I found a new fly rod manufacturer making an excellent product in all 6 series that they offer. The company, Mystic Fly rods http://www.mysticoutdoors.com/ has designed 6 different series rods incorporating ultra-light 2 weights with everything in the middle up to 10 weight designs. I’ll take the opportunity to provide a quick overview of Mystics fly rods, components, and warranties, leaving the rest to the great reviews performed by professional field testers:
So Mystic Fly Rods Company is offering the following:
- Top-quality modulus blanks
- Tapers are excellent and extremely unique Mystic fly rod designs
- Reel seats are constructed with double locking reels with nylon bushings and constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, light and strong.
- Guides are solid titanium-alloy frame, light, strong, 100% corrosion proof
- Quad leg stripper guide with diamond polished Nano lite ceramic rings to reduce friction
- Snake guides and tip are manufactured with light wire stainless steel hard chrome coated
- Super high grade cork
- Lifetime warranted
Bait-casting reels often back lash on anglers resulting from improper casting technique. These Saltwater reels are a challenge to master, but worth the effort because of the accuracy, control and power. Before practicing with saltwater reels of the bait-casting variety it is important to set up the reel properly, this is accomplished by the following: loading the line, adjusting the spool tension. When loading the line fill the spool but no so full that is binds the reel. Adjust the spool tension on your bait-casting reel. Here is the process to adjust the tension knob to the tightest setting. Attach a weight to the end the fishing line and reel it to the tip of the fishing rod. Let go of the spool button and adjust the tension knob until the weight drops slowly to the ground. Be sure the spool stops when the weight hits the ground. This should keep the spool from spinning during casting and prevent back-lashing,
In addition to making great fly rods TFO makes a number of reels in several categories with equal quality as TFO’s fishing rods. Offering 5 different Fly Fishing Reels reels TFO can cover the full range of Anglers in both fresh and saltwater fly fishing reels. The lineup is a follows: BVK Super Large Arbor, Prism Cast Large Arbor, HSR, NXT, and Large Arbor. All TFO fly fishing reels are manufactured from aluminum and stainless steel the lower cost reels are casted, while the higher end reels are machined from aircraft aluminum stock. All TFO fly fishing reels have the ability to reverse the retrieve and have spare spools available. TFO fly fishing reels are excellent choices and balance for all TFO fly rods; or any other rod manufacturer’s rod.
Canyon has developed a great spinning reels with equal quality to their the jigging reels.
- Stainless steel drive gears, pinion gear, oscillation-pinion gear
- Rated with 66lb of drag
- Holds 350 yards of 60lb braid or 250 yards of 80lb braid
- Gear box lubrication port
- Aluminum body and rotor, ball arm assembly
- Manganese bronze oscillation gear
- Non-reversible, large one-way bearing
- Stainless steel backup, anti-reverse pawl
- Positive lock screw on crank handle
- Twin ball bearing spool
- Stainless steel and carbontex drag washers
- Fine adjustment super smooth all the way to full lock
- Fully sealed body and drag, 100% waterproof
- Removable water proof CNC aluminum handle and knob
- Ertalyte bearing line level pulley, no servicing required
- Titanium line roller
- Solid 4mm bail wire
- All stainless steel alloy for all metal components
- 10+1 stainless steel shielded bearings
- Gear ratio: 4.1:1
- Weight: 27.5oz
What is a Fly Line? In fly fishing it is the part of the line that is casted along with a leader, tippet and fly. Fly fishing Line has several characteristics as listed below:
Basics of Fly Lines
The Density – floats, sinks, or partially sinks.
Fly Line Taper a common taper Weight-Forward Taper.
Fly Line Weight weight of the fly line, measured in grains, numbered 1-14 by the fly line manufacturers.
The Color of the Fly Line, top-water fishing, doesn’t matter. For submerged fishing, darker color, shades of brown/black
Understanding Fly Line Codes example of a typical fly line code : WF-4-F. A Weight Forward Taper, a Fly Line Weight of 4, and Floats. Thus, to understand fly line codes, the first series of letters/numbers first is the taper, the second series of letters/numbers refers to the fly line weight, and the third series of letters/numbers refers to the density of the fly line (whether it sinks or floats).
Those are the basics.
Went fishing with a good friend the other day while on vacation in South Carolina, we used TFO’s GTS rod series for some fishing on a plantation for Red fish. Using fresh water rod and reel we had a great day on the Santee river, Santee – Possible meanings: “People of the river,” from iswan’ti, which means “the river” or “the river is there”. The Santee River is a river in South Carolina in the United States, 143 miles long. The Santee and its tributaries provide the principal drainage and navigation for the central coastal plain of South. Enough geography, just a great place to fish during the winter months. Leaving New Jersey for a vacation in a warmer climate was and absolute treat and we also caught a lot of fish and had a relaxing time.
A fly rod is a fishing rod developed for casting a specific line of a specific weight using a fly rod casting technique. A myriad of factors make up a fly rod, length, action, eyes, grips and butt, all playing an important role in a good fly rod .
Fly Rod Length -The fly rod’s length is important in casting the line and presenting the fly. The average length is eight and a half to nine feet long which helps launch the fly line through the air. The longer the rod, the easier it will be to control the fly once on the water.
Fly Rod Action - Fly rods are available in a myriad of types of action, from ultra-light to heavy. Medium action. being the standard action rod, covering most species.
Fly Rod Eyes - The eyes on a fly rod are what hold the fly line.
Fly Rod Grips - Or handle is where a fly rod is held and made of cork for lightness.
Fly Rod Butt - Used for fighting large fish usually on heavier rods.
Sections – The number of pieces a fly rod can brake down to. Most modern rods come in 2 to 4 sections.
From fly fishing vests to rods,reels and flies, locating and testing top notch equipment is almost impossible by your self, but thanks for the internet and blogging which allows us to review our fellow anglers likes and dislikes on equipment. We can begin to select quality Fly Fishing Equipment that matches the tasks at hand. Fly fishing equipment has gotten so high tech and high priced it is difficult to pull the trigger (purchase) on items without doing proper research. How much equipment do you have sitting in the closet that never gets used because it doesn’t get the job done. For those who like to own the best of products a fair amount of time and money goes into the trial and error method. So make your larger purchases based on the recommendation of the pro’s.
If you think the new state of the art, more expensive fly fishing equipment is out of budget, consider what you get for your investment. You can purchase a low end Scientific Anglers Single 4-Piece Rod and Reel Case for under $80 from Disk’s sporting goods. But go pick up a high end Sage rod and reel for $1,200 and you’ll realize you bought a toy at Dicks. Do your home work and select the correct tool for the job.
Introduction: Selecting a fishing line in today’s high tech world of fishing equipment can be a difficult task, with the vast number of choices available to anglers, which one do I select. Braided Fishing line went from being something most anglers would not switch to, to becoming a extremely popular line choice for many unique fresh and saltwater applications. On a head boat Braid fishing line was frowned upon and the Captain claimed braid would incur maintenance to the boats prop and drive shaft. Well that is no longer the case, most of us are using braid fishing line for all application from light freshwater to saltwater sport fishing. These line come in all line weights and multiple colors, although most braided fishing line does not retain the original color very well.
Construction of Braided Lines: Braided lines are formed from Spectra and Dyneema – are high performance polyethylene (HPPE) brands used to make braided line. HPPEs are very tough thermoplastics that are resistant to abrasion and impact. Spinnerettes spin Spectra or Dyneema strands from a gel. These HPPEs strands are woven into several varieties of sporting equipment, such as bowstrings, competition kite strings and even body armor. Here we are concerned with fishing line. Most braided lines are good give one a try.
Some of the BRAID FISHING LINE AVAILABLE:
P-Line Hydro Float
Tuf Line Duracast
Went fishing with my three sons for the first time in a very long time, perhaps over a year, a bit difficult to get all three together. We did some fishing mid day while the temperatures were up close to 55 degrees with a couple of Beulah fly rods for trout fishing on the Delaware River. We had such a good day that I can’t wait for another day in the 50 degree range which we may not see again this January. We were very thank full for a day that it all came together, all three boys, the weather, the equipment. Each of us were using a 5 weight Beulah fly rod Platinum series single hand a great piece of equipment. The rods performed extremely consistent and accurate, this was amazing, with 4 different levels of casting ability across my 3 sons and myself, novice to well experienced casting abilities, Beulah fly rods made the day. Go out and try one! for our next outing will be with using Blue Water Rods in the ocean this spring for Strippers. I’ll keep you posted when we compete our trip.