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 Hubless Fly ReelThe L U N A R Hubless Fly Reel

Like every project I've worked on so far - our films and DVD's included, I employ a pretty simple design philosophy. "Look at what everyone else is doing - and don't do that" The L U N A R reel certainly typifies that approach.

The L U N A R reel is a fusion of modern materials and classic design. The L U N A R  project has been an 18 month design partnership between myself and renowned fly reel designer Alex Kaplun -  we've looked hard at how trout anglers actually use a fly reel and have incorporated many subtle design features that (hopefully) will not be immediately obvious.

 

The L U N A R Hubless Fly Reel
Like every project I've worked on so far - our films and DVD's included, I employ a pretty simple design philosophy. "Look at what everyone else is doing - and don't do that" The L U N A R reel certainly typifies that approach.
The L U N A R reel is a fusion of modern materials and classic design. The L U N A R  project has been an 18 month design partnership between myself and renowned fly reel designer Alex Kaplun -  we've looked hard at how trout anglers actually use a fly reel and have incorporated many subtle design features that (hopefully) will not be immediately obvious.
Alex is an extremely experienced & creative engineer and our design certainly reflects that. The LUNAR runs on a precision stainless steel ultra thin section bearing developed for the robotics industry, it features a quick change spool that can be swapped out in a matter of seconds without having to unscrew any retaining nuts, a classic asymmetrical click pawl mechanism, full cage design and an oversized exposed rim to facilitate palming. 
The LUNAR has been designed with strength, quality and durability in mind.
Drop most modern fly reels on a rock and you're pretty much screwed, the LUNAR on the other hand is one tough mother.
Full cage design. Very strong and prevents fly and running lines from catching & jamming - this reel cannot eat fly lines!
The handle assembly is constructed of 6 separate parts - is self lubricating and will never seize or squeak.
The Spool will be produced in two options. A translucent amber CNC machined thermo plastic that is lighter and many times stronger and more robust than aluminium. And for the traditionalists, a machined Aircraft grade aluminium ported spool. Black.
Each reel comes with a unique hard ballistic nylon presentation case and a neoprene field cover.
The LUNAR fly reel will be produced in limited numbers, each with it's own registered identifying serial number, and will be available for pre order soon
Here's a short clip showing the main design components of the L U N A R Fly Reel.

What Trout Want, the Educated Trout & Other Myths.  Autographed.
Bob Wyatt's latest book, "What Trout Want" is continuing to cause a stir. A brilliantly written and well-crafted exposé fly fishing's greatest myths - Selectivity, matching the hatch, pressured fish, fish feeling pain, precise imitations, & drag-free drifts.
We have only limited numbers of autographed copies remaining - these are destined to become collectors items, make sure you grab one before they are gone.
We also have a great value bundle of Bob's book plus his two fly tying DVD's which features the patterns expounded in his book, and plenty of words of wisdom to really get you thinking.
Closeouts
Practice Fly lines, Loon Nip n Sip, High Viz indicators all being run out in our closeout section
Epic FastGlass Blanks
Our unique Epic Unidirectional S2 FastGlass Fly Rod blanks are taking the rod building community by storm. These blanks are fast, crisp, lightweight and extremely powerful- certainly not terms you'd use to describe your average glass rod of old.
If you are not of the rod building persuasion and would like to own what is probably the worlds most unique fly rod blank we have some great options available to get you own custom Epic Rod built.
Epic Custom Rod Builders.
We are constantly amazed at the builds being produced by our Epic Rod builders - these eye-popping fly rods are both exquisite and functional, if you'd like to treat your self to something really special get in touch with one of these guys.
Here's a gorgeous Epic 476 evolving from Tightloop fly rods - thanks to George! http://tightloopflyrods.blogspot.ro/2013/04/swift-epic-476-work-in-progress.html
"The man who coined the phrase "Money can't buy happiness", never bought himself a good fly rod!"
~by Reg Baird
NEW U.S Epic Retail Outlet
Epic blanks are now available direct in the U.S from Custom Fly Rod Crafters. Bob and his team are offering Epic blanks to the public via their excellent rod building store at http://www.flyrodcrafters.com
Each blank comes with a high quality rod sock, and the option to purchase a very slick looking a Aluminium rod tube at a great price.
Pitzen Knot
For those of you that are still attaching your flies with a clinch not, or worse, an improved clinch (it's even weaker) here's the absolute best terminal knot for trout fishing.
These instructions advocate four turns. The original uses two and is every bit is strong but half the size.
YouTube Channel
We've had a spring clean at our YouTube channel, added a few more clips and generally made things easier to get around. New clips are added regularly so make sure you subscribe to see the latest.
Here's a few tips on how to execute the pile cast - a great slack line cast, as long as there's little wind! http://youtu.be/O6uHddBAH7g

Casts that Catch Fish.
Continues to be about the most popular fly casting DVD there is. You can download a selection of clips for free from our site here 
The full 90 min DVD is available at our store, good fly shops and at Amazon - just google it up
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Streamer wallet fly wallet Streamer wallet fly wallet
Backcountry Streamer Wallet $69.95
Back Country Streamer Wallet Carry and show off your streamers in style in our cotton canvas fly wallet Handcrafted and waterproof in waxed cotton Canvas, genuine sheepskin and hand tooled leather. Each wallet is hand cut and stitched from waxed cotton canvas and lined with lambswool. Measuring  12cm wide by 17 cm closed (4.5" x 7") Big enough to house and protect even the biggest lures and streamers. Streamer wallets have a few advantages over dropping your expensive streamers in a fly box. The open ended design and fine lambswool liner drys flies and lets them breath Flies are kept separated - No more tangled flies and hooks Easy to see and easy to grab - particularly if you have stinger hooks on your streamers They look sensational and big fish love them! Measuring 11cm wide by 17 cm long closed (4.5" x 7") Waterproof, small enough to fit in a wader pocket but capable of holding a large collection of flies
Skeleton Pocket Knife Skeleton Pocket Knife
Skeleton Pocket Knife $49.95
Stainless Steel Skeleton Utility Knife Our paired back skeleton knife features a locking blade and belt clip. Easy to clean, and at just over 2 inches folded (55mm) and pocket knife size, it's the perfect everyday carry or the ideal addition to your fly fishing kit. Sheeps-foot Blade A sheepsfoot blade is shaped with one flat edge that meets the opposing edge at a curved tip; one edge is flat to the tip while the other edge runs parallel, curving at the sharp end to provide a curved tip. The dull flat edge is ideal for providing the user with lots of control over the blade and is favoured for whittling, trimming and cutting where a high degree of control is required.   Blade material: 3CR13 s/s Handle material: 2cr13 Blade length: 55mm Blade thickness: 2.5MM Blade finished: steel Knife length: 140mm A great quality handy utility knife
Fly Tying Vice Travel Fly Tying Vice
Backcountry Travel Vise $69.95
Backcountry Travel Vice Equally at home on a trip or on your fly tying bench, our Backcountry vice is a robust, beautifully built, no-nonsense fly tying vice. Featuring hard steel jaws, quick lock cam and all packed away in a stylin' protective felt case made from recycled plastic bottles! Holds hooks from size 2 to 22 Hard steel jaws Quick-lock cam' operation Rotary head Fully adjustable Allen key Recycled PET felt carry pouch
Stroft Tippet carry system Tippet Stroft Cutter and Carry System - Complete Set
Stroft Cutter and Carry System - 3 spool Set $27.95
3 Spool Stroft tippet system Three high quality German made Stroft Cutter & retaining rings - made to fit over standard Stroft tippet Spools. Spool Holder Stroft short strap - Vest strap & Carabiner The ideal system to hold, dispense and trim Stroft tippet A retainer rings and high quality cutter ring. Cutter is razor sharp, and coated in come magical stuff that is corrosion resistant. (We couldn't even spell the alloy) Fits all Stroft spools from 25m to 50m (ABR, GTM, FC!, FC2, Fluer) Includes color coded easy peel labels  This is an incredibly well made tippet system! *does not include spools of tippet material - Stroft Tippet Spools available for purchase separately  Got questions? - Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.
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Good Libations Stainless Hip Flask $24.95
The Good Libations Stainless Steel Hip Flask  Carry your favourite adult beverage in style with our Good Libations Stainless Steel Hip flask. About the size of a small fly box it's the perfect addition to your fly vest or bag. Smooth rounded corners make for quick extraction in times of celebration. Stainless steel and about as tough as they come, at a hearty 9oz ( 28 ml) there's plenty to share! Stainless Steel Silicon cap retainer Easy sippin' ergo design Bigger than most Cheers! Capacity: 9oz ( 266 ml) Dimensions: 127mm x 83mm x 29ml Material: Stainless Steel Positive Mood Adjustment

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