Stickman Rods

i’m very happy to announce the birth of a new fly rod company:
Stickman Rods

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-from Akos Szmutni, founder and owner of Stickman Rods-

” Why would anyone establish a company in 2013 producing high-end fly rods when the market is flooded with great products? The truth is Sage, G-Loomis, Orvis, Winston, Thomas&Thomas, Scott and a lot of other companies build really nice rods we would happily fish any time.

That is a tough one to answer but with the help of our design team in Spain we are able to do things with graphite that only a few others on the planet can. Add the input, experience and craftsmanship of the manufacturing and the pro team members and we have the potential to build rods unique on the market. Research and development gave birth to prototypes that we thought were better than any other rods out there. So no matter how irrational it may have looked we had no choice:

We just had to… “ and i’m glad they did.

Alejandro Intern. Adelam meet
most fly anglers have never heard of Alejandro Viñuales as he’s the discreet ‘genius in the background’ type but he’s been working on designing and perfecting blanks for different rod companies for a long time. forever trying out different formulas, materials and how they all come together for the finished product is where this makes him shine. more than a craftsman, he’s also probably the most knowledgable person on the planet regarding fly casting, casting mechanics (even on a super-geek physics level) and one of the best casting instructors there is. put all that together and we’re left with some serious rods to play with. Akos wrote “are able to do things with graphite that only a handful of other individuals on the planet can” in the excerpt above but personally, i’d reduce that hand to two fingers and this is what really raised my interest.

even gladder yet, i was invited to be on Stickman pro staff. so far, my contribution has been an aesthetic one: designing the colour combination and general appearance of the Evil Black model and yes,  If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one !!!”  to be honest, seeing them in photos doesn’t do them justice.

as i intend to write full reviews of these in the future, for the moment i’ll resume the overall casting qualities of these rods as the most pleasant and best i’ve ever used in these line classes. i wouldn’t agree to a relationship with the company if that weren’t the case.

rod components and build are all top-of-the-top notch. available for the moment in 5 and 8wt models in three different colour combinations for both sizes (and a 6wt in the making), personal colour and components variations can easily be arranged.
for more information on the various models, specs, CCS & MOI data, prices, warranty, fly line recommendations, etc, visit the Stickman site. If you are a guide, an instructor or an industry professional there is a Pro Program which gives you the opportunity to have them at a substantial discount.
contact Akos for more details at info@stickmanrods.com or send me an email through my contact form on TLC’s top bar. we’ll do our best to help you out.

39 thoughts on “Stickman Rods

      • I will throw mine to the trash bin then. It is totally outdated. It is no wonder since I bought it nothing less than six months ago. 😀

    • Hi Aitor,

      The HT is a damn good rod and I have no plans to discard my 6wt. The Stickmans are very different though. I will have a problem to choose my distance tool for the Hungarian Casting Championships. It will be a close call between the HT 6wt and the Stickman 6wt (prototype). Right now I can cast 30-50 cm further with the HT comparing the longest casts but I am much more consistent with the Stickman. I will have to test that further.
      For accuracy I will use the 5wt Stickman for sure.
      The Stickmans were designed to be all-purpose tools for fishing and casting to any distance. Every rod is a compromise and we have put our optimum point to an another place than the HT.

      cheers,

      Ákos

      • Hi Ákos,

        I am sure that the rods are great. I like to ask Alejandro for some unusual sticks for my fishing and they all are superb.

        Good idea that of a chart comparing your models with other rods in the market. I miss the HT in that chart though.

        How do you desing a rod to be more accurate than others (apart from making it shorter)?

        Cheers.

      • Hi Aitor,

        I have to dig out the data for the 8wt HT but I am not sure I have ever measured ERN on that one and I don’t have mine anymore. It is stiffer than the 8wt Stickman for sure.

        As there is no 5wt HT it can not appear on that chart.

        The 6wt Stickman prototype has an ERN of 6.5, the 6wt HT is around 7.9. The overall weight of the Stickman is 81 grams, the HT is ca. 98, but the HT has an aluminum spacer (as the Stickman Evil Black 6wt will do). With exactly the same hardware the difference should be around 10 grams. So they are very different rods.

        On the competition we cast to targets (as in the World Championships) between 8 and 15 meters with a 5wt Barrio GT125. I am considerably more accurate on those distances with the medium fast 5wt Stickman than with the fast action 6wt HT. The 5wt Stickman is a more accurate rod:
        1. for me
        2. on that distance
        3. with that line
        As far as I know a lot of accuracy casters prefer softer rods. It might have the reason that with these soft rods there is less chance of the delivery cast to bounce back and miss the target.
        They are less tiring to cast for longer periods, that is for sure.

        cheers,

        Ákos

        PS.: The truth is there is a small elf living in the butt section of every blank helping you to cast more accurate. 🙂

  1. it seems only few of us left without owning fly rod company …all of the new owners and their team members are my friends …and everyone expect I buy few rods from each and every of them…must open another mining project, and work even more …if I want to keep my friends happy 🙂 Good Luck to everyone !

  2. currently I need 6 more rods, because I need 30 rods in total which I don’t use 🙂
    what to say, the man must have some hobby

  3. ” PS.: The truth is there is a small elf living in the butt section of every blank helping you to cast more accurate. 🙂 ”

    😆 😎 😛

  4. “As there is no 5wt HT it can not appear on that chart.”

    We know that those numbers aren’t set in stone. The HT is a perfect example of that with the same blank getting different numbers written on it.
    By the way, the Competition model shows a #5 on it. 🙂

    • Yes, but it is on the stiff side of a 6wt too, so it wouldn’t be fair to compare it to 5 weights. We know that the Comp has the number 5 on it to fit the BFCC rules. I will include the PRO in the 6wt chart.
      It looks like I haven’t measured the 8wt at all, but I will try to get one and will do it.

      • “Yes, but it is on the stiff side of a 6wt too…”

        The problem is that there is no fixed standard to say what a #6 (or any other number for that mater) is, just what appears written on the butt. If it says #5 that is.

  5. they are different for sure – but both show Alejandro’s unbelievable talent and know-how.
    The HT is stiffer, stronger, heavier than the 6 wt proto, and comparing with the 5 wt Stkmn, the difference is even more pronounced.
    I plan to use the Stkmn 5 on “average” – fishing for trout, grayling and chub, the 6 as my “Drina- rod” ( deep wading, long casts, small flies), and the HT as a comp-rod (if my hand recover from tennis elbow…)

  6. Two comments, and one question.

    I would like to see links/refs to CCS and MOI, also MOI is not part of CCS (in fact Bill don’t like it at all) :-p

    On the web page there is a statement that ERN should not be used to determine line class, I do agree 100%, but wher is the document which is supposed to explain this?

    Great to see a rod brand which is giving CCS and MOI data for their rods!

    Cheers,
    Grunde

    • Hi Grunde,

      MOI and CCS were measured on ca. half of the rods by me. Of course I have used your MOI calculator for that, I will give you credit for that and link it in.

      Other data is from the SL Database. I will link that in too, but the plan is to measure all the rods included. I feel that the weakest link in the ERN measuring is how you fix the rod and if that is the same on all rods the data is much more useable for comparing rods.

      The line recommendations are still in the making.

      cheers,

      Ákos

      • I agree, there is a much larger uncertainty in CCS measurements than most people think. And as you say, how it is mounted is crucial.

        Looking forward to read the line recommendation doc 🙂 (and of course to try the rods at some point).

        Best of luck to you guys!
        Grunde

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