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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 D...

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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,...

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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...

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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 tec...

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Blog

RECOIL OR NOT RECOIL

One of the disadvantages which usually gets mentioned is that the recoils make a jarring noise while casting. I had to fish for more than a whole year with G-Loomis rods equipped with Recoils the get ...

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HOW TO PUT RODS IN THE ROD SOCKS

Whatever you do, however careful you are, sand or mud will get on your rod sooner or later. If it is on the rod, it will get into the rod sock. If it is in the rod sock it will be in the joints. I hav...

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CHASING THE 40 METER CAST

Casting 40 meter with a 5wt floating line seemed to me absolutely impossible even 2 years ago. Last year when I was raving in an email to Alejandro about managing to cast over 38 he just said: get smo...

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COMPARING THE STICKMAN RODS TO THE COMPETITION

ERN (Effective Rod Number) measures the power or stiffness of the rod. The higher the number the stronger/stiffer the rod is. Don’t use this number as a line recommendation, contact us via e-mai...

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SWIMMING WITH THE ZANDER

The Zander season closes in Hungary on the 1st of March. If the conditions are good and the waters are fishable February offers best chances to catch Zander on the fly. Not in the rivers however - a...

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BUILDING STICKMAN RODS

In the last few weeks we worked on a short film introducing István Gampel, our head rodbuilder and his way to build fly rods. Enjoy! ...

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Fly fishing for pike

I shot this short film a couple of years ago in Serbia. These days we use our rods built on the T8 blanks for pike fishing exclusively. We think they are the perfect mix of power and sensitivity. The ...

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Barbel and chub on the River Garam

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P5 review in the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine

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P5 in the Hatch Magazine

It looks like the guys at Hatch Magazine had a lot of fun with our 5 weight rod until it was lost... I only hope that someone found the rod and enjoys fishing it on the rivers of Montana. P5 review i...

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Stickman Rods at Alternativetackle.com

We are happy to announce that Mark Leggett of AlternativeTackle.com has decided to offer Stickman Rods in his already impressive range of products. Thank you! What Mark says about his enterprise: "The...

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N0̸ EVIL BLACK

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Interview: Stickman Rods' Ákos Szmutni

In this interview published in the Hatch Magazine Ákos talks about rod design, rod building and the philosophy behind Stickman Rods as a company. Interview: Stickman Rods' Ákos Szmutni...

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Burn!

This following article I wrote years ago turns up on the internet from time to time so I thought it should be available here too: Talking to a couple of experienced fisherman it seems like goldheads o...

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Hatch of the Giant Mayflies

The hatch of the giant mayflies of the Tisza (called Tisza Flowers, Palingenia Longicauda) is highly dependent on the weather. Water temperature, barometric pressure, wind and especially cold fronts c...

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Savinja 2015

The River Savinja in Slovenia quickly became the favourite river of Hungarian fly fishermen in the last couple of years. It is close to the border, licences are reasonably priced and easy to access. I...

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The T8 review

Here at Stickman Rods we are pretty sure that no other 8 weight can match the versatility and the feel of the T8. It is always great to have assuring feedback: T8 review in Hatch Magazine ...

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Jakt & Fiske 6wt shootout

Jakt&Fiske is the biggest Norwegian outdoor magazine. They have published a 6 wt shootout recently. The T6 was one of the rods tested. The test itself is a bit complicated, especially if you don't spe...

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Fyn, April 2016

It seems like driving to Denmark in the Spring for seatrout fishing will become a habit for me. This was only the 2nd time and my overall 3rd attempt to catch seatrout but I seem to enjoy this kind of...

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The 8' P4 reviewed by the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine

The 8' P4 was reviewed by Magnus Angus for the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine. The review was published in the September issue. You can purchase back issues here: Fly Fishing and Fly Tying back i...

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The new Amber

Developing new rods, experimenting with new materials and components is one of the most enjoyable aspects of our business. From time to time we find something that we can't let go again. The Amber col...

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P3 or N0̸

Both the N0̸ and the P3 have their advantages, the choice between them should be based on the given fishing conditions. My usual trout fishing setup is the N0̸ and either the P5 or the P4. With the...

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Content

Fly rods

We build rods not rod series! What we do is develop and fine tune every single rod model until we find it perfect for the application we had in mind while designing it. We don’t even try to buil...

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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 ...

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Contact

Stickman Rods Address:Stickman RodsTahiNyárfa str. 14.2022Hungary Phone: +36306965228 E-mail:akos@stickmanrods.com We answer e-mails within 24 hours. If we haven't done that it is most likely b...

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Service/warranty

WARRANTY If you are dissatisfied with any of our products for any reason please return them within 14 days upon receipt in unused condition (with an intact plastic cover on the cork grip) for a full r...

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Fly rods

P5 Evil Black

Are you a real bad boy? A villain who wants to spread fear amongst fish and fellow fisherman? Look no further! If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one. The color black dominates with gorgeo...

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T8 Stealth

The Stealth is pure elegance and understatement. The cloud grey wraps and the sky blue edging matches the pewter reel seat beautifully. The T8 blank: Bonefish, seatrout or pike, you name it! Presentin...

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P5 Forest

Sporting a lovely olive green wrapping combined with copper edging, a black reel seat with zebrawood spacer, the P5 Forest has a more traditional look. The P5 blank: How many rods will you have in you...

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P5 Stealth

The Stealth is pure elegance and understatement. The cloud grey wraps and the sky blue edging matches the smoke reel seat beautifully. The P5 blank: How many rods will you have in your hand while stan...

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T8 Evil Black

Are you a real bad boy? A villain who wants to spread fear amongst fish and fellow fisherman? Look no further! If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one. The color black dominates with a gorg...

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T8 Deep Blue

The Deep Blue is a bit more colorful choice compared to the Stealth. The sky blue wraps and the black edging give the rod a unique modern look. The T8 blank: Bonefish, seatrout or pike, you name it! P...

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T6 Stealth

The Stealth is pure elegance and understatement. The cloud grey wraps and the sky blue edging matches the smoke reel seat beautifully. The T6 blank: If you are looking for a 6wt rod that is capable of...

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T6 Deep Blue

The Deep Blue is a bit more colorful choice compared to the Stealth. The sky blue wraps and the black edging give the rod a unique modern look. The T6 blank: If you are looking for a 6wt rod that is c...

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T6 Evil Black

Are you a real bad boy? A villain who wants to spread fear amongst fish and fellow fisherman? Look no further! If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one. The color black dominates with gorgeo...

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Cordura rod tube

Aluminum rod tubes look wonderful and elegant, but for everyday use cordura covered hard tubes are way more practical. ...

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N0̸ Evil Black

Are you a real bad boy? A villain who wants to spread fear amongst fish and fellow fisherman? Look no further! If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one. The color black dominates with gorgeo...

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P3 Amber

Is the Amber a classic beauty or futuristic design? Hard to tell. One thing is certain: it looks amazing. Deep, translucent orange wraps with black edging for added contrast, paired with zebrawood or...

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P4 Evil Black 8'

Are you a real bad boy? A villain who wants to spread fear amongst fish and fellow fisherman? Look no further! If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one. The color black dominates with gorgeo...

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P4 Stealth 8'

The Stealth is pure elegance and understatement. The cloud grey wraps and the sky blue edging matches the smoke reel seat beautifully. The P4 Blank: A small river, mayflies hatching at sunset and trou...

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Reel seats

In the last years we had so many ideas on different color combinations of reel seats that it became a bit too complicated to show all of them on the given rod's page. So we decided to list only the mo...

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Mesh back cap

Retro trucker cap. The proper headwear to match your Stickman fly rod. ...

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T7 Stealth

The Stealth is pure elegance and understatement. The cloud grey wraps and the sky blue edging matches the smoke reel seat beautifully. The T7 blank: The T7 was designed with the simple goal of filling...

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T7 Deep Blue

The Deep Blue is a bit more colorful choice compared to the Stealth. The sky blue wraps and the black edging give the rod a unique modern look. The T7 blank: The T7 was designed with the simple goal o...

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T7 Evil Black

Are you a real bad boy? A villain who wants to spread fear amongst fish and fellow fisherman? Look no further! If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one. The color black dominates with a gorg...

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P4 Forest 8'

Sporting a lovely brown wrapping combined with burnt orange edging, a black reel seat with wooden spacer, the P4 Forest has a more traditional look. The P4 Blank: A small river, mayflies hatching at s...

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N0̸ Forest

Sporting a lovely brown wrapping combined with burnt orange edging, a black reel seat with wooden spacer, the N0̸ Forest has a more traditional look. The N0̸ blank: Why would anyone want a zero weig...

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P4 Stealth 9'

The Stealth is pure elegance and understatement. The cloud grey wraps and the sky blue edging matches the smoke reel seat beautifully. The P4 9' blank: The lighter version of our do-it-all P5 rod. Sim...

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P4 Forest 9'

Sporting a lovely brown wrapping combined with burnt orange edging, a black reel seat with wooden spacer, the P4 Forest has a more traditional look. The P4 9' blank: The lighter version of our do-it-a...

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P4 Evil Black 9'

Are you a real bad boy? A villain who wants to spread fear amongst fish and fellow fisherman? Look no further! If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one. The color black dominates with gorgeo...

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T8 Amber

Is the Amber a classic beauty or futuristic design? Hard to tell. One thing is certain: it looks amazing. Deep, translucent orange wraps with black edging for added contrast, paired with zebrawood or...

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N0̸ Stealth

The Stealth is pure elegance and understatement. The cloud grey wraps and the sky blue edging matches the smoke reel seat beautifully. The N0̸ blank: Why would anyone want a zero weight rod? If you u...

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N0̸ Amber

Is the Amber a classic beauty or futuristic design? Hard to tell. One thing is certain: it looks amazing. Deep, translucent orange wraps with black edging for added contrast, paired with zebrawood or...

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P4 Amber 8'

Is the Amber a classic beauty or futuristic design? Hard to tell. One thing is certain: it looks amazing. Deep, translucent orange wraps with black edging for added contrast, paired with zebrawood or...

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P4 Amber 9'

Is the Amber a classic beauty or futuristic design? Hard to tell. One thing is certain: it looks amazing. Deep, translucent orange wraps with black edging for added contrast, paired with zebrawood or...

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P5 Amber

Is the Amber a classic beauty or futuristic design? Hard to tell. One thing is certain: it looks amazing. Deep, translucent orange wraps with black edging for added contrast, paired with zebrawood or...

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T6 Amber

Is the Amber a classic beauty or futuristic design? Hard to tell. One thing is certain: it looks amazing. Deep, translucent orange wraps with black edging for added contrast, paired with zebrawood or...

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T7 Amber

Is the Amber a classic beauty or futuristic design? Hard to tell. One thing is certain: it looks amazing. Deep, translucent orange wraps with black edging for added contrast, paired with zebrawood or...

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P3 Stealth

The Stealth is pure elegance and understatement. The cloud grey wraps and the sky blue edging matches the smoke reel seat beautifully. The P3 blank: The idea behind the 9'6" P3 was to develop a longer...

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P3 Forest

Sporting a lovely brown wrapping combined with burnt orange edging, a black reel seat with wooden spacer, the P4 Forest has a more traditional look. The P3 blank: The idea behind the 9'6" P3 was to de...

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P3 Evil Black

Are you a real bad boy? A villain who wants to spread fear amongst fish and fellow fisherman? Look no further! If Darth Vader had a fly rod this would be the one. The color black dominates with gorgeo...

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