Walton’s Thumb, The Ultimate Fisherman’s Multi Tool

Walton’s Thumb Fisherman’s Multi-Tool was first made in the early ‘70s by the Hank Roberts Company of Boulder, CO. It was sold across the country at fine tackle shops such as Abercrombie & Fitch and showcased in magazines such as Field & Stream and Popular Mechanics. Hank Roberts sold his company in the early ‘80s and by the late ‘80s production of the Walton’s Thumb sadly came to an end.

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Fortunately the tools were so well made they remained in use and could be found on occasion at yard sales and the like. The guys at the Creek Company, who are avid Continue reading “Walton’s Thumb, The Ultimate Fisherman’s Multi Tool”

3 Key Features to Understand Fly Fishing Leaders

The leader is probably one of the most important considerations when putting together a fly fishing set up. My goal here is to help you understand the differences and how they affect your fly fishing experience.

The Taper

The first thing to understand about leaders is that they are tapered. This means the end that connects to the fly line is thicker than the end the fly ties to. Nowadays, most leaders are manufactured in one seamless piece. But there are also hand tied leaders where a progressively smaller tippet size is used from the thick end to the thin. The reason leaders are tapered is to create a gentle presentation when the fly hits the water. The thicker end helps to turn over the thinner end with the fly attached to it. Then, the thinner end can Continue reading “3 Key Features to Understand Fly Fishing Leaders”