Interested in Fly Fishing? This Is the Rod to Get You Started
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Fly fishing is ingrained in American culture — Ernest Hemingway and Norman MacLean romanticised it fiction, outdoor brands like Patagonia and Yeti do the same through photos and videos of adventure. Even Teddy Roosevelt fished with a dry fly. And yet, despite the sport’s prevalence in our culture it remains slightly guarded, the hitch to its gate barred by a perception of eliteness and of course, a daunting list of gear to purchase.
This week a new company launched with a single product — a fly rod — that might have a shot at refocusing those views. It’s called Reyr Gear and its rod, the First Cast, is designed to be super-portable and very easy to use. The 8-foot six-inch rod packs down to just 17 inches and stores rigged and reeled inside of a handy neoprene case. The entire package fits easily into an everyday backpack.
The First Cast, which Reyr bills as a medium-weight rod, comes with an aluminum reel attached and a line that’s internally-routed through its telescoping segments. Transitioning from packed and stowed to extended and ready takes less than a minute, even for beginners (we can confirm this from first-hand experience). The beauty of the First Cast is that it does away with much of the technical know-how required to fish with a fly rod, and lets would-be anglers focus less on the equipment and more on the cast (they’ll still have to learn how to do that).