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Editorial Dear valued customer, This is the 9th edition of our FFE Magazine. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did making it. The content has changed slightly towards more articles and less pure product information. When we saw the number of great articles coming our way it was an easy decision to shift focus a little bit. The full product lines from all our great brands can be found on our website - www.flyfisheurope.com. You will still find all the latest product news presented in the magazine, so please stay tuned. There are so many great new products that your head will spin. As an example, check out Simms’ new G4 product line-up! For the past two decades, one arsenal of gear has traversed more country, explored more ecosystems, and endured more ungodly weather than any other fishing collection out there. The next phase in the legacy, the all-new G4 Pro® Collection, which consists of award winning waders, wading boots, and outwear will knock your socks off! Another product launch worthy of mentioning is the Scott Sector fly rods. Not only did this new rod range win the award for “Best new saltwater rod” at the IFTD show in Denver, Scott Fly Rod Company also got the prestigious “Best of Show” award. Well deserved! We know how much work the team put into this rod range. Imagine a rod that casts tight, high linespeed loops effortlessly and turns over your leader straight into the wind; a rod that delivers the fly on target with just one release of line on the back cast and can pick it back up and redirect if the fish changes course; a rod that is intuitive and gives you constant feedback; a rod that feels light and alive in your hand and has the touch and feel needed to make short quick shots or float the fly in quietly. All that, plus a rod handcrafted with the very best components ever to grace a fly rod. More featured highlights; • •

Two new IFTD award-winning fly Lines; Amplitude Smooth Infinity (Freshwater) and Amplitude Smooth Infinity Salt (Saltwater) + an award-winning lineup of tippet and leader materials An entirely new product lineup from Waterworks-Lamson with more choices of colors and sizes than you have ever seen before

Oh, and I almost forgot; Flyfish Europe are now the exclusive distributor of Regal Vises all made in Orange, Massachusetts, USA. 2020 is going to be a great year! #Fishitwell

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CONTENTS 000 002 006

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CUTTHROAT KUTLING - SEATROUT ON STREAMERS, Rasmus Ovesen

SMITH OPTICS NUNAVUT - FLY FISHING THE FINAL FRONTIER, Yngve Ask

NEW ZEALAND - SPRING CREEK SALVATION - André Pedersen ASTOVE ATOLL - FLY FISHING FOR THE MASTERS OF DESTRUCTION, Rasmus Ovesen

RODMOUNTS MONGOLIA - A GUIDE’S PERSPECTIVE ON PURSUING TAIMEN, Jeff Forsee

SCOTT FLY RODS THE MALDIVES - POOR MAN’S GT ON THE FLY, Thomas Søbirk

WATERWORKS-LAMSON RÜGEN PIKE, Matt Harris

C&F DESIGN LINE MAINTENANCE - LONGER LASTING / LONGER CASTING, Jerry Darkes

SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS OMNISPOOL MCLEAN THE INVISIBLE WAR AGAINST THE RIVERS OF EUROPE, Ulrich Eichelman GET CREATIVE WITH COLOURED UV RESIN, Brett Zundel

LOON OUTDOORS THE SCOTT FLY ROD TOUR, Micah Adams

SONDERGAARD SURF CANDY - STEP BY STEP, Jonatan Ternald

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Cover Photo: Rasmus Ovesen, Igloo Lake Lodge, Labrador & Newfoundland Editorial staff: Rasmus Ovesen, Roy Thue, Tommy Josefsen & Tom Roger Bekkeli Artwork & Design: Rasmus Ovesen Repro: Basecamp AS Print: UAB Spaudos Konturai, Vilnius.

Copyright © Flyfish Europe AS 2020. 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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[ ] Credits

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

Matt Harris, Jonatan Ternald, Ulrich Eichelman, Rasmus Ovesen, Jeff

Forsee, Peter W Fong, Thomas Søbirk, Martin Ejler Olsen, Kyle Reed, AndrÊ Pedersen, Joakim Andreassen, Peter Lyngby, Andreas Rasmussen, Andrew Miller, Mirjam Aliaj, Amel Emric, Cornelia Wieser, Micah Adams, Kioshi Nakagawa, Mark Welsh, Jerry Darkes, Brett Zundel

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Nunavut Fly Fishing the Final Frontier Ynge Ask

Nunavut is a remote Canadian province bordering the Arctic Ocean. It is the northern-most territory in Canada and was officially separated from the Northwest Territories in April 1999. Aside from minerals, such as diamonds, gold and iron ore, the extremely cold and desolate territory is known for spectacular fishing. Yngve Ask and Helmut Zaderer recently ventured there to explore the arctic char fishing.

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As more and more ice keeps gushing through the glacial river I am standing in, my thoughts go to my family. They are experiencing a heatwave at the moment with temperatures in the 30s Celsius. It’s late July and the peak of summer here in Nunavut; in this Arctic Canadian province, which is still covered in snow and ice. Helmut and I aren’t here for drinks or for the heat of summer, however. We are, of course, here for the fishing. Big chunks of iridescent blue ice now float by in great numbers and they start to cause severe problems when trying to mend the fly line. The fish, however, don’t care the least. They hit hard - and they play well. We have two species of fish on our minds: Arctic char and lake trout. The area that we’re fishing, however, is probably best known for its Arctic char fishing. In my opinion, fly fishing for sea-run arctic char is some of the coolest fishing you can do anywhere on the face of this planet. When they come directly from the sea, they are as silver as you can possibly imagine. They’er not just silver, however. They are aggressive and actively feeding too, which is great news for a fly fisherman. Not long after they have entered the rivers and start preparing for the imminent spawn, they will turn bright orange, and the big males will develop pronounced kyped jaws. Along with their physical transformation, they will slowly shift focus and cease feeding. The good news for the fly fisherman, however, is that the big males become more and more irritable and aggressive along the way.

T-Rex

Lake trout are looked upon, by some, as an unattractive fish. But, hey, if you are one of those people, you are missing out - big time! Lake trout are the T-Rex’es of the Arctic realm. Up here, a lake trout over 30 lbs is easily pushing 30 years of age. They are aggressive fish with confidence and muscle power, and they are simply a ton of fun to catch.

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In most other places, where I have fished for lake trout, they are trolled at great depths on huge lakes with big boats. Here, however, they are in the rivers, which - by and far - are quite shallow. Because they are found here in shallow water they are very attractive to catch on a fly rod. And because they are old and ancient looking predatory fish, which can grow to stupendous sizes, we have come to affectionately refer to them as “the taimen of the Arctic”.

Victoria Island

We are on Victoria Island, which straddles the boundary between Nunavut and The Northwest Territories. Helmut Zaderer, who is the organizer of the trip, has invited me to come along as a photographer, something I am more than happy to do. It’s been more than 10 years since the last time I was here. Back then, I stayed two weeks in a basic camp on one particular river. It was amazing to experience the runs of fish on that river. In three weeks, 90.000 fish passed through one inlet on their way to a big lake further upstream. Since then, I have often wondered what the rest of this huge 233.000 km2 Island has to offer. I just sampled a tiny bit of it. This time around, we are fishing the whole island: Lakes, rivers, inlets, and outlets. We have both a Cesna and a Beaver plane at our disposal every day, so we actually get to sample all the different areas of the island. Each day we travel about 300 - 400 kilometers. The whole group meets up in Cambridge Bay; one of the last outposts in the North West passage. From there, we fly about an hour to what will be the camp for the week. Here, we stay in comfortable cabins, and fly out on daily adventures.

Tricky

I can think of very few aircrafts as iconic as the De Havilland Beaver. The nine cylinder Rotax engine makes a lot of noise. It takes you nowhere fast but it’s not comfortable by any means. Still we love it, because it takes us to some of the most spectacular fishing imaginable and put us in places where great adventures await: Places such as Red Belly and Crome Ally - places with names that resonate well with fishermen.


Helmut Zaderer posing with his massive lake char - a species finely atuned to the cold waters of the arctic realm.

Drifting glacial ice takes on the most beautiful iridiscent colours.

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The lake trout were aggressive and could be caught on big streamers swung cross current.

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I launched my drone and immediately counted more than 10 dozen fish

The arctic char were moody, but when the fish turned on, the action would be hectic!

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Four anglers fit into our airplanes, which stay with us throughout the day in case we need to move. The first place that we sample is a short river and its outlet. On the way in, we can see a lot of fish from the plane. We take a wide turn coming in so we don’t spook the fish. My friend Helmut is already half rigged up and, once the plane comes to a stop, he instantly jumps out - like a commando, and finishes rigging up his rod as he sneaks closer to the river bank. It is situations like this one that has earned him nicknames such as “The Helmenator” and “Helmut Never Stop Casting”. Having known him for a while, I completely understand where those nicknames come from! Arctic Char are tricky and, oftentimes, moody fish. If they’re not in the mood, they’re just not in the mood - and they didn’t really seem to be in the mood all the time Helmut was swinging his flies. Helmut, despite all his eagerness, simply wasn’t hooking up. I launched my drone, set it up right above Helmut, and immediately counted more than 10 dozen fish around him. Paradoxically, the fish were noticeably feeding but, as we would find out, they were gulping down tiny insects that we simply couldn’t imitate - despite going through our fly boxes back-to-back several times. It was like a curse, and after having thrown all sorts of flies at these fish for half a day with nothing even resembling a bite, we finally capitulated.

An Eye Opener

Next up is a really wide river. Maybe 500 meters wide but less than a meter deep. Helmut ties on a huge, pink brush fly and makes his first cast. Soon after, a dark shadow starts drifting slowly downstream looking more like a huge log than a fish.

There’s no doubt in our minds that this fish is huge. However, in retrospect, we had no idea that his first fish - a stunning warrior of a lake trout, was going to be the biggest of the whole trip. In the net the fish weighed in at 20 kilos. This fish was the eye opener of the week. Lake trout were now on the menu, and the lakers were open for business. We got them on both big flies and small flies, but what was probably the most fun was catching them on dry flies. And doing so in near-freezing and gin-clear water made it an even more special treat.

The Waiting Game

Fishing for arctic char isn’t something you can rush. Arctic char will bite when they are ready. And on the last few days they seemed to finally wake up. I really cannot describe the fishing, other than to say that when it turns on, it REALLY turns on. With their red bellies and big kypes, especially the males look like fish more commonly found along coral reef in the tropics. They seem oddly out of place in the cold arctic realm, but they provide warmth-igniting fights once hooked!

The Land and the People

Inuits have lived in the Nunavut region for thousands of years. They didn’t pick the spot up here because of the weather or for the convenience of firewood and building materials, or because life would be easy or comfortable. They where here, in this harsh climate, because of two things: Food and fur - and

Helmut starts retrieving the fly faster in order not get snagged on the driftwood, but the “log” suddenly shoots forward opening its bucket-sized mouth and inhales the fly. The reel immediately starts screaming, so does Helmut, and to keep him and his reel company, I start screaming too.

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Helmut Zaderer with a true northern trophy - a 20lb+ Nunavut arctic char.

because something about the serenity and rugged beauty up here resonated with them. It is incredible to see the remains of the tent rings that they used more than a 1000 years ago. They are still very visible in the terrains along the rivers and lakes. It’s humbling to walk the same beaches and fish the same rivers they used to. All in all, experiencing the fishing, the wilderness, and the historical gravity of Nunavut is an eye-opening sensation. If you haven’t already, be sure to put this on your bucket list.

Welcome to the 20lb Club

After one week of fishing, I left. The very last day, we had some great fishing. I left for home, but Helmut stayed on for another week. I had gotten no further than to Edmonton before he sent med a picture of a 20lb char that he had just caught.

The conditions at camp are pretty rudimentary, but who cares when there’s a plane outside waiting to take you to fishy places?

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Experiencing the wilderness and the historical gravity of Nunavut is an eye-opening sensation

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Do you want to fish Nunavut? Contact Helmut Zaderer at Fly Fish Adventures: E-mail: helmut.zaderer@flyfish-adventures.com Instagram: @flyfish_adventures Web: www.flyfish-adventures.com

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Since 1980, we’ve done just that by reimagining what’s possible. We used our hands to craft groundbreaking gear that’s built to fish harder and go farther. And as fishing has advanced, so too have we, into a state-of-the-art design and manufacturing hub, where innovators converge in Bozeman, Montana to form a diverse, creative family. These creators see the world differently, through a lens of mud-flecked windshields, salt-mottled glasses, tent doors opened to wild, illuminating expanses. Those views solidify our commitment to evolve and solve for the sake of doing what we love. Simms is where premier product executions align with our compassion for others. We prioritize people, our business partners, and a fishing culture that hinges on robust fisheries. These elements are all interconnected. And as we grow, it’s vital that we stay connected and give back. So we show up, we challenge the status quo, we push for positive impact, and we hold ourselves accountable to higher standards. It’s a chosen path towards a simple conclusion: a life well fished. Which for us, means gear designed well. And lives lived well.

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A combination of thoughtful design, rugged materials and endless testing go into making the world’s highest quality waders. But what they really take is patience – as much patience as it takes to wait for that tug on the end of your line. Because great waders are never mass produced by machines. They are made one at a time by craftspeople – men and women in Bozeman, Montana who are anglers just like you.

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. TIZIP stands for absolutely waterproof, very robust zippers for demanding use. TIZIP zippers are airtight and watertight up to a water pressure of 500mbar due to a thick coating of thermoplastic polyurethane. The high impermeability makes opening and closing somewhat harder.

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WADERS Our most durable wader features a new, proprietary fabric from GORE-TEXŽ proven over 16,000 hours of field testing. Make the most of your time on the water: Head out in the most feature-laden, abrasion-, punctureand tear-resistant wader made. The Simms G4ZŽ Stockingfoot Wader has been meticulously refined to offer features and functionality that meet the demands of the world’s most discerning guides and anglers.

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Extended YKK waterproof zipper for quick relief and easy on/off

Adjustable spacer air-mesh suspender system with opposing Duraflex buckles for waist-high conversion, now with a fabric suspender divider

Patented baffled, compression-molded Anatomically engineered stockingfeet for enhanced comfort and improved boot fit/lace bite

2 zippered chest pockets with integrated retractor docking stations for strategic access to fishing essentials Zippered, micro-fleece lined handwarmer pockets for added storage and appreciated cold-weather reprieve

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Patented front & back leg seams for enhanced mobility and increased durability Keep your hemostats close at hand with Simms’ patented Sharkfin Buckle that clips into your wader suspenders. (Sold separately / Pliers not included).

Patented 2mm abrasion resistant built-in gravel guards

FABRIC TECH: GORE-TEXÂŽ 3-LAYER PRO SHELL TECHNOLOGY IN UPPER / GORE-TEXÂŽ 4-LAYER PRO SHELL TECHNOLOGY IN LOWER AND SEAT

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE Simms’ most durable wader that’s been meticulously refined to offer features and functionality that meet the demands of the world’s most discerning guides and anglers. The Simms G4 Pro® Stockingfoot Wader is the most features a wealth of design- and material innovations that, combined with the greatest attention to detail and functionality, provide you with the ultimate in comfort and durability.

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Zippered, micro-fleece lined reach-thru hand-warmer pocket for strategic storage and cold-weather reprieve

Streamlined belt loop system. Built-in, lower profile GORE-TEX belt loops enhance strength and durability and minimize line catch

Sharkfin Buckle - Keep your hemostats close at hand with our patented buckle that clips into your wader suspenders. (Sold separately)

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Adjustable air-mesh suspender system with opposing Duraflex buckles for waist-high conversion, now with a fabric suspender divider

Top zippered chest pocket with fly patch/tool docking station for easy access to fishing essentials

Patented front & back leg seams for enhanced mobility and increased durability

Keep your hemostats close at hand with Simms’ patented Sharkfin Buckle that clips into your wader suspenders. (Sold separately / Pliers not included). WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

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FABRIC TECH: GORE-TEX® 3-LAYER PRO SHELL TECHNOLOGY IN UPPER / GORE-TEX® 4-LAYER PRO SHELL TECHNOLOGY IN LOWER AND SEAT

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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. Studcompatible Vibram (or felt) soles offer trusted grip in and around the water, while your hands will appreciate the microfleece-lined pockets.

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

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

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Keep your hemostats close at hand with Simms’ patented Sharkfin Buckle that clips into your wader suspenders. (Sold separately / Pliers not included).

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

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 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.

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

Zippered chest pocket with fly patch

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

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

Built-in low-profile belt loops with 2 in. stretch wading belt included

Keep your hemostats close at hand with Simms’ patented Sharkfin Buckle that clips into your wader suspenders. (Sold separately / Pliers not included). WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

Patented front & back leg seams allow unprecedented mobility and eliminate seams in critical inner leg wear zones.

Abrasion-resistant built-in Neoprene Gravel Guards with book hooks

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Anatomically engineered neoprene stockingfeet with anti-microbial finish

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 Simms’ Headwaters™ Pro Stockingfoot Waders are handcrafted from 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Fabric and powered by our industry-leading G3 Guide™ architecture. Patented front- and back-leg seam construction boosts both mobility and durability on the trail and in the flow. Pass through handwarmer pockets provide a cold-weather sanctuary, while chest storage pockets provide ample capacity for tools and fly boxes. Abrasion bucking, built-in gravel guards and anatomical hourglass stocking feet round out this IFTD 2016 award-winning wader.

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

Pass through, lined hand warmer with chest storage pocket

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WADERS Simms’ Freestone® Stockingfoot Wader is your go-to companion from first cast to lasting obsession. Durable, 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 big difference, the Freestone includes a large fleece-lined, reach-through handwarmer pocket to heat up cold fingers, a secure chest pocket to hold essential tools, and a dedicated fly patch for sidelined flies.

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Adjustable elastic suspenders with opposing buckles

YKK® AQUASEAL® waterproof center front zipper that offers easy access and quick relief on the river

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

Dual chest pockets with fly patch WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

Interior zip closure chest pocket

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Five belt loops with 38mm nylon waist belt

Articulated patterning and center-leg seam construction

Keep your hemostats close at hand with Simms’ patented Sharkfin Buckle that clips into your wader suspenders. (Sold separately / Pliers not included).

Abrasion-resistant built-in Gravel Guards

Anatomically engineered neoprene stockingfeet with anti-microbial finish

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THE CHOICE OF PROFESSIONAL GUIDES + ANGLERS WORLDWIDE Waders with a durable, breathable 3- and 4-layer build for all-day dry, comfortable performance at a great value. Practice makes pros—and the TributaryTM Stockingfoot Wader is your trusty ally as you gain confidence and master your fishing skills. Built with proven Simms durability, these dry, breathable men’s waders promote natural mobility while you negotiate steep trails and deep rivers. Key features include a large fleecelined, reach-through handwarmer pocket for fishing through cooler days, plus a secure chest pocket for keeping tools and fly boxes within close range.

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Custom Duraflex buckles throughout

Reach-through handwarmer pocket with zippered top stash pocket

Two belt loops with 38 mm nylon waist belt

Keep your hemostats close at hand with Simms’ patented Sharkfin Buckle that clips into your wader suspenders. (Sold separately / Pliers not included).

Self-fabric gravel guard with gathered elastic bottom hem

Anatomically engineered neoprene stockingfeet with anti-microbial finish

WATERPROOF WADER POUCH (Sold seperatly)

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FABRIC TECH: UPPER: 3-LAYER WATERPROOF BREATHABLE POLYESTER LOWER: 4-LAYER WATERPROOF BREATHABLE POLYESTE

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Cutthroat Kutling:

Seatrout on Streamers There are plenty of prey items along the coastal shores and – not least – plenty of flies that imitate them effectively. At certain times of the year, gobius are among the most prevalent prey items – and, at the same time, one of the seatrout’s most favoured. Here’s a simple but proven neo-classic pattern that imitates the gobius excellently. Rasmus Ovesen

The ice-cold gasp of winter has shrouded the many tree-clad hills, fields, and meadows along my local fjord in an ghostly-white glow. It’s barely light out, but I’ve already entered the cold, brackish water. Each breath I take condenses in front of my eyes like thick tobacco smoke and blends effortlessly with the morning mist. My otherwise lively fingers are already starting to suffer under the near freezing temperatures, but it hardly registers with me. Deeply concentrated, I am covering the edges along a neatly delimited, lush-green – almost blanket-like patch of weeds. A multitude of small prey items such as Gammarus, Idoteidae, sticklebacks, and not least countless sand-

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colored gobius are whirling around and darting out of my way, frantically seeking refuge inside the protective sponge-like wall of thread weeds. “There’s got to be fish around here”, I think to myself mechanically and proceed to place another careful cast across the dead-calm surface film. With discrete stubbornness, the sun has slowly burned a hole in the morning mist, and I now find myself bathed in a pale, intrusive light. Then, suddenly, the line comes tight, the fly rod bends elegantly, and electrifying pulses emanate through the line. Shortly after, the first seatrout of the day thrashes around at the bottom of my knotless landing net; a lightly coloured 50-centimetre fish in great condition.


I gently release the fish, draw a sigh of relief, and continue fishing with a renewed sense of optimism and enthusiasm

The author sporting a solid western Zealand seatrout that couldn’t resist a Cutthroat Kutling.

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The thin leader extends limply out of the corner of fish’ jaws, with the Cutthroat Kutling buried somewhere deep inside its mouth. As I force the jaws open and retrieve the fly with my forceps, I can’t help but notice that its throat is full of small sand-coloured gobius. The hungry fish must have inhaled them just before eating my fly. I gently release the fish, draw a sigh of relief and continue fishing with a sense of renewed optimism and enthusiasm. Three hectic hours later, I have covered the full length of the weed patch. In total, I’ve landed six well-nourished seatrout including a beautiful, chrome and hard fighting 75-centimetre stunner. Despite having fished with two flies all the time, and having experimented a bit with different patterns, I’ve caught all my fish on the now extremely ruffled and chewed up Cutthroat Kutling. With me on my way to the car, in my right hand, I have a chrome seatrout of about 45 centimetres that I’ve decided to keep for a delicious meal. Like the other fish this morning, it fell headlong for the fly and struck with incredible and resolute determination. When I arrive home, clean the fish and study the contents of its distended stomach, I’m not the least surprised to find a wealth of small gobius. Most of them are quite undigested, and a few of them look like they must have been swallowed right before the treacherous Cutthroat Kutling came into sight. They probably were! The Cutthroat Kutling I came up with the idea for the Cutthroat Gobius some 15 years ago after having bought a few Coc de Leon capes. At the time, I was very fond of palmered flies with relatively

voluminous and pulsating profiles, and the first fly that I tied with the new Coc de Leon feathers, unsurprisingly, was a palmer fly. The idea was to make a gobius imitation (kutling is Danish for gobius); one that I could use in my local fjords. However, I wanted it to have a fairly slender profile, so it didn’t look quite as “brush cleaner”-like as many palmer flies do. The materials I cracked out were all meant to capture and underpin the colour nuances of the gobius and provide the fly with the right volume, transparency, and life. The materials included fox, grizzly hackles, tan synthetic dubbing, and the speckled Coc de Leon feathers. Furthermore, I provided the fly with a fiery red head made out of sparkly Firestar Dubbing, which was supposed to work as a focus point and – once brushed out, was intended to fixate and collapse the front hackle a little to give the fly a more streamlined appearance. By brushing the fly heavy-handedly with a piece of Velcro – so that all the hackle fibres were softened up and the synthetic dubbing became even more sparkly – the fly would become livelier. And by soaking the fly with saliva, pressing all the hackle and dubbing fibres aerodynamically down along the length of the fly and leaving it to dry, the fly would assume a more realistic profile. I typically fish the fly in an open loop knot, and I retrieve it with relatively abrupt strips that provide the fly with a lightly jigging action. Some of the flies I mount with an action disc (Petitjean Magic Head), which makes them flutter and swim when using long and even strips. I believe the fly has proven particularly effective because it combines a series of important features: It pulsates and hovers really well in the water; it has a bit of glow to it and some transparency; it has an incorporated strike-triggering focus point; and it has much the same profile and colour nuance as the gobius – a prey item that is at the top of the seatrout’s menu card during big chunks of the season.

The gobius is at the top of the seatrout’s menu card during big chunks of the year

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FACT FILE – THE GOBIUS

The Gobius (Gobidaee) is a geographically widespread and abundant species of predominantly bottom-dwelling fish that are found in both saltand brackish water across the globe. In Northern Europe, the most common gobius species around are: Sand goby (Pomatoschistus minutus), painted goby (Pomatoschistus pictus), two spotted goby (Gobiusculus flavescens), common goby (Pomatoschistus microps), and the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). With the exception of the round goby, which can grow to 25 centimetres, most gobius are typically between 5 – 10 centimetres in length, and their colour nuances range from light sand and tan to dark brown – typically with spots and camouflage patterns along the flanks. They first appear in the fjords during late winter and early spring and they are a steady source of food for the seatrout throughout spring, summer and fall.

With the addition of an action disc (Petitjean Magic Head), the Cutthroat Kutling will swim enticingly when retrieved.

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Materials Hook: Ahrex NS110 #2-6 Tying Thread: Veevus G02, White Tail: Fox and Krystal Flash (Bonefish Tan) Rib: Copper Thread Body: Fox underfur and tan Ice Dubbing Palmer Hackle: Grizzly Saddle Front Hackle: Coc de Leon Saddle Head: Red Firestar Dubbing Optional: Petitjean Magic Head / Pro Sportfisher Cool Eyes / Loon UV Resin

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Fasten the hook securely in your tying vise. Secure the tying thread and wrap it all the way to the hook bend.

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Tie in the copper rib and then dub the thread with a mix between Tan Ice Dubbing and Fox underfur.

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Dub the whole hook shank while leaving a little space behind the hook eye.

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Palmer the full length of the body, then secure the hackle with the copper rib.

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Wrap the red Firestar Dubbing around-, in front of-, and a bit on top of the front hackle to build a head. Whip-finish the fly, then crack out a dubbing brush and brush the fly heavy-handedly.

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Now tie in a Coc de Leon saddle feather and trim the excess grizzly saddle and copper rib.

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After removing the underfur, tie in a 3-4-centimetre-long batch of fox fibres as a tail. (Save the underfur for later). Now tie in two Krystal Flash fibers on each side of the tail.

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Tie in a grizzly saddle feather. Make sure that it’s long enough for you to palmer it all the way to the tail.

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Wrap the Coc De Leon hackle to build a solid front hackle. Then dub the tying thread with a bit of red Firestar Dubbing.

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Now, soak the fly in saliva, brush and press all fibres backwards and down. Then leave the fly to dry up.

The finished result: A pulsating palmer fly with an aerodynamic profile and a lot of transparency.


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Colours: Hex Camo Carbon / Hex Flo Camo Timber / Hex Flo Camo Grey Blue / Black

Colours: Black / Steel / Hex Flo Camo Timber

CHALLENGER JACKET

CHALLENGER BIB

3-point adjustable storm hood // Zippered chest pocket with interior sunglasses chamois // Kill switch attachment at bottom hem // Reflective logos for increased visibility on and off the water

Two chest handwarmer pockets // Internal waist adjustment inside handwarmer pockets // Kill-switch attachment at beltloop // Drop-in plier pocket with drain // Zippered cuffs for easy on and off

FABRIC TECH: Body fabric- 2-layer Toray® shell 75D 100% polyester w/ C6 DWR; Lining- 50D 100% polyester w/ C6 DWR

FABRIC TECH: Body: 2-layer Toray® shell 75D 100% polyester w/ C6 DWR; Bottom hem abrasion zone- Toray Big Ox 840D 100% nylon w/ C6 DWR;

NEW

COLOUR

Colours: Flame / Black

Colur: Anvil

CHALLENGER INSULATED JACKET

CHALLENGER INSULATED BIB

High-loft insulation in body & sleeves // Water-resistant center front zipper with storm flap // 3-point adjustable storm hood // 2 zippered hand-warming pockets, chest pocket, internal zippered pocket // Dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem

High-loft insulation in body & legs // Water-resistant center front zipper with storm flap // Hand-warming pockets & thigh pocket with plier sheath // Adjustable suspenders & adjustable hem // Built-in reinforced removable knee pads

FABRIC TECH: Face: 2-layer waterproof Toray®; Insulation: PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation 120 g in body/100 g

FABRIC TECH: Face: 2-layer waterproof Toray®; Insulation: PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation 100 g in body/80 g in bib

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OUTERWEAR NEW

NEW

Colours: Black-Slate / Sterling / Pacific

Colours: Rusty Red / Slate

FASTCAST WINDSHELL

WAYPOINTS RAIN JACKET

Elastic gathering at hood opening, hem, and cuffs to seal out elements // Handwarmer pockets // Under-arm ventilation // Hand-pocket packability

Adjustable hood // Single flapped chest pocket // 2 zippered handwarmer pockets with drainage // Hand-pocket packability

FABRIC TECH: Body fabric- 30D 100% nylon w/ C6 DWR

NEW

FABRIC TECH: Body fabric- 2.5-layer Toray® 50D 100% nylon w/ C6 DWR

NEW

COLOURS

Colours: Hex Flo Camo Carbon / River Camo / Anvil

Colours: Raven / Saddle Brown

KATAFRONT HOODY

WEST FORK JACKET

3-layer Toray® laminate for waterproof, breathable protection // YKK® water-resistant front zipper with storm flap // 3-point adjustable, tuckaway storm hood // 2 top-load storage pockets with integrated retractors // Anti-line catch, molded cuff tab 1 fly patch & 1 net D-ring // Hem closure

3-point adjustable storm hood // Shingled cuff to keep elements out // Zippered chest & hand pocket // Adjustable hem

FABRIC TECH: 3-layer Toray®; 100% nylon with tricot backer

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FABRIC TECH: Upper: Pertex Quantum Pro with PrimaLoft Gold Insulation with Cross Core Technology Gold insulation Lower: Toray® stitchless quilting filled with PrimaLoft Silver Insulation with Cross Core Technology blowable insulation


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NEW

NEW

Colours: Ibiza / Raven

Colours: Raven / Storm / Dark Stone

EXSTREAM BICOMP HOODY

MIDCURRENT HOODED JACKET

Ultra-durable Toray Karuishi stretch-fleece fabric in lower // Zippered chest pocket // Water shedding cuff with thumb loops // Gusseted arm panel for range of motion // Adjustable hem

Zippered hand pockets & zippered interior pocket // 3-point adjustable storm hood // Water-shedding, stretch-woven cuff

FABRIC TECH: Shell, Upper: Toray® 100% nylon Pre-Quilted 20d down tube with C6 DWR;Shell, Lower: Toray® Karuishi® 100% polyester, C6 DWR anti-microbial 1-sided fleece;Lining: 100% polyester;Insulation: PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation with Cross Core Technology

FABRIC TECH: Shell: Toray® Airtastic™ 100% nylon 30d Microfiber with C6 DWR;Lining: 100% polyester;Insulation, Hood & Body: PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation with Cross Core Technology;Insulation, Sleeve & Underarm Panel: PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation with Cross Core Technology

NEW

NEW

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COLOUR

Colours: Rusty Red / Anvil / Dark Moon

Colours: Anvil / Spinach / Simms Orange

Colours: Storm / Anvil / Spinach

Colours: Black

MIDSTREAM INSULATED JACKET, PULLOVER, VEST & PANT The Midstream Insulated range features PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation for the highest warmth-to-weight ratio available with synthetic insulation. The result is a thin profile and lightweight feel and unmatched warmth for its volume FABRIC TECH: Face: Pertex® Microlight 30D 100% nylon ripstop; Insulation: PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation 60 g in body, 40 g in sleeves; Liner: 30D 100% polyester, Pertex® Microlight

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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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Maintains high volume with perfect 2-layer knitting structure. Brushed fabric delivers high heat insulation. Anti-pilling property from using filaments. High abrasion resistance from special knitting techniques. Brushed yarn only connected to back yarn creates high volume and uncanny lightness. This technique results in greater abrasion resistance than conventional spun or other brushed filament materials. High volume with perfect 2-layer structure.

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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.

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.

MERINO

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LAYERING

Colours: Raven

Colours: Raven

FJORD PANT

FLEECE MIDLAYER BIB

Compression-resistant double-layer fleece // Pull-cord waist adjustment // Stretch-woven cuff & stirrups // Flatlock seam construction seam construction // Double-layer 300 G fleece

Abrasion & odor-resistant fabric // Grid-fleece interior // Stretch-woven stirrups // Center front, 2-way zipper // YKK® corrosion-resistant zipper // Thermo-laminated zippered chest pocket

FABRIC TECH: Waist/Cuff/Stirrup: 50% nylon 6/43% polyester/7% spandex; Body: 100% polyester

FABRIC TECH: 95% polyester/5% spandex; Pocket: 85% nylon/15% spandex

NEW

Colours: Raven / Simms Orange, Tumbleweed

Colours: Rich Blue / Carbon

FLEECE MIDLAYER TOP & BOTTOM

MIDWEIGHT CORE QUARTER ZIP & BOTTOM

Top: Abrasion & odor-resistant fabric // Grid-fleece interior // Zippered chest pocket // Patterning promotes ease of movement Bottom: Zip-fly with integrated belt make them easy to wear on their own // Hand-warming pockets // Tapered lower leg for wader integration

Top: Made with anti-odor & moisture-wicking fabric with brushed interior for warmth // Quarter-zip design with tall collar for additional warmth // Flatlock seams for comfort Botttom: Jacquard elastic stretch waistband // Elastic cuff so your bottoms stay in place // Flatlock seams for comfort

FABRIC TECH: Body: 95% polyester/5% spandex

FABRIC TECH: 100% polyester micro brushed fleece back

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Colours: Raven

Colours: Raven

EXSTREAM CORE TOP & BOTTOM

ULTRA-WOOL CORE TOP

Top: Ergonomic hood & integrated neck gaiter design // Anti-fog mesh built into gaiter // Articulated sleeves with thumbholes // Flatlock seam construction seam construction Bottom: Abrasion-resistant & anti-pill // Wicking ankle cuffs integrate with waders // Flatlock seam construction seam construction

Wool & nylon blended fabric for warmth & durability // Odor-resistant // Patterning promotes ease of movement FABRIC TECH: 89% wool/11% nylon

FABRIC TECH: Body: 2-layer Toray® Karuishi®

NEW

NEW

Colours: Rich Blue / Raven

Colours: Raven

LIGHTWEIGHT CORE TOP

LIGHTWEIGHT CORE BOTTOM

Made with anti-odor & moisture-wicking fabrics // Raglan sleeve design for optimal fit // Drop hem design for extra coverage // Flatlock seams for comfort

Made with anti-odor & moisture-wicking fabrics // Jacquard elastic stretch waistband // Operational fly // Gusseted crotch for better range of motion // Flatlock seams for comfort

FABRIC TECH: 100% polyester

FABRIC TECH: 100% polyester

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Long-sleeve to short-sleeve, button-up to half-zip, hoodie to fleece sweater, you’ll find a fantastic range of fishing shirts for men here in the SIMMS inventory. Every one of these shirts has been designed for the needs of the angler: protection against the elements, all-day comfort, and the kind of functional-but-stylish design that looks just as good during post-fishing hangouts as it does on the water. Our men’s fishing shirts come in a wide range of styles, so there’s something for every angler. Simms fishing pants and shorts are perfect for wading into your favorite fishing or watering hole. Our collection of men’s pant and men’s fishing shorts offer an array of fishy features like quick drying, stain resistance, bug resistance, and sun protection. All Simms fishing pants and shorts use materials that are comfortable, durable, and designed for freedom of movement.

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Avra™ keeps you comfortable with superior wicking speed and exceptional dry times - up to 50% faster than fabrics of similar weight, construction and composition. Due to their size and unique shape, Avra fibers are significantly more flexible than standard polyester. This creates fabrics with a distinctly silky feel that keeps you drier and more comfortable than ever before. 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.

Scotchgard™ Protector Stain Release helps most stains lift out in the wash, making clothes easier to care for and last longer. The addition of Scotchgard™ does not reduce the softness of the fabric or affect the breathability. Sportswear using the COR3™ Technology fabric finish have a UPF rating of 30 or greater, properties to minimize odor and outstanding wicking performance for important moisture management. The foundation of all Powered by Coolcore® products is chemical-free cooling. Other moisture-management fabrics or cooling technologies rely on chemicals, xylitol, polymers, minerals like jade, finishes, phase change technologies, polymer crystal treatments, or other additives that wash out or degrade over time. Insect Shield® repellent apparel provides long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The active ingredient in Insect Shield® is so tightly bonded to the fabric fibers that it retains effective repellency throughout the lifetime of the product. This is well beyond the lifecycle of most other products on the market which typically last only a number of washes.

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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. 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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PROTECTION IN YOUR CLOTHES SIMMS BugStopper shirts, pants, gloves, hats and gear provide protection in your clothes not on your skin. It's your first layer of protection: Then you can augment if you’re in extreme conditions. Featuring Insect Shield®; a technology bonded into the fabric, BugStopper gear is effective against Mosquitoes, ticks, flies, ants, chiggers, midges and fleas. Insect Shield® repellent apparel provides long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection to help battle insects some of which may carry diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Insect Shield Repellent Apparel has been registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). The active ingredient in Insect Shield is so tightly bonded to the fabric fibers that it retains effective repellency throughout the lifetime of the product.

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NEW

NEW

COLOUR

NEW

COLOURS

COLOURS

50 50

BUGSTOPPER® PANTS

50

BUGSTOPPER® HOODY

Tan

BUGSTOPPER® SHIRT PLAID

Foliage, Simms Orange, Dark Moon

NEW

Cork Plaid, Faded Denim Plaid, Storm Plaid

NEW

%(672)6+2: :20(1¶6*(1(5$/ $33$5(/ '(19(5&2

WM’S BUGSTOPPER® HOODY

WM’S BUGSTOPPER® LEGGING

Seafoam Heather, Garnet Heather, Stirling Heather

Black, DF Nightscape

NEW

COLOURS

50 BUGSTOPPER® SUNSLEEVETM

BUGSTOPPER® SUN GLOVE

GUIDE LIGHTWEIGHT BUGSTOPPER SOCK

Ash

Cork, Hex Flo Camo Timber

Boulder

NEW

NEW

COLOUR

NEW

COLOUR

COLOURS

50

BUGSTOPPER® SUNSHIELD CAP Cork

BUGSTOPPER® NET SOMBRERO Cork

BUGSTOPPER® SUNGAITERTM

Cork, Hex Flo Camo Timber, Faded Denim

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SPORTSWEAR NEW

NEW

50

50

ROGUE VEST

ROGUE HOODY

Hex Flo Camo Timber, Raven, Tan

Hex Flo Camo Timber, Raven, Tan, Hex Flo Camo Carbon

NEW

NEW

50

COLDWEATHER SHIRT

Sand Buffalo Plaid, Red Buffalo Plaid, Rich Blue Buffalo Plaid, Covert Plaid

50

COLDWEATHER PANT Dark Stone

NEW

NEW

COLOURS

50

RIVERSHED QUARTER-ZIP Rusty Red, Saddle Brown

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50

GALLATIN FLANNEL SHIRT

Rich Blue Plaid, Admiral Blue Stripe, Dark Stone Stripe, Simms Orange Plaid


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NEW

50

CHALLENGER HOODY - FULL ZIP

Black, Hex Flo Camo Carbon, Sterling, Hex Flo Camo Grey Blue

NEW

COLOURS

50

CHALLENGER HOODY

Black, Hex Flo Camo Carbon, Pacific, Admiral Blue

NEW

NEW

NEW

COLOUR

COLOUR

COLOUR

50

50

BUGSTOPPER® PANTS Tan

BUGSTOPPER® HOODY

Foliage, Simms Orange, Dark Moon

50

BUGSTOPPER® SHIRT PLAID

Cork Plaid, Faded Denim Plaid, Storm Plaid

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SPORTSWEAR NEW

NEW

COLOUR

50 50

ALBIE SHIRT

TRICOMP COOL

Tundra, Faded Denim

Granite, Mist

NEW

NEW

COLOUR

30

30

INTRUDER® BICOMP SHIRT

DOUBLE HAUL SHIRT

Sterling, Slate, Tan, Faded Denim

River Camo, Dark Moon, Rock Ridge, Faded Denim

NEW

NEW

NEW

30

DOUBLE HAUL SS SHIRT

Dark Moon, Tarpon Time Key Lime, Faded Denim

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30

OUTPOST SHIRT

Storm Plaid, Pacific Plaid

30

OUTPOST SS SHIRT

Storm Plaid, Mist Plaid


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NEW

COLOURS

NEW

COLOURS

30

SUPERLIGHT PANTS

30

SUPERLIGHT SHORTS

Sterling, Cork

Sterling, Cork

NEW

NEW

NEW

50

50

TUMUNU BOARD PANTS

TUMUNU BOARD SHORTS

Dark Moon, Rock Ridge

50

TUMUNU BOARD SHORTS - PRINT

Dark Moon, Pacific, Rock Ridge

Dark Moon, Pacific, Rock Ridge

NEW

NEW 30

30

GUIDE PANTS

Slate, Dark Bronze

GUIDE SHORTS

Slate, Dark Bronze

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SPORTSWEAR NEW

NEW

COLOUR

%(672)6+2: 0(1¶6*(1(5$/ $33$5(/ '(19(5&2

50 50

SOLARFLEX® ULTRACOOL ARMOR

SOLARFLEX® HOODY - SOLIDS

Sterling, Cloud Camo Grey, Cloud Camo Blue

Storm Heather, Key Lime, Pacific Heather

NEW

COLOURS

50

50

SOLARFLEX® CREWNECK - PRINT

SOLARFLEX® HOODY - PRINT

Cloud Camo Blue, Cloud Camo Grey, River Camo

White, Faded Demin, River Camo, Cloud Camo Blue, Cloud Camo Grey

NEW

NEW

COLOURS

50

SOLARFLEX® CREWNECK - SOLID

Storm Heather, Pacific Heather, Faded Denim, White

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50

SOLARFLEX® SPORT HOODY Granite, Pacific, Simms Orange


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50

CHALLENGER SOLAR TECH JERSEY

Hex Flo Camo Carbon, Hex Flo Camo Rusty Red, Hex Flo Camo Timber

NEW

NEW

30

SOLAR TECH TEE - RIVER

Rising Trout Sterling, Another Day White, Release Rocker Faded Denim, Stonefly Sand

30

SOLAR TECH TEE

Pike Sand, Muskie Fly Sterling, Muskie Face White

NEW

30

SOLAR TECH TEE

Silver & Sun Faded Denim, Expressionist Permit Sterling, Dorado Faded Denim, Bonefish Study Aruba

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T-SHIRT & HOODIES NEW

NEW

NEW

BASS HEX FLO CAMO T-SHIRT

FISH IT WELL T-SHIRT

HACKET ROCKER T-SHIRT

Black, Grey Heather

Charcoal Heather

Charcoal Heather, Olive Heather

NEW

NEW

NEW

TROUT RIVER CAMO T-SHIRT

WADER MTT T-SHIRT

WORKING CLASS T-SHIRT

Black, Brown Heather

Navy Heather, Brown Heather

Black, Grey Heather

NEW

NEW

TARPON HEX FLO CAMO T-SHIRT

TROUT HEX FLO CAMO T-SHIRT

White, Royal Heather

Charcoal Heather, Olive Heather

NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

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FAST WALLEYE HOODY

LAGER SCRIPT HOODY

WADER MFG HOODY

WORKING CLASS HOODY

Charcoal Heather

Charcoal Heather

Gunmetal Heather, Navy Heather

Grey Heather, Navy Heather

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NEW

COLOURS

NEW

COLOURS

COLOURS

50

50

50

SOLARFLEX速 GUIDE GLOVE

SOLARFLEX速 SUNGLOVE

BUGSTOPPER速 SUN GLOVE

Cork, Hex Flo Camo Grey Blue

Sterling, Cloud Camo Grey, River Camo, Cloud Camo Blue

Cork, Hex Flo Camo Timber

NEW COLOUR

NEW

COLOURS

NEW COLOUR

50 50 SOLARFLEX速 NO-FINGER GLOVE

FINGER GUARD

SUNSLEEVETM

Ash, Cloud Camo Blue, Cloud Camo Grey, Sterling

Sterling, Hex Flo Camo Grey Blue

Ash

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HEADWEAR NEW

NEW

NEW

COLOURS

RIPSTOP CAP

SINGLE HAUL CAP

Slate, Khaki

Slate, Loden, Flame, Dark Blue

NEW

NEW

RIPRAP CANVAS CAP

NEW

NORTHBOUND CAP

Dune, Admiral Blue

Dune, Evergreen

BASS PATCH TRUCKER

TROUT PATCH TRUCKER

Hex Camo Carbon, Canteen, Rusty Red

Hex Camo Carbon, Admiral Blue

NEW

NEW

Ink Blue, Riparian Camo

NEW

ICON TRUCKER

Permit (Sterling), Bonefish (Pacific), Dorado (Storm), Marlin (Admiral Blue), Redfish (Granite), Salmon (Hex Flo Camo Timber), Tuna (White), Musky (Hex Flo Camo Loden)

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BIG SKY COUNTRY CAP Storm, Admiral Blue

COLOUR

TROUT ICON TRUCKER

Heather Grey

Sapphire

NEW

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RETRO PATCH TRUCKER

THE LEGEND CAP

NEW

NEW

NEW

COLOURS

BIG CATCH CAP

Carbon, Storm, Blue Depths

BASS ICON TRUCKER Pico Camo Mineral


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NEW

PAYOFF TRUCKER

FISH IT WELL TRUCKER

Tuna (Black), Tarpon (Storm), Trout (Heather Grey), Striper (Admiral Blue), Permit (Blue Depths), Pike (Hex Flo Camo Timber, Marlin (Grey Blue)

NEW

Dark Moon

NEW

ARTIST SERIES FLY TRUCKER

ARTIST SERIES FIVE PANEL TRUCKER

Anvil, Cinder, Dune, Khaki

NEW

Dune, Rock Ridge

NEW

NEW

NEW 50

CUTBANK SUN HAT

BIG SKY SUN HAT

Natural, Toffee

SUPERLIGHT BUCKET HAT

Natural

NEW

SUPERLIGHT FLATS CAP - LB

Cork, Pacific, Eddy Aruba

Sterling, Sterling Cowboy Fly Dark Moon

NEW

NEW

50

NEW

COLOUR

COLOUR

50

SUPERLIGHT SOLAR SOMBRERO

VISOR

Cork, Grey Blue

Sterling

NEW

BUGSTOPPER® NET SOMBRERO Cork

NEW

COLOURS

BUGSTOPPER® SUNGAITERTM

Cork

NEW

COLOUR

COLOUR

50

Cork, Hex Flo Camo Timber, Faded Denim

BUGSTOPPER® SUNSHIELD CAP

50

SUNGAITERTM

Sterling, Cloud Camo Grey, River Camo, Cloud Camo Blue

50

SUNGAITERTM COOL Cloud Camo Blue

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New Zealand

SPRING CREEK

S A LVAT I O N A season that seems to already have peaked is what awaits us this year. Weeks-on-end with high temperatures and hardly any rain have taken their toll on many of the local New Zealand trout streams. The small rivers are too warm and its inhabitants not too keen on feeding. We learn this on the first day. The decision to move south-west to a colder climate is taken already before we explore the last pool in an almost dried out mountain river… André Pedersen

Joakim Andreassen / Tommy Josefsen / André Pedersen

The scenery shortens a five-hour drive to a heartbeat day-by-day

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Sight-fishing with hopper-dropper rigs is one of the most commonly used techniques in New Zealand.

A bird-like life is about to be lived, moving with the weather covering enormous distances to reach rivers scarred by floods and droughts for thousands of years. From north to south, the colossal mountain ranges rising from the edge of grassy steppes make a scenery that shortens a five-hour drive to a heartbeat day by day. As we move further south along the west coast, things are greener. The trees leaning across the road make a dense and living roof as we drive through the tunnels of mossy stems with leaves covered in fresh dew.

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The sound of cicadas compliments this jungle image that the west coast emanates. The rivers we cross rise in the mountain range that defines what is east and what is west on this island. They are all trout rivers, but down here, just a hundred meters from the Tasman Sea, they look nothing like it. Not before the big rivers braid out into smaller streams a few kilometers from the coastline do they appeal to people looking for trout. The song of the bellbird is subdued in this dense and flowery forest, but we still listen to its melody for ten minutes as we stretch our legs a few miles outside the township of Whataroa.


As the sun rises the next morning, the sharp and chilly air still has a hold of the little valley we’re in

Hiking and wet-wading is the right way to find and approach brown trout in New Zealand.

It’s been a few years but nothing has changed about the river

Where we are heading is a place I’ve been before. A secret little spring creek just as far south as this road goes. It’s not actually a secret. Nothing on New Zealand is anymore, but I kind of feel like it’s mine.

As the sun rises the next morning, the sharp and chilly air still has a hold of the little valley we’re in. There is not much being said as we boil a pot of coffee, waiting for the sun to clear the fog and fill the first pool with light.

This creek has everything as long as the angler doesn’t ask for too much. It’s narrow and short, but what it lacks in size it surely makes up for in charm. A sheltered stream in the most rural of places, winding its way silently through its meanders, never in a hurry, but calm and steady. It’s kind of mysterious this little creek of mine, even though the water is way too clear to leave anything at all to the imagination.

Even Tommy is quiet at this time of day. It’s been a few years, but nothing about the river has changed. As the beautiful morning colors flatten out with the rising sun, a trout rises behind a willow. Not long after, Joakim brings his first of many New Zealand trout to the net.

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The author, AndrĂŠ Pedersen, with a prime New Zealand brown trout caught in a small, gin-clear river.

Polaroid sunglasses are a must when fishing in New Zealand that and a stealthy approach.

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For more info - and to watch the films AndrĂŠ, Joakim, and Tommy did while in New Zealand, please refer to: https://opstrms.no

Thereare not many secret rivers left in New Zealand. But the more remote they are, the less the fishing pressure.

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BAGS & PACKS NEW

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Waterproof Fully submersible

Cloud Camo Grey / Tan

DRY CREEK® Z BACKPACK CAPACITY: 35L FABRIC TECH: 300D polyester ripstop with an outside PU coating and inside TPU lamination

NEW

Waterproof Fully submersible

DRY CREEK® Z SLING CAPACITY: 12L, 38 X 24 X 19 CM FABRIC TECH: 300D polyester ripstop with an outside PU coating and inside TPU lamination

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Cloud Camo Grey / Tan / Pacific

DRY CREEK® Z HIP BAG CAPACITY: 10L FABRIC TECH: 300D polyester ripstop with an outside PU coating and inside TPU lamination

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Waterproof Non-submersible

Waterproof Fully submersible

Cloud Camo Grey / Tan / Pacific

DRY CREEK® GEAR POUCH CAPACITY: 4L FABRIC TECH: 300D polyester ripstop with an outside PU coating and inside TPU lamination

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Cloud Camo Grey / Tan / Pacific

DRY CREEK® SIMPLE PACK CAPACITY: 25L FABRIC TECH: 300D 5x5 Ripstop w/Face PU Coating and Backside TPU Lamination

Water Resistant

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Tan

DRY CREEK® BOAT BAG LARGE CAPACITY: 40L FABRIC TECH: Polyester 600D 7X7 Ripstop w/Double Side TPU Lamination /Lid - Textured TPU; Bottom Durable molded foam base

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Cloud Camo Grey / Tan / Pacific


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Water Resistant

Cloud Camo Grey / Pacific

DRY CREEK速 SIMPLE TOTE CAPACITY: 50L FABRIC TECH: Upper material- 300D polyester ripstop with an outside PU coating and inside

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Astove Atoll

Fly Fishing for the Masters of Destruction Rasmus Ovesen

Rasmus Ovesen / Martin Ejler Olsen / Kyle Reed

The Seychelles, in the western reaches of the Indian Ocean – not too far away from Madagascar, have fast become the GT epicentre of the world. And Astove Atoll is THE place to catch a monster GT on the flats.

Giant trevally are very accustomed to the wrenching noise of things shattering and breaking. They have powerful and jagged jaws; they pack a nasty and lightning quick bite; and they delight in crushing whatever pitiful prey they manage to hunt down, whether it be a bony baitfish, a hard-shelled crab or even a non-suspecting bird with feathers, beak and all. They hit such things like freight trains - with blind fury and explosive impact, churning them into bits and pieces. And, as a result, the sounds of death and destruction frequently echo through their cranial cavities and straight into whatever primitive minds that have sparked inside their powerful and sturdy frames. 78

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As a GT fly fisherman, one is also destined to get accustomed to - or at least become uncannily familiar with – various sounds of destruction. GT’s are notorious for wrecking tackle, and after a recent week of GT fishing in the Seychelles – at the stunningly beautiful and wild Astove Atoll, the sounds of rods, fly lines and leaders breaking have become painfully etched into my mind. Along with the repeated knife slash-like sounds of GTs cutting through the surface - backs and serrated fins clear out of the water – in hot pursuit, and the inevitable collision-like eruptions as they would thrust themselves forward, opening their bucket-sized mouths and thunderously inhaling our flies –


the rod tip, and as the fish surged downwards, the top of the fly rod followed the directional path of the leader – straight into the guides hand, snapping loudly and ultimately piercing his finger, full blank, splintered carbon fibre shrapnel and all. There was also that incident where a colossal GT hit the fly right below the lava cliffs to the far south of the atoll. This fish violently erupted on the fly the very instant it hit the water – as if it somehow already knew that something was going to fall from the sky – and, once hooked, it took off like a bullet along the jagged, corally shoreline demolishing the whole fly line and ultimately snapping the 120lb test leader. Even in the howling winds the whiplash-sound of that leader snapping was loud enough to stun- and stop us dead in our tracks. Sadly, there was also that incident where an otherwise perfect interception of a massive, jet-black 70-80lb GT in meter-high surf swells followed by a 25meter+ cast into strong headwinds resulted in a take so brutal that the whole fly line snapped on the strip-set. That fish was to die for, but then again: Had the fly line not snapped on the strip-set, it might very well have surged towards the corally reef edge and broken me off there. Either way, that whole episode was accompanied by the deafeningly quiet sound of my heart breaking. During the course of six full fishing days at Astove Atoll, my good friend Martin Ejler Olsen and I experienced some of the most exhilarating and nerve-wracking GT fishing

Wading and scouting for GTs along Astove’s corally reefs, roaring surf lines, and jagged lava cliffs is terrifying in an of itself

imaginable. Reminiscing about the trip, I must admit that I’m still pretty shell-shocked and mind-blown about the amount of fish we encountered and how unpredictable, erratic, and (at times) super-aggressive these fish were. completely demolishing them in the process, with hooks getting bent out of shape, foam being shredded and ripped into pieces, feathers and fibres scattered all about… Well, the cacophony of it all is enough to send shivers down my spine as I sit here putting symbolic pen to paper. Additionally, there was that freak incident where the guide – who shall remain nameless – grabbed the leader on a big fish that was close to the boat and in danger of getting snatched by a huge oceanic whitetip shark. His finger got pierced by the top section of the fly rod, as the fish took violently off. Apparently, the leader knot had gotten caught in

I sometimes find myself struggling to keep my composure during an all-important fight, or when a momentous sightcasting opportunity presents itself. But I’ve never shaken to the core – with such a boiling mixture of adrenaline, excitement and sheer, panicky fear raging inside my body – as I have when fishing Astove Atoll. Wading and scouting for GTs there along the corally reefs, roaring surf lines, and jagged lava cliffs is terrifying in an of itself. Casting for one knowing that you probably just get that one cast before the fish suddenly vanishes again – only adds to the excitement of it all. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2020

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It is the take that renders one a trembling nerve wreck. It is, by all means, truly frightening!

Rasmus Ovesen with a brightly coloured GT caught on a beautiful sunlit day.

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Ultimately, however, it is the take that renders one a trembling nerve wreck. It is, by all means, truly frightening! Once fired-up and zeroed in for the kill, the Astove GTs will attack with such fury and brutality that one’s first impulse is to quickly dispose of the fly rod and jump out of the water. If that impulse is foolishly ignored and one counter-intuitively responds to the explosive collision by strip-setting the hook, one is in for a gruelling fight; a fight that will stress one’s tackle and physics to breaking point, and too often result in a harrowing snapping sound.

The Astove Wall consists of the large flats and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees from knee-deep water to an abysmal depth of a kilometre

Despite challenging conditions with heavy winds, cloud cover, rain and periodical thunder during most of the week – something very atypical for Astove Atoll, I managed to land 17 GTs, and had I been more stoic, calm and – perhaps – endowed with a little more luck, I might have landed well over 25. And as if that wasn’t enough, Martin and I also managed to squeeze in some absolutely outrageous bonefish-, triggerfish-, and permit fishing. Not to mention an afternoon offshore, where schools of huge barracuda, rainbow runners, milkfish and sailfish kept us busy.

Even smaller GTs will hit your flies like a freight-train - and soon after, backing will start peeling off your reel.

The real monsters – like the fiery-tempered 70-80lb GT that broke my fly line, the massive black one that snapped a 110lb leader on the corals, and the shark-like 120lb+ behemoth that rejected my fly (and broke my dreams), ultimately evaded me. But there was one thing that these fish couldn’t break – my spirit. And I have absolutely no doubt in my mind: I will be back in search for Astove Atoll’s indomitable and raging apex predators – the masters of destruction. Fact file //for Astove Atoll and Sight-fishing GTs off Astove Atoll’sthe lava Seychelles cliffs is a truly exhillerating experience.

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Astove Atoll is situated in the Indian Ocean, due north of Madagascar and some 1000 kilometres southwest of Mahé, which is the main island in the Seychelles. The atoll offers a rare glimpse into a world, which has changed very little over the years passed. It’s a place of rare beauty, where the daily dramas of a pristine and virtually untouched ecosystem play out vividly in front of your eyes. Wild pigs and goats roam the island as do huge tortoises and colourful terrestrial crab species. Several endemic species of birds can also be seen darting about in the tree tops and palm trees among colourful butterflies, but it isn’t until one has a look below the water surface that one realises just how prolific the wild life is. The flats, lagoon and reefs are teeming with life, and along the Astove Wall, which is best described as gazing down into the Grand Canyon, you’re likely to see anything from huge sharks, sea turtles and dolphins to sailfish, rays, barracuda and wahoo. The Astove Wall consists of the large flats and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees, from kneedeep water to an abysmal depth of a kilometre. No wonder that the famous and acclaimed marine pioneer, Jacques Cousteau, shot his underwater documentary “The Silent World” here!

At times, bonefish, giant trevally, permit and triggerfish are all within casting range on the flats I Giant trevally lopve crabs. This one was caught on an 8-weight, while looking for permit

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Indo-pacific permit are found in good numbers in the Astove lagoon. Catching one, however, is not an easy task.

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Martin Ejler Olsen shows off an impressive GT caught in the surf.

When the conditions are right, one can venture offshore and fly fish for sailfish, wahoo, tuna and barracuda.

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Fact File – Lodging Astove Atoll caters to an exclusive six fly fishermen per week, and the season extends from November to December and March to April. The newly renovated lodge offers full-catering service, exquisite Creole cuisine, and accommodation in single air-conditioned en-suite rooms. If you’re interested in booking a trip to Astove Atoll, or some of the other renowned Alphonse Fishing Co destinations in the Seychelles – including Cosmoledo, Alphonse Island and Poivre, send an email to: reservations2@alphonsefishingco.com For further information, be sure to check out these links: www.alphonsefishingco.com www.seychelles.travel/

Fact file – Transport & logistics The transportation to Astove Island is usually via Dubai to Mahé and Seychelles International Airport. Here, Emirates is an obvious choice, seeing as they have regular flights with appropriate arrival times in relation to the journey onwards: www.emirates.com/no/English/ The plane to Astove Atoll leaves early in the morning, and as a result you’ll need an overnight stay in Mahé. We found the beautiful Eden Bleu Hotel the perfect place to overnight. It’s situated on Eden Island – a very private and ambient vacation hub with beaches, marinas and it’s own shopping area. When time permits, Eden Island is also a great starting point for discovering Mahé, the Seychellois capital. For more information, please check: www.edenbleu.com For transportation services to and from the airport, logistics or tourism requests, Creole Travel Services is your point of reference: www.creoletravelservices.com You’ll continue your journey to Astove Atoll on a 3-hour IDC flight arranged by Alphonse Fishing Co. It departs from the IDC Hangar outside the International Airport, and getting there involves a five-10-20minute taxi-ride. Depending on your itinerary, you might experience a good deal of layover in Dubai International Airport on your way back, and it might therefore be a good idea to get some rest in the Dubai International Airport Hotel, which is conveniently located inside the departure terminal: www.dubaiintlhotels.com/

Fact File – The Fishing If you’re in the market for targeting the biggest flats-caught giant trevallies in the Indian Ocean, Astove Atoll is the place to be. Its shallow lagoon, jagged coastline and endless flats

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surrounded by sheer drop-offs provides the giant trevally with a unique and versatile feeding habitat and, as a result, giant trevallies are extremely abundant. Besides GTs, Astove Atoll boasts trophy-sized bonefish, bluefin trevally, triggerfish, barracuda, milkfish and Indopacific permit. And if one ventures offshore, one can catch yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo, groupers, sailfish and much, much more - just meters from the coral reef edge.

Fact File – Gear and Equipment Since the species diversity at Astove Atoll is quite overwhelming, you’ll need a versatile range of tropical fly rod-and-reel setups. You’ll generally need a minimum of four setups: An 8-weight setup for bonefish and triggerfish, a 10-weight setup for permit and milkfish, and two 12-weight setups for giant trevally – all of them pre-spooled with tropical floating lines. The reason why it’s a good idea to have an extra 12-weight setup on you at all times is that it enables you to switch quickly between poppers and streamers when sight-fishing for giant trevally. Furthermore, because giant trevallies are known for breaking rods, melting down reel drag systems and emptying backing reserves, a backup 12-weight setup is essential. While the gear required for bonefish, triggerfish, milkfish and permit is similar to that used elsewhere in the tropics, the gear needed for giant trevally is in its own league. Here, you’ll need the very best saltwater fly rods in combination with a fly reel that can stop a span of wild horses. I found the Scott Meridian rods and Waterworks-Lamson reels (including the Cobalt) to do the job beautifully! As a life-insurance during the utter mayhem and chaos of a giant trevally outburst you’ll need a minimum of 300 meters of 80lb backing in combination with a specially designed fly line – such as Scientific Angler’s 100lb test Sonar fly lines. The fly line is then linked to the fly via a 2-meter long 100 – 130lbs fluorocarbon tippet. It may sound completely out of proportion, but it is all due to the fact that a giant trevally needs to be treated with extreme strictness and maximum pressure during the fight. Otherwise, they will run off and you’ll risk getting spooled or being cut off on corals and other subaqueous structure. The flies, that are most commonly used at Astove Atoll, are specifically designed and developed for the fishing here. Fulling Mill, in England, have launched a series of flies developed in close cooperation with the guides at Alphonse Fishing Co, and they can be found here: www.fullingmill.co.uk/


The giant trevallies are fished with either NYAP poppers or gnarly streamers tied on the strongest possible 6/0 – 8/0 saltwater hooks like the Gamakatsu SL12s. They should be bulky, pulsating and have big, staring eyes – and it’s an advantage if they’re made out of materials that don’t suck in too much water. Among the local favourites are the Brush Fly, GT Mullet, Bus Ticket and Serge’s Wrasse. When it comes to wading equipment, clothing and such, you can pack like you normally would for similar tropical trips. Otherwise, Alphonse Fishing Company provides indepth information about what to bring prior to the visit at Astove Atoll.

Fact file – Caranx Ignobilis The Giant Trevally – or GT - is a member of the jack family, Carangidae – a family of aggressive predatory fish distributed throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. GTs are found across the marine range stretching from South Africa to Hawaii including Japan in the north and Australia in the south, and although they sometimes school up, they are predominantly solitary predators. Phenotypically, the giant trevally is recognized by its rather steep head profile, ovate and moderately compressed body, protruding eyes, powerful tail scutes, its spiny dorsal

fin and strongly forked cordal fin. It varies in colour from a charcoal black to a silvery colour with occasional dark spots and discrete marblings. They are broad-shouldered and muscular fish that are capable of both explosive bursts and long-distance surges. Size-wise, GTs have been recorded up to 170cm in length and weights in excess of 80 kilos. However, a 50lb+ fish caught on a fly rod is considered a trophy. They are ferocious apex predators that grow relatively fast, reaching sexual maturity at the age of roughly three years and 60 cm in length, and it is believed that they can grow to about 25 years of age.

GTs inhabit a very wide and varied range of offshore and inshore marine environments, but the biggest individuals seem to prefer deeper seaward reefs and drop-offs with good structure and diverse forage resources. They will, however, patrol shallow water on occasion both for hunting and reproductive purposes. GTs primarily feed on other fish such as bonefish, mullet, snappers and eels – but they will also feed on squid, shrimp, crab, lobster and even birds and turtles.

The biggest individuals seem to prefer deeper seaward reefs and drop-offs with good structure and diverse forage resources.

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Mongolia

A GUIDE’S PERSPECTIVE ON PURSUING TAIMEN Jeff Forsee

Jeff Forsee / Peter W Fong

It usually unfolds something like this - Temperatures begin to drop alongside the daylight hours, rivers begin to close, and my guiding schedule slows. I love autumn fishing in New Zealand, the slower pace of things is a nice change after a long summer of chasing fish until the sun sets. But I quickly begin to lose focus and find my mind drifting back to those warm summer days again.

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I exchange the pheasant tails and the 2mm bead heads for the buck tails, long synthetic fibers and 4/0 hooks that have been gathering dust on the bottom shelf of my tying desk. There is something extremely gratifying about lashing half a chook to a 4/0 after seven months of tying Pheasant Tails and Hare and Coppers. I pack my bags, say goodbye to my loved ones and hop on my first flight north. There’s not a major time difference between Mongolia and New Zealand, only about 4 hours but there is a whole lot of latitude. Where I live in New Zealand is nearly 45 degrees South and where I spend my summers in Mongolia is 50 degrees North. So a few flights later I find myself navigating the smoggy streets of Ulaanbaatar. It’s a funky city with a very Soviet feel. It’s on a north to south grid layout with a massive central square designed with cold war propaganda in mind. I know my way around UB pretty well by now and have some favorite restaurants that I spend my time at in between last-minute preparations for the season ahead. Soon enough, it’s time to catch a domestic flight into the western reaches of the country where our cavalry of old Russian military vehicles and a few surprisingly shiny land cruisers await. This is where it all starts to feel real! The duffels are loaded into the back of the machines and we head away from the village and across the iconic Mongolian steppe. We travel for about an hour on the last paved road we will see until we make our way back to the airport in a few months. We spend the next six hours bouncing past impres-

As the rains slow, the river begins to drop and morph into a captivating emerald green colour

sive herds of funny looking sheep, cashmere goats, yak, cattle and of course, horses. There are nomads on horseback, and we start to see the first gers (or yurts), that - before my first trip here - I only ever came across in text books and documentaries. This is Mongolia!

The Mongolian Wilderness

The steppe is as graceful as a landscape comes. Endless with rolling green hills and a Kodachrome of wildflowers. You can’t help but to be overcome with the feeling that you could walk or ride for 1000km in any direction. It’s no wonder the nomadic lifestyle is the mainstay, even in 2019. After a military check point that seems to be in the middle of nowhere you start ascending and descending mountain passes, the terrain becomes more rugged and what appears to be a river valley comes in and out of view at the tops of some of the passes. This is one of the most beautiful river valleys that I have ever laid eyes on. I’ve often said that I’d travel all the way here to float down this river even if it didn’t have any fish in it. Thank goodness, that’s not the case. As the snow melt and rains make their way down to the freestone river valley, they sweep away the fallen larch needles that in turn transform the river into a tea-coloured, streamer fisherman’s paradise. As the season progresses and the rains slow, the river begins to drop and morph into a captivating emerald green colour. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2020

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The endless meadows stretch on for kilometers at each river bend and on a hot windy day in July you wouldn’t make it 30 paces without having to dodge a few unwieldy grasshoppers. The geology of the valley is something I prefer to just be fascinated by instead of really trying to understand. Over the 150km that we float, it changes from towering limestone cliffs stretching 200 meters’ vertical from the river’s edge to crumbling granite bluffs that seem to have been there since the beginning of time. The reality is, this ancient land probably hasn’t changed much since Chinggis Khan and his armies were taking over the eastern world. In fact, it feels like they could come around the corner at any moment.

Taimen on the Fly

Fly fishing for taimen can be about as frustrating as the sport comes but being connected to one of these fish is as rewarding as it gets. There are all kinds of probabilities just like any fishery but ultimately, taimen do what taimen do. I haven’t spent a lot of time fishing for steelhead or musky but I think it’s safe to say that you can go ahead and throw the taimen into the ranks of “The fish of 10,000 casts.” It’s all about covering water and finding a player. Think pre-Tinder, it takes real time and effort. Especially if you want to find a good one. It’s perhaps what I love most about the fishery. Whether I am guiding or making the casts myself I have a genuine hope with every single cast that is made. I honestly stop breathing sometimes when I am watching a gurgler struggle across the surface of a nice looking pool. Even if we haven’t moved a thing since the day before. I know he’s down there and I find myself hoping that the serenity of the place will suddenly shatter with an explosive surface take.

The camps are floated downstream and set up anew every day as the anglers drift new sections of the river each day.

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Millions of years ago dinosaurs roamed the Mongolian steppe. They’re no longer around, but nothing much else has changed.

Taimen are predators of the fiercest distinction. I’ve seen them throw water six feet up a cliff wall chasing a grayling to its demise. They will sometimes do full cartwheels out of the water in pursuit of a surface fly. I’ve watched them come back to a fly four or five times before they are eventually hooked or lost. They ambush attack as solo predators and actively hunt in groups. This summer I watched a trout angler hook a 14” lenok, while the angler was bringing in the struggling fish it was eaten by a large taimen. The angler played the taimen for a full five minutes before the fish simply opened his powerful jaws letting the poor chewed up lenok go, never actually being hooked himself in the first place.

The lenok put up a scrap as feisty as any salmonid in their weight class

Lenok and grayling

Taimen fever is rampant in western Mongolia so the lenok and grayling fishing can often be overlooked. If it wasn’t for the meter plus heavyweights that pray on these smaller fish, fly anglers would travel all the way here just for them: It’s what dry fly fishermen dream of! In the middle of the summer you can tie on a size 8 Chubby Chernobyl and leave it there until it becomes so chewed up FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2020

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Lifelong friendships are forged and cultural gabs are amended during a three month long guiding season in the middle of Mongolias vast wilderness.

Living and breathing the river is a pretty streamlined way of living

that it won’t float anymore. I’ve never seen fish so happy to eat a dry fly. Watching the sunlight pierce through the oversized dorsal fin of a grayling while he attempts to ferry away from the boat on a clear summer’s day is a sight to behold.

The lenok look like a trout from a faraway world with their downturned mouths and exaggerated markings but have similar habits to the brown trout right here on planet earth. They will also put up a scrap as feisty as any salmonid in their weight class. Like any fishery it has its days but floating down a river as scenic as this one on a warm day with a five weight and big dry fly is about as good as it gets.

The seasonal progression

Before I know it, the deep green larch needles begin to change into a lime colour that can only be followed by a short autumn and a long winter. Our fishing days become a little bit shorter and evening fireside sessions become a little bit more common. It seems like overnight that we trade in our sandals for warm wool socks and mostly waterproof waders. It’s a bittersweet time of year for me. After three months of living in a tent and being away from home there is a big part of me that is desperate to get on that first flight south. But there is another part of me that will miss life on the river. Living and breathing the river is a pretty streamlined way of living. It’s almost military in routine and I get a lot of joy out of what becomes the new norm out there. Mobile phones are generally lost deep inside of anglers’ luggage, likely sandwiched somewhere in between the other equally use-

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In the rural areas, people still live like nomads from an era long gone, herding cattle.

Lenok trout are like no other trout on this planet. And they hit surface flies like there was no tomorrow. less items like deodorant and wallets. Putting your rain jacket on to go to the toilet and having a wash in the river become as regular as the autumn mayfly hatch. The biggest dilemma of the day is typically whether we should fish gurglers or streamers and it turns out that a warm beer is just as satisfying as a cold one if the nearest ice is two months away.

I miss my family, but I also know I will miss my family on the river when I go.

Taimen grow big - and they have powerful tails that are capable of generating great force and speed.

I miss my family, but I also know I will miss my family on the river when I go. The bonds that are forged among a group of people, fishing guides and camp staff, that spend months on end together, fighting the elements, working hard, overcoming challenges side by side and enduring the good times and the hard times is seldom matched. It’s a lot to leave and that’s before mention of the fish. I am completely captivated by Mongolia and the pursuit of hucho taimen. But this river is going to have a meter of ice on it soon so I know I need to pack my bags. I also know I’ll be back.

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Taimen are predators of the fiercest distinction. I’ve seen them throw water six feet up a cliff wall chasing a grayling to its demise

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Author and guide, Jeff Forsee, with the object of his obsession; a pristine Mongolian hucho taimen

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ReAct technology combines our X-Core design with a new complex material and taper system to create a breakthrough in fast action rod design. Distance, control and accuracy are compromised by waves that vibrate in the rod, even after the cast has been made. Simply making the rod stiffer to stop these vibrations kills feel. ReAct counteracts energy sapping vibrations by speeding the recovery of the blank without the need to stiffen the rod with more material. This puts the feel in fast. And that’s a really good thing.

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

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High Performance Fly Rods Imagine a rod that casts tight high line speed loops effortlessly and turns over your leader straight into the wind; a rod that delivers the fly on target with just one false cast, and can pick it back up and redirect if the fish changes course; a rod that is intuitive so you can focus on the fish instead of your cast; a rod that feels light and alive in your hand and has the touch and feel needed to make short quick shots or float the fly in quietly. All that, plus a rod hand crafted with the very best components to ever grace a fly rod. Introducing the all new Sector Series of high performance, hand crafted fly rods from Scott. Sector fly rods advance our award winning ReAct technology with new tapers and our new Carbon Web. They also introduce the most cutting-edge fly rod components ever created. No need to dream about your perfect fly rod- It’s here. The new Sector Series from Scott.

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A workhorse for light salt and medium duty fresh. Think bonefish one day, reds the next, smallmouth on the weekend and then big carp in the shallows next time you go out. Great with floating or sinking lines and small to medium weighted flies.

SECTOR 8108/2 - Grip A

The all arounder for salt and fresh water. With a stiffer tip than the 4 pc, this rod drives aggressive lines and sink tips and handles all medium sized flies with ease.

SECTOR 8109/2 - Grip A

Permit to pike, this rod covers all medium-heavy applications and is our choice when targeting salt and fresh species with bigger flies and both floating and sinking lines.

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The ocean side tarpon slayer. If you’re targeting tarpon in crystal clear shallow water with long leaders and small flies, this is the tool to deliver the goods. With plenty of power to beat powerful fish, but enough touch to lay the line down gently. This is also the rooster, albie, jack and striper rod of choice. Planning a heaving day off Montauk, some quality beach time in Baja, a few days West of Key West, or a trip off of Jupiter? Be sure to have this rod in hand.

SECTOR 81011/2 - Grip A

This is our favorite tarpon rod; ever. With power to spare in the bottom end and great touch off the tip, it’s the perfect combination of power and finesse. The fact that it’s corrosion proof and just about impossible to break is double icing on the cake.

SECTOR 81012/2 - Grip A

The big gun in the 2 piece line up. Jungle tarpon with sinking lines, yellowfin tuna, or anytime you need virtually indestructible lifting power. It’s a serious rod for serious fish. There’s nothing light hearted about this model, nor should there be. The wrecking ball in the Sector series.

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GT’s come out to play...This was developed to target big GT’s. It has proven an awesome rod for billfish as well. Super quick on delivery to fast moving aggressive fish. With line speed to spare you can get your fly from your hand to the fish in a snap of the fingers. After they eat, look out. The short lever effect of the 8’ 4” length paired with some serious pulling power puts the brakes on speedster fish.

SECTOR 8415/3 - Grip A

A fly rod like no other. Glass graphite composite for the ultimate in lifting power and durability. Take this on offshore excursions targeting yellowfin, bluefin, amberjack, giant sharks and other pelagics. You’ll appreciate the gimbal butt extension that fits standard fighting belts for those long battles when fish sound along side the boat, and the all ceramic guide set when that gel spun is screaming off the reel.

4 PIECE RODS SECTOR 846/4 - Grip A

Think of this like the creek rod of saltwater or bass fishing. It may not be the longest casting or hardest fighting rod, but when targeting smaller fish at close to medium ranges it is, without question, the most fun rod you’ll ever fish. Pin point accurate and so light in hand this rod puts a smile on your face every time you make a cast or fight a fish.

SECTOR 848/4 - Grip A

Do you love rods that feel weightless in hand, cast razor sharp loops with blistering line speed, and take no effort to fish? If you answered yes, and have an open mind, consider this for you new 8 weight boat rod. This is an amazingly efficient casting and fish fighting tool. Whether on the flats targeting bones or reds, or in the drift boat casting streamers and poppers, this rod minimizes fatigue and maximizes accuracy and pure fun.

SECTOR 8410/4 - Grip A

The big brother of the 848, this rod is pure efficiency, ease and fun. Choose this for snook, medium sized tarpon, or any fish where quick accurate delivery is key. This is a serious rod for the mangroves, docks or open waters. It’s also our choice for less powerful casters who want to target larger more aggressive species but just don’t enjoy casting 9’ rods in the heavier line weights.

SECTOR 906/4NZ - Grip B

The Sector New Zealand Special has been developed specifically for chucking everything required to catch trout in gin-clear water and crammed conditions - whether it be nymph rigs, big dry flies - or even streamers. A tireless allrounder!

The best 6 weight we’ve ever made. There, we said it. Equally at home targeting small bones and reds as it is in the drift boat with streamers. This rod is still every bit a 6 weight but goes the extra mile in easily delivering flies on target with little effort. It never feels like a 8 weight in sheep’s clothing but can outperform a lot of its bigger line weight cousins.

SECTOR 907/4 - Grip A

This might be the award winner for light meets power. Incredibly light in the hand but such a rocket due to line speed and loop control. This rod can slice through all but the most vicious winds. Not a BIG fly rod, but with any standard bonefish fly, shallow water redfish fly, or trout streamer, this rod is joyous to cast and fish, It’s for sure one of the ‘hero’ rods in the series.

SECTOR 908/4 - Grip A

We kept the nice light feel in this rod that helps you make shorter quick shots easily, and powered it up so you can drive long casts into the wind. That same power helps pick up long lines off the water and change directions without feeling the rod torque off axis. This rod is remarkably a 20 to 100 foot caster. In a nutshell, that’s about as ideal as an 8 wt gets.

SECTOR 909/4 - Grip A

People keep telling us this is THE ROD. We can’t find anything to dispute that. Super rangy for a powerful 9 weight, this rod casts just off the tip in close all the way to the backing knot. In typical fishing distances, it is so efficient in generating line speed and loop control that it turns over the leader on target in all but gale conditions. The best part-it does this while feeling light and responsive. You don’t need to push it.

SECTOR 9010/4 - Grip A

Big power with ease, lightness and comfort. A big permit rod, a light tarpon rod, equally capable for near shore species like big stripers, cobia and jacks. This rod loads up quick but has tons of power waiting to be called on. You can easily lay out typical 50-60 foot casts with just one back cast and almost no effort on the delivery, and if you need to punch it, the rod just responds and gives you that extra oomph.

SECTOR 9011/4 - Grip A

Enjoyable. Not a word usually associated with a tarpon rod, but this one really is enjoyable to cast and fish. Don’t let that fool you though. It has plenty of lifting power to float even those fish with the worst of attitudes. Enough touch off the tip to land flies accurately and softly, enough butt to break their spirit, this really is about the perfect tarpon rod.

SECTOR 9012/4 - Grip A

Your companion to the river estuaries of Central America, the GT flats of the Pacific, or the West coast of Florida, this rod will stand up to our sport’s most demanding fish. And it won’t beat you to a pulp while doing it. An easy to swing 12 weight with power and stability to spare, this rod is a great combination of fishability with raw power.


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POOR MAN’S GT ON THE FLY Fly fishing for giant trevally is more popular – and more hyped – than ever before. The driving force behind this development has been the incredible fishing around some of the outer atolls of the Seychelles like Farquhar, Astove, and not least Cosmoledo – places that now rank at the very top of most GT fly fisher’s bucket lists. Relatively few of them go there, however. The reason is simple: Price. The weekly rate for fishing the three mentioned islands run from well over $10,000 to more than $15,000 - for six days of fishing. Flights to Mahe, conservation donations and gratuities not included, of course. That’s not for everyone! So, when you have GT on your mind – but your fishing budget doesn’t quite match the price tag mentioned above – you need to look elsewhere: Christmas Island? Sudan? Or how about the Maldives? Welcome to the poor man’s world of GT on the fly. One January morning, somewhere in the northern part of the Maldives, that’s where the following took place…

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Then it happens, and from that very instant you couldn’t care less about bluefins

The tide isn’t moving yet so you aren’t expecting shots at the big game. Instead, you decide on walking the reef with your nine weight in hand – twelve weight tucked away for now – looking for lightning-blue shapes moving in and out of the wash from the surf breaking over the shallow reef. A quick cast followed by a fast retrieve is what it takes. Any bluefin trevally getting sight of your little crab in the turbulent water equals a wholehearted attack, with all guards down, until it finally connects with your fly, the line comes tight, and you’re on for some action. After two days of catching nothing, the action is welcome. You’ve hooked fish, yes – but caught any? No. Not so far. The big game here doesn’t come easy. So, you amuse yourself with the bluefins. A trigger tails. Its big yellow and orange tail waves you closer with its irresistible “come and get me if you can” attitude. You can’t, of course! Before you are even within casting range, a wave washes over the shallow reef, and the trigger disappears with the water pulling back to sea. Never mind, the bluefins are still around, and soon after you hook another one. The third this morning. It’s splendid sport on light gear, and you would have enjoyed it even more if that voice in the back of your head would, just for a moment, stop reminding you what you are really here for: Big game. B-I-G game. Caranx Ignobilis. AKA Giant Trevally. GT amongst friends.

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Judging from yesterday’s tide, there is still at least another hour until the water starts to drop. Not that you need less water on the reef but you just need the water to move. The moving water will off-balance the baitfish a bit, making them vulnerable. Furthermore, it will make the surf break harder creating better hunting opportunities. All in all, it might just give you another shot at the big game you are really here for. For now, the gentle surf is still creating ideal conditions for green parrotfish and luminescent bluefins to swim the shallow parts of the reef. The first ignore your fly, the latter hammer it, so you decide to walk back and fish the most productive part once more. There is still time. You are allowed to have some fun. You’re at six hooked bluefins – four landed, two lost – and on the last bit of shallow reef, having a great time. You tell yourself that you could do this all day long. Then it happens, and from that very instant, you couldn’t care less about bluefins, triggers, parrotfish, or whatever the surf washes in: Out of the corner of your eye, you see something moving in the surf – you turn your head, and you find yourself staring at a big GT swimming in the wave of the breaking surf, as clearly on display as new arrivals in a shop window. Approximately 193 seconds later, you find yourself positioned on a piece of rock, ten meters from the breaking surf. Nine weight tucked away, twelve weight in hand, flyline hanging in coils in the


Every cast counts when fly fishing for GT. They show up just as quickly as they disappear.

stripping basket, sunglasses with annoying saltwater drops on the lenses and soaked up to your chest from making it onto the rock. Not that you care. Getting a shot at big game is what is on your mind. Nothing else.

The GT is a Free T and your flyline is ten feet shorter than it was a second ago

It’s almost too good to be true but ten, maybe twelve, minutes later a big GT cruises along the reef, in the surf, coming your way, and less than fifteen meters out. The “almost” in the “too good to be true” part is the head-on wind, meaning the only option is a back cast. You’re telling yourself not to screw this up but most likely it is more down to luck rather than your casting arm actually listening to the commands, that the fly lands – if not in the perfect spot, then at least in an, under the circumstances, perfectly acceptable spot. You strip at least once, probably twice and possibly three times but surely no more than that. Then the GT is on the fly, engulfs it with half of its head out of the water, and the black baitfish pattern, tied on a strong 5/0 hook, completely disappears into a bucket-sized mouth. To say that “you’re on” would be an understatement. When you set

the hook, the GT heads for the surf, and in seconds the line is on the reel. That’s when “big angry GT” meets “heavy saltwater reel with almost closed drag” - so something has to give. It’s not the fish, neither the reel. The only thing left in that equation is you. You’re not sure exactly what happens but it happens fast! You’re pulled off the rock, fall over, head under water, cap goes afloat, rod at the end of stretched arm pointing directly at big angry GT headed off to sea. It’s a mess, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. Adrenaline ad libitum! Eight or nine minutes later, you’re finally winning the battle. The flyline is back on the reel, probably more than half of it by now, and you are starting to think about how and where to land your price. And then, there is that inevitable craggy rock snagging the line, the GT is a Free T and your flyline is ten feet shorter than it was a second ago. The fight is over, the GT won, you lost: The fish, that is. Not the memory. As you make you way to dry land, bleeding lightly from the bruises on your legs, you feel more alive than you have done in a long time. Twenty minutes later, you are back on the rock. This time, you didn’t even notice the deeper water or the drops on the sunglasses on the way out. Now, you’re going to war. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2020

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What really fascinates me about GT is their total commitment to killing that fly

It’s hard work chasing GTs on the flats, so a solid breakfast is imperative.

TALKING TO ANDREAS We sat down with Andreas Rasmussen, who helped us crack the code on fly fishing in the Maldives. Here, Andreas shares some of his thoughts about his big passion: Fly fishing for GTs in the Maldives: - I had heard about several unsuccessful attempts at fly fishing for GTs in the Maldives – but one day one of my colleagues in the shop came back with a different story. He had done his research, had hired a local boat driver – and after a few days, while anchored on the reef for lunch, a big GT swam by. This inspired them to look elsewhere and he ended up hooking several fish. That was all the encouragement I needed. I immediately planned a trip with a friend, we followed tide charts, read everything we could find and had tremendous success – way more than we had hoped for, or possibly deserved. We caught 14 GTs, many smaller fish but also several really nice ones. My second trip was also a success. This time, we fished a different atoll, but with the knowledge we had earned on our first trip and lots of research on Google Maps we were able to point out new potential spots. It wasn’t great fishing right from the start but at the end of the week we ran into 104

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The author with a bluefin trevally on display. These hard-fighting fish are fun to catch while scouting for GTs.

some crazy GT action. Five of us landed 23 GTs. The number of fish that came onto the flats and reefs the last couple of days was crazy. I guess we just had perfect tides – well perfect everything, and a good amount of luck thrown in as well. What really fascinates me about GT is their total commitment to killing that fly! On my last trip, captain Mohamed said is so well when we had a fish just hammering the fly: “It’s not hungry, it’s angry!” That’s exactly what they are. We don’t target other species when we’re carrying the heavy guns. But we do catch them when opportunities present themselves. We have landed barracuda, shark, bluefin trevally, snapper and grouper on GT tackle – and had a couple of shots at huge napoleons. When I was approached by Getaway Fly Fishing, it soon became clear to me that we shared the same ideas about an ideal setup for fly fishing the Maldives. Even if we had been successful using smaller boats to reach the spots, I was already painfully aware that it wouldn’t take much wind to ground us on the island, or at least out of reach of many of the best spots. On the other hand, a mothership would slow down everything and limit the number of spots you can fish in a day, and during a week. Getaway’s background and their ideas of setting up for fly fishing, carrying a dinghy on the front deck of the speed boat, matched my own ideas of the ideal approach. What also weighed in heavily was


The fishing pressure remains minimal in the Maldives, and the fishery is well-managed.

their plan to explore several different areas thereby limiting the fishing pressure in each area. Even if we had enjoyed success on my first trips, I was very aware that these spots were too easy to access for too many anglers. The good fishing wouldn’t continue forever if the same relatively few spots would get hammered week after week. I believe that the best approach to fly fishing the Maldives is fishing as many different areas as possible and over time accumulate knowledge about each particular spot, but also a growing understanding of how the fishing is affected by winds and tides. That will enable us to achieve better results without harming the fishery. It’s hard to predict the future of a fishery but I’m pretty optimistic about the Maldives. Mainly for two different reasons: There is still a lot of unfished water to explore and it is not too easy to achieve success. Let me explain why I view the latter as an advantage: If it was easy to fly down to the Maldives and land your big GT on the fly, it would soon become the most popular saltwater fishery in the northern hemisphere. It’s relatively easy to get there, and nothing is more mind-blowing than hooking a GT on a fly rod. This would lead to the Maldives being “overloved”, overrun, and overfished. But, “luckily”, it’s not so easy. Even though we have had some great trips, averaging one or two landed GTs per fly fishermen in a week is a really good result. Maybe you might hook twice as many, and have shots at many more – but to actually land that fish, everything has to go your way.

So, during a decent week six anglers might land 10 GTs. That’s not a lot of fishing pressure. It’s what four anglers will land during a good day of popping from a boat. And that’s another great thing about fly fishing: That you need a much lower number of landed GTs to make it a great week, thus putting less pressure on the natural resources. Fighting, waves, wind and sun for eight or nine hours a day, six to eight days in a row, to catch one or two of the fish you are really after – well, that’s not enough for everyone. And that’s the advantage: that those of us more than willing to take on the challenge won’t have to share the water with too many others. That fact, in my opinion, gives me an optimistic view of the future of fly fishing in the Maldives. To succeed with GT on the fly, you need skills and determination – but more than anything, you need luck on your side. I recently came back from a hosted week. A few days into the trip – we’re fishing a long reef in three pairs of two, and experienced guest, Jacob, is fishing with his friend Fredrik. A really big GT suddenly approaches them, on Jacob’s side. It’s swimming pretty fast so he only gets one shot. He makes the shot, placing the fly at just the right distance from the incoming monster GT, lets the fly sink a little, and then starts stripping fast. The fish spots the fly, accelerates, inhales it, turns around FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2020

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The fish spots the fly, accellerates, inhales it, turns around - and disappears. When he pulls in his fly, it’s no longer the 27-28 cm it used to be. It’s more like 5! The GT had eaten all of the fly’s 12-13 flatwing feathers, just missing the hook. Jacob never felt a thing! After such an experience, many might have felt defeated. Instead, Jacob felt encouraged: “This is possible, we’re going to get one!”. The following day, he came across another really big fish – one, that had some really advanced tricks up its fishy sleeves. Him and Fredrik had just been dropped off with the dinghy and they spread out a bit and started wading towards the reef. The shallowest part of the reef was maybe some 6-7 meters wide, the water was rising, and there a nice current was pushing across the reef. When Jacob was 20 meters from the reef, he notices not only a small patch of sandy bottom, but a big GT sitting there, just waiting for vulnerable baitfish to be washed in with the heavy current.

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The big fish was holding in around 80 cm of water, sometimes breaking the surface and exposing a good part of its broad back. With trembling knees, Jacob made the cast. He placed the fly five meters in front of the fish, made two strips – and then the show began: Within seconds, the fish had grabbed the fly, turned with it, accelerated to maximum speed and continued straight towards Jacob! It completely overtook the fly line, shot right past Jacob’s legs, pulling the fly line behind it. It then made a narrow turn around him, splashed water all over him in the process and headed back towards the reef. And with no hook-set being possible, as there was never the slightest contact with the fish, dropped out… When he told us the story, he must have had the biggest smile in all of the Maldives. “If I had caught it, that would have been great. The picture would be on the wall at home, and I would try to catch the next great fish. But this performance – from a fish – I will never, ever forget it”. Jacob did land three GTs during his trip but he lost the two biggest ones. He has already signed up for a rematch.


Andreas Rasmussen showing off what the Maldives is all about: That one, all-important shot at a trophy GT.

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Our large arbor reels maximize the benefits of large arbor design by maximizing the arbor diameter-to-width ratio. 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.

We set out to engineer the best drag system possible: Zero startup torque with adequate range. Smooth operation. Sealed from the environment. Reliable and maintenance free. Plus compact, light and technically simple. No sweat, right? We imagined a mechanical solution for a reel that probably seems obvious today: storing line on a large-circumference spool supported by a lightweight frame. But typical drag systems of the time were based on flat counter-rotating discs. Counterproductive. It occurred to us that the same surface area of discs could be configured into a pair of matched cones machined with angular precision. This resulted in a significant reduction in the diameter of the assembly, making it small, light and easy to seal. We also found proprietary friction materials that produced zero start-up torque and could run without lubrication.

INTEGRATED COUNTERBALANCE

POWER ARM

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.

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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Use 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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For the lightest rods and the most finicky of trout on everything from dry flies to nymphs and streamers.

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LINE CAPACITY

FORCE SL II -3+

MODEL

97mm

24mm

80g

WF 2-4

WF5 120 yds 20#

FORCE SL II -5+

104 mm

25 mm

94 g

WF 4-6

WF6 125 yds 20#

FORCE SL II -7+

112 mm

32 mm

105 g

WF 6-8

WF8 180 yds 20#

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. . . . . . . .B. ALANCING . . . . . . . . . .ACT ........

The basic parameters - weight, retrieve rate, line storage, drag torque, ergonomics - each must be balanced against the other to build a high-performing reel, and collectively provide the basis for the design. By far the most important of these are weight and retrieve rate, because the ratio of the two define what is considered a large arbor reel. Expressed simply, think of these two parameters as retrieve rate per ounce, and hence the Holy Grail of fly reel design is an architecture which yields the lightest structure possible for a given diameter, without sacrificing reliability and durability. Enter the completely re-designed Speedster reels. They feature an enhanced spool machining technique, focusing material only where it’s needed - the reason why both are significantly lighter and higher performing than their predecessors. But importantly, the form, the styling of each, clearly flows from the same place; allowing the dimensions of structure and function to inspire beauty.

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DIAMETER

WIDTH

WEIGHT

SPEEDSTER S -3+

83 mm

23 mm

92 g

WF 2-4

WF4 50 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER S -5+

93 mm

25 mm

109 g

WF 4-6

WF6 100 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER S -7+

100 mm

28 mm

134 g

WF 6-8

WF8 180 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER S -9+

109 mm

32 mm

161 g

WF 8-10

WF10 220yds 30#

SPEEDSTER S HD -7+

100 mm

28 mm

140 g

WF 6-8

WF8 180 yds 20#

SPEEDSTER S HD -9+

109 mm

32 mm

170 g

WF 8-10

WF10 220yds 30#

*Speedster S HD is only available in the color, Midnight.

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LINE CAPACITY

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Steadfast and stylish, Guru has long set a standard for enlightened excellence as a rugged, fully USA-machined, and ultra-reliable reel at a great price. By increasing the arbor to a larger diameter and making the spool narrower—all the while decreasing its total weight and parts—Guru S takes it to another level. An enhanced spool machining technique—focusing material only where it’s needed—makes this version significantly lighter and higher performing than its predecessor. We’ve opened the porting to reduce weight and improve line drying, and integrated the counterbalance. We even introduced a curved cross-section for structural stability. Taking your game to fishing nirvana, this will be your Guru for life.

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WEIGHT

ROD WT

LINE CAPACITY

81 mm

23 mm

106 g

WF 2-4

WF4 60 yds 20#

GURU S -5+

90 mm

25 mm

125 g

WF 4-6

WF6 100 yds 20#

GURU S -7+

101 mm

29 mm

143 g

WF 6-8

WF8 180 yds 20#

GURU S -9+

104 mm

31 mm

165 g

WF 8-10

WF10 220 yds 30#

GURU S HD -7+

101 mm

29 mm

149 g

WF 6-8

WF8 180 yds 20#

GURU S HD -9+

104 mm

31 mm

173 g

WF 8-10

WF10 220 yds 30#

*Guru S HD is only available in the color, Arctic.

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ARCTIC (-7+ / -9+ ONLY)

BLAZE (-3+ / -5+ ONLY)

OLIVE GREEN


. . . .I . NFINITE . . . . . . . .POTENTIAL ..............

Few things are more important to us than access to the outdoors. In collaboration with First Lite, Waterworks-Lamson is offering the special edition Litespeed clad in their signature *Fusion camo. All to benefit Backcountry Hunters & Anglers—the voice for outdoor enthusiasts against rapidly increasing threats to our public lands and waters. For this collaborative piece, a portion of all sales will be donated to Backcountry Hunters & Anglers to help fund their efforts on behalf of all hunters and anglers to conserve and maintain access to the lands, waters, and wildlife we love. CNC machined in the U.S. from 6061 barstock aluminum and assembled in Boise, Idaho.

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NEW C O LO R S

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DIAMETER

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

86 mm

33 mm

105 g

WF 2-4

LITESPEED G5 -5+

92 mm

34 mm

119 g

WF 4-6

WF6 100 yds 20#

LITESPEED G5 -7+

99 mm

37 mm

144 g

WF 6-8

WF8 225 yds 20#

LITESPEED G5 -9+

105 mm

38 mm

162 g

WF 8-10

WF10 200 yds 30#

LITESPEED G5 -11+

118 mm

42 mm

228 g

WF 10-12

WF12 250 yds 30#

LITESPEED G5 -3+

LINE CAPACITY WF4 100 yds 20#

FIRST LITE FUSION*

CINDER

BLACKOUT

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Remix shares the same drag technology as all of our more expensive reels. Majority U.S. manufactured and assembled in Boise, Idaho. Remix HD is the Heavy Duty spey and switch variant of Remix, incorporating a full cage design to capture thin diameter running lines that are notorious for escaping through spool/line guard gaps. Majority U.S. manufactured and assembled in Boise, Idaho. Remix 3 pack offers the same extreme value in the Heavy Duty spey/switch variant of Remix: one reel and two spools in a nylon carrying case.

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Remix marries the best of pressure cast technologies and CNC machining to deliver a durable frame in a hard bright finish coupled with a cast aluminum spool with u-shaped arbor.

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WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

LINE CAPACITY

85 mm

25 mm

121 g

WF 2-4

WF4 100 yds 20#

REMIX -5+

92 mm

25 mm

129 g

WF 4-6

WF6 100 yds 20#

REMIX -7+

98 mm

29 mm

156 g

WF 6-8

WF8 200 yds 20#

REMIX -9+

118 mm

35 mm

200 g

WF 8-10

WF10 250 yds 30#

REMIX HD -7+

101 mm

29 mm

181 g

WF 6-8

WF8 200 yds 20#

REMIX HD -9+

121 mm

38 mm

235 g

WF 8-10

WF10 250 yds 30#

REMIX -3+

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SUBLIME


. .Q. .UALITY . . . . . .ON . . .A. .BUDGET ............

Liquid is a pressure cast reel boasting full radius compound curves, near zero-radius inside corners and 100% U.S. drag components. The best value-for-money on the market. Majority U.S. manufactured and assembled in Boise, Idaho. Liquid 3 pack includes one reel and two spare spools in a nylon carrying case offering ease of interchangeability at a killer price.

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If you’re looking for a spare reel or just the right quality-to-price ratio for getting started fly fishing, there’s no other reel on the market like the Liquid.

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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).

AVAILABLE IN 3PACK

SPECIFICATIONS MODEL

DIAMETER

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

LINE CAPACITY

85 mm

25 mm

119 g

WF2-4

WF4 100 yds 20#

LIQUID -5+

92 mm

25 mm

131 g

WF4-6

WF6 100 yds 20#

LIQUID -7+

98 mm

29 mm

152 g

WF6-8

WF8 200 yds 20#

LIQUID -9+

118 mm

34 mm

232 g

WF8-10

WF10 250 yds 30#

LIQUID -3+

SMOKE

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Rügen

BEASTS OF THE BALTIC SEA By Matt Harris

Rügen Island clings to Germany’s Northern shore. During the summer, half of Germany seem to descend on the little island for their holidays, but in the late autumn and early winter months, the place is abandoned, desolate, and bewitchingly wild. Its sandy beaches and myriad coves and inlets are utterly deserted, and as such, they are a fisherman’s wonderland, surrounded as they are by the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea. And fish. Lots and lots of fish!

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The Baltic Sea is a strange anomaly. Bottled up by the Danish islands that crowd its mouth into the infamous Skagerrak, it is very much like a giant inland lake. It has little tide and little by way of salt either. The upper layers of this shallow sea have a salinity of just 0.3 to 0.9%. As such, it plays host to not only cod, herring, and flatfish, but also to huge shoals of bream and roach. Fed by these limitless whitefish stocks, a host of bristling perch and zander, and to my mind, the jewel in its crown, some truly spectacular pike that are just waiting for the adventurous angler. In winter, the pike are galvanised into feeding hard prior to spawning. On Rügen’s shallow flats, they are a perfect fly rod quarry, and well worth facing the icy winds and frigid water. But where to start? There are hundreds of miles of shallow sandy flats all around Rügen and knowing where to find the fish is a daunting proposition. You can “Do-it-Yourself” but I would strongly advise against it – there is every chance that you will go home empty-handed. Instead, find yourself a guide. THE guide. My friend Bernd Ziesche. Let me tell you a little about Bernd: I rarely run into a flyfisher who possesses the same degree of passion for the sport as I, but Bernd Ziesche is one such man. To give you an idea of just how keen he is, Bernd reckons that he will rack up 350 days of fly-fishing this year. 350 days! Think on that!

The pike of Rügen hunt in packs, and if you can locate them, you have every chance of a field day

Needless to say, Bernd is an absolutely obsessive fly fisherman and, in the true German tradition, he is relentlessly analytical and ultra-technical. His exhaustive studies involving slow-motion cameras have left him with controversial but very persuasive theories on the physics of fly-casting, and he doesn’t just talk the talk: his excellent casting technique is testament to the veracity of his ideas.

His attention to detail extends to his kit and terminal tackle, and if you are interested in pike fishing with a fly rod, a few days with Bernd are an absolute education. Crucially, Bernd also knows where the pike are. Years of experience Having fished Rügen for nearly twenty years, Bernd knows this vast fishery backwards. He has befriended many of the locals, and the tips that he receives from his friends on the ground prove invaluable. The pike of Rügen hunt in packs, and if you can locate them, you have every chance of a field day. They move around frequently, and every year – indeed every day – can be different. As a result of his long years on the island, Bernd’s guiding services are hugely successful – this year every last one of his guests caught at least one pike, and he and his guests rattled up well over 1600 pike – a remarkable figure given the short, 2-month season. The tackle for Rügen Bernd will tell you that the trick with this fishing is to travel light. So, what do you need? A steely fast-actioned nine weight rod is perfect. Couple it with a solid reel, preferably featuring quick change spools. FLYFISH EUROPE - SPRING 2020

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We shuffle throuh the dense curtain of high reeds that border the shore

” Rügen’s flats are home to myriads of fish species but the apex predator is the pike.

I like to carry three spools with different fly lines so that you can change the speed of your retrieve or fish in different depths of water. A full floater allows you to fish slowly or in the shallowest water, where even the biggest fish can be lying on warmer days. An intermediate tip is perhaps the most versatile, and a full intermediate is perfect for deeper water or faster retrieves, when the fish are most active. Short, powerful tapers are perfect for throwing big flies, but try to fish with the maximum of stealth. Couple this set-up with a line tray, a small wallet of flies, a spool of 25lb fluorocarbon, some titanium wire and some long, needle-nose pliers and you have all you need. Sling a good waterproof rucksack over your shoulder, and don’t forget your camera. There are special fish here. Wrap up warm, don some neoprene mittens and make sure your waders are leakproof and that your jacket will keep you properly dry. Throw some extra layers in your rucksack. You might want to take a nip of something warming in a hipflask too. What to expect? Let me tell you about a typical winter’s day pike fishing on Rügen. We are out early, and it is still dark as we leave the car and shuffle through the dense curtain of high reeds that border the shore. The first blue light of the December dawn creeps into the east as we step into the frigid waters of the Baltic, and wade through the shallows towards the drop-off. After long minutes forcing tired limbs through the knee-deep water, finally, the water deepens. The three of us spread out, and lengthen our lines, sending the big, flashy flies arcing out over the surface. The water has chilled during the clear, frosty night, and, understandably, for the first hour or so, the fishing is slow. We keep moving. As we edge along the drop-off, searching out the deeper water, the sun comes winking through the leafless winter poplars behind us. 120

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Suddenly, there it is. A big, aggressive boil, and then that classic wrenching grab. The first fish of the day. Hard-fighting fish People say that pike don’t fight. They should come to Rügen. The fish thrashes up through the grey waves, and then cartwheels away towards the horizon. The steely nine weight hoops over for a fair while, but slowly, the crisp carbon does its work, and finally the lithe, lean predator lies snarling and sullen and beaten. I hear a whoop of excitement and look round to see my friend Bernd hooked up too.

We roam a wide channel between two islands and run into pike after pike

Our fish aren’t the big metre-long beasts that we are hunting, but both are a handful, charging ferociously across the shallow flats before we can finally bring them to hand. Bernd hollers to his friend Hansi – a wonderful character - a warm old Rügen veteran who’s English is even worse than my German. No matter – Hansi’s relentless smiles and laughter can’t be impeded by any language barrier, and we get on famously. Hansi wades over and pulls out his little compact camera. We hold up the lissom jack pike and mug up for a picture.


Casting and covering water is what it’s all about. Nine weight rods paired with floating or intermediate lines get the job done.

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The water erupts as a real beast comes thrashing through the livid grey Baltic waters!

Matt Harris with a real brute - the epitomy of what Rügen is all about: The hunt for the BIG one!

There is no doubt that the larger fly is picking out bigger fish. Two additional fish in the teens come one after the other and then, suddenly, something serious. A big, savage headshake and then the water erupts as a real beast - a fish of at least 25 pounds - comes thrashing up through the livid grey Baltic waters. This is the one I reel the line up smartly onto the reel and then let the fish burn itself up against the smooth heavy drag. It makes long dogged runs but slowly the pressure starts to tell. The fish bursts up through the surface again, wild and angry. I ease off the pressure and let the fish use up the last of its precious reserves. Finally, it is done. Bernd wades over and I draw the big fish to him. Bernd expertly slides his finger under the fish’s chin and lifts its vast head gently out of the water. Looking for the big one Under Bernd’s expert guidance, we roam a wide channel between two islands and run into pike after pike. The gleaming sunshine disappears behind a vast grey blanket of wintery cloud, and the lower light levels seem to switch the pike on to attacking the myriad shoals of roach, sticklebacks and sculpin with even greater gusto. Fish after fish come to hand, and finally, I find the fish I am looking for… Hunting a big fish, I’ve changed up to a bigger, flashier fly pattern, and it is the right move. First cast, a double figure fish comes greyhounding through the surface after the fly. I abruptly stop the retrieve – as Bernd advises – and the rod suddenly buckles around. Armed with my new fly and the big dose of confidence that this first cast has given me, I work my way along the drop-off into deeper water, and two more sizeable fish come to hand. 122

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I am elated! I’ve loved pike ever since I was a kid, and this one is magnificent: A real beast of the Baltic Sea. It is also one of the most malevolent looking creatures I’ve ever seen. It stares balefully back at us, working its jaw and showing off a formidable array of murderous teeth. I’m glad that Bernd is holding it. We measure it at just over 116 centimeters - a proper pike even by Rügen’s standards - and calculate its weight at around 26 pounds. Bernd removes the fly, and for a moment, I cradle it in the shallow water and study its exquisite mottled frame: olive flanks, flecked with creamy spots and framed by rusty orange and black fins. Then I watch the fish right itself and kick back into the icy waters, slowly fading from view. It is one of the biggest fish of Bernd’s season, but there are bigger pike in Rugen’s fertile waters. A fifty-inch fish is a real possibility. Let’s go find one...


WANT TO FISH RĂ&#x153;GEN? Matt Harris will be hosting a group with Bernd Ziesche in late 2020 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you are interested in this or any of the other trips that Matt hosts, contact him at mattharris@mattharris.com

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Fly Line Maintenance LONGER LASTING - LONGER CASTING

Usually when we discuss line management in fly fishing terms, we refer to line control on the water and handling line while wading or in a boat. Today, we are going to look at line management in a different way. In short, what do we have to do to preserve the life of our fly line and achieve optimum performance? By Jerry Darkes During use, fly lines pick up material that is in the water. This happens anywhere we fly fish- in trout streams, bass ponds, saltwater flats, and more.

keys to this. A modern, premium fly line is a precision tool and just like most tools and equipment, needs periodic maintenance. We are fortunate that this is a quick and simple process.

There is a build-up of residue that adheres to the line, creating friction that slows the line as it passes through the rod guides. This same residue can also increase the density of line, making it float lower in the water and become harder to pick up. Bottom line- the performance of the line is compromised.

Scientific Anglers fly lines are made of a proprietary formulation of PVC coating that is adhered to one of several type cores, depending on what the line’s primary purpose is. We feel that PVC is the best all-around coating for fly lines at present. The addition of microscopic glass bubbles make the line float, while tungsten powder makes it sink.

The fly line is arguably, the most important part of our entire outfit. The line weight determines the type of fishing we can do and the outfit is assembled around that line weight. You can have the finest fly rod made with a proper weight line, but if the line is dirty or sub-standard in some way, casting becomes difficult at best or possibly even impossible. A good line will make any rod perform to its maximum potential. Having the line balanced to the rod with a proper taper design are

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Various additives help to increase the slickness of the line and increase durability. Scientific Anglers AST and AST Plus are impregnated through the entire line, from the core to the outer surface. They are not just a coating which wears off over time causing the line to “drag” through the rod guides and decrease casting efficiency and distance. AST and AST Plus last the entire life of the fly line and are de-


signed to move to the surface of the line, passing through microscopic pores, to maintain the slickness and UV protection of the line. Over time and depending the type of water where the line is used, these pores can become clogged and the performance of the line is affected. This is most prevalent in places with a lot of vegetation, algae, or suspended matter in the water. To clean the line and open these pores, the best item to use is Scientific Anglers Fly Line Cleaning Pads. These have a micro-abrasive side to them, very similar to a polishing pad. They can be used on all fly lines from any manufacturer. Wet the pad, pinch it over the line, and run it up and down the line. Do this until a bit of the line color shows on the pad. At this point the line is clean and ready to fish. This will also restore slickness and floatation to any line containing AST or AST Plus. You can rinse off the pad and store it for future use.

A modern fly line is a precision tool and just like most tools and equipment, needs periodic maintenance

If the line is really dirty, say lots of caked-on scum or after extended saltwater use, an extra pretreatment may be necessary. In this case, Scientific Anglers Fly Line Cleaner is the perfect thing to use. This is a biodegradable soap specially designed for fly line cleaning and will quickly and easily restore line performance. A few drops of the cleaner are added to a gallon of lukewarm water and mixed. Strip off the amount of line you want to clean and put it into the soap solution. Let it set for several minutes, then take a Line Cleaning Pad and wet it in the solution. Pull the line through the pinched cleaning pad to remove all of the dirt and grim on the line. Rinse the line in clean water and you are good to go with a line that will float and shoot again. If you are using a fly line that does not contain the AST or AST Plus additive, you will likely have to apply a coating to the line to enhance both floatation and shootability. Scientific Anglers Fly Line Dressing comes with a cleaning pad as part of the package. This is a hydrophobic (water repelling) solution that will noticeably increase the performance of the fly line. A bit of the dressing is squeezed on to the foam or sponge side of the cleaning pad. Pinch the pad over and pull the fly line through the dressing. Apply more dressing if you feel the line begin to “drag”, but try not to use too much. The dressing can be used for a number of additional line treatments. It is important to note that both intermediate and sinking lines also benefit from periodic cleaning. Although we are not concerned with floatation, using Scientific Anglers Line Cleaning Pads and Fly Line Cleaner will help these lines shoot better and increase longevity. Here a build-up of dirt may actually

impede the line from sinking properly. Using these products will keep sub-surface lines performing at their best. Scientific Anglers’ Fly Line treatment products are designed to keep your fly line functioning properly. A clean line will shoot easier and float higher, allowing you to present the fly more effectively. These products are simple to use and can quickly improve the function of ANY fly line. If you have a line with AST or AST Plus, no dressing is necessary. A proper cleaning will restore the line to maximum performance. A clean line matched to rod makes both casting and fishing an enjoyable experience, allowing us to focus on our primary purpose of catching fish.

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FOR THE LOVE OF LINES Fly fishing humbles us. It leads anglers to believe we are equal parts super hero and insignificant organism. It allows us to value the progression of cutting-edge technologies while taking joy in worn wading boots, entrylevel pickup trucks, river-temperature beers, and afternoons trying to chase skunk off the boat. We at Scientific Anglers believe in a facilitation of the two, an ability to provide consumers with the best products available while enabling them to enjoy the simple, and often best, aspects of our sport. Scientific Anglers began with three men (Leon P. Martuch, Clare Harris, and Paul Rottiers) and a single vision, transposed into a company spanning across the globe, influencing the way modern fly fishermen interpret and practice our sport. The cast, the rods, the reels, and the flies all connect through the cotter pin of fly fishing: fly line. Scientific Anglers became the unequivocal champion of fly-line production through leading market innovation and development during fly fishing’s early widespread industrialization. Numerous editorials have been penned regarding the physics of fly fishing and the impact of polymeric coatings, evolutionary taper structure, core construction, complex density, and fluid dynamics. At the base of these arguments is a single common denominator: Scientific Anglers. We have implicitly initiated a majority of these arguments by facilitating the development of industry-leading technologies, a practice that inevitably leads to scrutiny amidst competitors. As we continue to walk one step ahead, our focus dwells on forward progress—a vision and mission which consistently and constantly pushes the technological limits of fly fishing. At Scientific Anglers, we accept responsibility for Spey geek grain-weight battles, trout bum standard-weight struggles, and saltwater suppleness bar brawls. We enjoy the dynamic struggle between old school, new school, and the evolution of customer and industry demands. What lies between the fish slime and truth is where we flourish. Scientific Anglers rejects the happy medians, the good enoughs, the that’ll do’s, and the status quo. Welcome to the next page in an evolving history of Scientific Anglers and welcome to the future of our sport.

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TECHNOLOGIES ........................................ AST PLUS

SA•ID

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

The Scientific Anglers innovative line marking system

AST

TACTILE REFERENCE POINT

Scientific Anglers’ patented slickness agent, built into the coating

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

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

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

WELDED LOOPS

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

DRY TIP

AUDIBLE REFERENCE POINT 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 unique blend of microballoons, resulting in high-floating fly-line tips

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

ST PLUS

FLOATING TEXTURE

Durable slickness additive built for warm climates

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

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Down to a Science 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 competitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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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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UST ULTIMATE SCANDI TAPER

TI P LEADER AND TIP RECOMMENDATIONS LINE RANGE

SONAR SALMON LEADER

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ANADROMOS / SALMON NYLON

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Sonar leader

UST Short WILLOW FLOAT

PALE GREEN HOVER

LIGHT BLUE INTERMEDIATE

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BUTT

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Anadromous or Salmon nylon leader

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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

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AVAILABLE SINKING RATES

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

FLOATING TOP WATER

HOVER

2,5CM/SEK (1 IPS)

SA•ID

AST

ARP

Welded Loops

SONAR

INTERMEDIATE

3 CM/SEK (1.25 IPS)

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.

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

15 CM/SEK (6 IPS)

SINK 6

18 CM/SEK (7 IPS)

SINK 7

20 CM/SEK (8 IPS)

SINK 8

MID LEVEL

DEEP

Full ranges available at www.flyfisheurope.com

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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.

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AST

SA•ID

WELDED LOOPS

Sink 5

Sink 8

SHOOTING TEXTURE

SHOOTING TEXTURE

30’

FRONT TAPER 2

MEDIUM MEDIUM

Designed and developed by Flyfish Europe

SINK RATE SINK5

HEAD LENGTH 11,2M

GRAINWEIGHT 750 850

SINK5

11,2M

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11,2M

750

SINK8

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950

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10’

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ORANGE / GRAY

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SINGLE DENSITY SINGLE DENSITY

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

FLOATING

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

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9,9M

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LINE

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

LENGTH 9,5M

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9,9M 10,3M

9/10

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10,7M

10/11

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11,1M

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SEAMLESS DENSITY

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SINK 5

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FLOATING -

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10/11

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10/11

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SINGLE DENSITY FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

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

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7/8

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DOUBLE DENSITY

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11,1M

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DOUBLE DENSITY SINGLE DENSITY

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9,9M DENSITY

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10,3M

9/10

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10,7M

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10/11

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11,1M

11/12

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SINK 7

DOUBLE DENSITY

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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

26GR

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7/8

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9,9M

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9/10

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11,1M

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

10/11

10,3M

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FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

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10/11

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INTERMEDIATE

SEAMLESS DENSITY

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10,7M

SINGLE DENSITY FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE 8/9 34GR 10,3M 9/10 38GR SD SD-- SINK SD SDFAST SINK 5 --SD 7- SINKSINK SINK 8 6 SD SD SINK 5 -10,7M SINK 4 8 750/850 SINK 3 SINK 5 8 SINK 3 SINK GRAIN 7 SINK 5 7 7 3 -SD- SINK INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE -SD - SINK 4 SD SD SINK 5SUPER SINK 3 SINK SINK25 FLOATING --SD--SINK FLOATING FLOATING

SINK 8

8/9 34GR SEAMLESS DENSITY 10,3M

38GR

DOUBLE DENSITY

11,5M

SINGLE DENSITY

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FLOATING 3 FLOATING -SD- SINK

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9/10

10,7M

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DENSITY FLOATING - SINGLE INTERMEDIATE

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FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE 9/10 38GR 10,7M 10/11 42GR 11,1M 8/9 34GR 10,3M INTERMEDIATE -SD- SINK FLOATING 4 SD- SINK 7 SINK 3 INTERMEDIATE -SD INTERMEDIATE -SD 3 FLOATING SINK 5 SINK 4 - SINK - SINK 8 3 -SD--5SD 5 7 3 -SD SINK 4 - SINK 8750/850 5 -FAST SINK 3 -SD--SD - SINK SINK SUPER SINK - SINK 3 11,1M INTERMEDIATE FLOATING 10/11 5 42GR 11/12 46GR 11,5MGRAIN

FLOATING - INTERMEDIATE

SINK 5 FLOATING -SD-WEIGHT

Designed by Flyfish Europe

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

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

SEAMLESS DENSITY

LENGTH 9,5M

SUPER FAST SINK 750/850 GRAIN

7/8 SEAMLESS DENSITY

SEAMLESS DENSITY

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

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SEAMLESS DENSITY

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9,9M

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

WEIGHT INCL. TIP 34G/520GRAIN 38G/590GRAIN 41G/630GRAIN 45G/700GRAIN

• 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 slim loop-to-loop connection between head and interchangeable tips provides a smooth and seamless transition to eliminate hinging, and LEAF GREEN / BAMBOO provide a straight-line ORANGE connection toORANGE/ the fly. INTERMEDIATE BELLY FLOATING BELLY • 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 GREEN / DARK GREEN BAMBOO LEAF GREEN BLACK SINK 2 / Intermediate, SINK 4 TIP TIP 4 Textured INTERMEDIATE • Kit comesFLOAT with Tips:TIPFloating, Sink2/ Sink4, SINK 7 TIP Sink7 SHOOTING TEXTURE BELLY

LENGTH INCL. TIP 9,5M/31.2’ 10,3M/33.8’ 11,2M/36.7’ 12,2M/40.0’

SHOOTING TEXTURE TIP

ORANGE / BAMBOO FLOATING BELLY

ORANGE / BAMBOO FLOATING BELLY

ORANGE/ LEAF INTERMEDIATE

LEAF GREEN INTERMEDIATE TIP

GREEN / DARK SINK 2 / SINK

BAMBOO FLOAT TIP ORANGE/ LEAF GREEN INTERMEDIATE BELLY

SHOOT

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FRONT TAPER

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20’

10’

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BELLY

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TIP BELL TAPER TIP

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LINE WEIGHT

WEIGHT INCL. TIP

7/8

34G/520GRAIN

9,5M/31.2’

38G/590GRAIN

10,3M/33.8’

9/10

41G/630GRAIN

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FRONT TAPER

20’

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SURF / GREEN SINK 1 / SINK 2

GREEN / DARK GREEN SINK 2 / SINK 4

CHARCOAL / DARK BROWN SINK 3 SINK 5

SHOOTING TEXTURE

• T he world’s first tapered, textured multi-density Spey Tips • Shooting Texturing reduces friction, allowing for easier pickups of sinking tips • Tapered design aids in turning over flies at any distance • Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

SHOOTING TEXTURE TIP

SHOOTING TEXTURE BELLY

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• Designed in conjunction with Flyfish Europe specifically for the demands of European salmon and sea trout anglers 20’ 10’ 0’ 10’ 0’ • 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 ORANGE/ LEAF GREEN ORANGE BAMBOO INTERMEDIATE BELLY a straight-line connection to the fly FLOATING BELLY • Vibrantly colored tracer aids in identifying the back of the head at distance or in low light GREEN /the DARK GREEN BAMBOO LEAF GREEN BLACK • Shooting Texture allows the line to easily be lifted from depths before SINK 2 / SINK 4 TIP FLOAT TIP INTERMEDIATE TIP SINK 7 TIP the next cast

LENGTH INCL. TIP

8/9

20’ TIP BELLY FRONT TAPER TIP TAPER TIP

REAR TAPER

FRONT BELLY TAPER

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

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TIP

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

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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

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SPEY LITE INTEGRATED SKAGIT Integrated Light Skagit Line

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

• 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 SHOOTING • Braided multifilament core TEXTURE HORIZON / BLACK / HORIZON

RUNNING LINE

100’

90’

80’

ARP REAR TAPER

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SPEY LITE INTEGRATED SKAGIT - INT Intermediate Integrated Light Skagit Line

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

• Ultra-short head for turning over heavy tips and large, weighted flies with light two-handed rods - and for casting in crammed condition • Integrated floating line reduces hinging on casts and eliminates loopto-loop connection; also allows you to strip to the sink-tip connection to increase chances of hooking followers • 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 SHOOTING TEXTURE

HORIZON / HERON

RUNNING LINE

100’

90’

80’

70’

ARP REAR TAPER

60’

50’

40’

30’

20’

BELLY

10’

FRONT TAPER 2

FRONT TAPER 1

0’

SPEY LITE SKAGIT HEAD Light Skagit Head

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

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

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• 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

BLACK / HORIZON

REAR TAPER 2

20’

REAR BELLY FRONT TAPER 1 TAPER 2

10’

0’

FRONT TAPER 1


SPEY LITE SKAGIT INTERMEDIATE HEAD Intermediate Light Skagit Head

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

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

• 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 ORANGE / HERON • Sink Rate: Intermediate = 1.25 ips • Also works with single-handed rods REAR REAR BELLY FRONT FRONT • For use in moderate and cold climates TAPER 2 TAPER 1 TAPER 2 TAPER 1 • Braided multifilament core 20’

10’

0’

*Full head weight

SPEY LITE SCANDI INTEGRATED Integrated Light Scandi Line

HEAD WEIGHT LENGTH 150 GRAIN 6,1M 180 GRAIN 6,1M 210 GRAIN 6,4M 240 GRAIN 6,7M 270 GRAIN 7,0M 300 GRAIN 7,3M 330 GRAIN 7,6M 360 GRAIN 7,6M 390 GRAIN 8,2M 420 GRAIN 8,2M

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 25,3 27,2

• 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 SHOOTING TEXTURE

WILLOW / BLACK / WILLOW

RUNNING LINE

100’

90’

80’

70’

ARP

60’

50’

40’

REAR BELLY TAPER

30’

20’

FRONT TAPER

10’

0’

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

SPEY LITE SCANDI HEAD Light Scandi Presentation Head

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

HEAD LENGTH 6,1M 6,1M 6,4M 6,7M 7,0M 7,3M 7,6M 7,6M 8,2M 8,2M

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

*Full head weight

• 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

BLACK / WILLOW

REAR BELLY TAPER

30’

20’

FRONT TAPER

10’

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TRP

AST Plus

Welded Loops

For Delicate Dry-Fly Deliveries to Trout • The very best true-to-grain-weight line for casting small dry flies to picky risers; front taper is designed for delicate deliveries • Excels in medium-to-long distances with dry flies and smaller nymphs; wonderful on glass and bamboo

Improved Dry Tip

NEW

• Braided multifilament core

COLOUR

• SA AMPLITUDE TROUT WF X F (X = line weight) CELESTIAL CELESTIAL BLUE BLUE // BAMBOO BAMBOO // BLUE BLUE HERON HERON (COLOR (COLOR 2) 2)

Shooting Floating Texture Texture

LINE HEAD TOTAL WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WF-3-F 19,5M 27,4M WF-4-F 20,1M 27,4M WF-5-F 20,7M 27,4M WF-6-F 21,3M 27,4M WF-7-F 21,9M 27,4M

TACTILE TACTILE REFERENCE REFERENCE POINT POINT

SHOOTING SHOOTING TEXTURE TEXTURE

HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT WEIGHT* 12,6G 100 15,6G 120 19,4G 140 22,0G 160 26,2G 185

RUNNING RUNNING LINE LINE

MOSS MOSS // MIST MIST GREEN GREEN // WILLOW WILLOW (COLOR (COLOR 1) 1)

SHOOTING SHOOTING TEXTURE TEXTURE

REAR REAR TAPER TAPER

BELLY BELLY 2 2

FLOATING FLOATING TEXTURE TEXTURE

BELLY BELLY 11

FRONT FRONT FRONT FRONT TAPER TAPER TAPER TAPER 2 11 2

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

90’

80’

70’

60’

50’

40’

30’

20’

TRP

AST Plus

Welded Loops

0’

NEW

DOUBLE TAPER SA•ID

10’

For Delicate Dry-Fly Deliveries to Trout • The very best true-to-grain-weight line for casting small dry flies to picky risers; front taper is designed for delicate deliveries • Excels in medium-to-long distances with dry flies and smaller nymphs; wonderful on glass and bamboo

Improved Dry Tip

• For use in moderate and cold climates • Braided multifilament core • SA AMP DOUBLE TAPER DT X F (X = line weight)

Shooting Floating Texture Texture

LINE BELLY WEIGHT LENGTH DT-1-F 23,8M DT-2-F 23,3M DT-3-F 22,9M DT-4-F 22,4M DT-5-F 21,9M

TOTAL LENGTH 25,9M 25,9M 25,9M 25,9M 25,9M

GRAIN WEIGHT* 60 80 100 120 140

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

FLOATING TEXTURE

SHOOTING TEXTURE

REAR TAPER

BELLY

90’

80’

70’

60’

50’

FLOATING TEXTURE

FRONT TAPER

40’

30’

20’

AST Plus

Welded Loops

10’

0’

NEW

INFINITY SALT SA•ID

MIST GREEN / LEATHER / BUCKSKIN

The Go-To Line for All Saltwater Species • Made half size heavy turns over large flies on windy days

Tropi-Core

TRP

• Extended head length for accuracy at distance • High-contrast sighter to identify the back of the line when fighting fish on long runs • Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments

Shooting Floating Texture Texture

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-7-F 14,6M 30,5M 18,5G 200 WF-8-F 14,9M 30,5M 21,4G 225 WF-9-F 15,2M 30,5M 25,6G 260 WF-10-F 15,5M 30,5M 30,8G 305 WF-11-F 15,8M 30,5M 36,3G 355 WF-12-F 16,2M 30,5M 43,1G 415 *Grain weight for the first 30' (9,14m)

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• SA AMP INFINITY SW WF XX F (X = line weight) SHOOTING TEXTURE

TACTILE REFERENCE POINT

SHOOTING TEXTURE

FLOATING TEXTURE

BLACK / SAND / HORIZON

SIGHTER

100’

90’

RUNNING LINE

80’

70’

REAR TAPER 2

60’

50’

REAR TAPER 1

40’

BELLY

30’

20’

FRONT TAPER

10’

0’


NEW

INFINITY SAâ&#x20AC;¢ID

The Go-To Line for All Freshwater Species

Welded Loops

AST Plus

â&#x20AC;¢ Extremely versatile general-purpose taper designed for most freshwater species; an excellent line for trout, grayling, panfish, bass, carp, steelhead, salmon, and pike Improved Dry Tip

TRP

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â&#x20AC;¢ Extended head length for long-distance casts and superior mending ability

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Shooting Texture

â&#x20AC;¢ Made a half-size heavy to load fast-action rods, but works well with a variety of rod actions

Floating Texture

â&#x20AC;¢ SA AMP INFINITY WF X F (X = line weight)

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-3-F 14,3M 27,4M 10,0G 110 WF-4-F 14,6M 27,4M 12,3G 130 WF-5-F 14,9M 27,4M 14,6G 150 WF-6-F 15,2M 27,4M 16,8G 175 WF-7-F 15,5M 27,4M 19,8G 200 WF-8-F 15,8M 27,4M 22,7G 225 WF-9-F 16,1M 27,4M 26,9G 260

TACTILE REFERENCE POINT

SHOOTING TEXTURE

SHOOTING TEXTURE

FLOATING TEXTURE

BAMBOO / BUCKSKIN / CAMO

RUNNING LINE

90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

REAR TAPER 2

60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

REAR TAPER 1

40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

BELLY

30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

FRONT TAPER

20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

0â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

*Grain weight for the first 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (9,14m)

MPX SAâ&#x20AC;¢ID

â&#x20AC;¢ The ultimate general presentation line â&#x20AC;¢ Improved version of our GPX taper

TUD PLI E

â&#x20AC;¢ Made a half-size heavy to load fast-action rods

LE R

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â&#x20AC;¢ Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability

Improved Dry Tip

TRP

FLY LIN

LINE WEIGHT WF-3-F WF-4-F WF-5-F WF-6-F WF-7-F WF-8-F WF-9-F

Mastery Presentation Taper

Welded Loops

AST Plus

â&#x20AC;¢ Best for large dry flies, nymphs, and streamers Shooting Texture

Floating Texture

â&#x20AC;¢ For use in moderate and cold climates â&#x20AC;¢ Braided multifilament core

HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* 9,9M 27,5M 7,7G 110 9,9M 27,5M 9,2G 130 11,OM 27,5M 11,2G 150 11,OM 27,5M 13,7G 175 12,1M 27,5M 16,8G 200 12,5M 27,5M 19,8G 225 12,9M 27,5M 22,4G 260

TACTILE REFERENCE POINT

SHOOTING TEXTURE

SHOOTING TEXTURE

FLOATING TEXTURE

OPTIC GREEN / MOSS / BUCKSKIN

RUNNING LINE

*Grain weight for the first 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (9,14m)

90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

REAR TAPER

60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

BELLY 2

30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

BELLY 1

20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

FRONT TAPER

10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

0â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after.

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

SAâ&#x20AC;¢ID

AST Plus

Shooting Texture

Floating Texture

TRP

Improved Dry Tip

Welded Loops

Camo Tip

Tropi-Core

100-lb Core

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AST Plus

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Tropi-Core

Welded Loops

NEW

INFINITY SALT The Go-To Line for All Saltwater Species â&#x20AC;¢ Made half size heavy turns over large flies on windy days â&#x20AC;¢ Extended head length for accuracy at distance

â&#x20AC;¢ High-contrast sighter to identify the back of the line when fighting fish on long runs â&#x20AC;¢ Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-7-F 14,6M 30,5M 18,5G 200 WF-8-F 14,9M 30,5M 21,4G 225 WF-9-F 15,2M 30,5M 25,6G 260 WF-10-F 15,5M 30,5M 30,8G 305 WF-11-F 15,8M 30,5M 36,3G 355 WF-12-F 16,1M 30,5M 43,1G 415

â&#x20AC;¢ SA AMP S INFNTY SW WF XX F (X = line weight) BLACK / SAND / HORIZON

SIGHTER

100â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

RUNNING LINE

80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

REAR TAPER 2

60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

REAR TAPER 1

40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

BELLY

30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

FRONT TAPER

10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

0â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

*Grain weight for the first 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (9,14m)

NEW

TARPON For Targeting Laid-Up or Moving Tarpon SAâ&#x20AC;¢ID

â&#x20AC;¢ High contrast sighter to identify the back of the line when fighting fish on long runs

AST Plus

â&#x20AC;¢ Loads fast, shoots quickly, lands softly for wary fish â&#x20AC;¢ Stealthy color scheme Tropi-Core

Welded Loops

â&#x20AC;¢ Reinforced 45lb big-game core â&#x20AC;¢ Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments â&#x20AC;¢ SA AMP SMTH TARPON WF XX F (X = line weight)

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-10-F 11,0M 30,5M 22,7G 285 WF-11-F 11,0M 30,5M 26,2G 340 WF-12-F 11,0M 30,5M 29,8G 395 *Grain weight for the first 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (9,14m)

BLACK / SAND / SURF

SIGHTER

100â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

RUNNING LINE

90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

REAR REAR REAR TAPER 2 BELLY TAPER 1

60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

FRONT FRONT FRONT BELLY TAPER 2 TAPER 1

20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

0â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

ART AST Plus

SAâ&#x20AC;¢ID

AM

Welded Loops

LINE WEIGHT WF-2-F WF-3-F WF-4-F WF-5-F WF-6-F WF-7-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,4M 9,8M 10,2M 10,6M 10,6M 11,0M

TUD PLI E

STS

E

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E

BE

Camo Tip

FLY LIN

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

Shooting Texture

Floating Texture

HEAD AFTM WEIGHT WEIGHT* 6,4G 5,8G 7,7G 7,1G 9,2G 8,4G 11,1G 9,7G 12,8G 11,3G 15,2G 13,0G

A smooth freshwater allrounder â&#x20AC;¢

Half-size heavy to load rods quickly

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

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Great for single-handed spey casting

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

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Floating texture on the tip for higher flotation

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Braided multifilament for cold water applications

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Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

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

FLOATING TEXTURE

MOSS / DARK OLIVE / DARK OLIVE - BAMBOO

RUNNING LINE

REAR TAPER

BELLY

FRONT FRONT TAPER TAPER 2 1

*Grain weight for the first 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (9,14m) 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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DYNAMIC

AM

Shooting Texture

LINE WEIGHT WF-2-F WF-3-F WF-4-F WF-5-F WF-6-F WF-7-F WF-8-F

HEAD LENGTH 11,8M 12,3M 12,8M 13,3M 13,3M 13,6M 13,6M

Floating Texture

TUD PLI E LE R

EL STS

Welded Loops

E

BE

For delicate dry fly deliveries

AST Plus

SA•ID

FLY LIN

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

HEAD WEIGHT 7,0G 9,0G 10,9G 12,9G 14,9G 17,3G 19,8G

AFTM WEIGHT* 5,2G 6,5G 7,8G 9,1G 10,4G 12,0G 13,6G

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

Stealth color in front for skittish fish

Floating texture on tip for higher flotation

Braided multifilament core

Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

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

FLOATING TEXTURE

BAMBOO / SATIN ORANGE / BROWN

RUNNING LINE

100’

90’

80’

70’

REAR TAPER

60’

50’

40’

BELLY

30’

FRONT TAPER 2

20’

10’

FRONT TAPER 1

Flyfisheurope.com

0’

Designed by Flyfish Europe

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

BE

STS

HEAD LENGTH 14,3M 14,6M 15,0M 15,3M 15,6M 15,9M 16,2M

AST Plus

TropiCore

Tactile Reference Point

Welded Loops

• Extended head length for long-distance casts and superior mending ability

ER

LIN

TOTAL LENGTH 27,4M 27,4M 27,4M 27,4M 27,4M 27,4M 27,4M

The go-to line for freshwater gamefish • Extremely versatile general-purpose taper designed for most freshwater species; an excellent line for trout, grayling, carp, steelhead, salmon, and pike (dry flies, nymphs, streamers) • Made a half-size heavy to load fast-action rods, but works well with a variety of rod actions

• Available in two color schemes: standard and camo; the camo scheme features a mottled front taper for increased stealth

E LL

FLY

LINE WEIGHT WF-3-F WF-4-F WF-5-F WF-6-F WF-7-F WF-8-F WF-9-F

SA•ID

TUD PLI E

E

AM

INFINITY

Shooting Texture

HEAD WEIGHT 10,0G 12,3G 14,6G 17,2G 19,8G 22,7G 26,9G

Floating Texture

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

AFTM WEIGHT* 7,1G 8,4G 9,7G 11,3G 13,0G 14,6G 16,8G

• SA AMP SMTH INFNTY WF X F (X = line weight) BAMBOO / BUCKSKIN / CAMO

RUNNING LINE

90’

80’

70’

REAR TAPER 2

60’

50’

REAR TAPER 1

40’

BELLY

30’

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

20’

FRONT TAPER

10’

0’

OPTIC GREEN / MIST GREEN /BUCKSKIN

Flyfisheurope.com

Designed by Flyfish Europe

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.

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

SA•ID

AST Plus

Improved Dry Tip

Welded Loops

Camo Tip

TropiCore

Tactile Referende Point

Floating Texture

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AST

STS

Welded Loops

ER

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BE

ASTAL

Sonar

FLY LIN

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-6-I 10,2M 32,0M 14,7G 225 WF-7-I 10,2M 32,0M 17,2G 265 WF-8-I 10,2M 32,0M 19,4G 300 WF-9-I 10,2M 32,0M 23,3G 360 WF-10-I 10,2M 32,0M 26,5G 410 WF-11-I 10,2M 32,0M 33,0G 510 WF-12-I 10,2M 32,0M 34,6G 535

Slow-Sinking for Streamer Fishing • The SONAR Titan Full Intermediate fly line is designed to manhandle even the largest flies, and with its intermediate density, it allows you to fish your most heinous flies just below the surface. Right where they need to be • Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head • Slow sink rate gets flies just below the surface • For temperate climates • Braided multifilament core • Sink Rate: 1.25 ips (Intermediate) • SA SONAR TITAN WF X I (X = line weight) BLUE / PALE GREEN

RUNNING LINE

100’

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

90’

80’

70’

REAR TAPER

60’

50’

40’

BELLY 2

30’

BELLY FRONT 1 TAPER

20’

10’

0’

STILLWATER CLEAR CAMO SA•ID

BE

ISHING EF

STS

Welded Loops

ER

E LL

FLY

E

LAK

Camo Tip

Sonar

LIN

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-4-I 10,8M 32,0M 11,2G 140 WF-5-I 11,4M 32,0M 13,4G 160 WF-6-I 12,0M 32,0M 16,1G 185 WF-7-I 12,6M 32,0M 18,8G 210 WF-8-I 13,3M 32,0M 22,1G 240

Camouflage Line for Sub-Surface Fishing • Designed for the unique demands of stillwater angling, the Clear Camo simply disappears beneath the surface, and features a slow, intermediate sink rate to tempt fish sitting just below the chop. • Designed specifically for the demands of stillwater anglers • Based on popular MPX taper • Overweighted by a full line weight for multiple flies and long leaders • Full intermediate (1.25 ips) line over camouflage core for the ultimate in stealth • Features all-new supple clear material for reduced memory • SA STILLWATER CAMO WF X I (X = line weight) CAMO

RUNNING LINE

100’

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

SA•ID

Sonar

90’

80’

70’

REAR TAPER

60’

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BELLY 2

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FRONT TAPER

10’

SONAR GRAND SLAM CLEAR TIP

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Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon, All on One Line • 8 foot clear, intermediate sink tip for ultra wary fish AST

Tropi-Core

• Intermediate tip gets the fly down to fish • Overweighted by .75 sizes to load rods quickly; use designated line weight for your rod

Welded Loops

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-F/I WF-7-F/I WF-8-F/I WF-9-F/I WF-10-F/I WF-11-F/I WF-12-F/I

HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* 12,2M 30,5M 14,9G 175 12,2M 30,5M 16,5G 205 12,2M 30,5M 19,4G 235 12,2M 30,5M 21,7G 270 12,2M 30,5M 25,3G 320 12,2M 30,5M 29,2G 365 12,2M 30,5M 33,4G 435

• Short, powerful head turns over long leaders and heavy flies • Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments • Sink Rate: 1.25 ips (Intermediate) • SA SONAR GS CLR TP WF XX FI (X = line weight)

PALE YELLOW / SAND /CLEAR

RUNNING LINE

REAR TAPER

FRONT BELLY

FRONT TAPER

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SONAR MUSKY SA•ID

Sonar

AST

Welded Loops

Powerful Fast Sinking Musky Taper • Powerful head to turn over extremely large flies • Reinforced loops • Oversized running line for increased line management and positive strip sets. • Intermediate running line and Sink 5 head works well for lakes and rivers • For use in moderate climates • Braided multifilament core • SA SONAR MUSKY XXX GR (# = grain weight)

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* 450 GR 10-11 WT 9,1M 27,4M 29,3G 450 500 GR 11-12 WT 9,1M 27,4M 32,4G 500

NORTHWOODS GREEN / CHARCOAL

RUNNING LINE

*Grain weight for the first 30’ (9,14m) 90’

80’

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TITAN SINK TIP INTERMEDIATE

TITAN TRIPLE DENSITY

SINK 25 COLD

For Easy Casting with Large Streamers

Triple-Density Line for Throwing BIG Streamers

Sinking-Head Fly Line for Cold Water

For Fishing Flies Just Below the Surface Film

• 25’ extra-fast sinking head with handling line • An excellent streamer line - perfect for wading • Low-tangle design increases shooting distance • Floating running line • Super Fast Sink: 4.0 - 8.0 ips, sinks 4’ - 15’

• Designed specifically for the demands of stillwater anglers • Based on our popular MPX taper • Overweighted by a full line weight for multiple flies and long leaders; use designated line weight for your rod • Extra-slow sinking hover (1 ips) for fishing the film

• Two line sizes heavy for loading quickly and delivering the biggest flies to the furthest targets; use designated line weight for your rod • Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head • Available in three Sink Tip densities: Float/Int. = 1.25 ips NEW SINK RATE Float/Sink 3: 2.5 - 3.5 ips Float/Sink 6: 5.5 - 6.5 ips

• Two line sizes heavy for loading quickly and delivering the biggest flies to the furthest targets; use designated line weight for your rod

WILLOW / MOSS / PALE GREEN (INTERMEDIATE)

WILLOW / MOSS / DARK GREEN (SINK 3)

RUNNING LINE

REAR TAPER

BELLY 2

BELLY FRONT 1 TAPER

• Sink Rates:

Hover = 1.00 ips Sink 2 = 1.5 – 2.5 ips Sink 4 = 3.5 - 3.5 ips Sink 5 = 4.5 – 5.5 ips Sink 6 = 5.5 - 6.5 ips Sink 7 = 6.5 – 7.5 ips SHOOTING TEXTURE

HOVER INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE SINK 3

WILLOW / MOSS / BLACK (SINK 6)

SINK 2 SINK 2 SINK 3 SINK 3 SINK 5

SURF / BLUE / CHARCOAL (HOVER / SINK 2 / SINK 4

NEW

SINK 4 SINK 3 SINK 5 SINK 6 SINK 7

PALE GREEN / BLUE / DARK GREEN (INT / SINK 2 / SINK 3)

SINK RATE

PALE GREEN / OLIVE / CHARCOAL (INT / SINK 3 / SINK 5)

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LINE HEAD TOTAL SINK TIP HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-5-FS 13,1M 32,0M 2,4M 15,9G 185 WF-6-FS 13,1M 32,0M 3,0M 18,1G 210 WF-7-FS 13,1M 32,0M 3,7M 20,7G 240 WF-8-FS 13,1M 32,0M 4,3M 24,6G 280 WF-9-FS 13,1M 32,0M 4,9M 28,2G 330 WF-10-FS 13,1M 32,0M 4,9M 32,7G 380 *Gram weight for the first 9,14m

100’

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80’

HANDLING LINE

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20’

STILLWATER HOVER

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Taper diagram is based on equivalent float density. Actual diameters of sinking portions will be smaller.

PALE GREEN / DARK GREEN / BROWN (INT / SINK 3 / SINK 6)

OLIVE / CHARCOAL / BLACK (SINK 3 / SINK 5 / SINK 7)

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-6-S 10,2M 32,0M 14,9G 210 WF-7-S 10,2M 32,0M 17,2G 240 WF-8-S 10,2M 32,0M 20,1G 280 WF-9-S 10,2M 32,0M 23,7G 330 WF-10-S 10,2M 32,0M 27,2G 380 WF-11-S 10,2M 32,0M 32,4G 450 WF-12-S 10,2M 32,0M 35,6G 500

SINK RATE

LINE HEAD TOTAL WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH 150 GR 5-6 WT 7,6M 32,0M 200 GR 6-7 WT 7,6M 32,0M 250 GR 7-8 WT 7,6M 32,0M 300 GR 8-9 WT 7,6M 32,0M 350 GR 9-10 WT 7,6M 32,0M 400 GR 11-12 WT 7,6M 32,0M 450 GR 12-13 WT 7,6M 32,0M

GRAM WEIGHT* 9,7G 13,0G 16,2G 19,4G 22,7G 25,9G 29,2G

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

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

TOTAL AFTM LENGTH WEIGHT*

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

The SA SONAR Series was designed by anglers for anglers. Built for exploring every inch of the water column, the SONAR Series features sinking heads, full sinking lines, and even custom-cut lines for getting down as deep as you need. Constructed with our AST slickness additive, SONAR sinking technology, SA•ID line identification system, and Welded Loops, the SONAR Series is a technologically advanced set of sinking lines, built for fish of all species. Fresh or salt water, it doesn’t matter. We have a SONAR built for the fish you’re after.

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

SA•ID

AST

SONAR

Welded Loops

Tropi-Core

100-lb Core

Shooting Texture

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SA•ID

AST

Improved Dry Tip

Welded Loops

Tropi-Core

For years, SA Mastery Series lines have been among our most-popular and best-performing lines. While some things have changed, one thing hasn’t: Mastery Series lines still deliver just as well as—if not better than—they ever have before. With our AST slickness additive, Dry-Tip technology, color change at the rear of the head, and SA•ID identification system, Mastery lines are still the best smooth lines at their price point on the market. From dry-fly purists to tarpon-chasing poon hounds, the Mastery Series from SA provides every angler the lines they need to catch the fish they crave.

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SBT

AFFTA Standard Weight, Mid-Length Head

All-Round Taper

Short Belly Taper

• True to line weight • Mid-length head for exceptional mending and accuracy at distance • The caster’s fishing line • Braided multifilament core • For use in moderate and cold climates • SA MASTERY STANDARD WF X F (X = line weight)

• Medium length head suited for all skill levels • Half-size heavy to load rods quickly • Powerful taper turns over long dry-fly leaders and delivers nymphs and small streamers • Great for single-handed Spey casting • Two-tone,stealthy colors with camouflage tip for wary fish • Floating Texture on tip for higher flotation • AST slickness additive for increased shooting ability • Front and rear welded loops

• Short head delivers flies at short-to-medium range with extended line control • Turns over weighted flies, yet offers light presentations • Camo non-spooking tip, • Well suited for single-handed Spey casts • Braided multifilament core • Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

FLOATING TEXTURE

OPTIC GREEN / WILLOW

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50’

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BELLY 1

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REAR TAPER

WF-3-F

FRONT FRONT TAPER TAPER 2 1

LINE WEIGHT WF-2-F

HEAD LENGTH 6,5M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

WF-3-F

6,8M

30,5M

7,8G

7,1M

30,5M

9,0G

8,5G

WF-5-F

7,4M

30,5M

10,4G

9,8G

WF-6-F

7,7M

30,5M

11,9,G

11,2G

WF-7-F

8,0M

30,5M

13,6G

15,2G

12,8G

WF-8-F

8,0M

30,5M

15,5G

17,4G

14,6G

30,5M

7,7G

7,2G

WF-4-F

10,2M

30,5M

9,2G

WF-5-F

10,6M

30,5M

11,1G

WF-6-F

10,6M

30,5M

12,8G

WF-7-F

11,0M

30,5M

WF-8-F

11,0M

30,5M

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*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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GRAIN WEIGHT* 6,5G

WF-4-F

9,8M

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LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAIN WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* 100’ 90’ 80’ 70’ 60’ 50’ 40’ 30’ 20’ 10’ 0’ WF-2-F 9,4M 30,5M 6,4G 5,9G

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DTD

Versatile Presentation

Big Fly Taper

Double Taper Dual

• • • • • •

• “ 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 • Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

• 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 • Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

Perfect for delicate dry-fly fishing Floating Textured tip for high flotation Great for roll-casting and soft presentations Excellent line control in close or at a distance Braided multifilament core Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAM WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-2-F 12,1M 30,5M 7,1G 5,2G

LINE WEIGHT WF-6-F

HEAD LENGTH 10,4M

TOTAL LENGTH 30,5M

GRAM WEIGHT* 12,0G

WF-3-F

12,6M

30,5M

9,2G

6,5G

WF-7-F

10,4M

30,5M

13,6G

WF-4-F

12,9M

30,5M

11,3G

7,8G

WF-8-F

10,4M

30,5M

15,6G

WF-5-F

13,4M

30,5M

13,9G

9,0G

WF-9-F

10,4M

30,5M

18,6G

WF-6-F

13,7M

30,5M

16,0G

10,4G

WF-7-F

14,3M

30,5M

18,4G

12,0G

WF-8-F

14,0M

30,5M

20,5G

13,6G

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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

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Mastery Presentation Taper

Quick-Loading Floating Taper for Big Flies

Bonefish-Specific Floating Line

• • • • • • •

• Built two sizes heavy to load quickly and deliver the biggest flies to the furthest targets • Loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies to the furthest targets • Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head and short front taper • Ideal line for boat or wade fishing • For temperate climates • Braided multifilament core • SA MS TTN WF X F (X = line weight)

• Revised compound taper for delicate deliveries to skittish fish • Precise presentations in tropical conditions • Stiff coating and core for enhanced shooting • Looped on both ends for quick rigging • Long head for fly control and casting accuracy • Tropi-Core technology for tropical climates • SA MS BF WF X F (X = line weight)

The ultimate general presentation line Improved version of our GPX taper Best for large dry flies, nymphs, and streamers Made a half-size heavy to load fast-action rods Braided multifilament core Excellent with dry flies, nymphs, and streamers SA ID – SA MS MPX WF X F (X = line weight)

AMBER / WILLOW

BLUE / GREEN LIGHT BLUE / IVORY

RUNNING LINE

80’

70’

60’

50’

BELLY 2

40’

30’

BELLY 1

20’

FRONT TAPER

10’

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RUNNING LINE

BUCKSKIN / OPTIC GREEN

90’

80’

70’

60’

REAR TAPER

50’

40’

BELLY 2

30’

BELLY FRONT 1 TAPER

20’

10’

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD AFTM WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-5F 10,2M 27,4M 13,9G 12,0G

0’

RUNNING LINE

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90’

80’

70’

REAR TAPER II

60’

50’

REAR BELLY

40’

REAR FRONT FRONT TAPER I BELLY TAPER II

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20’

10’

9,9M

27,5M

9,2G

8,4G

WF-6-F

10,2M

27,4M

14,9G

13,6G

WF-6-F

10,8M

30,5M

12,3G

10,4G

WF-5-F

11,OM

27,5M

11,2G

9,7G

WF-7-F

10,2M

27,4M

17,2G

15,6G

WF-7-F

11,4M

30,5M

15,6G

12,0G

WF-6-F

11,OM

27,5M

13,7G

11,2G

WF-8-F

10,2M

27,4M

20,1G

18,1G

WF-8-F

12,1M

30,5M

18,1G

13,6G

WF-7-F

12,1M

27,5M

16,8G

12,8G

WF-9-F

10,2M

27,4M

23,7G

21,4G

WF-9-F

12,8M

30,5M

22,0G

15,5G

WF-8-F

12,5M

27,5M

19,8G

14,5G

WF-10-F

10,2M

27,4M

27,2G

24,6G

WF-9-F

12,9M

27,5M

22,4G

16,8G

WF-11-F

10,2M

27,4M

32,4G

29,2G

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*Gram weight for the first 9,14m

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COMPETITION NYMPH

Floating Dry Fly Line

Distance-Casting Taper

Built to FIPS Mouche Standards

• Delicate taper for precision casts

• Extra-long head and tapers for longdistance casting

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

• Compound head design ensures strong turnover at distance

• For use with rods 0- through 5-weight

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

• Ideal line for IFFF casting certification and competition casting

• Braided multifilament core LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAM WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-2-F 19,2M 27,5M 11,1G 5,2G

LINE HEAD TOTAL HEAD GRAM WEIGHT LENGTH LENGTH WEIGHT WEIGHT* WF-5-F 20,8M 36,5M 19,5G 9,0G

WF-3-F

19,8M

27,5M

12,6G

6,5G

WF-6-F

21,5M

36,5M

22,1G

10,4G

WF-4-F

20,4M

27,5M

15,4G

7,8G

WF-7-F

22,0M

36,5M

26,1G

12,0G

WF-5-F

21,0M

27,5M

19,5G

9,7G

WF-6-F

21,6M

27,5M

22,1G

10,4G

WF-7-F

22,2M

27,5M

26,1G

12,0G

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HEAD LENGTH N/A

TOTAL LENGTH 24,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* N/A

0-5 INT. SINK

N/A

24,4M

N/A

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INTERMEDIATE

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NEW

VOLANTIS INTEGRATED

Your go-to fly line for seatrout and other coastal predator fish. • • • • •

Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers Compact and powerful shooting head for predator species Load rods quickly with minimal false casts 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 • Floating running line

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LINE WEIGHT WF-5-F WF-6-F WF-7-F WF-8-F WF-5-I WF-6-I WF-7-I WF-8-I

HEAD LENGTH 10,1M 10,1M 10,1M 10,1M 10,1M 10,1M 10,1M 10,1M

HEAD WEIGHT 14,0G 16,0G 18,0G 20,0G 14,0G 16,0G 18,0G 20,0G

HORIZON / ORANGE / LIGHT GREEN (FLOAT)

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

HORIZON / ORANGE / LIGHT BLUE (INTERMEDIATE)

RUNNING LINE

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90’

80’

70’

HANDLING LINE

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40’

REAR TAPER

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BELLY

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Designed by Flyfish Europe in cooperation with Scientific Anglers Compact and powerful shooting head for predator species Load rods quickly with minimal false casts 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 • Floating running line

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LINE WEIGHT ST-5-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,4M

HEAD WEIGHT 14,0G

LINE WEIGHT ST-5-I

HEAD LENGTH 9,4M

HEAD WEIGHT 14,0G

ST-6-F

9,4M

16,0G

ST-6-I

9,4M

ST-7-F

9,4M

18,0G

ST-7-I

ST-8-F

9,4M

20,0G

ST-8-I

NEW

LINE WEIGHT ST-5-FAST-I

HEAD LENGTH 9,4M

HEAD WEIGHT 14,0G

16,0G

NEW

ST-6-FAST-I

9,4M

16,0G

9,4M

18,0G

NEW

ST-7-FAST-I

9,4M

18,0G

9,4M

20,0G

NEW

ST-8-FAST-I

9,4M

20,0G

ORANGE / LIGHT BLUE (INTERMEDIATE)

REAR TAPER

30’

BELLY

20’

FRONT TAPER

10’

ORANGE / BLUE (FAST INTERMEDIATE)

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SHOOTING LINES

ABSOLUTE FLAT MONO

NEW

Mono Shooting Line • Rectangular profile reduces line twist and increases grip in fingers • Hardness is tailored per size for optimal shooting with low memory in any condition • Vibrant colors that are easily tracked at distance • Available in 30m reel fill spools SIZE

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COLOR

DIAM.

25LB

YELLOW

0,43MM

35LB

ORANGE

0,48MM

42LB

CHARTREUSE

0,55MM

50LB

OPTIC GREEN

0,63MM

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FOR DRY-FLY TROUT PURSUITS

SINKING TIP FLY LINE - 10’ TIP, SINK 3

INTERMEDIATE SINKING LINE - 1.25IPS

• All-around trout fly line • Versatile taper excels with most flies and conditions • Excels in all weather conditions • Mid-length head • Formulated with Advanced Shooting Technology • Braided multifilament core

• deal for streamers and wet flies for trout, steelhead, salmon, in moving water • Fast-sinking 10’ tip sinks flies through the water column • Mid-length head enhances control • Best used in moving water • Sink Rates: 2.5 – 4.0 ips (Type III) • Braided multifilament core

• For chucking streamers in rivers as well, at this price, it would be silly not to get one. • Especially effective for fishing streamers • Thin diameter cuts through wind • Ideal for use in stillwater situations • Mid-length head for enhanced line control • Sink Rate: 1.25 ips (Intermediate) • Braided multifilament core

LINE WEIGHT DT-3-F

HEAD LENGTH 9,8M

TOTAL LENGTH 25,9M

GRAM WEIGHT* 6,5G

DT-4-F

10,4M

25,9M

7,8G

DT-5-F

10,4M

25,9M

9,0G

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

GRAM WEIGHT*

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

GRAM WEIGHT*

WF-5-F/S

13,7M

WF-6-F/S

13,7M

26,0M

9,0G

WF-5-I

10,4M

26,0M

9,0G

26,0M

10,4G

WF-7-F/S

WF-6-I

11,0M

26,0M

10,4G

13,7M

26,0M

12,0G

WF-7-I

11,0M

26,0M

12,0G

WF-8-I

11,6M

26,0M

13,6G

WF-9-I

11,6M

26,0M

15,5G

DT-6-F

11,0M

25,9M

10,4G

WF-3-F

12,4M

26,0M

6,5G

WF-8-F/S

13,7M

26,0M

13,6G

WF-4-F

12,4M

26,0M

7,8G

WF-9-F/S

13,7M

26,0M

15,5G

WF-5-F

12,4M

26,0M

9,0G

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

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WHAT’S YOUR

ENTRY-LEVEL SMOOTH LINES

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES:

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Welded Loop

Tropi-Core

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 and bass species, not to mention a welded loop on the front.

We are proud to offer the Frequency family of lines: the Trout and Double Tapers, built for precise presentations; the Boost, a half-size heavy taper for handling bigger dries, nymphs, and streamers; the Magnum, an even more powerful line for the largest streamers and poppers; the Saltwater, for fish along the coastlines; along with SinkTip, Full Sink, and Intermediate lines for all your sub-surface needs.

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FLY LIN

FULL SINK

AIRCEL SHORT

FULL SINKING FLY LINE - SINK 3 & SINK 6

QUICK-LOADING FLOATING LINE

GENERAL-PURPOSE FLOATING

• • • •

• 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

• 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

• • • •

Especially effective for fishing streamers Thin diameter cuts through wind Ideal for use in stillwater situations Front welded loop on Sink 3; Sink 6 includes braided loop connection Mid-length head for enhanced line control Sink Rates: 2.5 – 4.0 ips (Sink 3) Sink Rate: 5.0 – 6.0 ips (Sink 6) Monofilament core

LINE WEIGHT

HEAD LENGTH

TOTAL LENGTH

GRAM WEIGHT*

WF-5-S

10,4M

26,0M

9,0G

AIRCEL

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

LINE WEIGHT WF-4-F

HEAD LENGTH 12,2M

TOTAL LENGTH 24,4M

GRAM WEIGHT* 7,8G

WF-5-F

12,2M

24,4M

9,0G

WF-6-F

12,2M

24,4M

10,4G

WF-7-F

12,2M

24,4M

12,0G

WF-8-F

12,2M

24,4M

13,6G

WF-9-F

12,2M

24,4M

15,5G

WF-6-S

11,0M

26,0M

10,4G

WF-7-S

11,0M

26,0M

12,0G

WF-5-F

7,4M

24,4M

10,4G

DT-3-F

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24,5M

6,5G

13,6G

WF-6-F

7,4M

24,4M

12,0G

DT-4-F

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24,5M

7,8G

WF-7-F

7,4M

24,4M

13,6G

DT-5-F

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24,5M

9,1G

WF-8-F

7,4M

24,4M

15,5G

DT-6-F

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10,4G 12,0G

WF-8-S WF-9-S

11,6M 11,6M

26,0M 26,0M

15,5G

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DT-7-F

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24,5M

DT-8-F

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24,5M

13,6G

DT-9-F

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24,5M

15,5G

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TIPPET

ABSOLUTE Absolute leaders and tippet are made with proprietary copolymer blends that are designed to drastically reduce water absorption while maintaining an optimal suppleness for high knot strength. Absolute nylon leaders and tippet have a 29% higher wet knot strength compared to our previous material and up to 40% higher wet knot strength when compared to our competitors. Absolute fluorocarbon leaders and tippet boast a 15% higher wet knot strength compared to our previous material and features incredible clarity and abrasion resistance. SIZE

DIAMETER

7X 6X 5X 4X 3X 2X 1X 0X

0.004â&#x20AC;? / .10 MM 0.005â&#x20AC;? / .13 MM 0.006â&#x20AC;? / .15 MM 0.007â&#x20AC;? / .18 MM 0.008â&#x20AC;? / .20 MM 0.009â&#x20AC;? / .23 MM 0.010â&#x20AC;? / .25 MM 0.011â&#x20AC;? / .28 MM

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BREAK STRENGTH 2.5 LB / 1,1 KG 3.5 LB / 1,6 KG 4.6 LB / 2,1 KG 6.7 LB / 3,0 KG 8.4 LB / 3,8 KG 9.5 LB / 4,3 KG 11.8 LB / 5,4 KG 13.4 LB / 6,1 KG

ABSOLUTE

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â&#x20AC;˘ 100% fluorocarbon for ultimate stealthy presentations â&#x20AC;˘ Supple for drag free drifts

SIZE

DIAMETER

7X 6X 5X 4X 3X 2X 1X 0X

0.004â&#x20AC;? / .10 MM 0.005â&#x20AC;? / .13 MM 0.006â&#x20AC;? / .15 MM 0.007â&#x20AC;? / .18 MM 0.008â&#x20AC;? / .20 MM 0.009â&#x20AC;? / .23 MM 0.010â&#x20AC;? / .25 MM 0.011â&#x20AC;? / .28 MM

ABSOLUTE TROUT

BREAK STRENGTH 2.4 LB / 1,1 KG 3.5 LB / 1,6 KG 5.9 LB / 2,7 KG 7.4 LB / 3,4 KG 9.0 LB / 4,1 KG 11.2 LB / 5,1 KG 13.9 LB / 6.3 KG 16.0 LB / 7,3 KG

NEW

SIZE

DIAMETER

6X 5X 4X 3X

0.005â&#x20AC;? / .13 MM 0.006â&#x20AC;? / .15 MM 0.007â&#x20AC;? / .18 MM 0.008â&#x20AC;? / .20 MM

BREAK STRENGTH 3.5 LB / 1,6 KG 5.9 LB / 2,7 KG 7.4 LB / 3,4 KG 9.0 LB / 4,1 KG

ABSOLUTE TROUT STEALTH

Freshwater Tippet

Freshwater Tippet

â&#x20AC;˘ Sizes: 7X â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0X

â&#x20AC;˘ Sizes: 6X - 3X

â&#x20AC;˘ Length: 30m spools in all sizes

â&#x20AC;˘ Length: 30m spools in all sizes

â&#x20AC;˘ Supple for drag free drifts

â&#x20AC;˘ Supple for drag free drifts

â&#x20AC;˘ On average 40% stronger wet-knot strength than competition

â&#x20AC;˘ Light olive tint reduces line flash for ultra wary fish

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LEADERS

NEW

ABSOLUTE FLUOROCARBON Fluorocarbon Tapered Leader Our new paper-based Leader packaging is now 100% recyclable. All materials, inks, and window are fully biodegradable to protect our streams and reduce our environmental footprint. Please don’t litter!

NEW

ABSOLUTE TROUT Freshwater Tapered Leader • Tapers specifically designed for Trout fishing

TIPPET DIAMETER 0.004'' / 0.10 MM

BUTT DIAMETER 0.019'' / 0.47 MM

6X

0.005'' / 0.13 MM

0.019'' / 0.47 MM

3.5 LB / 1,6KG

5X

0.006'' / 0.15 MM

0.021'' / 0.53 MM

4.6 LB / 2,1KG

LENGTH 9’

SIZE 7X

9’ 9’

BREAK STRENGTH 2.5 LB / 1,1KG

9’

4X

0.007'' / 0.18 MM

0.021'' / 0.53 MM

6.7 LB / 3,0KG

9’

3X

0.008'' / 0.20 MM

0.021'' / 0.53 MM

8.4 LB / 3,8KG

9’

2X

0.009'' / 0.23 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

9.5 LB / 4,3KG

9’

1X

0.010'' / 0.25 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

11.8 LB / 5,4KG

9’

0X

0.011'' / 0.28 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

13.4 LB / 6,1KG

9’

16LB

0.013'' / 0.33 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

16.0 LB / 7,3KG 20.0 LB / 9,1KG

9’

20LB

0.015'' / 0.38 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

12’

6LB

0.007'' / 0.18 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

6.0 LB / 2,7KG

12’

8LB

0.008'' / 0.20 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

8.0 LB / 3,6KG

12’

10LB

0.010'' / 0.25 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

10.0 LB / 4,5KG

12’

12LB

0.011'' / 0.28 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

12.0 LB / 5,4KG

12’

16LB

0.013'' / 0.33 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

16.0 LB / 7,3KG

12’

20LB

0.015'' / 0.38 MM

0.022'' / 0.57 MM

20.0 LB / 9,1KG

LENGTH 7.5’

SIZE 6X

TIPPET DIAMETER 0.005'' / 0.13 MM

BUTT DIAMETER 0.023'' / 0.58 MM

BREAK STRENGTH 3.5 LB / 1,6KG

7.5’

5X

0.006'' / 0.15 MM

0.023'' / 0.58 MM

5.9 LB / 2,7KG

7.5’

4X

0.007'' / 0.18 MM

0.024'' / 0.61 MM

7.4 LB / 3,4KG

7.5’

3X

0.008'' / 0.20 MM

0.024'' / 0.61 MM

9.0 LB / 4,1KG

7.5’

2X

0.009'' / 0.23 MM

0.025'' / 0.64 MM

11.2 LB / 5,1KG

7.5’

1X

0.010'' / 0.25 MM

0.025'' / 0.64 MM

13.9 LB / 6,3KG

7.5’

0X

0.011'' / 0.28 MM

0.025'' / 0.64 MM

16.0 LB / 7,3KG

9’

7X

0.004'' / 0.10 MM

0.023'' / 0.58 MM

2.4 LB / 1,1KG

9’

6X

0.005'' / 0.13 MM

0.023'' / 0.58 MM

3.5 LB / 1,6KG

9’

5X

0.006'' / 0.15 MM

0.023'' / 0.58 MM

5.9 LB / 2,7KG

9’

4X

0.007'' / 0.18 MM

0.024'' / 0.61 MM

7.4 LB / 3,4KG

• Heavy butt diameters for powerful accurate deliveries

9’

3X

0.008'' / 0.20 MM

0.024'' / 0.61 MM

9.0 LB / 4,1KG

• Supple material for drag free drifts

9’

2X

0.009'' / 0.23 MM

0.025'' / 0.64 MM

11.2 LB / 5,1KG

• On average 40% stronger wet-knot strength than competition

9’

1X

0.010'' / 0.25 MM

0.025'' / 0.64 MM

13.9 LB / 6,3KG

• Available as single and three leader packs

9’

0X

0.011'' / 0.28 MM

0.025'' / 0.64 MM

16.0 LB / 7,3KG

ABSOLUTE TROUT

ABSOLUTE TROUT STEALTH

NEW

PRESENTATION Freshwater Tapered Leader

Freshwater Tapered Leader

• Large butts to turn over longer length with ease

• Light olive tint reduces line flash for ultra wary fish

• Progressive taper delicately delivers fly

• For dry fly and nymph fishing in close quarters

• Supple Material for drag free drifts

• Supple Material for drag free drifts TIPPET DIAMETER 0.004'' / 0.10 MM

BUTT DIAMETER 0.023'' / 0.58 MM

6X

0.005'' / 0.13 MM

0.023'' / 0.58 MM

3.5 LB / 1,6KG

5X

0.006'' / 0.15 MM

0.023'' / 0.58 MM

5.9 LB / 2,7KG

4X

0.007'' / 0.18 MM

0.024'' / 0.61 MM

7.4 LB / 3,4KG

3X

0.008'' / 0.20 MM

0.024'' / 0.61 MM

9.0 LB / 4,1KG

LENGTH 9’

SIZE 7X

9’ 9’ 9’ 9’

NEW

BREAK STRENGTH 2.4 LB / 1,1KG

LENGTH 11’ 11’ 11’ 11’ 11’ 11’ 11’ 14’ 14’ 14’

SIZE 6X 5X 4X 3X 2X 1X 0X 5X 4X 3X

TIPPET DIAMETER 0.005'' / 0.13 MM 0.006'' / 0.15 MM 0.007'' / 0.18 MM 0.008'' / 0.20 MM 0.009'' / 0.23 MM 0.010'' / 0.25 MM 0.011'' / 0.28 MM 0.006'' / 0.15 MM 0.007'' / 0.18 MM 0.008'' / 0.20 MM

BUTT BREAK DIAMETER STRENGTH 0.024'' / 0.61 MM 3.5 LB / 1,6KG 0.024'' / 0.61 MM 5.9 LB / 2,7KG 0.025'' / 0.64 MM 7.4 LB / 3,4KG 0.025'' / 0.64 MM 9.0 LB / 4,1KG 0.026'' / 0.66 MM 11.2 LB / 5,1KG 0.026'' / 0.66 MM 13.9 LB / 6,3KG 0.026'' / 0.66 MM 16.0 LB / 7,3KG 0.028'' / 0.71 MM 5.9 LB / 2,7KG 0.028'' / 0.71 MM 7.4 LB / 3,4KG 0.028'' / 0.71 MM 9.0 LB / 4,1KG

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BREAK STRENGTH 0.007” / .18 MM 6.7 LB / 3,0 KG 0.009” / .23 MM 8.8 LB / 4,0 KG 0.011” / .28 MM 11.0 LB / 5,0 KG

SIZE

DIAMETER

4X 2X 0X

ABSOLUTE

NEW

EURO NYMPH Freshwater Tippet

• Small diameter butt section to match with small diameter euro nymph lines

ABSOLUTE

NEW

TRI-COLOR SIGHTER Freshwater Tippet

• Integrated Absolute Tri-color sighter • Tippet ring allows easy attachment of tippet material

• Sizes: 4X, 2X, and 0X • Length: 10m spools in all sizes • Green/White/Orange color

LENGTH

SIZE

TIPPET DIAMETER

BUTT DIAMETER

BREAK STRENGTH

13.5’

2X

0.009” / .23 MM

0.020” / .51 MM

8.8 LB / 4,0 KG

• Low memory, high abrasion resistance, maximum knot strength

ABSOLUTE

ABSOLUTE INDICATOR

NEW

STILLWATER

NEW

STREAMER

Freshwater Leader

Freshwater Leader

• Hot orange butt section for strike detection

• 4’ short leader for use with sinking fly lines

• Great for indicator fishing stillwater or river for trout

• Heavy butt turns over the largest flies and protects fly line loop

• Short Butt section with long tippet section to sink nymphs quickly and evenly LENGTH 12’

SIZE 4X

TIPPET DIAMETER 0.007” / .18 MM

12’

3X

0.008” / .20 MM

12’

2X

0.009” / .23 MM

TIPPET BUTT LENGTH SIZE DIAMETER DIAMETER 4’ 8LB 0.008'' / 0.20 MM 0.029'' / 0.74 MM

BREAK STRENGTH 8.0 LB / 3,6KG

BUTT DIAMETER 0.026” / .66 MM

BREAK STRENGTH 7.4 LB / 3,4 KG

4’

10LB

0.009'' / 0.23 MM 0.029'' / 0.74 MM

10.0 LB / 4,5KG

0.026” / .66 MM

9.0 LB / 4,1 KG

4’

12LB

0.010'' / 0.25 MM

0.029'' / 0.74 MM

12.0 LB / 5,4KG

11.2 LB / 5,1 KG

4’

16LB

0.011'' / 0.28 MM

0.030'' / 0.76 MM

16.0 LB / 7,3KG

4’

20LB

0.013'' / 0.33 MM

0.030'' / 0.76 MM

20.0 LB / 9,1KG

0.027” / .69 MM

SALTWATER TIPPET

8,9cm

SIZE 25LB 30LB 35LB 40LB 50LB 60LB 80LB

DIAMETER 0.018” / .45 MM 0.019” / .48 MM 0.021” / .53 MM 0.023” / .58 MM 0.025” / .62 MM 0.030” / .77 MM 0.033” / .85 MM

BREAK STRENGTH 25.0 LB / 11,3KG 30.0 LB / 13,6 KG 35.0 LB / 15,9 KG 40.0 LB / 18,1 KG 50.0 LB / 22,7 KG 60.0 LB / 27,2 KG 80.0 LB / 36,3 KG

12,4cm

ABSOLUTE FLUOROCARBON SHOCK

156

8,9cm

SIZE 25LB 30LB 40LB 50LB 60LB 80LB

BREAK STRENGTH 0.017” / .43 MM 25.0 LB / 11,3 KG 0.020” / .51 MM 30 LB / 13,6 KG 40 LB / 18,1 KG 0.024” / .61 MM 0.026” / .66 MM 50 LB / 22,7 KG 0.031” / .79 MM 60 LB / 27,2 KG 0.035” / .89 MM 80 LB / 36,3 KG DIAMETER

12,4cm

ABSOLUTE

NEW

LEADER MATERIAL

NEW

Saltwater Fluorocarbon Shock

Saltwater Leader Material

• Length: 30m spools in all sizes - Sizes: 25lb – 80lb

• Sizes: 25lb – 80lb

• Extreme abrasion resistance for Saltwater and Predatory fish

• Length: 50m spools in all sizes

• 100% Fluorocarbon

• General Purpose, medium stiff monofilament for leader building

• Unique open-hub spool for easy dispensing

• Unique open-hub spool for easy dispensing

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SALTWATER LEADER

ABSOLUTE SALTWATER

NEW

Saltwater Tapered Leader • Tailored for all-purpose saltwater fly fishing with streamers • Perfectly suited for seatrout and seabass TIPPET BUTT LENGTH SIZE DIAMETER DIAMETER 10’ 8LB 0.008'' / 0.20 MM 0.028'' / 0.71 MM

BREAK STRENGTH 8.0 LB / 3,6KG

10’

10LB 0.009'' / 0.23 MM 0.029'' / 0.74 MM

10.0 LB / 4,5KG

10’

12LB

0.010'' / 0.25 MM 0.029'' / 0.74 MM

12.0 LB / 5,4KG

10’

16LB

0.011'' / 0.28 MM

0.030'' / 0.76 MM

16.0 LB / 7,3KG

10’

20LB

0.013'' / 0.33 MM 0.030'' / 0.76 MM

20.0 LB / 9,1KG

NEW

ABSOLUTE PERMIT

ABSOLUTE BONEFISH

Saltwater Tapered Leader

Saltwater Tapered Leader

• Available as single and three leader packs

• Available as single and three leader packs

TIPPET BUTT LENGTH SIZE DIAMETER DIAMETER 10’ 12LB 0.010'' / 0.25 MM 0.029'' / 0.74 MM

BREAK STRENGTH 12.0 LB / 5,4KG

LENGTH SIZE 10’ 8LB

NEW

TIPPET DIAMETER 0.008'' / 0.20 MM

BUTT DIAMETER 0.028'' / 0.71 MM

0.029'' / 0.74 MM 10.0 LB / 4,5KG 0.029'' / 0.74 MM 12.0 LB / 5,4KG

10’

16LB

0.011'' / 0.28 MM 0.030'' / 0.76 MM

16.0 LB / 7,3KG

10’

10LB

0.009'' / 0.23 MM

10’

20LB

0.013'' / 0.33 MM 0.030'' / 0.76 MM

20.0 LB / 9,1KG

10’

12LB

0.010'' / 0.25 MM

BREAK STRENGTH 8.0 LB / 3,6KG

WIRE

ABSOLUTE PREDATOR 7X7 KNOTABLE WIRE

NEW

Ideal for presenting flies to large predatory fish • 7×7 stainless steel construction limits stiffness for exceptional knot stability and natural fly movement • Nylon coating locks in knots and protects wire from abrasion • Can be used with most common fishing knots • Camo brown color reduces flash and visibility under water • Available in 25lb and 40lb sizes in 25ft spools LENGTH 7,6M

SIZE 25LB

COLOUR CAMO BROWN

7,6M

40LB

CAMO BROWN

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LEADERS

SONAR LEADERS

WILLOW FLOAT

PALE GREEN HOVER

LIGHT BLUE INTERMEDIATE

DARK GREEN SINK 3

CHARCOAL SINK 6

WILLOW FLOAT

PALE GREEN HOVER

LIGHT BLUE INTERMEDIATE

DARK GREEN SINK 3

CHARCOAL SINK 6

Density leaders with welded loops • Floating and sinking leaders for use with double- and singlehanded lines; perfect for trout, steelhead, and bass • Available as a full kit with all densities and a leader wallet • Built on 25-lb. monofilament core • Welded loop on butt end

FRONT TAPER

TIP

BUTT

FRONT TAPER

TIP

10’

9’

8’

7’

6’

5’

4’

3’

2’

1’

10’

9’

8’

7’

6’

5’

4’

3’

2’

1’

SINK TYPE FLOAT

NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW

BUTT

BREAK LENGTH WEIGHT STRENGTH 7’ 35GR 25LB/11,3KG

0’ 0’

SINK RATE -

HOVER

7’

35GR

25LB/11,3KG 2,5CM/S

INTERMEDIATE

7’

35GR

25LB/11,3KG 3,2CM/S

SINK 3

7’

35GR

25LB/11,3KG 7,6CM/S

SINK 6

7’

35 GR

25LB/11,3KG 15,2CM/S

COMPLETE KIT

7’

35 GR

25LB/11,3KG

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FLOAT

10’

50 GR

25LB/11,3KG

-

HOVER

10’

50 GR

25LB/11,3KG 2,5CM/S

INTERMEDIATE

10’

50 GR

25LB/11,3KG 3,2CM/S

SINK 3

10’

50 GR

25LB/11,3KG 7,6CM/S

SINK 6 COMPLETE KIT

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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 worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; McLean Weigh Nets are individually calibrated to guarantee accuracy to within 2oz/ 60g (small weigh), 8oz/220g (large weigh). Using high grade materials, strict quality controls, and hand made components, McLean nets are tough and functional to ensure long lasting service for the beginner, experienced angler, or professional guide.

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The Dam Tsunami

The Invisible War Against Rivers in Europe Ulrich Eichelmann, CEO Riverwatch

Amel Emric

Almost eight years ago we gathered the data and created a map of all planned dams in the Balkans. The results were shocking to many people, even to those who liked hydropower. Thousands of dam projects became strikingly visible, threatening the most valuable rivers of the continent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Blue Heart of Europe. In order to prevent these outrageous plans, Riverwatch and EuroNatur started a campaign in cooperation with local NGOs in the Balkans.

The Ugar river in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Ugar is a tributary to the Vrbas and it was a spawning site for Huchen until the Austrian energy company KELAG built dams like this one on the Ugar. Huchen and other fish are over now.

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we are facing nothing less than the end of free-flowing rivers and streams in Europe and a collapse of biodiversity

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In cooperation with NGOs (WWF EPO, EuroNatur and Geota) we recently did a dam assessment for the whole of Europe and the outcome is again an eyeopener. In addition to the 21,400 existing dams, about 9,000 more hydropower plants are in the pipeline or already under construction, 2,500 of them inside protected areas such as national parks and Natura 2000 sites. According to experts like Steven Weiss from the University of Graz, 20-30 fish species will go extinct if these dam plans become reality. Of course, this number would just be the tip of the iceberg with regards to biodiversity loss, since insects, mollusks, amphibians, plants and other groups of life would also suffer considerably. If we don´t stop this hydropower madness, we are Dam construction in Valbona river in the Valbona National Park. Photo credit Mirjam Aliaj

9000 hydropower plants are in the pipeline or already under construction

Constructing even a small dam impacts massively on the whole landscape. Very often new roads, bridges, transmission lines etc need to be build. So the impact of dams goes much beyond the river course.

The Ugur River in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Once, a spawning site for hucho (Danubian salmon).

facing nothing less than the end of free-flowing rivers and streams in Europe and a collapse of biodiversity.

crucial indicator for climate change issues and the country’s energy policy.

What makes it even worse is the fact that over 90 percent of all the proposed and ongoing hydropower projects are so-called small-scale dams with an installed capacity of less than 10 Megawatt. These dams don´t even produce substantial amounts of electricity while causing considerable destruction.

Germany - A Case Study In Germany, hydropower adds about 0,6% of the “energy cake”. This means, that 7300 small-scale dams only deliver 0,09% of the German energy mix, but they destroy 7300 rivers and streams. This is crazy, yet the percentages are similar in all other European countries as well.

Here is an example: In Germany there are about 7700 registered hydropower plants of which 7300 (or 94%) of them are smaller than 10 Megawatt. These 94% produce only about 15% of Germany’s hydropower electricity. However, it is important to understand that it’s not electricity, but the overall energy mix that is the

In 2018, even the EU Commission noticed this disproportionality in a report about hydropower on the Balkans, and recognized that “…the contribution of small hydropower plants of a capacity of 10 MW or less to the global energy production is extremely limited while their impacts on the environment are disproportionately severe.”

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So, dams are definitely not green, and small is certainly not beautiful. But why on earth are we facing this dam tsunami if it doesn´t make sense from the an energy point of view? The answer: Profit. Subsidies are driving the boom. Paid via electricity bills, the investors receive up to 3 times the market prize for their electricity from small dams, guaranteed for a long period of time (usually 10-15 years). And to top off this absurdity: the smaller the hydropower plant, the more money you get per kWh. These small dams are particularly dangerous, because they are being constructed in the headwaters of our river systems. Many of these streams are the last to still be in more or less intact condition, or – following the EU wording – have a good ecological status. The dam plans not only constitute an attack on the very last lifelines of Europe, but also on the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), as they strongly contradict with the goals of this directive.

Time is ticking for nature and especially for rivers!

However, it seems that without us fighting against this madness, nobody would care, neither in EU institutions nor in the member states. The hydropower industry is fighting an invisible “war” against our rivers. For investors and many politicians every free-flowing waterway is a potential dam site. So what can we do? The most crucial thing is to eliminate the subsidies for hydropower. If the destruction of our rivers continues to be financially supported, we will not succeed in saving them. Secondly, we must join forces much more than we used to. The fishing community, NGOs,

The Jadar river in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The residual flow is way too small and during summer fish die because of too little oxygen.

Langarica dam in Albania, diverting the water away from the Hotovë-Dangelli National Park. This HPP was constructed by the Austrian company ENSO Hydro.

In Serbia, the government plans to build 870 hydropower plants. But protest is huge in the country. in February 2019 about 5,000 people protested in Belgrade against destroying their rivers.

activists, celebrities etc. must work together. Similar to the climate crisis, time is also ticking for nature and especially for rivers. We cannot afford a “business as usual” approach. It’s either now or never and it’s no one else but us. In the EU, they are currently discussing a Green New Deal. Fine. But we also need a Blue New Deal, protecting our last free-flowing rivers, stopping absurd subsidies and initiating river restoration and dam removal, instead. Let´s go for it!

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Existing hydropower plants In progress hydropower plants Planned hydropower plants

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DAMS DIVIDE 21,387 existing hydropower plants are blocking fish migration in European rivers. Despite EU regulation to curb new hydropower, 8,785 projects are in the pipeline, threatening every little creek. More than a quarter of these are planned in protected areas. Considering that global freshwater populations have declined by 83% since 1970, this is unacceptable. We at Riverwatch are fighting for the preservation of the last unimpaired rivers as well as the restoration of those already canalized or dammed. We are particularly committed to preventing new hydropower projects.

Rivers are so much more than just water!

www.riverwatch.eu | facebook.com/riverwatchAUT www.balkanrivers.net | facebook.com/balkanrivers www.instagram.com/blueheartrivers

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FLY TYING GET CREATIVE WITH COLOURED UV RESIN Brett Zundel

Andrew Miller & Matt Ebbers

UV glue has revolutionised many aspects of modern fly tying - and fly tyers across the globe are getting increasingly creative with their streamers, nymphs, and dry flies. Now, coloured UV glues have entered the scene - and, in the following, Brett Zundel provides some inspiration for what you can do with it.

Fly fishing is rich with tradition. Yes, technology has made gear lighter, tougher, and easier to use, but the essential tools required and the anatomy of the cast remain largely unchanged. Fly tying has followed a similar trajectory. Books published 150 years ago offer descriptions and directions for recognizable patterns requiring tools and materials that are still present on most fly tying benches today. To put this in perspective: these books were written on desks illuminated by gas lamps, predating the dawn of electricity by decades.

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Think of the technology required to deliver the YouTube video, recorded on the other side of the world, to your phone; and then think that the tools and materials in that video would be recognized by men whose definition of long-distance communication was a telegraph. Considering the snailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-pace of fly tyingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution, it is somewhat surprising that fly tyers have a fascination with new materials and techniques. A few short years ago, tyers were content to fuss with epoxies and all that went along with them: the mixing, waiting, wheeling, uneven settling, and the unused (and therefore wasted) resin.


Coloured UV glue can ad that extra little spark and spunk to a fly that would otherwise attract less attention. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capable of drastically enhancing visibility, but it can also be mixed in order to carefully imitate subtle colours on, for instance, nymphs and emergers.

Sometimes, small things get the trout feeding - like some added gloss, a strike point or a bright colour thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visible in turbid water.

The invasion resins was Rigging up of forUV steelhead in swift, as tyers quickly recognized their benefits: Infinite work time and instant curing mean no wheels, no Northern California waste, and flies that are ready to fish instantly. It is no longer appropriate to call UV resins new or novel, as they have earned their spot in the kits of tyers all over the world. The beauty of clear UV resins is that they add durability and depth to a fly without altering the color. Tyers have used clear UV resins for everything from coating midges and buzzers, to creating wing cases, building glossy heads on steelhead flies, strengthening intruder bodies, giving eyes a dome-shape, and adding gloss and durability to nymphs. The fly is improved without any major modifications to its appearance.

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We are now experiencing the second wave in the UV revolution: the arrival of colored UV resins. Used and cured in the same way as clear UV products, the colored versions include a pigment that is permeable to light, allowing them to achieve the same quick, durable cure. The beauty of colored UV resins is that they present tyers with the possibility to do something different without having to go through the learning curve of tying with new materials or implementing new techniques. UV resins are intuitive and easy to use, and using colored resins is no different than their clear counterparts. Though they can be used in the same ways to build the same components, the results are far more dynamic: A red wing case that pops. A blue head that stands in contrast to the tan collar. A realistic olive caddis body. A yellow coating thin enough to reveal the subtle flash rib underneath. A twotone intruder body. A white belly on a baitfish pattern. Most materials are purchased with a particular pattern, color and size in mind; surely every tyer has a drawer full

Searching some fishable of un-used and forgotten materials, having used for one-fly’s-worth of in Central Oregon micro tubing, pink wire, purple waxed thread,water or obscure beads. The same tube of UV resin used to create a green wing case on a size 18 Copper John is the same one that can be used on a big stonefly body, a little Perdigon, a low-water steelhead fly, or a massive streamer. Further, these resins can be added as an afterthought to a pattern that was ‘complete’, but looked like it lacked that special something. As with all UV products, the results of using colored UV resins will be determined, in large part, by the strength and quality of the light that is used to cure them. This is especially true with colored UV resins, as the included pigments can hinder the ability of light to penetrate and cure the resin. Tyers would do well to invest in a quality lamp and ensure that the batteries are fresh and/or sufficiently charged. In the same way that we have seen UV resins replace traditional cements and epoxies as the standard way to finish flies, colored UV resins are increasingly common on benches of the most creative tyers in the world.

Flies tied by Matt Ebbers. Follow on Instagram for more: @ebbsforce1. Also, be sure to tune in for new episodes of Loon Live, where new patterns are broadcast regularly: loonoutdoors.com/pages/loon-live

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At Loon Outdoors we care. A lot! We care about our products getting the job done on the water. We care about the fish that are caught, the water that is fished, and the anglers themselves. We care about the people at our facility in Idaho, and care about the people at our factories overseas. We care about being excellent partners to our dealers and vendors. We care about taking care of people, admitting mistakes and making things right. We care about processes and waste and efficiency. We care about delivering and being on time. We care about learning, and we care about teaching. We care about old-timers and long-timers, and we care about kids and newbies. We care about being clean. We care about our reputation and using our voice. We care about stewardship. We care about being great and doing good. We care because Loon Outdoors is more than floatant, more than tools, and more than accessories. We make products (and lose sleep making sure they are great products), but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only part of the story. Put simply, at Loon Outdoors we care about three things: Products, People, and Places. We care too much about all of these things to compromise on one in order to satisfy another.

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Simple nippers with iconic Loon yellow comfy grip handles // Made with surgical quality steel // Utility nipper // Comfy Grip provides extra tackiness // Stainless Steel blades // Eye clearing needle

Why not put your fly in the best condition to catcth fish by sharpening it? // Two different grits // Keeps hooks sharp // Increase hook up rate

Lightweight and heavy duty // Nite Ize S-Biner // 56cm steel cable // Durable construction // A Nite Ize S-Biner attaches this sturdy retractor // holds nippers, hemostats, floatant, or any other streamside accessory

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Classic Mitten Scissor Clamps Clamps with push-through opening design // Comfy Grip provides extra tackiness // 15cm long // Surgical quality stainless steel // Eye clearing needle // Locking handles

Classic Forceps 14cm forceps // Surgical quality stainless steel // Comfy Grip provides extra tackiness // Sharp Cutting Edge // Eye clearing needle // Half smooth, half serated jaw


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Amadou is primarily composed of a mushroom: "Fomes fomentarius", and its primary purpose is taking soggy, water-logged, good-for-nothing dry flies and getting them ready to fish again. A simple squeeze between the two pads of this magical material sucks out water from a drowned fly, restoring its ability to float. Though it stands alone as a means of keeping flies floating, it is best viewed as a piece of the dry fly puzzle that includes some kind of dip or gel, and/ or a powder floatant.

We have tried a lot of dip floatants and love what they do to flies. What we don't love is how they smell, how flammable they are, and how incosistent they are with our priority to make products that are safe for fish and fisheries. Fly Dip is proof that anglers shouldn't have to choose between a green product and a great product. It is compatible with all flies (including CDC), dries quickly, and can take even soggy flies and bring them back to life. It isn't overstating things to say that this floatant is a "game-changer".

Quickly dries flies // All natural materials // Steel tool tether included // Reusable

Works with all sizes/matierlas of flies // Pretreats flies to keep them floating highter longer // Restores soggy flies

If we knew how many burned foreheads our ancestors endured, strapping flaming torches to their heads in an effort to be able to use both hands AND see at the same time, then we'd never take headlamps for granted again. The Nocturnal Headlamp is designed for the angler who doesn't want to be confined by the schedule of the sun. Using the red light function is easy on the eyes of both the wearer and his or her fishing buddies. The best part is that the built-in battery is rechargable using a Micro USB cable (included), ensuring that you're always ready to go and that batteries stay out of land fills. Rechargeable using micro USB cable (included) // Long lasting battery // 3 Modes: White, Red and Strobe // 3 brightness options // Water resistant case

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Complete Fly Tying Tool Kit

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What you need plus what you want. Packaged in a heavy duty travel case, the Complete Fly Tying Tool Kit is put together for anyone who wants to take their bench from zero to hero. Featuring all the tools included in the Core and Accessory Fly Tying Kits.

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

Packaged in a heavy duty travel case and featuring the Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner, D-Loop Tweezers, Ergo Dubbing Brush, Zippy Hair Stacker (M) and a Vise Pawn, this is kit for anyone looking to beef up their arsenal of fly tying tools.

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Iconic Loon Yellow powder coated handle // Ergonomic shape mimics cork handle of fly rod // Works with hooks of all sizes // Tapered ends to accommodate hook gapes // Tapered ends for extra pressure // Heavy duty steel construction

The strong magnet is compatible with most vises // Iconic Loon Yellow powder coated handle // Keeps materials pulled away from tie-in points // Works with most vises

UV Fly Finish is the colored companion to UV Clear Fly Finish // Instantly provide color and complexity to flies // Cures with Loon UV light // Instantly adds color to flies

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Fly Tying Tools For all things fly tying follow Loon Outdoors on social media, and don’t forget to tune in for new episodes of Loon Live where new fly patterns and tying techniques are presented - and lots of inspiration can be found. Loon Outdoor’s range of fly tying tools include all the essentials; fine-tuned to perfection and with Loon’s signature yellow powdercoated ergo-grips. Because perfection in production means perfection at your tying bench!

Zippy Hair Stackers - S, M, L

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Magnets keep the stacker closed while in use // Window in the base allows tyers to see when tips are aligned // Available in three sizes (S 1cm, M 1,6cm, L 2,2cm) // Iconic Loon Yellow powder coated handle // Ergonomic shape // Single-piece design eliminates losing components

Iconic Loon Yellow powder coated handle // Ergonomic shape // Removes underfur // Works with wide variety of materials // Stainless steel tines

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Iconic Loon Yellow powder coated handle // Ergonomic shape // Brass Feet // Versatile shape and size // Allows for easy adjustment to tension // Double radius tube

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Scott Fly Rod Company

THE SCOTT FLY ROD TOUR If you’re serious about fly fishing, at some point in your life you’ll get serious about making the journey to Americas mid-west, a region that has shaped modern fly fishing tools and methods more than any other region or country. From browns and rainbow trout sipping dries barely visible to the naked eye to big rivers and drifts boats and of course the high country Alps tiny streams and legendary cutthroat trout. There’s certainly a lot to digest on a visit to a state such as Colorado. Of course, if you’re in the mid-west, and you get the opportunity to visit the Scott fly rod factory in Montrose, and then fish with CEO and chief designer Jimmy Bartchi, and Frank Smethurst from felt sole media fame- you’ve landed the opportunity of a lifetime!

Fly fishing the famous ‘Black canyon’ on the Gunnison River with Jim Bartschi was a super cool experience. For an old fashion fly rod tragic like myself, to be sharing a bank with Mr Scott himself, high fiving when solid trout sipped my tiny dry or just laughing endlessly over the craziest jokes! It struck me as incredible just how relaxed, personable, or straight up cool Jim is for the position he holds. Sporting a beard for his upcoming quest to hunt a moose, Jim quickly received the nickname ‘Jimmy Badass’, and wore it with pride. Such is the nature of the man who has delivered many of the worlds greatest fly rod advancements! Then there’s Frank Smethurst. You know the guy from ‘running down the man’? The roosterfish eccentric who’s every bit the character you’d expect: Full of passion and emotion for both fishes and the environments they inhabit. Sharing a drift boat, a hotel room and a high altitude hike in search of the native cutthroat trout with Frank was simply awesome. The cutthroat adventure, literally one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I was in Colorado to film two or three episodes of TV for my program- Adventure Angler. One of the driving scripts was to visit the factory and get an in depth tour from Jim on the making of a Scott fly rod, from start to finish.

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When you visit the factory and take the tour, two things strike a note. Firstly, these rods are all truly hand made from start to finish. Nothing is outsourced, nothing is mass produced. Secondly and as a result, how can these rods be so cheap, serious! When you see how many people work in the factory and how meticulous and highly scrutinised for imperfections these rods go through, you understand the attention that goes into every rod that hits the stores. One such example of the commitment to quality would be the final lacquering stage. Other rod manufacturers apply one thick coat and leave to dry. While at Scott, they apply four to five thin coats with a full day to dry for each. Jim believes they get a thinner, more streamlined and superior finish on their trims this way. Another feature might be the un sanded blank that doesn’t allow even the most minor imperfection to be painted over. Nothing can be hidden and every single worker along the stage is a quality controller! The add campaigns always stated- ‘hand made in the USA’. Once you’ve taken the Scott fly rod tour, you quickly realise these rods are so much more than that. They’re each given a life of their own. They have soul!

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Jim Bartschi casting one of his awardwinning rods on the Gunnison River.

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sondergaard ecoastal STRIPPING BASKET Made of biodegradeable materials

Sondergaardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ECOastal Stripping Basket is the result of a combination of light-weight materials, superior ergonomics, and functionality. This comfortable and easy-to-use stripping basket comes equipped with flexible spikes that prevent line tangles. An adjustable velcro-fitted belt keeps the stripping basket in place and the half-open tray effectively keeps track of your fly line.

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SURF CANDY Jonatan Ternald - www.searun.org

Bob Popovics introduced the Surf Candy in the 1980s. Originally, the fly was tied with polar bear or bucktail. Soon, however, it switched to synthetic materials like, for instance, Ultrahair. Popovics pioneered the use of epoxy to create durability and translucency in saltwater flies. The durability was important to Bob as his local bluefish would demolish flies that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t built for abuse.

Materials Hook: Ahrex SA 280, size 6 Thread: Mono 0,1mm Body materials: Tan and mixed chartreuse/olive bucktail Tail: Olive saddle feathers and green holographic flash Eyes: 3mm 3D Eyes - Living Wind UV-resin: Thick and Thin Loon UV-resin Trigger Point: Orange UV Fly Finish

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“I still like it best with bucktail. It gives the fly some extra life”.

Surf Candy is a great fly for a lot of different saltwater species. I personally use it for seatrout (sea-run brown trout) and have found it a very effective fly when sandeels (one of the preferred baitfish of the seatrout) hit the coast. I tie my Surf Candy flies with all sorts of synthetic materials. But I still like it best with bucktail, it gives the fly some extra life. In combination with a couple of saddle feathers, the movement of the fly becomes even more alive. When fishing for seatrout, epoxy glues isn’t pivotal. The UV (Ultraviolet) resins from Loon Outdoors will do the trick for you – and at the same time you’ll avoid the toxic fumes from the epoxy. With the new UV-colored Fly Finish you can easily add a trigger point or a colored head if you’d like to crank up the flamboyancy of the fly a little bit. When it comes to shaping the head, my best tip to get it nice and even is to do it in at least two steps. First,

you have to soak all of the materials for maximum transparency, durability, and for locking the materials firmly in place. If you get a decent shaped head in this initial step, you’re all set for the finishing layer. If not, you add resin in the “thin” or caving parts of the head, fill out holes or whatever needs to be filled and adjusted to get an even shape. At this point, there’s no need for it to be super-smooth. Now, for the finishing layer, add the thick UV Loon resin. You need a thicker finishing layer, otherwise you will not get an even spread when rotating your vise. And do not skimp on the glue; too little glue will result in an uneven surface. I fish the Surf Candy at all depths: Using a floating line, intermediate and sinking lines. Fishing the fly at high speeds often results in brutal strikes without hesitation. Thanks for that, Bob!

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Profile for Flyfish Europe

FFE Magazine 2020  

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