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March 23, 2017


Every year, the Yellow Dog team spends weeks on the road — sometimes even months — exploring new destinations, visiting our partner lodges, and doing a bit of fishing on our own time. Over the years, we’ve dealt with our fair share of stubborn gear that likes to break at just the wrong time.

Yellow Dog’s Jim Klug penned a feature for the 2017 Guide to Angling Travel that will help ensure you’re prepared for gear-related eventualities and problems. Read below to see what Jim carries for those expected moments.

Fishing for arapaima at Rewa Lodge in Guyana.

“In order to deal with and correct these types of unforeseen problems and mechanical challenges, I’ve assembled my own ‘traveling MacGyver’ kit — a collection of tools, repair materials and doodads that can come in handy and save the day when things go wrong. Over the years I’ve fine-tuned, tweaked, added to and improved upon what I call my ‘traveling eventualities kit’ to the point that I never go fishing anywhere without bringing it along. The items in this kit have saved numerous trips and situations — both for myself and for my traveling companions. That means that if you want to be able to ‘stay in the game’ and be the MVP of your next group adventure, then assemble your own kit and throw it in your gear bag before heading out for your next trip. You’ll be ready for just about anything, and capable of repairing and fixing the problems that routinely occur when you’re far from home (and even further from your local fly shop).

Arapaima fish at Rewa Lodge in Guyana.

The key to creating the right kit, of course, is the ability to include all of the right ‘ingredients’ while at the same time keeping the overall size and weight of your kit to an absolute minimum. Assembling small amounts of key ingredients into a small and compact case that holds everything is the key, and once packed, all of the items below should fit neatly into a small 8” x 4” zippered case. Here’s a look at what’s in my bag when I travel:

  • The case
  • Lighter
  • Fly line cleaner pad
  • Assortment of band-aids and Neosporin
  • Antiseptic / alcohol wipes
  • Small travel sewing / repair kit
  • Cigar cutter
  • Nippers

Fishing for arapaima at Rewa Lodge in Guyana.

  • Small multi-tool with scissors
  • Three-to-two plug converter
  • Aquaseal
  • Small LED flashlight
  • Gorilla tape and electrician’s tape
  • Black Sharpie
  • Nail knot tool
  • Small Leatherman with pliers
  • Forceps

Fishing for arapaima at Rewa Lodge in Guyana.

  • Small LED light
  • Fly tying scissors
  • Pen
  • Reel oil / lubricant
  • Tweezers
  • Duct tape
  • Utility wraps
  • Super glue
  • Flash drive / data sticks

Rewa Lodge in Guyana.

  • Razor blade
  • Multi-tipped screwdriver kit
  • Assortment of safety pins
  • Assortment of rubber bands
  • Ear plus
  • Allen wrench kit
  • Braided mono-loop material
  • Assortment of rod tip-tops and s-guides

Whitney McDowell holding an arapaima while fly fishing at Rewa Lodge in Guyana.

  • Batteries
  • Bread ties / pipe cleaners
  • Twine
  • 20-lb. backing material
  • Bailing wire
  • Assortment of zip ties
  • Assortment of nails
  • Sand paper sections”

All packed with nowhere to go?
Call us at 888-777-5060 to help with your next adventure.

Rods and reels while fly fishing at Rewa Lodge in Guyana.Oliver White with beers at Rewa Lodge in Guyana.
Lodging bedroom at Rewa Lodge in Guyana.


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