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2015 Angler`s Annual
2015
ANGLER’S
ANNUAL
THE SAYING
“SO MUCH TO DO, SO
ELEVEN YEARS NOW AND WE’RE JUST AS STOKED TODAY
as when we started. As promised, 2014 turned out to be a
Like every year, we’d like to thank each and every one
fishing year. In fact, we took the entire year off from hunting
of you who have supported us over the years—customers,
just to pursue our angling interests. And while we can faintly
dealers, guides, captains, resorts, lodges, media and so on.
detect the sound and smell of elk some 1,000 miles from
Our company has taken on a loyal following over time, which
our offices, we have little regrets. Time that we’d normally
assures us that to many, our products are worthy of being
spend in preparation for archery elk and deer season has been
on the shelves of dealers, and the rods of anglers worldwide.
consumed by the creation of several new products that grace
We’re working hard to ensure that any experience you have
the pages of this year’s annual. It’s been a labor of love, and
with our products or company is a great one. It is the feedback
our way of stoking the fires for the upcoming year.
we receive that drives us to innovate, and provides us with the
This year we’re introducing our Saltwater Collection of
products. The Collection is comprised of fluorocarbon tapered
confidence to explore new areas within our industry.
Also, we’d like to take this opportunity to challenge everyone
leaders, shock, leader material and tippet. We’ve also created
to become more deeply involved in the sport. Not just at the
tropical fly lines in floating, intermediate and sink tips in
fishing level, but with regard to environmental concerns and
collaboration with our friends at BVG Airflo. These new
the health of our fisheries. Rest assured that while you’re
products, combined with our premium braided backing, create
dreaming about that next magical adventure on the water,
a complete saltwater system to go along with your Hatch reel.
someone out there is dreaming of exploiting it. There are
The collection was designed around the KISS (Keep It Simple
several great organizations out there to choose from, so pick
Stupid) principle and you’ll find the offerings small, but very
one that’s close to your home or heart.
focused. We’ve also added a new size to our Finatic reel line up
Have a great 2015 and get out there and fish hard!
in the 2 Plus for the dry fly fisherman, and the newly designed
— Cheers, John & Danny
Nomad pliers that are even more compact and feature rich
than before.
LITTLE TIME”
// Contents
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COULDN’T BE MORE FITTING.
REELS
PROFILES
02 1 Plus
28 Frasca Food and Wine
04 2 Plus NEW
30 Scarpetta Pinot Grigio
IGT delle Venezie 2012
3 Plus
06 4 Plus
5 Plus
31 Frico Caldo
ACCESSORIES
08 7 Plus
32 Nomad Pliers NEW
34 Backing + Fly Lines NEW
9 Plus
10 11 Plus
36 Leader + Tippet NEW
38 Web Store
12 Plus
12 Design Features
40Specifications
ARTICLES
14Adventure
16 Bahamian Dreamin’
18 Rainforest Steelhead
of the Mighty Tongass
22 Not All Californians
Are Surfers
24 Why Belize?
26 Swimming with
the Steelies
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WHAT DOES MEAN TO BE
Fatic ?
IT
IT’S A LITTLE LIKE A DISEASE OR ADDICTION.
Your every thought is consumed by an insatiable
need to chase fish on the fly. It’s a state of mind
that transcends the boundaries of normalcy and
into the realm of abnormality. It’s obvious you’re
sick—but who the hell wants to be cured of this
affliction? You’re a finatic!
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Options
// One Frame, Two Spools
// 1 Plus Finatic
FISHING WITH 0-2 WEIGHT RODS REQUIRES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FINESSE.
ULTIMATE VERSATILITY. The 3 through 12 Plus Finatic reels are
There is a delicate balance between rod and reel that must
offered in both large and mid arbor configurations. Both
be met in order to create harmonious bliss. It’s achieving
spools are capable of running on the same frame, allowing
this critical ratio that makes the 1 Plus a stand out in this
anglers to run three or more line weights on a single reel.
category and a must have for any serious creeky angler.
REEL $350 // SPOOL $158
// Color Options
All Hatch reels are available in five color schemes:
Clear/Red, Clear/Blue, Clear/Green, Clear/Black, Black/Silver
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF OUR REEL SPECS, SEE PAGE 36.
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NEW
// 2 Plus Finatic
// 3 Plus Finatic
THE NEW 2 PLUS COMBINES THE LIGHTWEIGHT OF THE 1 PLUS WITH
THIS IS THE PERFECT REEL TO ACCOMPANY YOUR FAVORITE 4 WEIGHT
drag power similar to the 3 Plus, creating the ultimate dry
dry fly rod. Or you can rig it with WF5F on the mid arbor
fly trout reel for 2 to 3 weight rods. We’ve also used it on
spool for a lightweight 5 weight alternative. Whatever you
ultra light 4 weight rods with great success.
choose, you can’t go wrong with the 3 Plus.
REEL $380 // SPOOL $170
REEL $400 // SPOOL $175
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF OUR REEL SPECS, SEE PAGE 36.
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// 4 Plus Finatic
// 5 Plus Finatic
THE POPULARITY OF THIS REEL IS RIVALED ONLY BY THE 7 PLUS—
WHEN THE FISH GET A LITTLE BIGGER, NASTIER AND HARDER TO HANDLE,
and for good reason. The 4 Plus is the perfect western trout
you’ll need the 5 Plus. It’s the perfect reel for streamer
fishing reel, capable of running 4, 5 and 6 weight lines with
fishing or hucking big drys at 20" plus fish. It also serves
ease. If you can only buy one reel to use for both dry and
double duty as a really nice lightweight 6 or 7 weight set up
nymph fishing then this is the one.
for stalking bones on the flat.
REEL $450 // SPOOL $190
REEL $500 // SPOOL $205
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// 7 Plus Finatic
// 9 Plus Finatic
IF I WAS STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND AND HAD ONLY ONE REEL TO
THIS IS WHERE THE PROVERBIAL RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD MY FRIENDS!
bring it would be the 7 Plus. We have sold more of these bad
Capable of running 9–11 weight lines, and your choice of mid
boys than any other size in the Finatic line. Why? Because
or large arbor spools, this reel is one versatile hombre. If you
it’s the perfect crossover reel for both salt and fresh water fly
are truly serious about saltwater or spey fishing than this is
fishing. From bonefish to permit, steelhead to carp this reel
your next reel.
has you covered.
REEL $750 // SPOOL $350
REEL $600 // SPOOL $225
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF OUR REEL SPECS, SEE PAGE 36.
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// 11 Plus Finatic
// 12 Plus Finatic
WE HAD ONE THING IN MIND WHEN WE DESIGNED THIS REEL: TARPON.
THE 12 PLUS WAS DESIGNED FOR FISH THAT ARE NOTORIOUS FOR BEING
The goal was to create a larger reel that bridged the gap
really hard to handle. GTs or tuna, just to name a few, can undo
between the 9 and 12 Plus models. We also wanted to make
your average gear in a fraction of a second. You will not find a
sure it had an oversized handle for greater grip control when
better fish-fighting tool on the market for these situations. Oh
fighting those big silver critters. The mid arbor option is also
yeah, it’s also great for big spey applications.
great for spey rods from 13.5–14.5 feet.
REEL $900 // SPOOL $400
REEL $825 // SPOOL $375
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B
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MACHINED REEL SEAT
The Original. A solid is always stronger than two pieces attached together. Also, by
eliminating the screws you’ve eliminated the corrosion points.
B
DIMENSION IN THE FRAME
We machined dimension in the frame to increase rigidity, strength and reduce lateral
flex. With the reel and spool together you get virtually no lateral flex when you push/
pull the two. This means the reel tracks truer and it eliminates the spool wobbling in
high-speed runs.
C
FRAME/SPOOL CONNECTION
Making a positive frame-to-spool connection is essential. On our reels, we call it the
“power flower.” This unique design feature locks both together creating a bomb-proof fit.
D
CRANKS & COUNTERBALANCE
Unlike many manufacturers whose counterbalance is merely cosmetic, we’ve made the
two pieces the same weight to achieve true balance in the spool.
E
DRAG
We wanted it sealed—hence the drag cassette. We’ve employed a multi-disc stack in all
models that is comprised of Rulon® and precision stamped stainless steel discs. With
multi-disc drag , you are applying braking pressure and heat dispersion over several
surfaces rather than one-to-one surface braking on most drag systems today. This
system virtually eliminates start up inertia and stick slip problems.
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HOOK GUARD
Keep those hooks tucked into the arbor of the reel and out of the way of your hands.
G
MACHINED FINISH
At Hatch we don’t polish our reels. Everyone else does, but we like the machined look.
You can see the witness marks and quality machining. No buff outs or cover-ups. It just
didn’t make sense to cover up what others can’t match. Its more difficult, takes more
time, but it’s worth it.
H
SPOOL TENSION NUT
Designed to be easily taken on and off, with or without full gloves. The nut is press-fit
into the spool so it won’t fall out into the water or your gear bag.
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ADVENTURE
WORDS & IMAGES // JOHN TOROK
THERE ARE THOSE AMONG US
WHOSE SPONTANEOUS NATURE
ALLOWS THEM TO THROW ALL
CAUTION TO THE WIND AND DO
WHATEVER COMES THEIR WAY.
These folks are seemingly unencumbered by thoughts
at times that I find myself scratching out imaginary trips,
of fear or failure. Rather, they relish in the moment, any
creating checklists, combing over topo maps and Google
moment, as long as it’s stimulating and there’s a real
Earth until my internal battery runs out. It can be downright
opportunity for a genuine experience. They thrive on the
exhausting, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
unknown and are ready, willing and able to go anywhere and
What is adventure? Webster’s defines adventure as an
do anything at the drop of a hat. Then there are those, unlike
undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks. I
their counterparts, who never stray too far from the familiar
like this definition, as it contains the two elements I think
and cling tightly to there comfort zones.
we’ve forgotten about in the word’s meaning—danger and
I live a little in both worlds, as do many of the people
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risk. In every day life, I hear people talk of adventure in
I call friends. We have our daily lives with families, jobs
entirely the wrong context. Nowhere in the definition does it
and commitments that require our attention. But given the
say anything about fun, although more often than not they
slightest sliver of an opening, perceived or otherwise, and
are. Adventures are more about experiences, and there’s a
we’re gone. Leaving behind our responsibilities to those
big difference. In my opinion, if there’s not a real chance of
who are painfully, well, better than us. I wish we could help
physical harm, abduction, or a life threatening hangover—
it, and I’m sure we all struggle with a little guilt, but those
then it’s a trip. That said, the average trip has been known to
emotions quickly evaporate when we set off on the next
go the way of an adventure via the unforeseen event that has
adventure. The adventure itch can get bad. So bad, that
the ability to transform it—an incident.
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Incidents by their very nature are usually bad. But there’s
would call this behavior reckless or selfish. But how will you
little doubt of the effect they can have. They can bring out
ever know what your capable of until you pull your ship out of
the very best and worse in people. Often they expose us for
the harbor and head out to sea.
whom we really are, and reveal to us our greatest strengths
However, there is a downside to this type of existence
and weaknesses. They are the moments we remember the
in that almost everything else pales in comparison. Often,
most throughout our lives, and can leave an indelible mark
when I return home from an adventure there’s a certain
on our psyche. I’ve been involved in more than my share of
period of down time. It’s an almost decompression like state
incidents over the years. I’ve even explored the boundaries
where everything ordinary seems a little bit boring. After
of calculated risk, and on more than one occasion come
all, yesterday I was standing on an atoll in the middle of the
close to meeting my maker. I’ve seen things that I probably
ocean some 3,000 miles away. Today, I’m back staring at the
shouldn’t have, taken part in activities that were way beyond
computer on my desk, opening old emails and paying bills.
questionable and have literally scared myself beyond silly.
The juxtaposition can be overwhelming at times, and difficult
None of which I’m willing to share the details of since my
to manage for both the family and me. Then I’m reminded
dear mother reads this catalog. But oddly enough, these are
that above all else family matters most, and that sometimes
the moments that make me feel the most alive, and are often
the ordinary - and the comforts associated with it – are a
contrary to the understanding of others.
very good thing. But gradually, that old feeling starts creeping
back again and I know it’s time to go. In fact, everybody
“A SHIP IS SAFE IN HARBOR, BUT
THAT’S NOT WHAT SHIPS ARE FOR.”
around me knows it’s time for me to go.
This scenario will probably resonate with many of you
on some level, as no doubt I’m preaching to the choir. Fly
fisherman tend to be the adventurous type, willing to set out
I first read this quote in college and it means as much to
on journeys to all corners of the earth in search of adventure.
me today as it did back then. I keep it in the forefront of my
It supplies us with the highest highs and the lowest lows, and
mind and use it as a barometer for decision making. It’s a
provides a vehicle for us to remain attached to the natural
constant reminder of what I was made for, and how important
world and all its splendor. For many of us this is the life we
truly living my life really is. Adventure is not for everyone. In
chose. For the rest, it is the life that chose us. Either way,
fact, in todays overly safety conscious world, most people
nobody’s ever regretted a life of adventure.
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WORDS // CLINT KEMP
MY ANCESTORS STARTED FISHING THE BAHAMAS IN 1690.
I remember the vague figure of my grandfather. A tall,
IMAGES // CLINT KEMP
took me around the world to new fly fishing destinations.
I read books and magazine article about the wonders of
lanky, weather beaten man who took my father in the boat
Bahamian fly fishing and something in my soul longed
with him almost daily from the age of 10. My father made his
for home. After an extended stay in the U.S., I eventually
living from the sea for many years and taught me the ways
returned to the Bahamas as a young man with a new fly rod
of the ocean with a spear and sling and the art of hand line
and the anticipation of exploring the world I had been reading
fishing. There was no escaping the indelible mark of the gin
about. To this day I remember with crystal clarity the
clear Bahamian sea on my soul and the passion for fishing
the waters of my homeland. The ironic thing is that I
had to leave the Bahamas to discover one of it’s most
amazing offerings; fly fishing.
My family moved to Florida when I was in the
first walk on a flat in Abaco, holding my breath at
the sight of that first bonefish tail glistening in the
morning sun. The thrill of that first explosive
run in many ways changed my life. So
began the journey of 10,000 slow
5th grade, and the ocean gave way to lakes, and
walks in the thin space where earth
a childhood love affair with large mouth bass and
and sky meet in the magical shallow
bluegill. It was in Florida that I saw my first fly rod
water world of the Bahamian flats.
at a kid’s fishing club and cast my first popper to
What started as a Saturday morning
a bluegill. Watching Walker’s Cay
childhood fantasy, has become the very
Chronicles became my
fabric of my existence. A life of long walks
Saturday morning
on endless flats has guided me through
ritual with my
mythical friend
many hard times and given me
moments of clarity and joy
Flip Pallot
that could only be
who
from the divine.
I could tell
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a thousand fish tales of my days on the flats (most of them
moment. Days give way to evenings full of fine food and drink,
would be close to the truth). There would be tales of double
and the sharing of the stories of dreams realized and the ones
digit bones peeling off backing at 45 miles per hour, and
that got away.
that ever elusive first Permit that finally said yes to the fly
I think my ancestors would be pleased with how life has
after many years of prayerful presentations. All the photos
turned out for me and take pride in the fact that the ocean
and stories of a lifetime of fly fishing the flats would never
still runs deep in my veins. Today, I am the managing partner
capture the full reality of my fishing journey, and these last
at Blackfly Lodge in Schooner Bay in South Abaco, about
few years have been by far some of the best. I have had the
100 miles from Walker’s Cay. Mythical friends have become
good fortune of turning my passion into my profession, and
real friends, and every day I wake up to another real life
my days are full of time spent sharing my beautiful Bahamian
adventure. I get to meet some of the most fascinating people
thin space with guests from all over the world. Many of our
on the planet and enjoy the company of my close friends and
guests grew up like me, dreaming about coming to fish in the
partners. It would be my great pleasure to invite you down
Bahamas. For new guests, the days are filled with instruction
for a little walk on the flats, but just beware that your life may
and first time wonder. For those who have fished here for
never be the same again.
I COULD TELL A THOUSAND
FISH TALES OF MY DAYS ON THE
FLATS (MOST OF THEM WOULD
BE CLOSE TO THE TRUTH).
many years the days become more like sharing a sacred
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RAINFOREST
STEELHEAD
OF THE
MIGHTY
TONGASS
WORDS & IMAGES // BRYAN GREGSON
EDIT // SARAH GRIGG
ANGLER // RICK MATNEY
ALASKA’S INSIDE PASSAGE IS ONE OF NATURE’S
PARAMOUNT GIFTS. IT HOLDS MANY TREASURES,
INCLUDING ONE OF THE REMAINING SALMON FORESTS,
THE TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST.
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As the largest federal forest, the Tongass is a coastal
temperate rainforest concealed in an archipelago of
good cup of hot tea should.
As the boat steamed ahead, so did my appreciation
Alexander Archipelago wolf call this place home. So
do First Peoples, fishermen, trappers and loggers. The
for this isolated corner of the planet: the trees, tumbling
fishery is the cornerstone in the local economy. In 2011,
vegetation, spirited fish. I had traveled to the Tongass
Southeast Alaska produced the largest sustainable
the morning air was crisp and the smell of the sea,
once before, to the north and around the bend in search
wild salmon harvest in the state, a total of 73.5 million
bold, as we sped across the coastal waters of Southeast
of salmon. This time, the compass pointed southeast,
fish worth more than $200 million. Over 17,000 miles
Alaska. The fog and mist created a calm sense of
to rustic townships and untamed wilderness where we
of creeks, rivers and lakes run through 16.8 million
importance, engulfing treasures to be unearthed within
would seek out steelhead. To say it’s an inspiring place
acres of national forest, offering optimal conditions for
the emerald green. Old growth spruce trees towered and
would be a feeble attempt to capture the respect it
spawning. Protections are in place to safeguard habitat,
glinted like cathedral windows as light broke through
warrants.
and therefore, the long-term survival, of salmon and
inlets and islands.
From my perch on the back deck of the fishing vessel,
the branches. Each pour of maté brought strangers to
conversation and an uncluttered, conscious mind, as a
All five species of Pacific salmon, steelhead, bears,
bald eagles, humpback and orca whales, and the
steelhead. But the Tongass is a threatened forest. And
its inhabitants are too.
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There are few places left on Earth where steelhead thrive.
The Tongass could very well be one of the last. Somewhere
times there was no way around them but through. The entire
amongst the 40,000 miles of streams flowing from a
stem and leaf are literally covered in thousands of tiny sharp
multitude of islands lives this elusive saltwater rainbow. It's
thorns awaiting any creature that might brush against it. It
an inspiring creature living between two worlds. That of pure,
would seem Mother Nature certainly knows how fragile her
glacially fed, nutrient-rich freshwater and saltwater of the
ecosystems are, lining her rivers here with challenges: thorny
bordering sea, its source of food and place of growth. They
plants, steep rock walls, fluctuating flows, constant rain,
are a robust fish, capable of battling through many obstacles.
wind, fog, cold temperatures and powerful tides.
But like every good thing on this planet, there is a kryptonite
chrome steelhead appeared, revealing a flamboyant
magnificent species is on the decline. Loss of habitat is the
masterpiece. Out of the salt and into freshwater they swim,
top reason for the disheartening demise of these remarkable
through logjams and root wads, up steep gradients and
fish. Deforestation from logging is the primary culprit,
waterfalls, nothing stops their determination. The fish are
stripping banks of cover and degrading streambeds.
fresh from their sea run, with only a short journey to their
grounds. At first hook, they take to the air, displaying their
landscape is challenging enough, big tides make things more
acrobatic abilities back-to-back. When least expected, they
complex. Anchoring our boat offshore and using a small
take off for a big run, leaving the angler vulnerable to sharp
Zodiac to land on the beach, we explored the wet emerald
rocks that will slice a leader. The footing is slick and difficult
forest on foot. Soggy muskegs canvased the ground from the
to maneuver through swift river currents. These wild fish are
water to the tree-lined perimeter. It was a bit of a slow jaunt,
a powerful challenge to any level of exploring angler.
balance required.
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Within the swirls of clear water, as if with brush strokes,
that can cripple even the strongest of the species. This
The location of the fish is not an easy one to reach. If the
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The rivers are lined with thick patches of Devil’s club. At
The more we interacted with our quarry, the more we all appreciated the surroundings in
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which they lived, their overwhelming struggles, and the raw power of the forest. It’s a simple,
yet very complex life, one full of opposition to their survival—something that they can’t control
and something they can’t afford to get caught up in. They have only one job: to exist. So they
must press on, regardless.
The thought of impending destruction of their life and the forest makes me cringe. I don’t
know if I’ll ever make it back to the mighty Tongass, the last of the salmon forests. But I
indubitably want it to remain as I remember it: a profoundly wild place of incredible harmony.
THERE ARE FEW PLACES LEFT
ON EARTH WHERE STEELHEAD
THRIVE. THE TONGASS COULD
VERY WELL BE ONE OF THE LAST.
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NOT ALL
I love when I’m traveling and I tell people that I live in
California and the first thing they think of is surfboards,
sunshine, and the beach. I always have to clarify my statement
with “Northern” California. “Oh you mean like San Francisco
Bay area?”…No, no, no! To any true northerner, San Francisco
is the big city. It is as far removed from Northern California
as say, New York City. I then tell them I am a fly fishing guide,
not a surfer, and I live in Chico, in
CALIFORNIANS
ARE SURFERS
WORDS // HOGAN BROWN
IMAGES // JOHN SHERMAN
I LOVE WHEN I’M TRAVELING AND I TELL PEOPLE THAT I
LIVE IN CALIFORNIA AND THE FIRST THING THEY THINK
OF IS SURFBOARDS, SUNSHINE, AND THE BEACH.
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Northern California.
This often
forgotten
corner
of the
lower
48 has
365 days
of fly fishing
for nearly every species
one could want outside of tropical saltwater.
Most places in Northern California have over 10 species of
fish available within 60 miles. An angler or guide can fish for
trout, steelhead, salmon, shad, stripers, largemouth bass,
smallmouth bass, and carp, on big tail waters, small streams,
walk and wade free stones, big reservoirs and high mountain
lakes along with the California Delta and San Francisco Bay
area. Some even try their luck in the Pacific surf. Fishing
and guiding in Northern California is a year round gig, not
something you do seasonally when you are not working on, or
riding, ski lifts in the winter.
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TO ANY TRUE NORTHERNER,
SAN FRANCISCO IS THE BIG CITY.
I have traveled to several places across the United States
River to fish the PMD hatch with size 18 cripples, spinners
Clients ask all the time, “What is your favorite type of
with the goal of catching something that breathes water
and emergers. The next, I’m gassing up the Jet boat and
fishing?” and I would be lying if I said that I like one type
with glorified craft materials on a hook. I have yet to find the
grabbing the nine weights with shooting heads to throw
of fishing here the most. With all the incredible options I
diversity of species that Northern California has to offer. The
clousers for stripers and smallmouth bass.
never know how a day on the water is going to turn out. Not
variety suits me perfectly, as the ending of one season brings
There are days in the Spring I plan on trout fishing on the
knowing what to expect is the most exciting thing about
with it the beginning of something new. Bottom line, I’d get
Lower Sac, only to see a striper the size of Shamu chase a
fishing in Northern California. It’s a land of variety, and
bored doing the same thing everyday, as I believe routine
hooked up fish out of the depths. I’ve had clients swinging
variety brings unexpected opportunities. It’s what I love
breeds complacency.
soft hackles during an evening mayfly hatch on the Yuba,
about living here, and chasing fish in its waters. And no, I
only to have a chrome bright steelhead smack the fly and
have never surfed.
My favorite times in Northern California are the spring
and summer months of March through August. The options
jump, run, and tumble into the horizon. I have even had the
I have as a guide during this time are unlike anywhere else.
biggest smallmouth I have ever seen eat an indicator while
One day I might be towing my drift boat to the Lower Yuba
nymphing for American Shad.
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elize?
B
Why
GREAT QUESTION, FOLLOWED AT TIMES
WITH BLANK STARES AND CONFUSION.
For most people out there picking up your roots and
traveling into the unknown is, well, uncomfortable. Nothing
like selling everything you own to see if you can make it
work in another country! Many family holidays are missed,
along with three long-term girlfriends, two jobs and a black
lab. When I look I can only say…holy @$&%. After all that,
there are two things true in my life—steelhead rivers and
tropical flats that hold permit. The latter of which usually
drives me to the brink of insanity and back again.
Still the question remains. Why, with so many different
fish species out there haunting the planet’s waters, would
a kid from British Columbia end up in Belize? It’s a fair
question and one that I’ve heard many times over the
years, most often at airports, or rivers and flats off the
beaten path. What is it about Belize? For me it was an easy
decision. Check that, it was a simple decision and one I
have never regretted.
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WORDS //
CAPT. WIL FLACK
OWNER/GUIDE
TRES PESCADOS FLY SHOP
SAN PEDRO, BELIZE
BELIZEFLY.COM
IMAGES //
LEE CHURCH
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I’M TRULY AMAZED BY HOW
MUCH THIS TINY COUNTRY
OFFERS THE VISITING ANGLER
Have you ever dreamt about the perfect fishing locale?
waters in the shallows off Ambergris Caye and offer ample
Every time a client steps into the panga, I’m truly amazed
Of course you have, and one might come up with Montana
opportunity for the saltwater newbie. An idyllic island separated
by how much this tiny country offers the visiting angler. A
if you’re a trout bum, or maybe one of the many Skeena
from the open Caribbean by the reef, Ambergris truly reigns as
melting pot of cultures flows through this proud nation and
tributaries if you’re into swinging. The tropical latitudes fascinate
the Caribbean’s most prolific flats fishery. 400+ square miles of
it’s what separates us from the rest of Latin America. Take a
many, but they have always held a special place in my heart. So
crystal clear awesomeness with a dash of grand slam. Add to
small population of residents, and then add a healthy barrier
it’s no surprise that chasing permit on the fly would become a
this the quaint little fishing village of San Pedro, the island’s only
reef system and voilà—healthy fish stocks. So it’s basically a
lifelong obsession. It’s what I think about most of the time, and
town and it’s no wonder tourists and anglers alike flock to this
paradise for fly-fisherman. Funny how it still seems to remain
living in Belize scratches the itch.
tropical paradise.
somewhat small and intimate, and at the same time blows
With endless crystal clear flats, and an abundance of
Coolers loaded, rods rigged and coffee hot, our typical
your mind.
bonefish, permit and tarpon—what’s not to love about Mother
fishing days start early here in San Pedro, usually before
Nature’s best-kept secret! With the world’s best permit fishing
sunrise. Much like any other place you’ll find that our guide
nightlife, cast to migratory tarpon at Long Caye or just simply
in your backyard, Belize just might be the perfect all-round flats
community is tight. We are a very conservation minded group
swim in our turquoise waters with the permit, I invite you to
fishing destination. Bring in the genuinely friendly locals (AKA
that takes great pride in our ecosystem and the fish that dwell
come see Belize and all her wonders, both above and below the
San Pedranos), fabulous conch ceviche and copius amounts of
in it. For those that do not know, Belize was the first country
water. It just might drive you to make that simple decision.
cold Belikins, and you’ll find it hard to leave your hammock too!
in the world to protect bonefish, permit and tarpon by making
Like most visiting fly-fishermen my first introduction to Belize
all three species catch and release only in 2009. Bonus if you
was at the end of an 8wt fly rod. Numerous bonefish ply the
So whether you want to check out the legendary San Pedro
PS. You’ll probably want to bring your HATCH.
fish the flats.
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SWIMMING
with the
STEELIES
I’M NOT A SPEY FISHERMAN. THERE, I SAID IT.
WORDS // JOHN TOROK
PHOTOS // JOHN HAZEL
Many years ago, when spey began it’s run of popularity here in the US, I was a bitten hard by the saltwater bug. So much so
that since then my every thought has been consumed by visions of tailing permit and sick grabs from bucket mouthed poons.
During my time in the throes of a full-blown saltwater addiction, the spey craze passed me by. While I’ve always been
intrigued and admired the beauty of spey from afar, I had reservations, albeit unfounded, about why such a method could
produce better results than I’d had in the past with a single hander. Basically, I became one of the guys I dislike the most in any
sporting situation. You know, the guy who’s never done it but has an opinion. And while I've kept up with it's progression on a
professional level, I haven't been involved on a personal level.
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I wanted in, but how?
had been a while since I’d waded a big river and I found
In February 2014 at a fly fishing show in Seattle I ran into
myself going swimming three times in three days. I looked
John & Amy Hazel from the Deschutes Angler Fly Shop in
at it as a Baptism of sorts. At the very least it proved an
Maupin, Oregon. In spey circles they need little introduction,
effective way to cool off considering the temps were in the
as it was John who was one of the pioneers of spey casting
high 90s. For a moment I thought I’d even figured out a new
here in the States. We had been talking about a trip for
style of fishing. First, fall in. Second, while underwater look
years, and it was finally time to pull the trigger on a trip. We
around for fish. Third, get up a cast. Pretty simple really! I’m
booked days in mid August.
thinking next time I’ll probably pack a snorkel and mask just
For months prior to our visit I combed over all things spey.
I’m not going to lie and tell you it’s the easiest type of fishing
for good measure.
I get it! I finally understand the allure of spey. Each and
to understand on your own because it’s not. This is one of
every cast was followed with overwhelming anticipation
those times it pays to find a friend or instructor to help you
and the feeling that this could be the one. I found myself
along, as it will cut the learning curve significantly. And I
concentrating more than I have while freshwater fishing in
had John “friggin” Hazel as my instructor. Now, I’ll admit
years, waiting for that elusive tug at the end of my line. I
to a little bit of nerves in this situation but I figured I’d give
managed to catch a few marvelous wild fish on my trip. I had
it 100% effort, keep my mouth shut, ears open, and alpha
forgotten just how majestic they are up close.
attitude in check.
In three days of fishing I went from neophyte to just
I learned a lot in a little amount of time on my trip. First,
I’m all in on the spey thing from now on. Second, there’s very
competent enough to fish. John showed the patience of
little better in life than food, drink, friendship and fishing.
Job, while I mercilessly flogged the pristine waters of the
Third, and most importantly, spey reminded me of what it
Deschutes. I remember Hazel saying “good steelheading
was like when I first started fly fishing. It was humbling to
is fishing great water—well.” About the best I can say is
start over again, and every now and again it’s good to have
that I fished great water with good intent. Saying I did it well
your ass handed to you as a reminder that you really don’t
would be factually inaccurate. But I’m not smart enough
know everything.
to be embarrassed by my shortcomings as an angler, so I
struggled in silence until muscle memory took over.
You could hardly find a more beautiful place to fish than
It was a great experience and one that I’ll treasure forever.
No doubt you’ll see a little more spey love in the pages of the
catalog in the future. It’s long overdue.
the Deschutes River, as the scenery was awe-inspiring. It
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PROFILES
FRASCA
FOOD AND WINE
FRASCA IS THE CREATION OF MASTER SOMMELIER BOBBY
STUCKEY AND CHEF LACHLAN MACKINNON-PATTERSON.
WORDS // JOHN TOROK
FOREWORD & IMAGES //
FRASCA FOOD & WINE
Their shared passion for Friuli-Venezia Giulian cuisine and fine wine is
reflected in the exquisitely prepared fare and a comprehensive wine list boasting
over 200 varieties. The seasoned and professional staff ensures a memorable
evening with their meticulous attention to detail, expert wine pairing, and
extensive knowledge of the menu. And the pastoral, elegant dining room evokes
the gracious and friendly feeling of traditional Italian Frascas. Warm, welcoming,
and unpretentious, Frasca is the perfect destination for impromptu gatherings,
casual dinners, and special occasions.
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// Profiles
A few years back I was in Boulder Colorado for a dealer
So when I walked into the restaurant in April of 2013 it was
event and decided to drop in on an old buddy of mine
like we’d just seen each other last week. Too much time had
from college. It had been over twenty years since we last
passed to go over the details of our lives, just the assurance
saw or spoke to each other, but I had been admiring his
that we’ve both done what we wanted to do.
accomplishments from afar.
While I fancy myself a wine connoisseur, my friend Bobby
The food, wine, service and ambience at Frasca are all of
the highest caliber—and that’s how it should be. If you’re ever
took it to a whole new level by achieving Master Sommelier
in or around the Boulder area you owe it to yourself to stop in
status back in 2004, around the same time he and his
and have one of the best meals of your life. Tell Bobby and
business partner Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson opened
Lachlan I sent you.
Frasca. Over the years both men have earned several awards
Cheers!
and worked in a variety of fine establishments including
Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville, California
where they first met.
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SCARPETTA
PINOT GRIGIO
IGT DELLE VENEZIE
2012
DESCRIPTION: We work with three of the best vineyards for Pinot
Grigio in Friuli. The first vineyard is on the rolling banks of the
Isonzo River, the second is in the hills of the Collio and the
third is in the hills of the Collio Orientali del Friuli. Our grapes
are planted in cooler sites resulting in a wine of balanced
acidity and alcohol. The wine shows that Pinot Grigio can be
light and dry with veins of minerality and floral aromatics.
DENOMINATION: Pinot Grigio IGT delle Venezie 2012
VINE TRAINING: Guyot
VINIFICATION: The grapes are fermented in stainless steel after
being de-stemmed and left on the skins for approximately 12
hours, resulting in a wine with clear and bright aromas and
flavors.
AGING: The wine settles with the lees contact for six months.
APPEARANCE: Light straw color with just a hint of salmon.
AROMATICS: Aromas of white flowers, stone fruits such as
apricots and peach and hints of minerality.
PALATE: On the palate, the wine is crisp and dry with medium
high acidity and tastes of stone fruits, lavender, honey, pear,
white flowers and minerals.
FOOD AND WINE PAIRINGS: This Pinot Grigio is perfect on its
own as an aperitivo or with Prosciutto San Daniele. It is also
wonderful with raw fish, such as sashimi or pesce crudo and is
great with elegant chicken, pork and fish dishes.
ALCOHOL: 12%
30
ACIDITY: 5.6
PH: 3.30
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COURTESY OF //
FRASCA FOOD & WINE
CILANTRO VINEGAR
2 TBSP Chopped cilantro
2 TBSP Grapeseed oil
2 TSP Minced shallot
Sherry vinegar to taste
Salt to taste
¼ CUP pecorino romano
or parmesan
FRICO CALDO
1 Large (about 9 ounces)
Yukon Gold potato
1 TBSP Butter
½ Large onion, peeled
and minced
4 OZ Grated Piave or aged
Montasio cheese
1 Pinch salt
Grated nutmeg to taste
Oil
16-20 Pieces of thinly sliced
speck (cured ham)
or prosciutto
DIRECTIONS
1. Mix cilantro vinegar ingredients in a small jar.
2. Poach potato in a medium pot with salted water over medium heat until
tender (this may take up to 45 minutes to 1 hour). Remove potato and cool
slightly. Peel and crush potato into small pieces.
3. Heat butter in saute pan on medium heat. Add onions to the pan.
Slightly sweat onions until translucent and sweet.
4. Combine onion, potato and remaining ingredients (except oil and speck)
in a large mixing bowl; be sure not to over mix.
5. Heat a heavy pan on high heat. Lightly oil pan and add half of the potato
mixture (frico). Cook frico on one side 5 minutes, until golden brown. Using
a spatula, flip the frico to complete cooking 5 minutes more. Repeat with
remaining mixture.
6. Cut frico into wedges and serve with cilantro vinegar and 2 slices speck.
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// Nomad Pliers
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THE I-BEAM ARMS ARE CRAFTED FROM 6061-T6 ALUMINUM AND PROTECTED
with Type II anodize. The cutters are made from Tungsten
Carbide for abrasion resistance and reliable cuts through
all fishing line material. The jaws are machined from 17-4
stainless steel made for ultimate corrosion resistance.
Nomad pliers come with a custom Hatch bungee lanyard and
black leather sheath.
$280
STAINLESS STEEL BOTTLE OPENER
REPLACEABLE BLADES & JAWS
MACHINED LANYARD ATTACHMENT
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SPECS FOR OUR PLIERS, SEE PAGE 36.
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// Premium Braided Backing
THE TOUCH AND FEEL OF DACRON COMBINED WITH THE STRENGTH AND DIAMETER OF GEL SPUN
in a single 8 braid PE line for use in all fly fishing applications. Commonly referred
to as PE lines, these eight braid polyethelyne lines are smaller in diameter and
greater in strength compared to traditional type fly fishing backing materials. They
have greater abrasion resistance, are UV resistant, tie lower profile knots, provide
less drag through the water, and are capable of lasting a lifetime.
FROM $29
CROSS SECTION
OF HATCH PE
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NEW
Tropical Floating
Saltwater Fly Line
NEW
Tropical Intermediate
Saltwater Fly Line
NEW
Tropical Sinking
Saltwater Fly Line
Manufactured by BVG-Airflo to our specific
Manufactured by BVG-Airflo to our specific
Manufactured by BVG-Airflo, our sink tip lines
design, our floating lines cast their specific
design and panning 10 wt. through 12 wt, our
feature a 30’ sinking head, followed by 120’
weight class with ease, eliminating the need
focused range helps the angler dial in their
of intermediate running line. Loaded with
for species specific lines. Simply purchase the
saltwater rigs specifically for big flats fish. An all
tungsten weight and evenly distributed, our
appropriate line weight for your fly outfit and
purpose taper punches easily through the wind
50lb braided Power Core makes hooks sets
use in any tropical location.
to deliver the fly at a 1.5 IPS sink rate.
lightning fast and solidly placed. Sink rates
$80
$80
range from 7.5 – 10 IPS.
$80
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NEW
Professional Series
Saltwater Tippet, 25m
NEW
Professional Series
Shock Tippet, 25m
NEW
Tropical Sinking
Saltwater Tippet, 50m
Manufactured in Japan using two of the best
Manufactured in Japan using the highest grade
Manufactured in Japan using the highest
grades of fluorocarbon available, our Saltwater
of fluorocarbon available, our Shock Tippet has
grade of fluorocarbon available, our Leader
Tippet has a consistent diameter through the
a consistent diameter and advanced abrasion
material has a consistent diameter, varying
entire length, superior strength, low memory,
resistance. The superior strength, low memory,
less than half the width of a human hair! The
and durability to make a reliable connection to
soft texture, and durability of our Shock Tippet
superior strength, low memory, soft texture,
the fly. Available in 25m spools.
makes it the ultimate choice for your big game
and durability of our Leader material makes it
leaders. Available in 25m spools.
the ultimate choice for your big game leaders.
$22
FROM $28
Available in 50m spools.
FROM $38
NEW
Professional Series Tapered Leader
Manufactured in Japan using the highest grade fluorocarbon
available, our leaders have low memory, high abrasion resistance,
a hand-tied perfection loop, and consistent diameter. Every Hatch
tapered leader is designed to make a superior presentation to your
next targeted fish on the flats
$13
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Hatch 64 oz. Growler
Neoprene Reel Pouches
Made from double-walled, vacuuminsulated stainless steel, our growler
holds 64 oz. of your favorite frosty adult
beverage or fill it up with freshly brewed
coffee, soup or chili. Available in Matte
Black or Brushed Stainless Steel.
Available in nine sizes for a custom fit on
each and every size reel we make. A longer
strap accomodates lap over on your rod. 3 mil
red neoprene, black tape, yellow stitching with
tan fleece lining.
$12-$20
$50
Hatch Flag
Hitch Receiver
Our hitch receiver is machined from the same
6061 aluminum used to make our reels.
Then we relief engrave the logo and paint fill
in red, white and blue. Represent American
manufacturing with style. Bolt not included.
$76
Fish Tail Bottle Opener
Made from 6061 T6 aluminum, you will not a
find a cooler way to open up your favorite barley
pop than with this one of a kind item.
$25
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Specifications
FINATIC REELS
SIZE
1 PLUS
2 PLUS
3 PLUS
4 PLUS
5 PLUS
7 PLUS
9 PLUS
11 PLUS
12 PLUS
DIAMETER
2.9"
3.0"
3.25"
3.425"
3.625"
4.0"
4.25"
4.625"
5.0"
WIDTH
.85"
.875"
.8250"
.90"
.9375"
1.125"
1.375"
1.50"
1.6875"
WEIGHT
2.8 oz.
3.7 oz.
5.3 oz.
5.6 oz.
6.5 oz.
8.6 oz.
10.6 oz.
11.1 oz.
15.6 oz.
LINE WEIGHT
0–2
2–4
3–5
4–6
5–7
7–9
9–11
11–12
12–16
SPOOLS
Large Arbor Only
Large Arbor Only
Large + Mid Arbor
Large + Mid Arbor
Large + Mid Arbor
Large + Mid Arbor
Large + Mid Arbor
Large + Mid Arbor
Large + Mid Arbor
LA: WF3F-110,
WF4F-100, WF5F-80
LA: WF5F-100,
WF6F-80
LA: WF5F-130,
WF6F-110, WF7F-100
LA: WF7F-220,
WF8F-210, WF9F-200
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—
—
MA: WF4F-130,
WF5F-115
MA: WF5F-160,
WF6F-130
MA: WF5F-200,
WF6F-180, WF7F-160
MA: WF7F-280,
WF8F-270, WF9F-260
LA: WF9F-285,
WF10F-240, WF11F-205
LA: WF11F-275,
WF12F-250
MA: WF9F-360,
WF10F-335, WF11F-300
MA: WF11F-425,
WF12F-400
20# DACRON
BACKING
30# DACRON
BACKING
HATCH PREMIUM
BACKING
LA: WF0F-60,
WF1F-50, WF2F-40
—
LA: WF0F-70,
WF1F-60, WF2F-50
LA: WF2F-70,
WF3F-60, WF4F-50
—
—
LA: WF2F-80,
WF3F-70, WF4F-60
—
—
—
—
LA: WF3F-118,
WF4F-108, WF5F-86
LA: WF5F-110,
WF6F-88
LA: WF5F-140,
WF6F-118, WF7F-108
LA: WF7F-360,
WF8F-325, WF9F-295
LA: WF9F-300,
WF10F-275, WF11F-250
LA: WF11F-350,
WF12F-300
MA: WF4F-140,
WF5F-124
MA: WF5F-170,
WF6F-140
MA: WF5F-216,
WF6F-194, WF7F-172
MA: WF7F-415,
WF8F-380, WF9F-370
MA: WF9F-400,
WF10F-375, WF11F-350
MA: WF11F-500,
WF12F-450
PROTECTION
Type 2 Anodize
COLORS
Clear / Red, Clear / Black, Clear / Green, Clear / Blue, Black / Silver
NOMAD PLIERS
LA: WF12F-450
MA: WF12F-1000
BACKING
LENGTH
6.25"
LENGTH
WIDTH
2.0" (closed)
DIAMETER
.015" / .37mm
WEIGHT
4.2 oz.
WEIGHT
68lb / 30.8kg
COLORS
Blue / Clear, Red / Clear, Clear / Red
100M
200M
400M
1200M
3000M
FLOATING LINES
SIZE
WF7F
WF8F
WF9F
WF10F
WF11F
WF12F
WF10I
WF11I
Sand / Turtle Grass
COLOR
Specifications
INTERMEDIATE LINES
SINK TIP LINES
WF12I
Aqua / Gray
400 GRAIN
500 GRAIN
650 GRAIN
Cyan / Gray
Yellow / Gray
Orange / Gray
TIP
1'
1'
1'
1'
1'
1'
1'
1'
1'
1'
1'
1'
FRONT TAPER
6'
6'
6'
6'
6'
6'
6'
6'
6'
5'
5'
5'
BELLY
23'
23'
23'
23'
23'
23'
23'
23'
23'
23'
23'
23'
REAR TAPER
8'
8'
8'
8'
8'
8'
8'
8'
8'
1'
1'
1'
RUNNING LINE
62'
62'
62'
72'
72'
72'
72'
72'
72'
120'
120'
120'
TOTAL LENGTH
100'
100'
100'
110'
110'
110'
110'
110'
110'
150'
150'
150'
POWER CORE*
28 lb
28 lb
28 lb
40 lb
40 lb
40 lb
40 lb
40 lb
40 lb
50 lb
50 lb
50 lb
SINK RATE
—
—
—
—
—
—
1.5 IPS
1.5 IPS
1.5 IPS
1.5 / 7.5 IPS
1.5 / 8.5 IPS
1.5 / 10.0 IPS
TAPERED LEADERS
TIPPET
LB TEST
8 LB
10 LB
12 LB
16 LB
20 LB
8 LB
10 LB
12 LB
16 LB
20 LB
25 LB
SIZE
2X
0X
01X
02X
03X
—
—
—
—
—
—
LENGTH
9'
9'
9'
9'
9'
25m
25m
25m
25m
25m
25m
TIPPET
DIAMETER
.009"
.011"
.013"
.015"
.016"
.009"
.011"
.013"
.015"
.016"
.017"
BUTT DIAMETER
.020"
.020"
.022"
.022"
.024"
—
—
—
—
—
—
100% Fluorocarbon
MATERIAL
100% Fluorocarbon
LEADER
SHOCK
LB TEST
30 LB
40 LB
50 LB
60 LB
80 LB
40 LB
50 LB
60 LB
80 LB
LENGTH
50m
50m
50m
50m
50m
25m
25m
25m
25m
TIPPET
DIAMETER
.018"
.022"
.024"
.028"
.031"
.022"
.024"
.028"
.031"
MATERIAL
100% Fluorocarbon
POWER CORE IS A POLYESTER BRAID WITH 6% STRETCH
POWER CORE, RIDGE TECHNOLOGY, POLYFUSE XT AND SUPERDRI TECHNOLOGY
100% Fluorocarbon
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John Sherman, Lee Church
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