Repurpose for the Purpose of Fishing

One way to combat symptoms of cabin fever is to organize your fishing tackle. There are items readily available around the cabin that can be reused to assist.

  1. Empty mint tins or plastic snap top gum dispensers can be loaded up with the split shot weights that have been rolling around in the bottom of the tackle box. That telltale sign of a disk pattern on the back pocket of jeans does not necessarily mean it is from carrying a can containing chewing tobacco; during ice fishing season, that can is full of wax worms or other bait. Costing about $.20 apiece, you want to keep this valuable commodity secured and handy.

  2. A buddy of mine loads safety pins as carriers for various sizes, types of hooks and spinnerbait blades. 
    Hook Organizer

  3. You know that stack of broken rods sections in the corner of the garage? Tie a 6-foot piece of yarn to the end and finally learn to cast that fly rod you got for Christmas 6 years ago. What may look like rhythmic gymnastics or a cat toy actually is a great way to practice timing the 10 and 2 positions so the fly line will “flatten” in the air instead of big loops.

  4. Stream anglers in the northeast part of the country sometimes wear a clear, plastic coffee or peanut butter jar tied around their neck. In this tribute to the movie, “What About Bob?,” a steelhead angler is equipped with a small jar of minnows, now able to re-bait without leaving the stream.

What stuff around your cabin has found a new home in your fishing tackle?

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.