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Whether you want to get the most out of a new rod or give a whole new life to your current fly rod, the Rexfly will revolutionize the way you fish. Rexfly has been tested in both fresh and saltwater on steelhead, redfish, striped bass, snook, trout, bass and panfish and it works flawlessly.
I have been fly fishing since I was 12 years old. All the casting over the years caused tendonitis in my right elbow to the point that two years ago it was so painful I was faced with possibility I would have to give up my life long passion. I had to come up with a way to make it lighter and easier to cast a fly rod and along the way I discovered I can cast farther than I ever could before, I no longer wrap my line around my fly reel, along with other advantages over the traditional mounting of a fly reel on the rod. I even inadvertently came up with a fantastic rod holder.
LANDING FISH WITH THE REXFLY
Today’s fly rods are amazingly light and fast. As a result reel manufacturers are scrambling to make their reels as light as possible so they don’t slow down these ultralight fly rods. What you are left with are such delicate reels with so much aluminum carved out that they costs hundreds of dollars and need to be treated with care. Drop a reel or even set it down too hard and you have just dented the rim of the fly reel ruining a spool that can cost hundreds. Some reel manufacturers even machine their reels out of titanium to save weight resulting in a reel costing thousands of dollars.
As light as a reel can get, you will always have the weight of the line and backing. A high quality 6 weight reel with fly line and backing weighs 7 ounces when dry. Get it wet and you have now weighed down your fly rod with half a pound of weight. That half pound adds up when you cast thousands of times during a day of fishing.
EURO NYMPHING FOR BIG STEELHEAD
The Rexfly fits any fly reel and any single handed fly rod. It uses quick release reel and rod adapters made of lightweight, corrosion-proof aluminum. All you need is a phillips screwdriver like the one that you likely already carry around on your multitool. It works with all weights of fly rods from your 1 weights up to the heaviest single-handed tarpon rods (unless they have some really super long fighting butt I’ve never seen before).
The reel is held on a chest plate that is held in place with one nylon strap around the neck and another around the chest. The chest plate fits under your fly vest and you can strip out line and reel line back in while the fly reel is on your chest just as you would with it mounted on your rod. In addition, with the line hanging straight down from your chest, your fly line is not getting tangled around your gear, forceps, clippers, zippers, etc. as you cast.
The fly rod can be re-attached to the fly reel by simply sliding the rod back on to the reel. This automatically disengages the reel from the chest plate and you can now cast or play a fish just as you would with the traditional setup. When you hook a fish you no longer have to worry about the line wrapping around your reel as often happens with the traditional setup. If you've broken a fish off or worse had your rod pulled out of your hand when this happens you know exactly what I mean. By waiting for the fish to take out any slack line before your re-attach the rod to the reel, you effectively avoid have the slack line wrap around your reel.
DOUBLE-HAUL DISTANCE CASTING FOR STRIPED BASS
With the Rexfly, you don't need to buy such expensive fly reels. Weight is no longer an issue and you can use larger reels that carry more backing so you don't get spooled by that bonefish or permit you spent all day chasing. You can even get away with having fewer fly reels and just getting extra spools for your different weight fly rods.
If you have any doubts about how light and easy it is to cast without the weight of the fly reel slowing down your cast, simply go out to a park or parking lot and start casting your fly rod. Take your reel off the rod and put it in your pocket and in 5 minutes of casting you will realize how amazing it is to cast without the reel. Sidearm casting becomes effortless. Double-hauling is a breeze. Casting a 6 weight rod feels more like you're using a 3 weight. Don't take my word for it, try it out for yourself.
Not only will the Rexfly help any fly fisher improve their casting, it allows those with only one arm be able to get out and enjoy fly fishing. As a former Marine and combat veteran I spent a lot of time fly fishing when I returned home. For me it was the best way to get my mind off of the horrors of war. I need to get the Rexfly in the hands of our wounded veterans so they can know the peace, tranquility and healing powers of fly fishing. Without any modifications the Rexfly allows a one-armed individual to cast, strip out line, and reel in a fish. Once the Rexfly is in production, I will donate as many Rexflys as needed to nonprofit groups like Project Healing Waters that take our wounded veterans out fly fishing.
Rexfly is ready for production. I am seeking help from the Kickstarter community to pay for some minor tooling changes and the initial production run. With this I will be able to get the Rexfly out to the fly fishing community and the disabled before fishing gets hot this Spring!
Thanks for checking out the Rexfly and please let everyone know about this project.
Risks and challenges
Production samples from the manufacturer I have been working with have been very good. The Rexfly uses tight tolerances to ensure a secure fit between the rod adapter and reel adapter.
I will personally test and check every Rexfly to make sure it works properly before I will ship them out. Should the initial production run not be the same quality and tolerances as the production samples from the same molds, I will go back to the manufacturer to make it right. As an attorney I have dealt with such issues for clients and I know how to resolve such problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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