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Fly Fishing North of Seattle

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Fly Fishing – Just North of Seattle This past weekend found me on one of my favorite rivers. The North Fork Stilliguamish River is one of the true gems of North Puget Sound.  A river noted for its storied fly fishing past and  fabled race of summer steelhead who each summer make their way up the North Fork in search of their spawning waters; a small tributary of the North Fork simply known as Deer Creek. My wife, son and I took some friends of ours to the North Fork to teach them something about fly fishing and how to cast a fly rod.   Summer is a fantastic time to be on the river regardless of the fishing; the easy pace and rhythm of the day a welcome break from jobs and hectic schedules.  As I explained and demonstrated the various casts to everyone I was reminded of how much I enjoy teaching and sharing my experiences on the river. As a former guide I learned long ago to fish vicariously through my clients and the same is true when teaching casting.  When someone succeeds whether hooking a fish or making a great cast the excitement and energy they exude is always special to behold. My guiding career started in the Katmai National Park in Alaska; a veritable fly fishing paradise.  I was also fortunate to guide on North Puget Sound Rivers as well as on the Olympic Peninsula and Eastern Washington.  Regardless of the destination teaching has always been a part of guiding and I have been fortunate to spend time teaching many wonderful clients how to fly fish for salmon and steelhead.  At this stage of my angling life I now have the time to teach my close friends and most importantly my family.  Spey casting with…

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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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Australia Loves Solitude Fly Reels

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Solitude Fly Reels Sharing the Love Derek McKenzie is all about fly fishing, catching fish and helping everyone from the beginner right on through to the most skilled fly fisher find the right gear including fly reels that suits them best and will help make their time on the water more enjoyable.  That’s what it’s all about, having fun, and like the man said one day in a rare moment of inspired thought less common: “Fly fishing is not the meaning of life…it just gives reason to our existence.” They are proudly independent and plan to stay that way.  Derek McKenzie Fly Fishing Outfitters offer what they believe are amongst the finest fly rods, fly reels, and fly fishing accessories in the world today.  From native trout in the smallest of streams to the largest of our saltwater species, we deliver advanced high performance fly rods and fly reels to match your every need as an Australian fly angler. Thank you Derek for sending us this picture starring Solitude Fly Reels – Mystic Tremor 7wt. Salt rod and an Solitude 4 Large Arbour taking the mickey out of a few Aussies salmon.     The Solitude Fly Reels Facts from Derek McKenzie: Solitude takes great pride in the design and precision machining of every fly reel that they make whether it be in the aesthetics created by mirror polishing the reels before the anodizing process or building a reel designed for functionality and strength. The precision craftsmanship is a labour intensive process but it has truly given the reels a beautiful and quality finish as well as durability that will rival any reel on the market today. Please do take time to read the facts about these as we are certain that you will be as equally impressed as we are…

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