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Award-winning Fish Skull Fly Tester poses question

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The IFTD award-winning Fish Skull Fly Tester can be used anywhere a demonstration is needed.
↑ The Fish Skull Fly Tester pump has an adjustable control so that flow can be fine-tuned to suit the type and size of fly being tested.

Like most good products, the Fish-Skull Fly Tester is a simple idea well carried out. The water-filled acrylic tank, designed to allow retailers and consumers to test their flies, begs the question: why hasn’t someone done this before?

For consumers, here is the opportunity to observe the action of their patterns before tying a load that don’t swim or look right, saving time and leading to more effective flies.

For retailers, the tester can act as a compelling sales device to interest customers, as well as being used to test in-store fly designs.

The tester, from the Flymen Fishing Company, of North Carolina, also has scope at fishing clubs, forums and fishing shows – in fact anywhere where a demonstration of how flies behave in the water is needed.

Here’s a how it works. A pump creates a steady, circular flow of water around the acrylic tank so that the fly’s swimming action can be observed. The lower band of water provides a strong flow for any size or type of streamer. The slower more dispersed upper flow is in the opposite direction and is for testing sub surface flies like nymphs, small streamers and surface flies like foam poppers and sliders.

The pump has an adjustable control so that flow can be fine-tuned to suit the type and size of fly being tested.

At 8lbs in weight and measuring 12 inches high, 3.5 inches wide and 24 inches long, the compact tank is easily portable and takes up little space on a fly tying table or shop counter. The kit is packaged for the retail environment, comes with instructions and has a limited one-year warranty (subject to owner abuse/mishandling conditions).

The Fly Tester demonstrated its worth at this summer’s IFTD show, where it regularly attracted interested audiences and went on to win the best in show award in the materials and equipment category.


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