Cool Gadgets Ease Fishing Frustrations

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Monofilament has a life of about 600 years. So consider all of those tippet and leader changes you make, and where the line winds up. You can be vigilant about not tossing mono into streamside bushes, but it eventually has to go somewhere. That somewhere is the MonoMASTER by Grasshopper Outdoor Products, a small, lightweight receptacle that you can hitch to your fishing vest. Simply stuff the used mono into the spool and turn the handle to trap the mono in the MonoMASTER’s teeth (think of hair on a hairbrush). When you have a full spool, simply discard the mono safely or, better yet, recycle it. For it's contribution to helping the angler manage waste monofilament and protecting the environment the monoMASTER has received official endorsements from the Federation of Fly Fishers and a celebrity endorsement from Richard Fridenberg, screenwriter of the classic movie A River Runs Through It. The monoMASTER is available from all major fishing tackle retailers at an accessible price of just $11.95.


Dr. Slick
Split Shot Clamp

Your dentist has told you repeatedly: No crimping or clamping split shot on your leader with your teeth. The day has finally come when you can comply, thanks to the Split Shot Clamp by Dr. Slick. Purveyors of fine fly-tying cutlery, Dr. Slick jointly designed the clamp with Tim Tollet of Frontier Angler in Dillon, Montana. The clamp has an anvil triangle jaw on one side and recessed indentions on the other side. Simply put the split into one of the indentations and close the anvil jaw until the split shot spreads open and drops off; use the tips of the tool to attach shot. Get the clamp in gold loop or black oxidized finish; $16.


Swisher and Richards point out in their classic Selective Trout that a trout’s metabolism begins to peak when the water temperature hits 50 degrees. However, a quick dip of the index finger will not record that magic number; we need a thermometer. But we’re back to finger testing when the thermometer falls out of a vest pocket, unclips from a D-ring or, more likely, we simply fumble the thing in numb fingers. (I always seem to drop the thermometer, more than nippers, clippers or tippet spools.) Eco-Temp has introduced a klutz-proof thermometer, the Trouter, with an adhesive back that sticks to waders or a landing-net handle and has a flexible LED-like temperature strip (no glass or mercury involved). Apply the nifty, foam-bodied strip and focus on the fishing, not safe-keeping the thermometer; $18.