SmithFly 3X Pouch now available – get yours today, before they sell out.

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The SmithFly 3X Pouch is now available.

Groceries, meat, gym socks, heavies, call them what you want but now you don’t ever have to leave the big stuff at home ever again. The 3X is our biggest pouch yet and will hold more than you can imagine and remain comfortable all day.

It’s is designed to fit across the outside of the Switch Bag and also be a comfortable foundational part of our Switch Belt. It is zippered all the way around on three sides to allow for complete access to all you gear with a flip down front. The inside has four divider pockets to keep you stuff organized. The front panel is covered with three rows of MOLLE webbing that let you hook up our other pouches and components like a 1X or El Poquito. The back has four MOLLE straps to hook it up to whatever platform your hauling that day. It will work by itself on any wading belt out there and it will also hook up to just about any backpacks or sling packs with any size webbing anywhere on them. Now that’s flexibility!

Size: 12″ x 6″ x 1 1/2″

Availability: Currently In Stock; usually ships next business day.

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A podcast interview with yours truly on Midcurrent about SmithFly, check it out…

The podcast interview I did with Tim Romano for Midccurrent is up over here. Check it out…

Ethan Smith gives MidCurrent the skinny on his new fishing gear company SmithFly Designs and why he chose to go with a modular system that is made completely in the US.

Ethan—whose career as a very successful graphic artist gave him the visual tools but not all of the the hands-on experience—says, “I started sewing prototypes myself and sorta had my mother-in-law help me out and show me how to sew, then started talking to contractors and just took it from there”

“The only sewing left in the US are military-based contractors and they are sewing for the government,” he continues.  ”It was sort of a natural fit that when I started looking for contracts here in the US that the modular system just seemed to go along with what those guys were doing….”

I’ve been off the grid fishing carp on Beaver Island, will post a trip report here soon.

SmithFly gets a great review from on Field and Stream’s Fly Talk Blog.

SmithFly got a great review from Kirk Deeter on the Field and Stream’s Fly Talk blog today.

There are so many good quotes in there, that I don’t even know where to begin, but his intro is just KILLER. I love it…

You know what we don’t see nearly enough of in fly fishing these days? Products that actually work better than advertised. We’re promised everything from rods that will seemingly cast themselves to waders that wear like footie pajamas, and rarely does the performance really, truly live up to the billing.

SmithFly, an Ohio-based manufacturer of modular fishing gear, on the other hand, over-delivers.

I did a podcast interview with Tim Romano today. That should be up over on Midcurrent pretty soon. Hopefully I don’t end up sounding like a giant doofus. Jury’s out on that… but I think I did, ok.

If you haven’t seen some of the cool stuff those guys have been up to recently, you should check out Tim fishing for baby Tarpon on a Tenkara rod, Seriously! And the article Kirk just posted of fly fishing for giant Arapaima! Those guys get to do some seriously cool stuff.

El Poquito – The Little Pocket that Goes Anywhere

I am very pleased to introduce to you my new little friend, the first product from my new company SmithFly Designs. It’s been a long time coming and will be available for purchase at your local fly shop and on Smithfly.net  very soon. The first production run is complete, and I will be taking a good quantity with me to IFTD tomorrow. We will be in the small business section SB14, stop by and say hello to my little friend.

El Poquito holds a pair of hemos and a retractor (either curly or mechanical – your choice) – that’s it. Now you don’t have to worry about what pack or what vest or what shirt you are wearing, because El Poquito goes anywhere.

The magnetic clasp on the back holds tight to anything, over the top of waders, over your waist band, belt, shirt pocket, beach bag, and is also compatible with the SmithFly Switch Kit system. El Poquito frees you up from wearing a vest and keeps those essential tools close at hand without all the bulk. Anglers can choose from either a curly cord retractor or a mechanical retractor which can be easily swapped out at a later date if for some reason they change their mind, which we all do.

Even better, 100% of El Poqtuio is Made in the USA.

You can also check out our listing in the new super-cool Fly Fishing Buyers Guide from Angling Trade Magazine.