2015’s best packs, fly boxes, tools, tying materials and clothes
The array of new gear at the most recent International Fly Tackle Dealer Show made selecting of the top new products for 2015 more difficult than ever. Here are my favourite accessories and fly tying aids. To see 2015’s best new rods, reel and lines, click here.
TL Mini & Little Bugger
Many anglers have abandoned heavy vests that cause neck and shoulder pain in favour of packs. Adding to its existing line of full-sized packs, Vedavoo now offers the TL Mini (left), a smaller pack that still holds everything for a day of fishing, and the Little Bugger (right). Featuring a fully adjustable strap, the Bugger is ideal for young anglers who are still growing.
Vedavoo, (307) 399-0780
Best tying material
Nymph-Head Evolution Beads
Flymen, the company behind the innovative Fish-Skull weights, has created a line of beadhead weights that match the shape, size and colour of actual insect heads, including mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. The tungsten beadheads range in size from extra-small to extra-large, and are available in brown, olive, black and gold.
Flymen Fishing Company, (704) 846-2634
Barracuda Aluminum Clipper
Finally, here’s a true innovation in line clippers. Instead of two blades that press together, the Barracuda’s single steel blade contacts a chopping block, much like a knife against a cutting board. Incredibly sharp, the blade will even cut braid. Set in a tubular brushed-aluminum body, the clipper includes a needle to clear fly eyes.
Fishpond, (303) 534-3474
Best tying kit
Articulated Minnow Kit
Articulated minnows are the latest rage in streamer flies. Cascade Crest Tools offers a kit with everything you need to tie four popular patterns, including hooks, 3-D eyes and Cascade’s CCT synthetic body fur and UV Enhancer tail material. There’s even a full-colour brochure to guide you through the tying process.
Cascade Crest Tools, (541) 826-4030
Want to show off your love of trout fishing? Fincognito offers a wide range of poly-spandex apparel—including hoodies, long-sleeved crews, toques and bandanas—sporting vibrant reproductions of angling art. For women, Fincognito also offers pajamas and leggings.
Fincognito, (208) 610-3320
Tacky Fly Box
Deep enough to hold both big streamers and tiny midges, this durable fly box is well thought out. The clear polycarbonate case is shatter resistant and held shut by magnets rather than a latch. And instead of foam, the insert is silicon, with offset, teardrop-shaped slits allowing you to place big flies near small ones.
Tacky Fly Fishing, (801) 885-5722