Wire Cord Zinger

Keep your tackle handy with this versatile fly fishing tool.


Our classic zinger. Keep all your vital fly fishing items close at hand. Virtually unbreakable 15" nylon-covered woven wire cord.


Overall: 3.7/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 3.7 / 5 based on 33 reviews

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24 of 33 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    handy - 9/19/2013
    By: from MD

    I have a few of various Orvis zingers on my fishing vest and thought they would be great for ID badge at work.I decided on the steel cable due to co workers breaking them (plastic) quite frequently.It worked great for over 3 years almost 4.before internal spring broke.These things are awesome and they look better too

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Good Orvis Zinger - 8/19/2013
    By: from Alexandria, VA
    Top 10 Contributor

    I have purchased and use both the clip-on and pin-on versions of this zinger (I prefer the clip-on version). They both are good quality products that hold nips, forceps, amadou pads or other fly fishing tools at the ready. I have not experienced any of the problems that the other reviewers have noted. Be reasonable in terms of weight when loading these zingers; I recommend a single tool per.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5


    Bouhgt the zinger for a friend. He liked the fact it was "Orvis". Much better than the one he had.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Good quality Zinger - 5/20/2013
    By: from Sandy ,Utah

    Use this zinger to hold my large fly book to my fly fishing vest. It feels strong and handles the weight of the well. Do not need to worry about losing my fly box any more.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Wire Cord Zinger - 4/3/2013
    By: from North Yorkshire
    Top 250 Contributor

    Just bough one of these after my last one (diffferent make) broke. It does seem more robust than my previous zingers.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Wire Cord Zinger - 4/2/2013
    By: from San Clemente, CA

    I have been using Orvis Wire Cord Zingers for a long time, they are strong and durable and work well over a long period of time. unfortuneately i left my Lanyiard with zingers at a rest room on the San Juan River and i had to restock and therefore I have just re-ordered some. Re-ordering is a good recomendation.

  • 2/5 stars 2/5

    Quality Not There - 1/25/2013
    By: from San Jose, CA
    Top 25 Contributor

    The cord retractor wore out really fast and doesn't retract the wire all the way. The rotating pin lock always opens, sometimes resulting in the pin opening and the zinger falling off my pack. I think a redesign is needed on these.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Good buy, good price. - 8/24/2012
    By: from Bethlehem, PA

    I bought two of these...one for the forceps and one for the snips. Both have the pin backings. They attached securely to the vest, the snap clips open and close easily for attaching the tools, and the wire extends and retracts very smoothly and evenly...exactly what I was looking for.

  • 1/5 stars 1/5

    Wire Cord Zinger - 8/17/2012

    It broken immediately.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Wire cord zinger - 7/14/2012
    By: from London

    Bought two, so far no problems. Easy to use and do what I wanted of them. Think about the magnetic type though for forceps as the cord gets in the way when handling fish.

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The Orvis Zinger
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The Orvis Premium Zinger
One of Orvis' best-selling products was dreamed up over lunch. In 1967, Orvis owner and President Leigh H. Perkins was at lunch in Manchester, Vermont's Coburn House hotel. A waitress named Mavis attracted Perkins's attention, thanks to her order-taking pencil. This wasn't an ordinary pencil -- it was attached to a tiny retractable reel and pinned to the front of her blouse. Mavis could pull the string, write down the order, let go and the pencil would roll back up, out of the way until she needed it next.

Perkins couldn't help but stare. He realized that this handy contraption could be adapted for sporting use, that every fly fisher in the world needed just such a gizmo to keep their nippers close at hand, without risk of losing them in the water. He decided to put his idea into action, and had small stainless-steel cylinders--proudly emblazoned with the Orvis logo and dubbed "Zingers"--made and placed in his store. Fishermen jumped on the product immediately, using them to hold not only their nippers, but also nets, flashlights, and water thermometers. They were an instant success and Orvis sold millions of the handy gadgets over the years. Orvis even developed a Zinger that contains a retractable tape measure, so that you can measure your fish before releasing it. Today, Orvis sells five different types of Zingers that serve a variety of purposes.

By the way, Perkins hired that waitress, who was a valued Orvis employee for years.

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