Conspiracy theory #1: MacGyver ditched California for new digs in New Zealand in the 90’s and now calls himself Wayne Smith and makes awesome fly fishing gadgets for a living.
Like most of my conspiracy theories that’s probably seriously stupid, but you should Google pictures of MacGyver and compare them to Wayne Smith of Smith Creek before calling me a nutcase just to be sure.
Don’t know who MacGyver is? Give yourself an upper-cut and then read this:
I came across Wayne’s Smith Creek Rod Clip while fishing with fellow accessories junkie Tony Liparota from HCE Rods and was immediately impressed by it’s simple and brilliant practicality.
The Rod Clip is a short, foam-lined, marine-grade C-section aluminium tube attached to a clip-on Zinger. The foam is cut to hold a rod quickly and securely and once the rod is in place it leaves your hands free to change flies, sort a tangle or save the free world from the bad guys.
Of course, having a way of securing a rod hands-free is not new and a lot of fly vests have a loop and tab arrangement for doing just that, but what if you’ve ditched the vest for a sling or lanyard?
The Rod Clip won Best Accessory at the International Fly Tackle Dealers show in 2012—no mean feat in a marketplace crowded with new accessories.
The US price for the Rod Clip is $27.99and they’re around $35 in Australia.