Call them what you will, forceps, clamps or hemostats, this handy tool is darn-near a requirement for any fly angler. Why? You can do just about anything with them. You can bend down hook barbs. You can gently remove your fly from a fish's mouth. You can gently remove your fly from your buddy's mouth (or arm or leg). Heck, you can even change a blown fuse in your fishing truck.
We'll keep it super simple, these are the right sized clamps, built strong for a long life of...well, clamping stuff. They are black, so they won't flash in the sun and scare your fish. They also lock in place, so you can attach it to just about any piece of clothing, so they won't bang around while fishing. Finally, we've included an insurance policy in the form of a handy, coiled lanyard. Now, you'll never lose your forceps, clamps, hemostats...or whatever you want to call them.
Hatch Patch by Nature Boy Designs:Purchase here
April 18, 2014 (Sonoma, CA). Leland and Nature Boy Designs makes fly fishing even better. Introducing the patent pending, Hatch Patch. Now you've got your favorite flies within easy reach...always.
*Each Hatch Patch is handcrafted by Nature Boy Designs
*Fits most every baseball style cap - Curved or Flat Bill
*Made in the USA
Let's Face It...Although we fly anglers carry many flies with us on any given fishing trip, we commonly only use a few of our favorite patterns, or at least the ones that seem to be working. Why then do we continually dig through our vests, packs and boxes each time we need a fly? With the Hatch Patch from Nature Boy Designs, your favorite flies are within easy reach...all day.
Wool Is For Sheep...Most of us have tried the old wool fly patch only to find that your favorite fly falls out (lost forever) as you didn't secure it properly. Just as annoying, sometimes you need a blow torch and pliers to attempt to remove your fly from this wooly burden. Not with the Hatch Patch, your flies will stay right where you put them and can easily be removed when needed.
Your Favorite Hat...Sure, some of us just poke our fly hooks right into the core material of our favorite ball cap. A few outcomes...this hat is now and forever only a fishing hat, or you just ruined your best lid. With Nature Boy Design's Hatch Patch, you can add more fly storage real estate to your already fly festooned ball cap, or you keep your best cap clean and ready for a day at the ball park.
Pez Dispenser...If you fish with younger or newer fly anglers, you're probably growing tired of being the official fly dispenser. You know the drill, your little angler just lost another fly on a back cast and you're now winding your way back to tie on yet another fly. Not with the Hatch Patch. Just rack a few top producing flies on your kid's lid and teach them a knot. Now they can replace their own flies. Easy!
On The Go...Whether chasing trout or walking the flats, sometimes it's more fun to go light and leave the clutter at camp or in the boat. With the Hatch Patch, you've got the necessary flies for a quick attack. Just pack a spool of tippet in your pocket and get at it. Lose a fly? Not a problem, lift your lid and you've got your favorite patterns right where you need them. It's also great for the evening hatch.
What's in a Name? The term fly fishing more than likely involves flies. Most fly anglers have a box or two (or more) stuffed with all the variable patterns that might be useful during a day on the water. However, most of us only use several flies during our fishing session. That's exactly why Nature Boy Designs created the patented Hatch Patch.
Rather than continually reaching in your vest or pack to pull out a fly box to change a fly, you can now load up your Hatch Patch with the right flies for the day and have quick access to them whenever the need arrises. Better yet, previously fished flies will dry out in the sun's warming rays as they hold fast to your Hatch Patch...no more rusted hooks in a moldy box.
Just slip the your Hatch Patch onto the brim of your favorite ball cap (most of us wear a ball cap) and the smartly designed clip will hold tight all day long. Better yet, your Hatch Patch won't ruin your hat at all. No more fly hooks in your favorite hat, no more pins stuck through your hat's bill. You can simply remove the Hatch Patch after your time on the water, so you won't look like a drop out.
We've even included a magnetic-release lanyard system, so you'll never lose your net. Just clip the included carabiner anywhere on your vest, pack or belt. The magnet will release with a firm pull of the net's handle and reattaches easily. Our elastic lanyard gives you full reach to your fish without extra cordage.Bottom Line: Especially during a drought, when the water is warmer and the dissolved oxygen is lower, it's more important than ever to take care of our best friends by handling them correctly. This landing net solution comes complete and ready to use. You pretty much cannot lose it in the field and it will last you many seasons.
Pro Review - Leland's Keith Westra
Cons:- Maybe not the finest wood on the planet.- The clear rubber netting doesn't look like your grandpa's net.- Not everyone wants to carry a landing net.Bottom Line: Especially during a drought, when the water is warmer and the dissolved oxygen is lower, it's more important than ever to take care of our best friends by handling them correctly. This landing net solution comes complete and ready to use. You'll never lose it and it works as intended.
• Sections: Four
• Length: 10'
• Konnetic Technology construction
• Fuji ceramic stripping guides
• Handle: High grade cork, custom tapered
• Reel Seat: Cocobolo insert, Dark Nickel
• Action: Medium
Sage has finally addressed the world of
European nymphing with their new ESN Fly Rod Series, and what an
entrance they've made. We had a chance fish some Czech nymphs with
the Sage ESN 4100-4 Fly Rod, and although we didn't fair quite as well as
some of the famed tournament nymphers, we still had a successful day
and a lot of fun.
Instead of rambling on about the
technicalities of Konnetic Technology, let's leave it at this: a
narrower, more efficient taper means the Sage ESN telegraphs the
slightest strikes down the rod length so you can set the hook.
The Sage ESN Fly Rod is a medium action
and a compound taper mandral construction. Translation: with enough
flex in the tip for a nuanced read of the underwater action and
enough power in the butt for sturdy hook sets, the Sage ESN is the
best of both worlds. Not to mention the lightweight design makes a
day of high-sticking a breeze on your arm and a blast in the water.
Fit and Finish...
Sage doesn't miss a beat when they
stamp their name on a new line of rods, and the ESN Series is no
exception. The forest green shaft and gold trim wraps give the blank
a great finish, similar in color to the famed Sage Z-Axis. The
cocobolo reel seat is a personal favorite, and the choice to use
aluminum instead of nickel silver improves performance without
compromising the great look. Also, the Fuji ceramic stripping guides
are a great touch and the mark of any quality rod.
Pros: In keeping with Sage's commitment
to crafting the best tools for specific applications, the Sage ESN is
true to it's name: an ultra-sensitive tip paired with a powerful butt
for maximum success with European nymphing.
Cons: Although European nymphing is
quickly amassing a following on this side of the pond, some might not
have room in their quiver yet for this specific application. But for
those who are in the know when it comes to contact nymphing, the Sage
ESN is just what the doctor ordered.
Bottom Line: Sage has once again
delivered on their promise to build the best possible rods for one of
the most fun techniques around. The Sage ESN Series marks a welcomed
entry into the world of European nymphing with the best best
materials assembled by innovative minds.
If you have a drift boat, pram or a canoe...you better have a net. You might already have one, but it's probably a short-handled net which requires you to lean far over to land your fish. Lean too far and you'll be swimming with the fishes.
Get yourself the Leland Boat Net. With its lengthy, well-crafted, hardwood handle, you'll be scooping up fish like a pro. You'll also be happy to know that the Leland Boat Net uses a UV-resistant soft rubber netting. This is good news for your fish's soft skin, should you choose to release it. It's also great for keeping fly hooks from getting stuck in the netting.
Bottom line, this is one great net to keep in your favorite watercraft while fishing. You won't be disappointed!