Working in Clark County Mike McCoy owner of Snake Brand

first_imgFly-fishing, for many, is a passion and an obsession.There’s a history of fathers taking their sons to streams in the early hours to spend the day perfecting their cast — look no further than the 1992 film “A River Runs Through It.”Battle Ground resident Mike McCoy eventually channeled that fly-fishing passion into his business, Snake Brand. He spends his days working out of his house and garage, overseeing the creation of what are called “snake guides,” as well as other fly rod components, such as sleek reel seats (the handle to a fly rod) made of maple and buckeye.Using machines he designed himself, his business can produce up to 400 snake guides an hour. They’re shipped all over the world, he said, to customers as far away as Japan and New Zealand.To a non-fly fisher, maybe the words “snake guide” mean nothing — but at the very least, you may have heard how important getting the “perfect cast” is in the sport of fishing.A snake guide is one of the tiny metal pieces attached to a fly rod through which the fishing line is strung. Other guides, such as the ones you might find on an average fly rod, are shaped like a teardrop. McCoy said those guides have more “drag points.”last_img