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Flylab Father’s Day Membership Giveaway

Flylab is giving away annual ($120) memberships for 50% off!

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Jun 10, 2024
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Father’s Day Membership Giveaway

Flylab is giving away annual ($120) memberships for 50% off!

To get signed up for Flylab with a 50% off discount code, message us through the contact form, or DM us on Instagram.

Flylab members always save on flies, rentals, fishing gear, guide trips, travel, boats, outfitters, fly shops and outdoor brands.

Looking for a new rod, reel or guide trip? Use our exclusive deals and save. 

#fishmore #spendless

How to Remove a Fish Hook

If you fish long enough, you’re bound to get hooked. A quick guide for removal.

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Jun 3, 2024
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How to Remove a Fish Hook

If you fish long enough, you’re bound to get hooked.

Clearly, I must have fished long enough, because I’ve done it a number of times, and not always to myself. Once, I put a streamer in my wife’s neck. I won’t bother sharing the details of that story, however…

Not only does this video (and oldie, but goodie) tell us how to “remove a fish hook without a trip to the doctor,” but it actually shows a guy sticking himself in the leg with a barbed #2 hook and shooting the whole process at 1500 frames a second (super slow-mo video). As he says, “you won’t miss a thing.”

Trigger Warning: If you have an aversion to blood, or sharp objects being stuck into living flesh, I recommend not watching.

Otherwise, enjoy the show and learn something useful about hook removal and being prepared on the water.

Boat Hack: 2x4s For a Drift Boat Trailer Stand

I learned years ago that raising your boat bow in the air, chocking the wheels and leaving your drain plug out can save your butt.

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Jun 3, 2024
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Boat Hack: 2x4s For a Drift Boat Trailer Stand

Raft-folk, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about, but if you own a drift boat and store it outside for any length of time, you understand what a problem snow and rain can pose, no matter the material of your boat.

I learned long ago that raising your bow in the air, chocking the wheels and leaving your drain plug out can save your butt. Basically, storing your boat like this won’t allow errant water, or melted snow, to accumulate in your hull. It’s a boat, I know, but standing water in anything isn’t good, especially a wooden boat.

I almost destroyed a newly refurbished wooden drift boat years ago by not checking on it for a couple of weeks. After a stretch of storms, inches of standing water accumulated in the hull, seeping into the wood, expanding and, eventually, breaking the chines. She was stored flat on the trailer. That was a heart breaker…

Putting the bow in the air lets your boat drain, while you do almost nothing. Truth be told, I do own one of those fancy kickstands with a quick-release for easy storage and travel. But all you really need is a couple of 2x4s and a couple of screws (see the photo above).

It takes up a bit more room and you’d better make sure your wheels are chocked really well, but it works. It’s also cheap and easy to put together.

Rock Salt to Lower the Temperature of Your Cooler

Use this tip to get your cooler and drinks to temp quickly.

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Jun 3, 2024
Beers in a creek traying to cool down

Rock Salt to Lower the Temperature of Your Cooler

It’s June, but many parts of the country are already heating up and much of the country will soon be sweltering.

This tip is simple. If you add rock salt to your ice, it lowers the temperature of the cooler (a lot) and quickly.

The salt does melt a little of the ice, but in turn, creates a slurry. Many times, this slurry is actually quite a bit colder than the freezing point. The slurry acts in two ways. One, it envelopes the contents of your cooler, covering more surface area. Second, it achieves an even lower temperature than melted ice alone.

So, the next time you think about prepping your cooler for a day fishing on the boat, get a decent-sized bag of rock salt and add to the first layer of ice–then add more ice before topping it off with more rock salt.

More rock salt, cooler information from the boys at Out The Smoke: