ArcticSilver USA

Free-Flex System

How does the Free-Flex System
improve your fly casting technique?

The “Damping” Effect

When good fly casters stop their fly casting strokes to create effective loops, these stops are neither sudden nor abrupt. They continue moving – through the stop – to “dampen” the inevitable oscillations of their fly rod as these oscillations lead to waves in the line, affecting the loop negatively.

The “Free-Flex-System” with its deep flex is inherently dampening and will therefore assist you in your struggles to dampen your fly rod. It will automatically help you towards better fly casting. Your loops will become more effective than ever before!

The “Smooth Transition” Effect

Fly casting is “filled with” crucial transitions. Lifting the line off the water, changing the direction of the line between back- and forward casting strokes, and going from a Spey-casting D-loop cast to the forward stroke.

To time and “capture” these transitions effectively, good fly casters use a careful and controlled “false starts”. Just before the line has turned over after a back-cast, they will “false start” their forward stroke in a careful and controlled way to “smoothen” this transition and to gain contact between a straight line and a slightly bent rod as early as possible.

They can SENSE the fly rod flexing, sense the “heaviness” gradually materializing when the rod bends towards the weight and direction of the line going the opposite way.

Because the Free-Flex-System lets you literally feel the flex of your fly rod in your hand, you are able to sense all of this earlier and better than if you are casting a traditional cork fly rod.

The “Looser Grip” Effect

Far too many fly fishers are using too strong of a grip on the handle. Many beginners are unknowingly trying to “kill” their fly rods, but even experienced fly-fishers tend to grip harder than necessary.

The combination of the “Free-Flex-System” and the shape of the handle will gradually help you relax your grip and contribute to a fly casting style where you use less force to cast longer and more precise. Win, win, win!

The “Balance” Effect

The Free-Flex handle’s slightly increased weight moves the fly rod’s balance towards its butt end.

Producing fly-rods that weigh next to nothing, using gradually higher grades of carbon, is a goal many brands aim for

We do the same, BUT we let our handle add weight to the butt end of the rod! Here the weight is located in the right place and balances our fly rods perfectly.

The tip of the rod will feel lighter, both when casting and especially when fishing. You need less force to hold the rod when stripping your line or when letting the current drift your line down the river.

The “Woo-hoo!” Effect

The blank of a Free-Flex fly rod is attached to the handle just under your hand. Any time you fight a fish, the energy from the fish frantically trying to get away from you will be transferred through the blank, directly into the palm of your hand. This really will put a smile on your face! WhooHoo!

The “Lose Less Fish” Effect

Even without significant data from scientific experiments, we believe that the deep flex of the “Free-Flex-System” will help you hook a higher percentage of the fish attacking your flies AND help you lose less of them. Especially when you have to use thin and delicate tippets to make suspicious fish take.

The “Cool Kid” Effect

If you fish an ArcticSilver fly rod you are probably aware of all the benefits the Free-Flex System provides you with! You know your stuff AND you are not afraid of “sticking out” in a crowd. Welcome to the ArcticSilver family of “cool kids”!

Free-Flex System in Summary

The “Free-Flex-System” will help you relax when fly casting and fly fishing. There is an intuitive and ergonomic quality to our deep flexing rods that will guide you through the critical phases of fly casting strokes and gradually steer you towards more effortless styles that will put less strain on your body.

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