It has no eyelets and telescopes from a small handle. The REYR Gear First Cast is a western style fly fishing rig like we’ve never seen before.
When it comes to fly rods, there hasn’t been a massive change in a while. Of course, the high-end rods trick new materials like space-grade graphene. Lighter weight and better casting give the new models an advantage.
But most fly rods are cut from a similar pattern.
That was until we laid our eyes on the first casting of REYR Gear. This fly rod is from another line.
REYR First Cast: telescopic fly rod with internal routing
This REYR fly rod overturns traditional design.
First, it telescopes. Apart from Tenkaras and a handful of inexpensive big box rods, telescopic rods are rare in the fly fishing world.
A telescoping rod might be cool because it deploys quickly. No need to play with multiple rod segments anymore. No more threading eyelets. Just pull it out, telescope it, and fish. It sounds nice. And all of this is possible thanks to element two.
This fly rod is shipped internally. What do I mean by “internal routing?” Well, I borrowed the term from the world of cycling. There, that means the cables run inside the frame, giving the bikes clean and sleek exteriors. In the world of fly fishing, I will say that means the line goes up to the middle of the rod.
How does it work for fishing? I’m not sure yet. We haven’t seen this cane in person. But shoot, it seems like an innovative idea that could work well. The brand admits it’s been done before, but it’s certainly a rarity in fly fishing. If you used a quality rod with an internal line let us know how it worked.
First distribution of REYR: launch today
REYR founder Derek Roedel launched the brand to fill a void in fly fishing gear: a rod and reel kit that is quick to put in the water and suitable for travel.
According to the brand, he launched the rod with the aim of “designing a lightweight rod that retains the tactile feel of a fly rod while being suitable for travel.”
He claims the setup can go from your travel bag to the first throw in under 30 seconds. Those who have set up fly rods by a stream know that every second can seem like an eternity when fish touch the surface. Speed is therefore a trait that I appreciate.
The First Cast stores 17 inches long. Extended, he fishes at eight feet six inches. It fits in small packs for travel or under the seat of your car, rigged for after work.
The brand admits it won’t outperform a traditional rod for the distance.
But what it will do is get you on the water faster than your buddy. Catch a fish while it is still queuing on the shore.
Each rod is sold assembled with a CNC aluminum reel, matching line and storage bag. Get one for $ 279 and get off on the water fast.