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Today, I’m sharing items from Smith Creek, New York Times, and MidCurrent.
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For as much as I love gear, there are still some fly fishing needs that I held out on buying specific items for. One such piece was something to manage multi-fly rigs. I’d coil up leaders with flies and shot, then try to slide them into leader wallets. I’d stick the flies from a rig in a box full of other flies, and then just cram the leader and tippet in as I slammed the lid shut. It never worked. So I picked up two Rig Keepers from Smith Creek. This New Zealand company makes some clever accessories, with most things trying to solve common on-stream problems. The Rig Keeper is weightless, provides a number of options for storing flies / leaders, and is equally functional inside or outside a vest/pack. Most of all, it is another product that saves flies.
The film that shall not be named, among certain circles. I’m aware of the reasons for the angst that Pitt, Redford, and co. elicit it some corners of the fly fishing community. But it is also pretty clear that there have been a lot of positives, specifically from a conservation perspective, that have come since 1992. In this article the author is definitely riffing on the movie’s impact on so many would-be fly fishers. From that standpoint it is very interesting. This article in the NY Times, like the film, is the fly fishing point of contact for the general public. It is valuable for those in the sport to contemplate how those outside the sport view us. It is valuable for conservation efforts, for sharing fly fishing, and for perspective.
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