Product Reviews

by Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.

There is no getting around it: if you intend to fly fish for Trout, you're going to have to know your bugs! No, I'm not the type that says the flyfisher must be able to speak perfect Latin, and be able to recite from memory every subspecies of the Ephemerella Heptagenidaae, but in any case if you want to know which fly to attach to your tippet, you have to know what the fish are taking, and hence, which bugs are on the water!

The beginning flyfisher can become quite frustrated when trying to figure out hatch charts, habitats of various insect species, times of emergence, and all other types of entomological confusion. While it is not generally admitted, those little bugs can cause even the most experienced of flyfishers no small amount of headaches, as well. Although simplicity is not known to be the hallmark of most of us who pursue Trout in this fashion, there is a way to greatly simplify the process: grab a bug from the water, and tie on a fly that looks like it!

Have you ever tried grabbing a Mayfly, Caddisfly, or any other fly in any stage of life from the stream, though? Outside of a cased Caddis or a few others, it just isn't easy. Swiping them from the air is even more difficult! The solution of taking along a net for bugs is a good one, but fraught with inconvenience. The window screen-and-sticks seine is a good idea, but nearly impossible to carry onstream. Butterfly nets are moderately effective, but are generally too small for pulling more than just a few samples at a lucky try, but even nicely proportioned, they just plain look silly! Practicality has not been the essence of bugcatching onstream!

While the rest of us were complaining about the situation, a company in Denver called Angling Designs has been doing something to improve it. Their solution is the Quick-Seine, a mesh screen that attaches to the handle of your landing net and is ready for use at all times without the typical inconvenience. This ingenious little product stretches out to the full size of your landing net's opening, yet the feature that sets it apart is that it all fits in a small nylon pouch which is stored where you won't notice it when you don't need it!

The Quick-Seine™ doesn't look like much - I will grant that, and applaud it at the same time. What I hate about most seines is that they are unweildy and awkward at best. This new seine, though, consists of a mesh netting hemmed with thin elastic and tucked into a 3"x2" closeable nylon bag which is held to the yoke of a landing net by an attached elastic band. Sound simple? Yes, indeed! Simpler yet is it's utilization - when you want to scoop up some bugs, you just pull the Velcro tab to open the bag, pull out the mesh, stretch it around the net's frame, and dip it in the water. A few seconds later, the fishery's foodstuffs are available for your upclose inspection. When you are done, you just replace the seine to the bag and close the tab. The nylon bag allows the mesh to dry even while it is being stored. Fortunately, the bag is also slightly oversized to allow plenty of extra room to prevent overstuffing. Now, a stopwatch is not ordinarily a part of my tackle, but I decided to test out just how long it would take to take the Quick-Seine™ from it's inconspicuous place on the net handle, make use of its primary purpose, and replace it to it's bag and my D-ring net clip. I waited for a hatch of Baetis (see, a little Latin can't hurt,) to begin, and clicked the timer. From unclip to reclip, the entire process took less than 45 seconds, and provided me 14 olive nymphs and emergers, one Rhyacophila pupa, two pine needles, and an unidentified inch-long baitfish. (For timing's sake, I emptied the contents of the seine on a large boulder, but would ordinarily use the white background provided by the seine for close inspection of the insects.) The most complex part of the whole procedure was clipping and unclipping the net from my vest's D-ring! Later uses of the Quick-Seine™ proved that it would capably scoop up anything from October Caddis to adult Stoneflies to the tiniest of Midges with similar ease.

This product has proven that it will not only help the new fly angler who might be struggling with matching the hatch, or for the pro who wants to save room in an already-overcrowded vest. By keeping the seine out of the way on the net handle, you can fit in that extra fly box, spools of tippet, or whatever else might be crowded out otherwise.

The Quick-Seine™ is available in two sizes to fit both large and small nets, from 9" to 18.5"! It is available at many retailers, or directly through Angling Designs. ~ Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.

Angling Designs, Inc.
820 South Monaco #264
Denver, Colorado 80224
Phone: (800) 896-8998
Fax: (303) 369-0495

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