Thank You Yellow Dog

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

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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