How the ultra-fast rig holder for my tippets: SPEED-RIG is born
A good part of the efficiency and especially of the pleasure that I take in fishing is due to the minimal time that I spend changing flies even though in fast waters the loss of artificial flies is frequent.
For this, I use an ultra-fast rig holder for my tippets: SPEED-RIG.
For a long time I have been using a foam rig holder rather than bulky fly boxes with their many spools of tippets.
Especially since tying the flies at the water’s edge is often laborious. Whether it’s because of the cold, the lack of light, my presbyopia and so on…
The system was simple; a little too simple perhaps; the flies were not sufficiently protected and the retention of the winding mechanism impractical.
So I decided to improve the foam rig holder. It took me more than three years of back and forth, between design, production with a 3D printer and use at the water’s edge, for an optimal result.
A good opportunity to put into practice the mathematics lessons I teach my students and to review my copy many times!
Indeed, despite the apparent simplicity of the rig holder, a large number of problems had to be solved. This has also been the subject of a patent.
Speed-Rig holder requirements
Among these, functional requirements like:
- Contain the flies inside it in order to protect them.
- Ensure the continuity of the windings so that the tippets does not suffer any breakage which would have left an irreversible and weak spot. In the speed-rig, there are no angles when changing direction, the top studs, for example, are set at a tangent to the throat which stores the windings.
- Make sure the lid is in place. If you look closely at the Speed-Rig, you will see four C-shaped fins which have the dual function of keeping the cover away from the windings and ensuring that the cover clips securely onto the rig holder.
- Prevent the tippets from unwinding unexpectedly.
and manufacturing constraints such as:
- Reduce tooling cost. We designed a single cavity, drawerless aluminum mould.
- Having no undercut without which demoulding is impossible; what is produced with the 3D printer does not necessarily come out in plastic injection, not by a long shot!
- Have sufficient clearance to ensure good demoulding of the part.
- To be able to assemble the two parts of the Speed-rig without glue.
- Position the ejectors.
- Choose the plastic material. The material chosen is, in particular, less dense than water.
- Choose the color of the reel. What should have been an aesthetic choice quickly turned into a practical choice. Indeed, at the edge of the river, it is much easier to spot a tippet on a black Speed-Rig.
The study of the mould and the injection were carried out with Delphine Gamen, manager of the company “Formes Actives”, which notably produces parts for the ski brand “Rossignol”. This company is based in Lescheraines in Savoie, a few dozen kilometers from my home and a few meters from Chéran, labeled “Rivières Sauvages”, in which I often go to land my flies!
Delphine Gamen, in addition to providing technical support, is also a trusted partner. This is one of the interests of Made in France!
Barely out of the press and still hot, the final version of the rig holder is tested at the water’s edge…
…the trout just have to watch out!
The creator’s website (in French)
Find out more about the history and development of the Speed-Rig.