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This blog is about my life as a fly fisherman, guide, and fly fishing instructor in and around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Bed Bath & Beyond DIY Fly Fishing Gear | Thats Crazy

I'm always looking for a safe and organized manner to store my fly rod tubes at home. I have a bunch of rods as I'm a guide. I built a box and drilled holes in it but that took up space. I've stored them in the guest room shower (wife didn't approve). I have put them under the bed (wife didn't approve). Most recently I used a tall cardboard box. The box would topple over. Meh. We live in a small condo so space and organization are very important.

I was doing some closet and storage unit cleaning over the summer and came across a load of storage bags for those tailgate chairs we have.

We've had a lot of drunken fun at DC United Tailgates and a lot of the chairs have been broken and trashed. Yet we always kept the bags. I had the idea to use the bags to store my multi-piece rods. And you know what, it works.  You know, the cheap chairs you get at Dicks, K-Mart, & Bed Bath & Beyond. They collapse and go into these bags.
 
The bags have a handle or shoulder strap. They even come with a cinch thing on the side.





You know about cinching. Don't pretend:


Here is the bag with several varieties of rod tubes


A few years ago I was trying to figure out a safe and clean way to store my reels. I gots a lot of reels and spools. We used to get free reels and spools from the shop during inventory. I got that DXR Tarpon reel from Orvis. Its spooled with 10wt line. I'll probably never use it but its neat to have.

Anyway, I was pondering what to use and I came up with one of those over-the-door shoe holders. Off it was to Bed Bath & Beyond to get one. Of course I brought my 20% off coupon (don't forget, you can use those at Babies R Us).

Got some more budget friendly DIY ideas? Yea, I know you steal those milk crates from behind the store. What else you got?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gear Review | Tenacious Tape

I'm a big fan of my Patagonia Ultralight Down hoody. I'll do a blog post about the jacket some other day. There is one problem with the jacket, the outer membrane. This stuff is tissue paper thin. It tears with minimal effort.

I've had clients put a barbless hook through the jacket on several occasions. Each time there is a hole that needs to be patched. On previous occasions I've used hospital tape. That stuff is great. I've also used duct tape.

For such an expensive jacket you'd think it would hold up to a size 10 hook but it doesn't.

The other day I was splitting firewood and between splitting and moving the wood I got a huge gash in the jacket. The gash was the size of a sugar packet from your restaurant sundries.







I tried using Gorilla tape but it didn't stick to the jacket. I was going to use the hospital tape but my daughter put it in a bowl of ketchup.

I decided to call the local Patagonia store in DC. I was hoping they could repair the jacket (repair, not replace) and they told me about a  product sold at REI called Tenacious Tape.

The toddler and I drove over to the local REI store and picked up a roll. It comes in several colors and is sold in a plastic tube.  All you have to do is unroll the tape, cut to size, and stretch over the hole.

It went on with super sticky style. There are no loose edges. No loose corners. Its super sticky and it covers the hole. No more down feathers pouring out. No reason to send the jacket back for repairs.

I know this won't be the last time I get a hole in the jacket. I'm going to keep the roll of tape handy. Too bad the the shell of the jacket isn't made of this material.

Do yourself a favor and go pick up one of these rolls to use for when you get a hole in your gear. You'll thank me later.


 As for the duct tape, keep that for shenanigans.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Inside The Fly Fishing Show | Somerset 2013

Didn't make it to the show this year? Never been? Here is some of what you missed:

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FishingPoet's Blog on the weekend

Project Healing Waters booth
 Ira, Dan, Lefty, David, Stu
 Lefty and this guy
 Mollie's purple rod and line
 Sophie's Bistro
 Tight Lines Fly Fishing bulk skeins of estaz :drool
I spent most of my money at their booth. The $1+ bins had loads of great materials
 David presents Dan with an award!
 Fishing Banjo
 Harrison Steeve's flies. Talked to him, should have had the  mic
 His book can be found here

 Steve's flies with UV light
Chris from Tenkara Bum
 Where is Mike?
 There is Mike Heck of Falling Springs 

 Where is Mike Schmidt
 Mike Schmidt of Anglers Choice Flies and his shanks
 Mike's Flies (not the Columbus Gold)
 The Davala Clan
 This guy
 Steven Vorkapich
 Float Master Products (I'm going to pick up a bunch at the Va show)

 Cortland backing braider
 Artie Loomis from Cortland Line Co
 Eric Lund from Ensagami Lodge
 Eric's MONSTER flies
 Tiny Elvis would say that fly is "huge"
 Burrata
 Cocoa Angelotti with roasted butternut squash
 Tiramisu + Canoli
 Just tiramisu
 All gone
 David Folkerts and his pint glass mustache
 Sunday's exhibitors
 Food I shouldn't be eating. The custard stained my pants
 PHWFF's Tom shows off his unique bamboo rod handle. Richard in the background
 Not the guy from Up. Or is he?
 Vince Wilcox of Wiley's Flies

 Vince
 Kens's Custom Flies - Ken Walrath
 Ant bodies

 Micah Dammeyer from Knee Deep Fly Fishing
 Sage Rods
 Jeff Clyma from Clutch Fly Rods (Tactical Fly Rods)


Ted Upton of  Cheeky Reels (thanks for the hat)
Millie  of Trout  Hunter

Senyo's fly box (pretty colors)


Simon from Rio Products (thanks for the hat)

 Greg Senyo of Steelhead Alley Outfitters (SAO) and with Regal Vise and of course Chagrin River Outfitters


Sunrise on the way home
Someone likes the hat from Rio



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