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MAGAZINE no.8 Flyfish Europe

2019


S p a w n e d i n N e w Ze a l a n d

Innovative, exceptional quality fishing gear designed by fishermen for fishermen. Company founder Wayne Smith, originally from California, discovered his own New Zealand paradise while fishing his way across the South Pacific on his sailboat 25 odd years ago. Being a designer and innovator he continues to think up new and better ways of doing things. Â Every product that Smith Creek offers is an expression of our passion for adventure, the outdoors, and fly-fishing in particular.

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EDITORIAL Dear fellow fisherman, The magazine you are holding in your hands contains some of the best products in the industry. They are built to last, and I’m certain they are among the most environmentally-friendly fly fishing products available. Apart from the snazzy tackle, I hope you will also enjoy the great articles in the 2019-edition of our magazine. Hopefully, some of them will inspire you to fish more. I hope, they will also raise your awareness about some of the environmental challenges that we are faced with. They seem to grow in numbers, and the majority of our politicians don’t seem to take them seriously enough. Or maybe they just don’t know how to address them?` The fact remains; There is still a lot of work to be done. In a democratic world, all we can do is to keep the pressure on our politicians and raise our voices until we’re heard. As a Norwegian, I am embarrassed to see how our salmon farming industry continues to destroy the habitats of wild salmon and seatrout and how it pollutes the gene pool of these precious species. Recently, the Norwegian Government also granted permission for mine waste to be dumped in the Repparfjord on the coast of the Barents Sea - an important habitat for salmon, seatrout and arctic char. Short-sighted financial profit seems to beat common sense once again. Will we ever learn? Best wishes, Jarle // MD - Flyfish Europe

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Who We Serve

This goes out to those who pursue. For those that live to fly. That strive for the chase, but can take a step back to take it all in. The ones who have a passion to explore, and those that pursue the new. This is our view of the future; glasses purpose built for whatever your pursuits may be. Get out there and pursue your thrill.

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CONTENTS 000 002 006

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DEPTH-PROBING FOR PERCH, Peter Lyngby

SMITH OPTICS GUYANA - IN PURSUIT OF THE JUNGLE’S APEX PREDATOR, Kirk Deeter

SOUTH AMERICA’S HIDDEN TARPON PARADISE, Thomas Van Schendel EUROPE’S LAST WILD RIVERS - THE FIGHT CONTINUES, The Editorial Staff

RODMOUNTS THE SPEYCASTING SCIENTISTS, Matt Harris

SCOTT FLY RODS SKILLS AND GEAR, Eirik Fjelldal

WATERWORKS-LAMSON GREENLAND - ON TOP OF THE WORLD, Thomas Søbirk

C&F DESIGN SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS OMNISPOOL THE FUTURE OF A STEPMOTHERLY TREATED SPECIES, Tor Inge Dolve

MCLEAN FLUORESCING FOR THE WIN, Brett Zundel

LOON OUTDOORS IN CONVERSATION WITH JIM BATSCHI, The Editorial Staff THE SUPER SHRIMP - STEP BY STEP, Jonatan Ternald

TROUTHUNTER

Cover Photo: Martin Ejler Olsen 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 2019. 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.

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This cataloge is printed on environmentally friendly paper.


[ ] Credits

A big and appreciative thanks to all the contributors who have provided inspiring content for this magazine.

Matt Harris, Jonatan Ternald, Ulrich Eichelman, Steven Weiss, Velibor Ivanovic, Rasmus Ovesen, Alan Peterson, Brett Zundel, Tommy

Josefsen, Peter Lyngby, Morten Valeur, Henry Schmidt, Thomas

Søbirk, Todd Field, Josh Lively, Nils Jørgensen, Tim Angeli, Justin

Carr, Martin Olsen, Brian Huskey, Tor Inge Dolve, Martin Ejler Olsen, Kiyoshi Nakagawa

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Guyana

In Pursuit of the Jungle's Apex Predator Kirk Deeter

Brian Grossenbacher

The arapaima is the ultimate freshwater gamefish - an ancient and frantically leaping behemoth that is as difficult to find as it is to hook and land. Follow Kirk Deeter and renowned photographer, Brian Grossenbacher, in pursuit of this legendary predatory fish.

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Climbers have Everest. Surfers have Mavericks. And fly-fishers have the arapaima. Granted, most fly anglers are far older, fatter, and smoothskinned than the types of souls who would endeavor to tread at an altitude where commercial airliners fly, or ride a lethal wall of water at speeds that make white sharks blink as you buzz past… But we still dream, and tilt at our own windmills, and chase “holy grails.” The cool thing is that our grails are always living, elusive creatures… and the only reward most of us really wish for is a mere chance to connect with them for brief instants, perhaps touch them in passing, and ultimately let them go. For the fly angler, the quest most often starts with a trout. Having figured that puzzle out enough to gain some confidence, you might then find yourself wading a tropical flat, searching for bonefish… or standing in a sideways snowstorm, lobbing thousands of casts, hoping for a tug from a wild steelhead. Then you might decide the fickle permit is worth the effort. You might pull on a prehistoric tarpon (and it only takes one of those to change your world forever), or a mako shark, or a colorfully-exotic peacock bass. Then, the more “sophisticated” you become, the more you realize that the old “trash fish” carp that’s been swimming in the dirty water right down the road all along, is far from stupid, so you try to figure out how to catch it with a fly also. Trust me. It’s an expensive, exhausting, always fascinating, sometimes dangerous vortex that sucks you in, and consumes part of your soul. But at the end of the odyssey, the final stop on the road is where you’re going to find one fish, and one fish only. The arapaima.

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he arapaima is the largest freshwater fish (with scales) on the planet. It can grow to over 300 pounds, and more

Arapaimas fight much like a tarpon, frequently getting airborne in spectacular jumps.

than several feet long. Native to South America, it once flourished throughout the Amazon drainage and other tropical river systems. But it also had the unfortunate characteristic of being incredibly tasty, so it was commercially fished, and eaten, into submission throughout most of its natal range. The arapaima has hence been propped up, farmed, and transplanted internationally, but aside from some carefully cultivated, human-manipulated habitats where arapaimas have been nurtured and protected, there are scant-few places in this world where wild arapaima populations exist. A quiet, endemic southwest corner of the tiny South American country of Guyana—specifically the Rewa River drainage—is one of those last places. All of that is not meant to suggest that arapaimas aren’t mighty. Indeed they are. Hook a tarpon and it will rip line from your reel as it bolts toward the horizon. Hook an arapaima, on the other hand, and it’s just as apt to attack the boat and slap the gunwales with its tail, leaving the angler fumbling and shattered, trying to figure out just what the heck to do. Arapaimas are apex jungle predators. But they aren’t toothy, vicious creatures. Their mouths are hard buckets of bone, meant to inhale and crush whatever swims around them. Arapaimas are also supremely subtle in a way that defies their size. For the angler, the challenge is twofold. First you have to find them. Though they live in stagnant murky waters (usually jungle ponds created when raging tropical rivers recede from their banks), they’re air-gulpers. You’ll either see a scant trace of bubbles in the slack water, or often times, you’ll only hear a muted “gloop” that stands out amongst the constant whining and wailing of insects, birds and monkeys in the canopy. Or, if you have sharp eyes and are lucky, you might just catch a glint of pinkish-crimson, the only telltale scales along an arapaima’s otherwise muted and camouflaged flank, as it slinks through shallow brown water. At that point, you have to guess if it’s headed to the left or to the right. And that’s when it gets really difficult. Because you are usually fishing in relatively serene water—and because arapaimas have the most sensitive lateral lines of any fish in the world, which

Arapaimas are supremely subtle in a way that defies their size

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The jungle never sleeps, but fishing after arapaima is exhausting - and it requires some rest.

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Guyana is home to the “largest” of most critters… for instance the largest river otters in the world.

The indiginous Makushi have faced constant pressures to develop their lands

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can sense vibrations from great distances—a rushed, clunky cast will never work. Somehow, some way, you must figure out how to hoof a fly that’s several inches long (most often, one that looks like a small peacock bass… most anglers go to South America to fish for peacock bass… when arapaima fishing, you cast with a peacock bass fly…) and drop it several inches in front of the target, then make it look alive, without undo commotion. It’s like trying to throw a small chicken with a 14-weight, 50 or 60 feet, without making much of a splash. Then don’t fumble with the line, and try to make that fly swim “naturally.” Assuming you can pull that off, if the fish follows and grabs the fly, it gets even more difficult. While the arapaima does not have dagger teeth, their mouths are stony-hard. Imagine trying to sink a finish nail into a cinder block, from 50 feet away, by pulling on a fly line connected to a 60-pound fluorocarbon leader. That’s what trying to set a hook into an arapaima feels like. Nine times out of 10, you’re left heartbroken. On the tenth try, you’re left with a near heart attack.

We anglers often hear of scenarios where people are re-

sponsible for saving certain fish. Because we love the fish, and want to catch the fish, we do what it takes to protect the ecosystem and keep the fish around, both for ourselves, and also for future generations. And that’s always wonderful.

It also doesn’t take long to realize that this part of Guyana is also home to the “largest” of most critters… the largest river otters in the world, the largest spiders, the largest land rodents, large bats, large fish, large jungle cats, and yes… the largest snakes (anacondas) to be found anywhere. And in truth, it’s also apparent that, as is the rule of the wild jungle, most creatures want to eat you, from the smallest water-born parasites and insects, to the jaguars and crocodilian reptiles. You have to be careful where you tread, in and out of the water. And as we spent a few nights sleeping under a tarp in the open jungle, slung in hammocks and draped in mosquito netting, I couldn’t hide the feeling as I nodded off (uneasily) that I was akin to a perfectly-wrapped prosciutto ham, dangling under the trees. But our native guides were ever vigilant and there to protect us. They have now found, through the unlikeliest of circumstances, that anglers… and fishing… might well be the key to them sustaining their culture and way of life. Like many indigenous communities in the South American forests, the Makushi—who only a generation ago, did not speak English (the official language in Guyana) and did not trade with currency—have faced constant pressures to develop their lands and trade their traditional ways of life, for the sake of profit and progress. There’s gold to be mined in the jungle. There’s money to be made by clear-cutting the trees. There’s also money to be made via poaching, and selling exotic birds, and so forth.

In the case of the Rewa River, the indigenous Rewa Village (and the Makushi Indian tribe) in southern Guyana, we’re already seeing how the fish, and the ecosystem, can save the people. Guyana is an amazing place. Roughly the size of Idaho, this small South American country is home to more bird species, for example, than all of North America. It also boasts the most endemic species—species only to be found in that place—than anywhere else on the planet.

Guyana boasts the most endemic species than anywhere else on the planet

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But because fly-fishing came to this area, the Makushi now have an alternative. By opening a modest “eco-lodge” operation, catering to a mere handful of anglers who seek to catch— and release—the wild arapaima fish in this region, for only a couple weeks in the spring, and a couple weeks in the fall every year, they can maintain their village, and their landscape, with minimal impact. Big streamer patterns tied on the strongest hooks out there is the recipe for connecting with the arapaima.

In fact, what impacts that have resulted have been positive—for example, a new clean water system, a new school, radically improved healthcare, and steady employment for those many who directly and indirectly cater to this quest for catching, and scientifically studying, the last, great wild fish on earth. It’s truly remarkable. Proof, even, that fly-fishing, even in limited doses, can be the catalyst for saving the last intact indigenous cultures, and places, on the planet.

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eople often ask me: “What is your favorite fish?” Or, “What was your favorite adventure?” Or “What was you’re your favorite story you ever wrote?” And, of course, I can never give a straight answer, because that’s like asking a parent who their favorite child is. I love all the fish, and all the adventures, and more importantly, all the people I’ve shared those experiences with. I have equally fond memories of catching 10-inch native cutthroat trout in the backcountry in Colorado with dear friends and mentors, as I have catching 100-pound tarpon or mako sharks with other close friends. Flying in Russian helicopters chasing gargantuan rainbow trout with mouse flies… wading Bahamian flats… two-handing for Atlantic salmon in Iceland…

I had experienced an ultimate story... and perhaps an ultimate purpose.

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It’s all good. All incredibly meaningful. Wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. But if the question were couched just a little bit differently, to ask: “Where did you feel the most alive, on any of your travels?” Well, in that case, the answer would be simple. I think of one particular evening, running down the Rewa River in Guyana, in a boat with Oliver White (who had guided me and taught be all about arapaima), and Al Perkinson (who had the vision to connect sport fishing with Guyana and arapaima)… with native guide Rovin Alvin manning the motor in the back of the boat. We had been up-river, and landed an arapaima in a secluded lake. Darkness had fallen, and as we motored downstream toward Rewa Village, I couldn’t help but notice the hundreds of red, beady eyes along the riverbank (black caiman eyes). And I knew if we hit a rock or a stump in the darkness, and were thrown from the boat, we’d be in deep trouble. But Rovin knew that water like the back of his hand. (It’s amazing how a shared respect for nature can foster instant camaraderie and respect among people who come from vastly different places). And the stars and sky were so stunningly beautiful, like shimmering diamonds set on a deep blue, velvet backdrop.

The rainforest is called such for a good reason.

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t was so raw, and primal, and honest… all the while I’m thinking, “How in the world did I ever get here?” Yet, at the same time, I knew I was there for a reason. And I knew I had experienced an ultimate story… and perhaps an ultimate purpose. Fishing, and catching, and sharing those things are one thing. But doing that, with effect, in a place so natural, so wild… and knowing how we all might actually be able to do something together to keep that around… Well, that has stuck in my mind ever since. I still have dreams about the arapaima, and Guyana. You can think about many things with your eyes wide open. It’s what you dream about, after the fact that speaks back to you with greatest effect.

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THE

STORY

.......................... COME FISHING

Whether you’re a seasoned guide or a kid taking her first cast from the family dock. Whether your home waters are Tokyo Bay or Bristol Bay. Whether you pull a drift boat or tournament-ready rig, Simms is committed to lowering the barriers that stand between the world’s rivers, lakes and open waters and those who hear their call. Because we’ve seen with our own eyes the power our sport has to unite people, relieve stress, develop character, restore watersheds and ease personal suffering. Which is why we believe the more people who pick up a rod and take a cast, the better off we’ll all be.

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JOHN SIMMS, VISIONARY GUIDE Simms was founded in 1980 by visionary angler and longtime river guide John Simms. Having spent decades providing clients with life-changing experiences on the world’s most majestic rivers, John realized the waders available at that time weren’t up to the job of keeping the folks he was guiding dry, comfortable and safe on the river. Never mind the guides who, as he did, lived and breathed the sport 150+ days a year. So, he set about creating products worthy of a new generation of anglers who, like him, wanted to get out on the water earlier and stay out longer in any weather. By the late 80’s, John had put his namesake products on the map as the most rugged and dependable waders in the sport. Having set the company on the right path, he was ready to spend more time on the rivers he loved. After all, it was the reason he built those waders in the first place. At the same time, he wanted to ensure Simms would continue to craft the type of high-quality products the brand had become known for and anglers had come to depend on. K.C. WALSH, REMAKING AN INDUSTRY In 1993 K.C. Walsh, a lifelong angler raised in a multi-generational fishing family, combined two of his passions, fishing and guiding companies to realize their full potential. K.C. had spent his career helping companies grow and flourish as a management consultant. With K.C.’s rare combination of devotion to the sport and deep management experience, those close to the deal knew Simms would thrive. And thrive it has. In the almost 25 years under K.C.’s leadership, the quality of Simms products has continued to improve, the workforce has continued to grow and the product line has continued to expand. K.C.’s first order of business back in 1993 was to move Simms’ Headquarters to Bozeman, Montana. Relocating to Bozeman put Simms a stone’s throw from some of the most legendary fishing rivers in the world. And where there’s great fishing, there are great fishermen. Simms taps into the experience of these expert anglers, employing them at every level and in every role, from designers, developers and product managers, to wear testers, consultants and craftspeople. GORE-TEX® WADERS MADE IN BOZEMAN, MONTANA That first year also saw the release of Simms’ first-ever waterproof, breathable wader featuring GORETEX® construction. The wader was a groundbreaking success and would prove to be the beginning of a long and productive partnership between Simms and W.L. Gore & Associates. Since then, Simms has become known as a place the fishing industry looks for the latest advances in GORE-TEX technology. In 2012, Simms expanded its presence in Bozeman with a new 60,000 square-foot facility housing its corporate headquarters and wader production facility. The expansion has provided elbow room to drive product development, solidified Simms as the sole fishing wader manufacturer in the USA and showcases our unwavering commitment to high quality, U.S.-based manufacturing. Today, Simms is recognized as a global leader in the fishing industry and employs more than 180+ at its Bozeman headquarters. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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Each Simms wader is designed to allow for comfort in all fishing situations sitting, kneeling, hiking and getting to your secret fishing hole. The optimum solution for anglers in extended and extreme conditions is GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric technology. All of the waders manufactured in Simms’ Bozeman, Montana factory utilize GORE-TEX® 3- and 5-layer fabric to ensure an extremely hard-wearing product - durable enough to stand up to the day-to-day use of professional guides. GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL outerwear is waterproof, exceptionally lightweight and offers the ultimate in breathability, durability and extended comfort. Constructed with a woven backer, GORE-TEX® Pro Shell garments slide easily over other layers and offer exceptional tear strength and internal abrasion-resistance.

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.

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.

Uniquely designed to evade fish, River Camo offers you an edge at beating detection, so you can get one step closer to the fish and that perfect casting position. In collaboration with Veil Camo, Simms® developed River Camo—a cutting edge, proprietary and mathematically driven camouflage pattern for fish—by breaking up shapes.

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WADERS The angler evolution has been distilled to three simple steps: Catch a fish. Catch many fish. Catch the fish. Wise words, but limiting. In reality you define your fishing quest. And wherever it leadse, G4Z® Stockingfoot Waders are built for the pinnacle with 5-layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell fabric that bolsters durability and enhances breathability by 25%. Powered by the most feature-rich mix on the market, G4Zs include a YKK® waterproof center-front zipper for easy access and optimal ventilation as well as plush handwarmer pockets to toast frozen digits fast, and everything you need for an evolved wader that goes way beyond the basic.

G4Z® Adjustable stretch spacer mesh/elastic suspenders provide the most advanced & comfortable suspender system available

Super-Fly Patch & Retractor

2 large zippered chest pockets to accommodate fly boxes

Micro-fleece lined hand warmer pocket offers quick/easy hand warm-up Built-in low-profile belt loops with high-quality 2” elastic belt featuring Simms Trout side-release buckle Extended YKK® Aquaseal® waterproof center-front zipper allows easy access for quick relief & additional ventilation; the center-front zip also allows for allows easy on/off capability Simms Exclusive 5-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in seat, waist and legs

Patented front and back leg seams provide an articulated fit, maximum comfort & mobility

FABRIC TECH: GORE-TEX® 3-LAYER PRO SHELL TECHNOLOGY IN UPPER / GORE-TEX® 5-LAYER PRO SHELL TECHNOLOGY IN LOWER 25% MORE BREATHABLE

> WAIST HIGH CONVERSION > BUILT-IN GRAVEL GUARDS > HOURGLASS STOCKINGFOOT

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE From backyard boat ramp to AK tent camp, Simms’ G4 Pro® Stockingfoot Wader is “lived in” by more professional guides than all others combined. Rugged and ultra-quiet 5-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell technology in the seat, leg, and waist takes stay-dry to the next level—enhancing your internal A/C capabilities with 25% more breathability. In addition, G4s feature the largest zippered chest pockets available on any Simms waders, plus a flip-out tippet tender to keep all your river mainstays in tow. G4 Pro. Guides’ pick for the future of fishing seasons in session.

G4 P R O ® Adjustable stretch spacer mesh/elastic suspenders provide the most advanced & comfortable suspender system available Largest zippered chest pocket available to accommodate fly boxes Comfortable lined hand warmer pockets provide room for heater packs, offer quick/easy hand warm-up & convenient hand placement

Super-Fly Patch & Retractor

Built-in low-profile belt loops with high-quality 2” elastic belt featuring Simms’ Trout side-release buckle

WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

Patented front and back leg seams provide articulated fit, maximum comfort & mobility Articulated knees for maximum comfort & mobility

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Simms Exclusive 5-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in seat, waist and legs

FABRIC TECH: GORE-TEX® 3-LAYER PRO SHELL TECHNOLOGY IN UPPER / GORE-TEX® 5-LAYER PRO SHELL TECHNOLOGY IN LOWER - 25% MORE BREATHABLE

> WAIST HIGH CONVERSION > BUILT-IN GRAVEL GUARDS > HOURGLASS STOCKINGFOOT

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WADERS Whether you get out monthly or daily, our men’s G3 GuideTM Bootfoot Vibram®-soled Wader is your dedicated partner for cold-weather head-clearing missions in the river. Legendary Simms durability meets three- and four-layer GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL construction in this wader for breathable all-day comfort. An articulated fit promotes a natural range of motion for confident movement in and around the river, and you can say goodbye to cold, wet feet thanks to the rugged built-in boots with neoprene insulation and a grid fleece lining. Stud-compatible Vibram (or felt) soles offer trusted grip in and around the water, while your hands will appreciate the microfleece-lined pockets.

G3 G U I D E T M B OFOTF O OT E LT / VI B R AM ®

Adjustable elastic 1.5” suspender with opposing YKK® buckles for waist-high conversion

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Zippered chest pocket; Zippered reach-through microfleece-lined hand-warmer chest pocket

Hook and loop patch accepts the Super Fly Patch (Sold Separately)

Interior zip closure chest pocket

WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

Boots fully-lined and insulated with 7-mm neoprene and grid fleece for all-day warmth, comfort and moisture-management

Anatomically-shaped last and removable Right Angle® Footbed for a secure and comfortable underfoot ride

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Vibram® ldrogrip rubber, self-cleaning lugs and multidirectional edges for maximum underwater traction (Also available with felt)

Independent ESS plates for durability and confident deep-water footing FABRIC TECH: 3-LAYER GORE‐TEX® PRO SHELL IN UPPER; 4-LAYER GORE‐TEX® PRO SHELL IN SEAT & LEGS

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE

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WADERS Time on the stream is time well spent. And with the G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot Wader, those precious hours can be comfortable and well-ventilated. The G3 has all the in-river essentials you need, with legendary Simms durability that can stand up to heavy use in rugged conditions. Rigging a hopper-dropper combo just became a little easier with the help of a flip-out Tippet Tender®™ pocket with dual-entry zippers and Super-fly Patch® with integrated utility tabs. And numb, sore feet are a thing of the past with anatomically designed neoprene stockingfeet with a funk-fighting anti-microbial finish.nd road’s end. TM

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

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

WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

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 (Included

Articulated knees for maximum comfort & mobility

Abrasion‐resistant built‐in Gravel Guards with boot hooks

FABRIC TECH: 3-LAYER GORE‐TEX® PRO SHELL IN UPPER; 4-LAYER GORE‐TEX® PRO SHELL IN SEAT & LEGS

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WADERS Freestone® Z Stockingfoot Waders are your trusted companion from first cast to lasting obsession. Rugged, breathable four-layer Toray® QuadraLam™ fabric handles brushy approaches and cold wet weather, while the articulated fit promotes natural mobility both on the trail and in the water. When it comes to small details that make a difference, the Freestone® Z includes a waterproof front zipper for easy access and quick relief without removing your waders, plus two large fleece-lined hand warmer pockets to warm up cold fingers. Dual chest pockets with built-in magnetic retainers keep tools and flies at the ready. Most importantly, these waders keep you warm and dry on the water, day in and day out.

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WADERS The Women’s Freestone® Stockingfoot Wader was designed with input from Simms’ top female fishing guides, and features a women’s specific cut that allows for natural mobility while negotiating rough trails and slick river bottoms. The durable, breathable four-layer Toray® QuadraLam™ build handles brushy approaches and cold wet weather. And when it comes to small details that make big a difference, the Freestone includes a large fleece-lined, reach-through handwarmer pocket for cooler weather, a secure chest pocket for essential tool storage, plus a dedicated patch to keep a selection of flies handy at all times.

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Lake Fishing

Depth Probing for Perch Danish fly fisherman and fly tyer, Morten Valeur, loves to fish for perch - especially on the bigger lakes where he has spent countless hours refining his flies, strategies, and techniques. In the following, Morten will present you with a fly tying tutorial for his most recent super fly, the Flash Tail Beast, and tips on how to fish it.

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ost fishermen have, at one point or another, spent time fishing for perch. This moody predatory fish, which is distributed all across Europe, is a favourite among kids – and, for some, they turn into a lifelong obsession. Morten Valeur has spent more than thirty years fly fishing for perch. Along the way, he has developed specialized strategies and flies, and he targets perch on the surface in shallow water, and at the deep end with sinking lines. In the following, Morten explains a little bit about how he ties and fishes his favourite perch fly, the Flash Tail Beast, which is specifically designed for fishing with sinking lines.

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n the beginning, it might seem a little bit daunting to venture out onto a big lake with your fly rod. It isn’t precisely dangerous to be out there, but the lake might strike you as an enormous place, when you’re sitting in a small boat or float tube casting a fly rod with limited scope and reach. However, keep in mind that this was the same feeling that a lot of seatrout fishermen were overwhelmed with, before fly fishing for seatrout had been fully developed and perfected, says Morten Valeur. He no longer feels like he’s in over his head like he did more than 30 years ago, when he started fly fishing for perch.


The best technique is to cover water until you locate the fish.

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– I discovered fly fishing for perch rather coincidentally during a handful of trips to Swedish Lapland in the middle of the 1980s, and from then on, I starter targeting perch in my homewaters. The great advantage with perch is its availability. And even though really good perch fisheries with actual trophy fish are relatively far in between, there is always perch fishing available. I personally fish a lot on Fussing Lake and Glenstrup Lake, which are the closest lakes with good perch fishing where I live in Denmark, Morten explains.

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orten Valeur is honest about the fact that spin fishing is usually a much more effective technique when fishing big bodies of water. But that doesn’t mean a fly fisherman can’t have his fair share of fun and success. It’s just a matter of finding the right approach. – First and foremost, remember that perch love sunny weather, and that they mainly hunt during high pressure weather conditions. Check the weather forecast regularly and focus on periods when the weather conditions are stable, and the atmospheric pressure isn’t dropping. Perch are very attuned to atmospheric pressure, and sometimes they’ll binge and hunt ferociously, when they sense that bad weather is approaching. It is as if they instinctively know that they have to fill their bellies while there’s still time. 34

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When bad weather has finally arrived, the perch can be almost impossible to connect with, says Morten and continues: - When the fish aren’t actively feeding it becomes imperative to effectively locate them. I use a nautical chart, whenever I plan a trip on one of the local lakes. But the many electronic devises on the market today is the way to go if you want to pin-point the schools of perch. Perch follow the baitfish around. The baitfish follow the plankton movements, and the plankton move around according to the light conditions. Even though, at times, it is possible to find perch in the surface, it is my experience that it is most effective to look for them in the deep parts of the lakes. - I usually target the drop offs, where I can fish the fly effectively down to about five to six meters of depth. Perch are known to school up, and – as a result, the best technique is to quickly cover water until you locate the fish. Once you’ve found them, simply stay put for a while. Usually, if there is one fish, there are more around. Flyfishing without fly casting Throughout the years, Morten Valeur has refined his fishing strategy, and he now uses a special method when probing the drop offs. – If I’m fishing from a boat, I usually start off by trolling for a bit in the hopes of coming across a school of fish. If I’m in my float tube, I like to fish the drop offs in a relatively fast tempo. I only cast the fly out once when I fish from my float tube. I then let it sink to the desired depth, and when I retrieve the fly, I stop once the shooting head appears in the water. I then paddle further down the


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The Flash Tail Beast does it again, luring another well-built lake resident.

drop off while constantly letting running line out. Once the full fly line has slipped through the guides, and the line has reached the right depth, I start retrieving again. This method is by far the most effective one, even though – at one point or another – you’ll start missing the sensation of casting your fly rod. That is, of course, if a perch doesn’t suddenly interrupt the monotony, grins Morten. – The idea stems from a pollack fishing trip in Norway. Here, it was crucial to fish deep down and to really keep the fly down there. When perch fishing, I use this effective technique aided by a sink6 line, and I retrieve the fly quickly, before letting it sink again. My Flash Tail Beast Fly is designed with a plastic rattle that adds a bit of weight and balances the fly, but in order to really rattle, the fly needs speed. Perch are pretty energetic and eager when hunting, but, oftentimes, you risk losing their attention and interest, if the fly moves too slowly, says Morten.

between 12 and 17 centimeters in length. The pattern used should be sturdy and easy to cast. Even though I fish my flies deep down, I never use weed guards on my perch flies. I suspect that weed guards, sometimes, result in lower hook-up rates. There are plenty other features and details in my Flash Tail Beast, though. And I’m sure you could simplify it even further and still catch good numbers of fish on it, says Morten with a big smile behind the fly tying vise. Tackle for perch Handling flies the size of the Flash Tail Beast demands fairly stout fly fishing gear, and Morten has some important recommendations when it comes to the ideal perch fishing equipment. Especially when taking into account that weighty by-catches catches are often a part of the game. – Nowadays, I mainly use a 6-weight when fly fishing for perch. This is partly due to the large flies that I use, but also because it’s not unusual to hook decent sized pike during perch fishing. As a matter of fact, I have caught some of my biggest pike while targeting perch. Once, I hooked an 11kilo pike on a 5-weight rod. I managed to land the fish, but it wasn’t a good experience for either of us. – My fly line is a traditional full-sinking Sink-6 Sonar fly line from Scientific Anglers. It’s my impression that the sinking running line aids dramatically in keeping the fly down. For the same reason, I use relatively short leaders and tippets – oftentimes less than a meter of fluorocarbon and a short piece of knotable shock tippet onto which the fly can be tied in a loop. The otherwise popular titanium traces are too stiff for me – especially for a lively and pulsating fly like the Flash Tail Beast. But a wire trace of some sort is important no matter what, considering the rather frequent by-catches, says Morten and secures another fly hook in the vise.

Morten Valeur loves to fish from his floattube. Here, he employs a speciel technique that involves very little fly casting.

Development and fly design Morten Valeur has spent countless hours at the tying bench, and his current favourite fly for perch, the Flash Tail Beast, has been under development for quite some time. Morten acknowledges that perch are quite opportunistic and far from picky. But that doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t optimise one’s perch flies and look into strike-enhancing features.

Perch aren’t picky, and they certainly don’t shy away when they see a big prey item. This means that the flies used for perch can have quite a bit of volume. – It’s my impression that many fly fishermen choose relatively small flies, when they’re fly fishing for perch. My recommendation, however, would be to never use flies smaller than 10 centimeters in length. If you’re looking for some of the fully-grown perch out there, I would actually suggest that you use flies

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– In deep water, I basically just fish with two different flies, and they’re both variants of the Flash Tail Beast. One of them is silver and chartreuse, the other one is a purely-chartreuse version that I mainly use when it’s a bit cloudy – or when I’m fishing at dusk. Flash Tail Beast is basically a fusion between my flash-spun pike flies and my other marabou-based perch fly, Krapyl De Luxe. I have then added a few modern elements such as the aforementioned rattle and a so-called spreader, which gives the fly a bit more volume and pulsation than previous patterns. I have been heavily inspired by the ingenious American fly tyer, Gunnar Brammer, whose exemplary fly designs I would recommend anyone to check out.

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Materials // The Flash Tail Beast

Hook: Ahrex PR350 # 2/0 – 4/0 Tying Thread: White Tail: Flash – Silver Mix (Silver, holographic silver and pearl flash). Then Hedron Flashabou, Holographic Chartreuse and Grizzly Barred Flashabou, Chartreuse Body: Hedron Flashabou, Holographic Chartreuse and Grizzly Barred Flashabou, Chartreuse Hackle: Flash – Silver Mix (Silver, holographic and pearl flash) spun in a loop. Then Blood Quill Marabou hackle, Chartreuse Rattle Chamber: Plastic Rattle, Small Spreader: 1/4’’ Blane Chocklett Body Tubing, clear Gills: Fire Orange marabou wrapped like a hackle, behind the spreader Hackle: In front of the spreader - Flash – Silver Mix (Silver, holographic silver and pearl flash) spun in a dubbing loop / Select black barred Marabou, Chartreuse Head: Fish Mask, # 8,5 mm Eyes: Deer Creek Gator Eyes, red

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Tie in a tapered mix of silver- and holographic chartreuse Flashabou. On top; some Grizzly-barred, chartreuse Flashabou. Make a dubbing loop and spin a silver Flashabou mix with varying fibre lengths.

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Wrap the chartreuse marabou feather like a conventional hackle. Tie in the plastic rattle on top of the hook shank.

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Tie in the body tubing so that it points forward. Then cover the rattle and tying point with super glue. Melt the tips of the body tubing a little bit with a lighter.

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Now push the tubing forward so that it gets shaped like a funnel. Fixate the spreader with the tying thread and super glue it.

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Make sure there is approximately 2 centimeters left of the hook shank. Holographic chartreuse Flashabou is now tied in as a back. On top of the chartreuse Flashabou tied in some Grizzly-barred Flashabou also in chartreuse.

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Wrap the Flashabou hackle firmly and secure it. Then another back section – first holographic chartreuse Flashabou and then grizzly-barred Flashabou, both tapered.

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Tie in four orange marabou feathers behind the spreader. Whipfinish the tying thread and fold the spreader backwards so that it covers the marabou feathers.

Fasten the tying thread in front of the spreader. Make a dubbing loop and spin a silver mix of Flashabou. Make sure that the fibers have varying lengths. Wrap the flash hackle tightly and tie it down.

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WADING BOOTS 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.

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HARDBITE™ STAR CLEAT

ALUMIBITE™ STAR CLEAT

HARDBITE™ STUD – VIBRAM

Inside padding for perfect fit and comfort

Coated aluminium lace guides

Dual‐density EVA midsole for shock absorption

12mm felt sole

Partial neoprene lining

Waterproof synthetic leather & scratch rubber upper

HARDBITE™ STUD – FELT

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE The ultimate bootie for hard-charging pursuits, Simms’ Zipit Bootie II goes on and off fast thanks to a cavernous gusseted opening and YKK® corrosion-resistant zippers. Wear them barefoot or stick a sock in it while storming big surf or skinny flats. And source bomber durability via perforated neoprene uppers, vulcanized rubber overlays, and the puncture-free footing of a full length Bi-Fit™ lasting board.

Z I P IT B O OTI E RU BBE R SOLE Easy on/easy off saltwater wet wading shoe with gusseted zipper opening & YKK® locking corrosion‐resistant zipper

Perforated neoprene upper with vulcanized rubber overlays for additional durability

Designed to be worn barefoot or with a light liner sock; order straight shoe size or nearest whole size up Durable vulcanized rubber outsole & molded EVA sockliner & full length Bi-Fit™ lasting board for puncture resistance

Rubberized sole for durable traction

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WADING BOOTS Nothing compares to stalking fish on saltwater flats. Our purpose-built Flats Sneaker is the go-to choice for roaming these skinny waters, blending the durability and support of a wading boot with the lightweight feel of a sneaker. Non-marking rubber outsoles deliver the traction you need on the boat or in the water, while Right AngleÂŽ footbeds and a mid-height design promote surefooted, all-day comfort.

F L AT S N E AK E R RU BBE R SOLE Mid-cut, lace-toe and synthetic upper

NEW Durable, saltwater-friendly materials

Non-absorbing foam lining with synthetic face

Gum rubber outsole for traction when wet

Removable Right AngleÂŽ Footbed for a secure and comfortable underfoot ride

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WADING ACCESSORIES 1

RIGHT ANGLE® 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 ANGLE® 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.

1 RIGHT ANGLE™ PLUS FOOTBED

3 REPLACEMENT LACES

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RIGHT ANGLE™ WADING INSERT

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 4 HARDBITE™ 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.

GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL outerwear is waterproof, exceptionally lightweight and offers the ultimate in breathability, durability and extended comfort. Constructed with a woven backer, GORE-TEX® Pro Shell garments slide easily over other layers and offer exceptional tear strength and internal abrasion-resistance.

For over 35 years Pertex® have been at the forefront of lightweight, technical fabric design. The concept discovered by Hamish Hamilton in 1979 has grown from humble beginnings as a simple theory and vision into an iconic fabric technology brand.

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OUTERWEAR 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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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 INTERNATIONAL FLY TACKLE DEALER

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Colours: Black, Wetstone

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Forget the weather. Remember the moment. GORE-TEX® products provide long-lasting, comfortable weather protection you can trust from your head down to your toes. 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. R EATH BL A

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The microscopic pores of the membrane are 20,000 times smaller than a waters droplet, which means that no rain can penetrate it. This is what makes the GORE-TEX® membrane waterproof.

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It’s a laminate The GORE-TEX® membrane itself is only 0.01 millimeter thick. In order to use the GORE-TEX® membrane in the

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.

5-layer membrane

3-layer membrane

DURABLE SHELL FABRIC GORE-TEX PRO SHELL MEMBRANE HIGH-PERFORMANCE LINING

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All GORE-TEX® garments have an ultra-thin treatment called DWR - a durable water repellent polymer - applied to the outermost fabric layer so that water beads up and rolls off rather than soaks in.

SEAM SEALING

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

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

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. 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.

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OUTERWEAR The Simms Men’s G3 GuideTM Tactical GORE-TEX 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 GuideTM 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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TACTI CAL Tuck-away, 4-point adjustable Storm Hood

YKK water-resistant zippers

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1 fly patch for storing wet flies

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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

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GORE-TEX® Fishing fortress, with guide-approved architecture inside and out, the 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 Our Bulkley Jacket is back by popular demand to keep you warm and dry during the coldest, harshest weather steelhead season has to offer. Snow, wind or rain, the hooded GORE-TEX® shell sheds it all, while high-loft PrimaLoft® insulation in the body and sleeves adds the warmth you need to stay comfortable all day on the water. The jacket hem features waterproof GORE-TEX® inside and out to keep you drier in deep wading conditions. The Bulkley Jacket also features our watertight Shingle Cuff™ design to prevent up-sleeve water migration every time you reach into the water.

B U L KI NLSEUY LATE D 3‐point adjustable, tuck‐away Storm Hood

100% waterproof, breathable, insulated protection

NEW 2 zippered hand warming pockets; 2 fly box-compatible pockets

High-loft insulation in body, sleeves and bib

GORE-TEX® fabric inside of hem for deep wading

Shingled cuff construction

Colours: Black, River Camo FABRIC TECH:

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE Charge hard into the elements with Simms’ Women’s GuideTM 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 FABRIC TECH:

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OUTERWEAR Bad weather makes for good memories when you’re dressed for the conditions. Our Men’s GuideTM Jacket makes wet, moody days on the river memorable for the right reasons. It keeps you dry and warm while you enjoy having the water to yourself. The GORE-TEX® shell fabric breathes and sheds rain and snow, while the watertight Shingle Cuff™ has a low-profile design for snag-free casting that also prevents up-sleeve water migration. Top-loading pockets are fly box compatible and there’s a Tuck-Away fly patch for easy access to your favorites. The jacket’s cut supports a full range of motion for natural casting, and there’s a high collar and stowable hood for full shelter from the storm.

Dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem

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

2 top-load storage pockets with Simms’ integrated retractors

Micro-fleece lined 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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Dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem

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

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OUTERWEAR 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

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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 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 reinforced tool sheath.

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

FABRIC TECH: 2-LAYER TORAY® - WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE FABRIC; 100% POLYESTER FACE

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OUTERWEAR Your favourite favorite waterproof Challenger Jacket with 300g PrimaLoft® insulation for those bitter cold days on the water. Little compares to the feeling of staying warm and dry while facing the elements head on. Our men’s Challenger Insulated Jacket helps you savor every day on the water or the ice no matter how cold or wet the weather may be. Wear it with the Challenger Bib and think top-to-bottom PrimaLoft® icy weather or ice fishing suit. With breathable, fully-taped waterproof Toray® shell fabric to seal out wind, snow and rain. In other words, it’ll keep you warm and dry in the harshest weather.

C HA LL E NI NGS U ELATE R D 3‐point adjustable, tuck‐away Storm Hood

NEW

Center-front zipper Storm Flap

2 zippered hand warming pockets; Chest pocket; Internal zippered pocket Fully taped seams for 100% waterproof performance

High-loft insulation in body, sleeves and bib

Dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem

Padded suspenders for all day comfort

Hand-warmer pockets and thigh pocket with plier sheath Built-in reinforced removable knee pads

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FABRIC TECH: JACKET FACE: 2-LAYER WATERPROOF TORAY®;INSULATION: PRIMALOFT® SILVER 120 G IN BODY / 100 G IN SLEEVES;LINER: 30D 100% POLYESTER;100% NYLON ABRASION ZONES. BIB;LINER: 30D 100% POLYESTER;KNEES AND CUFF: TORAY® 420D 100% NYLON


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PRIMALOFT® IS

RELENTLESSLY RESPONSIBLE PrimaLoft is committed to using performance to drive our sustainability efforts by pushing the limits of material science. We strive to strike the perfect balance between performance and responsibility. Each one elevated. Neither one sacrificed. PrimaLoft has set a goal to convert 90% of our insulation product line to contain a minimum of 50% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) content by the year 2020, without compromising our industry-leading performance. We are dedicated to lessening our impact on the earth – because when something is made for the outdoors, it should be good for the outdoors. The result is a Relentlessly Responsible line of products that elevate performance to a higher standard.

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67% of nonwoven product line contains PCR content 50% of nonwoven product line contains PCR content 67% of nonwoven product line contains PCR content

WE’VE SAVED 84.7 MILLION PLASTIC BOTTLES Since 2015, PrimaLoft has saved more than 84.7 million plastic bottles from landfills and used 4.7 million pounds of recycled content.

=1,500,000 plastic bottles

*All information reported as of March 2018

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Colours: Anvil, Simms Orange, Spinach

Colours: Anvil, Beetle, Dark Moon

MIDSTREAM INSULATED PULL-OVER

MIDSTREAM INSULATED JACKET

The MidStream Insulated Pull-Over features PrimaLoft® Gold for the highest warmth-to-weight ratio available with synthetic insulation. The resulting thin profile and lightweight feel of this jacket keep you moving and casting freely, while offering unmatched warmth for its volume. It features a pass-through kangaroo pocket and is finished with a smooth Pertex® face for wind resistance.

The MidStream Insulated Jacket features PrimaLoft® Gold for the highest warmth-to-weight ratio available with synthetic insulation. The thin profile and lightweight feel of this jacket keeps you moving and casting easily, without feeling over-layered. It offers unmatched warmth for its volume and is finished with a smooth Pertex® face for wind resistance.

FABRIC TECH: FACE: PERTEX® MICROLIGHT 30D 100% NYLON RIPSTOP;INSULATION: PRIMALOFT® GOLD 60 G IN BODY / 40 G IN SLEEVES;LINER: 30D 100% POLYESTER;PERTEX® MICROLIGHT

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Colours: Spinach, Dark Moon

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Colours: Black

MIDSTREAM INSULATED VEST

MIDSTREAM INSULATED PANTS

The MidStream Insulated Vest: It’s no secret that layering helps keep us warm, but it’s easy to end up feeling a little overstuffed in our effort to layer up. Our men’s Midstream Insulated Vest features PrimaLoft® Gold for the highest warmth-to-weight ratio available with synthetic insulation. The resulting thin profile and lightweight feel of this vest keep you moving and casting freely. It’s finished with a smooth Pertex® face for wind resistance.

The MidStream Insulated Pants features a fit’s cut for a pant-like fit, but still layers easily under waders for cold-weather warmth. The reinforced seat and knees handle general outdoors wear and tear, and a zip fly and hand-warmer pockets maintain allaround utility. Get a leg up on heat-stripping weather with the lightweight pant you can count on for insulated warmth.

FABRIC TECH: FACE: PERTEX® MICROLIGHT 30D 100% NYLON RIPSTOP;INSULATION: PRIMALOFT® GOLD 60 G IN BODY / 40 G IN SLEEVES;LINER: 30D 100% POLYESTER;PERTEX® MICROLIGHT

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Colours: Loden, Raven

Colours: Loden, Raven

WMN’S MIDSTREAM INSULATED JACKET

WMN’S MIDSTREAM INSULATED VEST

The Women’s MidStream Insulated Pull-Over is specifically cut for a woman’s body and features PrimaLoft® Gold for the highest warmth-to-weight ratio available with synthetic insulation. The thin profile and lightweight feel of this jacket keep you moving and casting freely, without feeling over-layered.

The Women’s Insulated MidStream Vest is a versatile vest you can count on for insulated warmth, whether on or off the water. It is specifically cut for a woman’s body and features PrimaLoft® Gold for the highest warmth-to-weight ratio available with synthetic insulation. It offers unmatched warmth for its volume and is finished with a smooth Pertex® face for wind resistance.

FABRIC TECH: FACE: PERTEX® MICROLIGHT 30D 100% NYLON RIPSTOP;INSULATION: PRIMALOFT® GOLD 60 G IN BODY / 40 G IN SLEEVES;LINER: 30D 100% POLYESTER

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Adjustable hood

NEW Zippered, thermolaminated chest pocket; 2 zippered hand warming pockets

Water shedding fabrics

Hydrophobic cuffs

Colour: Admiral Blue, Anvil, Hex Camo Carbon KATAFRONT HOODY From clouds to sun to showers, it’s no secret that the weather is fickle and on a good day on the water you can see it all. The search for the layer that bridges all conditions is over. Our men’s Katafront Hoody is a technical fishing jacket that meets all conditions. Layer it under a rain shell or wear it on its own on drier days. Watershedding forearms move in and out of the water while keeping you dry, and an adjustable hood provides shelter and warmth as needed. It’s cut for a full range of motion with just the right amount of stretch. FABRIC TECH: MAIN BODY: 92% POLYESTER: 8% SPANDEX;CUFF: 100% POLYESTER;POCKET: 85% NYLON / 15% SPANDEX DOBBY

Adjustable hood

NEW Water shedding fabrics

2 zippered hand warming pockets

Hydrophobic cuffs

Colour: Teal, Anvil WMN’S KATAFRONT HOODY Technical fishing hoody with stretch side panels for comfort and ample style for your around-town agenda. Features 2 zippered hand-warmer pockets; Adjustable hood; Water shedding fabrics. FABRIC TECH: MAIN BODY: 92% POLYESTER: 8% SPANDEX;CUFFS: 100% POLYESTER;POCKETS: 85% NYLON, 15% SPANDEX DOBBY

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Stack or subtract heat across mixed conditions and ecosystems with Simms’ most adaptable layering collection yet. Using the world’s most advanced insulating materials, in combination with angler-driven designs, these head-to-toe systems bring versatility to your cold-weather kit.

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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.

KARUISHI™

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Simms Merino Wool is an odor-resistant wool blend is soft against the skin and breathes naturally to keep you dry and warm in a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Machine-wash cold, tumble dry low. Fabric softeners not recommended. Flipping items inside out when washing can prolong the look and feel of the fabric.

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The double-layer fleece of our Men’s Fjord Pant holds its loft and traps heat to insulate and keep the chill away under the pressure of the river. The stretch-woven cuff and stirrup design helps to eliminate cold spots at the boot wader interface. This pant will help you stay warm in your waders as you explore deep, cold salmon and seatrout waters, so you can reap the rewards of fall and winter days on the river.

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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 applica­tions. 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.

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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.

River Camo offers you an edge at beating detection, so you can get one step closer to the fish and that perfect casting position. In collaboration with Veil Camo, Simms® developed River Camo—a cutting edge, proprietary and mathematically driven camouflage pattern for fish—by breaking up shapes. Cool Control™ is a cool touch fabric technology that utilizes recycled Jade stones that are converted into a fine powder and implanted into the yarn. This green technology offers a sustainable solution for cool wearing garments and also provides the wearer with anti-odor, wicking and quick-dry performance.

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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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Costa Rica Central America’s

Hidden

Tarpon Paradise

Costa Rica is wedged in between Nicaragua and Panama in the southern part of Central America. It borders both the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean and, just as its jungles teem with wildlife, its coastal shores are teeming with exciting and prolific fish species – including tarpon. Big tarpon! Thomas Van Schendel

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arpon (Megalops atlanticus), also known as “Silver Kings”, are a species of fish that has rightfully obtained status as royalty among fly fishermen. In my opinion, these revered behemoths simply cannot be compared with any other sportfish out there. Large silvery scales, huge eyes, colossal bony mouths and characteristic dorsal fins comprise the external features of these beast that can grow to more than 6 feet and weigh up to 350lbs. They will put every fisherman to the test, both mentally and physically, and they will eventually expose any kind of weakness in your equipment. Hooking a tarpon warrants one of the most exciting fights you’ll ever experience in your fly fishing carrier. Battling a big tarpon will mark you for the rest of your life, and it’s highly likely that your audience with the Silver King will turn into a life-long obsession. It certainly has for me.

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fter a long flight and an impressive car ride through the jungle, we finally arrived in Barra del Colorado. Barra is located on the Caribbean coast in the Northwestern part of Costa Rica, close to the Nicaraguan border. The Rio Colorado, the local river, divides the village into two separate parts, North and South - and the place is very calm and peaceful. It feels like time has stood still here.

Soon, a rolling tarpon shows its presence. A collosal, silver giant that makes my heart beat profusely in my chest.

The small wooden houses along the river are built on stilts to protect them against floods and tides. The children play games on the rudimentary airstrip that was specifically built to bring tourists to the area. The village people live in harmony with each other surrounded by rich flora, fauna and wildlife. Every morning you will be awoken by the cacophonic sounds of animals. The village truly is a unique destination in the Costa Rican jungle, but the ocean isn’t far away. A short boat ride from the village takes you to the mouth of the river, and here you can experience what is perhaps the best tarpon fishing in the world.

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our first view of the Rio Colorado does not necessarily give you the impression that you have arrived in tarpon paradise. The perpetually mud-brown river flows into the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean ocean, and the colour contrast, where the current of the river and the sea meets, is very impressive. The river, which extracts freshwater from Lake Nicaragua, is full of nutrients. Its rich source of food makes the river home to thousands of sardines and other baitfish. Particularly the abundance of baitfish in the mouth of the river makes it an ideal hunting habitat for tarpon. And because of the wealth of food here, they can grow to enormous dimensions. The river delta holds both resident and migrating tarpon, and it is home to the so-called “yellow-belly” tarpon, a mighty fish that resides around the mouth of the river during Fall. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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A local fisherman is trying his luck in the Rio Colorado with a handline. It’s possible to fish all year round in Costa Rica. The peak season for tarpon, however, is during April and May and then again from September to November when the truly monstrous tarpon over 200lbs are around.

fectly illustrated by the fact that he has already started the engine on his 22’ Panga before we have even managed to rig our rods. Only a few minutes later we sail through the surf at the mouth of the Rio Colorado and head out to sea.

The period from January to April is the dry season and during these months there is usually less rain but, instead, chances of strong winds. The rainy season is from May to December. Fortunately, most rainfall occurs during the late afternoon and evening hours, and given the fact that there is typically little wind on the coast, this is the ideal period for fly fishermen.

Soon, a rolling tarpon shows its presence. A colossal, silver giant that makes my heart beat profusely in my chest. It is something I never seem to get used to, not even after years of tarpon fishing. Adrenaline is pumping through my veins, and I no longer seem to have complete control over my body. I nervously strip line off the reel and make a few casts to the spot where the silver king broke the surface. I retrieve the fly line with shaky hands, not knowing whether the fish will hit the fly or not.

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ompani, our guide for the week, is already waiting for us with a big smile on his face. This extremely friendly man turns out to have a great deal of experience guiding clients for tarpon. Despite his age, he is still very passionate and fanatic, and his knowledge becomes an indispensable success factor as the week progresses. His fanaticism is per88

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ly fishing in the mouth of the turbid Rio Colorado is mainly based on blind casting. To me, this doesn’t make the fishing less exciting. It simply means that at any moment, a huge tarpon may hit the fly – and it keeps you on your toes, psyched and ready for the big tug, at all times.


After the umpteenth jump the fly suddenly shoots out of its mouth.

There are monsters at the Rio Colorado estuary - fish up to 250lbs. Meanwhile, the frantic activity of rolling and hunting tarpon is increasing. And there are some truly massive fish around! The chaotic sounds of fish hunting and the splashes of fleeing baitfish can be heard all around the boat at times. It is wonderful to see the tarpon completely stuffing themselves with bait. And when the water explodes, as dozens of tarpon suddenly hunt simultaneously in the surface, my heart skips a beat. It’s fascinating in all its brutal and chaotic glory. But the question remains: Will they hit a fly?

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uddenly, the fly line is brutally pulled out of my hands. It feels like a high-speed train is taking off with my fly line attached to it, and when I come to my senses and strip-set the hook, a tarpon jumps meter-high into the air and rattles its gills in an attempt to shake off the fly. I bow respectfully to the King, lowering the rod tip as the fish leaps, in order to prevent it from spitting the hook. But after the umpteenth jump, the fly suddenly shoots out of the mouth of the tarpon. I look at the crater, the fish left behind after cart-wheeling back

into the water surface – with shock and disappointment. It is all part of it, however - Its tarpon fishing! On average, you land 1 in 6 tarpon you hook. It is not the first or only time this happens during the week. A tarpon’s mouth is way too bony and hard to effectively set the hook and land more than a modest percentage of the ones that hit your fly.

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arpon fishing is perhaps the most challenging and exciting fishery out there. And when targeting tarpon, euphoria and disappointment are closely linked together. You need a bit of luck to land a giant from a boat, but during our week in Costa Rica we were fortunate enough to have very few complaints in that regard. Exciting and heady fights, runs far into the backing and spectacular leaps were plentiful, and one unforgettable moment followed the other. When you’ve finally tamed the king and drained him of much of his energy, it is time to quickly marvel at his splendor, unhook him, and release him back into the ocean. He’s entitled to the freedom! FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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It’s not neccesary to fight a tarpon for hours if you keep the pressure on the fish.

Along the boatside, his beautiful silver scales flicker and reflect in the sunlight with unbelievably beautiful details, and his chrome flanks and powerful motor – the deeply forked tail – invariantly command respect. His soulful eyes tell stories from the deep, of a mysterious life, as ruthless as it is pure – a life filled with drama. Fighting a colossal monster like the Silver King is breathtakingly exciting from start till finish, and all the skills, you have developed throughout the years as a fly fisherman, are put to the test. The king doesn’t like being tinkered with in his own palace! If you make even a slight mistake, the Silver King will punish you mercilessly. Taking a break during the fatiguing fight? Forget it! This means the tarpon will rest too. Your job is to prevent it from ever refueling or reenergizing. An effective way to do that is to keep the tarpon off balance by applying a steady, low-side pressure in the opposite direction of where the tarpon turns. It’s what the tarpon cracks call “down and dirty”. 90

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osta Rican tarpon can reach enormous sizes. During our trip, we caught fish ranging from 60 to 180lbs. Not surprisingly, these fish require a heavy outfit. A 9’ 12-weight rod is an absolute minimum, especially since you don’t want to fight a big tarpon for too long. Within 25 minutes, we had landed the biggest fish of the trip, taken a photo and released it. In other words, it’s not necessary to fight a tarpon for hours if you keep the pressure on the fish. It deserves to be released with some leftover energy reserves. A good quality saltwater reel with a smooth drag system and a minimum of 300 yards of backing is essential to stop the Silver King. A fast sinking tropical fly line, such as the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Big Water Taper, ensures that the streamer quickly reaches the right depth and is not hindered by the ever-present current in the estuary. As a leader, we used 5ft of straight 100 to 150lb fluorocarbon. Deceivers, minnows and bunker streamers in different colors and sizes tied on strong saltwater hooks were our favorite flies.


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osta Rica has only made me more of a tarpon addict, and I’m now licking my wounds and preparing for another round with the Silver King. Are you ready to enter the battle? Well, what are you waiting for? The Costa Rican tarpon are hungry and aggressive, and tons of unforgettable experiences are waiting to be etched into your memory.

Want to go? Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp offers comfortable ensuite rooms and guided fishing from 18’ Panga skiffs. Trips can be booked via www.tourettefishing.com

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Europe’s Last Wild Rivers

The Fight Continues The Editorial Staff

Velibor Ivanovic / Riverwatch

The Dam Tsunami in the Balkan region, which involves more than 3000 projected dam constructions, is still set to lay a vast number of pristine rivers in ruin. It has, however, lost a bit of momentum. NGO’s such as RiverWatch, EuroNatur and Balkan River Defence have mobilized against the EU, the banks, the entrepreneurs and other profiteers involved in the hydropower-axis, and with the aid of charities, donations, crowd funding and the unyielding help of passionate volunteers and activists, some progress has been made. But is it too late and too little?

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STEVEN WEISS

Steven Weiss works at the Graz University in Austria and has recently done a revealing new study on the conservational status of the Balkan fish species and the threats posed by the projected hydropower plants in the region. We’ve hooked up with Steve to have a chat about the report, the future of the Balkan rivers, and the ongoing work to protect them from irreversible harm. Can you please tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve gotten involved in RiverWatch?

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I have been interested in rivers and fish since childhood as we were a bit of an angling family. My interest in trout began in my teenage years with family vacations to the Catskill Mountains in New York State (USA). From there, as a young adult, I became interested in conservation work related to NGO’s, which then further led to my University studies in ecology. In Austria, where I have been living since 1994, my research and teaching focus has been on river ecology, freshwater fisheries and the evolution of salmonid fishes (trout, salmon, grayling, etc). During my time in Austria I have witnessed


conferences and other media-based activities for a number of organizations, including RiverWatch. I co-authored one study for RiverWatch on the Danube salmon and eventually was contracted to conduct a study on endangered fish species in Balkan rivers. You’ve recently done a new survey on the conservational status of the Balkan fish species. What are the most important findings in that survey? Firstly, the study showed that nearly all of the river fish that live only in the Balkans (i.e. the endemic species) will either lose a large portion of their habitat or even become threatened by extinction if all of the planned projects are carried out. Species that are currently endangered will likely go extinct, while many others will become endangered based on IUCN criteria. We also showed that a handful of priority projects are planned in the most beautiful and biologically rich river reaches of the region, including those containing the largest remaining habitats for Danube salmon left in Europe. In some cases, projects will negatively impact National Parks and Nature Protection Areas, which were specifically created, decades ago, to protect rivers and their wildlife.

Occupation // Nature Conservationist and Ecologist. Country of residence // Austria

an explosion of hydropower expansion and the continuous degradation of rivers in general.

The habitats are disappearing faster than we are able to properly describe them.

What can you tell us about the current status of the endemic trout species of the Balkan region?

As my research activities spread to other countries, I noticed the same trend, especially on the Balkan Peninsula. Finally, my expertise was called for during a battle over a dam right here in my home city, Graz, Austria.

The Balkan region is the global diversity hotspot for trout, and probably the region where trout (i.e. genus Salmo) first evolved. Some of the most unique species, the softmouth trout, for example, are already endangered, and exist in only four river systems, the largest of which (the Neretva River, in Bosnia-Herzegovina) is threatened by a large EU-backed project.

It was through my involvement in a local citizen’s movement here in Graz that NGOs became aware of my interest inand commitment to river conservation. I started serving as a scientific advisor or spokesperson at various press

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It is important to understand that we do not have an energy crisis, we have an environmental crisis

What are the biggest threats to the trout species in the Balkan region? Trout in the Balkan region are primarily threatened by measures that destroy their habitat, including water abstraction, river channel regulation, gravel extraction and hydropower expansion. Of these, hydropower expansion is the threat that is increasing most intensely, throughout the mountainous regions of the Balkans where trout live. This increases the conflicts concerning water use in general, and overall demand for water is becoming more intense with the changing climate. Regions from Croatia and further south to northern Greece Rivers such as the Zeta and Moraca in Montenegro are threatened by planned hydropower projects - and so are their endemic trout populations.

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are predicted to lose up to 40% of their annual rainfall over the next decades – this trend combined with hydropower expansion will drive trout as well as other stream fish populations to widespread extinction. There are lots of dam constructions projected in the Balkan region. Can you tell us a bit about the current status and what the implications of these dam constructions are – if they’re not stopped? There is a large number of small to medium scale projects already in construction. Some of the largest and most damaging projects are in the initial stages of the permitting process or in some cases have been politically approved, but not yet begun.


A handful of projects have been initially stopped, as some funding sources have pulled back due to pressure, for example, from the IUCN for projects in the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia. But even here, the state government wishes to proceed if they can find alternative funding. Most alarmingly, the European Commission has stated their support for a number of the most damaging and controversial projects that we can imagine, despite several years of concerted effort by various NGOs to work with the Commission in order to find compromises or more scientifically based planning. If these plans are carried out, I view it as the most systematic, rapid and widespread destruction of aquatic habitats on European soil during the post-war era. In addition to the direct effects on fish populations, I have tried in my study to outline a number of long-term concerns dealing with various costs down the road, such as water-use conflicts, large-scale erosion and infrastructure instability. You’re part of RiverWatch – an NGO aimed at protecting Europe’s last wild river and their fish stocks. What has happened over the course of the last year? I support RiverWatch together with EuroNatur through consultations and media-related activities, voluntarily, and occasionally through a contracted study. I have watched them invest a great deal of energy into reaching out to the scientific community for advice, insights and additional knowledge and information, and they have continuously spread this information and their concerns directly to local governments, local NGOs, the IUCN and directly to the European Commission. Several campaigns have been initiated over the last year in order to raise awareness and engage with decision makers in the EU. Has any progress been made?

Marble trout are one out of many endemic species threatened by hydropower expansion.

It’s the most systematic, rapid and widespread destruction of aquatic habitats on European soil during the post-war era

Starting from near zero, there has been a great deal of success in building a network of interested organizations as well as activists. There has been increasing media attention at the international scale and where local interests are strong – for instance along rivers with an established tourism industry or fishery.

Occasionally, such as in the Mavrovo National Park, we have been able to convince the IUCN that the core goals of a National Park are under threat, and their acceptance of this resulted in the withdrawal of international funding for the projects. Overall, however, there is tremendous frustration due to the

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lack of success at the European level, as the commitment of the European Commission to broad-scale environmental protection seems to further erode.

the spread of alien species (a major driver of extinction rates in freshwater habitats); they fragment the landscape, even for terrestrial species.

Hydropower has been deemed green energy by the EU. RiverWatch obviously disagrees. What is it about dams that is so destructive?

At a larger-scale, over periods of decades, networks of dams lead to changes in the local availability of surface and groundwater supplies, the natural movement of sediments, and the stability of river banks, roads, and bridges due to the deepening of river channels.

One could start with the simple notion that there is no such thing as “green� energy. There is a range of options and technologies, and all have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the scale and local needs and conditions. In academic literature, hydropower is viewed as the most environmentally destructive form of renewable energy. Primarily this is due to the direct physical destruction of aquatic habitats. But, to put it more simply, the rivers themselves are not renewable. Additionally, dams promote 104 FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

Most of these processes are relatively well-described and understood from other regions, where dams have existed for centuries. What are the most important factors in influencing and reversing the trends in the Balkan region? It is important to understand that we do not have an energy crisis, we have an environmental crisis. The major factors


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The softmouth trout (Salmo obtusirostris) is endemic to the Balkan region and is only found in a handful of rivers - among them the Neretva, in which several hydropower plants have been projected.

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The danube salmon (Hucho hucho) is dependent on freeflowing river habitat and passage to its spawning grounds. Hydropower plants destroy their habitats and block their spawning migrations.

What can people in the fly-fishing community do to help save the Balkan fish populations? Without a doubt, the fly-fishing community can help if better mobilized – to raise awareness both for the general public and up to the European Commission, but also for local communities. The best defense against river destruction is local community interest and that is usually based on a wellestablished local tourism industry centered, for example, on fishing, rafting, sight-seeing, etc.

The best defence against river destruction is local community interest.

It is no secret that some of the top, or best-known fly-fishing destinations, in the Balkans are already providing the best wall of defense, as local politicians cannot completely ignore the community’s interest. Unfortunately, many of these beautiful rivers do not have such well-developed infrastructure or a history of international tourism.

Most recently, some fisheries in Montenegro, for example, have rapidly developed their connection to the international fly-fishing community, and these developments are providing an unexpected (for local politicians) form of resistance. It is not the solution for every river, but where the potential exists, it should be explored. promoting these projects are financial (international investors favor centralized development with large-infrastructure) and political – in that decision makers at the highest levels have become deaf to local environmental- and socio-economic needs, and instead primarily promote large-scale industrial interests. The overall degradation of democratic processes in connection with fear of political instability also erode both the confidence and interest of higher-level decision makers in making decisions that may very well benefit local communities, or long-term regional interest but do not serve the immediate interests of the financial and industrial lobby.

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Every individual voice can help, but we also need to explore some more concerted efforts with the fishing community.

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Kamchatka

THE SPEYCASTING SCIENTISTS Matt Harris

Wedged between the Sea of Okhotsk and the North Pacific Ocean, Kamchatka is one of the world’s last great wilderness regions. The remote peninsula clings precariously to the remote Eastern seaboard of the creaking Russian empire. It is a wild land of volcanoes, bears and a million tumbling streams full of salmon, trout and char. The Kamchatkan peninsular is fully 780 miles long, yet apart from the main hub of Petropavlosk, very few people live here. No roads connect Kamchatka with the outside world.

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he steelhead of Western Kamchatka come straight off of the Sea of Okhotsk into the tiny streams that drain this vast volcanic wilderness. They are iridescent, chrome-bright berserkers that any passionate speycaster would surely give their eye teeth to tangle with. Unfortunately, fishing for steelhead in Kamchatka – indeed anywhere in Russia - is illegal. As my friend Kyrill will tell you, steelhead are listed in the “Krasny Kniga”, the celebrated ‘little red book’, an inventory of all the protected species of Russia’s innumerable fisheries. This is a shame. Yet despite the rules and the little red book, I have just returned from this pristine wonderland, having caught a clutch of its stunning silver steelhead. Every one fought like a tiger, crashing around the tiny Kvachina and Snatolvayam Rivers with a wild, unfettered rage that few anadromous fish can hope to match. Was I poaching? No. You see, my friend Kyrill is a scientist. And, at least when I’m fishing for steelhead in western Kamchatka, as a member of the Kamchatka Steelhead Project, so am I.

The project aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of the precious steelhead stocks

Let me tell you more:

The Kamchatkan Steelhead Project is the brainchild of a visionary American angler, Pete Soverel.

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n days past, Pete traveled far and wide as a sailor in the US navy. Back in the early 90’s, whilst visiting Russia’s far Eastern seaboard, he stumbled across a little gem: “The noble trout of Kamchatka “ a book by an eminent Russian scientist, Ksenya Savvaitova’s (a professor of Ichthyology at Moscow State University). Amongst other things, the book described the steelhead of Kamchatka. The fish were suffering from endemic poaching, and Pete’s idea was that anglers might contribute to scientific study and also provide an anti-poaching presence on the river. Pete contacted Ksenya, and with the help of the Russian and US governments, The Kamchatka Steelhead Project was born. This not-for-profit organisation required that interested anglers make donations to fund the data collection and the policing of the steelhead rivers of Western Kamchatka. It started collecting data in 1994. Every fish the anglers catch is treated with the utmost care. It is carefully measured and tagged, and a selection of scale samples are carefully taken for analysis. The fish is then carefully released. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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I felt a shameful pang of jealousy when I watched his line come up tight and a big silver buck exploded in the air

The project aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of these precious fish, and so far results have been hugely encouraging. Fishing is with single barbless hooks only and – I repeat - all fish are carefully returned to the river to continue on their journey upstream to spawn. The program has helped head scientist Kyrill and his team start to understand the complicated life cycles of the Kamchatkan steelhead, and with knowledge, we are empowered to help these fragile but increasingly robust stocks to flourish.

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ete’s plan has been remarkably successful. On the rivers that I fished, the Kvachina and the Snotalvyam, the runs have burgeoned from around 3000 Fish each per annum to around 10,000 and 7,000 respectively. Another similarly diminutive river overseen by the KSP, the Utkholok now has runs in excess of 20,000 fish. The fly-fishing community might learn a lot from the KSP. If we want to pass on sport fisheries worthy of the name to our children, we have to find ways to make those fisheries sustainable. The KSP redefines the role of the sport fisherman and formalises our position as a positive force for good. If we want others to stop harming these precious resources, we have to lead by example.

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bout the fishing:

The KSP camps on the Kvachina, Snotalvayam and Uktholok Rivers are all you could want from a remote steelhead camp. Simple cabins or tents provide warmth and shelter, and the main tent is a home from home with a lively, informal atmosphere. Operations manager Justin Miller is everything that a camp manager and head guide should be - full of relentless enthusiasm, humour and sparkling optimism. It’s simply impossible to be despondent in his company. Local Koryak folks Tanya, Pasha and Val run the camp im-

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An 18lb male steelhead that hit the fly on the first run through the Dentist’s Chair’s pool.

maculately, and they are disarmingly warm and friendly. The food, accommodation and service are all excellent. As far as fishing technique goes, it’s important to understand that the rivers are fairly slow-flowing, and flies with lots of inherent movement are king. My favourite was a pattern known as a Hoser, a simple but lovely tie featuring palmered marabou, Flashabou and ostrich, that comes seductively alive in the water. Fishing it with a simple intermediate or light MOW tip was absolutely effortless, and the little 12’6 7-weight rod I used was perfect. The fishing is exactly as good steelhead fishing should be: yes, there are long periods of quiet, spent hunting up and down the wild little rivers, utilizing jet boats and ATVs.

But then, occasionally, there are those special moments of utter mayhem, when the anglers run into a pod of these extraordinary fish. Then the fireworks begin, and on my trip at least, we experienced some spectacular sessions of exhilarating, knuckle-busting violence.

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Fishing with my good friend, the celebrated US Olympic show jumper, Brian Walker, we were in the Last Chance Saloon. After a slow day on the Snotalvayam, we had headed back to the Kvachina. Our guide, Sasa, had somehow capitulated and

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allowed us one last run through our favourite pool, the Dentist’s Chair, despite the fact that we were well over time, and the sun was sinking low into the west. I’d had a lovely fish already that afternoon, and so I offered first run through the pool to my friend. Brian fished it down beautifully. I can’t deny I felt a shameful pang of jealousy when I watched his line come up tight and a big silver buck exploded into the air. It jumped again, and then it was away, greyhounding off downstream in a wild tour de force of high-flying chaos. After an epic scrap, Sasa finally managed to put his hands on the fish and he eased it gently up onto the soft, wet grass. Eighteen pounds! We gazed down at this perfect steelhead, fresh from the wilds of the Pacific Ocean. Its flanks were iridescent and utterly chrome, and the sea-lice clinging to them were testament to FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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Every fish caught during the trip was carefully documented and tagged. The research is imperative when it comes to the conservation of the unique Kamchatkan steelhead stocks. the fact that this fish had only been in the river for a few short hours. I grabbed a quick picture of Brian cradling his prize, and then helped out as Sasa clipped the fish’s fin and collected the scale sample. “You are good scientist, Brian” laughed Sasa. Then I was into the pool, trying not to rush it as I made my way down to the “bucket”, despite the fact that Sasa was looking theatrically at his watch. I too wanted to be a good scientist. The Kvachina is tiny, and a 12’6 7 weight rod is all you need to cover it. I flexed the rod sharply, and sent the lithe little fly whistling across the stream and tight against the far bank, where the fish like to hold. I made a smart upstream mend, and then eased the fly slowly across the current.

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The suns started to slide towards the ancient hills, far to the west, and the autumn landscape lit up in an unforgettable fire of rich, golden magic. I was momentarily lost in the bittersweet emotion of knowing that tonight was my last evening on this beguiling, enchanted little river. And then, there it was.

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hat magical moment when a big silver steelhead comes from nowhere, and is suddenly cartwheeling in the last dying embers of the day. My reel sang, and I watched the fish skyrocketing around the pool with a fierce abandon emblematic of this wild, elemental place. We went at it for a fair while, but the little barbless hook held fast, and finally, after a million more cartwheels and what seemed like an eternity, I eased the fish into the shallows, and Brian shoved her up into the grassy margins. I’m 53 years old, but I can’t deny that I was shaking with elation as we took in the perfect, sleek lines of this heroic crea-


ture. Steelhead can do that to you. Like Brian’s fish before it, everything about the fish, from its translucent, steel-blue fins and tail to its sparkling diamond-bright fuselage and the barely perceptible magenta flush of its gill plates told us that it was a wild thing, straight from the sea. At a shade over 17 pounds, it was a fraction smaller than Brian’s fish, but I felt nothing but euphoria and the simple unalloyed happiness of having caught a very special fish, right at the last. “You too are good scientist” grinned Sasa, as he shook my hand and then carefully took the scale samples. For a few special moments, I held the beautiful creature in the icy current, and watched it find its equilibrium once more. Then, suddenly, it gave one last angry flourish of its big square shovel of a tail, sending up a huge roostertail of spray that left us soaking wet and laughing like idiots, and in an instant it was gone. Back into the crystal waters of the Kvachina and onwards up the river on its epic journey to spawn.

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e stumbled back to the raft, babbling and happy, looking forward to one last nip of Tullamore Dew from the hipflask, and yes, perhaps one or two vodkas under the stars later that evening to celebrate the perfect end to an unforgettable adventure.

Matt Harris is hoping to return to Kamchatka in 2019. If you are interested in becoming a KSP scientist, contact him via: matt.harris3333@gmail.com

As we clambered into the raft, I noticed two sparkling steelhead scales stuck to the back of my hand, their pearlescent sheen catching my eye in the last guttering rays of the sunset.

The Kamchatka Steelhead Project can be contacted via The Fly Shop. Speak to Justin Miller at: justin@theflyshop.com

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We put our name on the map in those early years creating high performance, multi piece glass fly rods for anglers venturing into the mountains to catch wild trout in cool crystalline waters. Anglers were blown away by the smooth performance of our industry-first 5 piece fly rod, and by our full range of multi piece light line glass rods. We’ve been making fiberglass fly rods ever since. There’s a good reason we continue to design and handcraft glass fly rods-it’s because we think glass is the best material available for casting at very close range, for enjoying the feel of small fish, and having a good old time. With the all new F Series, we brought together new slimmer tapers with E-glass and our redesigned hollow internal ferrule to set a new standard for smooth, deep flexing rods. And, even though you can cast them a lot farther, these rods are optimized to cast beautiful accurate loops under 20 feet. By carefully controlling the distribution of mass and stiffness, we created very light fiberglass rods that are stable and form sweet loops with just a few feet of line out of the tip. That way you can accurately cast into the next plunge pool or along overgrown banks even on creeks you can step across. That’s not something your graphite rods can do easily. We paired that performance with best in class components like Snake Brand Universal snake guides, Flor grade cork grips, titanium SiC strippers, and CNC milled reel seats, and then added our little touches like measuring wraps and alignment dots. We didn’t miss a detail. After all, there’s a lot of history and pride in F Series rods. So, if you’re in to fishing small pristine waters, and jewel like wild fish, treat yourself to the ultimate fishing tools-F Series rods from Scott-High performance, handcrafted, and pure fun.

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FS 583/4 - Grip F

The Wee One. Don’t let its little size fool you. This rod is zippy and forms tight loops at close range for precise casts in tight spots. Our favorite rod for micro water and long hikes.

FS 663/4 - Grip G

If we had to have one glass rod to do it all, this is the one. A perfect balance of quick loading at short range, line speed and feel. It can handle just about any fly size typically fished in small creeks and back country waters. Casts are as smooth as silk with this little gem.

FS 723/5 - Grip G

Our 5-piece glass rod is perfect for those venturing into the most remote creeks and lakes. It packs full performance into a 18 inch tube. This rod is long enough for reaching out farther into lakes and short and light enough to cast just a couple of feet of line into the next pocket on tiny creeks.

FS 724/4 - Grip G

When you need a bit more power for larger flies and larger fish, our 4 weight glass rod gets the job done with ease. It’s our choice for small streamers, nymph rigs and big dry dropper set ups.

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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: NILS FOLMER JØRGENSEN

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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

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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

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RADIAN 1008/4 - 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. A favorite rod for stillwater fishing. This rod handles sinking and floating lines with ease, long leaders and multi fly rigs with ease.

RADIAN 907/4 - 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.

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. 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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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

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MERIDIAN 907/4 - Grip A

Fast, powerful and fun. This rod will pick off fish in close or a fly line away. Our new favorite rod for permit. Is there really anything else that needs to be said. 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

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 81012/2 - Grip A

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

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The New Zealand Special Meridian is the ultimate high line speed trout rod for battling big fish in gnarly conditions. Light and quick, a perfect choice for redfish in the marsh, tailing bonefish, and sea trout. 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.

MERIDIAN 908/4 - Grip A

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 909/4 - 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.

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.

MERIDIAN 9012/4 - Grip A

For all big game fish that push the limits of fly tackle, choose this model. Tarpon, tuna, sharks, and billfish.

MERIDIAN 8415/3 BW - Grip A

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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Iconic and revolutionary, Scott G rods were first introduced in 1976. And with G, we truly changed fly fishing (seriously, the very first 9’ 4 weight). And if that wasn’t big enough, X-CORE internal ferrule – the most sophisticated and seamless way to confit 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 RECOVERY SPEED RECOVERY SPEED that leading edge technology, we celebrate some of the classic visual cues from their heritage in features FASTER FASTEST like the thread wraps and epoxy finished cork at the top of the grips.

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FINISHsmall stream rod whenFINISH MODULUS FINISH Our favorite we want a little moreMODULUS Simply one of our favorite light line fly rods. This do it all rod, FLEX PROFILE FLEX PROFILE FLEX PROFILE line speed than glass offers. Great for those windy afterseems to capture the perfect balance for most light line fishnoons in the high country and for pinpoint casts along ing applications where feel and accuracy are equally prized. banks and under cover. Controlled MEDIUM MEDIUM-FAST FAST loops effortless glide off the rod, line speed is high enough for most conditions, and the balance is feather light.

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GS 884/4 - Grip B TITANIUMrod. This rod will cast The small stream specialist’s graphite TITANIUM TITANIUM When hatches are reliable and you know you’ll get to fish a foot of fly line out the tip top for the days you fish the no through the cycle with nymphs, emergers, dries and spinname fork of the upper east fork of a creek. It will also fish ners, this is the rod to take to the river. It’s a pleasure to cast hopper dropper rigs when you fish downstream in the main and fish with small to mid sized flies, long leaders and light stem of that river system. tippets. Light in hand, so smooth in loading, and springy with GS 843/4 - Grip B a fish on, this is one of our favorite rods. A lovely rod for dries and emergers on mid sized waters. If GS 904/4 - Grip BNATURAL you need to nymph, this rod willNATURAL handle hopper dropper rigs NATURAL flies, long leaders and light tippets. FINISH FINISHA stellar rod for smallerFINISH and subtle indicators with light nymphs. This rod is light, responsive and accurate. It’s full of finesse without being wimpy, and it’s powerful enough without ever GS 883/4 - Grip B feeling too fast. Deep loading and progressive but with surprising stability and recovery, this is the perfect rod for long light leaders GS 775/4 - Grip B and micro flies. To the primadonna trout that have seen it Lovingly called the ‘Michigan Mouser’ at the shop, we deall, give us the 883, some 7X and a midge emerger-we’ll signed this rod to cast bigger flies in tiny waters that hold convince you. big fish.

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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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Incorporating many of the innovations found in our award winning Radian and Meridian rods, Flex rods 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.

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FLEX For FLEX small PROFILE waters and small fish, this PROFILE rod loads up with justFLEX PROFILE The all around Flex for mid sized waters. It handles small to FULL

a few feet of line out of the rod tip and excels at fishing dries, terrestrialsMEDIUM and hopper dropperMEDIUM-FAST rigs.

average sized nymphs, dries and streamers with ease. Great for shorter FASTto mid range casts.

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The perfect all around small stream rod, and your comTITANIUM TITANIUM panion for farm pond sunfish and small bass. Handles a wide variety of trout and warm water flies in small to medium sizes.

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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. NATURAL NATURAL FINISH

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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.

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

FLEX 955/4 - Grip B

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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 needNATURAL ed. Perfect for tailwaters and stillwaters. 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.

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.

FLEX 956/4 - Grip B

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

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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 RECOVERY SPEEDall Scott fly rods, they’re handcrafted start to finish by skilled rod builders using the best materials cast. Like FASTEST available...

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Great rod in the marsh for redfish, or on the coast for sea trout.TITANIUM And, for those in the know, TITANIUM a heck of a streamer rod 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 saltNATURAL NATURAL waterFINISH favorites. This rod generates very high line speed FINISH and tight loops to deliver smaller flies accurately at any distance and to quickly land speedy fish.

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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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SCHigh 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 RECOVERY RECOVERY SPEED RECOVERY SPEED art, and SPEED as serious fishing tools. RECOVERY SPEED MEDIUM

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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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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.

T3h SWITCH 1108/4 - Grip P

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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T3h 1510/4 - Grip O

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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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.

L2h SWITCH 1106/4 - Grip J

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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One of the things that I have always loved about fishing is that there are no hard lines that define what is right and what is wrong. It really is all about how you want your fishing experience to be. That determines how you fish and your tools. Eirik Fjelldal

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ly fishing is a lifetime sport and we are all on different personal fly fishing journeys. Your journey into fly fishing – how you were exposed to the sport for the first time – was probably different from mine. Or maybe not. It really doesn’t matter that much. What matters is that at some point in that journey, you decided that chasing anadromous fish with a fly rod was something that resonated with you and a spark was lit… We all have different reasons and motivation for doing this sport and we all have different approaches to it. Everything ranging from just wanting to be outside in nature with good friends or family fishing some nice stretch of water a few days a year – to the hard-core angler who lives and breathes fishing 24/7, 365 days a year. It’s about the adventure and being outdoors. It’s about the chase and being the hunter. It’s about doing something challenging and satisfying. It’s about acquiring skills, knowledge and experience. And no matter where you are on the learning curve on your fly fishing journey, you, like the rest of us, have had your «AHA», «WOW» and «WTF» moments and still occasionally do every time you pick up a fly rod.

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In between fish…

One of the things many might find difficult when getting into fly fishing for salmon is that there isn’t a whole lot of fish, so you can’t get feedback on your technique on a fairly regular basis. Either that or they simply won’t grab your fly for other various reasons, so you don’t get the benefit of fish giving you some positive feedback as much. We have all been there out in the river and wondering – am I fishing this water the right way? Am I using the right lines? My leader? My flies? My technique? Is this a good water to fish right now? These are the kinds of things we end up obsessing over and they can frankly make you wonder where sanity ends and something else takes over. You will learn a thing or two when you catch a fish, but you will learn and experience so much in between fish. When I talk with beginners or even anglers who’ve been at it for a while, I sometimes hear some form of “I want to be able to feel better when I’m fishing” or “I want to be able to enjoy my time on the water more...”.


Consistency of presentation

There is unarguably something damn sweet and insanely satisfying about anchoring up a nice big fat capitol D, then rocket a tight loop against the far away bank and landing that fly on a straight leader exactly where you want it to. Distance is always a sexy thing, but it is not as much about distance, but more about presentation and control. I have been lucky to fish together with some really good anglers close to almost three decades now. You learn a lot by hanging around and fishing with experienced anglers, so never miss out on any opportunity to do just that. It is hands down invaluable and will turbo charge your own learning curve. In my opinion, an important part of what really differentiates top-notch salmon anglers from the rest is the consistency of their presentation. They are excellent casters. They throw a nice straight and tight line that immediately puts the fly under tension and gets it swimming. Not only that, but they also stay connected to the fly – meaning that with every swing of the fly, they know exactly where the fly is in the water column and exactly what it’s doing, and it’s doing exactly what they want it to.

What it boils down to is being efficient and making things easy

Many folks throw a cast that is not very straight or tight, they are not getting that fly under tension and they are not really controlling the swing with the rod tip. Either getting ahead of the line to pick up speed or staying behind the line to slow it down. You can fish the swing after a crap cast too – a lot of salmon have been caught on crap casts and crap presentations. I see that every summer.

Answers like that might sound kind of semi-retarded at first, but they are not. Of course, most folks enjoy being outdoors in beautiful nature with good friends fishing – I mean, what’s not to like about that? But it is not about that. It is about feeling good about what you do when you are standing waist deep in the river fishing. Some may, for example, just want to be able to cast further, but I suspect much of the answer to a statement like this is rooted in wanting to be able to have that cast go out there, exactly how they want it to, more often. Fly fishing will for me always be about a feeling and rhythm. Connecting with the right feeling where everything just flows and feels right. The rod, line and leader almost feel like an extension of your arm and everything is done with the right timing and in an unconscious state. I am “Happy Gilmore” in my happy place. I’m just doing what I do without thinking about it and my focus is solely on how the fly is working the water. But how do you get to the point where you get connected to that feeling where everything just feels right – where you fish with confidence, where you can almost sense a tug before it’s coming and are almost elevated into your own little private yoga or Tai chi session?

Nevertheless, if the fly does not turn over – by that I mean the shooting head extends, the leader comes tight and the fly actually lands tight – your chances of catching a salmon just went down far more than you will appreciate. A fly that is swimming is by far much more effective than a fly that is not. That’s one of the key elements if you want to increase the number of encounters you have with salmon.

Get access to growth

Sure, everything starts with learning the fundamentals on how to cast and then practice casting – that’s your ticket into the whole game, so to speak. You need to reach a certain level of proficiency in your casting to be able to have further access to growth. Fishing is not about casturbation, it’s about how well you fish the cast. So, what it boils down to is being efficient and making things easy. You should not spend years figuring out how to cast, so you then in turn can figure out how to fish. You evolve as a fisherman. I’ve heard somewhere that first you want to catch a fish. Then you want to catch some fish. Then you want to catch big fish. Then you just want to catch fish the way you want to fish. I think there is some truth to be found between those words. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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Some fish single hand rods, others do switch rods, but the majority use double handed rods for salmon. Some prefer short rods, while others prefer long rods. Some are into the early season fishing with heavy sinking lines on big rivers, while others only fish a floating line at the back end of the season in small rivers. Some do Skagit lines and some prefer hybrid lines, some long belly lines while others only fish Scandi lines. In addition, you will find those who do everything i just mentioned and a whole lot more.

Whether you are doing overhead casting, Spey casting, single hand, double hand casting or switch rod – the better caster you are, the more up the rod you move. As people get better casters they start feeling how to control further and further up the rod. If you can get to the point where you can control the tip ring of the rod and make that tip ring move as you want to – then you have entered masterclass casting.

A Spey rod doesn’t know it’s a Spey rod and a single handed rod doesn’t know it’s a single handed rod. They are levers that bend when we ask them to bend – it is just physics!

Designers of rods have a particular intention when they design a fly rod. They envision that rod in its happy place – a specific fishing application that the rod is intended for and where you will get the most out of it. The same goes for designing fly lines. Now we could discuss resins, recovery speeds, cheap and cheesy components versus high end components, fast flex profile rods versus soft flex profile rods, brand this versus brand that.

Once you have learned the concept that a Spey cast is just a roll cast and that everything else is basically just a set up for the roll cast, you are in a place where things really starts to get interesting. You are learning about the importance of a good early pick up, anchor placement and not to use too much range of motion in your casting. From a switch cast you move on to changing direction by doing a single Spey cast or a snake roll to make even larger directional changes. Or you can progress to other Spey casts like the double Spey, snap t or c casts - that is for you to decide. 132

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The perfect marriage

What it all boils down to is that there are very few really bad rods out there today – mostly just bad line and rod combinations. It is the pairing between rod and line that is crucial to what it is you want to do. Certain rods will respond better with certain lines. The line and rod relationship will play into how happy that rod is doing what it’s doing. All rods are designed to cast a certain weight of fly lines and each rod has a “line weight window” if you will. Most manufacturers


“ ” You need to set yourself up for succes!

also provide easily accessible information and recommendations on line weights to each rod they make. Rods in this day and age have a relative high tolerance to line weights, so it’s equally as much about the line profile and how you will be casting that specific line profile that’s important. Use a Skagit and a Scandi line as example. Most rods are similar in that there is going to be a sweet spot for the both of them. All rods will be able to cast both Scandi and Skagit lines, but some rods are better suited for a specific task. Sure, a rod is a simple lever that just deflects – but within that deflection there are going to be certain characteristics that may or may not play to what you want to do and how you want to fish. The only way to find that out is for you to spend some time trying them both out on the same rod and making up a subjective opinion based on how you like the rod to behave. That’s part of the learning experience to find the perfect pairing that works for you. When your mission is to dial in the perfect pairing between a line and rod, the key factor to look for is the balance between maximum line speed and the feel of the rod load. You want that perfect marriage between maximum line speed and rod load where one doesn’t rob from the other.

Important tools

Every part of your fly fishing kit is important. Everything is connected in every sense of the word, and it all needs to be well balanced. Optimizing and tuning in every part of your kit will just make the end result better one way or another. And that’s where you want to be – you want to set yourself up for success, fish with confidence and get connected to that feeling when everything just feels right, the casting is effortless, and your fly swings perfect in the current. Good flies are important and so is a good shooting line, a good rod that matches your shooting head, a good reliable fly reel and so on. But in this whole equation of connected parts if you will, I would argue that the shooting head is probably the most important tool in your fly fishing toolbox. Not only is it the means of delivering the fly out there in the river where you want it, but also the most important tool to present the fly at the right depth and speed. Presenting the fly at the right speed and depth is key and essential to being successful in salmon fishing. The fly is what the fish see and react to of course – but if you can’t present that fly under all scenarios and conditions, the way the fish prefer to induce grabs, you are likely to miss out on many opportunities. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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It’s about having options within a series of lines. Then you ‘ll always have one that is perfect given the current conditions

The perfect setup?

There is not one perfect shooting head that can do it all in salmon fishing – and I doubt there will ever be one. Why? Making any fly line or shooting head will always be a compromise between mass distribution/line profile, length, the technology available, density etc. Versus where I fish, under what conditions I fish and how I want to present the fly. These factors are subject to change all the time. This is how I think. I need different series of lines – or in other words, different “families of lines”. I might want a selection of short lines with different densities to deal with smaller rivers, deep wading and casting in tight positions. I might want a selection of longer lines with different densities for bigger rivers where I have good space and need a longer casting distance. Now, the reason I use the phrase “family of lines” is not coincidental. If I want a system of lines where I can use the different densities in a way that actually makes sense – it’s important to get a system of lines and densities from the same manufacturer, same brand and within the same line family. A Sink 5 line from one manufacturer is not necessarily a sink 5 for the next. I want the different steps in densities to make sense and sink the way I want them to, and I want the lines to have the same length on the sink section of the line. Only then does having a system of

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Then I might swap rods and go for a heavier line, for example an Intermediate/sink5 to dig the fly down, presenting it closer to where the fish may be lying. Then I might even go deep down and dirty with a full black line after that. I always try to read the waters, consider the conditions, and the situation I’m in, and then come up with a plan. Always have a plan you can intentionally work around and apply your shooting heads and flies to from all angles so to speak.

shooting heads make sense. Only then can I actively use for example an Intermediate/sink3 line and change over to an Intermediate/Sink5 line and know for sure that I get the properties I need in a fishing situation when going from sink 3 to a sink 5. It’s about having options within a series of lines. Then I will always have one line that is perfect for any condition or situation.

Where the magic happens…

When I hit the river, I always have 2-3 swing sticks rigged up with different lines. Often meaning different densities, but also different profiles, for example if the wind is really nasty. Then I might prefer a Skagit set up over a Scandi rig. Usually those rods are 14´#9, 15´#10 or a 16´#10, my set up is determined by the conditions I meet, where I will be fishing and how I want to fish. There is a rule of thumb in Spey casting - you gain or lose about 10 feet of distance pr 1 feet of rod length. So, if you have an 11´#8 and a 14´#8 rod, you probably get a 30 foot longer cast with that 14´ #8 with a similar set up and similar casting stroke on both. Since I usually fish relatively big rivers, it makes all the sense in the world to have those bigger rods. More importantly, those longer rods also help me to easier mend and control my swing for better presentation if I’m waded out deep. If I just wanted the best fish fighting tools for big salmon, I would definitely go for shorter rods with better leverage and pulling power. But everything is a tradeoff and you have to make conscious choices all the time. You gain some features that is more important than the features you lose. How I choose to fish a pool depends very much on the character of the pool, water temperature, water level and where I expect the fish to be holding. Under more normal conditions I often first cover the pool with a close to surface type of line to see if I can get a fish to rise. Maybe a Float/Intermediate or Intermediate type line – visual takes will just never go out of fashion!

Don’t be afraid to use heavy density lines if the salmon don’t respond to a close to surface presentation of your fly – dare to go heavier than you initially first thought was necessary. Give the salmon two options – move or take the fly! I guess my main point is to vary your approach and vary in a way that really makes a difference. Don’t just change a 5cm fly to an 8cm fly – go from 5cm to 15cm. The same goes for how to use your shooting heads. Don’t just go from an Intermediate head to an Intermediate/sink3 – go for an Intermediate/sink7, or why not a 750grain sink 8 line if you can?! Use all the tools you have in your fly fishing toolbox actively. If you have one line, you have one tool. If you have 3 lines with different densities, you have 3 tools as options in your toolbox. Options in salmon fishing are not only nice to have – they’re essential to hooking up with fish under all conditions and throughout the whole season. So, what is the experience you want out of your fly fishing? The river will always be your classroom, that’s where you learn and build up you’re experience. It’s about dialing in what you want to do and how you want to do it. It isn’t necessarily about which rod, and line system will catch more fish, but rather which one will allow you to feel most confident in your presentation and enjoy your valuable time on the water the most. If that means only fishing a floating line the whole season will make you Happy Gilmore in your happy place – then that’s your journey. But fishing isn’t just casting. It’s about thinking, analyzing, adapting and being intentional in what you are doing on the water. Spend time on the water, that’s were the magic happens.

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CENTER AXIS RAISE THE REEL - RAISE YOUR GAME

......................... 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. 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.

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CASTING IS BELIEVING!

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!


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! CENTER AXIS FRESHWATER SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS MODEL CENTER AXIS 4 CENTER AXIS 5 CENTER AXIS 6

Hard-wearing composite top and fight butt grips.

Anodized aluminium double uplocking reel seat.

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Titanium stripper guides. High modulus graphite.

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138g

Center Axis Saltwater rods are available as conventionally fitted Standard Seat rods: 9’ #6 - 11.

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ALOX AND MICRALOX FINISH

SYSTEM 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.

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.

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 beauty that isn’t just “skin deep”. 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. It 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; it yields a finish that is both beautiful and technically superior.

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.

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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.

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.

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COBALT

FORMAT: Super Arbor MATERIALS: Machined 6061 Aluminum, Titanium, stainless steel FINISH: HardAlox G5 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. 140

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27,4mm

142 g

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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#

108 mm

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170 g

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250 yds 20#

115 mm

27 mm

301g

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250 yds 30#

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32 mm

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MATERIALS: Machined 6061 Aluminum, stainless steel

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P URPOSE BUILT 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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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#

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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.

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96 mm

24

FORCE 2 SL II

105 mm

25

94 g

WF5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

FORCE 3 SL II

111 mm

32

125 g

WF6,7

WF7 150 yds 20#

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ROD WT WF4,5

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FORMAT: Super Arbor

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

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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 time-tested, maintenance-free drag system, and you have what the name implies: a hot rod of a reel.

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL

DIAMETER

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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#

95 mm

26 mm

162 g

WF 6,7

WF7 150 yds 20#

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#

SPEEDSTER HD 3

*HD spools are not compatible with standard Speedster. ** Gunmetal/Orange is available in all sizes except 1 and 4 (standard)

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G5

FORMAT: Large Arbor

MATERIALS: Machined 6061 Aluminum, stainless steel FINISH: HardAloxTM G5, (Colour: Sublime) WEIGHT: 119 g / 5-6 wt

NEW ......

G5

The G5 is an improvement in beauty and consistency without sacrificing durability. Waterworks-Lamson’s “most beautiful

I NFINITE POTENTIAL

Hard Alox finish yet”

The fifth generation of the legendary Litespeed boasts a higher retrieve rate and narrower spool for improved line handling. An integrated drag cassette for a stiffer frame. And an ergonomic drag knob. A new version of our Hard Alox provides a more beautiful finish. CNC machined in the U.S. from 6061 barstock aluminum and assembled in Boise, Idaho.

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL

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WIDTH

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ROD WT

86 mm

33 mm

105 g

WF 3,4,5

LITESPEED G5 - 2

92 mm

34 mm

119 g

WF 4,5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

LITESPEED G5 - 3

99 mm

37 mm

144 g

WF 6,7,8

WF7 150 yds 20#

LITESPEED G5 - 3.5

105 mm

38 mm

162 g

WF 8,9

WF9 200 yds 20#

LITESPEED G5 - 4

118 mm

42 mm

228 g

WF 10,11

WF10 200 yds 30#

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GURU II

FORMAT: Large Arbor MATERIALS: Machined 6061Aluminum, stainless steel FINISH: Clear Type 2 WEIGHT: 131 g / 5-6 wt

NEW

COLOUR

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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

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GURU 1 II

78mm

22mm

109g

WF 3,4

WF3 35 yds 20#

GURU 1.5 II

85mm

25mm

121g

WF 4,5

WF4 100 yds 20#

GURU 2 II

89mm

25mm

131g

WF 5,6

WF6 100 yds 20#

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# WF7 150 yds 20#

GURU II HD 3

97mm

29mm

143g

WF 7,8

GURU II HD 3,5

103mm

30mm

169g

WF 8,9

WF9 200 yds 20#

GURU II HD 4

114mm

33mm

205g

WF 10,11

WF10 250 yds 30#

STANDARD

HD

*HD is only available in standard colour

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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 NEW

COLOUR

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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

DIAMETER

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

LINE CAPACITY

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

NEW

COLOUR

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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

DIAMETER

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

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Greenland FLY FISHING ON TOP OF THE WORLD Thomas Søbirk

Henry Schmidt & Thomas Søbirk

Fly fishermen are constantly breaking new ground in search for the next big adventure. Not long ago - to most fly fishermen at least, Greenland was this huge, white, and obscure island at the top of their world map poster – unchartered territory. It still is to a certain extent. But for a growing number of travellers, it’s the next dream destination.

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n every tide, every single day, throughout the short season from July to September, fresh fish will enter the river. Sometimes in small groups, but more often in big schools. Through gin clear water, you see them moving across the shallow parts of the river. Further upstream, you will find them resting in some of the deeper pools and lies: These heavily built arctic char that have left behind the salty realm out to sea, where they have been gorging themselves on shrimp and fish. Now, they suddenly find themselves immersed in oxygen-rich freshwater, ready for some imminent fishy business that will secure yet another generation of these magnificent creatures. We have all heard stories of the good-old days: The Newfoundland salmon stocks in the fifties, when Lee Wulff was swinging his dry flies across pools full of fish. The tarpon migration in the Florida Keys that was ten to twenty times bigger than it is today. The Norwegian salmon rivers in their prime, bursting with chrome fish. The list is endless.

Greenland is still - to a large extent, untouched and pristine. Here, yesterday is now!

I was recently on a remote river in Greenland, swinging a fly across a neck that held at least fifty big sea-run arctic char and, even though the fish weren’t always easy to fool, I felt extremely privileged to be fishing in a part of the world that was still unaffected by man. Greenland is still – to a large extent, untouched and pristine. Here, yesterday is now!

“That doesn’t look like you” I travel quite a bit and I’m usually very well-prepared. I apply for necessary visas in time, buy foreign currency - if needed, and get the gear sorted out during the weeks leading up to the trip. My latest trip to Greenland was different: On the morning of my departure, when printing my itinerary and e-ticket, I suddenly realized the flight was departing almost two hours earlier than I thought. Luckily, the traffic wasn’t too bad. My wife drove me to the airport immediately and I made it to the check-in counter just in time. There I was met by a polite, but slightly amused lady at the check-in counter, who remarked with a smirk: “That doesn’t look like you?!”. Apparently, I had grabbed my daughter’s passport by mistake when rushing out of the house! I assume, my negligence was down to the fact that I’m Danish. After all, despite the fact that Greenland remains an exotic place to most people, I was taught in school that Greenland was basically just a part of Denmark. Having visited the world’s largest island many times, I now feel completely at home there – and I tend to forget that it’s really a whole different world, far away from home. Denmark colonized Greenland three centuries ago. While the Danes surely did some serious harm and wrong-doing along the way, the relationship between our two countries might also have helped Greenland’s modest population of 56.000 prepare for modern times. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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Today, the people of Greenland are free to choose independency from Denmark. But they have yet to do so. There are still very strong ties between Denmark and Greenland: Danish is still taught in Greenland schools; Greenlanders are free to study in Denmark, and citizens of Denmark and Greenland are allowed to travel between the two countries without a passport. That was my rescue! I was able to produce a driver’s licence as a means of identification – my own this time, and I finally made it (a bit shaky) to the gate. The Cowboy Rig I can’t really think of anything that unites people from all over the world better than fly fishing. During my week at Camp North, the fly fishing guests were from Sweden, Ukraine, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, and the US. I’m sure there was potential for a good joke there but, instead of trying to come up with one, we just fished, hiked, laughed, ate well, relaxed, finished our beers, wine and booze, and then fished some more. While the camp manager and his assistants showed most of the guests how to get started, I volunteered to introduce two fly fishermen from southern Sweden to some of my favourite spots. The fishing was kind of slow for Camp North, so I soon ended up tying on my secret weapon: A small- and super light streamer a meter-or-so behind a heavier fly, which is tied Clouser-style in order to fish upside down and avoid foul hooking. This was even more efficient than I remembered it to be and, soon after, I had been into several fresh-run char. I wasn’t meant to be guiding on this trip, but I simply couldn’t resist the chance of enforcing the impression of me being a true expert. I went a bit downstream, where Uffe was still waiting for the first pull of the trip and got him rigged up. While doing so, I must have mumbled some nonsense about this “being an old cowboy-trick”. I provided a few instructional tips, and soon Uffe 152

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was swinging the rig in just the right way. It only took three or four casts, then his line came tight and he was now playing his first Greenland char. A few hard fighting minutes later, when he landed a fresh-run fish straight out of the ocean, his smile said it all. His mate, Hasse, joined us in time to witness the release of the fish. “What did you catch it on?”, were Hasse’s obvious first words. “The Cowboy-Rig!”, Uffe replied casually, as if it was something that every fly fisherman was supposed to know about. It’s a good thing we got the method christened early on because, during the week, it would prove deadly – especially when the char would take a break from hitting foam flies on the surface, or when they were, otherwise, uncooperative.

What ensued probably also had something to do with the fact that the place was jam-packed with fish.

One day, we fished the upper river and I introduced the method to Kirill, while explaining how the char often line up against the far bank. I guess, I explained the technique pretty well, but what ensued probably also had something to do with the fact that the place was jam-packed with fish.

I left Kirill to try some spots further upstream, and when I came back, a couple of hours later, he was still fishing from the same rock. And still catching fish consistently!


The euphoric scouts sent back reports of rivers with plenty of fish topping 70 cm and some passing 80 cm.

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Fly fishing in Greenland really took off around a decade ago when Getaway Fly Fishing staff members scouted a couple of different rivers north and south of Sisimiut, Greenland’s second biggest city and home to around 5000 people. These rivers were longer and wider, and they ran through lakes that cleared the water. Also, they were remote enough not to be netted, which meant that the average size of the char was much better. The rather euphoric scouts sent back reports of rivers full of char averaging from 55 to 60 cm with plenty of fish topping 70 cm and some passing 80 cm. Like salmon, arctic char don’t feed in freshwater but their aggressiveness makes up for that. While swinging streamers is always super-effective, we discovered that nothing is more fun than skating big foam flies on the surface. Sportfishing in Greenland Recreational fishing in Greenland didn’t start with catch & release-based fly fishing but with spinning gear and, to a large extent, lots of catch & kill.

Frequently, the char would wake just behind the flies and chase them halfway across the river before, finally, breaking the surface with their mouths out of the water and engulfing the fly one or two rod length’s away. We had found fly fishing heaven!

I still remember a few stories published in Danish fishing magazines more than thirty years ago with pictures of high numbers of moderate-sized arctic char caught on spinners in coloured, glacier-fed rivers. The writers happily posed with ten-, fifteen-, or even more dead fish on the bank.

Undersold and overhiked The two anglers, that had travelled farthest to fish Camp North this week, were Jeff and Carl from the US. Luckily, the trip met all of their expectations, and then some. In fact, it turned out they had – for the most part – been “undersold”.

That kind of fishing might have been interesting at the time but as a growing number of trout anglers turned to fly fishing, the numbers game with smaller fish in coloured rivers slowly lost its allure.

At first, I guess, I just saw Carl and Jeff as being really positive and optimistic guys. I was sure they were – they were fly fishermen after all, right?! But at the end of the trip, I had a conversation with Carl that clarified things further:

The infrastructure in Greenland has always been limited. In the past, people would fish the rivers within immediate reach. And the rivers were usually relatively short with only a few pools. The pools, in turn, would oftentimes hold hundreds of fish. Being close to civilization, they had been netted for decades, and – as a result, the average size of the char had been reduced to a couple of pounds. 154

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When a trip is advertised in Europe, most serious agents will try to describe what participants should expect from an average trip (OK, maybe a trip on the good side of average). In the US, however, many agents describe the potential of the fishing and everything else in the most glorious terms, just shy of a potential lawsuit.


When they hit camp, they had clocked 42 km on their GPS!

No wonder these guys wore happy faces all week. They had probably expected to catch a few nice fish, while being in pure survival-mode most of the time. Instead, they ate well, slept well, found a toilet in camp, and – no pun intended - caught a shitload of fish.

We also had three professors from northern Sweden in camp. This was their second trip to Camp North, so they knew exactly what to expect – but, apparently, two of them, Lars and Bert, thought it was a bit too comfortable and must have felt “underhiked”. So, around mid-week, they packed extra provisions and had one of the camp assistants ferry them across the big lake and fished the wonderful stretches on the upper river. Late in the evening, they crossed over to the side creek (it’s a 15 km hike that no other guests, or guides, have done before), had a short rest, and then fished their way down to the main river, below the lake. When they hit camp, they had clocked 42 km on their GPS! Greg, the third Swedish professor, was more sensible and preferred not to get “overhiked”, so he enjoyed himself fishing the FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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productive runs on the lower river while his colleagues went exploring. I loved his reason for getting into fly fishing: “Well, the two other guys are my lunch partners, but they are always talking fly fishing. So, I finally realized that I could either find new lunch partners or get into fly fishing myself”. An eat to remember Often, one’s best fish of a trip is also the biggest. After all, we’re fishermen, right? But on this particular trip, my most memorable fish wasn’t the biggest. One morning, around half way into the week, a bunch of us decided to fish the ocean near Camp North’s Eqalugsugssuit river (I assume not naming the camp after the river was pure damage control). It empties into a large fjord, which is perfect for fishing on a rising tide with a traditional Scandinavian approach to coastal fly fishing - or a semi-traditional approach. I found myself chucking out a big red foam fly, Gurgler style, as

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More information about fly fishing Greenland’s greatest rivers: flyfishgreenland.com

far as I could and skating it back across the greenish waters of the fjord with both hands, rod under my arm. A 70 cm char found my fly, when less than a third of the line had been stripped in. Back-out-of-the-water, it followed, and followed, and followed with its nose less than 20 cm from my fly. I tried to speed it up, but I was soon running out of fly line. Just as the connection between my ten-foot leader and the fly line has passed through the top guide, the char finally decided it was time for the kill. Only a rod’s length from me, a mouth flared open, the red foam fly was sucked in and the fish turned away in a big swirl. Standing waist deep in the fjord, somewhere far removed from civilization, as a chrome-bright char charged off with my fly line, I was reminded - not only why fly reels carry backing, but why I got into fly fishing in the first place. I felt on top of the world!

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INNOVATION IN EVERY DETAIL ..................... New 2019 C&F Design are best known for their innovative fly boxes and for inventing the slit-foam fly retention solution, which has since been heavily copied. Based in Japan, C&F Design continues to design, develop and thoroughly test new fly fishing products - with functionality, design and durability as guiding principles. 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.

Renomed Scissors Stright/Curved

Large Tying Scissors

Desk Mount Dust Pocket

Magnetic Line Cutter

Lanyard Plus Storage

High precisious blades (curved or straight) provide a perfect cut. The grip has been ergonomically designed for comfort and control

A pair of speciality scissors designed for delicate tying work. The cold-forged blades fit perfectly for clean cut and wear long. Ideal for larger trout flies and streamers

A dust pocket for mounting directly on your fly tying desk. Very roomy and easy to use. Two mount bases that utilize powerful neodymium magnets hold Dust Pocket securely underneath the table

A magnetic line clipper that can be attached to the base of your fly tying vise. Perfect for cutting tinsel and different wires that would otherwise toll on your scissors. Neat and handy - and easy to use

6 snaps to hang items on. Comes with Fly Protector, Tippet Holder and a stabilizing clip. Fly Protector features 5 rows of micro slit foam for storing used and wet flies. Adjustable length. Retainer clip included. Perfect for dry fly and nymphing sessions

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

Lightweight Chest Storage - L New and improved! An integrated lanyard built around our Lightweight Fly cases. 8 metal snaps retain tools and gadgets. Adjustable cord length. Compartment with threaders

Lightweight Chest Storage - M New and improved! An integrated lanyard built around our Lightweight Fly cases. 6 metal snaps retain tools and gadgets. Adjustable cord length. Retainer clip/net clip

Chest Storage Magnetic Patch

Line Cutter Button

Flex Pin-on Reel/Line Cutter

2-in1 Retractor/Scissor

Flex Pin-on Reel/Scissors

A compact fly storage solution for attachment on C&F’s Lightweight Chest Storage. Utilizes 8 strong magnetic dots. Uses double adhesive tape for installation

A simple solution to most line-cutting needs. Cut sections of line from the spool, or trim away the tag end. Mount over your shirt button using the plastic slit base. Gel spun compatible

A simple solution to most line-cutting needs. Gel spun compatible. Cut sections of line from the spool, or trim away tag ends. The reel body rotates freely for unobstructed use. Replacement blade and adhesive dots included

A combination tool with a pair of scissors that nestle inside a plastic sheath. Safely carry scissors for trimming-needs in the field. Utilize the other end to hang your favorite gadget

A combination tool with a pair of scissors that nestle in a plastic sheath. Safely carry scissors for trimming needs in the field. The reel body rotates freely for unobstructed use

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FOR THE LOVE OF LINES It’s difficult to get overly excited about fly lines. They’re utilitarian. They aren’t flashy. They get a specific job done, without a lot of fanfare. We think it’s time for that to change. Of course, we’re probably a little biased. Without fly lines, fly fishing wouldn’t be possible. We wouldn’t spend hours tying flies. We wouldn’t practice casting in our backyards. We wouldn’t know a grain weight from a double haul. And that’s the way we like it. We often tell people that a 1,000Euro fly rod won’t perform well if it’s matched with a sub-par fly line. The inverse is also true: a 50Euro fly rod will perform beautifully when matched with the correct line. It’s amazing how something so small, so seemingly inconsequential can make all the difference in the world. So here’s our appeal to you as an angler: embrace fly lines. Learn to love front tapers, long bellies, and running lines. You’ll be glad you did.

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TI P TRY OUR LINE SELECTOR TOOL! To find just the right Scientific Anglers line for your rod, try our new line selector tool:

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TECHNOLOGIES

.................................. AST PLUS

SA•ID

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

AST

The Scientific Anglers innovative line marking system

Scientific Anglers’ patented slickness agent, built into the coating

AUDIBLE REFERENCE POINT

TACTILE REFERENCE POINT

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

SONAR

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

SEAMLESS DENSITY

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

CAMO TIP

WELDED LOOPS

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

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

DRY TIP

A unique blend of microballoons, resulting in high-floating fly-line tips

ST PLUS Durable slickness additive built for warm climates

The inverse of the Tactile Reference Point - an embossed section where the head meets the running line.

TROPICORE

Braided monofilament core for harsh tropical conditions

SHOOTING TEXTURE

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

100-LB CORE

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

FLOATING TEXTURE

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

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TECHNOLOGIES

Introducing AST Plus, the most advanced slickness technology in the world. Lasting on average 8 TIMES LONGER, with up to 5 TIMES LESS FRICTION than competitor’s lines, AST Plus is slickness, down to a science. What makes it so unique? Our AST Plus is a patented liquid compound that actually moves within the coating. It naturally migrates to the surface of the line as the coating begins to wear. This extends the life of a fly line and provides out-of-the-box slickness long after the line leaves the fly shop. Available exclusively from Scientific Anglers 162

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Lasts 8 Times Longer

on average, than the closest three competitors In addition to creating the slickest lines on the planet, AST Plus increases the durability of fly lines by leaps and bounds. Throughout our durability testing, lines with AST Plus consistently performed better than any other lines on the market. On average, lines with AST Plus last 8 times longer than lines from our top three competitors. How to read this chart: In our durability testing, we affix a weight to the end of a line and run it through the tip-top of a fly rod. One cycle constitutes the lowering and raising of this weight to provide friction through the guide. In looking at this chart, it is evident that lines with AST Plus last far longer than the lines of our top three competitors. In fact, lines with AST Plus last over 120% longer than the closest competition and, on average, 862% longer than the top three competitors.

Up to 5 Times Less Friction than the competition

For our slickness tests, we took the exact same length and diameter of lines with AST Plus, AST, and lines from the competition, wound them over a clean, polished surface, and clamped one end in a test frame. A weight was attached to the free end and pulled upwards at a constant rate, measuring the drag of the line over that span. How to read this chart: When measuring slickness, we focus on ounces of friction (or drag) at startup. Lower drag values mean that lines are slicker and therefore perform better. Lines with AST Plus feature far less friction on startup than lines from our top competitors. In this case, less is better.

Core Coating

Maintains Slickness for the life of the fly line

The AST Plus compound actually moves within the coating, naturally migrating to the surface as the line begins to wear down. This means lines with AST Plus not only retain their initial slickness, but can actually get slicker as the coating wears.

AST Plus

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TEXTURED

PREMIUM TEXTURED LINES AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

SA•ID

AST Plus

Shooting Texture

Floating Texture

TRP

Improved Dry Tip

Welded Loops

Camo Tip

Tropi-Core

100-lb Core

The Amplitude Series of fly lines features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for the ultimate in slickness and durability. Each line is built with three textures for a reduction in friction, three colors to identify the separate parts of the line, and welded loops for quick and easy rigging. SA Amplitude lines are the culmination of decades of research, testing, and innovation; no finer fly line exists in the world. Amplitude is available in a number of different freshwater- and saltwater-specific tapers, so now you can reach every fish you’re after.


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

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• Braided multifilament core

FLY LIN

TROUT For Delicate Deliveries to Trout • 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 • 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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TEXTURED

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

100’

90’

80’

70’

60’

50’

40’

30’

20’

10’

0’

BONEFISH For Bonefish on the Flats • 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 • 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


100’

90’

80’

70’

60’

50’

40’

30’

TEXTURED 10’ 0’

20’

BIG WATER TAPER For the Biggest Fish in the Biggest Water • 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

LINE WEIGHT WF-11-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,9M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 24,6G

WF-12-F

9,9M

32,0M

29,2G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Floating Texture on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation • 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

TROPICAL TITAN The Perfect Line for Big Flies in Hot Places • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

BE

GAME

STS

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LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

GRAM WEIGHT*

• Floating Texture on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation

WF-6-F

13,1M

30,5M

210

WF-7-F

13,1M

30,5M

240

• Shooting Texture running line delivers longer casts, thanks to a reduction in friction

WF-8-F

13,1M

30,5M

280

• High-contrast sighter to identify the back of the line when fighting fish; camo tip for stealth

WF-9-F

13,1M

30,5M

330

WF-10-F

13,1M

30,5M

380

• Powerful head loads quickly and delivers large flies to distant targets; ideal for tarpon, permit, snook, and redfish; useful for GTs, bonefish, and sea trout

WF-11-F

13,1M

30,5M

450

WF-12-F

13,1M

30,5M

500

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Built two line sizes heavy; use designated line weight for your rod

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BIG

NEW

FLY LIN

• Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments • SA AMP TROP TITAN WF X F (X = line weight)

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Shoots Farther 50% slicker than the original AST

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

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PREMIUM SMOOTH LINES AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

SA•ID

AST Plus

Improved Dry Tip

Welded Loops

Camo Tip

Tropi-Core

We took our revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive and put it into the brand-new Amplitude Smooth Series. These lines are smooth like traditional lines, but have increased durability and slickness due to the AST Plus, which is mixed directly into our coatings. Each line is built with three colors to identify the separate parts of the line, and welded loops for quick and easy rigging. SA Amplitude Smooth lines are simply the finest smooth fly lines in the world and are available in a number of freshwater- and saltwater-specific tapers.

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ART A smooth freshwater allrounder •

NEW

Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additivefor superior shooting ability and increased durability

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

HEAD AFTM WEIGHT WEIGHT*

WF-2-F

9,4M

30,5M

6,4G

Half-size heavy to load rods quickly

WF-3-F

9,8M

30,5M

7,7G

7,1G

Powerful taper helps to turn over long dry-fly leaders and deliver nymphs and small streamers

WF-4-F

10,2M

30,5M

9,2G

8,4G

WF-5-F

10,6M

30,5M

11,1G

9,7G

Great for single-handed spey casting

WF-6-F

10,6M

30,5M

12,8G

11,3G

Three-tone super-stealthy colors with camouflage tip for wary fish

WF-7-F

11,0M

30,5M

15,2G

13,0G

Floating texture on the tip for higher flotation

Braided multifilament for cold water applications

Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

SA AMP SMTH ART WF X F (X = line weight)

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5,8G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

Designed by Flyfish Europe

DYNAMIC For delicate dry fly-deliveries

NEW

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

Designed for handling dries and nymph patterns

Powerful front taper turns over long leaders

Excellent line control in close or at distance

Taper designed to handle both overhead casts and spey casts

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

HEAD WEIGHT

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-2-F

11,8M

30,5M

7,0G

5,2G

WF-3-F

12,3M

30,5M

9,0G

6,5G

WF-4-F

12,8M

30,5M

10,9G

7,8G

WF-5-F

13,3M

30,5M

12,9G

9,1G

WF-6-F

13,3M

30,5M

14,9G

10,4G

Stealth color in front for skittish fish

WF-7-F

13,6M

30,5M

17,3G

12,0G

Floating texture on tip for higher flotation

WF-8-F

13,6M

30,5M

19,8G

13,6G

Braided multifilament core

Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

SA AMP SMTH DYNAMIC WF X F (X = line weight)

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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INFINITY The go-to line for freshwater gamefish • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

NEW

• Extremely versatile general-purpose taper designed for most freshwater species; an excellent line for trout, grayling, carp, steelhead, salmon, and pike • Made a half-size heavy to load fast-action rods, but works well with a variety of rod actions • Extended head length for long-distance casts and superior mending ability

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

HEAD WEIGHT

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-3-F

14,3M

27,4M

10,0G

7,1G

WF-4-F

14,6M

27,4M

12,3G

8,4G

WF-5-F

15,0M

27,4M

14,6G

9,7G

WF-6-F

15,3M

27,4M

17,2G

11,3G

WF-7-F

15,6M

27,4M

19,8G

13,0G

WF-8-F

15,9M

27,4M

22,7G

14,6G

WF-9-F

16,2M

27,4M

26,9G

16,8G

We’ve taken the benefits of texturing, • scrubbed the edges, and created a softer golf-ball-dimpled surface Excellent for dryrough flies, nymphs, and streamers *Gram weight for the first 9,14m texture for less casting effort, very little memory, and increased durability. • Available in two color schemes: standard and Your fingers—and your casting—will camo; the camo scheme features a mottled rejoice. front taper for increased stealth

• For use in moderate and cold climates • Braided multifilament core

BAMBOO / BUCKSKIN / CAMO

• Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with REAR REAR AnglersBELLY FRONT Scientific

RUNNING LINE

TAPER 2

TAPER

TAPER

1 • SA AMP SMTH INFNTY WF X F (X = line weight)

90’

80’

70’

60’

50’

40’

30’

20’

10’

0’

OPTIC GREEN / MIST GREEN /BUCKSKIN

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TROUT For delicate dry fly • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

NEW

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

HEAD WEIGHT

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-2-F

19,5M

27,4M

11,0G

5,2G

WF-3-F

19,5M

27,4M

12,6G

6,5G 7,8G

• Excels in medium-to-long distances with dry flies and smaller nymphs; wonderful on glass and bamboo

WF-4-F

20,1M

27,4M

15,6G

• The best smooth, true-to-grain-weight line for casting small dry flies to picky risers

WF-5-F

20,7M

27,4M

19,4G

9,1G

WF-6-F

21,3M

27,4M

22,0G

10,4G

WF-7-F

22,0M

27,4M

26,2G

12,0G

• Designed specifically for chasing trout; also useful for grayling and panfish

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Elongated front taper is designed for delicate presentations • For use in moderate and cold climates • Braided multifilament core • SA AMP SMTH TROUT WF X F (X = line weight)

ANADRO/NYMPH For nymphing in rivers and lakes

NEW

• Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability • Long rear taper for extended line control and long-distance casting; the best nymphing taper we offer • An unbelievable indicator line for nymphing up trout or swinging flies for steelhead and salmon; excellent for double-nymph rigs or hopperdroppers • Overweighted by 1.5 sizes to assist in turning over heavy rigs; use designated line weight for your rod

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

HEAD WEIGHT

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-4-F

18,3M

30,5M

18,1G

9,7G

WF-5-F

18,3M

30,5M

21,1G

11,3G

WF-6-F

18,3M

30,5M

23,0G

13,0G

WF-7-F

18,6M

30,5M

26,2G

14,6G

WF-8-F

18,9M

30,5M

29,5G

16,8G

WF-9-F

19,2M

30,5M

36,3G

19,8G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Use one size heavy for switch rods • For use in moderate and cold climates • Braided multifilament core • SA AMP SMTH ANADRO WF X F (X = line weight)

TITAN LONG For superior turn-over and line control • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

NEW

• Designed for targeting bass; perfect for pike, carp, and throwing streamers at trout • Powerful head loads quickly and delivers large flies to distant targets • Built two sizes heavy for turning over big rigs; use designated line weight for your rod • Extended rear taper for line control and mending ability

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

HEAD WEIGHT

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-5-F

13,1M

27,4M

15,9G

12,0G

WF-6-F

13,1M

27,4M

18,1G

13,6G

WF-7-F

13,1M

27,4M

20,7G

15,6G

WF-8-F

13,1M

27,4M

24,6G

18,1G

WF-9-F

13,1M

27,4M

28,2G

21,4G

WF-10-F

13,1M

27,4M

32,7G

24,6G

We’ve taken the benefits of texturing, scrubbed the rough edges, and created a softer golf-ball-dimpled surface • Ideal line for boat or wade fishing texture for less casting effort, very little memory, and increased durability. Your fingers—and your casting—will • For use in moderate and cold climates rejoice. • Braided multifilament core

• SA AMP SMTH TTN LNG WF X F (X = line weight)

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GRAND SLAM Bonefish, permit and tarpon

NEW

• Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability • The perfect line for bonefish, tarpon, and permit on the flats; also great for snook, redfish, and sea trout • Overweighted by .75 sizes to load rods quickly; use designated line weight for your rod • Short, powerful head turns over long leaders with heavy flies • Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

HEAD WEIGHT

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-6-F

12,2M

30,5M

14,9G

11,7G

WF-7-F

12,2M

30,5M

16,5G

13,3G

WF-8-F

12,2M

30,5M

19,4G

15,2G

WF-9-F

12,2M

30,5M

21,7G

17,5G

WF-10-F

12,2M

30,5M

26,2G

20,7G

WF-11-F

12,2M

30,5M

29,2G

24,0G

WF-12-F

12,2M

30,5M

33,4G

28,2G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• SA AMP SMTH GR SLAM WF X F (X = line weight)

BONEFISH For bonefish on the flats

NEW

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

LINE WEIGHT

• Revised taper for delicate deliveries to skittish fish in crystal-clear water; an excellent line for bonefish and permit

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

HEAD WEIGHT

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-5-F

33.7’

30,5M

10,4G

9,1G

WF-6-F

35.5’

30,5M

12,3G

10,4G 12,0G

• Loads fast and lands light for increased accuracy

WF-7-F

37.5’

30,5M

15,6G

• Medium-length head for line control and optimal casting and fishing at 60-80 feet

WF-8-F

39.7’

30,5M

18,1G

13,6G

WF-9-F

41.8’

30,5M

22,0G

15,6G

• Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• SA AMP SMTH BONEFISH WF X F (X = line weight)

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FLOATING TEXTURE

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

ALL

• 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

ROUND LE R

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WF-3-F

9,8M

WF-4-F 40’

30’10,2M

30,5M

7,2G

20’30,5M 10’ 8,5G 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

9,8G 11,2G

WF-7-F

11,0M

30,5M

12,8G

• Floating Texture on tip for higher flotation

WF-8-F

11,0M

30,5M

14,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• AST slickness additive for increased shooting ability

E

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LINE REAR HEADBELLY TOTALFRONT WEIGHT FRONT WEIGHT LENGTHTAPER IN GRAMS* TAPERLENGTH TAPER WF-2-F 9,4M 30,5M 2 5,9G1

FLY LIN

• Front and rear welded loops • Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

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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

FFAASS TT

• Camo non-spooking tip, -LOADING ER

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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

• Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

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

BE

• Great for roll-casting and soft presentations

FL RY Y

STS

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

13,7M

30,5M

10,4G

14,3M

30,5M

12,0G

30,5M

13,6G

LE R

• Excellent line control in close or at a distance

E

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• Floating Textured tip for high flotation

• Braided multifilament core

WF-6-F

• Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

WF-7-F WF-8-F

14,0M

EL

FLY LIN

*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

• Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

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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

• Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

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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

AMBER/WILLOW

BUCKSKIN/OPTIC GREEN

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TROUT

EXPERT DISTANCE

DOUBLE TAPER

Floating Dry Fly Line

Distance-Casting Taper

Floating Dry-Fly Line for delicate presentation

• Delicate taper for precision casts

• Extra-long head and tapers for longdistance casting

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

• Compound head design ensures strong turnover at distance

• The ultimate fly line for chasing trout

• Superb dry-fly line • Ideal for delicate presentations • For cold-to-temperate climates

• Ideal line for IFFF casting certification

• Braided multifilament core LINE WEIGHT WF-2-F

HEAD LENGTH 19,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 5,2G

LINE HEAD TOTAL WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WF-5-F COMP 20,8M 36,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,0G

• Braided multifilament core

LINE WEIGHT DT-2-F

BELLY LENGTH 24,8M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* 5,2G 6,5G

WF-3-F

19,8M

27,5M

6,5G

WF-6-F COMP

21,5M

36,5M

10,4G

DT-3-F

24,4M

27,4M

WF-4-F

20,4M

27,5M

7,8G

WF-7-F COMP

22,0M

36,5M

12,0G

DT-4-F

24,0M

27,4M

7,8G

WF-5-F

21,0M

27,5M

9,7G

DT-5-F

23,5M

27,4M

9,0G

WF-6-F

21,6M

27,5M

10,4G

DT-6-F

23,0M

27,4M

10,4G

WF-7-F

22,2M

27,5M

12,0G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

COMPETITION NYMPH Built to FIPS Mouche Standards

• Ultra-thin level-line design for premium performance and sensitivity • For use with rods 0- through 5-weight • Meets FIPS Mouche competition specifications • For use in moderate and cold climates 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

FLOATING

INTERMEDIATE *Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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FISH THE

TRUTH TIPPETS Over the past several years, we’ve meticulously researched, tested, and developed what we believe are the best leaders and tippets ever produced. Our nylon and fluorocarbon materials are, simply put, the strongest and most reliable we have ever offered, with the highest wet-knot strength of anything we tested. Period! These breaking strengths and diameters have been put to the test more times than a lab rat, and are in line with our exacting demands. These materials feature, on average, 35% stronger wet-knot strengths and true-to-spec X sizes, unlike many products on the market today.

The bottom line is this: 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

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

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STILLWATER

PREMIUM GENERAL-PURPOSE SINKING LINES PREMIUM STILLWATER SINKING LINES AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

SA•ID

AST

SONAR

Shooting Texture

Welded Loops

ARP

Seamless Density

Camo Core

Stillwater angling presents its own unique challenges and demands. Fishing just below the surface with chironomids, camouflaging full-sinking lines, and fishing the hang are all aspects of stillwater angling we’ve addressed with our SONAR Stillwater Series. Featuring our AST slickness additive, along with the Seamless Density and Clear Camo technologies, lines in our SONAR Stillwater family are designed to catch fish in lakes and reservoirs all over the world. Get out there and GET DOWN with SONAR.


STILLWATER HOVER

STILLWATER CLEAR TIP MIDGE

For Fishing Flies Just Below the Surface Film

For Fishing Flies in or Near the Surface Film

• Based on our popular MPX taper

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

• Overweighted by a full line weight for multiple flies and long leaders; use designated line weight for your rod

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

• Extra-slow sinking hover (1 ips) for fishing the film LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

WF-4-H

10,8M

32,0M

9,1G

WF-5-H

11,4M

32,0M

10,4G

WF-6-H

12,0M

32,0M

12,0G

WF-7-H

12,6M

32,0M

12,3G

WF-8-H

13,3M

32,0M

15,6G

• Features all-new supple clear material for reduced memory

TOTAL AFTM LENGTH WEIGHT*

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-F/I

HEAD LENGTH 12,0M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,0G

WF-7-F/I

12,6M

32,0M

13,6G

WF-8-F/I

13,3M

32,0M

15,6G

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STILLWATER SEAMLESS DENSITY STILLWATER PARABOLIC SINK

Camouflage Line for Sub-Surface Fishing

Based on popular MPX taper

Sinks in a U-Shaped Profile

• Built for stillwater trout, but also deadly for spooky carp presentations

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

• Overweighted by a full line weight for multiple flies and long leaders; use designated line weight for your rod

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

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

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-4-I

10,8M

32,0M

9,1G

WF-5-I

11,4M

32,0M

10,4G

WF-6-I

12,0M

32,0M

12,0G

WF-7-I

12,6M

32,0M

13,6G

WF-8-I

13,3M

32,0M

15,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

S5/S7 S3/S5

• We take our unique, mottled camo core and coat it with a super supple clear material for the ultimate in stealth, with added benefit of reduced memory

S1/S3

• Full intermediate (1.25 ips) line over camouflage core for the ultimate in stealth

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-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

• 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

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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PREMIUM BIG-FLY SINKING LINES AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

SA•ID

AST

100-lb Core

SONAR

Shooting Texture

Welded Loops

Tropi-Core

The SONAR Titan Series is built on our popular Titan Taper, only instead of floating, all of these sink. From fishing just beneath the surface in a small stream to dredging blue holes in the ocean, nothing helps you throw large flies better than the SONAR Titans. Each of these lines are made two-line sizes heavy; however, they are designed to be used on rods with the designated line weight. We build them oversized to help turn over large flies and chuck big casts at even bigger fish.

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

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• Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head • Overweighted by two line sizes for loading quickly and delivering big flies to distant targets; use designated line weight for your rod • 15’ clear intermediate tip for stealthy presentations; built with a floating running line for easy handling • Designed to deliver large flies to peacock bass and golden dorado in harsh jungle environments

TITAN TROPICAL CLEAR TIP Sinking Clear-Tip Fly Line for Tropical Climates

Slow-Sinking for Streamer Fishing

• Slow sink rate gets flies just below the surface

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

• For temperate climates

• 15’ clear tip for stealthy presentations

• Braided multifilament core

• Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head

• Sink Rate: 1.25 ips (Intermediate)

• Slow sink rate gets flies just below the surface

• Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head

LINE WEIGHT WF-8-F/I

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 18,1G

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-I

HEAD LENGTH 10,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 13,6G

WF-7-I

10,2M

32,0M

15,6G

WF-9-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

WF-8-I

10,2M

32,0M

18,1G

WF-10-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

AFTM WEIGHT*

WF-9-I

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

WF-11-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

29,2G

WF-10-I

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

WF-12-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

32,4G

WF-8-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

18,1G

WF-11-I

10,2M

32,0M

29,2G

WF-9-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

21,4G

WF-12-I

10,2M

32,0M

32,4G

WF-10-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

24,6G

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*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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TITAN BIG WATER TAPER

TITAN BIG WATER MAX SINK

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

Slow sinking Big Game line - SINK RATE: 1.25ips

Fast-Sinking Line for Big Game - 6.0+ ips

• 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

• 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

• Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head

• Slow sink rate gets flies just below the surface

• Specially designed for tropical environments

• Built on a 100-lb. core

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

WF-7-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

15,6G

450 GR 10-12 WT

10,0M

WF-8-F/I

10,2M

32,0M

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

TOTAL LENGTH 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 22,7G

32,0M

29,1G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

• Specially designed for tropical environments

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

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

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FLY LIN

AIRCEL SHORT

AIRCEL

WETCEL

QUICK-LOADING FLOATING LINE

GENERAL-PURPOSE FLOATING

GENERAL-PURPOSE SINKING

• Weight-forward fly line with a welded loop on the front • Braided multifilament core • Short head desi gn with handling line delivers flies and short to medium range with extended line control • Over weighted by a full line size • Well suited for single-handed Spey casting • Based on Mastery SBT • Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

LINE WEIGHT WF-3-F

HEAD LENGTH 7,4M

TOTAL LENGTH 24,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* 7,8G

WF-4-F

7,4M

24,4M

9,0G

WF-5-F

7,4M

24,4M

10,4G

WF-6-F

7,4M

24,4M

12,0G

WF-7-F

7,4M

24,4M

13,6G

WF-8-F

7,4M

24,4M

15,5G

• 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

• 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

WF-5-F

12,2M

24,4M

9,0G

WF-6-S

8,4M

24,3M

10,4G

WF-6-F

12,2M

24,4M

10,4G

WF-7-S

8,4M

24,3M

12,0G

WF-7-F

12,2M

24,4M

12,0G

WF-8-S

8,4M

24,3M

13,6G

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 12,0G

DT-7-F

-

24,5M

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

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.

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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

25,9M

7,8G

WF-4-F

11,6M

26,0M

8,4G

25,9M

9,0G

WF-5-F

11,6M

26,0M

9,7G

LINE WEIGHT DT-3-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,8M

TOTAL LENGTH 25,9M

DT-4-F

10,4M

DT-5-F

10,4M

HEAD LENGTH 12,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 27,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,9G

WF-8-F

12,2M

27,4M

14,6G

WF-9-F

12,2M

27,4M

16,8G

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

*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

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TWO HANDED PREMIUM TWO-HANDED LINES AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

SA•ID

AST

ARP

Welded Loops

SONAR

Mastery Texture

Seamless Density

Whether you’re swinging tubeflies or riffling hitches, the SA Two-Handed lineup has exactly what you need. From our UST lines, designed and developed by Flyfish Eruope, to our Spey Lite, Freightliner Skagit and Deliverance Spey lines, we have both of your hands covered. SA Two-Handed lines feature the SA•ID line identification tool, our AST slickness additive, as well as welded loops for easy switchouts. Some even feature the textured Audible Reference point or our SONAR sinking technology. No matter what your two hands are fishing for, SA has the line that will get the job done.


AVAILABLE 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

15 CM/SEK (6 IPS)

SINK 6

18 CM/SEK (7 IPS)

SINK 7

20 CM/SEK (8 IPS)

SINK 8


SPEY

UST

ULTIMATE SCANDI TAPER

LEADER AND TIP RECOMMENDATIONS

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TI P

LINE RANGE

SONAR SALMON LEADER

UST TEXTURED TIPS

ANADROMOS / SALMON NYLON

USAGE NOTES

UST SD

X

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WORKS WELL WITH CONVENTIONAL AND SONAR LEADERS

UST SHORT

X

-

X

WORKS WELL WITH CONVENTIONAL AND SONAR LEADERS

UST

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CONVENTIONAL, TAPERED LEADERS ARE RECOMMENDED

UST EXPRESS SINK

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X

CONVENTIONAL, TAPERED LEADERS ARE RECOMMENDED

UST MULTI TIP

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THE UST TIP IS A MUST, SINCE THE UST MULTI TIP BELLY DOES NOT HAVE A FRONT TAPER OF ITS OWN

Loop-loop connection

UST SD

Sonar leader

UST Short WILLOW FLOAT

PALE GREEN HOVER

LIGHT BLUE INTERMEDIATE

DARK GREEN SINK 3

BUTT

10’

9’

8’

CHARCOAL SINK 6

FRONT TAPER

7’

6’

5’

4’

3’

TIP

2’

1’

0’

Loop-loop connection

UST

Anadromous or Salmon nylon leader

UST Express Sink

Loop-loop connection

UST Multi Tip

UST Textured Tips IVORY / OPTIC GREEN FLOATING

SURF / GREEN SINK 1 / SINK 2

GREEN / DARK GREEN SINK 2 / SINK 4

CHARCOAL / DARK BROWN SINK 3 SINK 5

BLACK SINK 7

SHOOTING TEXTURE

................... For more tips on how to pick the right line setup - check out our linesector tool at www.flyfisheurope.com ................... REAR TAPER

FRONT BELLY TAPER

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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

Flyfisheurope.com

Designed by Flyfish Europe

SEAMLESS DENSITY

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’

COLD COLD

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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UST EXPRESS SINK NEW

ULTIMATE SCANDI TAPER

UST EXPRESS SINK – ULTIMATE SCANDI TAPER: The fastest sinking fishfinders on the market – period! The UST Express Sink is a series of full sinking lines with weight / sink rates from 750grain-Sink 5 to 950grain-Sink 8. These lines are designed to allow the angler to dredge the fly in the deepest pools or slow down the swing in the fastest currents.

AST

SA•ID

WELDED LOOPS

MASTERY TEXTURE

SONAR

UST EXPRESS SINK FEATURES Flyfisheurope.com

+ Designed in conjunction with FFE specifically for the demands of European salmon anglers + Fastest sinking shooting heads on the market + Powerful taper turns over heavy flies with ease while maintaining a precise delivery of the fly + No hinging provides a straight-line connection to the fly + Shooting Texture allows the line to easily be lifted from the depths before the next cast + Vibrantly colored tracer aids in identifying the back of the head in low light + New and stronger loops

COLD COLD

MEDIUM MEDIUM

Designed and developed by Flyfish Europe

The solution for swollen rivers and the deepest pools. The heaviest artillery for the biggest salmon.

SINK RATE SINK5

Sink 5

Sink 8

SHOOTING TEXTURE

SHOOTING TEXTURE

30’ 186

FRONT TAPER 2

20’

10’

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0’

850

SINK5

11,2M 11,2M

750

SINK8

11,2M

850

SINK8

10,8M

950

ORANGE / BLACK

REAR TAPER

FRONT TAPER 1

GRAINWEIGHT 750

SINK8

ORANGE / GRAY

REAR TAPER

HEAD LENGTH 11,2M

30’

FRONT TAPER 2

20’

FRONT TAPER 1

10’

0’


SPEY UST SHORT DENSITY DENSITY SEAMLESS ULTIMATE SCANDI TAPERSEAMLESS - SHORT

SINGLE DENSITY SINGLE DENSITY

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

INTERMEDIATEINTERMEDIATE

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

FLOATING

SINGLE DENSITY SINGLE DENSITY

SEAMLESS DENSITY

2 SINK 5 FLOATING -SD- FLOATING -SD- SINK 5 2

SEAMLESS DENSITY

AST

WELDED

SINGLE DENSITY LOOPS

SINGLE DENSITY

COLD COLD

FLOATING

FLOATING FLOATING

FLOATING - SINK5 SD FLOATING -

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

SEAMLESS DENSITY

SINGLE DENSITY

INTERMEDIATE SINK5 5 SINK3 -3SINK7 SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 3SD- -SINK 7 3 -SD- SINK 7 SINK -SD- SINK SINK -SUPER GRAIN 3 SINK 750/850 3 FAST INTERMEDIATE FLOATING -5 FLOATING -SD- INTERMEDIATE SINK 2 FLOATING

- SINK 5

DOUBLE DENSITY DOUBLE DENSITY

SEAMLESS DENSITY

LENGTH 9,5M

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

7/8 SEAMLESS DENSITY

Designed by Flyfish Europe

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

INTERMEDIATE LINE INTERMEDIATE WEIGHT WEIGHT 6/7 26GR

INTERMEDIATEINTERMEDIATE

DOUBLE DENSITY DOUBLE DENSITY Flyfisheurope.com DENSITY FLOATING - SINGLE INTERMEDIATE FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

SEAMLESS DENSITY

MEDIUM MEDIUM

MASTERY SEAMLESS FLOATING -SD- SINK 3 DENSITY TEXTURE

SINGLE DENSITY

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

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

FLOATING -SD- SINK 2 SA•ID

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

DENSITY FLOATING - SINGLE INTERMEDIATE

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

LINE LINE INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 3 -SD- SINK 7 4SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK WEIGHT WEIGHT LENGTH 4 5 LENGTH - INTERMEDIATE SINK 3 WEIGHT FLOATING -SDWEIGHT FLOATING -7 2 DOUBLE 9,9M DENSITY 7/8 30GR 6/7 26GR 9,5M 8/9 34GR 10,3M 7/8 30GR 9,9M SINGLE DENSITY 34GR

9/10

38GR

10,7M

NEW 11/12

46GR

11,5M

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE 10/11 42GR 11,1M SD- SINK 7 3 -FAST SINK 5 8 7 3 -SD- SINK 8750/850 SINK 5 SUPER SINK GRAIN INTERMEDIATE

9/10 38GR 10,7M INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK FLOATING 4 INTERMEDIATE -SD 3 FLOATING SINK 4 - SINK 3 -SD--5SD 5 INTERMEDIATE -SD SINK 4 - SINK SINK 3 -SD--SD - SINK SINK - SINK 3 11,1M FLOATING 10/11 5 42GR 9/10 38GR 10,7M NEW 11/12 46GR 11,5M 10/11 42GR 11,1M 8/9

10,3M

SEAMLESS DENSITY

SINGLE DENSITY

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

LINE

WEIGHT 6/7 3 -SD- 26GR SINK 7 SINK 7/8 30GR

LENGTH 9,5M

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

9,9M 10,3M

9/10

38GR

10,7M

10/11

42GR

11,1M

SINK 5 -SD- SINK 6

SEAMLESS DENSITY

DOUBLE DENSITY

10/11

42GR

8/9 34GR SEAMLESS DENSITY 10,3M 11,1M

FLOATING - SINK3 4 SINK 3 -SD- SINK FLOATING -SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD- 3SINK 3 LINE

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

26GR

9,5M

7/8

30GR

9,9M

8/9

34GR

10,3M

INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 3 9/10 38GR-SD- SINK 10,7M 5 INTERMEDIATE 42GR

11,1M

NEW 11/12

SINGLE DENSITY FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

46GR

11,1M

11,1M

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

11,5M

SINK5 SINK8 SINK- 5 -SD- SINK 6 3 5 -SD- SINK 78 SINK

INTERMEDIATE

SEAMLESS DENSITY

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

42GR

34GR 9/10 38GR SD SD-- SINK SDFAST SINK 5 --SD 7- SINKSINK SINK 8 6 SINK 5 -10,7M SINK 4 25 10,3M 8 750/850 SINK 3 -SD---SD 5 - SINK 8 SINK 3 -SD- SINK SINK GRAIN 7 7 7 3 -SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD INTERMEDIATE -SD - SINK 4 SD--SINK 5SUPER SINK 3 -SD-5SINKFLOATING SINK SINK FLOATING FLOATING 9/10 38GR 10,7M 10/11 42GR 11,1M DOUBLE DENSITY

FLOATING 3 FLOATING -SD- SINK

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

10/11

10/11

34GR 10,3M SINGLE DENSITY

8/9

SINK 5 -SD- SINK 8

42GR

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

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

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

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

10/11

8/9

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

LINE LINE 5LENGTH -SD3 INTERMEDIATE -SD750/850 - SINK 7 GRAIN SD - SINK 5- SINK 6 INTERMEDIATE -SD 4 - SINK SINK 3 -SD- SINK SUPER FAST SINK INTERMEDIATE -SD - SINK 3LENGTH FLOATING -SD WEIGHT WEIGHT WEIGHT -4SINKSINK 4INTERMEDIATE SINK 3 -SDWEIGHT 6/7 26GR 9,5M 7/8 30GR 9,9M 7/8 30GR SEAMLESS DENSITY 9,9M

DOUBLE DENSITY

SINK5 SINK6 5 6 75 --SD SD-- SINK SINK SINK 8 6 8 SINK- 7 -SD- SINK

- SINK 5

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

SINK 5 FLOATING -SD-WEIGHT

FLOATING

DOUBLE DENSITY SINGLE DENSITY

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE LINE LINE LINE FLOATING -SD- WEIGHT SINK FLOATING - SD SINK-SD 7 - SINK SINK 3 -SDWEIGHT WEIGHT SD- SINK 8 WEIGHT LENGTH - SINKSUPER 5 - SINK SINK 7 -LENGTH INTERMEDIATE -SD SINK 7 SINK 750/850 6 4 23 -SDWEIGHT - SINK 8 5 SINK 5 -SDWEIGHT SINK INTERMEDIATE 4 3 -SD- SINK FAST GRAIN 5 LENGTH FLOATING - - SINK INTERMEDIATE 9/10 38GR 10,7M 6/7 26GR 9,5M 8/9 34GR 10,3M 10/11 42GR 11,1M 7/8 30GR 9,9M 9/10 38GR 10,7M

SINGLE DENSITY

8/9

34GR

10,3M

10/11

42GR

11,1M

10/11

42GR

11,1M

SINK 5 -SD- SINK-SD 6 - SINK FLOATING INTERMEDIATE 35 SINK -750/850 SINK 5 33GRAIN SINK 3 -SD-SD SINK -SD- SINK 4SINK 3 -SD- SINK 7 SD--SINK FLOATING SINK INTERMEDIATE -SUPER FAST 9/10 38GR 10,7M

NEW 11/12

DOUBLE DENSITY

46GR

11,5M

INTERMEDIATE 8 5 -SD- SINK 8 SINK 7 -SD- SINK SINK

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE SINK7 - SINK8 SUPER FAST SINK GRAIN 8 SINK750/850 7 -SD- SINK SINK 5 -SD- SINK 6

INTERMEDIATE --SD SINK4 8 - SINK SINK 5 -SD- SINK - SINK FLOATING -SDSINK3 INTERMEDIATE 4 SINK-53SINK5 -SD- SINK 5 INTERMEDIATEINTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 7

DOUBLE DENSITY

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE LINE SD- SINK 3 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

9,9M

9/10 38GR SD 10,7M 9/10 SD- SINK 6 INTERMEDIATE -SD - SINK 4 38GRSINK 5 -10,7M INTERMEDIATE - - SINK 7 3DENSITY -SD- SINK 7 10/11 3 -SD-42GR 11,1M 10/11 42GR SINK 711,1M SINKSINK 5 -SD- SINK 8 SINK DOUBLE NEW 11/12

46GR

11,5M

LINE WEIGHT

WEIGHT

DOUBLE DENSITY 7/8 30GR

LENGTH 9,9M

8/9 10,3M FLOATING -34GR INTERMEDIATE 9/10

38GR

10,7M

10/11

42GR

11,1M

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 4 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 7 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 5 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 density change, which could lead to unnecessary hinge points while casting and unwanted drag SINK 3 -SD - SINK 7 INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK 5 - SINK 8 see is the SINK 7 -SDWhat SINK 3 -SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE -SDsinks SINK 5 -SD - SINK SINK 6 while in the water, we gradually mixed densities, which5resulted in a head which as7well as it casts. you result of- hours of designing, 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 SINK 5 -SD- SINK 8 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 5 SINK 7 -SD- SINK 8 FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019 187 SINK 3 -SD- SINK 4

SINK 5 -SD- SINK 8


SPEY

BAMBOO FLOAT TIP

FLOATING BELLY

INTERMEDIATE BELLY

LEAF GREEN INTERMEDIATE TIP

GREEN / DARK GREEN SINK 2 / SINK 4 TIP

SHOOTING TEXTURE BELLY

UST MULTI-TIP KIT

BLACK SINK 7 TIP

SHOOTING TEXTURE TIP

Multi-Tip Shooting Head System •

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

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

Kit comes with 4 Textured Tips: Floating, Intermediate, Sink2/ Sink4, Sink7

Flyfisheurope.com

Designed by Flyfish Europe

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.

LINE WEIGHT BELLY 7/8 8/9 9/10 10/11

20’

WEIGHT LENGTH INCL. INCL. TIP TIP FRONT TIP BELLY FRONT 34G/520GRAIN 9,5M/31.2’ TAPER TAPER 10,3M/33.8’ TIP TAPER 38G/590GRAIN 41G/630GRAIN 11,2M/36.7’TIP 45G/700GRAIN 12,2M/40.0’

10’

0’

10’

0’

UST MULTI TIP BELLY INTERMEDIATE For refined presentation just below the surface

NEW

Designed in conjunction with Flyfish Europe specifically for the demands of European salmon and sea trout anglers

Powerful shooting head designed for interchangeable tips

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

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

LINE WEIGHT

WEIGHT INCL. TIP

LENGTH INCL. TIP

7/8

34G/520GRAIN

9,5M/31.2’

8/9

38G/590GRAIN

10,3M/33.8’

9/10

41G/630GRAIN

11,2M/36.7’

10/11

45G/700GRAIN

12,2M/40.0’

Flyfisheurope.com

Designed by Flyfish Europe

UST TEXTURED TIP

IVORY / OPTIC GREEN FLOATING

A selection that lets you pin-point the fishing depth •

NEW • • •

The world’s first tapered, textured multi-density Spey REAR Tips TAPER Shooting Texturing reduces friction, allowing for easier pick-ups of sinking tips Tapered design aids in turning over flies at any distance Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

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SURF / GREEN SINK 1 / SINK 2

GREEN / DARK GREEN SINK 2 / SINK 4

CHARCOAL / DARK BROWN SINK 3 SINK 5

BLACK SINK 7

SHOOTING TEXTURE

FRONT BELLY TAPER

10’

TIP

0’

LENGTH 8’ 8’ 8’ 8’ 8’ 8’ 10’ 10’ 10’ 10’ 10’ 10’

DENSITY FLOAT INT INT/S2 S2/S4 S3/S5 S7 FLOAT INT INT/S2 S2/S4 S3/S5 S7

GRAIN WEIGHT 80 80 80 80 80 80 120 120 120 120 120 120

LENGTH 12’ 12’ 12’ 12’ 12’ 12’ 15’ 15’ 15’ 15’ 15’ 15’

DENSITY FLOAT INT INT/S2 S2/S4 S3/S5 S7 FLOAT INT INT/S2 S2/S4 S3/S5 S7

GRAIN WEIGHT 160 160 160 160 160 160 180 180 180 180 180 180

LENGTH 15’ 15’ 15’ 15’ 15’

DENSITY FLOAT INT/S2 S2/S4 S3/S5 S7

GRAIN WEIGHT 200 200 200 200 200


SPEY SPEY LITE INTEGRATED SKAGIT Integrated Light Skagit Line • Ultra-short head for turning over heavy tips with light two-handed rods • Integrated, one-piece floating line reduces hinging on casts and eliminates loop-to-loop connection • Tip recommendations: • 150-210 grains - SONAR leaders • 240-300 grains - 8’ TC Tips • 330-360 grains - 8’ or 10’ TC Tips • Also works with single-handed rods • Braided multifilament core

NEW NEW

HEAD WEIGHT LENGTH 150 GRAIN 3,4M 180 GRAIN 3,4M 210 GRAIN 3,7M 240 GRAIN 4,0M 270 GRAIN 4,3M 300 GRAIN 4,7M 330 GRAIN 5,2M 360 GRAIN 5,5M 390 GRAIN 5,9M 420 GRAIN 6,4M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M 30,5M 30,5M 30,5M 30,5M 30,5M 30,5M 30,5M 30,5M 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,7G 11,7G 13,6G 15,6G 17,5G 19,4G 21,4G 23,3G 25,3G 27,2G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

SPEY LITE INTEGRATED SKAGIT - INT Intermediate Integrated Light Skagit Line

NEW

• Ultra-short head for turning over heavy tips and large, weighted flies with light two-handed rods • Integrated floating line reduces hinging on casts and eliminates loop-to-loop connection; also allows you to strip to the sink-tip connection to increase chances of hooking followers • Ultra-short head length works well for casting with limited room behind you • Floating running line with intermediate sink head • Tip recommendations: 150-210 grains - SONAR leaders 240-300 grains - 8’ UST Tips 330-420 grains - 8’ or 10’ UST Tips • Also works with single-handed rods • Braided multifilament core; for use in moderate and cold climates

WEIGHT 150 GRAIN 180 GRAIN 210 GRAIN 240 GRAIN 270 GRAIN 300 GRAIN 330 GRAIN 360 GRAIN 390 GRAIN 420 GRAIN

HEAD LENGTH 3,4M 3,4M 3,7M 4,0M 4,3M 4,7M 5,2M 5,5M 5,9M 6,4M

TOTAL GRAM LENGTH WEIGHT* 30,5M 9,7G 30,5M 11,6G 30,5M 13,6G 30,5M 15,6G 30,5M 17,6G 30,5M 19,4G 30,5M 21,4G 30,5M 23,4G 30,5M 25,4G 30,5M 27,2G *Full head weight

SPEY LITE SKAGIT HEAD Light Skagit Head • Ultra-short head for turning over heavy tips with light two-handed rods • Tip recommendations: • 150-210 grains - SONAR leaders • 240-300 grains - 8’ TC Tips • 330-360 grains - 8’ or 10’ TC Tips • Lines can be used with single-handed rods as well

NEW NEW

WEIGHT 150 GRAIN 180 GRAIN 210 GRAIN 240 GRAIN 270 GRAIN 300 GRAIN 330 GRAIN 360 GRAIN 390 GRAIN 4200 GRAIN

HEAD LENGTH 3,4M 3,4M 3,7M 4,0M 4,3M 4,7M 5,2M 5,5M 5,9M 6,4M

GRAM WEIGHT 9,7G 11,7G 13,6G 15,6G 17,5G 19,4G 21,4G 23,3G 25,3G 27,2G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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switch & SKAGIT SPEY LITE SKAGIT INTERMEDIATE HEAD Intermediate Light Skagit Head

NEW

• Ultra-short head for turning over heavy tips and large, weighted flies with light two-handed rods • Standalone head designed to be used with shooting line; ideal for trout Spey applications as well as light steelhead and bass • Ultra-short head length works well for casting with limited room behind you • Tip recommendations: 150-210 grains - SONAR leaders 240-300 grains - 8’ UST Tips 330-420 grains - 8’ or 10’ UST Tips • Sink Rate: Intermediate = 1.25 ips • Also works with single-handed rods

WEIGHT 150 GRAIN

HEAD LENGTH 3,4M

GRAM WEIGHT 9,7G

180 GRAIN

3,4M

11,6G

210 GRAIN

3,7M

13,6G

240 GRAIN

4,0M

15,6G

270 GRAIN

4,3M

17,6G

300 GRAIN

4,7M

19,4G

330 GRAIN

5.2M

21,4G

360 GRAIN

5.5M

23,4G

390 GRAIN

5.9M

25,4G

420 GRAIN

6.4M

27,2G *Full head weight

• For use in moderate and cold climates • Braided multifilament core

SPEY LITE INTEGRATED SCANDI Integrated Light Scandi Line

• Short head for quick casts and line control • Integrated, one-piece floating line reduces hinging on casts and eliminates loop-to-loop connection • Excellent line for swinging streamers and can be used as a dry-fly line with long leaders • Designed for shorter two-handed rods; also works with single-handed rods • Braided multifilament core

HEAD WEIGHT LENGTH 150 GRAIN 6,1M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT 9,7G

180 GRAIN

6,1M

30,5M

11,7G

210 GRAIN

6,4M

30,5M

13,6G

240 GRAIN

6,7M

30,5M

15,6G

270 GRAIN

7,0M

30,5M

17,5G

300 GRAIN

7,3M

30,5M

19,4G

330 GRAIN

7,6M

30,5M

21,4G

360 GRAIN

7,6M

30,5M

23,3G

NEW 390 GRAIN

8,2M

30,5M

25,3

NEW 420 GRAIN

8,2M

30,5M

27,2

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

SPEY LITE SCANDI HEAD Light Scandi Presentation Head

NEW

• Short head for quick casts and line control • Excellent line for swinging soft hackles, light streamers, and can be used as a dry-fly line with long leaders • Longer front taper for lighter, softer presentations • Designed for use with a shooting line on shorter two-handed rods and single-handed rods • Braided multifilament core; for use in moderate and cold climates

WEIGHT 150 GRAIN

HEAD LENGTH 6,1M

GRAM WEIGHT 9,7G

180 GRAIN

6,1M

11,7G

210 GRAIN

6,4M

13,6G

240 GRAIN

6,7M

15,6G

270 GRAIN

7,0M

17,5G

300 GRAIN

7,3M

19,4G

330 GRAIN

7,6M

21,4G

360 GRAIN

7,6M

23,3G

390 GRAIN

8,2M

25,3G

420 GRAIN

8,2M

27,2G

*Full head weight

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Shooting Lines ULTIMATE SHOOTING LINE Braided Multifilament-Core Shooting Line - Designed for Europe • Large front loop for quick changes (20cm) • Freshwater and saltwater floating shooting lines • For exceptional casting distance • Minimal friction gives high speed shooting • 3,7m handling section • Braided multifilament 25lb core • Low stiffness • Designed by Flyfish Europe in Designed by Flyfish Europe cooperation with Scientific Anglers

SIZE

DIAM.

TOTAL LENGTH FT

TOTAL LENGTH M

0,30’’/0,75MM

0.030”

100.0’

33,0M

0,38’’/0,97MM

0.038”

100.0’

33,0M

TYPE

DIAM.

TOTAL LENGTH FT

TOTAL LENGTH M

IVORY 45LB

0,62MM

196.0’

60,0M

GREEN 50LB

0,68MM

196.0’

60,0M

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ULTIMATE RUNNING LINE Super Slick Shooting Line This Super slick silicone/oil double coated mono shooting line has extremely low coefficient of friction for ultimate distance casting. This shooting line is totally round and solid with a density close to water. It makes this float higher then other mono lines. It stretches easily even in cold conditions and has high breaking strength for its diameter.

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THIS IS NOT A SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS PRODUCT. DESIGNED BY FFE AND MANUFACTURED AND PRODUCED IN JAPAN, EXCLUSIVELY FOR FFE.

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YELLOW 70LB 0,75MM

196.0’

60,0M

ORANGE 80LB 0,78MM

196.0’

60,0M

60 meters 2 in 1 Individual packages Super slick double coated mono Totaly round mono line Solid monofilament core High breaking strength Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

TEXTURED SHOOTING LINE

OPTIC GREEN / CHARTREUSE .032” - 20-LB.

SHOOTING TEXTURE

ORANGE / YELLOW .035” - 25-LB.

The Ultimate in Long-Distance Casting

NEW

RUNNING LINE

120’

110’

100’

90’

HANDLING LINE

80’

70’

60’

50’

40’

30’

20’

• Large 8-inch loop for quick shooting head changes

10’

• Shooting Texture delivers longer casts without abrasion

SIZE

DIAM.

TOTAL LENGTH

• Braided multifilament core with hard PVC coating

20 LB

0,81MM

36,6M

25 LB

0,89MM

36,6M

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Shooting TAPERS

VOLANTIS SHOOTING TAPER Designed for streamer fishing and long casts • Compact and powerful shooting head for predator species

NEW

• Load rods quickly with minimal false casts

LINE WEIGHT ST-5-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,4M

ST-6-F

9,4M

16,0G

ST-7-F

9,4M

18,0G

ST-8-F

9,4M

20,0G

ST-5-I

9,4M

14,0G

ST-6-I

9,4M

16,0G

ST-7-I

9,4M

18,0G

ST-8-I

9,4M

20,0G

• Cuts through the wind with ease, and turns over all types of flies • Vibrantly colored tracer aids in identifying the back of the head at distance or in low light • Braided multifilament core, stays supple in cold conditions • Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

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The go-to shooting taper for coastal seatrout, no matter the weather conditions.

ORANGE / DEEP BLUE

REAR TAPER

30’

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BELLY

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FRONT TAPER

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ORANGE / SKY BLUE

REAR TAPER

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30’

BELLY

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FRONT TAPER

10’

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HEAD WEIGHT 14,0G


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Seatrout

The Future of a Stepmotherly Treated Species Tor Inge Dolve

Rasmus Ovesen / Redd Villaksen

Reddvillaksen is a Norwegian non-profit organization based on voluntary work. The name, “Reddvillaksen”, translates into “Save the Wild Salmon”, and - in addition to shedding light on the difficulties that salmon and seatrout are faced with, Reddvillaksen also provides direct economic support for various projects aimed at improving the habitats and living conditions for both salmon and sea trout. The ladder have been stepmotherly treated in Norway for far too long…

Over the years, numerous small creeks here in Norway

have been vandalized by farmers and land owners. They’ve been subjected to sewage discharge, road- and railway constructions, and culverts. Furthermore, many of them have suffered from the construction of artificial smolt facilities and fish farms that have prevented seatrout from accessing valuable spawning grounds upstream. In order to bring back healthy seatrout stocks, local volunteers have recently started systematically removing man-made migration obstacles, recreating living habitats for the fingelings and spawning grounds for the adult fish. Reddvillaksen provides economic support for a number of the bigger projects. In many cases, modest economic support has enabled local organizations and volunteers 194

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to succeed. Other projects are more comprehensive and therefore require additional support from local fishing authorities, municipalities etc. Norwegian seatrout stocks are compromised by three major challenges. They are faced with imminent dangers out to sea caused by marine industrialization. They are faced with barriers that prevent them from reaching their spawning grounds, and they are reproductively challenged due to historical habitat quality diminishments. Perils at sea Figure 1 shows the mortality rate for migrating salmon smolt in Norway. For some rivers, the mortality rate is as high as 80% and more. For seatrout smolt, the situation is


even worse. Living in coastal regions close to a “sea lice factory”, a salmon farm, causes extremely high mortality rates. Reddvillaksen is steadfast in demanding a shift from open- to closed fish farm containments, since it will not only eliminate the sea lice problem but also reduce pollution in the sea. Reddvillaksen has donated considerable funds towards documenting the effects of sea lice on seatrout smolt during the winter months in Sognefjorden, an extremely important area for huge seatrout. By now, it’ been well-documented that sea lice epidemics in salmon fars are the root cause of the high mortality rates among seatrout, not only in this area – but in all fish farming areas across Norway. Freshwater obstacles The seatrout prefer to spawn in smaller creeks, brooks and tributaries. Many of them, however, are suffering massively from manmade obstacles like culverts introduced in connection with road/railway construction work. They prevent the fish from migrating further upstream to the valuable spawning grounds there. Furthermore, the culverts easily get jammed, and they can affect the water levels quite dramatically – and this can negatively impact the survival rates of the seatrout fry. Luckily, this is an arena where lots can be done with fairly little effort, since oftentimes culverts can be quite easily removed or adjusted to allow passage and free waterflow. Habitat quality Habitat quality is key when it comes to the survival of juvenile seatrout. They need free-flowing, oxygen-rich water and a good variety of hiding places. Unfortunately, considerable numbers of creeks across Norway have been heavily modified. Many of them have been channelized, and the

shading buffer zones along the banks with trees and bushes have been either partically or completely removed. The result is that formerly valuable and important nursery areas have been ruined. What was once living and breathing ecological interactions between water, vegetation, light and aquatic life have been turned deserts - principally useless for all aquaticand other life.

Habitat quality is key when it comes to the survival of juvenile seatrout.

What can be done? Through research-based knowledge and simple practical means it is possible to enhance the production of fingerlings, smolt and returning seatrout considerably. All Norwegian waters, that hold stock of anadrome fish, are regulated by a number of protective laws today. The local environmental authorities are in charge and must be contacted for planning purposes and permissions before any projects are carried out. In some cases, the local authorities can impose on the landowners to restore vandalized creeks to their previous form - if the habitat manipulation has taken place without the necessary permisssions. (And this is oftentimes the case).

Reddvillaksen contributes economic support for wellorganized restoration projects and sponsors gravel that helps improve- and generate new spawning habitat. An instructional folder was recently put forward to guide local initiators on how to proceed when doing restoration- and enhancement work in their local creeks and streams. When done correctly, the positive effects are often very immediate. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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When fields are plowed too close to the rivers, the banks will collapse. Here, rocks have been planted to help prevent further erosion. Below/left: A river stripped by the landowner of bank growth. It robs the juvenile seatrout of important shelter from predators.

Electrode fishing is an important part of the river restoration evaluation process.

Three 2019-projects supported by Reddvillaksen and Flyfish Europe. 1.In the Sandefjord area, in the southeastern part of Norway, the Sandefjord Management Council for Anadome Salmonids is implementing river improvement measures in the creeks Haslebekken, Istrebekken and Virikbekken. Akvaplan Niva is the professional coordinator for the project. 2.Volunteers from the Arendal Fishing and Hunting organization are constructing a fish ladder enabling salmon and seatrout to bypass a dam in order to make use of valuable spawning- and living habitats on the upper river, Lilleelv. The project is ongoing, but there were already fish in place last autumn, the first in MANY years. 196

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3.The Stjordal River owners organization have put forward a complete action plan for the river. Recently, they started to work with diverting side channels of the main river to create better habitat for fingerlings and improved spawning areas for fully-grown seatrout. Typically, most projects are executed as joint ventures between different governmental environment agencies, professional experts, river owners, schools and local voluntary enthusiasts. And Reddvillaksen helps fund, lobby and organize. Most projects are divided into three different phases: First, a planning- and progress phase involving extensive use of professional expertise and consultancy assistance aimed at mapping out the present- versus the historical available area, the ecologic status (fish and aquatic life/insects) and the


Passionate volunteer workers provide the backbone of all river restoration work - and Redd Villaksen and Flyfish Europe help finance and coordinate this important work. Below/right: A Healthy spawning creek with hiding rocks, sheltering bank growth and spawning gravel.

Gravel is an extremely important feature in a productive seatrout habitat.

present production of fish versus the historic. The second phase is the implementation phase where direct means such as obstacle removal, buffer and vegetation zone facilitation, gravel deposits, and historic migration route reopenings are important aspects of the agenda. The third and final phase is the evaluation phase where the results are checked. For instance, have the number of fish increased or decreased? How many spawning redds can be observed and are there differences in the average size of the fish?

Finally, from all of us here at Reddvillaksen: A great thank you to FFE. Your generous financial contributions throughout the years have enabled Reddvillaksen to support the above-mentioned and other projects. For more info and inspiration on how to do river restoration work and fish stock management, be sure to check out the Danish seatrout conservation efforts coordinated in the auspices of Fishing Zealand and the Danish Gravel Gang: http://fishingzealand.dk/grusbanden/

We encourage everyone to learn more about Reddvillaksen (www.reddvillaksen), to get organized and to join in on the volunteer work that is being done all across Europe. As fly fishermen, we all share in the responsibility for the well-being of our rivers and their precious trout and salmon stocks. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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Leave Nothing to Chance THE MCLEAN STORY 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´s fish-friendly nets are tough and functional to ensure long lasting service for the beginner, experienced angler, or professional guide.

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RUBBER

KNOTLESS NYLON

MICRO MESH

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

Quality nets you can count on MA-R707

SALTWATER WEIGH AND MEASURE NET

Saltwater landing net for the giants of the sea. Features an in-built 23kg weight and an accurate measure scale (inches /or cm), to determine legal catch size/slot limits. Calibrated weighing mechanism, to weigh trophy catches. Built lightweight but tough. Carry strap option. Retractable handle for stowage. MODEL MA-R703

EXT. LENGTH 144CM

FOLDED LENGTH 90CM

NET OPENING 52X45CM

NET DEPTH 65CM

WEIGHT SCALE 13,5KG

MA-R706

166CM

104CM

MA-R707

202CM

121CM

60X50CM

80CM

23,0KG

84X70CM

100CM

23,0KG

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.

R = Rubber

MA-R140

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

FOLDED LENGTH 104CM

NET OPENING 60X50CM

NET DEPTH 92CM

WEIGHT SCALE 23,0KG

MA-R140

166CM

104CM

60X50CM

80CM

23,0KG

R = Rubber

MA-R141

SALMON WEIGH NET

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. MODEL MA-141

EXT. LENGTH 202CM

FOLDED LENGTH 121CM

NET OPENING 84X70CM

NET DEPTH 106CM

WEIGHT SCALE 23,0KG

MA-R141

202CM

121CM

84X70CM

100CM

23,0KG

R = Rubber

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SHORT HANDLE WEIGH NET

These robust corrosion-resistant nets has been developed with the aim to land and weigh your fish on the simplest way without hurting your catch. The weighing scale is conveniently built in the handle.

MA-110

MA-111

MA-112

MA-113

MODEL MA-114

EXT. LENGTH 63CM

FOLDED LENGTH -

NET OPENING 43X33CM

NET DEPTH 68CM

WEIGHT SCALE 3,0KG

MA-R114

63CM

-

43X33CM

58CM

3,0KG

MA-112

55CM

-

35X24CM

58CM

6,5KG

MA-M112

55CM

-

35X24CM

42CM

6,5KG

MA-R112

55CM

-

35X24CM

38CM

6,5KG

MA-111

63CM

-

43X33CM

68CM

6,5KG

MA-M111

63CM

-

43X33CM

52CM

6,5KG

MA-R111

63CM

-

43X33CM

58CM

6,5KG

MA-110

71CM

-

51X41CM

68CM

6,5KG

MA-M110

71CM

-

51X41CM

52CM

6,5KG

MA-R110

71CM

-

51X41CM

60CM

6,5KG

MA-113

75CM

-

51X41CM

68CM

13,5KG

MA-M113

75CM

-

51X41CM

52CM

13,5KG

MA-R113

75CM

-

51X41CM

60CM

13,5KG

M = Micro Mesh – R = Rubber

BRONZE SERIES - FIXED Fixed frame net. Knotless mesh, micro mesh or rubber options.

MA-601

MA-602

MA-603

MODEL MA-603

EXT. LENGTH 53CM

FOLDED LENGTH -

NET OPENING 35X25CM

NET DEPTH 58CM

WEIGHT SCALE -

MA-M603

53CM

-

MA-R603

53CM

-

35X25CM

42CM

-

35X25CM

38CM

MA-602

62CM

-

-

43X33CM

68CM

MA-M602

-

62CM

-

43X33CM

52CM

-

MA-R602

62CM

-

43X33CM

58CM

-

MA-601

70CM

-

51X40CM

68CM

-

MA-M601

70CM

-

51X40CM

52CM

-

MA-R601

70CM

-

51X40CM

60CM

-

MA-R422

86CM

-

47X55CM

65CM

-

M = Micro Mesh - R = Rubber

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

MA-610

200

MA-611

MODEL MA-611

EXT. LENGTH 53CM

FOLDED LENGTH -

NET OPENING 35X25CM

NET DEPTH 58CM

WEIGHT SCALE -

MA-610

71CM

-

43X33CM

58CM

-

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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

M = Micro Mesh

LARGE FIXED LANDING NET

MA-R420

For salmon an seatrout in rivers. Reatractable telescopic handle extends overall length. Supplied with adjustable carry strap. Rubber netbag. Soft woven knotless mesh option. MODEL MA-420 MA-R420

EXT. LENGTH 163CM 163CM

FOLDED LENGTH 100CM 100CM

NET OPENING 60X50CM 60X50CM

NET DEPTH 92CM 80CM

WEIGHT SCALE -

MA-421

200CM

114CM

84X70CM

106CM

-

R = Rubber

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

EXT. LENGTH 85CM

FOLDED LENGTH -

NET OPENING 42X38CM

NET DEPTH 58CM

WEIGHT SCALE -

MA-R702

R = Rubber

MA-300

OPTIONAL CARRYING SCABBARD

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

MA-A001

MAGNETIC NET RELEASE

For safely storing your net in, for instance a jacket or vest D-ring

MA-A002

LEASH RECOIL

Clever clip-on leash with recoil wire to ensure that you’ll never lose your net.

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FLY TYING

FLUORESCING FOR THE WIN Brett Zundel

Andrew Miller

Fluorescent fly tying materials have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and when used correctly they can help your flies attract the kind of attention they deserve.

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ost of the time tying flies and fishing isn’t too complicated. At their core, fly tying is the art of disguising a hook as food, and fly fishing is the art of presenting that food in an enticing manner.

Water absorbs and scatters sunlight, causing light to attenuate (or diminish). This shouldn’t be news to anyone who has swam more than a few feet under water and noticed that it gets darker the deeper one swims.

Things get a little complicated, however, once we start considering what fish can actually see underwater, and what flies look like once they leave the fly box and start to sink.

As soon as a fly begins to sink it is exposed to a host of factors that make it difficult for a fish to see. Water depth, turbidity, distance and low light are all killers of underwater visibility, especially in distinguishing color.

No, fishing isn’t rocket science, but when the characteristics, property and behavior of light get involved it feels like you’re getting awfully close. We don’t want to make anything more complicated than it has to be, but in order to understand the benefits of using a fluorescing resin or cement, it helps to understand a little bit about what happens to light underwater and how it effects flies as they sink. 202

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Even the brightest of hot spots can appear grey to fish at depths as shallow as a few feet. For the angler, this means that the deeper a fly sinks, the less visible it is. That means that what we see in our fly box may look drastically different once it is in water, especially to fish that can detect different wavelengths of light than we can.


Fluorescing materials absorb short wavelength light and emit light at a longer wavelength.

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luorescing materials absorb short wavelength light and emit light at a longer wavelength. In other words, they absorb UV light, which is more readily available underwater, and emit a color that is more visible to all species of fish. Rigging up for steelhead in Northern California There are a lot of ways to use a fluorescing cement or resin. Because these products go on clear and look identical to their non-fluorescing counterparts in normal lighting circumstances, they can be used in any application that a traditional cement or UV curing resin would be. The benefit, of course, is that where traditional resins will disappear with the rest of a fly as it sinks, a fluorescing resin will make it more visible.

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Especially in the wee hours of tthe morning and again in the evening, fluorescing flies can make a difference. The same goes for overcast days, or when fishing deep or murky water.

hironomids are a perfect example. The pattern can be as simple as thread, a wire ribbing and a bead; but adding some UV resin as either a coating for the body or a wing case improves durability

and can make these still-water staples sing. What we have found is that a fluorescing resin takes these flies to a different level in terms of productivity. Curtis Fry (of Fly Fish Food fame) had this story to tell: “So we’re fishing a lake here one evening last week and the chironomids were hatching pretty good and fish were coming up taking pupa. Because of that, Cheech (my fishing buddy) of course throws on a streamer. But I got all nerdy, took some bugs off the water, took some throat samples, matched the hatch, tied on a couple of UV buzzer patterns and started catching fish like a boss”. “Cheech and our other buddy finally caved and tied on chironomids, … but the only thing different in the scenario there was that I was fishing all patterns I had coated with the Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish”. “We used relatively similar sizes and colors of patterns, but FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2019

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Searching for some fishable water in Central Oregon

Darkness compromises the fish’s ability to notice flies...

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the resin was the only big difference. And we’re talking a pretty huge difference. I think we’re talking 10 to 1 type numbers or maybe even more”. “So yeah, pretty cool stuff. No doubt that’s my staple on chironomids now.”

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aitfish imitations are another pattern whose performance seems to significantly improve with the addition of a fluorescing agent. Brita Fordice is a fly designer, guide, and as solid of an angler as you’ll find when it comes to fishing the salt near her home in the Pacific Northwest. Her specialty is chasing fish in the Puget Sound, and she’s found that Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish has improved the performance of her patterns. “I believe that it works better than any other resin for Puget Sound baitfish heads. In the clear/green hue water the light penetrates just deep enough to light up the heads and allows fish to see them better. I’ve also fallen in love with using them for shrimp in saltwater. I coat the back of my shrimp to make them look about as realistic as the real thing”. “I definitely get more hits with this stuff.”

The light penetrates just deep enough to light up the heads and allows fish to see the flies better

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f sending nymphs through shallow riffles, the effects of a fluorescing resin might not be as noticeable as probing slower, deeper pools. In these circumstances the addition of a fluorescing agent could be more important than fretting about the color, size or shape of the pattern. Especially if the water is off-color at all, the deeper these nymphs sink the more darkness compromises a fish’s ability to notice flies, even if it is the same pattern that has been catching fish in shallower water. The bottom line is this: in fresh water and salt water, in still water and moving water, adding a fluorescing component to your flies can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of those patterns.

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New 2019

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ERGO HACKLE PLIER

The indispensable hackle plier receives a makeover. The smooth jaws are sized with versatility in mind, and the round shape allows for smooth palmering.

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ERGO COMB

The solution to unruly materials at the vise or mangled streamers on the water. The ergonomic powder coated tool is comfortable in hand, and the stainless steel shaft and teeth make quick work of messy flies.

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ERGO SQUEEZER TWEEZER

An oversized tweezer that does everything from picking up hooks and beads, retaining materials for even the largest dubbing loops/composite loops, and holding materials for dubbing brushes.

ROGUE MITTEN QUICKDRAW FORCEPS The ultimate mitten clamp, thoughtfully designed from the tips to the jaws to the handle. Oversized thumb and finger holes accommodate large or gloved hands, and the compact cutting surface easily clips light or heavy leader.


fishing with a conscienceTM Every angler puts a lot of thought into what he or she brings to the water. We believe it is equally important to think about what is left there. That is what fishing with a conscience is all about; ascribing value to the health of the water we fish. We develop our products with these values in mind: making sure they are safe for fish, fisheries, and fishermen, without ever compromising quality or performance. By offering reusable and biodegradable weights and indicators we make sure lost tackle doesn’t harm wildlife. Our floatants, sinkets and cleaners are solvent-free and consist of water-soluble components that perform without polluting the water. And our tying paints, cements and wax are non-toxic and odorless, to keep tying benches free from harmful fumes. We will continue to develop products that help anglers protect the water they love while they are doing what they love. Our products will always allow anglers to fish with a (clear) conscience.

See the full product range at: www.flyfisheurope.com

CAMO DROPS

These non-toxic, tin weights are coated with a durable matte finish that both adds to longevity and keeps the weight from sliding on the line. The natural colors and subtle mottled texture won’t scare spooky fish the way that glossy weights will.

BLACK DROPS

The double-cut design makes these weights easily adjustable and truly re-usable, as they don’t require a special tool to open them and remove them from leader.

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Scott Fly Rod Company

In Conversation with Jim Bartschi

Jim Bartschi comes from a family of anglers - mostly out of Montana. He spent his childhood summers there hiking and fly fishing with his grandparents, parents and cousins. And as soon as he could drive a car, he was heading to his home rivers in Northern California to fish for trout and steelhead.

At what point in time did you get involved in fly rod design and why? I got involved with rod design working with Harry Wilson and Larry Kenney at Scott Fly Rods. There really isn’t many other ways, than having your foot in the door of a rod company. You’re now the president of Scott Fly Rod Company. How did you end up where you are today and why? Many years of hard work. It started out as a part time job in college I was happy to have. Because it was a fly fishing job that was local in Berkeley, CA, it was much easier than driving 3.5 hours to Redding to guide on the Sacramento River, and involved learning about making fly rods. I had no idea at the time it was the start of a journey that’s been going on for nearly 30 years.

But, the geographic location isn’t the most important part. Our team probably wouldn’t complain if we had to move to Argentina or the Bahamas to do the work. As long as we personally get to handcraft every Scott rod, we’re happy. You’ve designed a long list of legendary fly rods. Are you still hands-on when it comes to the production of new fly rods? Absolutely. That’s still one of my favorite parts of my job. I like coming home with graphite under my fingernails.

What is the most exciting thing about working for Scott Fly Rod Company? Getting to come to work everyday doing something you love. Scott has done one thing, and one thing only, for the past 45 years. Handcraft high performance fly rods. That’s unique, and is a testament to our level of commitment and dedication. Being part of a team with such a singular mission and vision is really satisfying. With regards to materials, design and craftsmanship, what is the working philosophy of Scott Fly Rod Company? Our goal is to make the best fly rods that can be made. That informs every decision we make and action we take regarding sourcing materials and components, the process we use to handcraft every rod, and our approach to design. Scott rods are still made-in-the-US; something that is rare in this time and age where the Far-East is the world’s factory. 208

Why is it so important to you to make rods in the US? What’s important to us is that we make every rod we sell. The US has a long history with fly fishing and has made many contributions to the sport, and it has fantastic public access to some of the finest and most diverse fisheries on the planet, so it is fantastic that we have the opportunity to handcraft our rods in Colorado.

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Some of our rod builders have been with us over 20 years, so it’s always fun to work with the team on the shop floor learning new tricks from one another. For the fly fishers out there, who still haven’t tried a Scott fly rod, why should they try one? Scott usually isn’t the first fly rod someone owns but it’s often the last. Experienced anglers often talk about on-the-water performance of their Scott rods and what great fishing tools they are. We don’t advertise the most, or distribute our rods everywhere, and we don’t make entry level fly rods. That is self-limiting in terms of the audience we reach, but we’re fine with that. We don’t need to be all things to all people. If we can handcraft great fly rods for anglers who are really passionate about fly fishing, we’ve accomplished our goal. You have a new series of fiberglass rods coming out in 2019; the F-Series. Can you tell us a little bit about the rod series, and why


glassfiber rods still have their place in the market? Glass isn’t a retro material for us, and we’re not jumping on any bandwagon. Scott started in 1974 as a glass fiber rod company before graphite was available, and we’ve had it in our line up ever since. We think glass is an ideal material for very short, light line fly rods that are designed to fish inside 10 meters. When fishing small water environments, most casts are made with just a few meters of line out of the rod tip, and most fish that live in those small waters are well under 30cm. You can feel the rod load and form precise loops for accurate casts at short distances, and the rod bends under the pull of a fish that fits in your hand. It’s a lot more fun, and effective, to fish a tool designed to perform in those conditions. And for those conditions, glass fiber is a better material choice than graphite.

Fact File // Scott Fly Rod Company Founded // 1974 Headquarters // Montrose, Colorado, USA Website // www.scottflyrods.com Social media // www.instagram.com/scottflyrods

What can we expect from Scott Fly Rod Company in the future? Can you, perhaps, lift the vail on some upcoming rod projects? You can expect more of the same. We like to be predictable. I think it makes people who fish our rods feel comfortable about our future and our direction. We’re going to continue to be a specialty fly rod company that handcrafts every rod we sell, and we’re going to stay firmly committed to our pursuit of building the best rods possible. That also means, only introducing new rods when they improve performance or the fishing experience.

On a more personal note: When you have time off, where do you like to go fly fish? And does the fascination remain the same after all these years? I fish year around as often as possible. At home that means trout fishing on our local rivers and lakes. I’m still passionate about trout fishing and rank trout right at the top of my favorites. But the grass is always greener, right? So, I most often travel to fish saltwater species, steelhead or salmon. I can never answer the often asked question, ‘what’s your favorite fish to fish for’. Let’s see….. trout on dries, wading for tailing bonefish, tarpon in a meter of clear water, steelhead on a swung fly, a jack crevalle shadowing a ray, riffle hitched salmon, smallmouth bass on poppers…… In the end, I love them all, and it’s really to places and people that fly fishing brings together that matter most.

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FLY TYING:

THE SUPER SHRIMP Jonatan Ternald - www.searun.org Fly tyers across Scandinavia inspire eac hother, and with the speed of the Internet it doesn’t take long before flies traverse geographical borders and become popularized in new waters. This goes for many flies – including Rune Westphal’s Magic Shrimp, which has since been further developed by Swedish fly tyer extraordinaire, Jonatan Ternald.

Materials Hook: Ahrex NS 122, size 4-6 Thread: Mono 0,1mm Mouthparts: Mallard Dubbing: Seal fur, fl. orange Head and body: Super Hair, tan Antennas: Hackle stems, grizzly Legs: Wapsi Stretch Round Rib 0,5mm Back: Fly co. Shrimp Back, tan Eyes: Burned nylon painted black and covered with UV-resin UV-resin: Loon Thick and Loon Thin UV-resin

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“I wanted to add some more transparency features to try and recemple the real thing even more”.

I love shrimp patterns! Especially realistic ones. One of my personal favourites is Rune Westphal’s Magic Shrimp.

the fly. And by using a wide gap hook, that works like a keel, I didn’t need to add any extra weight at all.

The first time I saw this fly, I was blown away! I started tying and fishing a lot of Magic Shrimps and found that it’s an awesome shrimp pattern that fishes very well for seatrout throughout most of the season.

I wanted to add some more transparency features to the fly, to try and resemble the real thing even more. So, I built the back and the head out of Super Hair. When you soak Super Hair in UV-resin, you don’t even see the fibres, they just provide a bit of colour to the UV-resin.

The original Magic Shrimp is designed to fish upside down, with the hook point up. This design is perfect in many cases, but in order to achieve a steady upside-down retrieve, the fly needs a lot of weight. And in some fishing situations, the fly becomes a bit too heavy. I wanted a shrimp that resembled the Magic Shrimp but had a slower sink rate, somewhere in between the nonUV-resin shrimps - such as the Perfect Leo and STF shrimp, and the Magic Shrimp. Using a conventional hook-point-down design was an obvious choice to avoid having to add too much weight to

To finish off this pattern, I added a trigger point with some fluorescent dubbing. I like to fish this fly a little deeper than your typical wading depth: About 2 meters down, and I therefore use an intermediate fly line – such as, for instance, the Scientific Anglers Sonar Stillwater Intermediate. When the water temperatures rise during the summer months, I often search for the fish down to 3-5 meters of depth, and then I typically use a Sink 5-line to get to where I want to be, fast.

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Begin by bending the hook in the vise - or with a pair of pliers. Be careful not to damage the hook. Then proceed with tying in the Mallard feather fibres right at the beginning of the hook bend.

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Now, start dubbing the back end of the hook, Cut off about 5 centimetres of silicone thread from the Mallard and forward - about 1/4 of the (leg material) and tie a knot at the centre of it. hook shaft. Afterwards brush the dubbing up for Process to tie in the leg over the dubbing, along increased volume. the side of the hook shank.

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Repeat the previous step until you have three evenly distributed pairs of legs. Make sure they are securely tied in and that they are symmetrical – otherwise, the fly won’t be stable in the water.

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Take about 8 cm of silicone thread. Tie it unto the hook just behind the last pair of legs. Double and tie it down all the way to the hook eye. Then make two loops in the thread and continue back, and trim the excess ends.

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Now, tie in the eyes so that they are aligned with the hook bend – a little bit above the silicone legs.

Take the thick UV-resin and cover the back and belly of the shrimp fly. On the belly of the fly, you can even cover the dubbing a little bit. Distribute and tease the glue until get a shape that you are happy with and then cure it.

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Add a layer of thin-flowing UV-glue over the back. Then tie in the Super Hair so it sticks out about 2 cm behind the hook. In order to make the fly really transparent, make sure the Super Hair is soaked with UV-resin and then cure it.

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Now it’s time for the antennae. They are made out of hackle stems, and they should extend about 4-5 cm from the back of the hook bend.

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Apply the thin UV-resin over the back and then tie in the shrimp back material using the tying thread. Start where the Super Hair is attached and secure it all the way to the hook eye. Then finish off with the whip finisher.

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To finish the fly off and provide it with even more detail, paint the legs with permanent markers in the colours you desire. Now the fly is done.


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