For larger flies, use the Short Head. It has a compact head for punching out flies into a wind.
If you need extreme distance combined with fine control, then use the Long Head. Designed for smaller lures, bushy dries, plume tips, buzzers & nymphs. The 49' head feels like casting a 35' head because of the lack of friction on the coating. Friction is the number 1 killer of fly casting perfection in our sport.
If you want to fish lures / streamers & pike flies deep in lakes or rivers, use the El Guapo Streamer. It's designed for firing streamers from drifting boats & quick fire lure fishing on stillwaters. It will load as short as 5' and fire another 40' out in 1 false cast. It's a rocket but it doesn't land heavy. We make float, float / inter, inter / s2 / s4.
Use Straight 'n' Soft tapered leaders. They are the only leaders on the market that don't coil. They aren't shiny and they lay dead straight. They are a dull matt grey colour at the butt section and clear at the front.
Stillwater buzzer setup
Onto the end of the tapered leader tie;
- a 7" dropper
- 5' down to the middle dropper
- a 7" dropper
- 4' down to point
- Water knot for droppers
- Top dropper fly : sz 16 Shipmans buzzer
- Middle dropper : sz 14 diawl bach
- Point fly : sz 16 bloodworm
Coastal Sea Trout
- Long Head #7 density compensated intermediate 2ips
- Grinner knot to fly line welded loop
- 9' 0X Straight 'n' soft tapered leader
- sz 10 Ythan Terror
- I've been fishing with the Volition 10' 7wt for a couple of months now and I have to say it has been a fantastic rod for trout fishing out of a boat. It feels like a proper 7 weight with lots of power in the bottom half of the rod, which is great for longer casts and pulling stubborn fish up from the bottom. But the thing bends sweetly in the top half, giving great feedback and cushioning to protect your tippet.
I sometimes hear fellow fishermen talk about using progressively using lighter and lighter rods to do the same things they used to do, like there's some kind of honour in catching the same fish in the same way on a lighter rod. Some of this has to do with the fact that rods have gotten stiffer and stiffer over the years (your old 6 weight is now re-badged as your new 4 weight, etc.), but some of it is just about a strange pissing contest about outdoing your fellow angler. What a waste of time...
This 10' 7wt is exactly what you want to be using when you're throwing large streamers, teams of wets and heavy nymphs for trout. It's the right tool for the job. Of course you can do those things with a lighter rod and the right line, but why make things harder than they have to be? This rod has the back bone to handle that kind of fishing with ease. I'm sure it will be great fun for light saltwater use over the summer too.
Overall I'm very impressed with the feel and the quality of this rod. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a powerful, yet sensitive fly rod for trout or light saltwater use.