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Homemade-o-bagoes, jury rigs, okifications, etc. I was just wondering what modifications you might have made to anything that has to do with fly fishing? Would you please share these, even if they were a total waste of time or proved to be dangerous. All ideas welcome. I am sure that everyone would be interested as ideas are always valuable, even failures.
I made a modication to my 8' Outcast pontooner. Since I can weld, I fashioned a square welded frame to be bolted underneath the main rails. To the center of this, I welded a short tube which would be the receptacle for my bicycle wheel. I detached the front wheel on an old bike of mine. The gooseneck was a tube of steel and this fit into the receptacle. When I wanted to portage, the wheel took the load and I pushed along behind. When launched, the wheel would just fall out. Good thinking, Bob!
But the damn thing nearly killed me! The problem was that the receiver (receptacle) hung down about 6" from the bottom of the boat. Going down the Bogachiel, hunting for summer runs, in very shallow water, the pipe below struck a rock so hard my teeth nearly jumped out of my mouth (and no, the are not false). Fortunately I had a wrench in my pocket and I unbolted the rig. Bad thinking, Bob!
For lakes though, it would be a winner.
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I always wanted to fashin' a bike wheel to my frame to take the darn thing down the Elwah but never did.

I can remember not having a bottle opener to open my beer and so I just used a lighter. Oh wait, I always use a lighter to open my beer so that one doesn't count.

Lasy year on the Yak I remember rowing the Thorp canyon at one of the high water days. Fishing was really good but we were hauling butt. When by partner hooked a fish I saw a perfect pull off right in front of an island so I headed over there and dropped anchor. I mean I literally dropped my anchor. I was going so fast that the rope fed all of the way out and through the foot feeder.

We pulled off to the side of the river accross the fast water and couldn't figure out how to get back accross. Pushing the boat upstream was the only option. We would then just drift back accross to the island and retreive the anchor and rope sitting 3 feet from shore.

Well, it was a challange but we managed to pull the boat upstream with a rope v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. At at that point we were still only straight accross from the anchor and needed to get 20' above it to row accross. We dicided that it would be too difficult to just keep dragging that damn boat upstream so we opted to walk the boat accross the fast and deep current. As long as we had one or two feet on the bottom at all times we wouldn't lose the boat.

So off we go, making sure to keep out footing as best as possible. As we make it to the center of the channel, I start to lose my footing due to the fast water. Every 2 steps I can only get one foot to touch down in the water. Then it immediately gets sweeped away so I desperately grab on to the side of the boat as I take the Superman position but then I see my partner is also in the Superman posiotion but we are drifting towards the other side by momentum. After a couple more steps we are back in the shallow water and the boat is parked on the other side. The anchor was retreived and we were back in business.

I know what you are thinking, "All that work for an anchor?" Yes, us crazy fisherfolks are willing to risk their lives for 20' of chain and 20' of marine rope but hey, haven't lost an anchor yet.

Now if I had lost the anchor,(Back to my point) I keep an old drybag and rope handy so I can just fill it with rocks to simlate an anchor.

Okay, no I am rambling.

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Troutman, there is someone selling a bolt on wheel for pontoon boats.An aluminum fabricator. I saw a guy at the sportsmans show with them. Very light and swings up out of the way to keep false teeth from getting klnocked out...There was a friend on the ferry after the show with one of those wheels. I can find the shop's name for you if you want. Maybe someone here has a reference? We made a bicycle wheel chariot for canoes when I was a kid, it strapped onto the canoe and the wheels were cambered so the bases touching the ground were very close together, The trails we could wheel that thing on in the Adirondacks were very narrow and winding. It worked great.
 

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You know, it is tough to buy stuff that can be made with bike shop tools and a mig/tig welder pretty easily.

Thank you for offering though. You might want to post it so someone can searh the site one day for the info. (Also in case I get lazy and just want to buy one)

Looking forward to a little hiking this summer. The weather is changing and the skis are getting their storage wax in May. Only two months away from the Summer Opener!
 

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Wish I had some good stories, but I just got a pontoon boat last year and am working on customizing it. I'll probably use it mostly on lakes in the next few months, but want to set it up for some river exploration. It's a Creekside ODC Jetpack, so it has a frame that breaks down nicely.

Has anyone made a good rod holder for floating? I floated with some guys who had made some out of PVC piping and it worked pretty well. Any other ideas?

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Not sure if this fits the flavor of the thread, but thought some might find it interesting.

One of the items I held onto from my 4x4 days was my CO2 tank. I used it for all my air needs such as airing up tires after off-road use, beading tires, pneumatic tools, and airing up my pontoon boat. One item my rig didn't have was room, so if traveling out of town I'd break down the boat and assemble / air up at put-in.

Was the cost unnecessary given you can easily air the boats up by boat pump in 5 or 10 minutes? Well, ya, but it's not a bad thing having 160+ psi (9 CFM @ 100 psi) to air your boat up quickly with plenty left for tire repair in the woods. I bought the pretty tank (www.powertank.com) to match my rig but any CO2 tank does the trick, just find any manageable sized tank holding 10-15 lbs. I haven't check the rental fees of smaller tanks from the welding shops lately, maybe someone else could fill in here.

Benefits are that the tank is portable, can run a 1/2 impact (15+ minutes of use with a 10lb tank) or air up tires (30+ 33" tires). The cost of filling the tanks is under $10. Downside is if you own your own tank, one that you want to hold onto, there are few welding shops that fill tanks on location. You just have to check around to see if it's convenient enough with travel time.

This isn't for most, but for some who already own regulators or for those who really get off the beaten path it's nice to have along.
 

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Bill (same Bill as the one I drifted with on the sky?),

I made one for my pontoon, however, since I brought the driftboat for the trip you didn't get to see it. I made mine out of 3" ABS pipe (fits 2-3 rods with reels), end cap fitting, and clean-out fitting. Obviously cut the pipe to desired rod length, weld (glue) end cap on and clean-out on either side. Here is the tricky part...unscrew the the plug from the clean-out, cut a 1" gap in the clean-out fitting only. Next cut a section of the pipe out (this is for the real(s) and also depends on whether your rod is a spey rod or single handed rod) just beyond the clean-out fitting...roughly 6" long and almost half the circumfrence (key part!) centered on the 1" path through cleanout fitting. Things to consider...

-get some foam rubber for the end cap, and for area where reels sit
-drill a hole through the square "nut" of the plug for a peace of rope that can be attached to the pipe (so you don't drop and lose the plug).
 

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Don't forget Lee Wulff.
And "probably made up and converted and rigged more gadgets than Rube Goldberg"; my money says Rube was a fly tier.
Rollcast .;)
Hmmm- wonder how my 6 wt. would cast with my 5 wt tip section? Hmmm- Orvis used to sell rods with two tips. Hmmm- if I used my 6 wt line on my 8 wt rod, that sucker would have a real fast action.
:p :D :p:rolleyes :D :p :D
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I think I'll name my boat BJO (Bagoes, Jury Rigs and Okifications).;) :rolleyes.;) seems to tell my story.
 

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I have no way to hold my rod while in my pontoon boat,
"the Lake Huron Hornet," so I was very interested to the instructions given on how to make one from 3" plastic pipe. But I got lost as far as attaching the pipe to the boat. I bought one of those so-called rod holders made by Scotty. It turned out to be joke and I threw it away. It was always rolling here and there.
Get back to me please on the attachment problem.
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When I fished Nunnally the first time a couple weekends ago, my buddy (fortunately) asked around at the Avid Angler the night before and learned that the a lake was a significant distance from the parking area. So we brought along wheelbarrows.

My Buck's Bags South Fork straddled the 'barrow (with a little squeezing) AND provided a convenient way to haul all my crap down to the launch. No fancy titatium composite custom bike wheel arrangments for me!:)

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Well I have a couple things to add. The first one is a rod holder. This thing isn't to complex at all, but it works fairly well for what I use it for. Then a ancor. Next a little modification to my hockey puck (Plueger). Then a planning form for building bamboo rods. Then a scraper to build the planning form. Lastly I will though in my cheap little rod wrapper that I am planning on upgrading.

Let me give you a little background. I have a little boat that is about 12' I think, I don't even really know, we picked it up for really cheap, and it floats so that is all that matters to me because I only use it in small lakes. Well this boat has some wierd placed holes in it right behind the oar locks and it is a nice place to put a rod holder so that is what I did.

Ok, now to explain how I made it. I took a PVC pipe about a foot or so. I then stared at it for a while trying to figure out how I was going to do this. After exampling it I decided to just cut some stuff and hope it works out. I decided to leave the last inch of the tubing alone, so in everything I mention from here on (unless I indicate that I am talking about that bottom inch) does not involve that inch. Ok, I cut a strip down the middle of the tube the long way. I made this strip fat enough for my rod to sit in. This was kind of tricky to do with out it turning, use clamps :thumb , I used a lot of them. I then made the strip even fatter at the base so I had a place for my reel to sit. Now here is the tricky part, how to secure your rod in there. Well I used a lot of duct tape, I put some on the sticky sides where it might have a chance of touching my rod, but I left it sticky on the places to attach to the tubing. I guess if you really wanted you could get a piece of tubing that fits right over the holder and cut a slit out the same size as your rod so it fits in it and then just turn that little piece of tubing so it closes it (I wonder if that is understandable?) but I found my way cheaper. I made two this way, and I attached them in different ways because I had two different sizes of holes. The first was smaller so I drilled a hole through the base of the holder and put a really big nail in it that was held there by large amounts of duct tape. I then used some more magical tape as arbors on the nail so it would fit snugly in the hole. The second way was very similar but instead of a hole in the base of the holder and a nail I just duct taped a piece of tubing to the holder. Now if you choose to follow these crazy directions and build a silver rod holder like mine than the last bit of advice would be to file/sand down the edges of the tubing because it can get sharp. I figure for some left over tubing and a couple rolls a duct tape it wasn't only fun but also cheap, and with the right tweaking and amount of tape I guess it does work too.

Ok the second thing I built for this tiny floating divice was an ancor. This was very creative. As I mentioned before I only use this boat in small lakes, ponds and puddles so I don't need much ancoring power. Ok what you need is a large tub of Adams peanut butter, (jelly, bread and milk are recomended but not needed), rope, a big bolt with an eye at one end (if I used the wrong turm for this I am sorry, a big bolt with a circle on one side if that is easier to understand), water, and some cement. Alright, what I did was take a large pastic peanut butter tub I don't know the exact size but I do know it was Adams peanut butter so you might need to look into that, do some research or something. Well I guess any tub would work, a coffee can would probably do the job, but I find that a Adams peanut butter tub works best because a coffee and jelly sandwich isn't the same as a peanut butter and jelly one. Ok eat all of the peanut butter, you can make sandwiches, that is why I added the bread and jelly into the materials needed, or you can just put it some place else and eat it while you are working on this great ancor. Now that the peanut butter is gone lick the inside of the tub clean. Now what you want to do is use your water and cement to mix up some cement. Pour as much cement into the tub and place the big bolt eye side out into the middle of it. Make sure you fill the tub. While it is drying go eat some more peanut butter and drink some milk because too much peanut butter can get hard to get down. When it is done tie the rope on to the end of the bolt using whatever knot you would like. Most people choose a knot that will hold, I prefer the made up knot that looks very odd and is twice the size of my ancor (not literaly). You now have a great ancor in my book :D . I am sure many of you are upset now because you either went out and spent a lot of money on an ancor that you could have made or another reason would be that your boat is bigger and needs more ancoring power, or you take your boat in the river with flowing water to pull on it. Well if you were the first kind of person I am sorry, I don't have a solution for you, but if you are the second or third than I do. Use a bigger tub, try using a 5 gallon bucket. Want more gripping power? Well take some of those really big nails that I used for my rod holder and nail them into the side of the bucket before you pour the cement. I hope this helps some of you out there :D .

The last thing is not an invention, but actually a modification. Well I am sure that many of you can tell that I don't like to spend money if I don't have too, so that helps explains why I am a user of a Pflueger Medalist. Don't get me wrong, I am not saing it is a bad real, mine has taken a beating and it still works great. After stating that I will get back on to track. I am sure that many of you know that Pfluegers have fat butts on them, and they don't fit many reel seats. Well what I did to solve this problem was just file down the butts. It works great and didn't take long at all. I would recommend putting some sort of finish on it to protect it.

Onto the planning form. Well if you don't know what I planning form for building bamboo rods is I will explain it really quick. It is two piece of material steel or wood (mine are wood because it was easier to make this way) that are bolted together. The bolts include a push and pole bolt every five inches for about 6' or so (depends on the size of rods you want to make). There is a v down the middle and someone uses this to create tapers when building a bamboo rod. This is not as fun as the others, and I am sure many of you have stopped reading my post because it is so long so I will just keep it short. I took a 2 inch thick 4 inch wide and 6 feet long piece of hard maple. I cut it down the middle and planed and sanded the sides to make them smooth. I then drilled a bunch of holes, put some bolts in, then scraped down the middle. It you would like more details just e-mail me I would be glad to help you. [email protected]

The scarer is what I used to get the v shape in my planning form. I took a trianle file and epoxied it to a piece of wood. Pretty hard huh?

Ok, not my wrapper. A couple heavy books with the thread down the middle of the one on the bottom. Apply different books of different weights to get the desired tention.

I know I kind of just drifted off there and didn't finish to strong and I am sorry, but I am pretty tired, and I lost interest in typing. I am sure you will understand if you look at the time I posted this, I have been up tying flys for my first trip over to the Lenice trio this saturday. Any input on what to use and where to fish would be great, I have never fished there. Well I hope something in this post was useful to someone out there. If not I hope it was at least enjoyable.

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Rod holder?

Are you talking about one in front of you or behind? I made a holder that sits behind my seat on the Fish Cat 8 footer. It's white PVC and flakeboard. It holds two rods vertically and kinda looks like twin antennas sticking up in back. I'll take a snap of it and post it when I get back from North Central Washington (yes, that was for the benefit of real Eastern Warshingtonians...) this weekend.

Roper,

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I attach the rod holder between the seat and pontoon with straps (ones found on backpacks...rougly 18"). Since the rod hold is 5'6 to accomodate my 11' rod it has plenty of possibilities of attachment. Sorry to be a little vague...I'll post a photo if I figure it out:(
 
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I build all kinds of gadgets for fishing, astronomy and woodworking-many at an extremely small investment in time and money. Last year for my trip to Kelly Creek which involves driving up and down the road for days at a time while fishing different spots, I built a set of rodholders to fit the stake pockets of my pickup truck. These are simple t-shaped affairs that insert into the pockets. The top of the tee has radiuss in it that roughly match the rod diameter where the rod makes contact. I lined these with sticky backed weatherstripping foam and attached 2 very small bungees to each block(one would do but the second one is a fail safe-not a bad idea when you are driving over chuckholes). Just drop the rods in the grooves,hook down the bungees and you are good to go. About 20 minutes of work using stuff that I had laying around in the barn. Ive
 

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I have always enjoyed making up something for my fishing. I have a shop but it is the tools that I carry about that sets me off from others. On one side of my belt, I have a reel attached and in the reel I carry my roll of duct tape. On the other side, I have another reel in which I put a roll of toilet paper. On my back, I have a kid's backpack and I have torn a hole in the bottom for convenience. In the pack, I keep an inventory of about 35 bungies. As you can see, I am always prepared to execute any idea which might pop into my head.
I am afraid that there is a complete misunderstanding over this rod holder idea as many suggestions seem to be designed to carry the rod in back of the pontoon as in transporting the rod.
I want a holder to point the rod straight out in front of me for, say, bobber fishing with chironomids or with a leech and a deep sinker and trolling around quietly, looking for something. I need a rod holder that permits easy extraction for when I've got a big one on, yet, I don't want my rod and reel falling into the drink. The design of a fly outfit is very poor for fitting into a holder. What to do?
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