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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fly Fishing Alaska’s Arolik River

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Fly Fishing Alaska’s Arolik River by Troy Buzalsky The fly fishing planning was fierce, nine days and nine nights floating Alaska’s Arolik River, in pursuit of Arctic Grayling, Leopard Rainbows, Dolly Varden, and potentially all five Salmon species. Getting there was the easy part, thanks to Papa Bear Adventures, whom orchestrated our fly in, fly out, and necessary gear which included raft, cooler, kitchen, and tent…the big stuff! We needed to travel as light and practical as possible, but on a trip-of-a-lifetime, shortchanging ourselves on fly fishing gear was not an option. We chose to be prepared for every fly fishing opportunity available taking a 4 weight bamboo, 6 weight trout rod, and 8 weight steelhead rods. These rods would allow us to fish dries, swing streamers and flesh patters, run TroutBeads, and strip gaudy pink clumps of marabou when we found fresh Silvers. We also packed a special rod for Mousing, an eight and a half foot seven weight Mike Brooks bamboo. We love our bamboo! To balance the rods we needed reels, and to be honest, fly reels have always been a place to store line. In fact, growing up fly fishing Oregon’s McKenzie River, I have always utilized the iconic Pfleuger Medalist. Lets face it, they hold line fine, and they still look great, especially on classic cane. This year’s trip would be different. It was a trip of a lifetime, so our reels needed to match our adventure. After visiting a few area fly shops I was not sold on any particular brand of reel. It wasn’t until I seen the advertisement, or shall I say advertisements that I digested the name Solitude Reels; a new name to me. They looked nice. I liked their advertisement profile. I thought, hey, why not, and placed an order for two…

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Wild Fish Conservancy Spring E-News

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Wild Fish Conservancy publishes a quarterly E-Newsletter – Wild Fish Runs Solitude Reels supports the Wild Fish Conservancy.  Learn more about the Wild Fish Conservancy, and we know you will want to support them too!  Click here to subscribe to the Wild Fish Conservancy electronic newsletter.  Wild Fish Runs is a quarterly email newsletter that focuses on Wild Fish Conservancy activities and initiatives, including project updates and upcoming events. A nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Duvall Washington, Wild Fish Conservancy is dedicated to the recovery and conservation of the region’s wild-fish ecosystems. Through science, education, and advocacy, WFC promotes technically and socially responsible habitat,hatchery and harvest management to better sustain the region’s wild-fish heritage. The organization was founded in 1989 under the name Washington Trout. In February 2007,  they changed their name to Wild Fish Conservancy in order to better communicate our goals and strategies, and to minimize ambiguities regarding our mission and affiliations. Since 1989, Wild Fish Conservancy has built a reputation among public and tribal agencies, the business community, scientific institutions, and environmental and community organizations for effectiveness, technical credibility, and a focus on the resource. Wild Fish Conservancy has a staff of over 20 professional scientists, advocates, and educators, and a Board of Directors made up of dedicated and accomplished scientists, natural-resource managers, business people, and activists. They work closely with a broad and dynamic coalition of regional and national conservation organizations, academic institutions, community organizations, and other scientists. Wild Fish Conservancy is often relied on by other conservation advocates for its technical expertise in wild-fish ecology, and the Wild Fish Conservancy staff has developed mutually respectful, professional relationships with key management and policy personnel at all relevant local, state, tribal, and federal agencies. Mission Wild fish have been an integral part of the economic, cultural, and ecological fabric of the Northwest for thousands of years. Unfortunately, over the last several…

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Photo Shoot for the Fly Reels

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Solitude Fly Reels spend some time in the studio for a photo shoot!  All materials used in our reel are corrosive resistant materials.  The retrieve on all of our fly reels is easily reversible.  The drag is a sealed disc drag system utilizing composite cork on Teflon in the SR2 and SR3sizes and composite cork on aluminum in the SR4 and SR5 sizes.  These materials provide both durability and ultra smoothness to the drag.  A custom spring design allows for superior range to the drag giving the angler who targets large fish with light tippets a multitude of micro adjustments to drag tension to land their fish. We utilize a stainless one-directional Clutch Bearing which is pressed fit into a fully machined and anodized aluminum clutch housing that is then greased and sealed.  This housing as well as the hub of the spool, rotor sleeve, and spindle is machined with tolerances of .0002” providing a solid and smooth rotation of the spool.  The frames are reinforced to reduce flex or contortion and to increase strength and durability. The spools are designed to lock onto the frames easily and smoothly with a tight fit.  Intense polishing is done to each part that receives anodize.  The result is a beautiful finish that compliments the precision feel of our fly reels.  You can expect a fly reel with an amazingly smooth drag and equally smooth feel and look.

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Made in USA Reels

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Made in USA Reels – Highest Quality Time magazine along with other mainstream press have been chatting lately about the made in USA comeback.  We here at Solitude Reels have also been receiving solicitation as of late to advertise in made in USA websites and blogs.  Hence, we thought it was a good time to reiterate our commitment to made in USA reels – fly fishing reels to be exact. Time magazine recent article How ‘Made in the USA’ is Making a Comeback quotes Climbing out of the recession, the U.S. has seen its manufacturing growth outpace that of other advanced nations, with some 500,000 jobs created in the past three years. It marks the first time in more than a decade that the number of factory jobs has gone up instead of down. At Solitude Reels we take great pride in the design and precision machining of our made in USA reels.  All parts used in our fly reels have been designed for increased functionality and strength.  These parts, all twenty of them, are machined and assembled in our CNC (computer numeric control) machine shop in Washington State.  Solitude Reels is proud to say “Made in the USA”. All materials used in our reel are corrosive resistant materials.  The retrieve on all of our fly reels is easily reversible.  The drag is a sealed disc drag system utilizing composite cork on Teflon in the SR2 and SR3sizes and composite cork on aluminum in the SR4 and SR5 sizes.  These materials provide both durability and ultra smoothness to the drag.  A custom spring design allows for superior range to the drag giving the angler who targets large fish with light tippets a multitude of micro adjustments to drag tension to land their fish. We utilize a stainless one-directional Clutch Bearing which is pressed fit into a fully machined and anodized aluminum…

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