History repeats itself once again with the ultimate fishing multi-tool, the Walton’s Thumb. This tool is a wonderful accessory to hang from a fly fisherman’s vest, but it is also a handy and sometimes essential piece of gear for any fisherman conventional or fly. You can use it in saltwater. It is made of stainless steel. It won’t rust.
Walton’s thumb was first made in the early 1970’s by Hank Roberts from Boulder, Colorado. It is named after Izaak Walton, author of “The Complete Angler”. Not produced for very long, the original has become a collectors item by anglers. Comparisons indicate this new introduction is nearly identical to the original with an added feature, the split shot remover. This new one is brought to us by the Creek Company headquartered in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Walton’s Thumb is really 10 tools in one.
It features a “pincher” which is perfect for de-barbing flies and hooks.
It has a “line cutter”, of course.
The “split shot remover” is new and is a valuable enhancement to the original.
In the folding tool section, you will find a small “knife”.
The Walton's Thumb has a "tag end knot crimper" to strengthen knots by reducing the potential for slippage.
There is a “screw driver”, which is helpful for tightening a reel screw.
“Built-in” to the screw driver is a “split ring remover”, something conventional fishermen use.
A “hook eye cleaner” is essential. It can also be used to untie wind knots.
A small pair of “scissors” fold out for your convenience.
Walton’s Thumb has a stainless steel lanyard or zinger ring.
Walton’s Thumb is the perfect gift for any angler.
Dimensions are: 3” x 5/8” x ½”.
“I heard our first shipment of Walton’s Thumb Fisherman’s Multi-Tools arrived yesterday afternoon. I had to go to the shop to see them today. There they were, on the front counter, on the display provided by The Creek Company. A sample was tethered to the display, but I was able to disconnect it and play with the tool. It was everything I hoped for and more. The finish was impeccable. The tool features functioned smoothly, like you would expect from a $40 tool. It reminded me of a small Leatherman, made exclusively for fishermen. I was impressed. Paul and Nolan told me we had already sold four that morning. I walked by them on the way out, and they said they sold another one. I thought to myself, this is going to be successful.
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