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Loon Outdoors Introduces New Ergonomic Tools and UV Lights

ASHLAND, ORE (October 4, 2017)Loon Outdoors, maker of fine fishing and fly tying tools, once again brings anglers new products to perfect time at the bench and on the water with new scissors, ergonomic tying tools, and UV curing lights.

The new Ergo Micro Tip Arrow Point Scissors and the Ergo Micro Tip All Purpose Scissors come with enlarged ergonomic handles for a comfortable grip in any hand. They are hand-tuned in the USA to give precision priority, and the surgical quality stainless steel will last while keeping the cutting blades extra sharp. Choose the Arrow Point Scissors for perfect precision and the All Purpose Scissors for versatility. Available now for a retail price of $17.95 and $18.95, respectively.

Later this month, fly tyers can look forward to the introduction of the Ergo Bobbin Threader and the Ergo Whip Finisher. The bright Loon yellow ergonomic handles make them easy to find on the bench. The Ergo Bobbin Threader is extra-long for compatibility with even the largest bobbins, and the Ergo Whip Finisher has a sharpened base so finishing flies and clipping thread can be accomplished with one tool. Look for availability of both tools in mid-October for a retail price of $9.95 and $12.95, respectively.

In November, Loon introduces three new UV curing lights for use at the bench or in the field. The new UV Nano Light retails for $19.95 and is small enough for use in the field to cure UV Knot Sense or UV Wader Repair but powerful enough for bench use to cure UV resins. One AAA battery powers this light and makes it portable and durable. The UV Bench Light has a 3-watt, high-intensity output for tying applications. It is powered by one AA battery and will retail for $39.95. Last, but certainly not least, is the UV Infiniti Light retailing for $59.95. With its 10-watt output, this light is powerful enough for professional tyers and rechargeable to harmonize with Loon’s environmental-friendly culture. All lights cure the UV product in 15 seconds.

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NEW BOOK: The Best Bass Flies – Jay Zimmerman

Jay Zimmerman has released a new book called The Best Bass Flies.

Jay actually contacted me about content for this book and I was hoping mention of the Bucket Mouth League would have made it into the book, but it doesn’t appear that it did.

Anyway, I know Jay is into Largemouth Bass fishing as much as I am and I think it’s awesome that he wrote a book on it. He did a great job on his last book, The Best Carp Flies, so I expect this one to be even better.

Here is what Jay had to say about this book.
“Crazy amount of time and work and attention to the smallest detail came down to holding my breath and opening the box from the publisher…. This book nearly broke me. I am very satisfied with the outcome and hope anyone who ends up with a copy in their possession finds it entertaining, informative…or it at least spurs some new creative endeavor either at the vise or at the keyboard. Enjoy.”

Here is the description:
“Bass fishing (largemouth, primarily) is growing in popularity around the country; it is growing really fast in western states such as Colorado, Idaho, and Nebraska due to the accessibility (public water nearby), crowding of trout streams, and new cadre of anglers that prefer alternatives to trout. Jay Zimmerman features 18 cutting-edge patterns from around the country for largemouth and smallmouth bass, explains how to fish them, and has detailed tying steps. Because of how widespread bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) are, this book should appeal to anglers around the country.”

So definitely check out Jay’s new book, I think you will thoroughly enjoy it, especially if you are into bass fishing on the fly.

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Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Lines – Using them in a new way

Recently, I had a chance to chat with Josh Jenkins, R&D Manager at Scientific Anglers. Lately, there has been a trend brewing about using Spey type lines with one-handed rods for trout and bass fly fishing. This could be useful when you are in an area where a backcast is out of the question. It could also be something new and fun to try out on the stream.
Josh had some terrific answers to my questions and it will hopefully clear up some confusion about using these new Spey Lite Lines in a new way.
-Paul

q. First, do you believe the Spey Lite collection from SA can be used on a one-handed rod to cast streamers to trout and bass? If so, which Spey Lite line would you recommend?

a. The spey lite collection works great on both single and double hand rods. In general, the Skagit Lite (paired with the appropriate tip) will turn over larger flies than the Scandi Lite. The Skagit Lite system also makes it easy to switch out tips to fish different depths or speeds. Our Spey Lite family is unique in that some of the models include integrated running lines. So if I was stripping a streamer back to me, I wouldn’t have to worry about a loop-to-loop connection passing through the rod guides. My ultimate suggestion would be a Skagit Lite Integrated line with appropriate tips.

q. Could these lines be used in tight areas where a back cast would be difficult to perform or just for fun? In other words, would it make it easier to perform a roll cast, even with a large streamer tied on or to cast a streamer on a smaller weight rod?

a. All of our Spey Lite lines have short heads that excel in tight casting quarters. I watched one of our pro-staffers throw a tandem streamer rig with a 9’ #5 and a 180 grain Skagit Lite. There are definitely applications where these excel, but there are some anglers who pick up spey lines simply to challenge themselves and learn a new skill.

q. Are there other Spey casts that would be more productive with this type of setup than the roll cast?

a. Generally speaking, the Skagit Lite works best with sustained anchor casts, like the Snap-T or Perry Poke, where the tip and fly are statically “anchored” in the water. The Scandi Lite will work better with “Touch and Go” style casts where the forward stroke is made when the leader touches the surface of the water after forming the D-loop. It’s tough to explain in text, but I’d imagine that a brief YouTube search could reveal some helpful hints as to the difference in Skagit and Scandi style cast. All of the Spey Lite lines will roll cast, but you’ll get more distance out of a spey cast. These line can also be overhead cast like a shooting head by using a slow stroke and an open casting arc. One important note to remember is that the black marker at the back of all Spey Lite lines MUST be near or inside the tip top guide when casting.

q.If a fly fisher was interested in purchasing this line for this purpose, how would they determine what grain would work with what size rod? For example, if I have a 9 foot, 5 weight, which grain should I go with?
We have a chart with suggested grain weights for each application. All you need to do is match up the rod style and weight to determine with line works best for your rod!

Grain Wt. Skagit and ScandiSingleHandSpeySwitchTips/leaders for Skagit
1503/4Sonar 10′ Leaders
1804/53/4Sonar 10′ Leaders
2105/634Sonar 10′ Leaders
2406/73/44/5Sonar 10′ Leaders
2707/845Sonar 10′ Leaders/8′ 80gn TC Tips
30084/55/68′ 80gn TC Tips
3308/9568′ 80gn TC Tips/10′ 120gn TC Tips
3608/95/66/78′ 80gn TC Tips/10′ 120gn TC Tips

 

q. Do you think this would even work well with a small weight fiberglass rod? Possibly a 2 or 3 weight?

a. Slower rods generally pair better with lighter lines. The above suggestions are based on standard carbon rods. My guess is that our 150 grain size may be a bit much for a 2/3 weight glass rod.

q. If trout fishers wanted to use this type of setup for dry fly fishing, I’m assuming the Skagit lines would be too heavy and make quite a splash, but possibly the Scandi line might work for this application?

a. You’re spot on, the Scandi Lite works better for dries, small nymphs, and soft hackles.

q. Is the line all in one? All one needs to do, is add a leader to the line?

a. The Skagit Lite lines MUST be used with a TC TIP or SONAR LEADER (see chart above). I’ll usually use a 3-4’ section of tippet to connect the fly to the TC Tip or Sonar Leader. Scandi Lite lines will work best with a standard 9’ tapered leader. Shorter leaders (~7.5’) work better for larger flies with the Scandi Lite.

q. Can you back cast this line just as you could a normal fly line?

a. You can cast these lines overhead as well, but the casting stroke is different than a standard single hand line. As I said above, the black marker at the back of the head on all Spey Lite lines MUST be near or inside the tip-top guide on the rod when starting a cast. Basically, you want to limit the amount of running line that is outside of the tip-top guide. The black markers are there to make gauging overhang easier. When you cast these lines overhead, you want to use a much slower stroke, don’t try to overpower the line.

q. Are there any other thoughts about this that you might have Josh?

a. I think my last point would be to restate an answer above. These lines definitely have a specific application where they exceed, but they are also a great option for a caster who wants to try something new and learn!

https://www.scientificanglers.com/product-category/fly-lines/spey-lite/

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ripplebox KickStarter

ripplebox

James Cadogan sent me a message and I think the first part gives a nice introduction to their KickStarter campaign for their new fly box called, ripplebox.

From James:
“My friend Josh and I – both fly-fisherman in the U.K – launched a really exciting new fly-box on Kickstarter last week, called ripplebox. If you have time, please check it out on the link below.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/376443204/ripplebox-a-brand-new-species-of-fly-fishing-box

We’re really pleased to have a partnership with a great Trout conservation charity, called the Wild Trout Trust and we’ll be donating 50p from every box we sell in our campaign towards their great conservation work.

We’d love to reach out to fly angers in the U.S (we offer international shipping on Kickstarter) to share news of our campaign and the initiative to raise funds for an awesome conservation charity.”

ripplebox is an exciting new species of fly box that features a unique silicone ripple insert. It’s been designed to make organising and changing flies simpler and quicker, so your fly can spend more time in the water.

So head to the Kickstarter link above to see more details on the ripplebox.

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Tie TV – Magic Ripple Minnow – Daniel Bergman

In this episode of Tie Tv Daniel Bergman from Fly Dressing will show you how to tie a Magic Minnow. This is the fly that he and Steffan Jensen mainly used when they won Perch PRO 2017.

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NEW Surface Seducer Howitzer baitfish popper heads

Offer predatory fish a vulnerable easy meal.

From Flymen Fishing Company:
The Howitzer is a next-generation soft foam popper head that provides new options for tying articulated baitfish poppers.

The Howitzer imitates the head of a small minnow (or baitfish) that is splashing and sipping at the surface of the water. It’s designed with a deep recess at the back of the head so that an articulated body and tail of a minnow can be embedded seamlessly into the back of the head. As a result, the body of the minnow hangs down in the water (roughly at a 45-degree angle) and moves enticingly in a position that can be seen by predatory fish from a long distance and offers them an irresistible profile and an easy opportunity for a meal!

Combine the Howitzer with Surface Seducer® Dragon Eyes™,  Surface Seducer® Popper Hooks, and the Fish-Skull® Articulated Shank family to tie a variety of articulated foam flies.

Want to learn more?

Read Inside Look: Designing the Surface Seducer Howitzer by Martin Bawden for a behind-the-scenes look at developing this new material, as well as videos demonstrating how to tie with it.

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Deer Creek Pro Razor Scissors

Back in February in a post where I included a video of Kelly Galloup talking about scissors, I included a note mentioning the red, white, and blue Deer Creek scissors that I use and love! These are fined point scissors and very sharp. I use these for all of my close-up, small area work, but I also use them as my main scissors. I’m just careful not to use them to cut synthetics or wire.

Well, Deer Creek now has them available again on their website. They are called Deer Creek Pro Razor Scissors. You can find them here: https://www.deercreek.co.uk/blank-c10n8
They also have a red, white, and green version now as well. Check them out, they are well worth the price. I’ve been using my first pair for well over a year now and they are still going strong. (Just don’t drop them on a hard surface, because you could damage the tips.)

Enjoy!

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Micro Skagit Commando Floating Tips – OPST

From OPST:
NEW!!!! Our Tapered Micro Skagit Floating Tips are here just in time for Trout season! Our tips are constructed from PVC and have a core strength of 25# Test. Welded loops on both ends allows for a quick loop to loop tip exchange.

Micro Skagit Tapered Floating Tips allow for a delicate presentation, while not sacrificing the power and cast-ability of our OPST Commando Skagit Heads. Available in 5′, 7.5′ and 10′ lengths to accommodate rods 6′ to 11′.
Find them at your local fly shop or at: http://www.opskagit.com/store.html#!/Commando-Floating-Tip/p/82846575/category=7107639

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New Micro Tip Scissors from Loon Outdoors

Loon Outdoors has just released two new pairs of scissors. I’ve been using Loon Outdoors’ other scissors for quite some time now and I’m extremely happy with them. Check out information on their new Micro Tips below.
-Paul

The New, Hand-Tuned Micro-Tip Scissors

It’s fly-fishing season and that means less time at the tying bench and more time on the water. Loon Outdoors wants to help you with that goal by getting you the high-quality goods you expect from them. They sharpens each pair of scissors by hand before shipping them to customers, unlike competitors, making them sharper and, therefore, more precise.

Introducing two new pairs of scissors for this fly-fishing season: The Ergo Micro Tip Arrow Point Scissors and The Ergo Micro Tip All Purpose Scissors. Available now. Please keep these in mind as you put together reviews of fly-tying products.

ERGO MICRO TIP ARROW POINT SCISSORS

The go-to when perfection is the standard. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the Micro Tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. 3.5″, $17.95; available here

 

ERGO MICRO TIP ALL PURPOSE SCISSORS

These 4″ scissors were sized for versatility, designed for comfort, and sharpened for precision. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the Micro Tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. $18.95; available here

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Brook Fishing Equipment

The Brook Box

The Brook Fishing Equipment Brook Box is an amazing fly box! I’m not just saying that, it has some outstanding features that made me very happy when inspecting and testing the box for myself.

First, I’ll give you a brief backstory. I had never heard of Brook Fishing Equipment before the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo where I tied back in March. Jarrett from Brook Fishing Equipment came to my table and was telling me that he really enjoyed FrankenFly and that he had a booth there himself. I asked him about his booth and he brought back his Brook Box fly box and was telling me about the silicone inserts.

Since then, I’ve had the chance to thoroughly check out The Brook Box. The silicone inserts work exceptionally well! They are kind of a rubbery type of material, to help explain what they feel like. The reason they work so well is because you can put a hook into them, take the hook out and you can’t even see where the hook was in the insert. It heals itself right away. For testing purposes, I placed a 4/0 hook into the insert, pulled it out and had the same result. I even put magnifying glasses on to try and see a hole and I could not find one. Brook Fishing Equipment offers the inserts in slit and non-slit form, in case you are interested in having slits. In my opinion, slits are not necessary when you have inserts like this.

Another impressive feature about The Brook Box is the depth of the box. If you are a dry fly fisher I’m sure you know how hard it is to find a fly box that doesn’t mash your flies down when you put them in a fly box. I placed dry flies in The Brook Box and they were not even close to being in danger of being smashed. Plus, the way the slit inserts are made, your hackle will hang over the trough of the inserts so your hackle isn’t mashed on the bottom. I love this!

Not only can it handle dry flies, it has the room to store poppers. I placed a large 1/0 deer hair popper in the box and closed the lid. It did not move the popper or smash it.

Besides having plenty of room I noticed the box was very well made and sturdy. It also floats. The dimensions of the Brook Box are: 6.625″ x 4.125″ x 1.75″

Another product available from Brook Fishing Equipment is their Outta The Box fly patch. This is a fairly large fly patch with dimensions measuring: 7.875″ x 6″. It is designed to be placed in your boat, kayak, vehicle, next to your fly tying vise or where ever you need to place your flies. It has Velcro mounting, so it is easily mounted and can be mobile.

Outta The Box

I have posted below their current brochure which includes more details about Brook Fishing Equipment products. Be sure to visit their website at www.brookfishingequipment.com. If you are in the market for a new fly box, I highly recommend The Brook Box!

-Paul

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