Abel Drag Quick Fix

By Gerald Penkler Abel reels have rightfully earned their reputation as reliably solid and bombproof. Dunk, drop, sand bathe day in and day out and you can still rely on them to stop a drag racer of a fish. However,  as I am sure many have discovered, they have an achilles heel. Ironically it’s cleaning. […]

Sudan prep & Fly hack – keel crabs & sticks like SH!T

A few months ago Jimmy and I fished a session at strand and he gave me one of his DMAs.  His flies are always an education in innovation, and this one was no different. “What the hell did you coat this head with?”. “That sticks like shit stuff!” Of course I had no clue he […]

Fly Hacks – Robbing the Vanity

I made my usual Wednesday night Beer and Cigarettes visit to my good buddy Warwicks last night… Warrels as he’s known to many ( and 1st Lady to a select group of others ) has recently returned to the Fly tying obsession after a long hiatus of throwing lures and stupid shit like that.. granted […]

Fly Hacks: Googly Eyes

By Gerald Penkler Eyes on flies look terrific, at least to the angler. I am convinced fish prefer them, but have no evidence to support. But at the very least they make my flies look that bit better. Putting eyes onto big baitfish patterns however was often a sticky affair for me, leaving superglue on […]

Fly Hacks – Benzine Fingers

Continuing on the finger theme… this is to protect your fingers from immersion in Benzine and the wire brush (when cleaning screws etc before coating with thread locker again). Cut off the fingers! Beats the hell out of continually trying to get kitchen gloves on and off as you work with various parts.  

Fly Hacks – Flexi Fingers

Strip-striking large predatory fish is hard on your skin, especially when the fish, such as trevally and large tigerfish, bolt off into the opposite direction at pace, creating white burn marks across the index and middle fingers. Then there are also textured lines, which may not be new on the market, but lines, such as the Scientific […]

Fly Hacks – Seal Your Reel

Hardy is making some phenomenal tackle at the moment, and my curiosity of the Fortuna drag soon lead me down the dreaded sealed drag teardown after I managed to misalign the drag plates.  Under the drag knob I found something very clever.  To ensure the drag is sealed correctly the good folks at Hardy use […]

Fly Hacks – Tidy Leaders

Maxima.  I love everything about the stuff, bar the crap plastic spools that it comes on.  I feel like I spend my life untangling these things.  The first fly hack is a simple one.  Cut up some compression socks!