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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.
As the title indicates, what do you have on your fly fishing lanyard? By simply subscribing to our blog, liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter, and posting a comment below that answers the question, “What do or would you have on your fishing lanyard?” you will be entered in a random drawing for the very first giveaway of a MooseKnuckle Lanyards Universal Tippet Caddy ™ to be held December 1st. (Only those who complete all three requirements will be be eligible to win. Be sure to include either your Facebook or Twitter name in your post)
So, I’m primarily a fly fisherman.
I enjoy the challenge and “skill” sometimes required to pursue my quarry. I love stalking fish in local gin-clear creeks and rivers with a fiberglass rod. Heck, I’ll even break out the big guns and sling flies the size of small children on my 6, 7, and 8 weights for some bigger fish on lakes and larger rivers. I like to think I’m not a snob when it comes to fly techniques; I’m usually willing to try pretty much anything to catch some fish.
Even before I became I die-hard fly guy though, I was a weekend warrior bass angler, usually in the company of my dad, who taught me pretty much everything I know about fishing. We’d spend nearly every weekend on the local reservoir near our house in southwestern Louisiana trying to fill up the freezer with bass fillets. I’ve picked out baitcasting reel bird’s nests the size of softballs, bailed water out of a swamped bass boat in a storm, and thrown myself overboard when my Zara Spook hung itself in a hornet nest, inciting the natives.
I’ve mentioned it before. but we’re in the middle of pretty much the worst drought in Texas history. Creeks and rivers are bone-dry. Lake levels are at all-time lows. It’s a tough place to be not just a fly chucker, but an angler in general. I went for a walk one evening last week, and noticed the local neighborhood lake had dropped probably 3′-4′ additional in about a month, which killed most of the vegetation where most of the big boys hung out. The fish had moved to the opposite corners of the lake, way out of reach of my subpar fly cast.
If I wanted to catch fish, it was time to get serious.
After a couple visits to some of the local big-box stores, I’d re accumulated enough gear to do some damage. I reoiled and relined my baitcasting and spinning reels, who haven’t seen the light of day in a good five years or so. I cleaned out my old tackle box, throwing away melted amalgamations of soft plastics that looked like they had come out of the Creepy Crawler machines (seriously if you grew up in the ’90s, you know what I’m talking about). I was back in business.
After a few visits back to the local lake, it was clear that I hadn’t really forgotten much. I still remembered how to feather the spool on my baitcaster, how to detect a bite on a Texas-rigged soft plastic, and how to set the hook Bill Dance-style, if I so desired. Despite the fact that my fly-purist buddies had busted out their pitchforks and torches, and were leading an angry fly-fishing mob to my doorstep, I was having a grand ole time.
I guess the main point I want to make is that sometimes different situations require different tactics. For you hardcore fly guys out there, you may a learn a thing or two if you pick up some conventional tackle and give it a shot. Joe Cornwall over at Fly Fish Ohio has a great article regarding creek fishing with spinning rods, geared towards primarily fly anglers. That goes for you conventional guys too, pick up a fly rod (or two) and give the other side of the sport a shot. The results may surprise you.
I’ll leave you guys with a quote from Joe Cornwall’s article.
“Break out of the box, and learn some new skills while you’re at it. If you want to fish more often, or don’t want to lose precious fishing time because conditions are sub-optimal, embrace the inclusion of a spinning rod into your repertoire. It’s a fascinating sport in its own right, and it’s a great way to learn more about the species you target and the waters you fish. Angling is a big sport. It’s a great sport. And it’s too important to our health, our peace of mind and our relationship with the natural world to suffer less of it.”
As for me, I’ll keep heading down to the local lake until we get enough rain to fill back up the rivers, with a my 7 wt. Fenwick in one hand, and my G. Loomis Baitcaster in the other. It never hurts to be prepared, and I want to see if I can land another 10 lb. grass carp on a Chug Bug. Seriously, he just demolished it yesterday.
Of course, fishing lanyards are perfect for fall and winter fishing too. While wearing a jacket you have plenty of pockets for storage of fly boxes and other gear you
think need. Simply place your nippers, hemostats, and anything else you want at your finger tips on your MooseKnuckle Lanyard and you are ready for a comfortable, successful day on the water.
Having fly-fished for the better part of 3 years now, I still consider myself a “novice,” and likely will for quite some time. One of the beautiful things about this sport is that there is always something new to learn each time you go out on the water.
So, as promised, I’m back to share a few things I learned from my previously-reported river outing, as well as a few things I’ve figured out since then. These may seem obvious to most of you veteran anglers, but I’m hoping some folks new to the sport may learn a thing or two.
1) Big flies will catch more fish than you think they will.
Most fisherman have uttered the saying big [fly/lure/bait], big fish. However, I think it’s important to take that with a grain of salt. One of the more recent studies I read regarding my “home trout stream” mentioned the fact that most trout 14″ or larger had a large percentage of their diet made up of fellow pescados.
As seen in my post last week, I was fishing a big honkin’ streamer when I hooked into my trout:
Again, to be completely honest, I was hoping to tease up a pig of a smallie, and was quite surprised when a 16″ rainbow gobbled this thing up. But, just a few minutes earlier, a friend had hooked a solid 20+” ‘bow that hit a 2/0 baitfish pattern that she was also throwing for bass. Just some food for thought! Big streamers are not fun to throw on a five weight though, which brings me to my next point…
2) Proper gear is important when fishing big flies.
This one seems pretty self-explanatory, but I’m the one who was tossing articulated #4 streamers on a 5 wt. Trout Taper line! Not the best way to break-in a brand-new outfit, but a good way to break it in half should a mishap occur!
Since I’m a recently-converted big streamer junkie, I’ve been slowly putting together an outfit for this type of fishing. Last Monday I found out that the standard-taper weight-forward floating fly line isn’t going to cut it – I needed to get specialized.
I already have a solid fast 6 wt. outfit that will work well – I think a 6 wt. is the lightest I would go for river fishing down here. However, the floating line has to go for sure! Our river’s aren’t terribly deep for the most part, so after some research I found a slow-sinking clear-tip sink tip line from Rio that fits the bill perfect. It’s on order.
Along with a proper outfit, you’ll need to ensure you have proper leaders/tippet. The lightest I usually fish streamers is 3x, and keep that leader short! Fluorocarbon is probably going to be your best bet. It’s more expensive than monofiliment, but it’s also nearly invisible underwater, as well as being extremely abrasion-resistant. Perfect for resisting all the boulders, rocks, and cypress knees you’ll be stripping your flies next to.
3) Be prepared to lose a lot of flies.
Losing flies sucks. It costs you time and/or money to replace them. However, losing them next to structure, in brushpiles, or in stuff that you flat-out had no idea was there is part of the game. It also means you’re fishing in the right spots. Unless your snagging branches in the tree behind you. That means you’re doing it wrong. Squirrels don’t typically eat big streamers.
I grew up bass fishing in southwest Louisiana (yes, you’re currently reading a fly-fishing post written by a coon ass. How does that make you feel?) One of the first fishing tips my dad passed on to me was a lure should be present as close to the bank/structure as possible. The best thing about these types of presentations are triggering reaction strikes from fish. They may not be hungry enough to swim five feet over to study your offering, but you can darn well be sure if you swim it by their nose, nine times out of ten it’ll get munched.
So, that’s it! Three basic tips from a self-proclaimed budding streamer junkie. Hopefully someone out there learned something from my experiences. Check back for a few more trip reports throughout the coming months, especially once trout season gets cranking down here.
Until then, tight lines!
Matt is a self-proclaimed fly fishing junkie and fish bum. He mainly focuses on local warmwater haunts in the Texas Hill Country, but also makes a couple forays a year up to some cool air in the Rockies, and hopes to spend some time getting familiar with the salty air on the Texas coast soon. He can be found on Twitter here.