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flyfishingthings.com/nymphing in streamFly fishing accessories are those items the fly-fisherman constantly uses when fly-fishing. A typical scenario that demonstrates their use might happen as follows:

The fisherman arrives at the stream on a sunny day. He applies sunscreen to the exposed parts of his skin and lip balm to his lips. He approaches the water and observes for any kind of activity that might give him a clue as to how to begin his fishing day. With a thermometer, he takes the water temperature. It's 58 degrees; perfect. Nothing seems to be happening so he decides to seine the river to see if any nymphs are floating in the water column. Placing the seine in the water and supporting it with his legs he seines for 5 minutes then lifts to inspect the seine to see what has been trapped in the seine. He finds a few size 16 nymphs that are dark olive in color. He decides to nymph fish a size16 dark olive hares ear. Using the hemostats he selects the imitation from his nymph box, and holding it with the hemostats, he ties it to his tippet using an improved clinch knot. He notices that the barb has not been squeezed down so he uses the pliers to squeeze the barb down. He knows this is a good idea because a hook is easier to remove from the fish if the barb is squeezed down; especially for removal of small flies. Pulling the clippers attached to the retractor, he cleans up the knot by clipping off the tag end of the tippet. The water he will be nymph fishing in is about 3 feet deep, so he attaches a strike indicator to the leader 3 feet up from the fly, and a small amount of soft lead 16 inches above the fly. He positions himself in a riffle and starts making his cast.  

After a while, he notices' that Mayflies are beginning to hatch. Thinking to himself; "Now's the time to switch to a dry fly; namely, anAdams". He retrieves the line. Using the clippers again the nymph is clipped off, then he removes the strike indicator and soft lead from the leader. The soft lead he puts back into the soft lead container for future use. Using the hemostats again he selects a size 14 Adams from his dry fly box, and while holding it with the hemostats, he ties the dry fly on, soaks it with Gink, then cleans up the improved clinch knot by clipping the tag end short with his clippers.
 He picks out a target and makes the cast.  The Adams drifts perfectly. The rainbow raising her head above the water line, opens her mouth and engulfs the fly.  The fisherman delays the hook set until the head of the trout disappears below the surface, then raises the rod and sets the hook.  After the initial run the fish struggles to free herself from the hook. In a minute or two the fight is over.  The fish measures 20 inches; trophy trout range.

He decides to take a picture of the one that didn't get away. He leaves the fish in the net and lays his fly rod down on the grassy bank to use the fly rod as a reference point for people to gage the size of the fish in the picture. Retrieving the camera from a pocket in his vest, he positions the net with the fish next to the rod. He makes sure the camera is focused, and the subject matter is centered without a shadow falling across the scene. The picture is taken and the fish returned to the water. In about 30 minutes the hatch is over. The fish quite rising and the stream becomes quiet again.

The illustration doesn't stop here. The fisherman during the same outing,  will likely switch to stronger tippets and bigger nymphs to catch bigger fish; or he'll try streamer fishing, which will cause him to switch to a sinking line. Switching to a sinking line means he'll have to swap spools. Like a Marine, the fisherman will be constantly changing and adapting (to the fishing conditions) all the while using his fly-fishing accessories.  At the end of the day, if he's smart, he'll record all the information he's observed in a small note pad for future reference.

Now try an imagine the scenario without the fisherman using any accessories.

Fly-fishing accessories are necessary.  Your local fly shop will have most of the items shown here.  However, if that's not convenient, go to MY STORE.


Hemostats. Used to unhook a fish, pick a fly from the fly box, hold a fly while you tie it on, and is generally attached clipped to the vest or shirt.

flyfishingthings.com/fly fishing pliers  Pliers.  Used mostly to squeeze down the bards on hooks or to squeeze split shot to line; only don't squeeze to hard or you could compress the line and diminish it's strength.  Usually stored in a pocket, but can be hung from the vest.
flyfishingthings.com/tie-fast clippers  Clippers with file and tie fast tool.  A Three in one tool;  very handy.  Clippers are clippers, the file can be used to sharpen hooks, the tie fast is used to tie a leader or backing to the fly line. Almost always attached to the  Retractor.
flyfishingthings.com/retractor for fly fishing accessory   Retractor, use this to attach the Hemostats and Clippers.   Can be pinned  to the shirt or vest or jacket.
flyfishingthings.com/soft lead use in fly fishing  Soft lead.  Used to apply the perfect amount of weight to the leader when you  nymph fish.  It is more like putty.  This example shown is attached to a retractor, hang from vest.
flyfishingthings.com/split shot  Split shot. Same usage as soft lead, only not as precise, but faster to attach. Store in a vest
flyfishingthings.com/gink dry fly floatant  Gink dry fly floatant; apply to a dry fly to help it float better. It keeps the fly from absorbing moisture even when the fly get's fish slime all over it. Just swish it in the water to remove the slime, and start using again. Store in a vest
flyfishingthings.com/lip balm  Lip balm.  Store in vest. Buy locally.
flyfishingthings.com/fly fishing leader packet  Leader packet.  Extra leaders always come in handy.  Store in vest
flyfishingthings.com/water thermometer used for fly fishing  Thermometer. It's always good to know what the water temperature is because many times you can predict fishing activity based on the water's temperature.  Store in vest.
flyfishingthings.com/fly fishing strike indicator  Strike indicator; used when nymph fishing.  Store in vest
flyfishingthings.com/Tippet spool  Tippet spool.  Your going to need this a lot.  Store in vest