Raft of new products from Dr. Slick
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Dr. Slick, the manufacturer of fly fishing and fly-tying tools, unveiled a raft of new products prior to the ICAST trade show.
Pliers, scissors and clamps are among the precision tools available from the Montana company for the 2014/15 season.
The 6.5 inch, 4.5 ounce Typhoon Pliers are designed to meet the needs of fly fishers, spinning and conventional anglers, and big game fishermen, in both fresh and saltwater. Anodised gold and green, the pliers come with a coiled bungee lanyard, dual-pocket nylon holster and replacement cutters, jaws and hex key as extras.
The HR (Rockwell Hardness) 70+ side cutters will cut monofilament, new age braid and synthetic lines plus coated wire up to 60-pound. The stainless steel jaws have a half smooth and half striated design for a secure grip. The frame is aircraft quality anodised aluminum to withstand saltwater and is equipped with non-slip rubber grips and a self-opening spring.
“The Typhoons are individually machined – not die cast – and the result of about 14 months of design, testing, hand balancing and repeating most processes until we got them right,” said Dr. Slick President, Steve Fournier.
Dr. Slick’s nine and 10-inch Long Range Clamps are for handling sharp-toothed species such as barracuda, muskie, northern pike and sharks.
“Longer clamps are ideal when it comes to avoiding treble hooks on bass lures, trailing hooks and stingers, dry fly and nymph dropper rigs and other terminal tackle that can come back and bite the angler’s hand,” said Fournier.
At home in fresh or saltwater, the long, heavy duty shanks and short powerful jaws are designed for deep hook removal, big barb crushing and closing shot.
The Long Range Clamps are available in either a gold or black finish, straight or curved jaw, half smooth and half striated jaw structure.
Eight-inch Long Range Mitten Clamps are also available, with a gold handle or black finish with half-smooth, half-cross hatch jaws. Mitten clamps fit directly in the angler’s hand and don’t rely on thumb and forefinger loops. They come with a removable wrist lanyard.
The Dr. Slick four-inch Turbo Hook Dubbing Tool applies threaded dubbing materials to the body of a fly. It has a strategically weighted disc base that allows for rapid spinning and a two-position hook for accurate control.
According to Dr. Slick’s team of fly-tying consultants, the four-inch Bent Shaft Scissors “may look a little different, but do the job like nothing else.” The bent shaft keeps the scissor from lying flat, allowing the fly tier to easily pick it up. Once in hand, it handles and performs identically to straight scissors.
Bent Shaft Scissors are available in Tungsten Carbide (TC) and Razor models as well as other popular sizes and styles.
“For those tying predominately with synthetic materials, consider the Tungsten Carbide or Razor,” suggests Fournier.
Founded in 1989, Dr. Slick produces more than 300 fly fishing and fly tying related products, as well operating a growing OEM and custom manufacturing division.
Tel: + 1 406-388-8109