WFS 315 – The Telescoping Fly Rod from Reyr Gear with Derek Roedel
Show Notes: wetflyswing.com/315
Presented By: Reyr Gear
Derek Roedel, founder of Reyr Gear shares the story of creating one of the most unique rods out there. We find out how this telescoping fly rod makes most of your outdoor trip a fishing trip with its versatility. Derek’s goal is for you to be able to concentrate on the fishing and not spend too much time on setup and storage. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can get on the water, make the first cast, and pack up instantly when you’re done. These rods are like lightsabers!
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Telescoping Fly Rod Show Notes with Derek Roedel
02:30 – Derek tells the story of when his father found a fiberglass fly rod on the side of the road
04:45 – Derek once enrolled in a casting clinic in San Francisco when he was a kid and later became an instructor for the younger kids
07:26 – The rod that Derek’s father found, Derek used it for 20+ more years – it was an 8 foot, 6 wt Boyd fiberglass rod
09:50 – Derek often visits Greece because of his wife but spends more of his days in California
12:55 – There’s trout fishing in Greece but not very popular
16:15 – We talk about the Reyr First Cast Fly Rod that’s like a lightsaber technique for opening
19:00 – Their rod is mainly used for versatility – available to fish anywhere. Fits in any backpack and is quick to rig up.
21:40 – Reyr now has a Tenkara rod – this Tenkara has a line keeper so you can always leave your line
23:50 – Their brand name Reyr means cane or pole in Islandic language
25:10 – Reyr rods don’t have the guides – the line goes inside the rod
27:35 – Derek had landed 30-inch pike with the First Cast 6wt
30:30 – Watch how easy it is to set up the First Cast Fly Rod – scroll down for the video
31:00 – If you break your Reyr rod, send Derek the picture and they’ll get you replacement parts – they have a lifetime warranty support
33:55 – Brandon Moon was recently on the podcast at WFS 308
38:55 – The usual customer will be able to use the built-in line for more or less 2 years, depending on how often they clean it
40:15 – The Collapsible Insa-Net
42:00 – Reyr is working on a new fishing footwear
48:55 – Derek worked in Silicon Valley for 15 years in a fast-paced prototyping and product development company before he started his own company
56:45 – Check out the video where Derek and his friend race to setup a traditional fly rod vs a First Cast fly rod – scroll down to watch the vid
Telescoping Fly Rod Conclusion with Derek Roedel
Derek Roedel from Reyr Gear shared the story of creating one of the most unique rods out there. We found out how the telescoping fly rod makes most of your outdoor trip a fishing trip. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to worry too much about setting up your gear and just want to get fishing, a backpacker who want to get into fishing, or even an avid fly fisherman who want to get into backpacking, this rod is for you. They’re like the iPhone of fly rods. Set it up and pack it up like a lightsaber!
Show Notes: wetflyswing.com/315