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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fly Reels Reviews – SR4 SR2

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Solitude Fly Reels Reviews by Jeroen Schoondergang Jeroen sent us these incredible photos along with the following fly reels reviews for the SR4 and SR2… We spent a week in Bodø in Northern Norway, just above the Arctic circle. Last year we fished there two weeks earlier, and we had a ball sight casting at cod, feeding heavily on crabs in the shallows. This years the cod had already started schooling for their trek to deeper water. They were still aggressively feeding and certainly the dominant predator. With the help of a small fishfinder/gps, a Lowrance Elite4, we tracked down drop-offs, reefs and plateaus which we fished with fast sinking shooting heads (11 to 18 grains per foot) and sinking running lines. The SR4 fly reel was perfect for this. The reel is solid and gets the job done. I was fishing 4 and 7 weights, which is extremely light for this type of fishing. It does however give me an edge in fishing speed and with the right equipment you can give the fish some serious stick, even on this gear. The SR4 is an essential part of the outfit. It performs perfectly with no startup inertia at all, which is crucial with the very light rods we used. I used the SR2 in combination with my 4weight and an intermediate line to fish for coalfish in the shallows. Like its bigger brother it performed admirably. My Solitudes have become steady travel companions.  

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Fly Fishing On The Beach

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Fly Fishing – Whidbey Island by Jonathan Knapp Several years ago I had the good fortune to go fly fishing with Jens Christiansen and his son Rasmus for several days during late summer when thousands of pink salmon were making their return to North Puget Sound streams.  Jens and Rasmus had traveled from Denmark to visit the late Jack Charlton of Mako Reels.  Jens, an Atlantic Salmon fly fishing guide and creator of the website Templedog Tube flies, had expressed to Jack an interest in fly fishing some of the local fisheries so Jack called me up to see if I was available to take them fly fishing.  I knew that Jens was a seasoned and traveled angler, so I wanted to treat him to a fishery that would be indicative of the diverse angling opportunities found in Puget Sound.  Beach fly fishing for salmon is certainly just that, especially when one takes into account that salmon can easily be fished on both a river and beach within the same day. We conversed via e-mail for several weeks leading to their scheduled arrival.  Jen’s asked the standard questions regarding which rods, lines, and flies to bring and general expectations.  It was apparent from our exchanges that he expected to be fishing on a river.  I mentioned that the local rivers were very low and the fishing slow but that the beaches were fishing well. I don’t think this completely registered with him but to his credit he remained open.  After spending several days visiting with Jack we scheduled our first day to fish.  I wanted to hit a morning tide so I told him that I would be happy to pick them up but that it would be early.  As with all true fishermen by this time Jens was anxious…

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