I'm really stoked on life right now as I'm making my transition from the Northern Sierra to my winter guiding schedule on the Lower Yuba River, which allows me more time for special projects like writing articles, creating new power point programs, planning for 2021, and gear reviews like this one. So for this product review, I'm covering some basic needed essentials for the fly angler that can be used for rivers, creeks, or your favorite stillwater.
There are 3 elements that effect your drift for a successful presentation while nymphing. The depth at which your fly is at, the angle of your rig which is altered by the force of the current, and the drop, which is the amount of split shot we add, or the weight to the fly itself. Tight line nymphing is best done with your heaviest fly on the bottom of the rig, but this doesn't always work, especially when fishing tiny flies in sizes 18-24. I actually fish these small flies while tight lining quite a bit on waters like the Little Truckee, and the Stagecoach tailwater of the Yampa River. You can only put so much weight on a fly that is so tiny, namely a 1.5 to a 2.0 mm tungsten bead, but you can add more weight to your leader, and this is where the Loon Camp Drops come into play.
I've been using the Loon Camo Drops for the past month on dozens of trips and they are now my favorite split shot to use. These non-toxic split shots are made of tin and also feature a non-gloss matte coating, plus a textured finish to prevent slipping. They are much easier to take off than the other similar brand I've been using for the last few decades, and the paint also last a little longer too. The different colors allow the angler to match the natural surroundings of that particular watershed they are fishing. I use the bright green drops on the Little Truckee River, and the dark green drops for the Middle Fork Feather River. Loon Camo Drops come in sizes 6, 4, 1, BB, AB, AAA, SA, SSG and 2SSG, and the easy to use dispenser is quite handy and fits easily in your vest.
One bad ass tool, the Rogue Quickdraw Forceps are at home on your hip, or on your tackle bag in the boat. The ergos on these industrial forceps are extremely comfy, and allow the user to quickly lock the jaws in place and unlock them easily. Oversized thumb and finger holes accommodate large or gloved hands. The carabiner style quickdraw is the best feature on these when you're short on time, and seconds equal success in completing your task at hand. The clip is also easy to disengage when you need them and helps the forceps stay in place and not lose them. I really like the scissor feature which allows me to do multiple tasks without changing tools. The pair I received were a little sticky at the hinge, but some Tri Flow lubricant solved the problem and they are now smooth and free moving.