I know I’m gonna get some shit for this post…but I don’t care. If you’re that tight today, lighten up or stop reading now.
The world is full of overinflated blogs, reviews, fluffer-type articles praising products that really are not that good.
And I think we can all agree that not every product that makes it to market is worth a damn. There are some bad ideas. When did America start praising shitty ideas, bad products, and non-sensical gizmo’s. Not everybody or everything can be a star man.
Truth. It’s what you get here on the Headhunters Fly Fishing Super Blog.
Ran a Facebook contest to get some insight on the Top 5 World’s Shittiest Fly Fishing Products. A mess of folks commented…they agree there are some shady fly fishing items in use today. The winner was redacted w/ his Rexfly entry. Redacted would have won, but he was DQ’d for multiple reasons, not withstanding a few awkward personality traits…
The Top 5 World’s Worst
Shittiest Fly Fishing Products
Voted online as the #1 World’s Worst Product. I don’t make this stuff up folks. Check it here.
From the Rexfly website: Today’s fly rods are amazingly light and fast. As a result reel manufacturers are scrambling to make their reels as light as possible so they don’t slow down these ultralight fly rods. What you are left with are such delicate reels with so much aluminum carved out that they costs hundreds of dollars and need to be treated with care.
As light as a reel can get, you will always have the weight of the line and backing. A high quality 5 weight reel with fly line and backing weighs 7 ounces when dry, an 8 weight reel, line and backing is 12 ounces. That half pound and more adds up when you cast thousands of times during a day of fishing.
SIMMS Sun Sleeves
The in-store vote from customers came outta left field with this mind boggling product. While SIMMS makes the best wader, jacket, and Gore-Tex Fishing PRoducts on earth…at least 10 folks stated that the SIMMS Sun Sleeve was one of the shittiest products on the market today. Back in the day, we used to wear long sleeve shirts when we wanted sun protection. Hey, they should make pants with zip-off…
You know that black rubber dealy’o dangling from your vest? Yah, I got one too. Toss that in the garbage man. It ruins leaders.
Just learned this fact from Zack Dalton of RIO Products. “Do not stretch leaders using friction, or heat to straighten leaders. Just pull on them a few times just like you would stretch a fly line.” Huh. I’ve ruined every leader I have ever taken out of the package. Until a couple weeks ago. I tried it. It works.
While friction does sort-of straighten the leader, some of the integrity is lost. For ultimate strength and continued performance of your leaders,just tug on them a couple times and you are straight.
Hydro-Sonic Fish Call
While this is not truly a fly fishing product, it was submitted and the judges voted yes! Here is what they say…Truly revolutionary and different, the CAGI Sonic Attractor(R) is the only sound generating device invented and patented with scientific evidence that proves fish can actually hear it. AND it catches more fish. Guaranteed!
Ed Note: I’ve got a box of these on the way. The package says it increases Catch Rate by 800% I don’t care if it only increases my catch rate by 212%. I’m in. I’ll need a Pit River Fish Counter when these arrive!
Fly Line Connectors
A personal favorite of Squeeky Oar Lock. Since I write this blog, most of the time, I get a vote. I have never seen these on a rod, but would get a kick out if it. All you need to know is how to tie an overhand knot. The one you learned in pre-school.
I’m sure they work. While I do not care how, when, why you fly fish…I do believe you should learn something, sometime. Like knots. Learn a few knots. Learning is fun. It keeps your brain from turning to mush. Learning keeps you young.
I have seen the invisible swivels which are similar to this. I totally want some. Do I talk out of both sides of my mouth? Yep, constantly. Remember, I’m a fishing guide.
Honorable Mentions: Monic Clear Fly Line, Seatmaster, Pit River Fish Counter, Lavro, Bobbers, Guides, trout beads, 9x tippet, Hardy Priest, Strip-Eze, William Joseph, Pink Winged Olive, old creels, 2 foot long billed hats, pontoon boats, stomach pumps, Ketchum Release Tool, neoprene waders, social media…and there was still more.
Thanks for all who participated in the FB Contest and those in-store who had something to say. Everybody had something to say on this topic. We’ve all been burned by shitty fly fishing products. The good news is? No hard feelings. We as fly anglers are willing to get stumped, run over, and ridiculed. We just get back up and cast again…
It’s in our constitution as anglers.