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Old 07-14-2013, 05:31 PM
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When I give out flies I have tied to family and friends, I put them in empty pocket sized mint tins lined with foam. Great temporary fly boxes. I once built a very small fly rod because I could'nt find what I wanted. Laminated nets are fun and easy to make.
What do you make, and why or how ? Rods, flies, leaders, or whatever else. Share your DIY projects !
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:44 PM
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I love pretty much anything DIY, its fun making things for yourself and you normally save some money too. I make my own furled leaders with mono, like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbcV...e_gdata_player
I have also built my own rod holder for in my garage. I also want to start tying my own flies soon.
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Other than tying flies, making lures & tying some of my own leaders I don't do much else for fishing. When I was tying flies commercially I did use those mint tins for shipping flies, and have used them for carrying my own flies, but I didn't do anything special with them. Slip a piece of foam inside is as creative as I've gotten.

In the past, I had made some tools for fly tying & some aids for pouring lead in molds, but nothing fancy. I have a home made tying vise, made from an old pair of vise grips that I use for tying larger size flies & jigs when the hook won't fit in my Regal.

I've made trolling jigs with it, that were several ounces & had up to 12/0 hooks. I've accidentally broken 7/0 saltwater hooks with it, when I clamped down too tight with it.

Here's a few pics of the vise! It's not pretty, but it works for my purposes!
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:20 PM
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Well, BigJim, that looks like it would clamp
some BigHooks ! or handle emergency dental work on sharks. They say necessity is the mother of invention. Good job on being able to make what you need.
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Other than tying flies, making lures & tying some of my own leaders I don't do much else for fishing. When I was tying flies commercially I did use those mint tins for shipping flies, and have used them for carrying my own flies, but I didn't do anything special with them. Slip a piece of foam inside is as creative as I've gotten.

In the past, I had made some tools for fly tying & some aids for pouring lead in molds, but nothing fancy. I have a home made tying vise, made from an old pair of vise grips that I use for tying larger size flies & jigs when the hook won't fit in my Regal.

I've made trolling jigs with it, that were several ounces & had up to 12/0 hooks. I've accidentally broken 7/0 saltwater hooks with it, when I clamped down too tight with it.

Here's a few pics of the vise! It's not pretty, but it works for my purposes!
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I have one of those Vice Grip vices that I got at a yard sale in a box of fishing junk
Mine just has a nut welded onto the side of pliers instead of a full shaft so I guess it must have been the travel version.
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Besides fly-tying, I'm all about making your own fly boxes. When I realized that those big "suitcase" style bugger boxes were 8 bucks at a craft store (add .38 cents for the thick foam) I decided to make a few for myself. Although not as stylish, I still have the fifty dollars in my pocket. Ah who am I kidding? I spent that on tying supplies. They also have some smaller photo boxes that are the same size as regular fly box so the same concept works to for boxes that fit into a vest or chest pack. Only down side is they aren't waterproof. Great for the boat though or a waterproof wading pack.
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