Posts Tagged ‘Wychwood Truefly SLA’

Kennick Reservoir opened it’s 2010 season on March the 27th. Being one of my favorite still water fly fishing venues in Devon it was great to be back on the bank. Fishing was slower than I expected, even the mighty Sunburst Blob struggled to find the fish. After trying a number of spots, depths and flies I resorted to dragging a booby along the bottom attached to a Hi-D line. On the second cast while varying the retrieve (they liked it slow) I hooked into a spirited Kennick Rainbow. I had forgotten how lean and fit the fish are, even with a 7WT rod it is hard to keep the trout under control while making those initial lunges. In 4 hours fishing I landed 6 and lost 3, a great days sport. The weather took a turn for the worst so called it a day when my hands became blocks of ice. My camera got soaked too so sorry for the lack of photo’s.

Today was also a chance to try my new Hardy Demon 9′6 7WT rod. Nothing to report other than it is worth every penny. It is hard to describe how much of a difference a rod of this caliber can have on your casting (even someone as terrible as me), it is pretty amazing really. Ideally I would of liked a Demon Reel but my Wychwood SLA is an amazing piece of kit and it really doesn’t look out of place. Another purchase was a Cortland 444 sinking line. A very slick (also incredibly thin) easy to cast line. Casting a sinking line all day can become tiresome (scary in some instances), the Cortland 444 however is a pleasure to use. I cannot emphasise how important it is to spend as much as you can on Fly lines, that extra £10-15 makes an enormous difference.

I am aware that the Wychwood Truefly SLA reel has been a victim of it’s own success. Demand exceeding supply. Fear not, Nick Hart quite literally has a tower of Wychwood SLA reels in the Hart Fly Shop available NOW – Buy one, you know you want one.  Check out the new Wychwood Quest range of travel fly rods too, they look and feel great.

(p.s. I am in no way affiliated with the Hart Fly Shop, I just do it for the love)

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Kennick Reservoir - Rain!

Kennick Reservoir - Rain!

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Wychwood Truefly SLA: Got my hands on one

0, October 26, 2009
Posted by james

You can purchase the Wychwood Truefly SLA reel from Hart Fly Shop

I received a text from James at Exeter Angling Centre informing me the Wychwood SLA reels were in stock. As soon as Jim had hit ’send’ I appeared at the door credit card in hand.

Lifting the reel from it’s presentation case I knew I wanted one. The SLA is everything the Wychwood promotional material promised it to be. Beautifully crafted, incredibly light with a stupidly low price tag. I wasn’t keen on the Titanium Finnish opting instead for matte black.

The styling of the reel dictates a little more creativity when choosing flyline and backing. In addition I wanted something a little more special in terms of performance. James recommended I look at the Hardy Mach range. ‘Liquid slick’ lubrication system and twin coloured finish, yup, that sounds high tech as well as looking ‘pimp’. Combing this with luminous orange backing, when loaded it looked awesome. If I don’t catch anything, at least I will look good while doing it.

Having 3 spools in total I decided to purchase a fast(ish) sinking intermediate line. The Hardy Premium range seemed like a good choice. Slightly cheaper than the Mach range but still a high quality fly line.

While taking the following photos I had a quick cast in the garden. The Hardy Mach flyline is very easy to cast and showed hardly any signs of line memory. Even the cheaper Hardy intermediate line felt excellent and again had very little line memory. I am sure a few large fish will make it lay like a laser beam on the water.

I will let you know how it fishes, I now have the perfect excuse. For more technical information take a look at my previous post .

You can purchase the Wychwood Truefly SLA reel from Hart Fly Shop

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Hardy Mach Flyline

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Hardy premium flyline

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

Hardy flylines

Wychwood Truefly SLA reel

0, August 13, 2009
Posted by james

You can purchase the Wychwood Truefly SLA reel from Hart Fly Shop

In a previous post (here) I mentioned how Wychwood provided quality tackle, clothing and accessories of extremely high quality in terms of finish and detail for an extremely affordable price. I couldn’t help getting excited when I stumbled upon the news of them releasing a large diameter cartridge style fly fishing reel. A few pictures floating about confirmed my suspicions that it would certainly look the part but also looked like it was going to be at the higher end of the price scale. This however wasn’t going to be the case.

The Wychwood Truefly SLA is made from die-cast aluminum and has been engineered to be as light as possible without sacrificing functionality and strength. The result of this approach is a spectacular looking reel, simple, certainly unique and innovative.

The reel Wychwood Truefly SLA boasts the following features..

  • - 7/8 Large arbour cassette reel
  • - Black or warm grey finish
  • - Custom built EVA protective case
  • - Two spare polycarbonate spools
  • - Hidden counter-balance design
  • - Aluminum Die-cast frame and cage
  • - High density polycarbonate cassette spools
  • - Unique dot alignment cassette spool fixing mechanism
  • - Capacity – 100yards micro backing + WF8

The Wychwood Truefly SLA reel should be available from September.  The price is ridiculously low at £69.99 for the reel + two cassette spools. Extra spools are available from £6.99.

Owing a great deal of Wychwood products myself I am confident that this reel will perform as well as it looks. As with every other Wychwood product I think it will be extremely hard to find a better performing reel, of such high finish and detail for anywhere near the £69.99 price tag.

I think I am going to put my money where my mouth is and purchase one when they hit the shops.

You can purchase the Wychwood Truefly SLA reel from Hart Fly Shop

The following photos are from the Wychwood website available to download in zip files at high res – http://www.wychwood-game.co.uk/

Wychwood Truefly SLA

Wychwood Truefly SLA

Wychwood Truefly SLA

Wychwood Truefly SLA