About us

Why would anyone establish a company in 2013 producing high-end fly rods when the market is flooded with great products? The truth is Sage, G-Loomis, Orvis, Winston, Thomas&Thomas, Scott and a lot of other companies build really nice rods we would happily fish any time. 

That is a tough one to answer but with the help of our design team in Spain we are able to do things with graphite that only a few others on the planet can. Add the input, experience and craftsmanship of the manufacturing and the pro team members and we have the potential to build rods unique on the market. Research and development gave birth to prototypes that we thought were better than any other rods out there. So no matter how irrational it may have looked we had no choice:

We just had to…


Szmutni Ákos

Ákos started fishing at the age of 6. Decades later, after fishing most every method used in his part of the world, he stuck with fly fishing. He prefers to fish big rivers and lakes like the Danube, the Tisza or the Balaton, most often chasing pike, zander and asp but he is not a stranger to trout, grayling or saltwater fly fishing either. As the author of the first Hungarian-written book on fly fishing and a IFFF certified Master Casting Instructor, Ákos tries to introduce the sport to as many people as possible. He is also the vice-president of the Association of Hungarian Fly Fishers, a group of fly fishermen dedicated to the promotion of our sport.

As the owner of Stickman Rods he is responsible for product design, marketing, production and customer service as well.

Alejandro Viñuales

Alejandro was born in 1960 in Toledo, Spain. He has been living in Asturias for 20 years now, in the region where the most important salmon rivers of Spain flow.
He worked first as schoolteacher and environmental manager, and spent 30 years studying everything about fly fishing. He is a contributor of the most important Spain fly fishing magazine (Danica), and the author of the best selling spanish fly fishing book (Introduction to Fly Fishing)

He was one of the founders of the spanish fly casting instructors program PAIL in collaboration with Mel Krieger. He is member of the spanish national fly casting comission (Comisión Nacional de Lanzado) and PAIL Master Instructor as well as FFF MCI and founding member of the Divulgation and Teaching  of the fly Casting Association (Asociación para la Divulgación y la Enseñanza del Lanzado a Mosca) where he is currently chairman.

His interest in fly casting led him to investigate the physics of it and made him interested in rod and line design. After some initial tests with bamboo rods he joined the company CDL Fly in 2002 and created his own rods modifying blanks manufactured by the Italian company Modern Flies. Later he worked at Modern Flies, where he learned the secrets of making the finest blanks. In 2009 CDL Fly purchased the Modern Flies factory, and Alejandro became Maxia Rods’s designer and production manager, where he designs and builds the Stickman blanks to our specifications.

Gampel István

Gampi was born in Keszthely, an idillic small town next to the Lake Balaton. He's been chasing fish since he could walk. Fish and water have influenced his choice of education too, he is a fishing technician.

He has been in the fishing industry for more than 20 years now. At first as a shop owner and later as a custom rod builder. Rod building is a passion for him, he constantly strives to reach perfection in everything he does.

Apart from fly fishing and rod building he is also a keen fan of old english made tackle and fishing magazines. His workshop in his hometown is a known gathering place for like-minded fisherman.

Hárságyi Péter

Péter is our art director, and creative marketing specialist. He has worked on the advertising field more than a decade, as a designer, art director and creative director. He designs our logos, rod stickers, ads and yet-to-sell clothing. We consult him in every question regarding aesthetics and marketing. His passions are photography, playing drums, and travel.

He is a die hard fisherman since his early childhood. He fished all over the world, the Balkan, Sweden, Mongolia, Mauritius, Venezuela, South-Africa, Sri Lanka, etc. He loves most to fish on unexplored waters, in close contact with locals. His home waters are the Balaton and the Danube where he chases asp with both single and double handed rods. There is a special place in his heart for the river Drina, where grayling and huchen are the target species. He also suffers the symptoms of GAS (gear acquisition syndrome), especially new rods can weaken the temporary effects of precarious cure...