Top Ten Signs a SmithFly Switch Vest is for You.

Top Ten signs a SmithFly Switch Vest is for you:
1. If you ‘ve ever worn out a vest and wished they were built to last a little longer
2. If you wish more stuff was Made in the USA
3. If you find yourself holding your pack/waist belt over your head to keep it dry
4. If you’ve ever wondered what some the “features” on your current vest are
5. If  you hate to wear your vest in a boat
6. If you’ve ever said, “shit! I left that [insert critical piece of terminal tackle here] on the coffee table”
7. If you’ve ever said, “shit! I hate sorting through all this before I head out”
8. If you fish for more than one kind of fish or with more than one tactic
9.  If you just want to look totally bad ass!

Switch Kit

Literally, El Poquito was the small part of the SmithFly line up. The Switch Kit is the big part. I’ve been working on this hoss for more than a year, and it’s finally time to drag it out into the light of day…
You’ve heard of switch rods, well now we have the switch vest, and entire switch kit!
Today we fish for many different kinds of fish in many different places in widely varying conditions. One day we wade. The next day we float. The next day we hike deep into the backcountry. All of these situations require different configurations of gear. With the Switch Vest you no longer need to decide, between a vest, a waist pack, or a bag. All our pockets work with all those designs. With our Switch Kit you can have all of them and not have to worry about re-sorting all your gear every time you go out to fish in different conditions or in a different way. You just take your fully loaded pockets and attach them to the different back bone, its that simple.

We don’t know how YOU fish. So we designed a system that you can arrange and re-arrange yourself. Our products are all about you making the vest you want, and then being able to change it up easily without having to worry if you left that critical piece of gear at home on the coffee table. The system can also grow and change with you, as your tastes and tactics change. If you want to start out with a vest that has one pocket, right on. If you want to load it up and pile on every pocket and component we make onto one vest, thats cool too. And we aren’t incentivising the buying of the whole package, we are committed to you buying only what you need. So our prices are the same no matter if you buy one pocket, six pockets or 12 pockets, its all the same.

We think most folks early on wonder what all the pockets on a vest are for, anyway. Heck, sometimes we wonder if people buy tackle just to fill up those pockets on those vests. And we aren’t in some arms race of features with the competition. We don’t claim to have the most pockets, or the biggest pockets, or most doo-dahs, or latest greatest anything. Just a simple idea to have a set of pockets that you can rearrange and recompile based on the conditions and or species being pursued.

We’ve been putting this concept through it’s paces for a while now, and what we’ve discovered is that you can have pockets geared towards specific species and conditions. So your small stream trout pocket may have your light tippets, trout leaders and a dry fly box, while you’re nymphing pocket may have your fluorocarbon tippets indicators, split shot etc. A carp pocket may be filled with Wheatie balls and corn, while your steelhead pocket may be full of intruders, glow bugs, interchangeable sink tip systems and so on. You get the idea.

Most products on the market today are designed in the ivory towered studio. The result is usually the perfect compromise, the perfect middle of the road, acceptable to all but perfect for none, and so crammed full of weird ass features that you’re not sure which ones to use. Our products allow you to create the vest bag or waist pouch that you want, and then switch it out later to something different, when your tastes or tactics change, and they will.

Best of all, like all SmithFly Designs products, the switch kit is 100% Made in the USA.

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  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.