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Moffit Angling, Fly Fishing's Future?

March 3, 2009

“The Fly was Invented Hundreds of Years Ago, Seems like a redesign was a little overdue.”

That’s the slogan that headlines the Moffitt Angling ad in the March 2009 installment of Fly Fisherman magazine. While most Fly Fisherman will immediately stomp this slogan in the dirt and proclaim “Leave the Fly alone!” I can’t help but wonder if there is some truth to this statement.

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Moffitt argues that with the increase of “Catch and Release” fishing, this system makes it possible to release most fish without handling them or even taking them out of the water. It utilizes a barbless circle hook that they claim holds fast during the most violent fights, but is still simple to remove. It also reduces fish mortality by keeping the hook on the outside of the fishes mouth, away from vital areas like the gills. See a short tutorial on how the system works below. If you still find yourself scratching your head in confusion, head on over to MOFFITT’S SITE to learn more about this innovative system. My only question; How will the art of fly tying evolve to fit into this picture? Let’s hear some thoughts.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2009 11:33 am

    Yeah… tying something o a circle hook I think would be really hard… perhaps you could use a small straight piece from a narrow straw or tube and tie the fly to it then let it slide down to the circle hook or something… Just an idea, and obviously this would only work with certain patterns.

  2. March 4, 2009 8:06 am

    exactly.
    To the best of my knowledge they don’t mention tying flies on their site at all. Not sure how that’s gonna work. If this system catches on it will be a legit. concern that they will have to address.

  3. akfishingguy permalink
    March 4, 2009 1:46 am

    Interesting product. I do a lot of catch and release fishing and am usually careful with the fish. Something like this could be great but I think I might have some trouble tying a fly on a circle hook. I think somone needs to come up with some patterns that work, then we can try it out.

    -Alaska Fisherman
    Fishing in Juneau

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