Recently, I was asked “what cutting tools do I use” in support of fly fishing? Well the question set me back for a moment because the task wasn’t defined. My response seemed a bit long winded but in retrospect, you need to have access to the following tools.
Snips /Scissors provide the means to cut line. Think about the tag ends of leader and other line connections, get some if you haven’t already, your dentist will love you. Any style as long as they are relatively petite and sharp and most importantly capable of being attached to a snap lanyard.
Filet knife is essential unless you simply dress your fish and cook them whole. The important thing with this type knife is blade length, grip and sharpness. Look to go smaller in length, a foam or tacky grip is preferable to slippery polished wood and a dull knife is dangerous.
Folding pocket knife is the backup for all other knives. It should have a blade length near 4 inches, a reliable steel content capable of being worked and sharpened numerous times. A decent grip; and I like a knife that can be kept in a small sheath on my belt instead of crowding your front pocket.
Well fellow fly fishermen remember to keep your line tight and your knives sharp.