ADVENTURE MADE FOR YOU
Handcrafted Outdoor Gear From the Son of a National Park Ranger
I was lucky enough to grow up in the wilderness, and I started the Daggerfish Gear Co. to help other people find confidence and calm in the outdoors. Now, we're on a mission to provide exceptional handcrafted products for your next adventure, and help revitalize craft manufacturing in the US.
We make gear for fishermen, foragers, campers, explorers, and anyone else interested in a rich experience of the wilderness. All of our products are made in the USA, and our craftsmanship is guaranteed for a lifetime. Check out what we make below, or visit our full store here.
Everything you need for your next adventure, together in a single box. Each of our Adventure Kits feature a collection of our handmade gear built around a specific excursion. Whether that's a deep wilderness fishing trip using one of our wooden hand lines, an after-rainstorm hike in search of wild edibles, or a weekend surviving off of what you can fish and forage, there's a kit perfect for your next adventure. Click on each kit to learn more about what's included.
An minimalist rod for a different style of fishing. Our wooden hand lines are more than an ultralight fishing pole - they're a complete fishing system that combines a rod, reel, and tackle box all in one. Cast and reel each by hand, making them easy to learn and exceptionally fun to use.
Inside the top and bottom of the reel are storage areas for carrying your fishing tackle, and each set comes with a lead-free tackle kit included inside. Made from locally-sourced maple, cherry, and walnut, and weighing in at under five ounces each, our handreels are the finest way for backpackers, campers, and fishermen to turn every trip into an opportunity to catch a fish. Learn more about our handreels, or check out our most popular varieties below.
MORE ABOUT HAND LINE FISHING
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN EACH KIT
HOW TO CAST YOUR HANDLINE
Is this better than a regular rod and reel?
Yes and no. The Daggerfish is the best at doing what it does, which is being a small, lightweight, compact fishing system that lets you go fish deep in the woods with minimal gear and zero hassle. Will it outperform a regular rod and reel? Not in all situations, but handlining is a different style of fishing that privileges simplicity and ease of use over complexity and high technology.
The Daggerfish works great as a second rod for your next fishing trip, as an emergency fishing rod in a glove box, daypack, or survival kit, and as an all-in-one rod, reel, and tackle box for your next backpacking trip, bikepacking trip, motorcycle trip, or river trip. Because of its size and completeness, the Daggerfish is one of the easiest things to throw into your bag before of your next adventure, enabling you to expand your experience of the outdoors.
I like to camp, but I don't really fish. Can I use this?
If you don't already consider yourself an angler, this is a great way to get started! I actually created the first Daggerfish because I grew up backpacking, hiking, canoeing, and camping, and I was always curious about fishing but felt intimidated by it. I didn't want to have to buy all the rods, reels, and tackle that I thought you needed, and I didn't understand how it all worked, and so I felt like this part of the outdoors wasn’t available to me.
It wasn't until I saw people fishing with a simple hand carved version of handreels that I realized you didn't need all of that stuff, and that I could get started with just a simple reel and a basic set of bait. Since then, I've gotten tons of great feedback from lots of our customers who have bought Daggerfish in order to learn how to fish, and discovered that they really liked this way of being outdoors. Like me, they might never have discovered this without a simplified product that made it easy for them to get started.
It’s simplicity also makes it a great tool for young kids who are just beginning to learn to fish. It’s simple to understand and use, small and light enough for little hands, and with no mechanical reel, stubborn birds-nest tangles are less of an issue.
Does this make a good gift for fishermen, hikers, or campers?
For the adventurer who has everything...they don't have this! The Daggerfish is a completely unique product, made by hand in the US from all-natural materials. For beginners, this is a great way to get started, and for the gung-ho outdoorsman, this is a unique tool to add to their next adventure.
Speaking of adventures, our Adventure Kits combine multiple products into the perfect gift box, enabling you to give someone a completely new experience of being outdoors. We use the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, and we support our products and our customers with how-to videos, blogs, and other content on our website that helps our customers go from beginners to experts in no time. Any issues, we’re reachable online through our website, Instagram, and Facebook page, and we’re excited to help more people get out there for their next adventure.
What else do you make?
We make gear for fishing, foraging, and exploration, all with a focus on natural materials and high-quality craftsmanship. We pride ourselves on our customer service, and stand behind our work with a lifetime guarantee. No matter how you like to be outdoors, we're here to support you. Check out all of our different products below, or visit our full store here.