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 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.
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 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.)