Review: Smith Creek rod clip “need an extra hand?”

A 3rd hand.

I’m sure at some point in every anglers lifetime there has been that time, when your changing your fly with your rod perched in some precarious way. When with no reason it plummets to the ground along with everything else being yanked from your grasp. This either resulted in flies being lost in the grass, river or rocks and knots half tied pulled into some new fangle granny knot. In steps the Smith Creek rod clip.

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cleverly Shaped foam securely holds your prized possession

Smith creek rod clip.

After being troubled occasionally by the above I was instantly sold on the rod clip by Smith Creek. Jon and I have owned one each for about a year now and must say its a great accessory. Its one of those pieces of equipment that doesn’t get used all that often but when it does you’ll wonder how you lived without one. If your anything like myself then you were unfortunately only given two hands at birth and find it quite difficult to hold your own rod and get a decent picture of a fish your friend has caught. Mind you that’s a rare occasion but you get the point.

The rod clip is made from Anodized marine grade aluminum and UV resistant materials so you can be sure it’ll stand up to some use. Attached to the clip is a retractable zinger which is the only niggle I have. The zinger is secured to your chest pack or vest with a pin attachment which i have had pop undone once but fortunately stayed on my bag. I’ve avoided this happening again by positioning it in a place which doesn’t sit as close to the side of my body.

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Rod clip being put to good use

The Clip is designed to work with rods up to 1/2 inch (13mm) diameter. With a maximum weight of 1 ½ lbs, so most single-handed fly rods should fit. It comes Available in two colors green or blue and weighs in around 25-30 grams.


I encourage any one to give it a try to see if it makes their fishing that little bit more hassle free. It has for me, and if not hassle free then it’ll certainly prolong the life of your rod and reel.

Check them out here along with smith creeks other innovative products.

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