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.
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.