Grant Febery, owner of Safari Supply Co (distributors or Echo Fly Fishing, Loop Tackle and OPST) and keen fly fisher, will be attending the Expo with plenty of new and exciting gear for you to try.
Echo Fly Fishing will have demos of their exciting new rods – the River Glass series, new euro nymphing rods and Trout Spey PLUS popular current rods such as the Bad Ass Glass, EPR and One Hand Spey rods amongst others available for you to cast.
ECHO is a small, personable company of fly-fishers residing in Vancouver, Washington. We are the vision of Tim Rajeff – the culmination of his huge personality and an outlet of both creativity and service to the industry. Currently, Rajeff Sports distributes Echo Fly Rods to the world and Airflo Fly Lines to North America. We strive to provide quality products and customer service to our fellow fly-fishers.
As the founding father of Rajeff Sports, Tim tends to be busier than your average bald guy. When in the office, he spends all his time designing new lines and rods, addressing managerial-type-stuff or helping with customer service. When he’s out and about, he’s usually finding a reason to wet a line somewhere nearby or in far off lands.
Tim’s extensive knowledge of fly rod design and performance stems from his early childhood patronage to the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco, where he became a young and successful competition caster. Tim won a gold medal in the World Casting Games in single hand distance as well as winning the national overall fly accuracy and distance championship. Tim first began designing rods in 1980, and was one of the first people to use and adapt graphite fly rods in competition casting.
After spending his youth fishing and casting in California and Oregon, Tim’s fishing career took a turn when he took a job working for the Fenwick Fly Fishing School in Montana during 1973. In 1985 he made the trek north and began guiding in Alaska, eventually moving on to develop and build the first fishing camps on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, 60 miles above the Arctic Circle. He spent six years managing these camps before returning to the states in 1994. Upon his return he began working for a premium domestic rod manufacturer, where he worked as head of the engineering department and the Fly Brand Manager. Until 2001, he worked learning the ins and outs of fly rod design and manufacturing.
Try ECHO at the Fly Expo.
OLYMPIC PENINSULA SKAGIT TACTICS
Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics is a group of steelheaders who focus on Skagit-style swing fishing for everything from king salmon to trout. The Skagit River and the Olympic Peninsula have defined the products, the way they are fished, and the OPST philosophy.
It is a company dedicated to maximizing fly fishing enjoyment and opportunities. The whole program revolves around Skagit casting, the most recently innovated “Spey” or anchor-based type of casting. It is their preferred methodology because of its wide latitude of angling versatility. It is distinguished from other Spey-type styles of casting by its use of a casting mechanism known as the Sustained Anchor. The Sustained Anchor is key to Skagit casting versatility and at OPST they strive to optimize that effect by utilizing SAS (Sustained Anchor Systemology). By concentrating on SAS, the utmost potential of Skagit casting is achieved. We call the entire concept “Pure Skagit”.
From casting delicate soft hackles out 60 feet with a 3 weight, to blasting four inch, weighted steelhead flies through sideways wind and rain, to bouncing heavily-weighted crayfish patterns into wood-lined bank pockets for smallmouth- it can all be accomplished through the use of Pure Skagit. In other words, this is one casting concept that can effectively meet the demands of many different angling situations. This singular focus also equates to a quicker route of learning and achieving effective casting consistency and proficiency.
Such a versatile casting system is dependent on particular casting knowledge and skills. At OPST, a vast wealth of Skagit casting knowledge and skill, along with steelhead fly fishing and fly tying experience, is represented by a fly fisher who has been in on the development of Skagit casting since the beginnings: Ed Ward. Ed’s is a name long associated with Skagit casting and its related innovations- Skagit lines, “radically” short sinktips, sinktip tactics for steelhead, and “radical” steelhead flies such as the Intruder. His expertise on “all things Skagit” is of the highest caliber.
The famous OPST Commando Heads PLUS the new Commando Smooth Integrated lines in a range of weights with a focus on single-hand and micro-skagit will be available
LOOP FLY RODS AND REELS
LOOP will have their Cross SX and S1 series, plus Evotec Cast and Q rods, plus their famous reels available to cast and view.
LOOP fly rods have had a niche following for decades. The adaptive Scandinavian casting styles for the multitude of conditions, fly lines, fly sizes and species targets became the genesis of the very distinct LOOP rod actions. LOOP’s distinctive rod actions allow for higher tolerances of casting stoke timing hence less biomechanical output for energy transfer to the casting line.
LOOP’s ranges of actions are designed for every condition imaginable while acutely focused on angler endurance with the least amount of fatigue when spending long days on the water. LOOP’s range of rod actions covers all angling requirements from the bent knee on a small clear stream with a long leader on a 2 or 3 weight with a 16-18 dry fly to having the reserve power for punching large flies into a stiff breeze with the target closing distance quickly. No matter how challenging the circumstance – there is a LOOP fly rod for the occasion.
Every angler puts a lot of thought into what he or she brings to the water. The team at Loon believe it is equally important to think about what is left there.
That is what fishing with a conscience is all about; ascribing value to the health of the water we fish. They develop our products with these values in mind and make sure they are safe for fish, fisheries, and fishermen, without ever compromising quality or performance.
By offering reusable and biodegradable weights and indicators they make sure lost tackle doesn’t harm wildlife. Their floatants, sinkets and cleaners are solvent-free and consist of water-soluble components that perform without polluting the water. And their tying paints, cements and wax are non-toxic and odourless, to keep tying benches free from harmful fumes.
Loon will continue to develop products that help anglers protect the water they love while they are doing what they love. Their products will always allow anglers to fish with a (clear) conscience.
Whether your goal is to catch the biggest fish or have the most fun, it’s easier to do both with the best products. They believe that if they make a product, it needs to be the best. They rely on great people, great materials and great processes to make sure that every product they send out the door meets their high standards.
Woven into the fabric of Loon Outdoors is the health of our fisheries and our environment as a whole. Passing these along to our kids and the next generation of anglers is as important as us enjoying them ourselves. Through our support of many environmental outlets, they do their best make sure that these fisheries are healthy for decades to come.
They are proud to be a part of a great community of anglers and stewards of our environment. From their suppliers, their customers, their Ambassadors and everyone they interact with on a daily basis, they strive for respectful and meaningful community interactions and growth.
Based on Henry’s Fork, of the Snake River, Idaho, USA – the Trout Hunter crew of guides possess an uncommon understanding of trout and what stands between reward and disappointment on the water. The tools of their trade are specialized to accommodate the demands of advanced trout hunting where any weakness in tackle or technique becomes fuel for failure. These guys are the highest level of their profession and stake their reputation on the quality and reliability of products uniquely suited for sophisticated trout on pressured waters.
Award winning Trout Hunter products are designed and tested on the Henry’s Fork, proven worldwide and absolutely perfect for New Zealand and Australian trout fishing.
Whether nylon or fluorocarbon, Trout Hunter tippet material offers unsurpassed strength and reliability. These leaders afford the angler unprecedented levels of turnover and control. Trout. Hunter Fluorocarbon won the fly fishing industries “Dealers Choice Award” & recently won 1st Place at the “George Anderson’s 2012 Tippet Shoot Out”. Many features in the tippet and packaging system are unique and specific to the innovation of Trout Hunter.
U.V Protective packaging, Waterproof packaging, 50-meter spools, Designed by fishermen.
Medium Fast | Freshwater | Saltwater
Engineered to fit the angler (not the other way around), the Axiom II fly rods satisfy the broadest range of casting styles and strokes. Whether short and powerful or long and smooth, the rod will accept the caster without the need to adapt stroke to rod action.
The A2 design is the most efficient energy delivery tool that Advisory Staff designers have tested to date. Easy to load, (bend) and quick in unloading, which also ensures accurate and true tracking. No bounce, shock and no wobble on the stop – A2 rods are smooth and efficient casting tools.
Available in 9’0” 4pc from 5wt to 12wt.
Offers all of the benefits of the Finesse Trout series, with the feel of a traditional fiberglass fly rod. Using a unidirectional S Glass foundation, the rods deliver smooth, accurate casts, plus super easy rod loading without the additional weight of traditional fiberglass rods. This series is a delight to fish on small technical water and epitomise their name – finesse.
Available in 7’0” 3/4wt and 7’6” 4/5wt.
Designed by Lefty, Ed and Wanda for fly anglers focused on the flawless presentation of small flies and fine tippets. Using a more traditional, moderate taper and action makes this series perfect for delicate casts and offers excellent loop control at short to medium distances; as well, their surprisingly powerful butt section nicely accommodates longer casts whenever necessary and the ability to land a selectively feeding trophy without breaking off 6x tippet. The shorter rods in the series are ideal for spring creeks, small streams and tailwaters. Their soft tips allow an angler to feel the rod load with as little as 5’ of fly line outside the tiptop; at the same time, they turn over long leaders easily.
Available from 5’0” 1/2wt to 8’9” 5wt
The BVK series of reels are machined aluminum and anodized for extreme use in fresh or saltwater. The super large arbor design gives these reels a huge line capacity and enables the angler to pick up line with incredible speed. The BVK reels feature a synthetic Rulon drag material that is maintenance free and encased to protect it from sand and debris. A one way clutch bearing eliminates start-up inertia and the reel is strategically ported to minimize weight without compromising rigidity of the frame or spool. Finally, it is anodized with a moss green colour to match the BVK fly rod family.
Available in 5 sizes to cater for lines ranging from 1wt to 10wt.
Fast Action | Freshwater | Saltwater
Engineered to the highest performance standards, the BVK utilises new materials that dramatically reduce weight while creating an aggressive blend of power and strength. The result is amazing performance and an incredible price.
BVK rods are fast action rods designed to excel in Presentation and Distance. The rich translucent olive blanks are topped with matching braided carbon fiber reel seats, our exclusive Tactical Series Stripping Guides, ultra lightweight chromium-impregnated stainless snake guides and flor grade grips that are comfortably contoured and uniquely contrasted. Available in 3 to 8 weight. (SW 6wt and above have full wells grips.)
Ken Orr is a Professional Fly Fishing Guide and Certified Casting Instructor, who was mentored into a guiding career by Noel Jetson way back in 1979.
Kens life has revolved around Fly fishing, as a third generation flyfisher, who landed his first fish on the fly at the age of ten.
He has guided anglers from all walks of life including Heads of State, Vice Presidents, Astronauts, Plumbers and Labourers, and is a Life Member Of Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania.
Fly fishing has taken him all over the World, for pleasure and competition fishing, in both salt and freshwater. Ken is an International Ambassador For Temple Fork Outfitters, and Pro Staffer for E J Todd, and Tonic Eyewear, helping to develop the best polaroids in the world. Fly Fishing is Ken’s life…