1: Why should I buy an ArcticSilver Free-Flex fly rod?
The ground-breaking and innovative Free-Flex handle is designed on the basis of the logical principle that a rod’s power potential is situated in the butt section of the blank. ArcticSilver rods use the full power potential in the rod’s bottom section by letting the blank load inside a hollow handle. The Free-Flex handle allows the butt section of the blank to load with energy – it’s simple and it works!
ArcticSilver’s Free-Flex rods represent a new category of fly rods making for a unique feeling, improved ergonomics, precision, and effortless distance. The concept is protected by international patents.
2: What are the advantages of a hollow handle?
Better use of the blank’s power potential – the blank bends all the way into the butt section when fully loaded
Improved loading ability – makes it possible to cast further with less use of force/energy
The blank is more sensitive – both when it comes to short and long casts
The blank will bend more freely when fighting fish, and the contact/feeling is more refined and sensitive
The blank bends freely, you’ll lose fewer fish to sudden jerks and runs – and your tippet will be less strained
3. I’ve been fly fishing for 22 years. If I buy a Free-Flex rod do I have to change my casting style?
No, you don’t need to change your casting style to cast with a Free-Flex rod. The rods can be cast effectively no matter what casting style you prefer, and they provide great feedback. You will, however, improve your overall casting experience by slowing down your casting rhythm a little bit, by ‘listening’ to the rod and relaxing. You will feel how deep the rod bends and how well it performs with minimum amounts of energy applied.
4. Are the rod guides salt-waterproof?
The guides on our Free-Flex rods are anodized for saltwater conditions. All the rod components we use are anodized. We have done the ultimate test in Belize where the rods have been fished daily for more than six months.
5. Are there any limitations to what reels fit in the Quick-Lock reel seat?
During the developmental phase, we tested more than 100 different top-brand reels, and they all fit snugly on our Free-Flex rods. Up until now, we have only received reports that a couple of custom-made reel feet – and certain Backwinder and Einarsson reels – don’t fit in the Quick-Lock system.
6. Why are the Free-Flex handles rectangular shaped?
Being made from advanced carbon composite material, the Free-Flex handles are molded/cast. This means that we have been able to design handles differently than traditional cork handles. What you’ll realize when casting a Free-Flex rod is that the handle provides a superb and firm grip – and great ergonomics. The rectangular shape helps you cast in straight lines and it gives the blank great directional stability. This not only helps optimize the energy flow in your cast – for improved casting distance, it also helps you cast with greater precision.
We’ve all experienced how a hammer has been developed to work with the human hand. The elliptical formed handle/shaft helps us swing the hammer in a straight line and hit the nail with precision. The ‘Free-Flex’ handle is based on the same hammer-shaft principles. It is elliptically formed and has led to many experiencing a feeling of casting with precision. Due to its form, the ‘Free-Flex’ innovation intuitively provides a cast that follows a bettered linear line and therefore optimizes not only the loop speed, but also the direction, balance, and stability of the loop. This means that one can create a cast of greater energy efficiency.