Middle River Dispatches is a gumbo of posts about fly-fishing, conservation, politics and days afield.

Innovation for conservation

When I saw a innovative use for old fly line from the folks at Fly Vines I was more than curious, I placed an order.

Conservation as a business model is always a winner in my book. Fly Vines is a great example.

My order arrived earlier this week.

Fly Vines lanyards and bracelets

The lanyards are well constructed and use a simple snap ring as a safety release.

Clip a set of nippers and a couple of spools of tippet and you are good to go.

Fly Vines lanyard w/ nippers and tippet

I like a couple more tools handy when I fish so I have added a couple of extra split rings to my set up. I put the split rings on the looped end of the lanyard so if it snags and breaks free everything stays attached. Here I have added a loop on fly line to one ring so I can clip my hemostats to it. I always carry a whistle a hold over from my search and rescue days. This one is from Whistles for Life via Fishy Kid.

Fly Vines lanyard tricked out Sadler style

Of course I am going to get a ration of grief from my pals about the bracelet. But hey it’s just a tenkara thing. Gonna wear fly line instead of fish with it.

By the way the Fly Vines guys tossed in a couple extras with my order in appreciation for my previous post. They didn’t ask me to write this post and I intended to write one in any event. I consider that kindness a motivation for doing so sooner rather than later.


  1. Wow… great idea. Thanks for sharing, Tom.

  2. Tom Sadler says:

    They really are the bomb! When I saw them it was one of those “why didn’t I think of that…?”moments.


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