View Full Version : nice knife for fly fishing?

08-10-2010, 10:17 PM
would u guys take knife when fishing?? what do u think about this Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife (http://www.dealstudio.com/searchdeals.php?type=id&q=d176785&ru=28901102)? is it nice knife for fishing??

08-10-2010, 10:35 PM
depends what you are using it for and what you are aloud to carry in your state??? I have folding knives I take out with me cause we can't have fixed blades here but if you want to filet and eat the fish out on the stream you prolly need a filet knife instead. that looks more like a butchers knife type to me and doesn't even come with a shealth... you can buy something way cheaper and more durable that comes with a shealth! for around $50 for example you could even get a marine ka-bar fixed blade knife

for a folding knive I recommend the smith and wesson extreme ops cost $15 or less

08-11-2010, 07:13 AM
For filleting in camp, that knife might be fine. LIke GMcF said, there's no sheath (looks to sharp to keep in your vest ;) ), and the handle is ALL wrong for an outdoors knife. I use a Schrade Uncle Henry folder with sheath, although they are now made in China. :( The price does reflect being made in China, however, and I was using mine with a hammer last week. The point and edge held up fine. My other knife is a Buck USA fixed blade with sheath. The blade length is around 3.5-4 inches, and has a heck of a nice edge. Both of these knives will cut branches and fillet a fish if needed.

You can go the next step up in outdoor knives, and get one of the Crocodile Dundee mini machete types, and if I ventured further into the woods, I'd have
one of those.

Made in China Knives: I first noticed that many of the big name manufacturers are importing thier knives about 7-8 years ago. I was in Walmart (what else would you expect from there?), and saw Gerber knives for $17-$35. I thought, WOW! What a DEAL!, but then noticed they weren't Gerber USA. At $17, they might be a good deal, but I'd rather have the real deal in knives. Case still makes their knives in the USA, and many of Buck's knives are still made
in Idaho. Buck's website will indicate which are made in the USA, and I would encourage you purchase a knife that supports an American worker. ;)

08-11-2010, 07:20 AM
I carry a Leatherman with locking blades. Has everthing you need for fishing.

08-11-2010, 07:54 AM
I have a Gerber multi-tool which is great... plus I have a drop point sheath knife which I made myself that I used in my hunting days... just a great all round knife but a wee bit over the top sometimes!!

Rip Tide
08-11-2010, 08:52 AM
deleting my unproductive post

08-11-2010, 09:29 AM
This is my favorite knife for FF. It fits/clips right into the top pocket of my vest. Each of my kids has their own...

940 Details | Benchmade (http://www.benchmade.com/products/940)

PT/TB :p

08-11-2010, 11:19 AM
I assume you are talking trout & smaller sized fish.
For me it's a little Camillus "Yellow Jacket 2 blade Muskrat" model 714.
Camillus Yellow 2-Blade ""Muskrat"" Knife (http://www.elinemerchandising.com/714Y.html)
It's just a plain old clasic pocket knife. Two identical blades, each a little over 3" long.
I hear Camillus is out of business, but to me these are the clasic outdoorsman's everyday pocket knife. Holds an edge well but easily sharpened. Although the knife is compact (as a pocket knife should be), the blade is plenty long for any normal outdoor work (I obviously don't carry it for moose or bear hunting), & they were reasonably priced. When I see knives like it I always think of my dad & grandfathers. They were never without a knife like it in their pocket. It was simple but took care of everything from cleaning trout, to cleaning finger nails, to small home & aoto repairs.

If you are talking salmon size stuff, any good filet knife, prefferably with a 6-8" blade.

08-11-2010, 01:23 PM
Cloudy, the knife your looking at is a Chef's knife, so it's designed for chopping and slicing. This is why the handle is set the way it is, as well as the price tag.

Since you'll be outdoors, it's a better idea to get a more general purpose knife. Like other's have said, check your states laws to see what kind of knife you can carry legally, but I carry a buck fixed blade for hunting/fishing in addition to a small pocket knife I always carry on me.

Here is a link to what I have:
BUCK (http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.detail&productID=3036)

I got mine at Cabelas for about $40. Hope this helps!

08-11-2010, 01:42 PM
Well, even tho the thread has plenty of ideas already ill toss mine into the lot since this has become more of a "heres what i carry thread" hah. I carry a spyderco NativeIII locking blade. Now if youre talking about using the knife for fish cleaning, i do have other filet knives at the house but none of them are over 7". I find that even for 70-100 lb yellowfin or any other saltwater fish (which is what im coming from over to FFing) a short 5" blade is absolutely the best to loin out a fish. You have more control over a smaller knife, so those big 12" and above knifes i find useless. But thats personal preference. I would look for a decent folding/locking blade to use as your everyday carry. If you want a knife designated for fish cleaning then I would look into a 6" fixed blade that i wouldnt be carrying in my pack/vest.

08-11-2010, 02:40 PM
As far as knives. I always have my Meyerco in my pocket. My son gave me one of these a few years back. What a great knife.Cutco-World's Finest Cutlery (http://www.cutco.com.au/5721.htm) I carry this in all my tackle bags. At home I use the Dexter 7" Fillet and a 12" fish splitter, basically a wide blade boning knife.

08-11-2010, 09:39 PM
I never bring a knife fishing....... But I do bring a gun :eek:

08-11-2010, 09:50 PM
I carry the Letherman Skeletool. Simple locking blade, nice pliers and a cap lifter... All I need for fishing.

08-12-2010, 03:21 AM
thanks for all your inputs

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I never bring a knife fishing....... But I do bring a gun :eek:

so, what kind of gun do u bring? just curious

08-12-2010, 10:22 AM
I carry a Coleman-Western lock-back folder with 2 1/4" blades. One is plain the other serrated. It is stainless steel with some kind of durable synthetic sides. I have carried this for about 30 years and used for hunting, farming, household chores, hiking, everything a knife can be handy for. The serrated blade cuts small sapling very well and is great for cutting rope. It saved more than one cow for me.
BTW, I wanted to attach a picture but, being new here, I cannot find an attachment tool. Yes, there is a tool for putting up links but for pics I cannot find.

08-12-2010, 11:25 AM
I never bring a knife fishing....... But I do bring a gun :eek:

Then would you mind posting a video of you filleting a fish with that? :D

08-12-2010, 12:11 PM
Figured it out, I hope. Here pic of knife.http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=3814

Well, it's a link, no pic. :confused:

08-12-2010, 08:45 PM
Can 10,000,000 Boy Scouts be wrong? Have two favorite knives: one is the classic BS pocket knife with some extra tools built in. The other is a Buck "Workman." What makes this knife unusual is the main blade is shaped like a 'claw' and has a ground inward curved blade.

The old BS knives had a fairly high carbon steel blade(s), but God would they take an edge. Same thing with the Workman,' a few light passes with a sharpening stone and you could shave with the thing.

08-13-2010, 01:16 AM
I have a Gerber Gator Fixed, Serrated Edge Knife with Drop Point.
Real Cheap but solid.

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Also I have a Leatherman Freestyle.

Leatherman multi-tools: Freestyle (http://www.leatherman.com/products/product.asp?id=15&f=7&c=1)

08-13-2010, 11:44 AM
Check out the Columbia knife and tool surf and turf folding fillet knife. It'll never leave my vest and is perfect for pan fish on up. It's bomb proof and will run you about $30 give or take.

08-14-2010, 04:52 AM
HAHA! I agree. you can buy something way cheaper ghd (http://www.ghdtradezone.com) and more durable that comes with a shealth! for around $50 for example you could even get a marine ka-bar fixed blade knife.

Shane Stroud
08-14-2010, 07:44 AM
Speaking of Ka-Bar... I carry the Ka-Bar 1245 combo edge tanto. Haven't had much use for it here in CT, but it works well when you fish where there are gar, snapping turtles, and gators.

If I'm in a fish camp in the middle of nowhere, I also carry something that I have heard called a serial killer kit. It's a camp shovel that also makes into a saw, pick, hammer, and hatchet. Folds up neatly and fits on my belt.

Rip Tide
08-14-2010, 09:36 AM
I carry one of these... never needed anything else


08-14-2010, 12:36 PM
thanks for all your inputs

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so, what kind of gun do u bring? just curious

Depends on where I am going and what I am doing. For pistols I could have a .38, 9mm, .45 or a .44mag as I have several weapons chambered in these calibers. For rifles I could take anything from a 5.56x45 to a 7.62x54r (although I would be more likely to take something in 7.62x51). Or if all else fails there is the 870 with slugs ;)

08-14-2010, 01:01 PM
Or if all else fails there is the 870 with slugs ;)
Ah the good ol' wingmaster....such a solid shotgun. Even the express version is a solid shotgun for its price.


08-17-2010, 03:51 AM
Ah the good ol' wingmaster....such a solid shotgun. Even the express version is a solid shotgun for its price.


shotgun? you mean take it when fishing?