The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle
The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle
Win this one-of-a-kind Ford Expedition AND and a fly-fishing trip... or one of 43 other exciting prizes
- By: Fly Rod and Reel
FR&R and Ford proudly present the FR&R Angling Expedition, Outfitted by Cabela's-a brand-new, loaded 2003 Ford Expedition SUV that we have customized into… The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle. We started with all the factory-installed options a dedicated angler would want if they were ordering a new Expedition from their local dealer. Then we added everything we could think of, from a deluxe RodMounts rod rack to a Cabela's grille guard to built-in equipment vaults, fly-tying tables and even some original art work to turn the Expedition into a fly-fishing fantasy vehicle.There isn't another machine like it on the face of the earth. Of course, once we finished customizing the Angling Expedition, we needed a bunch of fly-fishing gear to fill all those special storage compartments we'd just installed, so the Cortland Line Company, along with Diamondback and Hardy, came to our assistance. Our three tackle sponsors contributed three complete fly-fishing outfits-worth $3,000-for just about every possible fishing situation from trout fishing to steelhead and salmon to saltwater. The gear includes including three Diamondback VSR rods, in line weights 5, 7 and 9; three Hardy Gem Mid Arbor reels for line weights 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10; and three Cortland fly lines: a 555 Green Ghost Tip WF5F; a WF7F 555 Rocket QD; and a WF9F Tropic Plus Flats Line (see our review of the Tropic Plus line on page 74 of this issue). Along with the rods, reels and lines comes more stuff from Cortland and its Climax affiliate: three Cortland Deluxe Vests; $300 worth of assorted trout, salmon/steelhead and saltwater flies; and $150 worth of Climax trout, salmon/steelhead and saltwater leaders. Everyone involved in the creation of the Angling Expedition had a lot of fun dreaming up the possibilities and turning them into reality. But now it's your turn to dream, because starting with this issue of FR&R, and continuing through our March issue, you'll have multiple opportunities to enter the FR&R Angling Expedition Sweepstakes, with a Grand Prize that includes The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle-and your choice of three deluxe, expenses-paid fly-fishing trips in 2004. Even if you don't win the SUV and the trip, you still have a chance at one of 43 other prizes from Cablela's, the official Outfitter of the Angling Expedition: - Second Prize is A Creek Company ODC 1220 two-man pontoon boat, available exclusively through Cabela's and valued at $999.99. In a recent review of the ODC, New Gear editor Buzz Bryson praised the craft's "Extremely sturdy rowing system," and added, "Fishing from the ODC, there was little I missed in comparison to a conventional drift boat." - Third Prize is a 7-piece Cabela's Drake Stowaway rod and reel combo (retail value $235.) - Fourth Prize: Cabela's will be giving away 40 14-piece terrestrial fly assortments. The flies come complete with a medium-size foam fly box. Our Grand Prize: The 2003 Expedition we started with, before we added any of the custom fly-fishing touches, was pretty spectacular to begin with. Of course, it comes with a Control Trac 4X4 system; it's also got a big 5.4-liter overhead-cam engine; a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission; four-wheel disk brakes with ABS; power brakes and steering; and air conditioning with front and rear temperature control. Some of its other many features include a Securilock anti-theft system; fog lamps; leather captain's chairs in front; a third-row bench seat; adjustable tilt steering and a door-mounted keyless entry keypad (which ought to bring peace of mind to any angler who's ever misplaced their keys at a remote river or lake.) Ford tells us the vehicle is also the safety leader in its class, with the largest brakes, largest rear axle and highest towing capacity (for those of us who like to pull boats around.) Other Expedition Firsts: It's got the largest cargo volume as measured without removing the seats (110 cubic feet); the most first-, second and third-row hip room; the most second-and third-row leg room; the most rear cargo width at the wheelhouses, the largest front center console, and the highest base and maximum payload. Anglers who like to fish with all their fishing buddies-and maybe a relative or two as well-will appreciate the fact that the Angling Expedition can carry eight people! The Grand Prize also includes the winner's choice of three terrific, once-in-a-lifetime fly-fishing trips. We'll describe those trips in detail in our upcoming January/February 2004 and March 2004 issues. How A 2003 Ford Expedition Became…The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle The Expedition was delivered to Classic Design Concepts, Inc., an elite autombile customizer in Walled Lake, Michigan, for a full fly-fishing makeover. CDC installed the Cabela's contributions including: - A Cabela's grille guard, to protect your headlights and radiator when your driving off-road. - The finest GPS system Cabela's offers: the Garmin GPS V Deluxe. - A full set of Husky custom-molded floor liners to protect the carpets from those muddy wading boots. - Seat covers, to shield the leather from wet waders. - A molded wood dashboard kit - Husky mud guards - A Cabela's hood shield - An Igloo Kool-Mate electric cooler for those important perishables and beverages. - A Cooler/Warmer, for all your snacks-plug it into any 12-volt D.C. accessory outlet, and it will cool food to 45 degrees or warm it to 120 degrees! CDC added a deluxe Rod Loft Pro flyrod rack from RodMounts-it'll carry six fully rigged fly rods inside the vehicle, where they are safe from theft and the elements. Then CDC added a bunch of one-of-a-kind touches including: - A Truck Vault storage unit complete with a keypad lock to protect all your precious fly-fishing equipment during those long road trips. - A couple of custom-built tray tables that are just perfect for holding a fly-tying vise and all the materials you'll need for matching hatches on rivers both new and familiar. (The tables would also serve well for laying out a snack.) - Advanced Graphic vinyl appliqués that dress up the rear windshield and side rear windows with a couple of exciting fly-fishing scenes. Where Can You See The FR&R Angling Expedition in "person?" We'll be displaying the Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle in January at three Fly Fishing Shows on the East Coast. Visit the FR&R booth at The Fly Fishing Show at the University of Maryland's Reckord Armory in College Park, Maryland on January 10 and 11; see us at The Fly Fishing Show at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachussetts on Jaunary 16-18-or attend the huge Somerset, New Jersey Fly Fishing Show at the Garden State Exhibit Center on January 23-35. FR&R staff members will be on hand at all three Shows to talk to you-and to hand you an easy-to-fill out FR&R Angling Expedition Sweepstakes form. For further information on the Shows themselves, visit The Fly Fishing Show Web site at www.flyfishingshow.com. How can you WIN the Ultimate Fly Fishing Vehicle-or one of the other great prizes? Enter the Angling Expedition Sweepstakes. For your convenience, we've provided a pre-addressed Official Entry Form in this issue-just fill it out and put a stamp on it. You'll also find a clip-out coupon entry form that you can put in an envelope and mail to us. And yes, you can send in both of them-just make sure that you follow the "One Entry Per Envelope Rule" (See the Official Rules on page XXX.) A pre-addressed entry form and a clip-out coupon entry form will also appear in our two upcoming issues: January/Febraury 2004, and March, 2004. Make sure you fill those out and send them in as well; the more times you enter the Angling Expedition Sweepstakes, the greater your chances of winning. (See us at one of the Fly Fishing Shows, and we'll give you yet another opportunity to enter… You may also enter one time via the internet. To do so, visit FR&R;s Web site at www.flyrodreel.com. All entries must be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on February 17, 2004. We'll be making our random drawing for the Sweepstakes winners sometime around March 1, 2004. Stay tuneed!