Necessity is the mother of invention
The outdoors is hard on equipment, and flyfishing gear is no exception. Rods get broken, reels get dropped and bent or full of sand and dirt, flies get lost to snags in the river, and waders occasionally wind up with holes. All a part of the sport, but more often than not, these breakdowns occur out in the field where there is not sporting good store or flyshop around the corner.
Fishing this past week in the middle of nowhere at Estancia Laguna Verde in Patagonia (the nearest gas station is a rocky and rough 2 1/2 hour drive) the laces on my wading boots broke. Well, more like disintegrated as they broke in about six different places. Totally unusable and neither myself or the lodge had a replacement pair. However, flyfishermen tend to carry all sorts of stuff. Life Boy Scouts, “be prepared”.
Asking around to the other guests at the lodge, Jim Klug, founder of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, based in Bozeman, Montana, came to my rescue. He says he always carries some nylon parachute cord in his kit bag and handed me a wad. Parachute cord is strong and tough and would definitely make great laces for my boots.
Only one little issue: it was bright orange.
I took a little joking from the other guests for my bright orange laces, but they worked just fine.
Thanks Yellow Dog!
By the way, Jim takes fantastic fishing photos: check here: Jim Klug Travel Photography
Tight Lines . . .
John R Childress