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Guideline FAVO flyreel

October 12, 2017

These High Tech fly reels are inspired by the design elements in our Fario and Vosso reels. We have given each reel slightly individual features to best suit it’s purpose of use and to make it match nicely with the rods it is suited for.

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Part of the design is unique and can only be achieved by using a die casting method where reels are produced from high precision tooling and then CNC finished before being coated with the final finish. The drag system is smooth, precise and well proven over years. It will give good performance even though it is not sealed.

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Normal care and maintenance is required when using the reels in salt water. There are 3 models available and they will fit rods from #4 up to 10/11. The 79 and 810 models have a rim cage to stabilize the frame and prevent thin Shooting Lines from getting caught between frame and spool.

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The 810 also features extra X-truss supports and has a double 5-spoke pattern both on the spool and the frame. The retrieve direction on the reels is easy to alter and only takes a couple of minutes. FAVO has a Dark Gunmetal (or Black) semi matte finish on the frame and spool, with black knobs and details. There are two orange metal plates with GL snake logo on the drag- and spool release knobs. Reels are delivered in a nylon reel case.

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FAVO #46
Dimensions: 94x62x30 mm
Capacity: 71 cm3 (A little less than Reelmaster LA46)
Weight: 126g.

FAVO #79
Dimensions: 100x58x30 mm
Capacity: 103 cm3 (A little less than Reelmaster LA68)
Weight: Not available yet.

FAVO #810
Dimensions: 110x64x36 mm
Capacity: 162,5 cm3 (A little less than Reelmaster LA911)
Weight: Not available yet.
Drag power @ spool bottom: 4 kg.

More FAVO images below, click one image and scroll through the other images in full screen.

Images by Henrik Larsson @fiskebild
B&W studio images by Christer Andersson @femti5

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The river Tay Perthshire

September 19, 2017

By Cohn O’Dea – Guideline Ambassador & Head Ghillie Taymount, River Tay.

The River Tay and its surroundings, often called The Heart of Scotland, are simply quite stunning during the autumn season.  For those fortunate enough to find themselves submerged within her hypnotic and seductive flows, surrounded by its abundance of breathtaking wildlife and outstanding autumn scenery.  It is my hope that you find something useful in this composition of guidelines and considerations, that gives you the edge in your experience and pursuit of a fish of a life time.

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Safety – First and foremost in all situations and related applications.  Life jackets, wadding sticks and sunglasses are essential for the various situations you might encounter.  Caution is required whilst wadding this mighty river.  Navigate your pools with due care, the most simple wades are often the most treacherous.

Rods and Reels – 14/15ft, 9/10, 10/11 rods are standard requirements.  12/13ft, 8/9, 9/10, are essential for more competent coverage of the river.  In the biggest of waters these shorter rods shall serve you well, as more often than not your best opportunities are not far from you.  Reels are advised to have Disc Drags and hold at least 200 yards of 30LB backing, (Think Big, succeed big).  Although they are less common these days this mighty river still has the potential to give you the opportunity of a fish, of a lifetime.

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Lines and leaders – At this time of year you should cover all bases from full floater to heavy sinkers.  3D and 4D multisystem are my recommendations.  Mono 15-20LBs Maxima tried and tested option.  Fluorocarbon 16-22LB, Reverge Grand Max is most reliable on the market.

Flies – You can’t over do it this department.  Palmered bodies and feelers really come in to play at this time of the season.  If your fortunate enough to be a fly dresser, subtle changes to current or tried and tested patterns can bring great results.  Change long tails to long wings, leave out jungle cock eyes, black body with gold or silver rib during the daytime fishing, gold and silver bodies in the evening.Big classic hair wing singles, along with standard, old school classics, such as Stoats Tail, Munro Killer, Curry’s Red and Hutchy Shrimp and Thunder & Lightning have saved the day for me on many occasions. Although they are no longer in fashion, when all else fails you can always trust in them too work.

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Waders and Boots – Chest waders are standard.  Robust boots with rubber or felt soles are recommended to be accompanied with good or new studs.  Some of this rivers bedrock bottom can be like glass at this time of year.

Clothing –  Climate and river temperatures are variable and sometimes extreme at this time of year.  The River Tay has its own unique eco-climate, one side can be very cold whilst the other side can be warm.  Winds can be fierce, waterproof clothing and thermals are essential to cover all elements of weather you may encounter. Please remember in Scotland we can regularly encounter all seasons in the same day.

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Applications – This big old river requires a multi-dimensional approach.  If you fish one dimensional you will only succeed one dimensional.  First thing in the morning, after lunch and in the evening you may encounter fish in the most untypical parts of the pools, eg, really thin water, drop offs and runs.  The best approach for such fish is to use shorter rods with lighter full floating lines, long leaders with classic fly’s or small tubes will bring great success.  Clear intermediate tips or small cone heads for increased control and depth.  Cast short from different angles and vary your fly speed with rod movement, figure of 8 or slow/quick pulls of different lengths can often seduce hard to catch fish.  Tailor your wading to suit each approach.  Your first run down each pool should always be with your shorter rod, with little or no wadding.  Your second run, with your longer rod a more typical and orthodox approach, with medium or comfortable wadding.  Deep wading is not advised and rarely achieves, nothing more than cumbersome casting, failed crumbled back turnovers.  Tidy manageable casting with good fly turnover and touch down will without doubt result in more opportunities of hooking these truly magnificent and elusive fish.

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TOP TIPS
1) Safety first in all aspects.
2) Tailor your approach and application.
3) Carry a complete selection of fly lines.
4) Make sure you have strong well tied knots, leaders and plenty of backing.
5) Current, classic, experimental variants and outlandish fly’s required.
6) Think Big & you shall succeed big.  This ensures everything else is well catered for.
7) Keep cool, dry and warm, as you may well encounter all seasons in one.
8) Resist over casting and over wading.
9) Always expect the unexpected.
10) Absorb your total experience.

Keep it Reel and C,Mon the Fish
By Cohn O’Dea – Guideline Ambassador & Head Ghillie Taymount, The River Tay, Scotland. 

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Cohn’s introduction to fishing began as a poachers son aged 4 by carrying the rods and observing at Taymount in1974. His father (Cohn Snr),master fly fisher, J.T Third and Tay legend George McGinnis were his mentors and inspiration to learn, refine and improve all aspects of his casting repertoire and expertise. For him fly fishing on the river Tay has a special attraction. He has a complete symmetry with the rivers mystical union, unique challenges and ever changing moods; He continues to pass on his passion for salmon fishing teaching and advising anglers from around the globe who visit his beat on this mighty river. With his life long obsession, dedication and commitment we are proud to welcome Cohn as a Guideline ambassador and part of the Guideline family.

 

End of season – start of an adventure

September 11, 2017

By Kalle Grahn – Guideline Power Team Sweden

End of season is the beginning of a new one – it all depends on the way you see things. But for all of us salmon and seatrout junkies its nevertheless a long long wait of dark winter, occasionally endured with flytying, maintenance, movies and talks. But there is a working cure.

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Steelhead fishing is not supposed to represent a substitute, it’s undeniably an addiction by itself. But the thing with steelheading is that it overlaps perfectly with salmon season here in Scandinavia. It’s the perfect way to lengthen the season, staying true to the salmonids – without completely resorting to the option of saltwater fishing ;-).

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The thing is that you’re probably in the height of your skills during this time of the year. You fished all the season, through heavy sinking lines all the way up the water column to fast moving tiplines and floaters. So, going over the puddle is pretty much a question of picking up just were you left off. You will not be readier for a challenge.

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The towns of Terrace and Smithers are the obvious gateways to fulfill the dream of a hard fighting British Columbian steelhead. Here you find the nice Copper river the well-known Kispiox, the Bulkley and the mighty Skeena just around the corner. The abundant flyfishing shops is one way to hook up with a guide and drifting is the best way to learn and experience the waters.

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Tiplines are the preferred choice for steelheading. The DDC-Connect has served its purpose and still work great with a set of tips. But the new 4D’ s work even better. Their superb casting capabilities for beginners all the way through to experts is due to the heavier butt section and great turnover. The loading of the rod is made easier and you don’t have to be as precise in your technique as with traditional Scandi-lines.

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If you prefer to cast Skagit you just option for a slightly weightier line. These lines handle narrow conditions with overhanging trees and tight river banks great. The heavier butt section also helps to turn over and cast the heavy flies that are commonly used here. The heavy flies are the one big difference in fishing for steelheads and it takes some getting used to. The 4D’s are the way to narrow this gap and the dual density tips of varying sinking rate makes up for the prefect setup. Bringing both the floating head and the I/S3 and you are set for all conditions.

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I’m right in the process of updating my reel-closet – changing all to the Vosso. The Quadra has done good for years but the Vosso is without a doubt the next generation of reels and the obvious choice for the picky fisherman. Lightweight though more rigid and firm than most of the heavier reels out there and with a smooth drag that really has a full span and great breaking power on top. And of course, loads of space for backing.

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My favorite is the Vosso #911, versatile for everything but the heaviest of salmon fishing.
My choice of rods for a steelhead adventure would include a Switch rod, like the traveler friendly LXi 11’6’’ T-Pac #7/8, complemented with anything from the reliable LPXe 13’ #8/9 to the brand new nano-reinforced NT8 12’9” #8/9.

So what are you waiting for?  Off you go, lengthen the season!

Below you can view a gallery with above pictures, plus additional supportive images. Images by Kalle Grahn. Images of Kalle captured by Jaap Kalkman. 

 

Riffling hitch – The ace up the sleeve

August 31, 2017

Text and photos: Helge Dahlen

 – Guideline Power Team Norway.

The fly stripes as soon as it hits the water. The current is strong, but the little tube fly with the thread in a hole in the middle of the body surfes well on the waves and makes a good wake. Just as the fly surfs from the hard current and into the seam the water explodes behind it. The salmon misses with a few millimeters. Judging from the splash it was a decent  fish! In this blog  post we follow Power Team member Helge Dahlen when he fish the Riffling Hitch ion different rivers in central and northern Norway. 

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We have passed mid July and I am in Lakselv in north of Norway, a river that has built up to become one of the world’s best rivers for the big salmons, so I know that here i could have the fish of my dreams coming up to my flies. I check the fly and with the pulse on top i make another cast. The explosion of water occurs in the same place, but this time the fish don´t miss. 
The salmon soon reveals its size to me with an acrobatic jump that makes my shoulders grow taller than my ears.  I am using a 13 foot Lxi rod so its powerful enough to fight the fish anyway with a lot of strength, but still it takes me a long time to wear it out. The fish in perfect condition, and the fights are therefore also insane. But in the end i come out winning and can hold the powerful fish in my hands. Its a 23 pounder, so not a monster but still a memorable one. When I caught this fish it was on my first trip to this river, we had just come from Kongsfjordelva in the eastern part of Finnmark. There we had some really good days with a lot of fish on the hitch, some in good size as well for this tiny river. My confidence to the hitch was therefore quite good before we came to Lakselv.

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The fishing had been a bit slow the days before we arrived, but I noticed that not many where hitching for the fish and thats why I tried. No point in fishing with the same as everyone else when none of them are catching anything. So here the hitch proved to be a true ace up the sleeve. After 3 days in Lakselv with having contact with fish every day on the hitch we headed up to another river an hour north of Lakselv called Reppardfjordelva. We where only going to fish there one day while waiting for our flights south again, but day became perhaps my most memorable one as i hooked and landed 3 salmons on the hitch, all on a singlehanded LXi #8 . Biggest one was estimated to 25-26 pounds! 
 Later the same season I was in the middle part of Norway and fishing one of the tributaries to Stjordalselva. The river had just settled down again after a nice spate, but the fish seemed to had settled down again on they`re spots and were not very interested in the flies. In the evening I just had to give the hitch flies another try again, and in the second pool I surfed over the water just exploded. My friend that was looking from the bank shouted immidiatly that this was a good one as he had seen its size from the side when it took.

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Here I was using my 11,6 feet #7/8 Lxi switchrod and it had to be pushed to its limits a couple of times to keep the fish away from a rocky rapid, but the good fortune was with me this time as well, and after 20 minutes i could land a beauty female salmon at aprox 25-26 pounds again. A quick picture and a kiss and she was out in the river again to complete the task she had come to the river to do. I hear a lot of different things about the setup you need to fish with riffling hitch and i have to say that there is a lot of misleading «rules» that is existing around. Some say that you have use a singlehanded rod (without explaining why you cant use a two handed rod) and others say that if you don´t have a monofilament leader it will not hitch.
 I say you can use whatever rod you want as long as it has a floating line. The leaders can be both mono and fluorocarbon and I actually prefer fluorocarbon as I feel that its stiffer and that helps to force the the tube up on the surface. You can buy and/or tie hitchflies in all sizes and therefore I say that the hook you choose to youse have to be at a size that will be reasonable to use for the particular fly.

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I use almost all the time medium sized flies tied on medium  tubes and therefore hooks in size #10 and #12 are the ones i choose.


 For me I have to say that riffling hitch is a real ace up the sleeve, and since I started to use this technique my catch rate have got up. Specially when the conditions are difficult with clear and low water this has given me several memorable catches. The salmon and also the seatrout seemes to be aggressive towards this little thing skating over they`re heads and making the wake in the surface. 
I have found that also in higher water it will work as long as the water is not to colured, and it have to be warmer then 9-10 celsius for it to be effective. But there are also many stories about the opposite, and I know about several salmons caught on the hitch in colder temperatures. As always there are no certain rules in salmon fishing, only that catching fish on riffling hitch is some of the most fun, memorable and exiting ways of salmon fishing.

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Text and photos: Helge Dahlen

 – Guideline Power Team Norway.

 

 

Experience Pack System

August 18, 2017

Trout & Salmon Magazine in the UK had a first look at our Experience Pack System and it got the Recommends 2017 stamp. They write –  Three new Guideline Experience bags and packs can be used alone ot together and are a great way to organise your gear on the water.

Check out all Bags & Packs on our website here >>>

 

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Beginners salmon guide part 2 – Timing

August 5, 2017

Text & images by Calle Lundqvist

Guideline Power Team member Calle Lundqvist here follows up his blog post from earlier this summer with a Part 2 about the importance of Timing. Fish smart and plan your time by the river to get the best chance of hooking into a solid Baltic chrome salmon. 

If being by river swinging flies is the only thing you are doing during the summer timing shouldn’t be a problem. But if you for some reason have other things in life besides fishing, it would be a good thing knowing when and where to spend your time fishing. In my experience, fishing on fresh or moving fish is the most effective way to do it.

First fish.
Where I do most of my fishing I northern Sweden, the first fresh fish usually starts running in the end of May or early June. If you like getting hooked up with big fish and a fight of a lifetime now’s the time. The bigger fish tends to be the first fish entering the rivers and fishing the lower part of the rivers is the best place. At this moment the fish isn’t that picky about flies, just make sure you got enough backing and a strong leader.

Summer rain.
When the first big run ends (usually in about 2–3 weeks), the weather tends to get sunnier and the rivers lower and warmer. Now is the time to spend time with friends and loved ones to store some extra credit to use when the first big rain is arriving. When the river is rising the fishing tends to be kind of slow but when the rain stops and the rivers are dropping, that’s the 2nd prime time of the summer. The fish in the river must find new holding places due to change of the water flow and fresh fish is entering the river to compete about places in the pool. That makes them way more eager to grab your fly (if it’s brown of course).

The tide.
In northern Baltic rivers we don’t have to consider tidal times since it’s not noticeable here. But if you fishing in rivers that’s entering tidal oceans, the incoming tide is what you are looking for. That usually pushes some fresh fish into the river. While fishing the incoming tide in one section of the river, find out when the pool seems to be most active(jumping fish, pull in the fly or even a hookup) then compare that to when the tide in the oceans had it’s peak. If you are fishing that pool the next days, just check when the tide is highest and then add the time you counted last time. That’s usually a good guideline for how long it takes for the fish to get to that place (if the water flow stays pretty much the same).

 

Magazine FlyOnly – Salmon in river Laerdal

July 25, 2017

In the last issue of Swedish webmag Fly Only you can read an article from last year when we fished the opening days of river Laerdal in western Norway. In Swedish language but plenty of images from the trip.