Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
chad austin

What brand fillet knife to buy

Recommended Posts

I am looking to buy my first "quality" fillet knife and was wondering if I could get some feed back on how you all like your fillet knives. I am looking to spend around $75.00. I am NOT looking for an electric knife or any info about them.

I currently have a 9" rapala and like the length but if a more flexible blade is available I think I would like that, is more flexible better?

The species of fish that I clean the most in order:

Crappie

Walleye

Northern

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a Leech Lake knife along with the deluxe electric Rapala fillet knife. The Leech Lake knife is THE top of the line in my opinion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can't help on the knife choice. All of my non-electric fillet knives are cheapies but I keep them sharp with the three stage chefs choice sharpener. In my opinion a good sharpener is better to have than a good knife... that will eventually need to be sharpened.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Keep in mind that Leech Lake knifes can be sharpend for free by sending them to the company. The directions with mine said to NOT sharpen their knifes on your own, seeing as the edge on the backside hook of the knife would be nearly impossible to sharpen without damaging.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Leech will also sharpen their knives at the sportshow for free if you bring it in. I've had mine done once a year since I bought it in 1995. BEst knife I have ever used.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have owned a Cutco fillet fisherman for about 5 years.

This knife is simply awesome and holds a edge great.

If one needs it sharpened, I either take it to the butcher in town or Cutco will sharpen it for free.

Never worry about braking a tip on the knife as it has a FOREVER warranty, yes they will warranty the knife forever, no mater who owns the knife.

I don't believe there is another knife sold today with a warranty like that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have used nearly all of the aforemetioned brand/styles of knives. I got a Leech Lake as a gift and love it, but if i was to spend my own money, a Dexter Russell is the only way to go. They may be hard to find in stores, but you should be able to find what you want online. Dexter Russell knives are commercial grade, and made in the US. If you want to spend $75 buy both a Dexter Russell fillet knife and steel. If you look hard enough, you may be able to find a kit that contains both.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The best knife for under $30 I have found is the Rapala flex blade knife. It keeps it edge pretty well and is easy to sharpen. I also agree that Cutco is the way to go if you want to spend a few more $$$'s.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am a big fan of the cabelas advanced angler series above all the other "cheapies", but they do need to be sharpened regularly. But if I were to buy a more expensive I would go with the leech lake if it only needs sharpening once a year. That would be amazing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The leech lake or the wustof. I have both, and go back in forth between the one I like better. I think the wustof holds a better edge, but the leech lake knife is so beautiful and I love the sharp blade on both sides.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i got a leech lake as a gift this year and as sead before a work of art cleaned 11 eyes with it so far and it works great

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use rapala electric all the time so I can't help with a standard knife.

I think the rapala flex blade is the most flex I would ever want in a blade, I have used others that are more flexible and its really easy to mess up a cut or a whole fish .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Most of the good names have been mentioned already. Cutco, Leech, Wusthof etc. - all excellent cutlery.

If you can find them anymore, the green handled Schrade knives were some of the best quality for not too much $$$. Very good steel for an inexpensive knife. They hold an edge very well.

If you want a real Cadillac of a knife, check out Dunn. I was turned on them by an old trapper who did a lot of skinning. They also make fillet knives, but they'll set you back about $150.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I recieved an Alaska Knife as a gift and it is simply the best knife. It has a ridged backbone, great curved tip, hand grip fits almost perfect and again they warrenty it for life.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My all time favorite is the good old birch handled Rapala knife. For less than $20 it has what I like for tapered flex, holds an edge well enough (I can sharpen knives so that's not an issue) and if something happens to it it's no big deal. I have cleaned thousands of fish with them. Buy one, the $80 that you save and buy bait!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My all time favorite is the good old birch handled Rapala knife. For less than $20 it has what I like for tapered flex, holds an edge well enough (I can sharpen knives so that's not an issue) and if something happens to it it's no big deal. I have cleaned thousands of fish with them. Buy one, the $80 that you save and buy bait!

I have this very same one, the Normark Rapala.

nk-5.jpg

It's insanely sharp, and has held its edge for years for me (of course, all I ever use it for is cutting lines off leaders/lures).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to have a few really good knives that I liked (don't remember what kind now) but after leaving one on the tailgate crazy and "loaning" the other out mad I stick to the rapala wood handled. Just keep 'em sharp and they work for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I guess I don't know what I'm missing, I'm still using the original rapala knife I got in 97' when I was a kid. I sharpen it each time I use it and it does the job just fine.

I am kinda curious what people are running for electric fillet knives. I watched a couple vids on youtube or people doing northerns and its amazing how fast they are. I got a gift card for fleet farm and was thinking about getting one of those rapala electrics.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the rapala electrics are overpriced IMO. I have the "cheaper" electric knife from FF. I forget what brand it is but have had it for years and years.... As long as I can remember. Never needed to be sharpened and extremely fast when coming off the lake with multiple limits of wallyes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I buy the cheap ones around 5 bucks, from bass shop and have no problem. For electric I use regular household for the kitchen that cost $10.00 . Some of my fillet knives are years old.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have used nearly all of the aforemetioned brand/styles of knives. I got a Leech Lake as a gift and love it, but if i was to spend my own money, a Dexter Russell is the only way to go. They may be hard to find in stores, but you should be able to find what you want online. Dexter Russell knives are commercial grade, and made in the US. If you want to spend $75 buy both a Dexter Russell fillet knife and steel. If you look hard enough, you may be able to find a kit that contains both.

I just won the bid for a 8in Dexter Russell on the big auction site for 6 bucks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Had a decent trip.  We fished the evening of Aug. 9-Aug. 15.  Had 2 pretty good days, 2 bad days, and the rest were just so-so.  Dad, Uncle, and Grandpa don't like getting up early anymore so we usually outdrink the fish at night and sleep in mornings.   We have slowly been learning how to consistently catch fish on this lake.  The local guys don't provide any information and neither do the guys that have been making the trip for 20+ years.  Can't say I blame them much, but would have shortened the learning curve for us a little bit.  We found a bay a few years back that we can catch 10-16" walleye all day in, just a shallow weedy bay pulling spinners.  Usually get enough eyes' for dinner and then go search the reefs, shorelines, and islands for bigger fish.   I think we finally dialed in on some bottom bouncers and have 2-3 spots were we can go and most likely catch fish with the chance at some big ones.  1oz to 1-1/2oz BB with leeches or worms work the best on these spots.  2 spots are reefs topping out at 9-10fow and the other spot is a little flatter, with access to some shallow weeds.  We also deep troll suspended fish some evenings and don't catch a lot, but the ones we do are bigger fish.  We found iwe caught more fish when we were running and gunning.  Fish a spot for 20-30 minutes and then move on until we found some fish.  This kind of stinks for Grandpa but he understands we can't catch them if they are there and active. Biggest of the week was 26 1/4" walleye with 20-25 eyes' over 20".  I think I had 2 -25" and also a 37" pike the last evening.  Really fun time and scenery with the family.  Looking forward to next year and searching more of the lake.
    • Not a cowbird. We have several around here and they are generally dark-black grey and brown. The pictured bird almost looks as though it could be an immature yellow headed blackbird. Cowbirds are quite reclusive and we have been surprised they come out to our feeders, but they have become pretty regular customers. Like the deer that graze in the front yard. Last night we had the buck, doe and twin fawns and even though we talked softly to them they did not spook,  but seemed to simply acknowledge our presence on the deck and continued to feed. And of course, as usual, the black squirrels are gathering all MY walnuts!  darn.....I just can't win. The chipmunks eat my strawberries, deer eat tomato plants and squirrels eat my walnuts. I'm left with this old bottle of Beefeaters, a small bottle of vermouth and a few olives in a jar.  Things are tough out here in the wilderness.
    • Quincey should be a solid guy. I don't recall watching him play, but by looking at his stats over the years it appears to be an upgrade over Scandella.
    • Just looked up the yellow. Definitely not, no white on wings and way too yellow. And all the pictures of a cowbird on Google don't show a cowbird with the rusty colored ring on it's back.
    • Spending most of my time in Dallas these days due to my job.  Will be fishing the Otter County Area in a couple of weeks.  Can't wait!  Just wondering what you guys are seeing?  I am assuming the Bass are in and will be in their late summer patterns which to me means that you could find 'em anywhere.  One of the questions my friend had (I guess watching KVD in Elite Series and  Major League fishing -- I think his recent win on the Elite Series on St Lawrence River was mainly a drop shot) was jerk baits for this time of year.  Frankly, I use mostly jigs and plastics.  Watching KVD, I think I should give jerk baits more a try.
    •  It looks yellow in the bad picture but it's a very rusty medium brown. Definatly in the blackbird family though I think. I need a decent camera. Eye guy, you told me about a not too expensive digital camera with a good zoom lens didn't you? I don't think that's it. The ring on its back is the same rust color. 
    • Think so...!  Yaller headed B bird, like the Duffster said.   https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-headed_Blackbird/id
    • Yellow headed blackbird?
    • It looks way to light brown to be a cowbird but I see nothing else in my bird book it could be??? I know this is a bad picture but it's the best I can do. The thing is so tame I can almost walk right up to it and it never goes away for long.
    • Thanks for the replies. I am going to get a box of 1 3/4 #5's and a box of 1 3/4 #6's and pattern them against what I have been shooting, Hope to get that done when I go up to mow my trails this fall, whenever I can free up some time to go. I will post some results.
  • Our Sponsors