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Old 02-01-2014, 07:48 PM
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Anyone use them? I just bought my first today from Orvis. Where I fish here in NC, I usually get way back and I thought a lanyard would be a great tool for minimizing what I have to carry in.
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I just purchased a book on leather braiding with the intent of making lanyards. Thought it might be something I can do in the evenings when stuck in the hotel room.

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I use one in order to avoid a vest. I use that and a small pouch on my wading belt. Of course, I don't go far and don't fish for more that 6 hours or so, but if you cut it down to essentials, you really don't need much.
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My son braided one from paracord and gave it to me for Christmas. It's beautifully made, and attaches to the wader straps in front. It does not go all the way around your neck, so it's less likely to choke you. I'm looking forward to trying it out. It has a tippet spool holder, hemos, nippers, a small fly box, and a wine bottle cork on a short cord, to dry flies on.
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I've used one for quite a few years and like them. I use it in conjunction with a hip pack. Fly boxes, camera, water bottle, etc. go in the hip pack. Nippers, fly treatment, shot go on the lanyard. I keep my tippet spools and forceps on the pack, but you could put them on the lanyard. I can grab my lanyard and know that I have all my necessary tools and accessories. Everything is conveniently located for nipping tippet, adding shot, treating a fly, etc. And, everything is attached so I don't drop it or misplace it.

A few possible downsides ... If you put too much stuff on them, they can get a little heavy and uncomfortable on the back of your neck. Sometimes all that stuff dangling on your chest can get in the way and tangle lines or tippets while you're working. Depending on the material, the part that hangs around your neck / shirt collar can stain / discolor your shirt. Not a huge issue for me, but I've got several shirts with dark marks the lanyard rubbed into them.
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My son braided one from paracord and gave it to me for Christmas. It's beautifully made, and attaches to the wader straps in front. It does not go all the way around your neck, so it's less likely to choke you. I'm looking forward to trying it out. It has a tippet spool holder, hemos, nippers, a small fly box, and a wine bottle cork on a short cord, to dry flies on.
I'm interested in other's experiences as well.
Attaching to wader straps is a good idea.. I have a home-made lanyard I think I will modify to attach this way... great idea...
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Yup...a lanyard becomes a very handy item when doing this...

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I wear one I made out of paracord. I made it so you can adjust the length in the back. I used wooden beads to separate swivels and clips that I attach hemo's, a small box, nippers, tippet, and floatant to. It has everything I need for a quick jaunt on the way to class. On longer days, I wear it in conjunction with a waist pack that I can store water, phone, and camera in, as well as extra leaders and flies. I am a huge proponent of traveling light. As soon as the water hits 60 degrees I ditch the waders and wet wade, so the "less is more" thing kind of suits me.
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Mine couldn't more simple. 10 inches of cord tied off to the handle of my forceps, below that nippers and a police whistle. Just open the forceps and clamp on to my shirt or wader shoulder strap.
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Mine couldn't more simple. 10 inches of cord tied off to the handle of my forceps, below that nippers and a police whistle. Just open the forceps and clamp on to my shirt or wader shoulder strap.
That's pretty much what I do as well...
Having more stuff than that hanging off of a lanyard makes less sense to me than wearing a vest where things are all out of the way.
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