Wire Cord Zinger

Keep your tackle handy with this versatile fly fishing tool.

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

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Wire-Cord Zinger is rated 3.875 out of 5 by 48.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great zinger! I had a zinger on my fly fishing best which recently broke. I bought the Orvis zinger as a replacement. It seems very sturdy. I like the clip, vs. the pin.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality item. Well made zinger. Used to hold fishing pliers. Seems to be strong enough to support light pliers well.
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wire cord zinger small, compact, perfect and instantly handy for trimming your line ..
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superior device clip I've had pin-on zingers for many decades of flyfishing, on several vests for both me and my grandkids. The weak point for all of them is the wire pin itself, on the back. Sometimes the rotating catch can get inadvertantly turned and the wire released, but more commonly the wire pin itself gets bent. Afterall, our vests are often subject to abuse from getting tossed in the back of a vehicle or boat, and dangling devices get caught on branches along the stream or trail, or get overstretched in use, any of which can bend a pin. Orvis zingers generally have stouter pins and catches, but I've still managed to ding even them a time or two. All that aside, they are higher quality overall than a lot of cheaper brands available, some of which I've had the case come apart or the cord jam. But the best thing by far about these retractors is the clip. It is so much easier to use than other types I've had that I won't consider anything else. The chrome clip is readily depressed and swung down for attaching or detaching instruments, and has always stayed secured for me. Other brands with the simple spring wire type of clip can be clumsier to depress and disengage since it depends entirely on the wire's tensile for its spring tension, whereas the Orvis zingers ride on a pivot point for a larger gape when open and yet include enough wire tensile to engage and lock or unlock at its notch point without effort. For kids or we old scudders with fumbling fingers, tying on a fly or a surgeon's knot should be the ultimate challenge, not working the clip end of our zingers. The hardest ones for me anymore are my old ones that have the sliding sleeve lock in the middle of an hour-glass shaped device clip. Getting the sleeve to slide up or down to expose one end of the wire, and then getting it even further along to allow an implement on or off that wire and down to the loop end is a gargantuan task anymore. And if you don't get the sleeve back over just right so it covers both wire ends, you risk losing stuff. It's not the greatest design. Orvis zinger clips are the best design of all, and by far the easiest to use.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Screw loosened and I lost the zinger and a rather expensive nipper. I emailed Orvis from there web sight about it but never received an answer. I bought another one and superglued the screw to prevent another loss.
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just adding another one This has got to be one of the best products. I have had an Orvis Zinger for 15 years and its still going. I bought another to add some other products to my pack.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have used these for years. Never had one fail. Have used these for years, and never had one fail. Wish I could stop loosing them or giving them to my kids. Great product.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best zigger on the market Good quality. Metal casing and metal wire. I have several just like this that are 10 years old and still work like new.
Date published: 2015-03-23
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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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