DIY Fishing Pole Holder + Giveaway

diy fishing pole holder 9

With six people in our family our fishing gear was getting a bit tangled. That many poles equals awkward transportation and storage.

During a school outing with the DWR I came across this clever PVC pipe fishing pole holder.

pvc fishing pole holder tutorial

I took the above picture, later showed it to my kids and said, “figure out how to build this”. I also asked them to make some small changes, I wanted it to hold 6 poles rather than 8. They sat down excited for the challenge and drew a picture of each piece needed and counted up how many they would need. Then we headed to the hardware store…PVC pipe fishing pole holder

DIY fishing pole holder 8

The shopping list included:

16 - 1″ elbows

6 – 1″ cross pieces

1 - 1″ 10ft. pvc pipe (cut to size: 20 - 2 1/2″ & 2 – 29 1/2″)

1 bottle of PVC pipe glue

(*you may have to adjust the size according to your fishing poles. The handles should be able to fit inside the elbow piece. Moving up to a 1 1/2 ” pipe is an option.)

DIY fishing pole holder 5

Once the pieces were cut and ready the kids took turns gluing and sliding the pieces into place. They used the picture I took as a guide. The glue dried quickly so they had to move fast. diy fishing pole holder pvcdiy fishing pole holder 3diy fishing pole holder 2Once it was put together I helped them cut slits in the top elbow pieces to allow the tops of the fishing poles to set inside the pipe. I used a scroll saw but a hand saw or Dremel could do the trick.  DIY fishing pole holder 4

The DWR version had foam that held the poles snug in the top elbow pieces but we thought it would be easier to just use Velcro strips. I got this double sided wrapping Velcro from walmart in the fabric section.

fishing pole holder velcro

 

DIY fishing pole holder 10

DIY fishing pole holder 6Once we loaded the poles on the new holder we realized there was room for our tackle box to set at the bottom. We secured it with bungee cords that we tied to the PVC pipe. diy fishing pole holder 7

In all this project cost about $30. I’d say it’s a small price to pay for kids to practice using a little ingenuity.

We’re signing off today with an awesome giveaway from our friends over at Twin Territory. These twin boys love passing their passion for the outdoors and fishing on to other kids! Up for grabs is a Zebco fishing pole including a pocket tackle box full of gear!fishing pole giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fly Flishing Festival Tailored Towards Kids

Looking for something exciting and new to try with your kids next weekend?  Join NFK at the Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival located at the Rivers Edge Campground and Resort  in Heber City Utah, hosted by Four Season Fly Fishers and organized by the ever-so-great Julie Zicha of Fall River Flyrods .

Because the festival was such a HUGE success last year they decided to extend it to a TWO DAY event this year!   It starts bright and early at 9 am next Friday, August 22nd and ends at 6:00pm on Saturday August 23rd (with entertainment going till 8).

kid fly fishing

Worried about bringing your kids?  They have tailored this event to kids in hopes to get them “hooked on fly fishing” (pun intended) by offering casting clinics on Friday, and the Provo River Fly Fishing Derby designed specifically for KIDS on Saturday from 10-3.  And can I just tell you that they give away some AWESOME prizes to the kids!?   Speaking of kids, my favorite outdoor-loving kiddos,   A.J., Jace and Cameron Garcia from Twin Territory will be there doing free fly fishing clinics for your munchkins on Friday and helping with the Derby Saturday!  They will also be trading in video games, for great outdoor equipment!  So bring your games and score some sweet outdoor swag!

Don’t have any gear?  They’ve got you covered there too!  Twin Territory will be loaning out kid-specific gear for the little-ones, and other great vendors such as Four Seasons Fly Fishers, Allen Fly Fishing and Jason from Fall River Flyrods  will be there with a plethora of rods, reels and lines to try!  You will also find a number of the incredibly talented local area artisans and a variety of vendor booths that are all fly fishing related.

Don’t know what you are doing?  That’s the BEST part about this event!  I had NO clue what I was getting into when I attended this event last year.  Mark Forslund, owner of Four Seasons Fly Fishers gave me a one-on-one lesson last year that got me hooked!   Four Seasons expert guides , along with industry professionals from several of the hottest fly rod and reel lines in the country will be on-hand to personally answer your questions and offer up tips and pointers.  So no worries!  You will be in good hands no matter your ability!

Don’t have money?  Guess what!  The ENTIRE event is FREE!  AND there is even FREE live music on both nights from 4-8:00pm as well as FREE barbecue for the whole family.  I love it when things are educational, fun and free!  So come on down and meet some great people, score some awesome swag and learn to fly fish from the best in the business!

Sponsors of this event  include, Utah Trout Unlimited, High Country Fly Fishers , the Stonefly Society, The ORVIS Company, and Contour Cameras  (Just to name a few).

A Hiking U turn – The Dog Drank All Our Water

This post is sponsored by LifeStraw

We recently took the kids on a hike we’ve never done before. We decided to bring the dogs along too. We’d been given some details on the route from several people but really didn’t know what to expect.

hiking lifestraw 5

It was a hot day (upper 90s) but there was a nice breeze as we started to gain elevation. Everyone was going along nice and steady. But I noticed one of our dogs started to act a bit strange. He started whining and would turn back on the trail and act as if he was going back to the trail head.hiking lifestraw 6

He then started taking breaks in any and all shade he could find, digging in the ground trying to get down to the cool dirt. This was all strange to us because he’s usually our little trooper and hard to keep up with. hiking lifestraw 7

This whole time we were giving him water often (even pouring it on his fur)…and before we knew it our dogs had drunk a 1/3 of the water we brought with us and we were only halfway to our destination.

So we had to make a decision…if we didn’t find some type of water source soon we’d have to make a U turn back to the car. It was a great learning opportunity for the kids. We asked them what some signs of water would be. Here’s where our conversation led…

  • Look for areas where greenery is gathered.
  • Think about where rain would drain to.
  • Look for signs of wildlife.

We did those three things and eventually we found a little murky stream. It wasn’t much but it was enough for all of us to cheer. The dogs got a gut full and then rolled around a bit until they were as content as could be.

hiking lifestraw 11

These dragonflies were hanging around the watering hole like us.

We were able to go a little further but we didn’t end up making it to our destination that day. It wasn’t because of the lack of water though it was because the little legs around us were giving out.

We did however have an item in my pack that day that kept my mind comforted along the trail. It was a LIFE STRAW. It’s a water purifier that is backpacker friendly. It was nice to know that if we needed a drink out of that little stream we could get it without getting sick.

Here are some pictures of a prior hike we went on, where the LlifeStraw came in handy…hiking lifestraw

the LifeStraw Is literally a straw and can be used straight in the stream or if you need to keep moving you can just fill up a container and drink as needed along the way. It effectively filters up to 264 gallons of water.hiking lifestraw 3Regularly blowing through the LifeStraw water filter after drinking helps keep the filter clean and prevents clogging.

hiking lifestraw 4

We bought one for our 72-hour-kit and keep another with us on all our outdoor adventures.

We’ve teamed up with LifeStraw to do a giveaway today! So this is your opportunity to get your own!
Enter Here

This experience was a good reminder to our family that hydration is a key factor on unpredictable hikes. Fun can be cut short and quickly turn to an unsavory situation if you’re not prepared. So Keep it hydrated this weekend!

L8RSK8RS

“The LifeStraw® product and information have been provided by
Vestergaard.”

Hiking With Non-Hikers

My brother Robert and his fun family came to visit us from Northern Utah for spring break! While discussing what kinds of activities they wanted to do, Rob’s wife Kelly mentioned “Oh, and we might want to hit up Arches.”

That sounded like an easy enough request since Moab is merely an hour and 20 minutes from our front door. That is, until she went on to reveal… “But we’re not much for hiking.”

Moab kids hiking

Hiking had taken its toll on Rob and his family years prior.  Too many bad experiences of hiking in the scorching heat with not enough water or being underdressed  for the day’s activities, or hiking for hours to a destination that just wasn’t worth the effort to get there.

That news put a small kink in my agenda, but I knew that I could work with it.  Arches is one of my favorite National Parks because it has breathtaking views, and yes, you can sight-see straight from the car, (if you want).

Moab kids hiking 2

Then, just days prior to their arrival, I got a phone call.  Trevor, their son, had broken his arm. The small kink in our plans quickly turned into a huge gaping hole.

Our   Original Plans:

Mountain biking

Rock climbing

Swimming at the Dessert Wave Pool.

Sight-seeing Arches

Our   Plans Now:

Sight Seeing Arches for 3 days???????

“What are we going to do?  How can I give them the outdoor experience they are seeking without going hiking and without excluding Trevor?”  (Who btw is my favorite nephew from that family … but only PARTIALLY because he is my ONLY nephew from that family). Either way, I would’ve hated for him to have to sit out, and I couldn’t figure out how to access any of the cool caves, pictographs or sites around us without at least a little foot-travel.

We were in need of a compromise! And Quick! That’s when I had my grandest of all grand ideas:

Little Wild Horse Canyon!

Moab kids hiking 3

LWHC is easily top 10 of my favorite hikes!  Being a slot canyon, it is generally cool, even in the summer months, has spectacular views and offers a little bit of adventure for the youngest of hikers (and I had HOPED for those who hated hiking as well.)

Once in the narrows, all my worries vanished!   The kids were having so much fun that they were almost running to see what was around the next bend.  The terrain was easy enough that even my 2 year old was able to do a good portion of it.  At one point, Rob said to Trevor “Don’t go too far ahead.  We wouldn’t want you to get lost.”  He kicked back with “How are we going to get lost dad?  It’s a slot canyon!  There’s only one direction to GO!” (He’s such a tween.)

LWHC was such a huge hit that the kids were bummed to go home, so we drove the short 7 miles to Goblin Valley State park, another favorite,  and let the kids explore the Hoodoo’s there.   I heart Goblin Valley.  It’s nature’s ultimate playscape. The kids ran and climbed and played until the sun disappeared behind the mountainside.

Moab kids hike 4

Oh, and if you are wondering how our adventures at Arches went, they had such a good time at LWHC and Goblin valley, that they even joined us on a 3 miler to Delicate Arch!  Success!

Moab kids hike 5

Do you have suggestions on how to get non-hikers out on the trail, and with a smile?  Let us know here at NFK!

-Amanda

Birding Adventure On Wheels

I’m always looking for low traffic areas to take my kids on long bike rides. Anytime we’re all riding in town I feel like I’m herding cattle and so on edge when cars are nearby.  That’s why I was so happy to discover that the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge here in Utah provides a 12-mile loop that is far from the everyday hustle and bustle.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

First we stopped in at the visitor center to get a map and an idea of the road conditions.

To our surprise they handed us some binoculars and a colorful pamphlet full of pictures and names of the different types of birds we might see. bike trailer

The kids identified all the birds while I snapped some pictures…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe stopped for a break at one point and sat really still just listening. All the birds were chattering back and forth so much that we bust out laughing. They sounded like an orchestra warming up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this guy was just showing off…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Unfortunately the rain clouds came sweeping up behind us so we had to cut the ride a little short.

bird refuge bike ride 5 On our next visit I think I’ll bring sketch books for the kids to take some time to draw in and maybe some rain gear! I’ll end todays post with these birding tips for families from the National Audubon Society. Enjoy!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...