Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: North Umpqua / Rogue River
I have been using these for a while and spent some time talking with Jerry and Doug about them. For me it is just another way to rig a fly, I am not sure if it results in more hook-up's vs another properly rigged style (tube, old school intruder, standard shank, etc.). The main benefit for me is being able to change ride of the hook on the fly, but this can also be done with a tube. They do hold up very well, I have a few I have fished the crap out of and the feathers will fall/rip apart before the tubing comes apart. Specifically I have an ultra squid from Jerry that has been fished so much the eyes have come off and the hook is still good to go.
If you crimp the micro barb you can easily slide the junction tubing off and access the looped fireline/powerpro and change your stinger hook. As with any kind of tying style or rigging it's going to be a lot of personal preference on what you like. I think any properly rigged style of fly will catch fish.