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Fly or Lure Stuck? Get it Back with the 'Fly Retriever'

If you fish the shore often and you're sick and tired of your fly getting hung up in tree branches, you need this unique fishing product

Fly or Lure Stuck? Get it Back with the 'Fly Retriever'
Fly or Lure Stuck? Get it Back with the 'Fly Retriever'

While at the Dieppe Fly Fishing Forum in Moncton, New Brunswick, I met two brothers from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The brothers, Ray and J.P. Asaph, were at their booth pushing a unique fishing product called the “Fly Retriever”. As you may know, I’m into one-of-kind fishing gear, like my Line Cutterz Ring, which cuts fishing line up to 100-pound braid and my Amphibia eyewear, the only safety-rated fishing glasses that float.

J. P. told me he came up with the idea of the “Fly Retriever” 30 years ago. The first one he created was made out of aluminum, which he still uses today.

The Fly Retriever Donnie Cook
The “Fly Retriever”
(Photo courtesy of Donnie Cooke)

"I have taken hundreds of flies out of trees in those 30 years and at one point I rescued 4 other flies caught on the same branch while retrieving my own, I would like to find the son-of-a… that planted that tree, lol." J. P. said.

Even though they were targeting the fly fishing crowd at the forum, the retriever can also be used to get out other types of lures and hooks from branches. The concept is pretty simple. You hook the retriever onto the second last eyelid on your rod, hold tightly on the string and hook it onto a branch. Then lay down your rod someplace safe, pull down the branch and remove the fly or lure. When you let go of the string, the retriever shoots off the branch due to its elastic.

See Ray explain it to me in this video:

You can get your “Fly Retriever” at or by emailing

Keep getting those unique ideas out there and fish on!

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