Friday is Picture day: Upgrades Edition

12 Mar

Every Friday we will throw some pics up from our vast library of all things fish. Each week will have a theme, very similar to the weekly all you can eat theme special at your local exotic dancing establishment.

03/12/2010: If it wasn’t for the 30 inches of snow melting off in the mountains and basically throughout the Great Mountain State I would have spent the day on a stream somewhere.  With winter winding down and the water not yet warm enough for the bass to give up an easy lip I spent the day doing some equipment upgrades I’ve been wanting to do for a while.  So after a quick stop at my parents house to pick up some power tools and a stop at the local fly shop for some tying supplies (insert Evergreen Fly Shop promotion here) I headed home to start before the rains came (they never did and I should have been on the stream instead). 

Project 1:  Replacing Broden MacKenzie net bag with a Ghost Bag.  Money saved = 85$

After reading through the “How To” section Brodin has on their web site and watching the “How To” video (that old lady makes this look WAY WAY WAY to easy) I began what turned out to be a 2 hours finger bleeding adventure.  1 old MacKenzie net 1 new Ghost net 1 package of nylon 1 hemostats 1 pair scissors 1 sewing needle and 1 reamer or hole enlarging tool (which I didn’t figure out till about half  way around the net and about 5 broken needles and 4 bloody fingers later.

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Cut old attaching line and remove net….easy.

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More Easy.
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And more easy.
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Not so easy…1 hr into the project…this is where I figured out that making the holes bigger would make things A LOT EASIER threading the needle and nylon.

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Finished PRODUCT!!  SA-WEET!!

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Project 2:  Adding a standing/casting platform to the Nanner Boat.  Money saved = 110$

Crafting implements.

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I do look mighty good with a fancy pencil in my hat.  If I had a contracting company the slogan would be, “My erections Last!!”

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Finished product, fresh coat of paint (it’s all I had), L brackets to keep the platform in place on the Nanner’s frame, smoothy sanded edges to prevent a Titanic like sinking, and some felt to cover up any pointy edges to prevent the deployment of life saving devices (pink swimmies). 

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And after…….Pur-Dy nice Ain’t She?

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Since no one likes any of my nicknames my new nickname is…..”Nickname”.



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