"You don't realize how important your anchor really is until you use one that is completely made for performance... and that is the Tornado Anchor. Not only does it stop my boat on a dime, it is also a huge conversation piece at the boat ramp! I love my Tornado Anchor!"
Brian Wise is a fly fishing guide in extreme southern Missouri. His mainstays are the wild rainbow trout and large predatory brown trout of the North Fork of the White River, but he is also a self-proclaimed smallmouth junky and loves the seasonal striper fishing as well. Priding himself on his teaching abilities and flat-out big fish catching karma, Brian has quickly made his way among the top guides in the Midwest. He has been featured in print such as Southern Living Magazine, Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Field and Stream, Rural Missouri Magazine, on television shows such as NBC's Today Show, Outdoor Channel's Ultimate Outdoors, several appearances on Outdoor Channel Outfitters, and was also a Field Producer for Chasing Waters on the Pursuit Channel. His fly tying and fly fishing videos are quickly making their way to the top of the list, and Fly Fishing the Ozarks Youtube Channel is one of the fastest growing channels in the fly fishing genre.
"So an anchor is an anchor right? That's pretty much how I thought. There are lead pyramids, that's bad on so many levels, but they stop the boat. There's the standard steel/lead spiked river anchor. And of course, the trusty chain. Those have been the traditional anchors used on river watercraft for years. Quite frankly until recently I didn't see a need for another type of anchor. However my feelings changes when I got the new steel Tornado rotating disc anchor. This new design is superior to lead in its composition and far better than chain by default. It also holds and stops better that a regular spike anchor. With so many choices it's clearly the best by design, material and performance. While the other anchors drag to a stop, the Tornado Anchor's design digs in quicker and holds better. Pound for pound this anchor is the best in its class."
Chris "Uber" Raines
The first time that Uber fished the Pere Marquette, he was a freshman at Ferris State University and the teachers went on strike. Beer and pizza were in short supply in Big Rapids and the fabled Pere Marquette river was calling (conveniently located 20 miles to the west of campus). That was the fall of 1987, and the call of the river is stronger today than ever. Guiding on the river 12 months of the year, he is familiar with the resident fish as well as the migratory runs. Stripping streamers, floating dry flies both day and night, waking mice, floating indicators, nymphing and swinging flies are some of the types of techniques that he employs.
"The Tornado anchor is a legit improvement on the simple river anchor. While at first glance the innovativeTornado may seem complicated, the basic principal is actually quite simple. And, once you use one and realize it works better than a conventional pyramid or cylindrical drift boat anchor you'll want to watch the clever design in action over and over. And, unlike big chunks of lead and steel slag, you don't need tons of weight to compensate for gear laden boats in fast water. I've been rowing for a few decades in all types of water and this thing is totally worth the investment"
Jay Anglin has been an avid angler and hunter for over 35 years. He tied his first flies and caught trout on them in Northern Michigan in 1981. His guide service, Anglin Outdoors, specializes in pursuing warm and cold-water fish species found in the streams and lakes of Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Anglin has guided anglers of all persuasions as well as waterfowl, turkey and upland game hunters throughout the Great Lakes states. He met his wife Angie while working towards a biology degree from Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula. Jay has also been writing professionally since high school. When he's not on the river or in the field he can found behind the keyboard. The Anglins live with their five children and four Labrador retrievers in LaPorte, Indiana.
"This anchor is amazing. I've been guiding the local rivers for over ten years. I know where I can and can't stop with a lead pyramid anchor. The tornado anchor stops me in spots I've never been able to stop before."
Captain Austin Adduci is the Owner and Head Guide of Grab Your Fly Charters, a fishing guide service located in the Chicagoland area specializing in warm and cold-water fishing opportunities of the Kankakee River, Dupage River, and the tributaries of Lake Michigan.
Austin began guiding in 2009 out of his Maverick Flats boat for Carp and Smallmouth on the South end of Lake Michigan. Things have changed over years. He now runs either a Stealthcraft driftboat or a Stealthcraft Power Drifter on his local rivers on a day to day basis, or he can be found guiding on the Naknek River in Alaska.
"I've used pyramid anchors my entire career. Lead and Steel and they all react the same way. Drop the anchor, it rolls and slides down the river until it grabs. Faster the water, the harder it is to stop. Then the Tornado Anchor came along and my boat is stopping easier and in places that I struggled to gain purchase in before. You can feel the difference immediately. Very few times is there truly a break through in this industry. I would say that the Tornado Anchor is in this category."
"Dry Fly" John McCloskey
John has had many adventures along his path, from fighting on U.S Karate teams to fighting fire. He was a technical rescue and high angle rope instructor for the state of Georgia for many years as well as an E.M.T., and he served his community well. John has always instructed in some form or fashion but his real passions are found in the outdoors.
Adventure has escorted John to vast destinations and landed him the trophy of experience and lifelong friendships. His time on the water is spent in Alaska through the summer months, then back south chasing monster browns fall through the spring. "No matter where I go to fish from the Naknek, South Platte, or Cumberland, the Chattahoochee is not far from my thoughts. It's a challenging river with great rewards and broken hearts. These waters truly haunt me." One thing is for sure, if it's an adventure you seek, the Tattooed Pirate is your man.
"A Tornado Anchor is a better mousetrap.
It seems such a simple task to stop a boat, but it can be difficult and dangerous if done wrong.
Having a Tornado Anchor helps get the boat stopped safely without hanging up and most importantly it does not litter the river with lead."
Colby D Crossland
Colby is a professional fly-fishing guide in Dutch John Utah, where he spends the warmer months of the year catching fish and helping others to do the same. When the temperature drops he splits his time between Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah.