It takes more than two hands to count my fly rod collection. At this point, I struggle to justify a new purchase. I've wanted to own a Cabela's model for a while, but already owning a Sage and several St. Croix rods, I'm guilty of waiting for perfection. After fishing the L-Tech in Wyoming's Snowy Range, I can say I've found what I've been looking for.
I love fast-action fly rods. I'd rather have power in reserve, rather than never quite enough. Make the rod as lightweight as possible and you have my ideal. During the product development stages, the L-Tech promised to be both of these things. A weekend backpacking trip to a few alpine lakes in the Snowy Range seemed like the perfect testing opportunity.
Hiking to the Snowy's high alpine lakes during the short window of summer should guarantee hungry populations of brookies and cuts. It's one of those places where you'll probably need a fly rod if you want to catch large numbers of fish. Spinners don't seem to have the same effectiveness here as they do most other places.
The wind kicks up quickly at altitude, making a powerful action necessary to punch hoppers to the edge of rock shelves where fish aggressively feed. Such was the case when I flexed my L-Tech and dropped a hopper pattern just over the end of a shelf. A large cutthroat rose from the dark to snatch it off the surface. It was the best fish of the trip and perfect bragging fuel between buddies.
Pinpoint precision in windy conditions from a potent action with power to spare – I made the right decision waiting for this rod to come along. Expect some questions after those jealous glances from your buddies. This looker hooks you faster than the fish.
Compare the weight of these rods to the lightest high-end rods. Then check prices against those rods that can actually beat the L-Tech in the weight department. The bargain becomes obvious.
The L-Tech's lightweight power brings joy back to fly-casting. After years of clichéd expectations from my fly rods, the L-Tech re-invigorated my fly-fishing experience. Snapped out of my funk, I've begun testing my limits again.