So, since June of 2016, I've managed to contain my excitement about releasing our film, "One Man's Trash". We also decided to keep it a secret and build some curiosity around what type of fish we were targeting. Being that we didn't want to give any hints, we have kept more than just the species a secret. We also haven't told anyone about some of the great gear we used and other stories that accompanied this excursion. So the first that comes to mind, and an absolute essential for targeting Bowfin, or any toothy creature for that fact, is the Rising Fly Fishing Tools Lippa4Life. I've been visiting and fishing for Bowfin in the swamp several times a year for the past 9 years. There are two things that are a fact about Bowfin, they are slimy, slick, and loaded with several rows of very sharp, fine teeth. In the past I've used the standard "boga grip", which are a fine tool which has become an industry standard among all fishermen. However, the Lippa4Life has 2 clear advantages.
First and most importantly being; If you intend to release fish without harm, the wide rounded pincers of the Lippa4Life do not puncture through the jaw of the fish you are gripping (even when thrashing violently as the Bowfin love to do). That means, no blood, no mess and most importantly you release the fish back just how you found him for the next sport angler (or alligator) to catch. That's the whole idea behind the Lippa4Life and it works perfectly!
Second, the Lippa4Life is lighter and has less moving parts. I don't like leaving things laying around on the boat deck or fumbling for tools when trying to release a fish. I kept the Lippa in my pocket and attached to a belt loop thanks to the optional coil leash. The only thing I did add was a small, lightweight, stainless Night Ize S-Biner to make attaching easier.
Rising makes a lot of great tools and this was just one of several we used on this trip and many other trips we take. Swing by the site and check out their tying tools, nets and some sweet apparel. Click here: http://www.risingfish.net/
And, if you didn't catch the premier of our film at the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3t) stop in Atlanta, there are two more local screenings before it goes life on the inter-webs!