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Last updated June 6, 2014

The Snappycast Fishing Rod

The Snappycast fishing rod makes casting easy and fishing fun. You just hold it and throw it.

The Snappycast Fishing Rod

The Snappycast fishing rod makes casting easy and fishing fun. You just hold it and throw it.

$5,372
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
43
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 6 2014 4:01 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 6, 2014

About

Snappycast is the innovation that simplifies the most challenging aspect of fishing—casting your line. Now anyone, from children and humble beginners to the most seasoned pros, can cast like an expert angler every time. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s the only way to cast. Let’s go fishing with Snappycast!

Thank you for your interest in this exciting project. If you’re like me, you have a great love of the outdoors and never feel more at home than when you have a rod and reel in your hands. Fishing is enjoyed by folks of all ages and skill levels. And one of its most important attributes is that, in order to take part, you’re not required to live in a remote or rural location (although that would be nice). Some of the country’s finest fishing streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds are located near major metropolitan cities like New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, and many more.

But, the act of casting your line can be a complicated task—especially for kids and beginners. It requires a significant amount of trial and error and, even after numerous attempts, can still be an exercise in inconsistency. In fact, even experienced anglers can encounter problems when casting with a standard rod and reel. Snappycast takes the difficulty out of casting, ensuring an expert cast every time. It’s hard enough to get fish to bite, so why complicate things by making it hard to throw a line in the water? Snappycast makes every cast a perfect cast.

Simple = Easy = Fun

Snappycast is simple. In fact, it’s so simple that it’s ingenious. There are no difficult or complicated features. Its unique combination of ergonomic design, perfectly engineered parts, and rock-solid reliability will have you casting like a seasoned pro on your very first try.

 The lightweight and portable Snappycast weighs only 8 ounces (including spin-cast reel) and measures 70 inches (35 inches when collapsed), so imagine the possibilities:

· Unwind after a long day: Take an hour (or two) after work to stop by the creek or pond and cast your line. There’s no better way to decompress.

· Ultra-light backpacking: 8 ounces means ultra-light backpacking and don’t worry about packing lunch. Throwing a line with Snappycast means you’ll be catching your lunch (and dinner too!).

· Turn downtime into a good time: On your next business trip, leave those cumbersome golf clubs at home and pack Snappycast instead.

· Spend quality time with your kids: Teach your children the joy of fishing and alleviate the frustration of learning to cast. They’ll be hooked from the start because Snappycast makes fishing fun and easy for all ages. 

Snappycast is designed to be both highly functional and aesthetically appealing. We have partnered with a product manufacturer who has been in business for decades and we’ll use only high quality nylon resin and other enterprise grade materials in the production process.  

By backing this product, you're backing me

An avid fisherman, I recently formed Snappycast Fishing Rod LLC in Austin, TX. I came to Austin to attend the University of Texas, earning a degree in Radio, Television, and Film, fell in love with the city, and have lived here ever since. When I went to work in the movie business, my demanding schedule forced me to give up a number of things—but I never stopped fishing. After I stopped working in movies, I supported myself as a successful product inventor.  

I don’t consider myself an expert angler by any stretch of the imagination. I just love to get outdoors and fish. Snappycast had its genesis a few years ago when I combined my love of fishing with my product design, manufacturing experience, and problem solving. Since then, this innovative fishing rod has been refined, prototyped, tested, and perfected.  Snappycast makes casting easy and fishing fun, it's as simple as that. I would very much appreciate your support in helping me get it to market.  

- Marcos Gonzalez

After careful research and countless meetings and consultations, we’re now ready to enter into the production phase with a local manufacturer who can accommodate efficient mass production of Snappycast while maintaining my strict standards of quality. Both aspects are critical to me. I want you to own the world’s easiest, finest quality fishing rod and to receive it in a timely manner. Snappycast wants to get you casting better and catching more fish than ever before (and as soon as possible).

Production Plan:

The Snappycast handle has been through numerous rounds of prototypes and I’ve completed countless rounds of testing. The primary components of the Snappycast will be manufactured in Austin, Texas (my hometown). I have an excellent relationship with the local mold-making company and have firm quotations for the making of the mold and the initial production of units, along with a viable time frame. I have also established a solid relationship with a manufacturer in Asia (the source of virtually all fishing rods in the world) for the expedited construction, purchase, and shipment of the fishing rod blanks. My relationships with both suppliers make me confident my commitments can be fulfilled once the project is funded.

Production and Delivery Timeline

· Final CAD rendering and rapid prototyping: 3 weeks - Mid June '14

· Mold turnaround time (upon the completion of the CAD drawings): 12-   15 weeks - Augt '14

· Full-scale production: 4-6 weeks - Sept '14

· Assembly and shipping: 4-6 weeks - Oct '14

Upon completion of this fundraising endeavor, we’ll post a Snappycast instructional video on YouTube, providing beginners with a quick, how-to guide before heading out to a fishing hole. Frankly, most people won’t even need the video because Snappycast is so easy to use.

Fishing is the most popular and enjoyable sport in the great outdoors. It’s the ideal way to unwind, spend quiet time alone, or share good times with friends and family. With the ease and ingenuity of Snappycast, you (or your children, or any beginner) will cast like a pro and enjoy fishing more than ever. Thanks for your support and let’s get fishing!

Visit the Snappycast blog for future updates!

Risks and challenges

Snappycast is partnered up with an outstanding manufacturer in my home state of Texas. We have prototyped our rod, casting our line far and wide (and perfectly every time). We’ve also caught plenty of fish. The projected turnaround time on Snappycast is 6 months, but, of course, this depends upon the amount raised via KickStarter. Also, shipping the Snappycast, even in a collapsed state (35 inches long) will provide a challenge. Finding proper and safe packaging is something we'll definitely be looking into.

We will provide instructional video online for our backers to watch, should they seek some guidance.

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    SNAPPYCAST TIKI PACKAGE - For this reward you'll receive a first run Snappycast Tiki with a spin-cast reel and a casting practice plug. The Tiki's 5 foot pole will suit just about any angler's casting needs, from child to adult. A special price for early supporters. US shipping included.

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    SNAPPYCAST NOTA PACKAGE - This reward will get you a Snappycast Nota with a spin-cast reel plus a cool Snappycast t-shirt and a casting practice plug. The Nota's longer 6 foot pole provides additional action for a longer cast. US shipping included.

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    SNAPPYCAST ONE-OF-EACH PACKAGE. This reward will get you both a Snappycast Tiki and a Snappycast Nota, each with a spin-cast reel plus 2 cool Snappycast t-shirts and a couple of lures to get you started! US shipping included.

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