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May 25, 2012

Fly Fishing Gear That Works: SmithFly Products

By Kirk Deeter

You know what we don't see nearly enough of in fly fishing these days? Products that actually work better than advertised. We're promised everything from rods that will seemingly cast themselves to waders that wear like footie pajamas, and rarely does the performance really, truly live up to the billing.

SmithFly, an Ohio-based manufacturer of modular fishing gear, on the other hand, over-delivers. From waist packs and vests to boat bags, the best way to describe this stuff is to say it's born of a "tactical" influence: Super rugged and extremely functional. At first glance, they're perhaps not what the "fashionista" angler has in mind.

The concept is pretty simple: Using modular components, you can latch on and build out a vest or bag to your exact specifications, rather than the configuration a product designer assumes you want. That's a huge bonus for the ever-quirky, finicky gearhead types like myself. And the construction (made in USA) is really tough. For example, the boat bag isn't advertised as waterproof, but the other night Romano waited out a 45-minute downpour and everything inside stayed dry.

Here's more of what he had to say:

"I have the Boat Bag and absolutely love that it has one large compartment with a zippered pouch inside. I've been attaching the 2x pouch on the outside and simply slinging this over my back on my stand up paddle board on the bass pond. I've got everything I need in there — soft plastics in the zippered pocket, hard baits in a box, and multiple fly boxes. The terminal tackle and everything else goes in the 2X pouch. I can stuff the kitchen sink in it if I want to, or put very little in it. I had a rain jacket, two beers, water bottle, four fly boxes, a hard bait box, soft plastics, etc., in it the other night and it was very comfortable. I've also had it out with one fly box, tippet and hemos and it felt fine."

You kind of need to see this stuff to get a true understanding of how it works.  I expect as more anglers get wind of SmithFly and more fly shops pick up this brand, that will be easier to do.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Company looks good, but would like to see some stuff at smaller prices. $255 for a waist pack is about $150 out of my price range and I know I'm not the only one..

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Showing Ohio some love... great job, Deet.

Someone tell Romano to come in out of the rain.

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from Hornd wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

It's Filson Expensive

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from badsmerf wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

KD, once again you get sent things and fail to look at how much they actually cost. The stuff looks nice, but just way too much money.

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

no way will i pay that much for a waistpack

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from Sage Sam wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Actually since it is a modular system, you can customize it to your own needs. Meaning buy the "naked" system and add on what you need. So without much calculation on my end, seems to put it on the same relative pricepoint as someone like Fishpond and less than Filson.

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from William Romeis wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

why do guys whine about the price..if you don't want to buy it, don't... but don't knock a product that's unique just because you don't want to spend the benjamins. You can always find a cheap way to do anything but sometimes you get what you pay for.

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from Bigagoo wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

When your product works wonders, you don't have to advertise it because everyone knows it.

John
www.trollingmotorsupply.com

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from themadflyfisher wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Company looks good, but would like to see some stuff at smaller prices. $255 for a waist pack is about $150 out of my price range and I know I'm not the only one..

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Showing Ohio some love... great job, Deet.

Someone tell Romano to come in out of the rain.

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from Hornd wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

It's Filson Expensive

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from badsmerf wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

KD, once again you get sent things and fail to look at how much they actually cost. The stuff looks nice, but just way too much money.

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

no way will i pay that much for a waistpack

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from Sage Sam wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Actually since it is a modular system, you can customize it to your own needs. Meaning buy the "naked" system and add on what you need. So without much calculation on my end, seems to put it on the same relative pricepoint as someone like Fishpond and less than Filson.

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from William Romeis wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

why do guys whine about the price..if you don't want to buy it, don't... but don't knock a product that's unique just because you don't want to spend the benjamins. You can always find a cheap way to do anything but sometimes you get what you pay for.

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from Bigagoo wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

When your product works wonders, you don't have to advertise it because everyone knows it.

John
www.trollingmotorsupply.com

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