Sunday, December 5, 2010

DIY Fisherman's Neck Lanyard

Parts List

Cord (42 Inches Long)
Cord Lock
Badge Clip
Snap Swivels
Hollow Tubing

Cut the cord to about 42 inches long and singe the ends with a lighter. Using whatever kind of beads you want, string them onto the cord along with a badge clip and snap swivels. Use as many snap swivels as you want. Its totally your choice. Use the badge clip at the bottom to pin the lanyard to you shirt to prevent the lanyard from swinging around all over the place.

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Add the cord lock and the lanyard is complete. 

If you feel the the lanyard will dig into your neck, you can always install some aquarium air tubing onto the lanyard to make it more comfortable on your neck. Cut the tubing to about 18 inches long and cut a v notch at the mid point of the tubing. String the cord into the tubing from each side and add the cord lock to complete the lanyard.

Detail of the v notch.

Make up some tippet reel holders to add to the lanyard.

Add the tippet holder to the lanyard.

The cord I'm using is 1/8 inch diameter nylon. Substitute as required.
Badge clips can be found a office supply stores.
Snap swivels from the fishing department of your local big box store.
Cord locks can be found online. Search for them on GOOGLE.
Hollow tubing from your local aquarium store or granny's oxygen supply store.
Beads from your local big box craft store.

I hope you found this useful. String up a lanyard for yourself, family and friends.


Mark Kautz said...

What a good idea, designing your own. I've looked at them from time to time, but didn't want to spend the money. This works well. Thanks.


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Anthony said...

Great idea! I've been wanting to get one, but didn't want to pony up the dough....

Anonymous said...

Great idea!

You can also use the colorful thin nylon climbing line that they sell at REI or West Marine. Also, foam sunglass leashes work well for the around the neck part.

And, if you want a REALLY nice finished lanyard for you're fly fishing items, consider buying a duck call lanyard. Yes, a duck call lanyard! Many of these are twice as nice for half the price. I guess duck hunters aren't as rich as the fly fishing Orvis Boys?

Anyway, here are just a few sites from my Google search on duck lanyards.

You can get the brass barrel snaps many places for dirt cheap...

Also, you can make them yourself from parachute cord by braiding them...

Also, 35mm film canisters make great lanyard fly holders. You need to cut a hole in the lid and knot it so it holds the container and you won't lose the lid.

Anonymous said...

Also, you can use more than just wood beads.

There are shell beads, seed beads, coco beads, bone beads;etc.

Anonymous said...

these are really great neck lanyards! at least you can make them to the exact spec you need.

Anonymous said...

I recently bought a safety whistle which came with a pop apart safety lanyard, like $3, fwiw

Jeremy said...

Marvelous, Thanks for sharing this!