When fishing the float & fly, I'm never in a boat without this thing. It has saved me so much time at the tying bench it's ridiculous. This retrieves the fly at least 9 out of 10 times. The only way we loose float & flies now is in fish mouths.
IF YOU FISH THE FLOAT & FLY FROM A BOAT PLEASE UTILIZE SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
LET'S ALL TRY TO KEEP LEAD POLLUTION TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM.
For years, I've used a cheap ugly stick, with a pvc extension taped on. A telescoping golf ball grabber, or paint stick would be able to be rigged like this. Anything as simple as a long skinny wooden stick. Whatever is used just needs to have a preferably large SNAP SWIVEL attached to the tip. Zip tie used in picture.