Great for fly fishing
I use these when I go fly fishing wading in the river for smallmouth all the time. These are the single best way to make changing flies a snap! I have tried many other fast changing methods but nothing seems to compare to these, they are so easy and don't affect the action of my fly at all even when I am using very small flies. I have caught large fish(2-3 lb, about as big as they get in the section of the huron that I fish) and they have never failed to hold up. It saves me tons of tippet because I don't have to cut it off and tie a new knot every time I want to change flies.
April 28, 2013
Great for changing flies.
Good for changing flies. Helps keep your leader and tippet long. Small enough for sunnies and the smallest flies. I only lost one fly in over a month because of these, don't be affriad of the open design.
April 12, 2008
Great snaps, one caveat...
I have these in large and x-large. They are smaller than you think...BUT, they are incredibly strong, much to my surprise. I have bent only one, but it did not break and I was able to bend it back and continue using it. I don't fly fish, so these are used on my baitcast, spin, and spincast gear.
Only problem/caveat I have, and the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars, is that I lost my first lure on one today. Was a brand new Bandit crankbait, a small one. I put it on the snap, checked it, then cast.
My line went left, my lure went straight. I was befuddled. Very first cast with this brand new lure and it was about 60 feet in front of me, current taking it further away. The snap was fine and frankly, I was quite shocked it came off as I've made hundreds of casts with these and this is the first time something like this happened.
I still recommend the product though, and will continue to use them along with the closable snaps. These are much smaller in profile and I've even been able to use them with jigs, worms and other plastics. No problems.
Heavy wired hooks will be tough to get in these, so head's up on that. Light wire hooks/jigs seem to work best.
March 4, 2010
Make sure to check the gap when changing lures
I used the XL size and was really impressed with how fast I could change lures. They had no ill effects on the action of spinners and crank baits.
The downside is the clip will loosen over time, you need to squeeze them together from time to time. I learned this after casting my favorite spinner and loosing it deep in the lake.
I have gone back to tying lures after this episode. So, if you choose to use these, take a look at the gap of the clip from time to time especially after changing lures from a heavy eyelet to a thin spinner bait wire.
May 15, 2012