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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-27-2020, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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DIY/great idea thread

If there is already a thread of this nature, I apologize. I've searched, but cant find anything like it. I would like to start a thread for folks to share their ideas or things they have built to assist in their fishing game (Rod racks, fly boxes, Gear storage, travel tips, etc). Hope it gets some traction!!

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-Old fly line to make some lanyards for nippers, hook hone, hemostats and such
-Old shovel handle with some paracord wrapping/knots for a wading staff
-Framed up a couple flies and photos using off the shelf shadowboxes/frames and mat boards. Not nearly as nice of a final product as the few that Gary posted, but worked well enough for me. I would love the space and tools to get into woodworking one day.
-Fly storage box (similar to the Cliff Bugger Beast) using a craft storage box, foam and spray adhesive
-Lamp wire with the copper removed as junction tubing for old school intruder rigging
-Pony bead lacing (another craft store find) as Ultrarig tubing

All I can think of at the moment
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Having cashed in on the big overseas market, I've been thinking of making the plans for my custom line of tools available for a nominal fee. Help keep folks busy while staying home.

https://www.speypages.com/speyclave/...-deals%85.html

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Good idea in itself !! Can't wait to see some ideas....

A lot of DIY ideas have evolved into reaching a wider following. ie: A few years back I McGyvered wading staffs for my wife and I out of some used tent poles. With a few tweaks and requests from friends, the idea morphed into my Riverstick wading staff. I'm a firm believer in the potential of DIY ideas.

Here's my latest McGyver: A while back I noticed I was having trouble with some of the new thinner running lines looping back inside the gap between the cage and spool of my open-caged reels. To remedy the problem, I decided to put a dot/bump of Loon UV Knot-sense on the points where the cage meets the spool (4 points). It worked surprising well, and I haven't had a problem since.
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Not my idea, but......

...it's one I've used ever since Ard showed it to me one day on the Rogue. Super easy to make, and saves the welded loops.

Thanks Ard!
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I feel like each great DIY idea probably deserves a thread of its own. But I obsessed for about a year working out my ideal single-piece wading staff - there is a missing one in the sequence that I lost in MT that implemented the short-lived idea of having a hook on the end - a better solution turned out to be to stop putting flies in the trees in the first place. The bottom one is the final version ... and then I modified a climbing harness so I could attach it, and finally ditch my pack.

I tend to obsess at the beginning of a project. My first one had hand-engraved fish and other decorations on the wood, and a built-in ruler optimistically going up to 45”. Minimalism always seems, unfortunately, to come last with me rather than first.
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I have created some wooden fly Boxes, there are many great fly tiers on this forum and it’s a great way to store a large supply of Classic and Spey flies. The boxes are not too difficult to make the only tools I use are a table saw and miter saw.


Below is a link showing the boxes.

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Having cashed in on the big overseas market, I've been thinking of making the plans for my custom line of tools available for a nominal fee. Help keep folks busy while staying home.
https://www.speypages.com/speyclave/...-deals%85.html
This has inspired me to get busy and make wine corks available....
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I'm just an old unstable guy on the river, and I always have my wading staff in my hand before moving my feet. In order to keep the staff (always fully extended and ready to use yet still out of the way) I've employed a landing net magnet. Attach one side of the magnet to the holster and the other looped into the line securing the staff to the holster. Adjustments to the position that you would normally reach for the staff, and with just a little practice you will find that you can hear the magnets click without always having to look to see if you can release the handle of the staff. It will keep the staff right where you want it when you need it.
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......before moving my feet.
This reminded me of one of my first lessons in mountaineering - only move and reposition one appendage at a time. One foot, or one hand, but never two.

Same thing applies here! Wading staff and two feet - two should be planted whenever you're moving!
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I built a super cheap rack to carry two rods inside my 4Runner. One Home Depot paint yard stick, some pipe insulation, velcro, and some speaker carpet. Cut two pieces out of the yard stick, drill two holes that correspond to the headrest posts, and stick everything else on.

Also, I always have a magnetic money clip in my pocket. Even with waders on it holds flies while changing or untangling knots.

The stretchy cords that come with conference name tag holders make great zinger/retractors.
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The rod holder for any SUV would be the cat's [email protected]#, Well played...

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A home made boot dryer I made last season out of some scrap I had laying around. I plug an old hair dryer into the port in the bottom.

Improves: eventually, I will unscrew the lid on the box and add a hinge and latch so that i can store the vertical pipes and the hair dryer inside for travel or storage

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