A tribute to W. E. Edwards, creator of the original quadrate fly rod.
Trent Tate thought of the idea for an innovative fly rod when he was working as a guide in Montana. In the fading light after work one day he saw fellow guide, Dave Melrose, about to make a tricky presentation to a large cutthroat trout. A rock wall prevented Melrose from making a backcast, so he performed a “bow-and-arrow” cast by pinching the line against his grip and pulling the rod tip back like a slingshot. His rod tip was wobbling like crazy, and Melrose had to wait for