-8-I

11,6M

30,5M

14,6G

WF-9-I

11,6M

30,5M

16,8G

GRAM: 28,3CUT 0,61M (10-13 WT)

GRAM: 21,0/CUT 3,05M (8-11 WT)

WF-10-I

12,5M

30,5M

19,8G

GRAM: 27,4/CUT 0,91M (10-13 WT)

GRAM: 20,1/CUT 3,35M (8-9 WT)

WF-11-I

12,5M

30,5M

23,0G

WF-12-I

12,5M

30,5M

27,0G

GRAM: 18,3/CUT 3,96M (8-9 WT)

GRAM: 17,4/CUT 4,27M (7-9 WT)

GRAM: 24,6/CUT 1,83M (9-11 WT)

GRAM: 17,4/CUT 4,27M (7-9 WT)

GRAM: 16,5/CUT 4,57M (7-8 WT)

GRAM: 23,7/CUT 2,13M (9-11 WT)

GRAM: 16,5/CUT 4,57M (7-8 WT)

GRAM: 24,6/CUT 1,83M (9-11 WT) GRAM: 23,7/CUT 2,13M (9-11 WT)

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,9G

GRAM: 21,9/CUT 2,73M (8-11 WT)

GRAM: 19,2/CUT 3,66M (8-9 WT)

GRAM: 18,3/CUT 3,96M (8-9 WT)

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM: 29,2/CUT 0,30M (10-13 WT)

GRAM: 26,5/CUT 1,22M (9-12 WT)

GRAM: 19,2/CUT 3,66M (8-9 WT)

HEAD LENGTH 11,6M

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m GRAM: 22,8/CUT 2,44M (9-11 WT)

GRAM: 25,6/CUT 1,52M (9-12 WT)

GRAM: 26,5/CUT 1,22M (9-12 WT) GRAM: 25,6/CUT 1,52M (9-12 WT)

LINE WEIGHT WF-7-I

GRAM: 29,9/CUT 0,00M (12-15 WT)

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m GRAM: 29,9/CUT 0,00M (12-15 WT)

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

TITAN TRIPLE DENSITY - I/3/5

TITAN TRIPLE DENSITY - H/2/4

TITAN TRIPLE DENSITY - 3/5/7

SINK RATES: 1.25ips, 2.5 - 3.5ips, 4.5 - 6.0ips

SINK RATES: 1.0ips, 1.75 - 2.75ips, 4.0 - 5.0ips

SINK RATES: 2.5 - 3.5ips, 4.5 - 6.0ips, 7.0 - 8.0ips

• Loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies to the furthest targets • Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head and short front taper • Triple-density construction provides straight-line connection to fly

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-S

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 13,6G

WF-7-S

10,2M

32,0M

WF-8-S

10,2M

32,0M

• Shooting Texture reduces friction, providing longer casts, easier pick-up, and increased durability • For temperate climates • Braided multifilament core

• Triple density construction provides straight-line connection to fly • Shooting Texture reduces friction, providing longer casts, easier pick-up, and increased durability • For temperate climates

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-S

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 13,6G

LINE WEIGHT WF-8-S

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 18,1G

15,6G

WF-7-S

10,2M

32,0M

15,6G

WF-9-S

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

18,1G

WF-8-S

10,2M

32,0M

18,1G

WF-10-S

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

WF-9-S

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

WF-9-S

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

WF-11-S

10,2M

32,0M

29,2G

WF-10-S

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

WF-10-S

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

WF-12-S

10,2M

32,0M

32,4G

WF-11-S

10,2M

32,0M

29,2G

WF-11-S

10,2M

32,0M

29,2G

WF-12-S

10,2M

32,0M

32,4G

WF-12-S

10,2M

32,0M

32,4G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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TITAN FULL INTERMEDIATE Slow-Sinking for Streamer Fishing

• Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head • Slow sink rate gets flies just below the surface • For temperate climates • Braided multifilament core • Sink Rate: 1.25 ips (Intermediate) LINE WEIGHT WF-6-I

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 13,6G

WF-7-I

10,2M

32,0M

WF-8-I

10,2M

32,0M

TITAN CLEAR TIP

TITAN BIG WATER TAPER

Sinking Clear-Tip Fly Line - Sinnk Rate - 1.25 ips

Slow sinking Big Game line - SINK RATE: 1.25ips

• Two line sizes heavy for loading quickly and delivering the biggest flies to the furthest targets

• Loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies to the furthest targets

• 15’ clear tip for stealthy presentations

• Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head and short front taper

• Slow sink rate gets flies just below the surface

• Specially designed for tropical environments

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-F/I

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 13,6G

LINE WEIGHT 350 GR 9-11 WT

HEAD LENGTH 10,0M

15,6G

WF-7-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

15,6G

450 GR 10-12 WT

10,0M

18,1G

WF-8-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

18,1G

WF-9-I

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

WF-9-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

WF-10-I

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

WF-10-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

WF-11-I

10,2M

32,0M

29,2G

WF-11-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

29,2G

WF-12-I

10,2M

32,0M

32,4G

NEW WF-12-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

32,4G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 22,7G

32,0M

29,1G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

NEW

TITAN BIG WATER MAX SINK

TITAN BIG WATER TAPER - BLUEFIN TUNA

TITAN TROPICAL CLEAR TIP

Fast-Sinking Line for Big Game - 6.0+ ips

Intermediate line for Big Game - 1.25 ips

Sinking Clear-Tip Fly Line for Tropical Climates

• Loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies to the furthest targets

• Loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies to the furthest targets

• Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head

• Built on 36kg (80lb) core

• Two line sizes heavy for loading quickly and delivering the biggest flies to the furthest targets

• Specially designed for tropical environments

• Specially designed for cooler/cold water and weather applications

• Built on a 100-lb. core

LINE HEAD WEIGHT LENGTH 500 GR 11-13 WT 9,5M

• Floating line with 4.5m (15ft) intermediate tip TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 32,4G

600 GR 12-14 WT

9,5M

32,0M

38,9G

700 GR 13-15 WT

9,5M

32,0M

45,4G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

LINE WEIGHT WF-15-F/I

HEAD LENGTH 9,4M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 550G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• 15’ clear tip for stealthy presentations • Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head • Slow sink rate gets flies just below the surface LINE WEIGHT WF-8-F/I

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 18,1G

WF-9-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

WF-10-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

WF-11-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

29,2G

WF-12-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

32,4G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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AIRCEL GENERAL-PURPOSE FLOATING

• The original modern floating fly line, now with a front loop • Raised bump in handling section to indicate the ideal place to begin the cast • Braided multifilament core

LINE WEIGHT WF-4-F

HEAD LENGTH 12,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 24,4M

WETCEL

HERITAGE ULTRA

GENERAL-PURPOSE SINKING

FOR DRY FLIES AND SLOW RODS

• Built from a classic Scientific Anglers taper with a vintage color to celebrate our 70th anniversary • Designed to work well with fiberglass, bamboo, and modern graphite fly rods • Ideal for smaller trout flies and delicate presentations

• Sink Rates: Int. = 1.25 ips Sink 2 = 1.75 - 2.75 ips Sink 4 = 4.0 - 5.0 ips Sink 6 = 4.5 - 6.0 ips • Braided multifilament core

GRAM WEIGHT• 7,8G

LINE WEIGHT WF-5-S

HEAD LENGTH 8,4M

TOTAL LENGTH 24,3M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,0G

LINE WEIGHT WF-3-F

HEAD LENGTH 10,7M

TOTAL LENGTH 25,9M

GRAM WEIGHT* 6,5G 7,8G

WF-5-F

12,2M

24,4M

9,0G

WF-6-S

8,4M

24,3M

10,4G

WF-4-F

11,6M

25,9M

WF-6-F

12,2M

24,4M

10,4G

WF-7-S

8,4M

24,3M

12,0G

WF-5-F

12,5M

25,9M

9,1G

WF-7-F

12,2M

24,4M

12,0G

WF-8-S

8,4M

24,3M

13,6G

WF-6-F

13,4M

25,9M

10,4G

WF-8-F

12,2M

24,4M

13,6G

WF-9-F

12,2M

24,4M

15,5G

DT-3-F

-

24,5M

6,5G

DT-4-F

-

24,5M

7,8G

DT-5-F

-

24,5M

9,1G

DT-6-F

-

24,5M

10,4G

DT-7-F

-

24,5M

12,0G

DT-8-F

-

24,5M

13,6G

DT-9-F

-

24,5M

15,5G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 30’ (9,14m)

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

The same great line. Now with a front welded loop. Air Cel fly lines have performed well and provided a great value for decades. Paying for quality has never been this easy or this affordable. These lines feature all the properties needed in a fly line: good flotation, durability, and tapers that work well for trout, panfish, and bass species. 158

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TROUT - DT & WF

BOOST

SALTWATER

FOR DRY-FLY TROUT PURSUITS

HALF-SIZE HEAVY

FOR GENERAL SALTWATER

GRAM WEIGHT* 6,5G

LINE WEIGHT WF-3-F

HEAD LENGTH 11,6M

TOTAL LENGTH 26,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 7,1G

LINE WEIGHT WF-7-F

HEAD LENGTH 12,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,4M

25,9M

7,8G

WF-4-F

11,6M

26,0M

8,4G

WF-8-F

12,2M

27,4M

14,6G

25,9M

9,0G

WF-5-F

11,6M

26,0M

9,7G

WF-9-F

12,2M

27,4M

16,8G

NEW

LINE WEIGHT DT-3-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,8M

TOTAL LENGTH 25,9M

NEW

DT-4-F

10,4M

NEW

DT-5-F

10,4M

NEW

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,9G

DT-6-F

11,0M

25,9M

10,4G

WF-6-F

11,6M

26,0M

11,2G

WF-10-F

10,7M

27,4M

19,8G

WF-3-F

12,4M

26,0M

6,5G

WF-7-F

11,6M

26,0M

12,8G

WF-11-F

10,7M

27,4M

23,0G

WF-4-F

12,4M

26,0M

7,8G

WF-8-F

11,6M

26,0M

14,5G

WF-12-F

10,7M

27,4M

26,9G

WF-5-F

12,4M

26,0M

9,0G

WF-9-F

11,6M

26,0M

16,8G

WF-6-F

12,4M

26,0M

10,4G

WF-7-F

12,4M

26,0M

11,9G

WF-8-F

12,4M

26,0M

13,6G

WF-9-F

12,4M

26,0M

15,5G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

LINE HEAD WEIGHT LENGTH 10,7M NEW WF-5-F (GLOW) 11,3M NEW WF-6-F (GLOW)

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

MAGNUM & MAGNUM GLOW DESIGNED FOR BIG FLIES

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT 9,7G

30,5M

11,2G

NEW WF-7-F (GLOW)

11,9M

30,5M

12,8G

NEW WF-8-F (GLOW)

12,5M

30,5M

14,5G

NEW WF-9-F (GLOW) WF-10-F

13,1M

30,5M

16,8G 19,8G

13,7M

30,5M

WF-6-F

11,3M

30,5M

11,2G

WF-7-F

11,9M

30,5M

12,8G

WF-8-F

12,5M

30,5M

14,5G

WF-9-F

13,1M

30,5M

16,8G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

SINK TIP

INTERMEDIATE

FULL SINK

SINKING TIP FLY LINE - 10’ TIP, SINK 3

INTERMEDIATE SINKING LINE - 1.25IPS

FULL SINKING FLY LINE - SINK 3 & SINK 6

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

GRAM WEIGHT*

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

GRAM WEIGHT*

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

GRAM WEIGHT*

10,4M

26,0M

9,0G

WF-5-F/S

13,7M

26,0M

9,0G

WF-5-I

10,4M

26,0M

9,0G

WF-5-S

WF-6-F/S

13,7M

26,0M

10,4G

WF-6-I

11,0M

26,0M

10,4G

WF-6-S

11,0M

26,0M

10,4G

WF-7-F/S

13,7M

26,0M

12,0G

WF-7-I

11,0M

26,0M

12,0G

WF-7-S

11,0M

26,0M

12,0G

WF-8-F/S

13,7M

26,0M

13,6G

WF-8-I

11,6M

26,0M

13,6G

WF-8-S

11,6M

26,0M

13,6G

WF-9-F/S

13,7M

26,0M

15,5G

WF-9-I

11,6M

26,0M

15,5G

WF-9-S

11,6M

26,0M

15,5G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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SPEY SEAMLESS DENSITY TAPER Introducing the all-new UST SD Shooting Heads

NEW

Featuring a powerful taper, HI-VIZ tracer, Seamless Density sinking technology and Shooting Textured surface. The UST SD, which comes in 11 different densities, allows you to get the fly out to the fish FAST with no effort, and fish the fly at the desired depth and speed.

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Designed by Flyfish Europe

BADASS FISHING TOOLS Photo: Rasmus Ovesen

DEVELOPED BY ANGLERS

NOT BY CIRCUS ARTISTS! SINKING RATES FLOATING TOP WATER

2,5CM/SEK (1 IPS) 3 CM/SEK (1.25 IPS)

HOVER INTERMEDIATE

4 CM/SEK (1.5 IPS)

SINK 1

5 CM/SEK (2 IPS)

SINK 2

7,5 CM/SEK (3 IPS)

SINK 3

10 CM/SEK (4 IPS)

SINK 4

13CM CM/SEK (5 IPS)

SINK 5

MID LEVEL

DEEP

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15 CM/SEK (6 IPS)

SINK 6

18 CM/SEK (7 IPS)

SINK 7

20 CM/SEK (8 IPS)

SINK 8


SPEY UST SD

ULTIMATE SCANDI TAPER - SD FFE have developed a new series of shooting heads for the European angler that spend their summers chasing salmon and seatrout! The development work has been done in close cooperation with Scientific Anglers with the specific goal of developing a series of lines that we would be proud to call “badass fishing tools”. The idea was not only to create a series of shooting heads that make the thousands of casts a hardcore angler cycle through during a season seem effortless, they should fish really well too. To accomplish our goals, these lines are packed with the latest technology developments that Scientific Anglers have to offer: • • • • •

Powerful taper designed to load modern rods. Turns over heavy flies and long leaders while maintaining a precise delivery of the fly. Handles large fly patterns with excellent turnover Vibrantly colored tracer at the rear end of the head for full control of the swing on distance or in low light conditions The Seamless Density sinking technology provides a super-smooth transition between different densities, eliminating hinging and providing a straight line connection to the fly Exceptional long sinking tips ensure deep and controlled presentations of the fly Shooting Texture allows the line to be easily lifted from the depth before the next cast

SONAR SINKING TECHNOLOGY

FLOATING

AST

SA•ID

WELDED LOOPS

FLOATING - SINK5

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 31G/480GR

LENGTH 11,3M/37.1’

MASTERY TEXTURE

SEAMLESS DENSITY

COLD COLD

INTERMEDIATE - SINK3

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 31G/480GR

LENGTH 11,3M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 31G/480GR

LENGTH 11,3M/37.1’ 11,7M/38.4’

8/9

35G/540GR

11,7M/38.4’

8/9

35G/540GR

11,7M/38.4’

8/9

35G/540GR

9/10

39G/600GR

12,1M/39.7’

9/10

39G/600GR

12,1M/39.7’

9/10

39G/600GR

12,1M/39.7’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

FLOATING - SINK7

INTERMEDIATE - SINK5

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 31G/480GR

LENGTH 11,3M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 9/10

WEIGHT 39G/600GR

LENGTH 12,1M/39.7’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 31G/480GR

LENGTH 11,3M/37.1’ 11,7M/38.4’

8/9

35G/540GR

11,7M/38.4’

8/9

35G/540GR

9/10

39G/600GR

12,1M/39.7’

9/10

39G/600GR

12,1M/39.7’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

FLOATING - SINK3

INTERMEDIATE

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 31G/480GR

LENGTH 11,3M/37.1’

MEDIUM MEDIUM

SINK2 - SINK6

LINE WEIGHT 10/11

WEIGHT 44G/680GR

LENGTH 12,5M/41.0’

SINK2 - SINK8

LINE WEIGHT 10/11

WEIGHT 44G/680GR

LENGTH 12,5M/41.0’

INTERMEDIATE - SINK7

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 31G/480GR

LENGTH 11,3M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 9/10

WEIGHT 39G/600GR

LENGTH 12,1M/39.7’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

8/9

35G/540GR

11,7M/38.4’

8/9

35G/540GR

11,7M/38.4’

9/10

39G/600GR

12,1M/39.7’

9/10

39G/600GR

12,1M/39.7’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

10/11

44G/680GR

12,5M/41.0’

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SPEY UST

ULTIMATE SCANDI TAPER The taper design has most of the weight distributed at the back of the head with short rear tapers, which provides easier rod loading and aids positioning for changing direction when Spey casting. The long front tapers are designed to deliver typical flies at distance and in the wind. The versatility of the taper allows for both short- and long-distance casts. Designed for use with both conventional and poly leaders

TTDTM SA•ID

AST

WELDED LOOPS

MASTERY TEXTURED

TRUE TRIPLE DENSITY

MEDIUM COLD MEDIUM COLD

Designed by Flyfish Europe

FLOATING

FLOATING - HOVER - SINK3

SINK1 - SINK2

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

Floating, whether you are swinging, riffling, or hitching your fly. This is the line for fishing on or near the surface. Visual takes will never go out of fashion.

Similar qualities as Floating/INT/Sink2 but gets the fly down deep. A great choice for when fish are lying in deeper water and where fly speed is the key.

Fishes relatively close to the surface. Good for shallower pools with fast currents where you need to slow down the swing. Also an excellent choice in high water when you need to go a little deeper.

Same density as the Sink 5, only heavier, which makes them get down even deeper. The taper design enables these lines to fish deeper than other grain-rated lines on the market.

TTDTM

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 750GRAIN

WEIGHT 48,5GR

LENGTH 11,2M

850GRAIN

55,5GR

11,2M

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

FLOATING - HOVER - INTD.

HOVER - INTERMEDIATE

SINK2 - SINK3

Gives higher speed but brings the fly just below the surface. Fly speed is easily controlled by mending the floating part of the line up or downstream.

This is the must-have and one of the most versatile lines for any angler chasing anadromous fish. If stealth is required, this line provides it. Perfectly balanced so it will stay just below the surface.

Probably the best all-around sinking line through the entire season. A great fish catcher in all temperatures and levels.

TTDTM

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LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

FLOATING - INTD. - SINK2

INTD. - SINK2 - SINK4

SINK1 - SINK3 - SINK5

Same qualities as the Float/Hover/Intermediate but brings the fly down a little deeper. This line became a firm favorite with our field testers.

This line cuts straight through the surface, but the intermediate section helps keep the fly speed up while the Sink4 section brings the fly down to where the fish are holding.

TTDTM

TTDTM

This line incorporates similar characteristics as the Intermediate/Sink2/Sink4 but works deeper. This line excels in heavy currents and when the fish are holding in deeper pools. It casts like a bullet and caught plenty of fish during field testing.

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

TTDTM

LINE WEIGHT 7/8

WEIGHT 30G/480GR

LENGTH 11,2M/37.1’

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

8/9

34G/540GR

11,6M/38.4’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

9/10

38G/600GR

12,2M/39.7’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

10/11

42G/680GR

12,8M/41.0’

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SPEY UST SHORT DENSITY DENSITY SEAMLESS ULTIMATE SCANDI TAPERSEAMLESS - SHORT

SINGLE DENSITY SINGLE DENSITY

FLOATING -SD- FLOATING SINK 2 -SD- SINK 2

FLOATING

The UST Short is the next step in the evolution of the traditional Scandi taper. Featuring a more compact head, Seamless Density sinking technology, -depth SINK 3 FLOATING -SD FLOATING -SD- SINK 3 SEAMLESS DENSITY and a textured surface, the UST Short allows you to fish at the correct SD FLOATING - - SINK 2 and speed wherever your fly is in the water column.

INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE SINGLE DENSITY FLOATING

SEAMLESS DENSITY

SINK 5 FLOATING -SD- FLOATING -SD- SINK 5 2 SD SEAMLESS DENSITY FLOATING - - SINK 3

FLOATING -SD- SINK 2 AST

SA•ID

WELDED

SINGLE DENSITY LOOPS FLOATING

SINGLE DENSITY FLOATING FLOATING

FLOATING - SINK5 SD FLOATING -

INTERMEDIATE LINE INTERMEDIATE WEIGHT WEIGHT 6/7 26GR

LENGTH 9,5M

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

7/8 SEAMLESS DENSITY

30GR

9,9M

8/9

34GR

10,3M

9/10

38GR

10,7M

10/11

42GR

11,1M

SUPER FLOATING -SD- SINK 2 FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

DOUBLE DENSITY

FLOATING - FLOATING SINK 3 - INTERMEDIATE FLOATING -SD - INTERMEDIATE

DOUBLE DENSITY

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE LINE SINK 5 WEIGHT FLOATING -SD-WEIGHT 6/7 3 -SD- 26GR SINK 7 SINK 7/8

LENGTH 9,5M

30GR

3 -SD3 - 34GR SINK 7 SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE SINK -8/9 9/10

SINK 5 10/11

-SD-

9,9M 10,3M

38GR

10,7M

42GR

11,1M

SINK 6

SEAMLESS DENSITY

- SINK 5

SD- SINK 3 INTERMEDIATEINTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK -3SD- SINK -FLOATING 3 FLOATING

26GR

9,5M

8/9 34GR SEAMLESS DENSITY 10,3M 10/11

SINK 3

-SD-

42GR

11,1M

FLOATING - SINK3 SINK 4 SD

FLOATING - - SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD- 3SINK 3 LINE

5 SINK 3 -SD- SINK WEIGHT WEIGHT LENGTH FLOATING -SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD- 5SINK 4 6/7

26GR

7/8

30GR

9,5M 9,9M

8/9

34GR

10,3M

DOUBLE DENSITY DENSITY FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE SUPER FASTSINGLE SINK 750/850 GRAIN

7/8

LINE SD- SINK WEIGHT SINK SINK 5 -SDWEIGHT - SINK 6 5 -LENGTH SUPER FAST SINK6 750/850 GRAIN FLOATING 8/9 34GR 10,3M SINK 3 -SD- SINK 7 9/10 38GR 10,7M

DOUBLE 9,9M DENSITY 30GR

INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 5 8/9 34GR 10,3M FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 3 9/10 38GR 10,7M 10/11 42GR 11,1M 8/9 34GR 10,3M INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK SINK 4 DOUBLE DENSITY 3 FLOATING SINK SINK 4 - SINK SINK 5 7 3 -SD- SINK 8 INTERMEDIATE -SD 4 3 -SD--SD - SINK 8 5 SINK 5 -SD 3 -SD- SINK - SINK 3 11,1M INTERMEDIATE FLOATING 10/11 42GR

7/8 30GR SINGLE DENSITY 9/10

38GR

9,9M

10,7M

INTERMEDIATE - - SINK 7 SEAMLESS DENSITY11,1M SINGLE DENSITY SD 10/11

SD

42GR

DOUBLE DENSITY SINK5 - SINK6 FLOATING SD - INTERMEDIATE SINK 5 -

- SINK 6 FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE SD SD-- SINK SINK SINK 6750/850 GRAIN 8 75 --FAST SINK 7 -SD- SINK SUPER SINK8

INTERMEDIATE - - SINK 4 -SINK SINK7 INTERMEDIATE 3 -SD7 5 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK FLOATING -SD- SINK 2 SINK 4- SINK 7 SINK 5FLOATING SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD - SINK INTERMEDIATE SINK 5 3 -SD--SD 3 -SD- INTERMEDIATE - SINK 5 FLOATING

SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 5 LINE LINE 5LENGTH -SD3 INTERMEDIATE -SD750/850 - SINK 7 GRAIN SD - SINK 5- SINK 6 INTERMEDIATE -SD SUPER FAST SINK - SINK 3LENGTH FLOATING -SD WEIGHT WEIGHT WEIGHT - SINKSINK 4INTERMEDIATE SINK 3 -SDWEIGHT 6/7

26GR

9,5M

7/8

30GR

9,9M

SEAMLESS SINK 5 SINK 3 -SD-DENSITY 7/8 30GR 10,3M SEAMLESS DENSITY 9,9M SINGLE DENSITY SD- SINK 734GR INTERMEDIATE -8/9

LINE WEIGHT - SINK 8 SINK 5 -SDWEIGHT 9/10 3 -SD- 38GR SINK 7 SINK 10/11

LENGTH 10,7M 42GR 11,1M -- SINK 7 SINK 5 3 --SD SD SINK 8 SINK

DOUBLE DENSITY SD- SINK 8 SINGLE SINK 7 -DENSITY

SINK5 SINK8 SINK- 5 -SD- SINK 6 FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

FLOATING -SD- SINK FLOATING 8/9 34GR 9/10 2 38GR SD SDFAST 7- SINKSINK SINK 5 -10,7M SINK 4 25 10,3M 8 750/850 GRAIN SINK 3 -SD---SD INTERMEDIATE -SD - SINK 4 SD--SINK 5SUPER SINK 3 -SD- SINKFLOATING SINK FLOATING FLOATING 9/10 38GR 10,7M 10/11 42GR 11,1M

DOUBLE DENSITY 10/11

42GR

11,1M

INTERMEDIATE

SD-- SINK SINK 7 5 --SD SINK 8 6 SINK

LINE WEIGHT LENGTH - SINK 8 SINK 5 -SDWEIGHT INTERMEDIATE 9/10 38GR 10,7M 5 -SD - SINK 78 SINK 3

SINGLE DENSITY FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4

FLOATING 3 FLOATING -SD- SINK

10,7M - 38GR SINK 8 SINK 7 -SD7 SD- SINK INTERMEDIATEFLOATING -9/10 SD--SINK SINK25 FLOATING --SD

FLOATING Designed by Flyfish Europe FLOATING SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 3 DOUBLE DENSITY INTERMEDIATE FLOATING -SD- SINK 3 INTERMEDIATE SINK5 5 SINK3 -3SINK7 SD- SINK 7 3 -SD- SINK 7 SINK -SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK -5SD- -SINK SINK INTERMEDIATE -SUPER GRAIN 3 SINK 750/850 3 FAST INTERMEDIATE FLOATING FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

DOUBLE DENSITY

SINK 5 -SD- SINK 8 LINE SINK 5 -SD5 - SINK 8 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK WEIGHT FLOATINGWEIGHT -SD- SINK 3LENGTH 7/8 7 -SD- 30GR 9,9M SINK 8 SINK

INTERMEDIATE

DOUBLE DENSITY DOUBLE DENSITY SINGLE DENSITY SUPER FAST SINKFlyfisheurope.com 750/850 GRAIN DENSITY FLOATING - SINGLE INTERMEDIATE FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

SD- SINK INTERMEDIATEINTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK -4SD -INTERMEDIATE 4 SD- SINK 2 5 FLOATING

- SINK 3 -SD- SINKSINK FLOATING -SDSINK3 INTERMEDIATE - -SINK3 5 7 -SD5- SINK 8 SINK 3 -SD- SINK SD- SINK 3 4 - SINK SINK-3SINK4 INTERMEDIATE -SD INTERMEDIATE

SINK 5 -SD - SINK 6 FLOATING -4 SINK2 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK FLOATING -SD- SINK 2

INTERMEDIATE

SINGLE DENSITY

INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 4 SEAMLESS DENSITY - SINK FLOATING -SD LINE 5 LINE INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 3 WEIGHT INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 7 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINKWEIGHT WEIGHT WEIGHT LENGTH 4 5 LENGTH FLOATING -7SD- SINK 2 6/7

SINGLE DENSITY

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN FLOATING

SEAMLESS SD DENSITY FLOATING - - SINK 5 COLD MEDIUM MEDIUM COLD SEAMLESS DENSITY FLOATING -SD- SINK 2

MASTERY SEAMLESS FLOATING -SD- SINK 3 DENSITY TEXTURE

FLOATING

10/11

42GR

11,1M

5 SINK 3 -SD- SINK SINK-7SINK8 -SD- SINK 8 FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE SINK7 LINE LINE SINK SUPER FAST SINK GRAIN FLOATING -SD- WEIGHT - SD SINK-SD 7 - SINK SINK 3 -SDWEIGHT WEIGHT LENGTH - SINKSUPER 5 - SINK 8 SINK53 -SDWEIGHT 7 -SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD SINK750/850 5 7 SINK 750/850 6 INTERMEDIATE 4 FAST GRAIN 5 LENGTH FLOATING - - SINK INTERMEDIATE 6/7 26GR 9,5M 8/9 34GR 10,3M SEAMLESS DENSITY SINGLE DENSITY 7/8

30GR

9,9M

10/11

42GR

11,1M

9/10

38GR

10,7M

SINGLE DENSITY FLOATING -SD- SINK 2 FLOATING LINE 8/9 34GR 10,3M 10/11 11,1M INTERMEDIATE -SD - SINK 3 42GR SINK 5 -SD- SINK-SD 6 - SINK WEIGHT INTERMEDIATE 35 SINK 750/850 SD- SINK 8 SINK 5 -LENGTH SINK 3GRAIN -SD- SINK 4SINK 3 -SD- SINK 7 WEIGHT SD FLOATING SINK INTERMEDIATE SUPER FAST 9/10 38GR 10,7M DOUBLE DENSITY 7/8 30GR 9,9M

DOUBLE DENSITY

8/9

FLOATING -SD- SINK 3 INTERMEDIATEINTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 7

34GR

10,3M

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE 9/10 38GR 10,7M - SINK 8 SINK 7 -SD11,1M SD 10/11 42GR SINK 5 - - SINK 6

SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SINK 4 INTERMEDIATE --SD SINK4 SINK3 -3SINK5 8 - SINK SINK 5 -SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE 4 -SD- SINK 5

DOUBLE DENSITY

5 FLOATING -SD- SINK FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE LINE SD- SINK 5 INTERMEDIATE -LINE - SINK 8 - SINK SINK 7 -SDWEIGHT SINK 3LENGTH -SD- SINK 7 5 SINK 750/850 INTERMEDIATE -SD WEIGHT LENGTH WEIGHT SUPER FAST GRAIN WEIGHT SINK 5 -SD- SINK 8 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4 7/8 30GR 9,9M 6/7 26GR 9,5M 8/9

34GR

10,3M

7/8

30GR

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN SINK 3 -SD- SINK 7

9,9M

LINE INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 3 WEIGHT WEIGHT 9/10 38GR SD 10,7M 9/10 INTERMEDIATE -SD SINK 5 -SD - SINK 7 38GRSINK 5 -10,7M - SINK 6 LENGTH SD- SINK 6 INTERMEDIATE - - SINK 7 DOUBLE DENSITY SD 48,6GR 11,1M 3DENSITY - - SINK 7 10/11 3 -SD-42GR 11,1M 10/11 42GR SINK 711,1M SINKSINK 5 -SD- SINK 8 750GRAIN SINK DOUBLE 850GRAIN 11,2M 10/11 42GR 11,1M FLOATING 55,1GR - INTERMEDIATE FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 4 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 4 SINK 5 -SD- SINK 8 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4 SINK 5 -SD- SINK 8 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK SINK 5 -SD- SINK 6 7 SEAMLESS DENSITY - SD The introduction of Seamless Density sinking technology was a necessary one from a design standpoint. We had to devise a way to get from a floating section to a fast-sinking one in under 10 meters. Instead of a quick INTERMEDIATE density change, -which could while SD- SINK SINK 3 -SDcasting 5 lead to unnecessary hinge points - SINK and 7 unwanted drag SINK 3 -SD - SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 5 - SINK 8 see is the SINK 7 -SDWhat SINK 3 -SD- SINK SINK 8of designing, hours SINK -7SD- SINK SINK 7 -SD while in the water, we gradually mixed densities, which5resulted in a3 head which5sinks as well as it casts. you result of- hours SINK 5 -SD- SINK 8 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4 of casting, and even more hours of on-the-water work. The UST Short is the most advanced, most groundbreaking Scandi taper on the market today. We are confident the results will speak for themselves. INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 7 SINK 5 -SD- SINK 6 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 7 SINK 5 -SD - SINK 6

INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 3 9/10 38GR-SD- SINK 10,7M 5 INTERMEDIATE

SINK 3 -SD- SINK 5 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4

SINK 7 -SD- SINK 8 SD- SINK 4 SINK 3 -8 - SINK SINK 5 -SD

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SPEY UST MULTI-TIP KIT

BAMBOO FLOAT TIP

Multi-Tip Shooting Head System

ORANGE / BAMBOO FLOATING BELLY

ORANGE/ LEAF GREEN INTERMEDIATE BELLY

LEAF GREEN INTERMEDIATE TIP

GREEN / DARK GREEN SINK 2 / SINK 4 TIP

SHOOTING TEXTURE BELLY

A powerful shooting head with interchangeable tips turns over heavy flies and long leaders with ease while maintaining a precise delivery of the fly.

NEW

SIGHTER

The slim loop-to-loop connection between head and interchangeable tips provides a smooth and seamless transition to eliminate hinging, and provide a straight-line connection to the fly.

BLACK SINK 7 TIP

SHOOTING TEXTURE TIP

LINE WEIGHT LENGTH WEIGHT INCL. TIP INCL. TIP BELLY FRONT TIP BELLY FRONT 7/8 34G/520GRAIN TAPER TAPER 9,5M/31.2’ TIP TAPER 8/9

38G/590GRAIN

TIP 10,3M/33.8’

9/10 20’ 10/11

41G/630GRAIN 10’ 0’ 45G/700GRAIN

11,2M/36.7’ 10’ 0’ 12,2M/40.0’

The vibrantly colored tracer aids in identifying the back of the head at distance or in low light. Shooting Texture allows the line to easily be lifted from the depths before the next cast Flyfisheurope.com

Designed by Flyfish Europe

Kit comes with 4 Textured Tips: Floating, InterTIP mediate, Sink2/ Sink4, Sink7 HEAD

DELIVERANCE

HEAD

TIP

HEAD

TIP

HEAD

TIP

FLOAT TIP 6’ SINK TIP TIP FLOAT HEAD

HEAD

Multi-Tip Spey System

NEW

HEAD

FLOAT TIP

HEAD

• Designed to provide a consistent anchor point for every cast • Tip lengths optimized for each density; as the length of the sink portion increases, the total length decreases • Built for beginner to intermediate Spey casters • Comes with four interchangeable tips: - Floating - 6’ Sinking - 10’ Sinking - 13’ Sinking • Braided multifilament core

HEAD

TIP

HEAD

TIP

HEAD

TIP

HEAD

TIP

FLOAT TIP FLOAT TIP 6’ SINK TIP TIP FLOAT

6’ SINK TIP HEAD FLOAT TIP

6’ SINK TIP FLOAT TIP

10’ SINK TIP 6’ SINK TIP

10’ SINK TIP 6’ SINK TIP

10’ SINK TIP 6’ SINK TIP

10’ SINK TIP 6’ SINK TIP

13’ SINK TIP 10’ SINK TIP

13’ SINK TIP 10’ SINK TIP

HEAD

HEAD

HEAD

13’ SINK TIP 10’ SINK TIP

EQUIVALENT SKAGIT WEIGHT 400

WEIGHT GRAMS 25,9G

13’ SINK 9,4M TIP

440

28,5G

LINE AVG. HEAD WEIGHT13’ SINK LENGTH TIP 6-F 9,1M 6/7-F 7-F

9,8M

480

31,1G

7/8-F

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THE SALMONIDS OF ICELAND Rasmus Ovesen

Iceland is the land of fire and ice. It’s also a place of rare beauty and massive salmonids – and a few well-hidden surprises for the trout and salmon bum. Here’s a guide to the salmonids of Iceland and some of the best rivers and lakes to target them.

Images by Rasmus Ovesen and Martin Ejler Olsen

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Besides being native and wild the trout, char and salmon of Iceland are as strikingly beautiful as the country they inhabit.

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The salmon in Iceland are not known for their size, but for their numbers and quality.

I might as well admit it straight away: I’m impartial. Completely and utterly impartial when it comes to Iceland. I’m head over heels in love with the place, and not even the moody weather, the howling winds, the (oftentimes) extreme cold and the remoteness of the place will ever persuade me to feel differently. Iceland is a place of rare beauty – an isolated haven where craggy mountainous landscapes, iridescent turquoise glaciers, and cascading watersheds are relieved by spewing geysers, majestic waterfalls and fluorescent green meadows sitting on top of rich lava soil. Everything is so vivid and sharply defined up there, and, as a result, it’s a place where your thoughts somehow gain in clarity and scope; a place where you suddenly find yourself confronted with who you essentially are. Had Iceland been fishless, I would probably still have had a big crush on it. But, as fate will have it, Iceland isn’t fishless – far from it. It is teeming with fish, and not only that. Aside from sticklebacks – which are basically fish food, only trout, char and salmon swim in its waters, and besides being native and wild they are as strikingly beautiful as the country they inhabit.

Salmon Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar) are abundant throughout all of Iceland, and even in the capital of Reykjavik you can catch migratory salmon. The salmon in Iceland are not known for their size, but for their numbers and quality. Each year several fish pushing 1 meter are caught, but it’s rare to catch fish over 110cm – and in terms of weight, it means that you’re probably better off heading to Norway, Sweden or Russia, if you’re looking for salmon in the 15-20 kilo range. If, however, you love to fly fish for salmon using single-handed rods – or light double-handers, and you’re into sight-fishing with small flies or hitch fishing, then Iceland is just the thing for you. The season starts typically starts in June and lasts until mid-September, and although all salmon fishing is ultimately weather and river flow dependent, the Icelandic salmon rivers usually fish well throughout the season. These days, salmon fishing in Iceland is marred by the fact that most salmon rivers are run by lodges and guiding agencies that have pushed prices dramatically up. There are, however, still a number of rivers left, where you can fish for salmon without having to spend several hundred Euros per rod per day. For more info about river access, prices and availability, you should check the following resources: http://gofishing.is http://www.fishinginiceland.com https://www.icelandfishingguide.com http://www.fishpartner.com http://www.lax-a.net Among the most well-known and established salmon rivers in Iceland are East and West Rangá, Laxá in Adaldal, Vatnsdalsá, Kjarra, Midfjardara, Nordura, Leirvogsa, Tinnudalsá, Breidalsá, Jökla, Sela, Hafralonsa, Hofsa, Haukadalsa, Sog in Asgardur, Tungufljot, Vididalsá and Stora Laxa. The latter two are among my favourite salmon rivers…

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Brown Trout – and sea-run brown trout Brown Trout (Salmo Trutta) are the most abundant species of fish in Iceland, and they inhabit most rivers and lakes across the island. Their migrating cousins, the sea-run brown trout, are present in most rivers, and – especially in rivers, where there are few salmon – the sea-run brown trout prosper. And while few people recognize Iceland for its sea-run brown trout fishing, there are a handful of rivers that will outcompete many of the famous Patagonian rivers both when it comes to the numbers and size of the fish. The sea-run brown trout in Iceland typically start running in March and April – and as a result, one can encounter both post-spawn and pre-spawn fish in the rivers, when the season opens on April 1st. The numbers intensify through July and August – especially when heavy precipitation coincides with high tides. September is – by many – considered the prime time, but fishing can last well into October, when more and more coloured fish are encountered. (The season closes on October 10th). Some of the best Icelandic sea-run brown trout rivers include the Húseyjarkvisl, the Tungulaekur, and Varmá I Thorleifslækur. They’re fished like any other sea-run brown trout river in the world, swinging streamers and nymphs, and each year several 10kg+ fish are caught - despite the relatively few rods in action. For more information about these rivers, please check out: http://www.icelandangling.com/index.php https://anglers.is http://www.fishpal.com/Norse/Iceland/Huseyjarkvisl/?dom=Pal When it comes to resident brown trout, they are scattered all over – and a lot of times, a big water fall will mark the section between a sea-run brown trout or salmon river, and a brown trout river. Since the season is fairly short and hectic – and the Winters are long and bitterly cold, Icelandic brown trout keep themselves busy throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall-months feeding on anything from small midges, scuds and caddis to sticklebacks and even char-, salmon- and trout fry. Their omnivorous and opportunistic demeanour shouldn’t be mistaken, however. Because although some of the fish might seem gullible, they’ll sometimes be super-finicky, selective and shy. So always be prepared to switch from streamers or nymphs

to dries and emergers, and be sure to keep a selection of #20-26 midge- black fly- and chronomid imitations close to your heart along with a few spare spools of 5 – 6.5X tippet material. You’ll be amazed to see the size of trout that will gulp down even the most minute flies. Breaking the 2kg-mark is realistic in most well-established Icelandic trout rivers, and in rivers such as the Svarta i Skagafirdi, Kaldakvisl, Varmá, Minnivallalaekur, Litlaá, Brunná, Lonsa, Tungufljot, and Vatnsá there’s even the possibility of cracking the 3kg-mark. However, if you’re looking for the real giants, you should focus your efforts on some of the big lakes in Iceland. You probably already know about Lake Thingvallavatn, home to Iceage brown trout of mind-boggling proportions, but there are other big-fish lakes too – for instance Heidarvatn, Vilingavatn, Apavatn, Laugarvatn, Grænavatn, Hraunvotn, Skorradalsvatn, Fellsendavatn, Thorisvatn, Myvatn, Arnarvatn, Ljoasavatn, and Langavatn.

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Most of the above-mentioned lakes are accessible by 4WD cars, which means that they get fished by the locals with varying frequency. There are even more lakes that require a good hike, and these lakes, oftentimes, offer great fishing. Most of the lakes freeze over during winter, and especially the high-altitude lakes will remain iced over until late Spring – sometimes the ice won’t clear until late May, so don’t plan a trip before then… Stillwater tactics apply to the lakes, and– unless there are fish actively rising, it pays off to fish actively and cover a lot of water using attractor patterns such as Wolly Buggers and Stickleback-imitations in combination with dropper nymphs. Also, be sure to bring sinking lines for the lakes that have steep dropoffs. A lot of times, the really big fish will be prowling along these well-defined structures. Seatrout have become abundant in recent years, and they grow to sizes comparable to those of Southern Patagonia.

Arctic Char (Salvelinus Alpinus) In addition to the salmon- and brown trout, Iceland boasts spectacular arctic char fishing possibilities – both in river systems and in lakes. Char is the most geographically widespread salmonid species in Iceland, and all across the country you’ll find populations of both sea-run and residential char, but not only that. There are several sub-species of char in Iceland – populations of char that have been isolated in certain watersheds and areas for ages, char that have ended up evolving into highly biotope-specialized strains with their own unique physical traits and behaviour. In Lake Thingvallavatn alone, there are four distinct sub-species of char – something that reflects the variety of habitats in the lakes and makes this place unique in the world. All four strains of char originate from the same species of char (bleikja in Icelandic), and they have developed into four highly adapted sub-species in less than 10.000 years. The four different sub-species of arctic char in Lake Thingvallavatn are divided into two different groups each having their own specialized habitat. The first group – the pelagic one - forages in the open water masses, where they constantly need to be on the move as there’s little shelter, and the sources of food are constantly redistributed. One of these pelagic char species is piscivorous – the sílableikja – and it mainly feeds on smaller char and sticklebacks. It grows up to 40-50cm in length. The other pelagic sub-species – the murta – is planktivorous, and it rarely exceeds 25cm in length. Both of these char species are very stream-lined, relatively light in colouration, and they have long lower jaws. 174

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A lot of times, the really big fish will be prowling along well-defined structures.


The second group of char in Thingvallavatn consist of a snail-eating char and a dwarf-char, both of which thrive along the craggy bottom structures of the lake, where there is plenty of shelter from predators. The snail-eating char grows up to about 55cm in length, and it is recognized by its sturdy frame, dark colourations and pronounced overbite. The dwarf-char also has a pronounced overbite but, and - living up to its name, it rarely exceeds 13cm in length. It can be found close to shore, in the Flosagjá Fault, and – surprisingly – in secluded cracks and rifts that may - or may not – be connected to the lake via underground waterways. Generally, Icelandic char don’t grow to sizes comparable with their fellow species in, for instance, Greenland and the Northwest Territories, but especially the sea-run char can grow to interesting sizes. There are a number of rivers to the north that produce char in the 3-4 kilo range, and every now and then the 5kg mark is broken. The national char record, however, goes to show that even bigger fish exist. The record is a smashing 10,5 kilos. Some of the most well-known arctic char rivers include the Sog in Asgardur, River Holaa, Steinsmyrarvotn, River Brunna, and River Bruara. Here, the fish generally push upstream with the high tides, and the migratory runs will start to intensify from mid-June through August. Most of the Iceland char fishing is very visual and it is done with small nymphs, midges, chronomids and dry flies at close range. However, when the bigger fish start to migrate from the ocean, streamers and gurglers can be used with great results. And these super-fit and feisty char will provide you with some serious action that will put your gear to the ultimate test.

“There are several sub-species of arctic char in Iceland - populations that have been isolated in certain watersheds and areas for ages”.

The Sog in Asgardur is a premium arctic char river that also holds lots of salmon in the lower sections.

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The mystery trout In a well-hidden, secluded area of Iceland there’s a lake inhabited by a species of trout (or char?) that is phenotypically unique and adds to the diverse salmonid cartography of the place. Having fished there on two different occasions, I have sampled these trout, and when it comes to appearance they are unlike any other trout species I know of. They live alongside regular brown trout and look like a cross between a brown trout and a char, and since the lake once was connected to the ocean – thousands of years ago, it might be that a charbrown trout hybrid species has evolved since then.

In a well-hidden, secluded area of Iceland there’s a lake inhabited by a species of trout that phenotypically unique.

Physiologically, they look like brown trout, but in terms of coloration they resemble a char. They are bright yellow and orange with marbled patterns and they completely lack spots along the flanks. They only display discrete ink stain-like micro-spots on the gill plates, and when they go into spawning-mode, their colours get augmented and intensified, and they suddenly look more like koi carp than trout. Hopefully next year, DNA-samples will reveal the true origins and distinctions of this unique mystery trout. Who knows, maybe a whole new trout species will then be added to the already impressive salmonid gallery of Iceland?

A mystery trout from one of Iceland’s highland lakes. This fish might be part of a genetically unique strain of endemic trout. Fact File – Fishing Licenses// There is no national fishing license in Iceland, but as a foreigner one must buy local licenses for local rivers and lakes. A lot of fisheries are run by lodges and guiding agencies, but there’s actually an impressive array of water held by an organisation called Veidikortid. They administer 34 different fisheries across Iceland and a year-license is a mere 6900ISK, which is less than 60 Euros. For a full overview of the fisheries that the Veidikortid license provide you with access to, please visit: http://veidikortid.is/is/ Fact File – Logistics// Getting around in Iceland is pretty straightforward, but in certain places you’ll need a 4WD to access some of the more secluded rivers and lakes. There are many rental car suppliers in Iceland – and one of them is Go Iceland: https://www. goiceland.com/ When salmon fishing, it is common that each salmon beat comes with either a full-service lodge or a self-catering lodge. This also holds true for a lot of the trout and char fishing, but it generally isn’t the standard – and so, here it is more common to arrange lodging on your own. When fishing lake Thingvallavatn, we stayed at the Ljosafosskoli Hostel, which is only a 10-minute drive from some of the lake’s best beats. It is also possible to stay in the National Park section of the lake, where you can set up a tent. 176

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Generally, there are surprisingly many hotels, hostels and camp sites scattered across Iceland (Yup, the general tourist influx has given birth to a great deal of infrastructure). To find a hotel, check the following link: http://www.inspiredbyiceland. com/plan-your-trip/accommodation/ Fact File – Getting to Iceland// Iceland is extremely well-connected to the rest of the world, and from the airport in Keflavik tons of great fisheries are within close range. Icelandair offers service to and from Iceland through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport serving 20 destinations in North America and more than 25 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K., and Continental Europe. Icelandair has been in operation since 1937 and celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. As an aviation pioneer, Icelandair continues to grow by adding new aircraft to its modern fleet, more destinations and popular amenities including more than 600 hours personal in-flight entertainment and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi access. Icelandair also allows passengers to take an Icelandair Stopover for up to seven nights at no additional airfare on their journey between Europe and North America. For more information about Icelandair Stopover and destinations please visit www.icelandair.com


“Every once in a while we come across a unique product that makes our lives a whole lot easier. We recently got our hands on such a product, it’s called the Omnispool Switchbox, and we think it’s a game changer…” – Deneki Outdoors “Fly fishers, this is a great, quality product. Get you some and you won’t be sorry.” Dick C., Professional Guide, Florida “This super-easy to use line-storage system is very, very clever!” - Total Flyfisher Magazine, U.K. “Exactly what I’ve been looking for! I have many reels, lines, etc. and have been searching for an easy way to remove, clean, store, re-spool. I think I’ve found it with your product.” - John M., New Jersey “Used the Omnispool Switchbox to change lines on the flats and in the surf zone out the back of a flats dry bag, what a pleasure! Guests were all impressed… We are sold on them!” - Keith Clover, Director, Tourette Fishing – Pro Guide.

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CATCH R ECOR D R E LEAS E McLean Angling is a New Zealand company supplying fishermen throughout the world with innovative and high quality landing nets and accessories. McLean began making nets in 1987, when it invented the worlds first catch and release Weigh Net. Since then its range of nets has expanded to include many different styles from small brook trout to large salmon. Manufacturing is undertaken in New Zealand with a focus on innovation, quality, and accuracy – McLean Weigh Nets are individually calibrated to guarantee accuracy to within 2oz/ 60g (small weigh), 8oz/220g (large weigh). Using high grade materials, strict quality controls, and hand made components, McLean nets are tough and functional to ensure long lasting service for the beginner, experienced angler, or professional guide.

THE MCLEAN MATERIAL PHILOSOPHY McLean’s robust nets have been designed to measure your success in the most convenient way – Weighing your catch without handling the fish. When not in use the weighing scale is secured and concealed inside the handle. Built from corrosion resistant materials these nets feature Weigh scale measures from 3kg to 23kg. Thick wall aluminium tubing, finished in bronze, rubber non slip grip, large soft woven nylon knotless net bags, micro mesh or rubber.

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McLean nets come fitted with three different net options: Rubber, Large Soft Woven Knotless Nylon, and Micro Mesh

Quality nets you can count on

Weighing scales are concealed in a compartment inside the net handle. On landing the fish, just pull out the scales and weigh the fish in the net.

SALTWATER AND MEASURE NET MODEL MA-R703

EXT. LENGTH 144CM

FOLDED LENGTH 90CM

NET OPENING 52X45CM

NET DEPTH 65CM

WEIGHT SCALE 13,5KG

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SEA TROUT AND SPECIMEN WEIGH NET

Model 140. Pear shaped sturdy fixed frame net with bronze anodised finish. Rubber grip handle and in-built weighing scales to 23 kg. Telescopic handle extends from 20 cm to 101 cm. Overall length extends from 104 cm to 165 cm. Maximum net opening 60 cm. Built-in adjustable sling. Knotless mesh. Suitable for grilse, sea trout, large rainbows and pike. MODEL MA-140

EXT. LENGTH 166CM

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NET OPENING 60X50CM

NET DEPTH 92CM

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SALMON WEIGH NET

Model 141. Pear shaped extra sturdy fixed frame net with bronze anodised finish. Rubber grip handle and in-built weighing scales to 23 kg. Telescopic handle extends 30 cm to 112 cm. Overall length extends from 121 cm to 202 cm. Maximum net opening 84 cm. Carried with built-in adjustable sling. Knotless mesh.

MA-R141 Weighing scale. Measure up to 23 kg. MA-141

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SHORT HANDLE WEIGH NET MODEL MA-114

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Fixed frame net. Knotless mesh, micro mesh or rubber options. MODEL MA-603

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Quality nets you can count on

MA-M115

EASY FOLD WEIGH NET

Opens instantly with one hand and folds away into a secure pouch located conveniently on your belt, chest pack, trouser pocket, or even hung from a ‘D’ ring. Featuring a calibrated weigh scale unit, this is the ultimate portable net that won’t snag on brush. MODEL MA-M115

EXT. LENGTH 60CM

FOLDED LENGTH 38CM

NET OPENING 35X40CM

NET DEPTH 42CM

WEIGHT SCALE 6,5KG

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MA-R420

LARGE FIXED LANDING NET MODEL MA-420 MA-R420

EXT. LENGTH 163CM 163CM

FOLDED LENGTH 100CM 100CM

NET OPENING 60X50CM 60X50CM

NET DEPTH 92CM 80CM

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MA-610

SILVER SERIES - FIXED Entry level trout net, anodised silver.

MA-611

MODEL MA-611

EXT. LENGTH 53CM

FOLDED LENGTH -

NET OPENING 35X25CM

NET DEPTH 58CM

WEIGHT SCALE -

MA-610

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58CM

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MA-R702

KAYAK NET - FIXED Features a bungy cord to tie onto the kayak, and garanteed to float. MODEL MA-R702

EXT. LENGTH 85CM

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NET OPENING 42X38CM

NET DEPTH 58CM

MA-300

Optional Carrying Scabbard

Long rip-stop nylon scabbard, with belt loop attachment, for Weigh or Ejector Tri-Nets.

WEIGHT SCALE -

MA-A001

Magnetic Net Release

MA-A002

Leash Recoil

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LOON OUTDOORS

FISHING WITH A CONSCIENCE The Editorial Staff

Loon Outdoors have positioned themselves in the industry as a company that is genuinely concerned about the environment, and who produce non-toxic quality fly tying and fly fishing accessories that don’t compromise- or have an adverse impact on our precious water resources.

Q&A

WITH ALAN PETERSON Alan Peterson is the President of Loon Outdoors, an avid fly fisherman and a keen environmental- and conservation advocate. Find out more about Loon Outdoors at www.loonoutdoors.com

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I think anglers have always been environmentally conscious.

How did you get started fly fishing and why? “As a kid, I fished some with my Dad, but it was always worms and powerbait. I remember seeing others fly fishing and it always fascinated me, but it wasn’t until after college until I started. Growing up, we did a lot of camping, skiing and being outside so it was a natural transition”. What is it about fly fishing that intrigues you? “At first, it was the casting that hooked me. I loved to go out and practice my tempo and accuracy. Eventually, that morphed into being on the water and fishing. To this day, I still prefer to fish technical streams that require a solid cast and perfect presentation”.

How did you get involved in Loon Outdoors and why? “A few years after graduating college, I was approached with the opportunity to work at Loon Outdoors and run the operations side of things. I loved the outdoors, I loved business and I loved operational efficiency and this all came together into a job that I love. Not too long after working at Loon, our founder and owner passed away and I was able to purchase Loon with a business partner”.

that time, we have broadened our focus to very high-quality streamside- and fly tying tools that are functional and long-lasting”.

Can you tell us a little bit about how the company was founded and how it developed over the years? “It was founded in 1991 by Dan Paradis. Dan was a chemist that worked in the aviation industry but loved to fly fish. He decided to leave the corporate world and start Loon Outdoors. He was truly a genius and ahead of his time in both product development and the ability to see the need to protect the things we love like fish, fisheries and the environment as a whole.

What do you personally like best about Loon Outdoors? “There are two things that I love. #1. We have an amazing team of employees from our management team to our warehouse crew. We are very organized and efficient at what we do and we have fun doing it. #2. I think we are filling a huge need in the industry with our products. If Loon were to shut down, there would be a huge hole that would need to be filled. I love being part of something important and meaningful”.

Loon immediately became the leader in environmentally friendly products like floatants, sinkets, head cements, etc. Since

What is the philosophy behind the company and how does it tie up with your own ideals? “Our mission statement is “Make The Best Product, Protect The Environment, Support Our Community”. For myself, I like the saying “Work Hard and Be Nice”. We work really hard to make the best products and spend a lot of time supporting our employees, our customers, our vendors, our ambassadors and everyone that we come in contact with on a daily basis”.

Rigging up for steelhead in Northern California

What are the ambitions and aspirations for Loon Outdoors in the years to come? “We have a couple of great products that are currently in the works and we are continually working hard to make sure that we make the best products. Beyond that, we are doing our very best with the resources we have to make sure that this sport, along with our fisheries, exist for years to come. I have two kids (6 and 4 years old) and I want them to be able to experience the outdoors in a better way than I experienced it growing up”. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2018

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Do you feel that you can make a difference as a company? “I do feel that we can make a difference as a company, but I also know that we can’t rely on companies and businesses to be the only ones trying to make a difference. Our hope is that we inspire and can support individuals to get involved in local groups, TU (Trout Unlimited) chapters and environmental efforts where they live because that model is more scalable and sustainable than the reliance on business for change”. What kind of reactions do you get from fly fishermen, who have learned about your commitment to the environment? “Everyone I chat with is really excited about it. When Dan created Loon back in 1991, it was with an environmentally friendly focus in mind and this was long before it was popular or common. It’s the foundation of who we are and helps guide our thought process and decision making”. Do you see a shift in the industry towards a higher degree of environmental consciousness? “I think more than anything, I’ve seen the advance of social media and the ability to get these messages out faster and to a broader amount of people. I think anglers have always been environmentally conscious and now we have a better platform to promote these ideas”. Any advice to fly fishermen, who would like to get involved and make a difference when it comes to protecting the environment? “My best advice would be to find a local club or TU chapter and see how you can get involved. If everyone takes ownership and responsibility for their local waters, we will see a huge positive change”.

PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT// Our goal is to make products that are safe for fish, fisheries, and fishermen/fisherwomen.

SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY// We’re proud to be a part of the community of adventurers, anglers and stewards of our environment.

MAKE THE BEST PRODUCT// We want to use the best, so we want to make the best.

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Searching for some fishable water in Central Oregon


If everyone takes ownership and responsibility for their local waters, we will see a huge positive change

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We make fly tying products with maximum performance and minimal environmental impact!

UV FLY TYING & POWDERS You are in complete control of the curing process with our UV products. 2

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UV FLY TYING KIT: With everything a tyer needs to make the move from traditional cements to UV Cure, the UV Fly Tying Kit includes UV Clear Fly Finish Thick, Thin and the brand new, ultra-thin Flow, and a UV Power Light FEATURES: Includes Thick, Thin and Flow I Build fly heads and bodies I Instantly cures with sunlight or UV light I Various needle tips included for precision tying UV FLY PAINT KIT: Includes UV Power Light, and Red, Yellow and Orange UV Fly Paint FEATURES: Fly tying combo kit I Now includes applicator needles I Now includes applicator brush FLUORESCING UV CLEAR FLY FINISH 1/2oz & 2oz: At depths as shallow as a few feet, even bright flies can appear dull and disappear into the background in the dark underwater world. Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish performs just like UV Clear Fly Finish Flow, and takes the UV light that is available underwater and reflect it as a color more visible to fish FEATURES: Ultra-thin UV-curing resin I Allows infinite work time I Cures instantly when exposed to UV light I Cures hard and clear I Can be used as head cement replacement I Includes brush applicator FLY TYING POWDER: Loon’s fly tying powders are the best way to add pigment or sparkle to your cements or UV curing resins. Now avaible in 3-packs. FEATURES: Customizes tying cements or UV resins I Non-toxic I Does not compromise cure time or strength I Compatible with all Loon cements I Compatible with all Loon UV resins FLY TYING POWDER - PHOSPHORESCENT: The Loon Phosphorescent Fly Tying Powder gives tyers the ability to add glow-in-the-dark properties to their tying cements. It is compatible with traditional cements as well as UV cured resins. FEATURES: Adds phosphorescence I Non-toxic I Does not compromise cure time or strength I Compatible with all Loon cements and UV Products I Compatible with other brands of tying cements FLY TYING POWDER - TUNGSTEN: The Loon Tungsten Fly Tying Powder gives tyers the ability to add weight to their flies without adding too much bulk. Once mixed, the tungsten powder adds weight to tying cements. It is compatible with traditional cements as well as UV cured resins. FEATURES: Adds precise amounts of weight I Non-toxic I Does not compromise cure time or strength I Compatible with all Loon cements and UV Products I Compatible with other brands of tying cements

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Always odor-free and non-toxic, for a safer tying bench and bomb-proof flies.

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BENCH KIT: Includes High Tack Swax, Low Tack Swax, Hard Head Clear, Hard Head Black, and Water Based Head Cement System. FEATURES: Dubbing wax for large and small flies I Head Head Clear and Black for building up heads and bodies I WB Head Cement System for precision tying FLUORESCING HARD HEAD: At depths as shallow as a few feet, even bright flies can appear dull and disappear into the background in the dark underwater world. Loon Fluorescing Hard Head performs just like Hard Head Clear, and takes the UV light that is available underwater and reflects it as a color more visible to fish FEATURES: Thick head cement I Dries hard and with a high glossI Odor free I Water based I Comes with applicator brushI Excellent for building up heads and bodies I Perfect for painting poppers  SOFT HEAD: Soft Head is a thick one-part head cement. It is odorless, non-toxic, and dries soft and pliable. FEATURES: Thick head cement I Dries soft and pliableI Odor free I Water based I Comes with applicator brushI Excellent for building up soft heads and bodies WB HEAD CEMENT: A thin, odorless, non-toxic water-based Head Cement with applicator system for precise applications. Never breathe toxic or smelly fumes again. FEATURES: Thin head cement I Dries clear I Odor free I Water based I Includes Applicator brush I System comes with applicator needle for precision tying WB HEAD FINISH: A medium-thick water-based head cement with applicator system for exact placement of cement. Never breathe toxic or smelly fumes again. FEATURES: Medium-thick head cement I Odor free I Water based I Comes with applicator needle for precise applications WB THINNER: A thinner for altering the viscosity of Loon’s head cements to your exact specifications. FEATURES: Thin head cements and Hard Head I Helps head cements last longer LOW TACK SWAX: Dubbing wax perfect for applying dubbing to the finest of threads while helping to craft realistic looking bodies on smaller dry flies and nymphs. Ideal for use with patterns that require less bulk, Swax washes easily from your hands, leaving your fingers stick-free! FEATURES: Dubbing wax for small flies I Easy to use push bottom container I Perfect for patterns calling for a subtle profile APPLICATION BOTTLE CAP & NEEDLES: Application system for those who make their own cements or solvents. FEATURES: Applicator system for head cements I Includes 2 needles for different thicknesses of cement FLY TYING NEEDLE REPLACEMENTS: Replacement Needles for all of Loon’s UV curing resins, a well as the WB Head Cement and WB Head Finish systems. FEATURES: Tapered needles prevent clogging I UV blocking I Compatible with all Loon tying cements and resins

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FLY TYING SCISSORS & TOOLS Cutting edge tools that enhance your fly tying experience. -NEWFLY TYING TOOL KIT

Packaged in a heavy duty travel case and featuring the Ergo Arrow Point Scissors, Ergo All Purpose Scissors, Ergo Bobbin, Ergo Bodkin, Ergo Whip Finisher, Ergo Dubbing Brush and the Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner, this is an excellent choice as a gift for the first-time tyer, or the long-time tyer who wants to trick out his bench with something new.

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The classic whip finisher with a powder coated ergonomic body. The base of the tool has been sharpened, so that finishing flies and clipping thread can be accomplished with one single tool.

An extra-long bobbin threader that is compatible with even the largest bobbins. The powder coated body is bright Loon yellow, making it easy to find on a bench.

An indispensable bobbin gets an overdue ergonomic facelift. The strong needle is made from spring steel for strength and longevity, and is held by a powder coated ergonomic handle.

ERGO BOBBIN

ERGO DUBBING BRUSH

GATOR GRIP DUBBING SPINNER

An ergonomic and high-performing update to the indispensible tying tool. The powder coated ergonomic handle rests perfectly between the thumb and fingers, while the spring steel spool holder allows for easy adjustment in tension by changing the pressure applied by grip. The tube is designed with versatility in mind: the high guage works well when tying small flies, and the tube is long enough to tackle large patterns as well.

The only dubbing brush tool that you’ll need. The ergonomic powder coated handle feels great on the hands, while the nylon bristles and stainless steel helix spine are tough enough to tackle any material in need of a good brushing.

The ultimate dubbing spinner. Developed in partnership with the geniuses at Fly Fish Food, the Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner includes two tips for any spinning scenario a tyer might encounter from complex twists to dubbing loops. The octagonal anti-rolling technology ensures that the tool stays put on the tying desk, while the ring shape allows for smooth consistent tension while palmering.

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ERGO ALL PURPOSE SCISSORS

ERGO HAIR SCISSORS

These precision scissors now have a new ergonomic design and stainless steel blades. An excellent choice for quailty and comfort.

These precision scissors now have a new ergonomic design and stainless steel blades. An excellent choice for quailty and comfort.

Heavy-duty scissors of the highest quality, designed for cutting through tough materials.

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RAZOR SCISSORS (4 IN)

RAZOR SCISSORS (5 IN)

Appropriately named, this is a razor sharp pair of scissors. One of the straight blades is serrated, and the other is non-serrated, aiding in grabbing of materials to eliminate material slip. The knurled tension knob allows for adjustments to specific applications.

Appropriately named, this is a razor sharp pair of scissors. One of the straight blades is serrated, and the other is non-serrated, aiding in grabbing of materials to eliminate material slip. The knurled tension knob allows for adjustments to specific applications.

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ERGO MICRO TIP ALL-PURPOSE SCISSORS (4 IN)

The perfect scissors for when perfection is the standard. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the micro tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. Every pair is hand tuned in the USA.

These scissors were sized for versatility, designed for comfort, and sharpened for precision. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the micro tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. Every pair is hand tuned in the USA.

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We make innovative, top-quality tools for every angler, every day and we stand behind everything we make!

ROGUE QUICKDRAW FORCEPS CLIP ANYWHERE. USE TO REMOVE HOOKS, PINCH BARBS, ETC.

ROGUE SCISSOR FORCEPS ATTACH TO VEST, PACK, ETC. USE TO REMOVE HOOKS, PINCH BARBS, CUT TIPPET, ETC.

The tight angles and engineered shape accommodate all fly sizes, allow for easy hook removal, and can crimp even the heaviest barbs. Oversized thumb and finger holes accomodate large or gloved hands, and the cutting surface easily clips light or heavy leader.

Large, durable hemostats equipped with a cutting edge to maximize versatility. Handles include comfy grip for added traction, even when wet.

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6.25” long Carabiner finger loop Flat geometric jaw for easy hook removal/debarbing Comfy grip provides extra tackiness Double-dipped handle for added comfort Scissor in jaw Surgical quality stainless steel Eye clearing needle Locking handles

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5.5” long Stealthy matte black rust-resistant finish Comfy grip provides extra tackiness Double-dipped handle for added comfort Surgical quality stainless steel Locking handles Sharp cutting edge Half smooth, half serrated jaw

ROGUE FORCEPS ATTACH TO VEST, PACK, ETC. USE TO REMOVE HOOKS, PINCH BARBS, ETC.

ROGUE SPRING CREEK FORCEPS ATTACH TO VEST, PACK, ETC. USE TO REMOVE HOOKS, PINCH BARBS, ETC.

Top quality forceps with comfy grip and a matte black coating for stealth and just enough yellow to make them findable should they be dropped. Designed to maximize strength, comfort, and smooth opening/closing.

Lightweight and perfectly sized hemostats, including comfy grip. Bullet shaped jaws make quick work of hook removal and still have the strength to mash heavy barbs.

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ICONIC KIT ATTACH TO VEST, PACK, ETC. USE TO REMOVE HOOKS, CUT TIPPET, ETC.

The Rogue Quickdraw Forceps and the Nip n Sip 2.0 were designed for the angler who demands a lot from tools, but who wants to carry very little. Both products are packed with features that make them as versatile and as useful as any tool out there. • Rogue Quickdraw Forceps • Nip n Sip 2.0 • Lanyard

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ROGUE FORCEPS, SCISSORS & NIPPERS

ROGUE MICRO SCISSORS ATTACH TO VEST, PACK, ETC. USE TO REMOVE HOOKS, CUT TIPPET, ETC.

ROGUE DEBARB PLIERS ATTACH TO VEST OR PACK. USE TO REMOVE HOOKS AND PINCH BARBS

Strong and durable hemostats complete with a cutting edge, these are the perfect option for the minimalist who wants all of the function at half of the size.

The absence of the locking mechanism allows for extra strength to be applied to debarbing hooks, allowing these to stand up the toughest hooks.

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4.25” long Stealthy matte black rust-resistant finish Comfy grip provides extra tackiness Double-dipped handle for added comfort Surgical quality stainless steel Locking handles Sharp cutting edge Smooth jaws

ROGUE MITTEN SCISSOR CLAMPS CLIP TO PACK/VEST WITH LOCKING JAWS OR ZINGER. SQUEEZE TO OPEN/CLOSE.

Made of the highest quality surgical steel, they are precise enough to use year ’round, but designed to be used while wearing gloves or mittens. Mitten Clamps are open and closed with the same squeezing motion, making clipping them to a pack or vest extra convenient. • • • • • • •

6” long Stealthy matte black rust-resistant finish Comfy grip provides extra tackiness Double-dipped handle for added comfort Surgical quality stainless steel Eye clearing needle Locking Handles

5” debarb pliers Stealthy matte black rust-resistant finish Comfy grip provides extra tackiness Double-dipped handle for added comfort Surgical quality stainless steel Compact cutting surface Tightly angled flat jaws Comfortably sized finger/thumb loops Works with flies of all sizes

ROGUE NIPPERS & ROGUE NIPPER W/ KNOT TOOL USE TO CUT LEADER, TIPPET, ETC. (AND TIE KNOTS)

Made with surgical quality steel and covered with the comfy grip, these nippers are the perfect blend of comfort and performance. They include a straight cutting surface and a fly eye cleaner. • • • • • •

Stealthy matte black rust-resistant finish Comfy grip provides extra tackiness (Nipper) Double-dipped handle for added comfort Stainless Steel blades Eye cleaning needle Knot tying tool attachment (nipper w/ knot tool)

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FLOATANTS & SINKETS

INDICATORS

FLY TYING

Aquel - dry fly gel (15ml) // Lochsa - gel floatant (15ml) // Payette Paste - paste floatant (7ml) // Top Ride - Powder floatant & drying agent (60ml) // Blue Ribbon - Pure fine white floatant (60ml) // Easy Dry - Drying agent (60ml) // Loon Dust - Powder floatant (30ml) // Fly Spritz 2 - dry fly spray (30ml) // Royal Gel - dry fly gel // Deep Soft Weight - charcoal tungsten putty // Brass Head Soft Weight - brass tungsten putty // Snake River Mud - Sinking paste // Henry’s Sinket - liquid sinking agent

Strike Two - 1/4” yarn indicator // Biostrike - putty // Bio-Glow - glow-in-the-dark putty // Strike Out - 1/8” yarn indicator // Night Strike Kit - glow-in-thedark putty w/lamp // Tip Toppers - yarn (small) // Tip Toppers - yarn (large) // Stealth Tip Toppers - yarn (small & Large) // Foam Tip Toppers - High Vis

UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (60/15ml) // UV Clear Fly Finish - Thin (60/15ml) // UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow/Ultra-thin (15ml) // Mixing Cup // Hydrostop - waterproofing treatment // High Tack Swax - Dubbing Wax // Hard Head - Green Head Cement (30ml) // WB Head Cement - thin waterproof head cement.

LINE AND GEAR CARE

Stream Line - liquid fly line lubricant (15ml) // Line Speed - fly line cleaner (30ml) // Fly Line Cleaner - Scandinavia formula line cleaner (30ml) // Sink Fast - sinking fly line cleaner (30ml) // Line Cleaning Tool - sheepskin cleaning pad // Line Speed Kit -Pad (30ml) // Graffitolin Ferrule Wax - ferrule lubricant (7ml) // Reel Lube - reel lubricant (15ml) // Stanley’s Ice Off Paste - Antifreeze (7ml)

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UV Knot Sense - knot coating // UV Wader Repair - repairs pin holes // UV Nano Light - for curing Loon’s UV Knot Sense or UV Wader Repair // UV Bench Light - perfect for curing Loon’s UV resins // UV Infiniti Light - Powerful enough for professional tyers and rechargeable using a standard USB cable // UV Kit - coating and repair

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Tippet Stack - tippet storage system (5 spools) // Tippet Holder - tippet storage system (6 spools) - Rigging Foam - for rigged flies and tippets // Leader Straightener - Leather exterior // Neckvest Lanyard - paracord construction // Neckvest lanyard loaded - 3 disconnects (UV light, nippers and hot box) // Nip n Sip 2.0 - stainless steel nippers // Zinger // Dual Zinger // Essentials Kit - forceps, zinger, nippers // Magnetic Net Release - bungee lanyard // Hot Box - 6 compartments

Aluminum Caddy - holds 1/2oz bottles // Bottoms Up - holds 15ml bottles // Small Caddy - holds 15ml bottles // Medium Caddy - holds 60ml bottles // Large Caddy - holds 15ml and 60ml bottles

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THE STF SHRIMP Jonatan Ternald - www.searun.org In recent years, there’s been a trend towards more and more realistic seatrout flies. One of the proponents of this trend is Swedish fly tying-wizard, Jonatan Ternald, and in the following he presents his mouth-watering STF Shrimp.

Materials//

Hook: Ahrex NS 122 size 4-10 Thread: Uno mono clear Tail/tag: Mallard and Seal fur dubbing - fl. Orange Head/dubbing: STF Dubbing - Tan Ribb: 0.20mm nylon Eyes: Burnt mono, painted and finished with UV resin Antennas: Wild boar, 0.40mm flourocarbon or 0.5mm sillicon thread Legs: Wapsi round rib 0.5mm (sillicon thread) painted with brown and blue permanent markers Tail: 0,5mm silicon thread

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“I fish a lot of baitfishpatterns too, but I’m pretty sure that I catch more fish on the shrimp fly relative to the time spent fishing”.

and my own pattern Super Shrimp. Both are realistic and fish really well. They both have a quick sink rate, which is great in a lot of fishing conditions - but the STF Shrimp has a hover to it, which makes it more versatile. I fish it in all depths adjusting it with the sink rate of the fly line when needed. It’s 4.30 in the morning and I’m anchored up near a reef with strong currents pressing against it. It’s the middle of summer in the archipelago outside Gothenburg, and I’ve headed out for a short fishing session before going to work. It’s time to make that all-important choice: Which fly? My fingers dig confidently into the fly box and retrieve the fly that is usually my safest bet: The STF Shrimp. I place the fly along the edge of the reef and twitch it. Then a short break followed by what is meant to be three fast strips. However, on the second strip the line just stops and then starts going in the opposite direction. Fish on! After a couple of jumps and some deep diving I’m able to land a big and strong summer seatrout. A fish on the very first cast: In my book that’s the perfect way to start! Lately I’ve been asked a lot about what seatrout fly I would choose, if I only could pick only one. First of all, it would have to be a shrimp-pattern. I fish a lot of baitfish-patterns too, but I’m pretty sure that I catch more fish on the shrimp fly relative to the time spent fishing. I love patterns like the Magic Shrimp by Rune Westphal

One of the first shrimp patterns I ever tied was a small STF Shrimp. No legs, antennas or back shield - super simple and super effective! Coastal fly tiers have tied different STF Shrimp ever since the product hit the shelves and from my point of view, because of its transparency, it’s a perfect material for tying shrimp. My current take on the STF Shrimp has a lot of similarities with Kern Lund’s awesome shrimp pattern, the Perfect Leo Shrimp. The biggest difference between them is the main component: The STF dubbing. I use STF Dubbing in a lot of flies, mainly because of its versatility and its really hot, translucent look in the water. For the most part, I strip this fly like I did that summer morning. A slow hand twist, short break, and 3 fast strips - then over again. In the summertime, I increase the speed as it seems to really trigger those hot-tempered summer-fish on the prowl. I then put the rod in my armpit and retrieve the fly with both hands. Whether this high-speed madness actually helps create the illusion of an actual fleeing shrimp is debateable, but – during summertime - it’s harder to fool a seatrout with realistic imitations presented at slow speeds.

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Start by making a slight bend in the hook. Use the vice or a pair of pliers, and make a gradual bend so you don’t weaken the hook shank. Secure your hook in the vice, attach your tying thread and wrap it all the way to the barb.

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Make a knot on the silicon thread and tie it onto the hook. Wrap your tying thread around both sides of the leg after securing it to the hook. This is to adjust the angle at which it stands out from the body.

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Repeat step number 4 to make a total of 3 pairs of legs. Tie in a small amount of dubbing between each pair to level things out and to make the legs stand out.

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Tie in a small amount of STF fibres before tying in the shrimp eyes on top. Then proceed to tie in the 0.20mm nylon rib, which will later be used to secure the shrimp shell.

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Dub your thread with STF Dubbing and cover the rest of the hook shank to build a voluminous and tapered body.

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Tie in the mallard fibres and make them spread out by tying the material in with a couple of loose initial wraps. It should be about 2 cm in length.

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Now dub the thread with the seal fur and then STF. Having the dubbing underneath the legs will make it easier to make the legs stand out the way they should.

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Take about 6 cm of the silicon thread and secure it next to the dubbing. Tie both ends all the way down to the hook eye, make a loop on each one and tie the ends down.

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Take a bunch of STF fibres and tie them down in the middle point of the fibres. Afterwards fold the fibres so both ends point forward. Now make a few stripes across the fibres with a brown marker pen.

Now it’s time for the antennas. You can use wild boar, hackle stems or in this case 0.40 fluorocarbon, which can be manipulated into shape.

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Use the nylon rib to tie down the shrimp shell and secure it with your tying thread. If you want it extra durable, finish off with a layer of UV resin.

Finish the fly off by painting the legs with blue and brown marker pens, and brush the dubbing a little bit to give it ome extra volume.


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