I met Mark Fisher for the first time down at the Miami Boat show when he was working the AEON booth next to the Bohemain. We started talking about fly fishing and stripping baskets and told me that he was working on a custom stripping basket for the March Merkin silent auction. It is a 120 degree dual rail system that is attached to the casting platform so it is snag free. The basket can be replaced with any other type of stripping basket like the pop up leaf bins or protrim. You can push it around with your feet so you never have to take your eyes off the fish. Overall a well thought out design.
The new Beavertail Rail Fly Tamer was built out of one necessity and that
was Line management. All of us, I don’t care who you are have been in the
situation where you need to make a cast and cant because your line is
wrapped around something on the boat or it laying in the water and it takes
too many false cast to pull it off the water and the result is no cast, no
fish, no fun.
Well, with that one single thing in mind the Beavertail Rail Fly Tamer was
created, with most of the credit going to Rob Kramarz of
www.chaostheorycharters.com in Key West. He is a extraordinary guide in the
Keys with Tarpon and Permit being his specialty, with that said he knows the
importance of Line management. Without it, it’s the difference between and
fish of a lifetime and total frustration.
The Rail system is set up like a roller coaster, with wheels that hook under
and over the 1″ aluminum rail. This lets the fly tamer move effortlessly by
using your foot to move it right to left. We did this so that you never
take your eye off the fish when casting. The system can use any kind of
tamer from collapsible to rigid, big or small, just simply attach it to the
pre-drilled holes in the roller plate and your done. The height of the
plate is pre determined to go over your feet on the casting platform. This
will let you move it effortlessly and not be a obtrusive while fishing. I
guess they say ingenuity comes from necessity. The Beavertail gang of
Tarpon maniacs will give this a thorough testing this spring and I am
looking forward to any and all feedback.
Mark L Fisher