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    Well it's the dead of winter here, with little relief in sight (up to 30 inches of snow on the way )
    So I figured I would do a little restoration work on my Dad's old fishin' bag that he let me have years ago.

    Its probably from the 50's I think. The original strap evaporated years ago, once had the shoe repair guy give it a season or two, but the materials he used were just fair. So I decided to give it some TLC in the strap department.

    I bought a 56 inch belt at the local work wearhouse, and dismantled and trimmed it so I could use the original buckle.
    Couple rivets on each side and presto. I wrestled with the idea of using leather on a canvass bag, but I like the wide, thick, durable nature of the leather. Plus it should outlast the bag anyway so I hope the body of it holds for a while. There are three separate compartments, very handy for holding leaders and leader materials.
    In my college days I used it as a book bag. This was during one of my hiatuses from fly fishing.

    Anyone else have a piece of gear that has a special place in your heart? As long as I can remember, Dad used this canvass letter carrier's bag as a fishing bag. He used to work for the post office planning, organizing, and managing routes for the carriers. How he came by it don't know.

    It may not be the latest in gear, it may not be waterproof, it probably will fail me some day in the bush, it may even cause my flies to prematurely rust, and it may stink up the car, but I refuse to fish without it.









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    Phil
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    I hope to have a few of those items as I move on in the years. The only thing I have of any real sentimental value right now is my first rod. Sold to me by Harry Murray in Edinburgh Virginia. I don't fish it that often and have come close to selling it or giving it away to my brother. But of late, I've decided to keep it as long as I'm alive. Nothing fancy a St. Croix Imperial 7'6" 4wt for small mountain streams. Still have the Orvis BBS II.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    love that old fishin' bag you have there nor
    i used to have an old suede fly wallet that was given to me when i was a kid that i used to carry around. it was very cool and man do i wish i still had it.

    casey


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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunfly View Post
    I hope to have a few of those items as I move on in the years. The only thing I have of any real sentimental value right now is my first rod. Sold to me by Harry Murray in Edinburgh Virginia. I don't fish it that often and have come close to selling it or giving it away to my brother. But of late, I've decided to keep it as long as I'm alive. Nothing fancy a St. Croix Imperial 7'6" 4wt for small mountain streams. Still have the Orvis BBS II.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Cool,
    I have that exact 4 wt St. Croix myself. I think it fishes great.
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    Noreaster the bag looks great, you might consider ordering some cloth oil from Filsons. It's what they use to waterproof their canvas, however it will darken the color. Either way it's a cool bag and the memories it will stir many years from now are priceless.

    Dave
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    Having had many items over the years that always went with me I can understand how you feel. Unfortunately all my long running favorites have pretty much run their course. The one that's loss bothers me the most is a pair of G-96 pliers that I had on every trip over a 30 year period ! Somehow they were misplaced and of course they are no longer made!
    I've had vests one lasting 12 years and my favorite Woolrich one making it almost 15 ( no pockets left had to retire ).
    I have a leather fly wallet that my Dad gave me that I also retired as its seen better days.
    I do have one thing that has survived all the years and actually looks fairly new, a leather leader straightener that I rarely use ( use my fingers ) and yet my daughter had bought me a new vest for Christmas and found myself transferring it from the old vest to the new even though I'll probably never use it! Feels like it needs to be there! Now if I could just come up with some G-96s I'd feel complete!
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    Couple of odd bits, but the oldest is a Police Type whistle that hangs on my 'forceps to file' thing clipped to my fishing shirt. Bought the whistle for reffing Soccer back in the early 70's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunfly View Post
    I hope to have a few of those items as I move on in the years. The only thing I have of any real sentimental value right now is my first rod. Sold to me by Harry Murray in Edinburgh Virginia. I don't fish it that often and have come close to selling it or giving it away to my brother. But of late, I've decided to keep it as long as I'm alive. Nothing fancy a St. Croix Imperial 7'6" 4wt for small mountain streams. Still have the Orvis BBS II.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Shotgun: Strange how small the world is, I bought my first fly rod from Harry Murray's shop. Lost it on a trip by accidentily leaving it behind in the rental car. I called the rental car agency the next day and of course no one reported finding it.

    Phil: Great looking bag and very nice work on the strap restoration!
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    Quote Originally Posted by littledavid123 View Post
    Noreaster the bag looks great, you might consider ordering some cloth oil from Filsons. It's what they use to waterproof their canvas, however it will darken the color. Either way it's a cool bag and the memories it will stir many years from now are priceless.

    Dave
    Great idea, I was thinking it would be nice to have the bag conditioned a bit. I don't want the finish to be too greasy or sticky, have to look into that.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseywise View Post
    love that old fishin' bag you have there nor
    i used to have an old suede fly wallet that was given to me when i was a kid that i used to carry around. it was very cool and man do i wish i still had it.

    casey
    I remember Dad had one of those too. I wonder if it is still with his stuff. Have to hit him up later for it maybe.
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    noreaster, 1st of all, being from Bangor, Maine originally I Love your screename
    2nd my Dad taught me how to fish, not fly fish, but fish none-the-less. I sure miss him
    & I Love that bag! The 1st link has a bag you may like

    For those of you that mentioned old fly wallets

    Custom Leather Fly Wallets

    fly fishing wallet | eBay
    Roofish

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