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    Default Well Made Zingers?

    Most of you know that I am a newbie to flyfishing and after reading the comments on the Able nippers, I have another question.

    What zinger would you trust to hold $100.00 nippers or any other item cherished by the owner.


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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Central Florida

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    Hi Dave,

    I have use many different types. The most convenient are the round zinger style. I like the ones with a metal line. The problem with zingers is they will all fail with heavy use. The operate from a spring and the spring gives out. The most reliable that I have used is the Simms style. I have a couple that I have used for more years than I can remember. But even with these the spring of the wire coils can start to get tired and not retract quite as far as when new.


    Simms Retractor

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    Join Date
    May 2009
    Truckee, CA.
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    LD123, Gear keepers, is the brand I trust most now.
    They use a bit heavier materials (spring, tether).
    They make a few sizes, the largest will guard my large long handled net.
    The smallest will take care of pricey nippers.

    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.


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    Fishpond Zingers. They don't come off - which has been a problem for me with zingers. I've used a lot of them and I think the way the Fishpond attaches to your vest, pack, etc. is by far the best. No matter how well the clip that holds your nippers or hemos is if the zinger is gone, so is what is attached to it. The retractor is similar to the Simms pictured above, but it is a little longer and gives you more pull if you're using if for your hemos and need to pull down to release a hook. I have used the Simms one and the problem I had with it was it released on me from my jacket. YMMV.


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    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Boise, Idaho

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    I'm still using a cheesy 5 buck round zinger for my nippers-which,BTW, until very recently were old nail clippers with an added pin for clearing hook eyes- but I did start pinning the zinger to the inside of my vest and running the clip to the nippers out thru a small hole I cut in the vest. Mostly so the zinger isn't snaggy. But if it does come unpinned, it can't fall off:the zinger won't fit thru the hole.

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    Being rather new myself .. I went with the Dr. Slick brand ... so far (with limited use .. dang it) I have had no problems.
    They may quit on me next week or month ... we'll see.

    Gordon in NC
    If you are going to try cross-country skiing ... start with a small country.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    South Texas

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    Another vote for the Simms Retractor.

    I had one fail after 3 years of heavy use, so I can't recommend hanging $100 nippers on them.

    I also have no idea why someone would spend that much on nippers.

    If you want something like that from Abel, buy something that's supposed to go in a pocket, not dangling over the water.

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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    Mar 2008
    Jackson Hole, WY
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    I'd second either the Simms or Fishpond. Have both and they are much better then the old round ones.
    My worst day on the water beats my best day anywhere else hands down!!

    Upstream Anglers and Outdoor Adventures

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    I'll also recommend the Fishpond zinger. It is well made and the way it attaches is superb. I have confidence that it will not come undone and fail on me. The Simms version is a close second. I have moved away from the round type as they do give out in a short period of time and won't retract all the way leaving the items dangling a little further down than I would like.

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    one more vote for the fishpond. i lost mine, but only because someone stole my fishing bag. i imagine it's still on there somewheres.... i have a simms too that frank illustrated and i like it almost as well. i just don't care for the long pin design attachment the simms uses.

    fresno, ca.

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