We’re just going to leave this here. The Stinger recently popped up on our feeds and we had to investigate. Halfway between a reel and a fixed-line rod, like Tenkara, the Stinger is certainly a conversation starter.
From MAVRK Industries:
TRUCKEE, Calif., June 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —
MAVRK Industries is excited to announce the launch of the Stinger, a streamlined, hybrid line-holding system that gives anglers increased tactile control for better casting accuracy, improved dead-drifts, and strike detection for catching wild river trout. The MAVRK Stinger officially launches on Kickstarter on June 02, 2020.
The Stinger replaces a traditional fly reel reducing unnecessary weight and inertia. It’s lightweight, the hybrid approach combines the simplicity of Tenkara and the effectiveness of modern Euro Nymphing techniques. Our hybrid system can benefit anglers from beginners to advanced.
There are two Stinger models—each with its own features and benefits.
Stinger M1: Built for tactical-grade performance. Our USA-made M1 is CNC machined from 6061 T6 aircraft grade aluminum for high strength and lightweight.
Stinger Comp: Our durable, field-ready standard. The Comp is injection molded using a strong lightweight composite material that is virtually unbreakable.
Both are efficient, lightweight, portable, and extremely dependable—the best ally one can have when stalking fish off the beaten path.
Created by Jeff Sasaki, a noted product designer, and avid fly angler. Jeff started his first company, Element Case, in 2010. He sold the brand and moved full time to Truckee, California to pursue his passion for fly fishing.
“The Stinger is a hybrid approach to fly fishing. It combines European Nymphing, Japanese Tenkara, and western fly fishing techniques. It’s a radical shift in a sport that hasn’t changed much in decades. Be a part of the hybrid movement!” —Jeff Sasaki, creator of the Stinger
Source: MAVRK Industries