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Stinger Comp on rocks with flies

Meet the Stinger - World's Lightest Fly Reel

8 Reasons Why Stinger is Better

  1. At 1.4 ounces the Stinger is the lightest fly reel in the world
  2. Designed specifically to improve Euro nymphing
  3. Low rotational inertia for better casting
  4. Less mass increases rod sensitivity for better strike detection
  5. Less shoulder strain improves dead drifts
  6. Same Euro nymphing techniques as a traditional reel
  7. Portable and lightweight for the back country
  8. Comes pre loaded with 62’ of premium Euro nymph line, leader, sighter, tippet ring

You’ve chosen to be the outlier

You prefer to fish the remote, the isolated, the often rugged.
At Mavrk, we believe in a streamlined approach when stalking wild trout, off the beaten path.
Our gear is lightweight, versatile and dependable while our techniques focus on what really works.
Fully experience both the hunt and the catch.

Mavrk YouTube Playlists

How-to Videos Playlist

Here we show Tips and Tricks on everything from gear to sharing our own techniques on how we catch so much fish on one of the hardest rivers in the west.

General Videos Playlist

These videos are just fun fishing with cool people and places. Enjoy!

A PANDEMIC-DRIVEN SURGE IN FLY-FISHING HAS CREATED OPPORTUNITY IN THE TAHOE AREA, WHERE AN INCREASE IN ANGLERS INDICATES GROWING INTEREST IN THE SPORT—AS WELL AS MORE PRESSURE ON LOCAL WATERS.

The rod moves like a windshield wiper on a drizzly day, tracing wide arcs over the Truckee River as Jeff Sasaki points the tip upstream toward Lake Tahoe, then downstream toward Lake Pyramid, then back again. The physics at play in getting his fly between two pale boulders where a rainbow trout may be hiding—involving potential and kinetic energy, air resistance, surface tension, turbulent versus laminar flow and who knows how many more textbook terms—may be nearly as complex as the rights governing the highly contested water that runs through California and into agricultural fields and kitchen sinks in Nevada.

  • 15 min read
Truckee resident Jeff Sasaki, an avid fly-fisherman and inventor, designed an innovative new reel last year called the MAVRK Stinger (see page 128). In doing so, he created what is perhaps the lightest reel in the world, earning favor with the European-style nymphing community as well as the ultralight backcountry community. The reel-less, feather-light Stinger allows greater arm extension and is guaranteed to improve dead-drift distance and casting while making your rod more sensitive to bumps and strikes. By reducing the counterbalance mass and rotational inertia of larger traditional reels, time on the water is more productive.
  • 4 min read

So, you drank the kool-aid. You read all the hype on euro nymphing, bought tackle and hit the water. But you’re still not catching fish. What the heck? I can assure you that you’re not alone. In fact, That was me a few years ago. Back then, I didn’t know what I didn’t know; but now I do. So, I’m going to tell you what I was doing wrong and what I see everyone else doing wrong when they start to euro nymph.

It took me about 100 days on the water to figure this all out. For me, that’s only 6 months, for you it might be 10 or 20 years! Let’s fast track it so you can catch fish now.

I’m assume that you understand the basics of trout fishing in moving water

Things like:

  • Cast upstream of the fish and let the fly dead drift in front of it.
  • Don’t scare the fish- Always be stealthy when fishing.
  • Know where the fish are generally located in the given river.
  • 5 min read
When I started Euro nymphing, Contact nymphing, Czech nymphing, whatever you want to call it, I was confused as to what gear I would need and why it was different from what I already had. As I became familiar with the new techniques I realized why it required different gear. I’m going to share what I’ve learned so you can avoid some of the mistakes I made early on. I’ll save you some frustration and maybe even save you some money.

*Keep in mind that my advice is based solely on wade fishing in technical high sierra rivers and streams for trout- It doesn’t pertain to stillwater, drift boats, steelhead or other large fish. Just river trout. OK?
  • 9 min read

When people ask me what my favorite nymph fly is, I tell them I don’t have one. I’m not trying to hide anything, it’s just that I try not to pay special attention to those “confidence” flies- you know, flies that I caught my biggest fish on, or flies I used the day I fished my personal best. Choosing confidence flies are probably some dopamine triggered behavior, I suspect. They get fished most often and so they catch the most fish. But only fishing confidence flies can be holding you back. And when you are having a real tough day out there and the fish won’t even take your star players, you won’t know where to turn. You’ve been beat. 

Here’s a better way to select the “best fly” in your box when your confident fly is screaming at you “Pick me!”

  • 3 min read

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