Review- Smith Creek ‘Trash Fish’ Spent Line Wrangler

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“I see way too much fishing line on the riverbank and I got so tired of re-stuffing spent leaders and tippets back into my vest pocket that I finally designed a tool to make them stay put. And no, I didn’t want another tool hanging from my vest but something simple and slim, which easily fits into my pocket.”
Wayne Smith – Smith Creek

Wayne’s quote sums it up well. whether as a way to manage our own monofilament waste or someone else’s, this very cleverly conceived, rugged, well made and user/environment-friendly accessory is yet another top-notch item from Smith Creek.
teeny-tiny at just 75 x 29 x 9 mm and very light at just a few grams, it’s light enough to not even notice that it’s there.

using it and discarding the waste once home couldn’t be simpler. wrap, slide in the mono and slide it off.
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as you can see on the how-to above, using it is a no-brainer which means we’ll take to it easily and use it every time and that’s good for our water systems and their inhabitants.
after using it for a while, i found a slightly different method of winding on mono and this allows me to easily make the separation between mono that’s to be trashed and mono that can still be used as when the fishing situation requires a tippet change but that tippet is still usable.
– for ‘junk’ mono, i’ll simply jam a tag end into the foam area and wind directly and somewhat tightly around the aluminium frame, jam the other tag end and slide the lot deeper into the foam.
– for ‘reusable’ mono, i follow Wayne’s recommendation. this leaves a bigger, discernible loop as we can see on the images.
as always, when trashing any line, be sure to clip it to tiny bits before discarding as all sorts of wild and domestic animals visit dumpsites.

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bottom line: i highly recommend the Trash Fish even if it’s name’s a little quirky !

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© Marc Fauvet/The Limp Cobra 2014

Making Common Sense of Common Cents

since the Imago IPT rod review i’ve had quite a few messages asking about the CCS System, what it is, how it works and when and why and where and who knows what else !… simple and effective, many individuals around the world have been contributing to several rod data bases. it may or may not be the end-all solution and others will surely pop up in the future but in the meantime it’s a whole heck of a lot better than just subjective guessing or wishful thinking.
don’t be afraid, it’s not just for tackle geeks and doesn’t get too techy, read on !

“I’m going to guess that when you purchased your last fishing rod you specified the length you wanted in actual feet and inches, rather than just asking your dealer for a rod of medium length. After all, what you call medium length and what someone else considers medium length may be two different lengths entirely. And yet, other than length and perhaps physical weight, all other intrinsic properties of a fishing rod are rated or listed by purely subjective means. Why?

This was the question that Dr. William Hanneman asked himself some years ago as he pondered why no two 5-weight rods possessed the same amount of power. After all, just what makes a 5-weight rod a 5-weight rod? At what point does a 5-weight rod become a 6-weight rod? Contrary to popular belief, there is no standard nor system to quantify or measure rod power by objective means – that number you see on the side of your rod is a purely subjective rating.”

“In the last issue, my Common Cents Approach to characterizing fly rods was introduced, along with the concept of the Defined Bending Index (DBI). This is expressed in the form of DBI=ERN/AA. Note: This is not a mathematical equation, but rather a shorthand notation where ERN (Effective Rod Number) describes the intrinsic power of the rod, and AA (Action Angle) describes the action of the rod.

The ERN is determined from the number of common one cent pieces required to deflect a horizontally fixed rod downward a distance equal to one third of its length. The AA is a measure of the angle the tip top forms when the rod is so deflected. These two values provide unique coordinates for that rod on a chart plotting the DBI as ERN vs AA. This is extremely useful for comparing completed rods, i.e., the final destination of the rod maker’s odyssey.”

for lotsa more information click the CCS banner.

and here’s one of several CCS rod databases.