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Guideline Drifter EVO – test

June 13, 2017

Last summer our Drifter Evolution kickboat with oars was taken for a test drive in the Swedish mountains together with three boats from other brands. Below you can read the full article from magazine FlugfiskeFeber written by Marcys De Zayo Hallquist. About the Drifter EVO – Drifter that is equipped with a set of strong, removable aluminum oars, fixed to a strong oar holder that can be folded down to lock in place along the side of the pontoon. The addition of oars on this craft means extra safety and added power of transport in heavy winds or currents.

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Words & images courtesy of Magazine FlugfiskeFeber – Marcys De Zayo Hallquist.

 

Ice age trout in Iceland

June 5, 2017

Text & images by Lars Marius Bjørnstad, Guideline PowerTeam

Late night fly tying and a significant lack of sleep. Departure day has come. After six months of preparations, we’re finally ready to fly to Iceland in search of the majestic ice age brown trout. We are four pumped up fly anglers, reaching to beat the 10 kg limit. We acknowledge the difficulty, but nothing is going to stop us from pulling up some monster trouts on this trip.

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The excitement level is rising already in the car on our way to the airport, as we dream about bright summer nights and mirror-smooth waters. We keep chatting about our expectations over a mandatory airport pint as we wait to board our flight. When we arrive Keflavik airport, we quickly collect all our stuff before we pick up the car we are renting for the week. Before we head to our cabin, we drop by a tackle shop where we purchase more flies, equipped for the big day tomorrow. We’re accommodated right by the water where it’s gonna happen. After enjoying a glass of red wine, we strolled down to discover the terrain and to get a feel of the surroundings. Knowing that tomorrow is going to be a long day, me make sure to get as much sleep as possible.

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Breakfast goes down in an irregular speed as we can’t wait to get out and start day one of fishing. However, when we get to our daily spot, we’re met with huge disappointment as hurricane-like winds destroys the potential. Not only this today, but the next four days came along with terrible fishing conditions, and the numbers of decent trouts turned out few. We keep fighting with heavier rods, lines with different sinking degrees and all types of flies. The wind just doesn’t want to give us a break. Within these days, we manage to catch four trouts up to three kilos. At least, this gives us hope. Still, we’re relatively frustrated, knowing that these waters usually give good results. The mood kept sinking as we moved from rivers to smaller creeks, trying all options.

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We still had not reached what we hoped for. This was supposed to be a trip of big catches. Big trouts. However, we succeed in consuming tasty Icelandic meat and liquor from all over the world and sharing old fishing stories. Without any certain expectations, we wake up on day five, finally seeing no wind. Breakfast was eaten in the car… Is this the day?!? The sea lies like a mirror and I start rigging my brand new LPXE 9’#5 with Haze v2 #6/8, floating line and egor tippet 0,23 and a small black fly. We hear a familiar sound, and within a second, a big trout shows up above the surface. We all burst out: “oh my god” at the same time. We’re four men sharing two rods, and those two rods quickly bend. From there and out, we had action all day long. Just as ordered! Suddenly, the trouts didn’t hesitate to embrace our midge flies. We swap rods and cameras, making sure to capture all our catches. We are landing big trouts and there’s always a high five going on.

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Two of the guys broke their personal best, landing trouts on 4 to 5 kilos on dry flies. On #5 rods. The Icelandic landscape is amazing and makes the evening even better. It’s magical and words can’t describe. It’s all about the experience. After feeling some careful bites I decided to change fly, and a fish takes it immediately. As I set the hook, the water explodes with a big trout dancing ten metres on its tail, ending in a somersault. The LPXE is running warm and the line runs quickly off the reel. You need backing in Iceland. I am beaching the fish carefully and realize that this is my peak point of the trip.

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A brown trout that pulled the scale straight to the bottom. Approximately 7 kilos and 80 cm in length. Ridiculous girth. We spent our last day by a small river, catching char and trouts in smaller versions, letting yesterday’s fishing adventure sink properly in.

We are definitely coming back. It’s all about the experience. Enough said. Below you find a full gallery of additional images than the ones showed above. Click the first image and you can view them in slideshow mode. 

Text & images by Lars Marius Bjørnstad, Guideline PowerTeam

 

Guideline LPXe 9´ #5 – Trout & Salmon Overall Winner!

June 2, 2017

We are honored and proud to share the top comments with the amazing Sage X fly rod! Trout & Salmon Magazine writes; Both James and Don felt that the £799 Sage X was the best rod but that the £349.99 Guideline LPXe ran it close. Given the price difference, it would be hard not to pick the Guideline LPXe as the overall winner.

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GUIDELINE LPXe – £349.99
The new LPXe felt powerful from the off. It has a fast tip action, though it is not as stiff as the Redington. There is plenty of reserve power in the blank, which makes generating high line speed an effortless affair. It is especially effective casting into the wind. It was very accurate with both lines in the test, though it prefersa slightly slower stroke with the Triangle Taper. It was hard to separate the Guideline, Orvis, Scott and Loop but the LPXe feels lighter in the hand than the Orvis and is more forgiving than the Scott. It would be an excellent rod for the intermediate caster who wants to improve their skills, and yet it is a rod you would not outgrow. Advanced casters will really enjoy it, too.
The best of the midpriced rods.

Short evening shift by the coast

May 29, 2017

Text & images by Oscar Mårtensson & Robin Andersson, RaintroutFly

The young guns at RaintroutFly sent us a bunch of images and a text about a short evening shift by the coast. After a full day of school and work, we were ready to meet up and finally we arrived to the Swedish southeast coast. With high hopes though the weather were absolutely perfect.

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Slow winds from east and a temperature of 6-7 degrees. Everything felt right, correct and the feeling was perfect. 

Almost directly Robin felt a fish, but lost it. We felt that the fish were there so we continued. A few minutes later Oscar hooked up with a silvery sea trout. Sadly he lost in just around his legs.

We know how hard it could be at the coastal line and to lost two fish in a row was a big disappointment. However, we’ll never give up. We changed a few spots, and tried out both, shrimps and baitfish. After an half an hour Oscar hook up with a better fish that directly went out on the backing. It felt so freaking awesome to play the fish with the Elevate and the vosso real! A nervous time were finally over and Robin landed the fish in the net. Our self confidence were back on top and a few minutes later Robin hooked a nice silvery fish too. This time, the RSi was the fighter and together with the Haze V2, the fish had no chance. The dark arrived and we drove back home.

Website http://www.raintroutfly.com


// In Swedish //

Östkusten Levererar Silver!
Efter en fullspäckad dag med jobb och skola möttes vi äntligen upp och gav oss av mot kusten. Höga förhoppningar då vädret var perfekt. Svaga vindar in från öst och en temperatur runt 6-7 grader. Kvällen började dock inte som väntat. Efter 10 minuter av färden började bilen att bråka och vi tvingades köra tillbaka hem för att byta bil. 30 minuter förlorad tid men till sist rullade vi ner mot vattnet. Allt kändes rätt, nästan tillrättalagt och känslan var, sådär härligt förväntansfull. Ganska direkt hör man Robin skrika till. Tappad fisk! Känner man en fisk är chansen stor att nästa hugg inte är långt borta och mycket riktigt. Ett par minuter senare smällde det till på Oscars spö och efter en intensiv fight med ett par luftsprång gick den blanka öringen tyvärr loss.

Tomheten flöt in i våra kroppar. Vi vet hur svårt det kan vara på kusten, och så många bomturer man kan råkat ut för. Men denna kvällen gav vi inte upp, 7-8 kast senare small det på en ny fisk på Oscars spö! Denna gång med 3 gånger så stor kraft! Fisken hann knappt krokas förrän den gjorde en våldsam rusning. Efter flera kontakter, men få landade fiskar under våren så kändes det än viktigare att få denna i håven. Efter ett par luftturer och flera mindre försök till rusningar var den nervösa men spännande kampen nära sitt slut.

När Robin håvar fisken sprider sig en lättnad genom kroppen och självförtroendet är tillbaka. (Bild på fisken överst)Havsöring web blogg-9835Kvällen fortsatte men lika snabbt som fisken kom till oss , så var den nu som bortblåst igen. Men helt plötsligt drar det till i Robins fluga och nu var det RSi:ets tur att få ställas på prov. Ett par riktiga utfall och rusningar senare kunde Oscar håva upp den blanka öringen. Kvällen led mot sitt slut och efter en fantastisk kväll var vi nöjda att vi bytte bil och aldrig gav upp.

 

The beginners guide to Baltic salmon up north.

May 22, 2017

Text & images by Calle Lundqvist, Guideline Power Team

I wish I just could type down 42 and get it over with. But it seems like fly fishing for salmon is a little bit harder than the meaning of life. This is not rules that applies all the time, just my thoughts and way of fishing.But if you haven’t already cracked the code and found your own way of doing it, here’s a few tips that I hope can give you a push in the right direction.

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The flies
For many people this is a tricky one, often because they got to many options. I keep my options pretty slim. That gives more time fishing and less time choosing. So whenever you are thinking of witch fly to pick, take the brown one. That’s what I would do. A fresh salmon will grab almost anything if you fish it with a lot of confident. If the fish ignored the fly, change depth or speed. Don’t spend half a day changing flies chasing down the same fish. Pick another pool.

Rule of thumb about flies.  
Low and warm river; smaller flies.
High and cold river; bigger flies.
Color; Not so important as long as they are brown.

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Lines
No, you don’t need all of them, but in my opinion shooting heads are probably the best tool there is to hook a salmon IF you know how to handle them. A wrench is a great tool but it doesn’t do much if you don’t know how to use it. I like the concept of the Triple D and 3D+ lines. They perform really well and the next one sinks a little bit faster then the one before, as simple as that. Use your lines and learn how they perform. I think that finding the right speed and depth is important and having a good setup of lines will allow you to do that. I can’t tell you witch line is the best but if you get snagged all the time, you’re probably going to deep. If the line swings fast and close to the surface in high dirty water, you’re probably not fishing deep enough. Rule of thumb: Low and warm rivers, faster and closer to the surface. High and cold rivers, deeper and slower. Remember the brown fly.

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Rods and reels
Most of the rivers up north are pretty big. That’s why 14’–16’ rods are pretty much ideal. A big reel to balance the rod with around 300m of backing will do the trick. My own choice

Early season fishing.
LPXe 16’ #10/11, Einarsson Invictus 10/12
Great setup when the rivers are running high early in the season.

LXi 14’9 #10/11, Einarsson 9Plus
I prefer this little shorter rod when wading deep with the tree line right in my back.

Later in the season.
LPXe 13’ #8/9, Einarsson 8Plus, Lpxe 10’ #8, Einarsson 7Plus
Great rods for summer sized rivers, one single hand and one double hand.

Yep, and the flies are still brown, just different sizes….

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And if we steer away from the equipment side of things there are some short notes I would like to share.  In the long term they can make a difference and ultimately make your trip up north more enjoyable and hopefully productive. 

Stay focused
You got one week. You need to catch a fish. GO! And you’re fishing until you’re passing out still in your waders the very next day. Don’t do that, just don’t. Well I guess you can, but it will probably not increase your chances of catching a fish. Yes, keeping the fly in the water is important but I would rather do 5hours of fully focused fishing then 15hours being on the verge of passing out fishing. When you start to loose your A game, get out of your waders and do something different. Get something to eat, sleep if you need to, go for a run. Spend a couple of hours not fishing and then get back to the river all fueled up and back on track. Again make sure the fly you’re using is brown.

Eat and sleep
Guess what, your mom is right! If you’re a salmon fisherman you’re not sleeping or eating enough. I know this is an easy thing to forget but try to make a game plan when to eat and when to sleep and then stick to it. I find this as one of the most important step if you want your trip to be successful.

Loosing a fish
I’ve seen so many people loosing a fish and let that fish pretty much ruin the rest of the day or even week. Don’t be that guy, it’s part of the game. Hey, you just did everything completely right, the salmon ate your fly and you probably just learned about a new holding place in the pool.

You know how to do it, shake it off and get another one! It was fun!

Remember; it’s all about the experience.

 

Kieran Conlon about the 4D MultiTip

May 8, 2017

This weekend saw me out in search of Silver though unfortunately the Salmon had different ideas but thats fishing. It did however give me a great opportunity to spend more time using Guidelines new PT 4D Multi Tip system. The two days saw me fishing wide open wader lower down the river and more mid size waters further up the system. Typically Irish April weather played its part and gave everything from warm sunshine, heavy rain and howling upstream winds at times. I couldn’t think of better conditions to get to grips with the 4D system, trying out different combos on different rods. Words & images by Kieran Conlon –
Guideline Power Team Ireland. 

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The new Power Taper 4D Multi Tip Shooting head I think is the ultimate  interchangeable shooting head system. The combinations work great straight out of the box as per the body/Tip guide but it’s so much more than this and can be really customized depending on your  fishing requirements or personal casting preferences. On the faster rods such as the Lxi T-Pac going up a belly size and down a tip weight can give awesome results giving wicked line speed and great for tight spots, windy conditions and max distances with the shorter 15′ tips. Also great when your deep wading.

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For example the 12’9 8/9 Lxi T-Pac combined with 26 gram belly and 15′ 9 gram tips is a great combo when conditions get tough or if you like a little more load on your rod. Produces wicked line speed for very little effort.

The 26gram belly with 12 gram 18 foot tips on the 13’9 9/10 LXi T-Pac is real treat to cast and fish with giving fantastic presentation but again don’t be afraid to try the 29gram belly if you want a bit more load and again go down a tip weight to the either the 9 or 11 gram 15 tip.

The little 12′ 7/8 Elevate matched to a 20gram floating belly and 15′ 9 gram tips is also a combo that works real nice. I have used tip right down to 15′ S2/S4. This will be ultimate summer set up for the small to medium size rivers in lower  water conditions. It will easily handle the faster tips too though you may need a roll cast or higher lift to get it up first especially when wading deep but man does it fly.

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These lines are not just great casting lines but fantastic fishing lines. They track great in the water and maintain a great belly in the line. The slightly thicker profile means that when you have multiple current speeds hitting the line it doesn’t get dragged out of shape so much. Makes for great contact and control of the fly through out the drift. When a fish hits you’ll know about it straight away. The combination of three bellies and 7 tips especially in the higher line ratings mean you’ll cover every condition from the very start of the season till the end.

Coupled with the potential to reduce or increase the overall length by 3 feet by switching between the 15’ & 18’ tips (for 26gram bellies and up) is just going to make life so much easier and no need for a scissors. Of course having a graduation of 4 densities means it’l be easier to bring up to surface and you’ll have that direct contact between you and fly. With this system the possibilities are nearly endless and I can see a lot of experimentation to be done this season.

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Words & images by Kieran Conlon
Guideline Power Team Ireland  

Now it is back, the LPXe 17´!

May 4, 2017

The LPXe 17´ has long been a cult rod for those of us who like “tung-gung”, says Håkan Norling and looks so happy as only he can! It is perfect for us who fish big rivers like Kalix, Torne, Tana, Alta and the big Scottish rivers early in the season in high and cold water. In short; It’s the most brutal two-handed rod we’ve ever built says Håkan with a big smile. 

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LPXe 17´New Edition of the 2017 model is built with the new graphite we’ve used in the other LPXe blanks. This makes the new rod lighter, plus it’s a bit more easier to handle than the old model. The rod handles the heaviest lines and big flies with ease. The LPXe 17 foot throws what you want, wherever you want!

Erling Holmström, who according to Håkan Norling is Mr LPXe 17′ adds;
The rod is easy to load and the action is felt right down the handle and it has a real kick through the whole blank. Airflo F.I.S.T 660 grain and the new 4D MultiTip with the 18 ft / 14gr tips are one of the best combinations for long casts with this cannon of a rod. Looking forward to a new season with great excitement!

Other combinations of lines that fit well according to Håkan and Erling:
– Original Triple D # 11/12 In full length 13.5 m. (Can be extend with a Poly Leader as well)
– 4D body 39 gr with 18 ’14gr tips.
– Also try 4D Body 39 gr with an intimate T-14 or T-18 tip of approximately 6-7 meters.


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LPXe 17-fotaren har länge varit ett kultspö för dem av oss som gillar ”tung-gung” säger Håkan Norling och ser sådär glad ut som bara han kan! Det är perfekt för oss som fiskar stora älvar som Kalix, Torne, Tana, Alta och de stora skotska älvarna tidigt på säsongen i högt och kallt vatten. – 
Det är det mest brutala tvåhands spö vi någonsin byggt säger Håkan och ler. 

LPXe 17’ New Edition av 2017 års modell är byggd med den nya grafiten som vi har använt i till de övriga LPXe-spöna. Det gör det nya spöt lättare, plus att det är lite mer kast- och fiskevänligt än den gamla modellen. Spöt hanterar de tyngsta linorna och stora flugor med lätthet. LPXe 17 fotaren kastar vad du vill, vart du vill!

Erling Holmström, som enligt Håkan Norling är ´Mr LPXe 17 fot´ tillägger;
Spöt är lätt att spänna upp och aktionen känns ända ner i handtaget och det har en riktig kick genom hela klingan. Airflo F.I.S.T 660 grain och de nya 4D MultiTip med spetsarna på 18 fot/14gr är ett av de bästa kombinationer för långa lätta härliga kast med denna kast kanon. Ser fram emot en ny säsong med stor spänning! Andra linkombinationer som passar fint enligt Håkan och Erling:

– Original Triple D linor i #11/12 i full längd 13,5 m. (Går att förlänga med en Poly tafs också)
– 4D bakdelar 39 gr med 18’ 14gr spetsar.
– Prova också 4D Body 39 gr med en intrimmad T-14 eller T-18 spets på cirka 6-7 meter.