A little 'fan-fare' here, a drum-roll might be in order
and a couple of tubas. Tubas always add that certain note
of authenticity to things like parades, announcements and
coronations sometimes. This might be something like that,
an 'outing' an announcement of sorts or just one of my
usual stabs at trying to bring you some more interesting
stuff. Interesting at least to me.
Enough you say! Right you are, on with it. Here and now.
Another stunning advancement from the mighty 3M outfit and
their ever creative folks who bring you all of the nifty
goodies for fly fishing.
My situation is this. 3M is the parent of several of the
companies which are sponsors on FAOL. One of which is
Scientific Anglers. Am I bias and predigest toward them?
Have to admit I am. I grew up with in 18 miles of SA and
have known just about everyone who has worked there since
it first got out of the kitchen and up and running. Was a
great bunch and still are. So I am very pleased when they
pop up with something new and give me a chance to bring it
to all of you. That is a 'win-win-win' deal. My problem is
that I do not have enough information to do a 'Product Review'
and the time and place to do one.
So I am going to put it all into one of my columns. I have
the info and I want you to have it. This is the only way I
can 'get 'er done' right now.
Check this picture out. It will be what you see at your fly
shop soon and will have the information you are looking for.
Here is the deal. You all know about the 'Line-to-Leader'
connecters SA has out. Just the ticket for some situations.
Selling well, doing great for those who use them. Now they
have invented a version which is 're-usable.' That's right,
you can put one on the end of your fly line and then if you
have some of your leaders attached to a section of a 're-connect'
you can switch in a flash while on stream.
Here is what I mean. Let's say you don't really know what to
fish with. It's noon on the stream and nothing is much happening.
You want to see if you can pound anything up with a dry fly.
You open your SYSTEM X FLY BOX and pull out an already fashioned
dry fly leader, 12 ft. 7 X with the Bivisible already tied onto it.
After twenty minutes of 'casting practice' you come to that
bend by the big log and the dark pool. Perfect streamer
territory. Back into your SYSTEM X BOX and out you come
with a 7ft. 0X leader with the number 2 woolly-bugger
anchored to it. One 'POP' and you are ready to cast to
the pool. A few casts and you move on to the run and it's
nymphing time. Right, back to the SYSTEM X BOX and out with
the 9ft. 5X leader tipped with the PT just anxious to go fishing.
Ok, you get the point. You are in control. Use the SA leaders
or your own. Pre-tying them may be your thing or not, but you
have the option. I like that option. There are times when I may
use it, other times probably not. Also the nice thing is, the
SA SYSTEM X BOX's are waterproof and as you know, offer
different pages you can switch so you do not need many boxes,
just pages for your flies. They will now HAVE PAGES FOR YOUR
LEADERS if you want them too. So let's try to wrap this up for
you. Not right now, but pretty darn soon 'at a fly shop near
you' you will be able to get the System X Fly Box with the
different pages for different types of flies and with pages
for your leaders as well. You will be able to re-connect your
leaders and switch them around in a flash with these locks as
you wish, your leaders or theirs.