Monday, December 12, 2011

Gear Review- Mooseknuckle Lanyards

the Mooseknuckle and me, Poudre River
I only became aware of Mooseknuckle Lanyards a couple months ago, but in that time, I've seen them pop up all over the place.  When Jeremy Barnes, the owner, and I talked about reviewing one, he was only too happy to send one along.  He sent a beautiful carbon fiber model.

I discovered four years ago that I am a lanyard man.  I have never been the vest type.  I never liked the look, it seemed too stuffy to me.  I've always worn a light day pack and kept some flies in my front wader pocket.  On hot summer days, who needs to wear another layer?  As I got more and more into fly fishing I started running into problems.  I bought and used more tools and accessories, with no good way to utilize them.

The breaking point was when I fished the San Juan river in March of '09.  Suddenly, I needed tippet spools and a host of tools to tie and re-tie two fly indie rigs for the fishing there.  I bought a lanyard at Navajo Dam (the town) and voila.  It was a decent no name lanyard with a couple of decorative beads and a built in tippet post.  But, it fell apart at some point, I never got the foam padding back on, and I put up with it being a pain in the neck.

Then I got my Mooseknuckle lanyard in the mail.  Jeremy sent me the Carbon Fiber model.  The carbon fiber spacers are a cool touch, decorative and functional.  I love this lanyard.  What I look for in a lanyard is that you don't notice it's there until you need it, and I can say that for this one.  The high-density foam on the neck is very comfortable, and their patent-pending adjustment system is adjustable to any length you'll need.  The adjustment is simple yet secure.  I was impressed by the safety clasp which disconnects in an emergency.  It already has saved my bacon once.

the Mooseknuckle Carbon Fiber, ready for action

It has a variety of metal attachments and clasps.  Personally, I have a set of nippers, a Dr. Slick hemo combo tool, a gink dispenser, a small fly box made for lanyards, and a tippet post for accessories.  Here's the official run-down of stats:

  • Type III Commercial Para Cord
    • 7 Inner Cords Made of 14 Strings with a rating of 35 lbs each.
    • 14 Strings with a rating of 17.5 lbs each.
    • 32 Strand Sheath
    • Minimum Breaking Strength of 550 lbs.
    • Drys Quickly
    • Mold, Mildew, and UV Resistant
    • Made in the U.S.A.
  • High Density Foam Neck Padding and Fly Patches
  • Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel Spacers
  • 5 – 80 lb Test Duo-Lock Snaps
  • High Density Rubber Cinch Beads
  • Break Away Safety Clasp
  • Ultralight, Extremely Strong Carbon Fiber Tube Spacers
  • Anti-sway Stainless Steel Alligator Clip
  • MooseKnuckle Lanyards Quick Adjust System (patent pending)
    • Does not compromise the structural integrity of the foam.
    • Allows the user to quickly and easily make adjustments while wearing the lanyard.
  • Hand Assembled in the U.S.A.
  • Unconditional Lifetime Warranty!
Available Cord Colors

Mooseknuckle has two other models, a fiberglass and a stainless steel model.  They retail for $24.99 and the Carbon Fiber model sells for $34.99.  If you're looking for a lightweight and convenient alternative to a vest, definitely give one a try.

He also makes a Universal Tippet Caddie, which I'm planning to add to my lanyard, as it is can be attached in multiple configurations, either hanging free, or horizontally depending on your preference.  

You can check out Mooseknuckle's products on the web as follows:

I want to thank Jeremy Barnes for the opportunity to review a really nice piece of equipment that goes with me on every outing.


  1. Nice review! I am impressed by the picture of you on the Poudre. Not only does it show off the fine looking lanyard, you get bonus points for a TFM sighting and the rarer Poudre trout sighting...

  2. That was my first outing with that lanyard, and the more I use it the more I like it. It was great sharing the water with you that day.