A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Choosing your flies is one of the most important routines on the water, and losing them is one of the biggest, inevitable, headaches. So why not only lose flies to snags, and keep the rest secure and close by?
One year ago, we launched Pirate Fly Fishing, with our debut product - a fly patch for your car visor, and now we are launching our second patch! We want to continue creating products for anglers that work well and look good. We kept that mantra in mind while developing our newest product, The First Mate.
What We Made
The First Mate is a 3.5" x 8" fly patch that you can take fishing anywhere. Now you can rig up without worrying about it flying off the raft or slipping out of your hands. The First Mate Fly Patch will not only look good on your boat, bag, cooler and tying table, but also keep your flies accessible and secure wherever you're fishing.
VELCRO - The back of The First Mate has two velcro hook strips that will stick to the custom loop sticker included with the patch or any loop material available.
MAGNETS - Each side of the fly patch has a rare earth magnet strip so that you're able to drop flies on there quickly. They are even strong enough to hold your forceps!
THICK FOAM - The EVA foam inside is two times as thick as the typical foam patches on the market. Our layered system keeps the foam intact longer, and holds on to your flies tighter. The top layer has pre-made slots to avoid ripping the foam and the bottom layer is solid, to anchor the bigger hooks. We've tested the adhesives to high temperatures to ensure that the foam won't warp or fall apart.
TOUGH FRAME - The frame is made from injection molded polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is a hard plastic that can withstand a heavy amount of abuse. You won't have to worry about it warping in the sun, bending when you pull it off the velcro, or breaking if you drop it.
We've already got our manufacturers lined up from making our first product. This includes every element of the patch: injection molds, foam cutting/printing, and velcro die cutting.
We made sure to have the majority of our production elements ready before we launched this campaign, so that we can assemble and ship these fly patches as soon as possible!
Risks and challenges
We are currently finalizing the development of The First Mate. Since we are already manufacturing another similar product, we are very confident we can bring The First Mate into production fairly quickly.
The last 4 months has been dedicated towards testing different prototypes. We are now in the process of testing our final design prototype, which is manufactured similarly to our final product. So far, we are very happy with where this patch is headed, and we really think it will become a must-have accessory for any angler.
We already have our manufacturers ready to go, so depending on the outcome of this Kickstarter campaign, we plan to start production right away, and fulfilling these orders in January of 2018!
Get a First Mate Fly Patch and come spend a day fishing with us! We'll meet you in Denver and take you to some of our favorite rivers in the Rocky Mountains. We'll tie on your flies and untangle your line.