Review: Smith Creek Trash Fish – Part 1

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Smith Creek Trash Fish.

Firstly I’d like to thank Wayne Smith from Smith Creek for sending me the Trash Fish to use and review.

I’m sure all of you at some point in your fishing life have seen scrap ends of fishing line strewn upon the bank waiting for some unsuspected wildlife to become entangled in it. And although there’s a large percentage of us that take our rubbish home there is quite clearly a large number of anglers that don’t. Now not all of this is on a purpose I’m sure, we all know how difficult waste tippet and leaders can be to manage and dispose of correctly. I myself have had numerous outings where my zip on my bag has jammed due to waste line trapped inside it, or a pocket on my jacket sporting a bundle of line poking out of it. Well fortunately there are some products out there to help with this exact problem and one of them is the ‘Trash Fish’

Trash Fish – The spent line wrangler.

Machined from Anodized marine grade aluminium and comes in a very fishy green colour. On the front of the tool there is a laser cut image of a Trout which adds a nice touch and aids in gripping the line. The ‘Trash fish’ is approximately 3 inches in length and weighs a mere 10 grams so fits perfectly into a pocket or bag. At one end there is a split ring with some cord on which aids in removing it from your pocket or bag, I’d imagine you could possibly tie it to a zinger or something similar.

Hows it work?.

The Trash fish is very simple in design but very effective at its role in managing waste material. Firstly you grasp the tool with one end of waste material trapped under your finger. You then wind the line around finger and tool on the area where the Trout is cut out. Once you have wound the line around the tool, you then pull with your finger which is trapped under the line towards the thickest part of the tool. Here the line gets sandwiched between some very dense foam and the aluminium body of the tool. The waste line is then trapped until you are ready to dispose of it, it is good practice to cut all line in half before disposing.

Responsible angler.

As you may of noticed in the heading it says ‘Part 1’ well what I plan on doing, is later in the year I will add to this review with a few more words and findings on the ‘Trash fish’. But in particular I am going to continue to store all the waste line material on the tool, I will then re-take a picture just to get an idea of how much waste line 1 angler produces (I’ll make a note of timescale when I can’t fit no more on). I’d imagine it will be a lot and hopefully more people will think about managing their waste when fishing, it’s only right we look after the places that give us anglers so much freedom and enjoyment.

In the mean time why not check out the ‘Trash fish’ for your selves over at –




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