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Monday, September 10, 2012

Lanyard - Poor Man's / Economical / Functional

The Poor Man's Lanyard

I went to Cabelas the other day for I had lost my tippet lanyard, thereby stimulating this discussion; the Poor Man's Lanyard by YellowStoneFly at the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. A fly fisher's neck lanyard at Cabelas was $30, very pretty, and you could put a lot of things on it. It even had a mini-fly box hanging in the middle. So I thought for a minute about exactly what I needed one for and being the cheap guy that I am, I decided to try and make my own.

Square knot to connect ends.
If you go to your local tack or army surplus store, you can buy usually three 1/8th inch wide and 36 inches long leather pieces for a couple of bucks. Now granted, you only need one for your lanyard, but the other two make great shoe or boot laces. So take your leather strip and tie at the length you desire around your neck. Use a square knot in order to prevent slippage.

Large ball bearing swivel.
Now find a couple of large swivels for the fishing tools you most commonly use. (I like the ball bearing swivels for they are more sturdy and seem to last longer but are slightly more expensive). Add them and your tippet spools to your leather strip. Wallah, you now have a $3 lanyard which is just as functional as the one for $30 at Cabelas. You can easily add or subtract extras as you see fit for only about $1 per tool. Even if you want to add a mini-foam fly box, you could do so for only about $5.

Every Idaho fly fisher needs one of these. Use your ingenuity to make one as fancy as you like. 

Happy Idaho fly fishing and remember to always keep those fly lines tight and release what you can catch for the next generation of fly fishers.

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