Premium Zinger

Quickly access your most important fly fishing tools with this Zinger.


The rugged stainless-steel housing and clip won't corrode. Retractable 15" cord. Covered pinpoint prevents accidental pokes. Imported.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.1 / 5 based on 26 reviews


13 of 26 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 1/5

    Argh - 7/25/2014
    By: from Victoria BC

    The cable on this broke the first time it retracted. Fortunately I was off the water. Unfortunately, the nippers I was going to use this with fell in the water on my trip and were lost, as I had no zinger for them.

  • 5/5

    Still the Best! - 11/9/2012

    This zinger is still the most durable on the market. Mine have lasted for years so I've added a couple more at a great price.

  • 5/5

    Zinger is simply perfect - 11/6/2012
    By: from NY

    Zinger is simply perfect to use, high quality as always you may expect from Orvis

  • 5/5

    GREAT PURCHASE - 10/29/2012

    I have several of these for my fishing vest, my floation vest for kayak fishing, and on my lanyard. Never had a failure or lost anything attached to them because of opening.

  • 4/5

    Great gift gadget - 10/22/2012
    By: from Birmingham, AL
    Top 25 Contributor

    Gave boss on bosses day; really excited about the gadget, then from Orvis. Thanks Orvis

  • 5/5

    Good quality - 10/22/2012
    By: from mahopac, NY

    This zinger seems to be of good quality, an seems durable, Extended usage in the field will tell the tale. If my opinion changes, I will repost.

  • 5/5

    Excelent Zinger - 10/19/2012
    By: from Newbury Park, CA

    Another excellent product from Orvis. I would like to see a little bit longer pin like the plastic Wire-Cord Zinger from Orvis. This would make it a little easier to put it on the Hypalon patch for zinger attachment on the Safe Passage Micro Chest Pack.

  • 5/5

    Quality Item - 9/11/2012
    By: from Southern England
    Top 250 Contributor

    This is a top quality jacket accessory well made strong cord with an easy to operate clasp.

  • 3/5

    Time will tell - 7/31/2012
    By: from Butler, NJ

    For a premium zinger, the latch mechanism holding the attached gear had to be bent to feel comfortable the latch would hold. As presented, the latch was easy to pop open which wouldn't be expected on a product that leads off with the word “premium” in the name. Time will tell.

  • 5/5

    Sharp - 6/6/2012
    By: from Charleston, West Virginia
    Top 100 Contributor

    Sharp looking zinger. This is my second one and I have never had any issues with them breaking.

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The Orvis Zinger

Introduced in 1967 to become an Orvis best-seller

The Orvis Premium Zinger
The Orvis Premium Zinger

One of Orvis' best-selling products was dreamed up over lunch. In 1967, Orvis owner and President Leigh H. Perkins was at lunch in Manchester, Vermont's Coburn House hotel. A waitress named Mavis attracted Perkins's attention, thanks to her order-taking pencil. This wasn't an ordinary pencil -- it was attached to a tiny retractable reel and pinned to the front of her blouse. Mavis could pull the string, write down the order, let go and the pencil would roll back up, out of the way until she needed it next.

Perkins couldn't help but stare. He realized that this handy contraption could be adapted for sporting use, that every fly fisher in the world needed just such a gizmo to keep their nippers close at hand, without risk of losing them in the water. He decided to put his idea into action, and had small stainless-steel cylinders--proudly emblazoned with the Orvis logo and dubbed "Zingers"--made and placed in his store. Fishermen jumped on the product immediately, using them to hold not only their nippers, but also nets, flashlights, and water thermometers. They were an instant success and Orvis sold millions of the handy gadgets over the years. Orvis even developed a Zinger that contains a retractable tape measure, so that you can measure your fish before releasing it. Today, Orvis sells five different types of Zingers that serve a variety of purposes.

By the way, Perkins hired that waitress, who was a valued Orvis employee for years.

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