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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Zen Scores Again

ZEN Sinking Furled Leader
Zen Outfitters scores again with Jaime's new sinking furled leaders which was undoubtedly the best I have ever used. Jaime was kind enough to recently send me this 60" dark olive dun leader which, guess what, I was actually able to use yesterday in a local lake that had just thawed. Much like his furled floaters, these leaders lay out wonderfully even with the heaviest fly and virtually never knot.

Note furled loop and tungsten ringed tip

I was fishing Antelope Lake above Clark Fork, ID. The road was of course terrible due to the early spring thaw, but the fishing was good. I was able to try out my new toy, an Outcast OSG Stealth Pro single man pontoon. (Stay tuned for my soon to appear "Product Review" of this new FRAMELESS boat.) I will tell you it is light, smooth and fast. I have added a Scotty fly rod holder to mine and it comes with a really nice storage bag. They are a bit pricy but in my opinion worth every penny. All I do with mine is throw it into the back of my truck bed and deflate.

Kootenai River, ID
Sorry, I got a little side tracked, so back now to Jaime's really great leaders. As with his floaters, they have a prefect sized loop for your fly line attachment and a tiny tungsten metal ring on the tapered end for your tippet. I tried multiple sizes of weighted flies with really excellent results in presentation. Yesterday, the lake was only about 12 feet at its deepest point, so I used the leader on a floating WF 6 weight line. Using black and brown Chironomids and Black Crawler as a trailer and with a slow lift, I scored well with decent cutties and one really nice rainbow.

Spring offers few hatches due to the cold. Try out this new Zen product when you are streamer fishing for those hungry "break out trout." You will not be disappointed.

Hard takes, tight lines and huge spring catches to you all.
NF CDA cutthroat

Tags: Antelope Lake, ID
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     Spar (Big) Lake - Montana
     Spar Lake MT Revisited

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