Category Archives: Fly Fishing Gear

Some Advantages of Going Barbless

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

I started fly fishing when nets were made out of thick cotton strands. If you got a barbed hook stuck in a strand it was an ordeal to get it out without ruining your net. On more than one occasion, I cut the fly off and got it out after I quit fishing. If you got the hook into one of the knots, that would at least double the amount of time to get the hook out. This convinced me it was worth trying barbless hooks.

Initially, I bent down the barbs when I was ready to use the fly on the river. I discovered that the groves in my hemostat, which doubled as a bard smasher, could mash the barb down. But, you had to really pay attention to how you lined the hook up with the grooves. Eventually I found a small pliers with flat jaws – that really sped up bending the barb down and did a much better job. more…

New Product – The TyWheel

TyWheel Owners: Joseph Tyler Pettigrew - "Tyler" & Joseph Tyler Swisher - "Joe"

TyWheel Owners: Joseph Tyler Pettigrew – “Tyler” &
Joseph Tyler Swisher – “Joe”

Guest Blogger: Tyler Pettigrew

Inspiration behind the TyWheel: For many of us, the season starts in our living rooms, dining rooms, or on office desks. Once you’ve caught “the bug” the only thing to do is to start tying them; wherever that may be.  While few things are more satisfying than landing a fish on a fly that you have tied, the process of tying requires organization, the proper tools, and good material.  There are plenty of tools and the good material is out there, but the problem for the tyer was the market didn’t have anything that fit into the angler’s busy lifestyle.  If you ask an angler, “why don’t you tie flies?” the answer is undoubtedly, “I don’t have the time or patience.”  So, we took to the garage to eliminate the excuses. more…

Another Kind of Trout

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

For most fly anglers, trout fishing means waving the wand over lake or stream for one of the many species of salmonids we collectively call trout. And as we all know; wild trout fishing is a cold-water fishery. Except for isolated pockets of high-mountain trout in the southern Rocky Mountains or southern Appalachians wild trout can be found for the most part in suitable water in the northern half of the US into Canada and the Arctic. We tie all sorts of flies to entice trout–Diminutive flies to resemble aquatic insect larva, tiny winged editions to replicate tiny adult insects, baitfish patterns, terrestrial adults and on and on. We fish with what ranges from delicate cane and graphite rods in those diminutive weights like 2 and 3 to robust wands of the 6 and 8 weight variety. Fly fishing for wild trout has so many permutations that it makes opportunities to do something different almost unlimited. The dedicated trout angler has so many opportunities that they need never look beyond their favorite salmonid, unless they want to. more…