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    Default Gordie's Mark 1 Line Cleaning Doo-Hickey

    When an ol' man has a little time on his hands and the weather is nasty outside ...

    His thoughts turn to FLY FISHING of course ...

    Yeah, I know I could have spent around $40.00 on a Factory Fly Line cleaning doo-dad.

    But, since I had ALL the "stuff" in the garage, utility building, or in a JUNKE' box / drawer.

    Hence the Gordie's Mark 1 Line Cleaning Doo-Hickey.

    Wood left over from other projects in the past.

    Cut down / modified Paint Stir stick from Home Depot ( Spool Crank )

    Knob from long forgotten craft project

    Plated Eye Bolt from Ham Radio antenna support projects

    Heat Shrink tubing over the eye bolt threads .. don't wanna knick the fly line.

    Other odds and ends hardware from the "box" .. saved for "I'll need that someday."

    OLD, beyond help / used Fly Rod that gave up the Reel Seat for this project.

    Take up Spool that was salvaged from the trash at a Fly Shop ... "Hey, Mike, ya gonna throw that away?"

    Bottom covered in some brand of the Rubber type draw liner / shelf liner, that the wife won't miss, I hope.

    Epoxy to hold things in place with more hidden hardware too ..

    Elmer's Glue for the Scratch Stop Thingy on the bottom ..
    Time in the shop to play ... Two hours or so .. who's counting anyway?

    Fly Fishing Whatever's that can be useful ... Priceless

    Could have done a better job on height ratios, etc.? Oh well ... it still works.


    If you are going to try cross-country skiing ... start with a small country.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Bennington, VT

    Default Re: Gordie's Mark 1 Line Cleaning Doo-Hickey

    Great post and a great sense of humor. I've been trying to get motivated to build the same thing (I have most of the same stuff lying around)...maybe today. Really excellent!

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    That's a sharp use of materials, Gordon. Thanks for sharing and adding yet another item to my "I really should make..." list.
    The man who busies himself proclaiming something can't be done is frequently interrupted by the man doing it.


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    Jul 2010
    Kenai, Alaska

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    Looks like a fun build that I need to do to. Goes in the saved threads file,

    Now for a rookie question.
    What do you actually use for a line cleaner?
    Vance in AK.

    Matthew 6:33
    "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

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    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Pinedale, WY
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    Gordon: Congrats on a great project from spare parts and looks like it would be fun to put together.


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    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Middle, Tennessee

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    That is really neat Gordon.

    Nice project to tinker with, thanks for sharing.
    Popperfly >-<(((((*>

    Born to Fish...Forced to Work !

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    Oct 2007
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    You must have some engineer in your blood.

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

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    Ard's Forum blog, Alaska Outdoors

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    Beautiful piece of work Gordon. Thats a good rainy day project.

    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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