31 Dec New Year’s Eve 2015
New Year’s Eve 2015… as I sit here in my office reflecting on the past 12 months, I just now realized that this fly rod company of ours has just surpassed a HUGE milestone- our THIRD full year is now in the books. It’s been just over 36 months since we started this crazy ride, and the strange thing is that although it feels as if it was yesterday that all this began, it also feels as if we have been around for decades, weird right?! The one thing that I can truly say as I sit here and reflect is that this year has truly been EPIC.
We have come so far in a very short time, and it seems as if our trajectory and velocity only increase daily. We’ve accomplished so many things this past year with new products, new vendors, new authorized dealers, new partners, and new friends and family. I can say wholeheartedly that we would not be in this position without any of you. This all began simply as a personal project for me three years ago in my attempt to build a fly rod that actually met my needs… it unintentionally evolved into a small company in December of 2012 with one rod series containing three models, the TSX Series in 7, 8, & 9wts… and that was it! Today, I am humbled as we currently boast six series of rods that contain more than 90 models, and I promise you that we haven’t yet scratched the surface.
If three years ago you told me that we would currently be in this place, I would have probably laughed in disbelief (seriously). But now as I look to the future, I see dreams of mine become a reality through truckloads of blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice. To be perfectly honest, all I can do is smile in reflection as I sit here in a dark quiet office, as we prepare to “kick in the front door” of 2016! We are blessed with a production shop that is busting at the seams, a staff that is hard working and supportive, more stock and components in house than ever before, a bottom line that seems to stay in the black, a continuously growing number of reps, continued global dealer growth, and numerous new and exciting projects and opportunities.
In all honesty, the stage is set for 2016 to be another record year for the clutch family. I am doing this because my heart tells me to, and because it’s in my soul. My team and I live and breathe our sport, and I will continue to keep working intensely to be the best we can be- for you! I promise to continue to do things a little different than the rest, I promise to offer customer service that is second to none, I promise to continue to design and build the absolute best fly rods on the planet, and I promise to continue to listen to you our friends and customers- ‘cuz lets face it, we will not excel in this business by “telling you” what we think you need, but rather “asking you” what is needed. Honestly, some of our most popular rods wouldn’t exist without the request from a customer or a professional guide.
We will continue to develop and produce the products that you are asking for, rods that fill needs. We will continue to build “fishing tools” not so called “hero sticks.” In looking to the future, we currently have some groundbreaking new projects on the drawing board and in prototyping, and we are very anxious to unveil them in 2016. So, the bottom line is that I owe ALL of you a HUGE “Thank You!” I am completely convinced that we have the best supporters that this industry has to offer, inclusive of our authorized dealers, sales reps, pro staff, ambassadors, customers, and friends- and as you know, I consider each and everyone of you my family, and I am humbled everyday by your continued support! I am fully aware that without you, I would not be writing this right now, so I would like to thank you all for making dreams come true! We are a new breed of company, for a new breed of angler. Lets face it…it’s only been 36 months… I promise you this ride has only just begun.
Thank you everyone… and Happy New Year!
Lee Janik III
Clutch Fly Rods