Posts Tagged ‘Equipment’

Something Fishy Here

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Fishy & Random, Tackle & Gear
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I realize it’s been some time since we last spoke. I’ve been a tad swamped meeting the ends, as it were. Just the same, I’ve been backlogging plenty of fishy stories and experiences to tell you about. Without getting too involved with the details, I can tell you one thing I’ve learned recently; Do not judge a man until you have walked in his shoes.

To that end, I’ve produced a custom pair of Pro Keds, and they are now for sale to all and sundry. If you’d like a little taste of what it must be like to be me, take a stroll in these babies. They’re sure to start a conversation, and maybe get you invited to wet a line.

Custom Pro Keds

In any case, I’d love to hear what you think. If you think you’ve gotta have ’em, click the photo and order yourself a pair.

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One of the most practical devices a kayaker can install is the leash. If you are anything like me, it’s just a matter of time before a slippery grip, rough wave, or flopping fish causes you to be parted suddenly with your prized rod and reel, paddle, radio, knife, or boga grip. Having left more than one expensive tool on the ocean bottom, I’m a big fan of leashes, and internet shopping. Speaking from experience, I know that there is a split second between the time your  rod leaves your hand and hits the water where you absolutely panic. I’m not saying a  leash will ease your panic, but it will make you smile when your prized set up is dangling over the side of your kayak, rather than making a b-line for the bottom.

Commercialy available kayak leash ($30)You can purchase leashes made of various materials for various applications like the one pictured here for around $25-$30.

But, I hate spending money on things I can make myself almost more than I hate losing prized gear. And since this is a Do It Yourself blog post, I’m going to show you how to make an excellent leash for about $5 and 15 minutes of your time. I love this project because it’s easy, cheap, and the finished product is super functional and professional grade.

NOTE: Feel free to experiment with materials other than phone cords. I’ve made these leashes out of simple parachute cord (which I use as my paddle leash) and light duty bungee cord for rod leashes. I like the phone cord leashes for applications that will not get used often, like my cell phone, radio, and lunch bag.

Do It Yourself kayak leash materials

MATERIALS

2 – Plastic Scotty clips (Can be purchased for around $2/each at your local kayak shop or even cheaper through KayakFishingGear.com)

36″ – Curly phone cord (Check your junk drawer, local Goodwill, or 99 cent store.)

2 – 6″ zip ties (small gauge is best)

1 – Needle nose pliers (Note: Should have wire cutting capability)

STEP 1

Cut cord to desired length (cut off plug ends and discard.) The old adage of “measure twice, cut once” is true here. Plan ahead. Think about what you will use the leash for and stretch the cord out to make sure the mostly extended length is long enough to serve its purpose.

STEP 2

Insert one cut end into the narrow Scotty clip slotInsert cord into Scotty clip narrow slot

STEP 3

Fold end of cord over onto itself about 1/4″. Fold it tightly as this will become the tag end that holds the cord in place.Fold the cord end over tightly

STEP 4

Fasten zip tie tightly around folded cord. Make sure there is no wiggle. Use the needle nose pliers to pull on the zip tie if needed.Tighten zip tie around tag end

STEP 5

Trim excess zip tie end, and short tag end of cord so that it fits inside the large round Scotty clip openingTrim zip tie and short tag of cord end

Push tag end into round Scotty clip opening

Repeat steps 2-5 for second side of leash.

Finished Do It Yourself kayak leash

Clip item to kayak and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your equipment will not leave you.

Do It Yourself kayak leash at work