MAXIA FLY RODS

MAXIA FLY RODS

MAXIA FLY RODS Since I met Alejandro Viñuales in a master flycasting class I was impressed by the Maxia rods, both for the quality of its blank and for its main virtues: softness and power, to which we could also add: lightness and precision. Alejandro Viñuales is passionate about fly fishing. Some friends like Jon Huerga, call him "the sage of the fly rod". Alejandro as well as an expert fly caster (Master Caster Instructor by IFFF intenational fly fishers federation) is a great fisherman of trout, salmon and sea trout. Based in Asturias near the shores of  the river Narcea, he decided many years ago to manufacture fly rods for commercial sale but always made in a traditional way.

The workshop Maxia

The workshop Maxia

The Maxia rods are the result of a thorough investigation by engineers and flyfishermen team, who from the first moment has sought to create a blank that is light, precise, comfortable at casting, powerful enough to deal with large fish and at the same time soft weather and having that characteristic so difficult to find in a fly rod: that the rod fish well close and far and with the same ease.

Taking the blanks out of the oven.

Taking the blanks out of the oven.

All this as you will understand is not easy to do and least on the first attempt. For this Alejandro spent many hours to carry it out and get it at a decent price, although some may seem a bit expensive (495 € higher models) is left to compensate with the enormous versatility of the blank (composed of multi-module graphite fibers of very high quality) that allows fishing with a rod that feels very light in the hand at any distance with great comfort and precision. It is also very significant that it is one of the few brands in the world (like Sage, Orvis, Gary Loomis) and the only spanish brand of fly rods that makes its own blanks.

The blanks in the freezer that will later become in fly rods.

The blanks in the freezer that will later become in fly rods.

The rods are manufactured, assembled and finished entirely in Asturias near Gijón, in a factory-workshop by a small number of people driven by Alejandro Viñuales in a very traditional way and that begins by folding and fitting the graphite sheets in the mandrels to once they are fixed and pressed by the machine, they go to the furnace where, at a temperature of 130ºC, they will spend a few hours before being released from the mandrel, polishing them and then moving on to the assembly of the fly rod. These fly rods will be of 3 or 4 sections or sections according to the assembly criteria of the same. (In principle the rods of 2 or 3 sections and even more, the rods of a single section would be the best with respect to the good mechanics of the cast, since the less sections less interruptions with segments at the moment in which the blank of our rod is bending to cast.)

Taking out the blank from the baboon.

Taking out the blank from the baboon.

The Maxia fly rods are divided into one-hand rods and two-hand rods. The reeds of a hand have different qualities and variants as I will now detail. The two-hand rods indicated for the fishing of Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead and other large migrating trouts and salmon from the Pacific, are divided into models for the Spey, Scandinavian and Switch variants.

MAXIA SINGLE FLY RODS

With thousands of units sold are the most representative rods of the brand. They are fly rods for fishing mainly trout (also Cantabrian and grayling) and the blanks selected range from short lengths of 7.6 feet with a line 3, up to 12 feet and 4. The 20 models that make the MAXIA MX range, the half are in the numbering of line 4 and the rest in numbering 3 and some in line 2, 5 and even 0.

The MX range is a selection of rods for nymphing with European style with lengths ranging from 10 feet to 12 feet. Also a selection of 9.6-foot rods for mixed fishing for nymphs and dry or tandem fly. And also the 9 foot rod 4wt specialy dry fly.

The finished blanks ready to become fly rods.

The finished blanks ready to become fly rods.

The blank of the MX as in all the rods that Maxia manufactures, is a multimodule blank (that is to say of different hardness and rigidity) that together with the high quality of the graphite carbon sheets make the MAXIA MX a light and sensitive rods ( something very important in European Style) and at the same time powerful to work large fish since the heel of the rod is specially studied (unlike many others of the competition) to take action when fighting with a good piece. The precision and comfort offered by the Maxia MX rods is very difficult to match for other brands, especially when it comes to fishing hours. The Maxia MX rods allow fishing hours and hours without our arm and back accusing fatigue. The strongest point that the nymph fishermen highlight is the fish's navel. The Maxia MX is so sensitive and has such a fast action that it is able to nail the smallest fish for a moment for our artificial nymph and also that old trout who releases everything at the slightest sign of deception.

All blanks that do not pass the test are discarded and placed in piles to be disposed of at a recycling point.

All blanks that do not pass the test are discarded and placed in piles to be disposed of at a recycling point.

This last detail, apparently not very attractive, is very important because many times the opportunity of the day depends only on a second and a few occasions.

~ Carles V.