Skyborn by salmologic


In my opinion, perfect fly rods are never designed in offices. They should be created in the same environment in which they are to be used… on the water, in the wind and near the fish.

I strongly believe that good fly rod designers should be proficient anglers, casters and instructors. Their designs need to be based on inherent knowledge and experience. If not, then how will they know the prerequisites for ultimate fly rod designs? Rods for different kinds of fish, rods for different fly fishing methods, rods for different weight classes, rods of different lengths… Fly fishers face a multitude of different conditions on the water. Fly rod designers need to “have been there, done that” in order to create rods that will handle all those conditions with elegant ease. There can be no other way!

The Skyborn comes in a triangular tube with staps – perfect for travels.

The Skyborn comes in a triangular tube with staps – perfect for travels.

My idea for the new Skyborn series has been evolving for the past three years and is based on more than 32 years of fly casting, instruction and fly fishing experience. Finding the perfect combination of carbon fibers to build equally perfect blanks takes a lot of time and a lot of prototypes. Unfortunately, there is no short cut to find the perfect action in a blank.

When designing Skyborn, salmologic’s first high-end rod series, I worked painstakingly and diligently in order to make them as good as they could possibly be – using the very best materials that are available for fly rods today.

All our rods are individually numbered.

All our rods are individually numbered.

Every single rod in the series has a designated purpose. In other words, it has been designed for specific types of fishing, casting, line weights and fly sizes. Every single rod is created to help you make the best of your precious time on the water and to improve your skills as a fly caster and, more importantly, as a fly fisher. My ultimate goal for this series of fly rods was to create a divine merger between physics, technology and practical functionality. I strongly believe that I have succeeded in this endeavor and, knowing the intricacies of how these rods are designed, I am convinced that they will be responsive to anglers of all levels.

I have done my utmost to create tapers and actions that will match specific line weights. With the ultimate fusion of rod action and line weight, you will cast better, fish better and thus increase the quality of your fishing.

Recommended line weight on all rod-sections.

Recommended line weight on all rod-sections.

In 2001, I was the first person to start printing the recommended line weights on the rods that I designed. I have continued this practice, and even improved it, ever since. I did this because I found that the AFTM system was outdated. I still feel that way today. Furthermore, based on decades of consumer and industry feedback, it is clear that the AFTM system only leads to confusion. Salmologic will not follow this misleading path.

Line weight recommendation on Skyborn will be according to our G&G system, and you can rely on the fact that the recommendations we have printed on these rods are extremely precise. Take my word for it. A genuine and authentic rod designer ought to know exactly which line weight his rods load best with. It only makes sense to me to pass this information on to the consumer.

My true aim is to make you smile every time you grab your Skyborn fly rod – knowing that this rod has taken your fishing to a new level.

Tight lines,
Henrik Mortensen


As an accessory it is possible to buy and change the grip handle to a straight.

As an accessory it is possible to buy and change the grip handle to a straight.


Straight handles
versus grip handles   

The lower Grip handle is, in my world, the perfect handle for a fly rod, and there are many reasons justifying this. The main reason being that it helps you to keep the blank absolutely straight at all times. When held correctly, you will get the full benefit of the “back-bone” in the blank. Another good reason is that the Grip handle helps you focus on the lower grip of the rod, ensuring that you apply the power correctly.

However, we know and appreciate the fact that many still prefer the straight lower handle. In order to accommodate this preference, we have decided to include a salmologic straight handle as an option. It is available as an accessory to both switch rods and double hand rods. Now everyone can enjoy our innovative blanks, regardless of whether they prefer a straight or Grip handle.

 
The big and real secret!

The Skyborn series will be our top series for at least 3 years from time of introduction, maybe even longer, and it will come with a price warranty for that duration. We can justify that because we will NOT be making a new series every year. It is simply not possible to improve on what we think comes close to perfection in such a short time. Developing a serious and innovative rod series takes a minimum of two years. Furthermore, the technology and the materials we depend and rely on to make top-notch and superior rods, only offer us new ways of improving approximately every 3rd to 4th year.


SH rod, 10’0” 4-pieces

Rec. line weight 16 grams/247 grains

The rod is extremely powerful and yet so light and easy to handle at the same time. This is our preferred choice for rifling hitch and dry fly fishing for spooky salmon and sea trout, especially on shallow water. The rod will give you superior line control, delicate presentations and will help you perform “just that” long cast when you really need it. Match this with a WF shooter of 16 grams/247 grains and you will feel like you’re in heaven.

Line and reel recommendation: 
WF Shooter - 16 grams/247 grains
All Logic heads - 16 grams/247 grains
Short-cut heads - 16 grams/247 grains
Logic RL. 0.028
Salmologic reel no. 2

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Switch rod, 11’0” 5-pieces

Rec. line weight 16 grams/247 grains

The lightest switch rod in the Skyborn series - it doesn’t matter if you cast single hand or double hand, overhead or spey. You will always experience the ultimate fusion of possibilities. This rod is a perfect choice for minor sea trout- and salmon rivers. If you don’t want the fish to know you are there, well this is it! 

Line and reel recommendation: 
WF Shooter - 16 grams/247 grains
All Logic heads - 16 grams/247grains
Short-cut heads - 16 grams/247 grains
Logic RL. 0.028
Salmologic reel no. 2

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SH rod, 10’0” 4-pieces

Rec. line weight 18 grams/278 grains

This is the one size that has been missing for many years – a perfect single hand rod for salmon, sea trout and steelhead. A rod where distance, control and accuracy are extremely easy to achieve!   
Whether fishing with huge dry flies or tube flies, this rod gets the job done! And that was exactly what we wanted  - to create a cross current rocket launcher. If you need to learn the single hand spey cast to fish your water, then match this with any of our lines and you will find it easier than ever. 

Line and reel recommendation:
WF Shooter - 18 grams/278 grains
All Logic heads - 18 grams/278 grains
Short-cut heads - 18 grams/278 grains
Logic RL. 0.028
Salmologic reel no. 2

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Switch rod, 11’0” 5-pieces

Rec. line weight 18 grams/278 grains

This is a true switch rod. This rod is my addiction: A perfect switch rod for light salmon and sea trout fishing. If I ever had to choose only one rod to go fishing with, this would definitely be the one. It will enable you to fish more effectively and simultaneously increase the feeling of being a ghost, literally being the mist on the pools. Believe me when I write … this rod is not “just a rod”, it’s the perfect fly fishing tool.

Line and reel recommendation: 
WF Shooter - 18 grams/278 grains
All Logic heads - 18 grams/278 grains
Short-cut heads - 18 grams/278 grains
Logic RL. 0.028
Salmologic reel no. 2

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DH rod, 11’0” 5-pieces

Rec. line weight 20 grams/308 grains

This is the world’s lightest double hand rod because it casts with only 20 grams/308 grains. When conditions call for long and delicate casts using extremely light leaders and flies for summer salmon, sea trout or steelhead, there is no better choice than this 11’ 5-piece rod. This rod is the “one” fly rod that remains in our heart and mind as perhaps the greatest of all fly fishing rods - especially when covering low water pools or fishing smaller rivers with larger fish.

Line and reel recommendation: 
WF Shooter - 20 grams/308 grains
All Logic heads - 20 grams/308 grains
Short-cut heads – 20 grams/308 grains
Logic RL. 0.028
Salmologic reel no. 2

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DH rod, 12’1” 5-pieceS

REC. Line wt. 22 grams/340 grains

22 grams/340 grains is the perfect weight for fly sizes 6-4 single hooks, 10-6 double hooks, and ¼-inch brass or ½-inch alu tubes. This blank was tested over a two-year period, as I wanted this blank to be the perfect fly fishing rod for small and deep rivers, as well as medium to big rivers in low water conditions. During the test period, this rod made a HUGE difference in catch results, as it is very light and extremely stealthy. Combine this with our Short-cut heads, and I promise you that you will experience the future in high-end fly fishing rods.  

Line and reel recommendation: 
All Logic heads - 22 grams/340 grains
Short-cut heads – 22 grams/340 grains
Logic RL. 0.028 - 0.032
Salmologic reel no. 3

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DH rod, 12’6” 5-pieces

Rec. line weight 24 grams/370 grains

This is a surprisingly powerful double hand rod that will present smaller tubes and doubles on light lines and long leaders with breathtaking grace. It will definitely help you increase your effectiveness when fishing a pool, without compromising the gentleness you need in order to catch fish. The action of this stunning fly rod is deep, but firm, and the hours will literally fly away in its company. This is the perfect rod choice if you are hunting for fish that are easily spooked.  

Line and reel recommendation:  
All Logic heads – 24 grams/370 grains
Short-cut heads – 24 grams/370 grains
Logic RL. 0.032
Salmologic reel no. 3

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DH ROD, 13’0” 6-PIECES

REC. Line wt. 26 grams/401 grains

Over the last many years, I have developed many 13-feet rods for different companies. Many of those are still favorites of the anglers who purchased them. I have frequently been asked to bring “that rod action” back. Therefore, I have decided to bring back the most popular one of those that I have designed and developed. However, this time it is in a 6-piece version, which I have had good experience with since 2004. I have no doubt in my mind that this will be a classic as well - a perfect all-round salmon- and sea trout rod that’s ideal for traveling. 

Line and reel recommendation:  
All Logic heads – 26 grams/401 grains
Short-cut heads – 26 grams/401 grains
Logic RL. 0.032
Salmologic reel no. 3

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DH rod, 13’3” 6-pieces

Rec. line weight 28 grams/432 grains

“The” legendary fly rod – with a rod action that I designed many years ago, and which has been a major success for different companies. This was actually the first 6-piece rod ever made for salmon fishing. Now, however, it has been dramatically improved and nothing in this world comes close to this unique action.
This rod is the prefect choice for fishing big rivers, and where a light line is a must to trick a huge salmon or sea trout. This light 13’3” is designed so you can cover your pools in medium to large size rivers over and over again, without getting tired whatsoever. 
This 6-piece rod will continue to be legendary and a “must have”. To describe this rod best: It’s mind-blowing!

Line and reel recommendation:  
All Logic heads – 28 grams/432 grains
Logic RL. 0.032 – 0.034
Salmologic reel no. 4

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DH rod, 13’1” 6-pieces

Rec. line weight 31 grams/478 grains

This rod is developed as a multi-piece construction, which makes it a perfect travel companion. The 13’1” Skyborn rod is a perfect choice for salmon fishing in large rivers in spring- and early summer conditions. We don't pretend to be magicians, but there is something truly magical happening when you cast this rod. There is almost no effort involved in lifting the line from the water to present a very long cast. This rod has a built-in catapult effect that will surprise even very experienced fly fishers. If you’re thinking about a light rod for salmon fishing, you need look no further. This is the one.

Line and reel recommendation:  
All Logic heads - 31 grams/478 grains
Logic RL. 0.032 – 0.034
Salmologic reel no. 4

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DH ROD, 13’7” 6-PIECES

REC. LINE WEIGHT 33 GRAMS/509 GRAINS

The Skyborn 13’7” is a light and well balanced “canon”, even if its casting weight is relatively light. It is made for casting fly sizes, 1-inch brass, 1¼-inch alu and 1½-inch plastic tubes. And it does this job perfectly! It is a rod that I have created with early fishing in mind – when the rivers are high, but clear, and the bigger fish are entering the river. A rod that is easy to travel with in this 6-piece version.

Line and reel recommendation:  
All Logic heads - 33 grams/509 grains
Logic RL. 0.034
Salmologic reel no. 4

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DH rod, 14’3” 5-pieces

Rec. line weight 35 grams/540 grains

The working horse - this is the most powerful rod in the Skyborn series, but it still feels surprisingly light. Any time you need more power to present slightly bigger flies to large salmon, sea trout or steelheads in large sized rivers, this is the rod to use. The action in this rod is designed to give you an almost “sixth sense” feel of the line and a more instinctive understanding of when to apply just enough power to present the fly in the exact spot you’re aiming for.
You can fish for days on end without losing the necessary focus you need in order to catch fish, even if you are fishing what we would call a “big rod”. 

Line and reel recommendation:  
All Logic heads - 35 grams/540 grains
Logic RL. 0.034
Salmologic reel no. 4

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Abbreviations:

DH – Double hand rods
SH – Single hand rods
Switch rods – A single hand rod that can be used with two hands when called for it.