I didn’t get to the stream today, but instead I made use of an old leaky pair of waders. Last year I picked up a fishing bag from the company Recycled Waders after seeing their ad in a fly fishing magazine. They turn old waders into useful items like wallets, bags and fanny packs. I received a Nook sack from them, and I have to say that I love the bag and the idea behind it. So enter my old leaky waders that are just taking up garage space.
I bought these waders last year and fished hard in them. The seam where the sock meets the wader portion went bad, and after numerous attempts to patch them up, I decided to reuse them.
I grabbed the scissors and went to work on them on some plastic on the kitchen table. I made my first cut and said that “there is no going back now”. I arranged all the pieces the way that I wanted and move to the sewing machine with my wife’s permission. For the project, I also used an old wading belt for the strap and other items from other broken or discarded gear. The bag is just slightly larger than my other bags, so it will be ideal for when my son and I get out on the stream.
So not only did I make something useful, but I also scored points by getting rid of something in the garage too.
Here are some more things that I made with worn out waders.