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fly presentation is a game of inches

time for a new ruler

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The tate modern quad is the patented next generation fly rod that naturally channels energy for unmatched accuracy, control, and power.

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Why is the tate modern quad flat?

 

LOGICAL GEOMETRY

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LOGICAL ADVANTAGE

This oscillation test demonstrates the advantage of the tate modern quad.

 

conventional rod

 

tate modern quad

A conventional round rod flexes equally in 360°, while the tate modern quad is engineered to flex in the targeted direction of your casting stroke. 

"INSANELY ACCURATE"

  JARRETT SASSER 

(Owner & Senior Guide at High Desert Angler)

"It’s insanely accurate both close up and at distances. The Tate Modern Quad redefines the whole idea of tracking. It casts like it’s on rails. It feels like the rod intuitively knows where you are looking to put your fly.

 

It takes some getting used to because it's not like any other rod. If you listen to it and work with it, the Modern Quad does things no other rod can do. I keep learning more tricks and advantages all the time.

 

It roll casts beautifully, and it’s a mending machine. As far as fighting fish, it delivers solid hook sets and allows you to apply the right pressure to steer fish if you know what you’re doing, which is especially useful in and out of heavy current."

 

accuracy

The tate modern quad is the first fly rod designed from the ground up with accuracy as the primary objective because fly presentation is a game of inches, and nothing else really matters if your fly misses the target.

Our flat laminate design is inspired by advancements in archery bow limbs. Accurately directing energy is key for hitting the dead center of the bullseye with an arrow, and the same advantage applies to presenting your fly with a smooth, targeted delivery.

While the goal for designing conventional rods has been to make them so light as to "disappear" in your hand, at tate we believe that it is more important for a casting tool to feel like an extension of your hand.

 

The rectangular cross-section of a tate modern quad resists off-target motion to the left or right. This lateral stability results in a poised casting motion so your rod works intuitively with you to stay on target in the casting plane.

 

wasted energy

 

targeted energy

control

Conventional fly rods bend equally in any direction, 360°, because they are all essentially round tubes. Fly fishing does not call for the same flex profile in all directions.

 

Casting line forward, for example, is not the same challenge as fighting a fish, just as mending line is not the same action as loading your back cast.

 

An angling tool has to perform many distinct actions with particular demands depending on the direction and the task at hand. So, we designed the angular profile of the tate modern quad for unprecedented dimensional control.

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The tate forward flex profile 

is matched for specific line weight in the casting direction.

The tate backward flex profile 

takes into account the back cast and pulling direction, providing more power to load line quickly and backbone to tame fish with authority.

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The tate lateral flex profile 

provides side-to-side stability for crisp line mending and mechanical advantage to tactfully steer fish.
 

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These different flex profiles offer stability and leverage when you need to apply pressure, and just the right intuitive, natural touch when it is time to slow down, find the perfect fly for the moment, and present it with grace.

power

Our ​tate modern quad profile aligns the power fibers facing directly across from each other so they all work in tension and compression at maximum potential. This alignment naturally aims the effort you put into your cast instead of wasting energy around the sides of a hollow tube.

This efficient generation of energy allows us to achieve power to spare with a shorter length tool, offering greater agility and maneuverability. 

The power fibers on the stronger side of a tate modern quad are calibrated to quickly damp the aftershock between tension and compression as the line leaves the tip of the rod. This results in less friction and translates into smooth line-shooting speed.

technology

Our patented tate technology is a revolutionary step forward in modern angling design.

We are introducing the tate modern quad as a one-piece rod without ferrules because we are purists. This monolithic format is the uncompromised embodiment of fly rod performance.

 

It is true that a one-piece rod may not always be quite as handy on land. However, the trade-off is worth it to those who demand the ultimate angling experience. Like an Italian supercar, a tate modern quad is not meant for driving around town. The sole objective of our design is focused on unfettered performance where it really counts.

Our rod blank design is inspired by the physics driven geometry and structure of modern archery bow limbs.

 

The proprietary flat panel construction of the tate modern quad involves layers of carbon fiber skins sandwiching our aircraft grade sitka core.

We use the same carbon fiber skin layup featured in some of the world's fastest archery bow limbs.

Prized for its incredible strength and uniform grain structure, sitka is used in airplane and sailboat spars, and its resonant quality makes it an excellent tonewood used in violins and guitars.

  • The woven, bi-directional carbon provides torsional stability and shields impact damage.

  • The uni-directional carbon provides directional transfer of energy and quick recovery.

  • The aircraft grade sitka provides our core with backbone and sensitivity.

This unique composite of materials featuring distinct advantages all working in concert is what gives the tate modern quad its distinctive feel.

 

Our approach to technology is rooted in thoughtful design and careful material selection. Our unique design and materials allow us to fine tune each rod blank with the care that a luthier takes to perfect the sound of a violin.

craftsmanship

We believe form should follow function, just as a well composed design inspires artistic craftsmanship. Our signature tate shou sugi ban handle illustrates the practice of our craft.

At tate, we approach design by considering functionality from a blank slate perspective instead of following the conventional standard. This is why we eliminated the traditional material for making handles.

 

Cork handles have become the conventional standard for fly rods primarily because cork is relatively cheap and easy to shape. While cork feels soft, its rubbery cell structure damps vibration and mutes tactile feedback between rod and hand.

So, we bucked convention and created an all new design.

 

In order to achieve a texture better than cork, we developed a proprietary evolution on an ancient Japanese method called shou sugi ban that involves applying flame to treat wood.

The tate variation of this technique involves repeatedly torching the wood, then quenching it with a proprietary blend of oils to render a rich, silvery jet-black color, and a satin texture with excellent grip that gets sticky when wet.

 

Our handles are like nothing you have ever felt, and they truly are hand-crafted works of art.

The modified wood we use for our tate shou sugi ban handle goes through a dimensional stabilization process that changes the cell structure so it becomes waterproof and its vibration resonance is amplified.

 

Our handle is the perfect medium to transmit every tactile nuance from your line directly to your fingertips.

tate is proud of the fact that this wood is harvested from sustainable Forest Stewardship Council certified sources.

about us

tate is an angling tools & equipment company in Austin, Texas. 

Our first patented innovation is the revolutionary tate modern quad fly rod. Founder, Trent Tate, conceived the idea of the rod while working as a guide in Wyoming and Montana.

 

Our mission is for the next generation. The words "next generation" are loaded with inspiration for our team. These words remind us to always think beyond the conventional path and to blaze new trails of innovation. At the same time, another notion of the words "next generation" reminds us to be mindful about the impact of what we do.

The fly rod industry's ubiquitous quest to make the lightest possible rod has resulted in a general complacency toward the fact that fly rods are so easily broken under normal fishing conditions. We stand against this wasteful notion that fly rods should be disposable consumer products.

We care about the next generation, and so we are dedicated to making fly rods that are sturdy, reliable tools you should expect to hand down to a young angler one day. Your tate modern quad will carry along memories of your water.

 

When you pass your tate down, your heirloom will deliver a vital lesson about stewardship.

handmade in the U.S.A.

We are dedicated to using only the finest American made components on our rods. If we do not make a specific part ourselves, we find the best artisan in the business to supply it for us. This is why we have collaborated with Mike McCoy of Snake Brand for our guides, and Jeffrey Pentecost of Glenn Struble Manufacturing Company for our reel seats. These partnerships represent our commitment to the tradition of fine American craftsmanship and ingenuity.

patents

 

tate introduces a new standard of angling tools & equipment for the next generation. The signature, handcrafted, artistic level of finish we achieve in our work is inspired by truly innovative design. 

 

Function plays the leading role in defining tate design. When we design tate angling tools & equipment, our objectives are centered around making them respond to the angler’s need with more useful versatility and with unexpected elegance. In such a hyper-traditional industry, conventional approaches to angling gear tend to chase solutions to irrelevant challenges. As a result, the conventional becomes ubiquitous, sacrificing opportunities to offer benefits anglers did not even know existed. And this is why we always innovate for the next generation. 

This is intended to serve as notice under 35 U.S.C. § 287(a).

tate modern quad

United States Patent Publication No.

US 2017/0360019 Al 

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