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60hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, April 26 2019 1:01 AM UTC +00:00.

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Contents shown on this page are for visual representation only. Objects may vary slightly in form and appearance from the final produced game.

1-Player Adventure Mode is now unlocked! Every copy of the game will now include the alternate game board for solo players (on the back of the standard board), plus the Adventure Map and Adventure Mode pages in the rulebook (starting on page 18). For more details about this single-player adventure experience, read this update.  

There is an art to playing Freshwater Fly as there is to fly fishing. It may seem straightforward at first, but you will find nuance (and victory) in the details.

Every round of Freshwater Fly consists of seven or nine turns, depending on player count. Your turn includes at least one Dice Action and a number of Bonus Actions,  which skilled players will maximize for the most efficient maneuvers. Can you find a way to use the right flies to catch the most lucrative fish combos, while keeping pace in total fish count? The game ends when a single player catches a seventh fish and achievement points are awarded. 

Here are some Freshwater Fly fishing basics:

Dice Action: Cast - It's all about hooking the right fish with the right fly at the right time. Select a die to cast to the best landing spot in the river, usually upstream from your target fish. Earn one Strike card immediately when your fly matches one Hatch token in the same column as your cast, but earn two Strike cards per match when you drift downstream. When the jumping fish is revealed from the Strike card deck, you hook a fish, but will it be the one you aimed for?  

The Casting token is placed and drifts downstream. One Strike card is gained in the first column for the matching yellow Hatch token. Two more are gained in the third column, but only one is needed because the jumping fish is revealed.
The Casting token is placed and drifts downstream. One Strike card is gained in the first column for the matching yellow Hatch token. Two more are gained in the third column, but only one is needed because the jumping fish is revealed.

Dice Action: Reel - Reel swiftly, but also reel carefully. Select a die to advance your reel to powerful actions spaces. Every circuit of the reel will bring your fish one step closer, but the technique you use is equally important to the speed you spin. Applying drag, for instance, will tame the strongest beasts, while gaining the right Momentum tile can set-you-up perfectly for your next turn. Will you be able to strike the right balance between progress and purpose? 

The reel is moved two spaces to the Momentum action. A Momentum tile is gained and immediately activated to apply drag and increase finesse.
The reel is moved two spaces to the Momentum action. A Momentum tile is gained and immediately activated to apply drag and increase finesse.

Dice Action: Finesse +2 - Sometimes you need to re-adjust to gain a better casting angle, or calibrate to the behavior of your fish. Boost your Finesse to experience better results from your other actions.

Bonus Actions: Don't underestimate the following bonus actions, which can maximize your performance and give you the lead:

1. Finesse Actions: Used freely on your turn to gain extra Strike cards, modify dice values, move Hatch tokens, change your Fly or apply Drag. Keep your Finesse charged for best results!

2. Momentum Actions: Gained when your reel lands on the Momentum tile space. Take a tile and use it right away or wait until the opportune moment. These are among the most powerful actions in the game and should not be ignored!

3. Skill Actions: Gain special abilities when you catch fish near Rocks in the river. These personal abilities stay with you throughout the game and can help you out of a tight spot.

Round End: When all the dice are gone, the player with the lowest pip-count is the new first-player and gains a bonus turn next round! Roll all the dice, move the current and get back to fishing!

The Hatch tiles move downstream between each round.
The Hatch tiles move downstream between each round.

These were just the basics. For a more complete look at the rules, download a draft of the rulebook below or watch the instructional video at the top of this section.

Updated rule book includes 1-Player Adventure Mode rules.
Updated rule book includes 1-Player Adventure Mode rules.


Hear the full review of Freshwater Fly at the Brawling Brothers Podcast (~1:41:43)


 Hear the full review of Freshwater Fly on the Draft Mechanic podcast episode 98!

 For One Board Family's full written review go here!

Brian Suhre Interview with BJ Rozas on Board Game Gumbo Live:


Check out a LIVE playthrough of a 1-Player Adventure Mode "Day" from reviewer Jeremy Howard here.

Contents shown on this page are for visual representation only. Objects may vary slightly in form and appearance from the final produced game.

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1. Money-Back Guarantee: If after receiving your reward you feel it doesn't live up to your expectations you can return it within one month for a refund of your pledge level.

2. We will not be using a third-party pledge manager to to collect late pledges or upgrades after the campaign, so pledge the whole amount you wish to pledge before the end of the campaign to ensure you get the reward you want. 

3. The Freshwater Fly Deluxe Upgrade Pack will not be packaged for retail and may not be readily available to purchase outside of this Kickstarter campaign. 

4. This first Kickstarter Edition printing of Freshwater Fly will include the Alternate Strike Card Pack, which we do not plan to include in future printings.

5. Stretch goals we unlock during the campaign will add bonus components and upgrades to Freshwater Fly that we would not otherwise be able to produce. Your pledge helps us make the final product even better.

As with any major project, the boundaries between various roles may blur slightly as the project advances and decisions are made, but primarily, the credits for Freshwater Fly are attributable as follows:


Game Design: Brian Suhre

Producer: Dennis Hoyle of Bellwether Games

Illustration & Graphic Design: Darryl T. Jones

Playtesting (in no particular order): Brian Herman, Jimmy Hensel, David Dranetz, Shawn Smith, Allen Grimes, Robert Mumme, Sara Hoyle, Yasser Elassal, David Walton, Jayson Thompson, Royce Banuelos, Mark Wisdom, Jason Aemisegger, Paul R. Peterson, Britt Eubanks, Sean Flynn, Dave Vogler, Chirstopher Kruse, Rob Duman, Jonathan Brumitt, Jake Heil, Kip Ligget, Ron Wall, Jonathan Sullivan, Anthony Tuzzo, Laurie Picchioldi, Adam Slape, Zach W. Lorton, Brian Stanfield, Darryl T. Jones, Atomic Squash, Metro East Gamers, John A. Logan College Strategy Games Club, The 12th Gamer, and more...

Kickstarter Video Music: Green Willow Studios

Deluxe Casting Token Rendering: Allen Grimes

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