“a “twinkling” excursion of Father Bull

The interested greenhorn could mean that this question is easy to answer. But only the greenhorn!

I am a fisherman for more than fifty years. My first knife and total pride as a boy was a knife given to me by my father:

A folding knife with a saw!

During my lifetime many knives with different functions joined this one so far so that my proud collection now consists of more than fifty knives. One knife per year as a fisherman!

Just imagine to go to the flywater with this collection.

Quite an adventurous attempt.

Reasonably you have to take a decision.

To simplify matters all knives shown above can be parted in two categories:

1. knives with a folding blade

2. knives with a fixed blade

Both categories of knives exist in different sizes, blade lenghts, blade materials, handle materials and prices which does not make the selection easier.

Most of the knives of the first group do have more functional parts such as a saw, a tin-opener, a corkscrew and so on. Knives with an integral blade can be compared to historical weapons which can even protect you in the wilderness against wild animals. When selecting the perfect knife after mature consideration you should be able to answer the following questions:

1. What do I need the knife for?

2. Where do I use the knife?

3. Which price is acceptable for the knife?

Most of the knives from the first category have more functions like saw, corkscrew etc.

Knives with an integral blade can be compared to historical weapons which can even protect you in the wilderness against wild animals.

We from The Reel Thing have selected a variety of knives after thoroughly proofing them with which fly fisherman are surely well-equipped in every situation.

We purposely omitted so called fish-filleting-knives due to the fact that in times of “Catch&Release” they seem to be fallen out of time.

The same is true for so called survival knives. People who spend time in the untouched wilderness will also carry a gun and should stick to their usual hunting and fishing knife.

Wolfgang Rausch and Wolf Borger recommend in their book “Das Messer-Waffe und Werkzeug” (p. 157)  “Instead of a survival knife you should carry with you a mini-axe plus accessories if you want to take preventative measures for a possible survival situation.”

Now take your decision for your flyfishing knife!

PS: Yesterday I saw a fly fisher at a nice water close to my hometown with a Bowie knife of impressionable length.

Maybe he is afraid of animals?!

Or is the brown bear really already back in North-Rhine-Westphalia?

The Reel Thing

Always Tight Lines!

For further reading in German we suggest: Wolfgang Rausch/Wolf Borger: Das Messer, Waffe und Werkzeug, Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 3. Auflage 1982