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SA Spey Lite Lines

Scientific Anglers gets it right with Ultra Compact Lines  It's obvious that I am a fan of rods under 12 feet.  For many reasons and in many places they are more efficient and more fun. For me personally I really appreciate the total working length, which is the rod plus the basic line systems length required to cast it. I like to call these types of casting systems Projectile Casting Systems. Lots of grains in a very compact head design, looped to a smaller diameter mono running line.  Basically we are talking a projectile looped to a mono tether. Although it is a functional option for casting and swinging it's very limited in a cast and stripping situation, with loop...

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Three Weight Renegade: Close Quarters Fishing

  From time to time I will be asking Renegade team members to write as a guest for my blog. I am so busy fishing, creating new flies, hiking and doing presentations, I don’t have much time to sit down and write. This is the first guest blog post and I hope to be receiving more from my fellow anglers.  Renegade team member Pierce Oja has spent his Montana winter fishing the smaller Renegade rods. Pierce spends much of his time on the Big Horn, but he does find time exploring trout waters in Idaho and Wyoming. .  .  .   The Renegade, it’s a spey rod, it’s a single handed rod, it’s both? It is both. After a month of...

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Composite Loops go to Thailand

Composites Loops Make the Journey to Thailand  After traveling half way around the word, I am back in the PNW. Cold and wet, but it is good to be back where steelhead roam. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel to Thailand to train some very talented tiers in the use of composite loops and the tying of my flies. This has been a dream of mine for years and it finally has happened. I have been immersed in the Thai culture for a week and what an eye opening experience it has been. The food, the beer, the coffee and the very kind people. I feel blessed to be able to train some people and have...

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The Evolution of the Skagit System... Let’s start with the Renegade Series

In my mind, the Skagit system continues to evolve. This evolution of an idea to make casting and fishing performance as efficient and productive as possible, while covering a wide variety of fishing situations and techniques. To maximize effectiveness and efficiency in all casting and fishing situations, I prefer a shorter rod and proper weight reel. The rod should be balanced and light in the hand.

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