After a short period of paying particular attention to the equipment or tools that people put on their lanyards it does not take long to realize that lanyards and the tools they carry are as unique as the user. We all have our favorite piece of equipment and tools we will never dare enter the water without. While a few seem to carry the kitchen sink on their lanyards. I would consider my lanyard to be simple, with the exception of one luxury item. My lanyard carries a pair of Able Nippers, Orvis Forceps with scissors, a Ty-Rite, and our Universal Tippet Caddy ™.
The Abel Nippers were a gift from the wife, hands down the best nippers I have used thus far. They make quick work of anything up to 100lb braided line. I accidentally purchased the Orvis Forceps with scissors while looking for forceps with a split shot jaw, really had no use for the scissors at the time. But since then, the scissor portion has been used far more often than the split shot jaws. I use the scissors to trim everything from line to indicators and flies. Of course the Universal Tippet Caddy ™ is a must, between breaking off on snags and changing flies I reach for tippet more frequently than the forceps. Last but not least, my Ty-Rite. Yeah I know what your thinking, but honestly it saves me more time on the water than you can imagine. Since most of my fishing is done dead of winter, frozen numb fingers makes it a challenge to tie size 20 and smaller midges. Now that you have an idea about what I have on my lanyard lets take a look at a few others.
As you can see from the picture above pro-staff member Dave Hise carries the basics of nippers, nail knot tool, forceps (not pictured), and our Universal Tippet Caddy ™. The most notable difference in Dave’s configuration is the addition of magnetic tool releases. As basic as this seems Ryan Dunne takes the cake on simplicity.
Pro-Staff member Ryan Dunne practices the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) theory with his lanyard. Ryan merely carries our Universal Tippet Caddy ™, nippers, and floatant while fishing from a boat. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Nick Garlock puts his Stainless Steel Lanyard to work!
Recall that I said some people carry the kitchen sink on their lanyards, if you look closely at the picture above you can actually see the kitchen sink on Pro-Staff Member Nick Garlock’s Stainless Steel Lanyard. From what I can tell it appears that Nick carries a couple bottles of floatant, a fly dryer / leader straightener, nippers, a nail knot tool, Kethcum Release, and of course our Universal Tippet Caddy ™ even while in a boat. Pictured below are examples of what Pro-Staff Member Derek Young and John Dollar carry on their MooseKnuckle Lanyards.
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