Maier & Fazis: In search of excellence

Some years ago "In search of excellence" was the title of a bestseller in the field of successful management methods.

You will ask yourself how this is related to fly fishing. 

Well many fly fishers search for excellence their whole lives long.

The perfect stream, the perfect rod or the perfect fly tying vise.

In case it is the latter you are searching for


the perfect fly tying vise


stop searching. You have found it!










These ultimate fly tying machines combine precision and function in a timeless and elegant design.

We carry all products of Maier & Fazis in our webshop and ship them worldwide.


Find the vises here.


If you choose to order the SpeedVise you get a lamp for your fly vest as a present.

Shaku Hunter

Rolf Nylinder has been producing upscale fly fishing content on Youtube for years now. In his newest video he travelled to Japan to fish for Iwana, a japanese type of char and Yamame together with the "Shaku Hunters". Only fish that are at least 30,3 cm in length qualify as "Shaku". Not many Iwana and Yamame reach 30,3 cm during their lifespan. Follow Rolf Nylinder and his friends in their quest to fish for those rare and beautiful fishes!

Plastic rubbish at the fishing water

Who as a flyfisher or outdoor enthusiast does not know the situation?

You finally left for a trip to your "dream river" believing you have left behind your hectic everyday life and then exactly this everyday life comes back to you in the form of rubbish!

Nowadays the press broadly reports about the danger of plastic rubbish. Above all microplastic rubbish in our rivers and oceans.

Nothing is worse than a precious nature thoughtlessly covered with rubbish.

Of course the glossy magazines of our much-loved sport do not contain fotos showing rubbish what could perfectly make you believe that there is none, this however is a fatal illusion.

Of course the remote wildernesses unoccupied by humans that are often described in those articles have luckily been spared but the closer the rivers flow by our cities, the more alarming the situation becomes. Our beloved trout water decays to a sewer for rubbish of any kind. In many fishing clubs there luckily are activities like "keep our fishing water free of rubbish". Then all the members of the club swarm out "armed" with big trash bags to stop the pollution.

Wellknown flyfishers and  some big worldwide companies have already taken the initiative to contribute to the conservation of the environment before it is too late. Activities like #PlasticInTheBasket help to gain the attention of a younger generation and encourages fishermen to collect trash.

Yvon Chouinard, the owner of Patagonia together with a group of like-mided companies founded "1% for the planet". The members of this initiative donate 1% of their total turnover of 1 year to non-profit environmental organisations. Along with James Prosek, a well-known american artist, writer, naturalist and flyfisher he also founded "World Trout Initiative" an organisation which helps to protect wild-living trout.

The company Fishpond aims in the same direction by reducing the use of new plastic by producing their bags and bagpacks from a material recycled of fishing nets and plastic trash. All products that are made of this material get their "Cyclepond" logo.

We from "The Reel Thing" also want to encourage you to contribute by keeping the rivers and the nature you are fishing in clean. In our opinion it is not only always wearing a big trashbag in your pack when fishing to carry with you any kind of bigger trash but it is also the use of a little container that helps you to safely keep out your nylon tippet cuts from landing in the river or in the nature.

Thoughtlessly thrown away nylon tippet cuts do harm organisms and animals not only in the water but also in the country. It takes 600 years until plastic leader material rots in nature. To avoid this Fishpond offers the little Piopod Microtrash Container which every flyfishing nature enthusiast should add to his equipment.


organisations that support the good cause:

Help to keep our rivers and nature clean!

Review "Chalk"

"Itchen", "Avon", "Test"- the mere pronounciation of these famous rivers names creates awe and desire in any keen fly fisherman.


Mostly situated in the south of England these chalkstreams have manifested their importance for the sport over the centuries. 

However what can be claimed without a doubt is that todays fly fishing would not be developed nearly as good.

With this film these rivers with almost "mystic" fame are given the tribute they really deserve.


The films starts with a short but informative discourse about the chalkstreams past. Subsequently the film deals with a significance of dry fly fishing. It was Frederic Halford who claimed "upstream dry fly" as being the only fair kind of catching trout.

Still today, "upstream dry fly", is dutiful at many famous beats and has many supporters what the film also shows.


However the "nymph fishing" that has also been invented at the chalks is also not ignored by the film. The most influential personalities of the past G.E.M. Skues and Frank Sawyer and todays "advocates" of nymph fishing are also portayed. So the film shows in a great way that a simmering discussion that is over a hundred years old is still continuing until today.


To emphasize positively is also that the film gives an overview of the world of the chalkstreams. Together with the world famous rivers in Hampshire and Wiltshire the film also shows the "Wandle" ,an urban chalkstream and the "Driffields Beck" in the north of England.


The interviewed Marina Gibson, Alex Jardine, Steve Cullen, Glen Pointon, Charles Rangley-Wilson and Tim Sawyer. The spectacular camera shots show in a great way the atmosphere and beauty of all these rivers. Shots, showing a mayfly hatch, make you want to visit them immediately.


There is no boredom in the 88 minutes of the film. Leo Cinicolo and Chris Cooper manage to tell the history and present of the chalkstreams in an exciting way and give these legendary rivers an adequate monument.




The knife for the fly fisher! Which one?

"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 adeventurous 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 stationary 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. What price is acceptable for the knife?


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. Also it is true that a filleting-knife is in no way an all-purpose-outdoor-tool which is essential for a knife used in the wilderness.

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.

If you want to be prepared for a possible survival situation, we recommend the use of a mini-axe that can be worn at your belt.

When canoeing in the wild an axe is anyhow an essential tool that will always be carried.


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 fylfishing 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