Smith Creek Fishing Accessories

 

Net Holster

Smith Creek Net Holster

We at Smith Creek are lucky to live in New Zealand with it's year around world-class fly fishing, and I take full advantage of it. But it can often be a long hike to get to the best water and one day, while untangling my net from a bush for the 100th time, I came up with a better way to carry that all important part of a fly fishing kit.

For years I'd do what one of my professional guide friends did and stuck the net handle in my wading belt behind my back. We've worn many a hole in the back of our waders that way and it's a unwelcome surprise when freezing cold water suddenly runs down your backside, usually in the middle of winter.

A few dozen prototypes and many fishing / field-testing days later (yes, someone had to do it), I'm thrilled with the Net Holster. It works great, and it sure beats trying to clip a net behind your back. My guide friend is still using the prototype I gave him to test a couple of years back.

Rig Keeper

Smith Creek Rig Keeper

The Smith Creek Rig Keeper™ is the dropper rig system that allows anglers to easily carry multiple hook rigs that are held securely and protected from damage or loss by its patented exposed ribs. It holds all types of dropper rigs; Czech, truck and trailer, dry fly and dropper, multiple wets, even works with salmon and steelhead setups. But whatever the style it holds leaders and rigs without tangles and it’s quick and simple to use.

As well as having a place to store the rigs that you’ve just changed out, it’s a real advantage to be able to pre make dropper rigs the night before and having them ready to use on the day. Not spending valuable time making up rigs while you’re fishing means more time with your flies on the water. You can wear it, pocket it or throw it in your tackle box, the exposed ribs keep flies, hook getting hung up and damaged.

Rod Clip

Smith Creek Rod Clip

Designed for use with light to medium weight outfits up to: 1/2 inch (13mm) diameter and maximum weight of 1 ½ lbs. (.75 kg). Not for use with with big game-fishing, large surfcascasting or other heavy weight outfits.

Funny how a new idea can come about. I was showing the guy who cleans my pool the Net Holster video. He's always been curious about what we're cooking up next. Now Jason doesn't fish, but being an observant person he pointed out that while I was in the process of releasing a fish I had my rod, landing net, and the fish all in my hand and how awkward that looked. I told him it was not awkward at all but the normal way of fishing and I've been doing it like that forever. He said I should come up with something to hold my rod and free up my hands. Being busy I brushed it off and didn't think about it until three days later. That's how long it took before it sunk in that he was right.

Once again after months of prototyping and field testing, and with the voice of my Uncle Don resonating in my ears ever since I was eight years old, "darn it Wayne, keep your reel out of the sand," I realised that simple is still best and believe me, some of the ideas and early prototypes weren't that simple.

Once you get used to using it, in less than one day of fishing, you can't live without it. While I was field testng an early zinger its cable broke leaving me without my clip for the rest of the day. I seriously missed it and now won't fish without one. It's a serious piece of gear that works, can't believe I didn't see the need for it myself.

Trash Fish

Smith Creek Trash Fish

The Smith Creek Trash Fish™ is a waste tippet, leader and monofilament management system allows you to easily coil and control the waste line that’s created while fishing. It’s the spent-line- wranglerä that allows anglers to coil spent line, then holds it together in their pocket until it’s ready to be trashed. Keeping mono out of the environment helps keep our streams clean.

Smith Creek president/designer Wayne Smith writes: “I see way too much fishing line on the riverbank and I got so tired of re-stuffing spent leaders and tippets back into my vest pocket that I finally designed a tool to make them stay put. And no, I didn’t want another tool hanging from my vest but something simple and slim, which easily fits into my pocket.  This is a serious, easy to use and well made tool.”

Lightweight and rugged, the Trash Fish™ is made from anodized marine-grade aluminum with stainless steel fasteners.