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Proof of Concept
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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
We are Session Fly Fishing
Designed to be beautiful and accessible
Built for your adventures into the wild
Stewards of our waters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Go Catch Some Fish!
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!
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.
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.