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Introducing the Session Fly Fishing Reel! A styled, all-water reel for the adventure sportsman.
Introducing the Session Fly Fishing Reel! A styled, all-water reel for the adventure sportsman.
Introducing the Session Fly Fishing Reel! A styled, all-water reel for the adventure sportsman.
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We are Session Fly Fishing

  • Designed to be beautiful and accessible
  • Built for your adventures into the wild
  • Stewards of our waters

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Introducing The Session Fly Reel

The new session fly reel is a styled, all-water fly reel designed exclusively for the adventure sportsman.

Born in Encinitas, CA 

Session was born on the sands of Cardiff Reef in Encinitas, CA. We wanted to build a reel that was tough enough to withstand saltwater sessions but was also beautiful, paying tribute to our surfy Southern California culture.

Adventure sportsman and solid dude @kameronbrown (wearing @81wetsuits)
Adventure sportsman and solid dude @kameronbrown (wearing @81wetsuits)
The emerald glow of an evening barrel, shot by the amazing waterman @lucarelliphoto
The emerald glow of an evening barrel, shot by the amazing waterman @lucarelliphoto

A Beautiful Design 

Teaming up with Skye Walker, local Encinitas artist and rad muralist, we found the perfect design: a wave crest curling around a meticulously machined aluminum reel, with a drag system fully sealed from the elements.

The CNC machined wave curl artwork before undergoing a unique etching and polishing process
The CNC machined wave curl artwork before undergoing a unique etching and polishing process
Original art by Skye Walker
Original art by Skye Walker
Session Reel Artist, Skye Walker
Session Reel Artist, Skye Walker
     

A Different Culture

At Session Fly Fishing, we don't believe that fly fishing should be expensive, difficult or prohibiting. With your backing, we want to build a brand that produces beautiful, tough fly reels and gear at prices that are affordable. We also want to team up with Adventure Sportsmen who you know from the Surfing, Snow Boarding, Skating worlds to produce educational videos showing how accessible, easy and rad fly fishing can be.

Ryan supports IPA drinking on the river
Ryan supports IPA drinking on the river
Penn working the drift on the Owens River in Mammoth CA
Penn working the drift on the Owens River in Mammoth CA

 The No Kooks Guarantee

At Session, we pledge to only build gear that is rad. With your backing, we will pursue more reel designs and fly fishing gear that will never make you look or feel like a kook. Guaranteed. If you ever feel like a kook in Session gear, return it for a full refund.

Geek Out! Reel Details

The reel is fully machined 6061-T6 grade, anodized aluminum, so it will stand up to punishing salt water conditions.

The fully-sealed carbon disc drag system will give you no worries when you stick that monster fish and he takes off on an adrenaline pumping run.

At home on the river...
At home on the river...
...and the ocean
...and the ocean

The Session Fly Reel is best balanced on a 6 or 7 weight setup, but can easily flex to a 5 or 8 weight setup as needed. This versatility makes our reel the perfect outfit for adventures that traverse across oceans, lakes and rivers.

As gorgeous as it is tough
As gorgeous as it is tough
First tracks...
First tracks...

 The reel is universal to right-handers and left-handers. A simple modification with just a screwdriver converts the reel from Left-Hand-Wind (LHW) to Right-Hand-Wind (RHW). The reel comes standard as LHW. Leave us a note and we'll do it for you!

View of the spool side of the Session Reel
View of the spool side of the Session Reel

 Go Catch Some Fish!

Spotfin Croaker caught near Suckouts at Cardiff State Beach
Spotfin Croaker caught near Suckouts at Cardiff State Beach
Monster Brown of Brown Town, Truckee River, Lake Tahoe CA
Monster Brown of Brown Town, Truckee River, Lake Tahoe CA

 Enjoy Your Session

Above all, the crew at Session wants you to get out on the water and experience how rad fly fishing can be. Whether you mix it into a Surf, Wakeboard, Mountain Bike or Snowboard trip, or find a quick session on local waters, you will come to discover just how simple and addicting it can be. No stress - just look down at that beautiful wave curl art and enjoy your session!

Fly fishing gets you into rad places like this, the Eastern Sierras
Fly fishing gets you into rad places like this, the Eastern Sierras
Penn and the Mrs. enjoying a sunset session
Penn and the Mrs. enjoying a sunset session

Risks and challenges

We have successfully made a small production run of Session Reels and have quantity on hand. We are stoked with how they came out and have been using them on the water already!

We are all setup to make another run to support all of our backers, and we feel great about our ability to ramp up more production at the factory.

Our biggest challenge is the yield due to the unique etching and polishing process which can produce cosmetic defects - but done right produces a beautiful reel. We are working to dial this process in to become efficient in the factory.

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    Early Bird - Session Fly Reel

    Backer will receive the Session Reel, neoprene case and radical schwag at an early bird special amount. Get on it, only the first 10 backers are eligible!

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    Quick Ship - Session Fly Reel

    We have limited quantity on hand! Backer will receive the Session Reel, neoprene case and radical schwag, with the earliest possible ship date. Get it in time for summer!!

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    Fall Delivery - Session Fly Reel

    Backer will receive the Session reel, neoprene case and radical schwag just in time for Fall Steelhead. Help support our second production run!

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    Party Package - Session Fly Reels

    Did you miss the early bird? No worries! Just buy two for the same early bird amount! Backer receives two Session reels, two neoprene cases and of course, double radical schwag. We will use quantity on hand if we haven't sold out (July delivery), otherwise your reels will ship in time for your fall adventures.

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