Only a few inexpensive items are needed to fabricate a practical tackle box belt, and many of them may already be lying around your home somewhere just waiting to be put to good use.
PHOTO: MARY B. BOWLING
How to make a tackle box belt, a unique fishing accessory fishing fanatics will appreciate.
How to Make a Tackle Box Belt
Only a few inexpensive items are needed to fabricate a
practical tackle box belt, and many of them may already be
lying around your home somewhere just waiting to be put to
good use. The main ingredient, of course, is a belt.
Preferably a cloth belt. (You could use leather, but it's
mighty hard to sew through.) You'll also need a one-piece
plastic soap dish (the kind with a hinged lid), about 18
inches of inch-wide elastic, a 12 inch length of rawhide thong
or strong cord, a scrap of sheepskin (optional), a stout
sewing needle, some sturdy thread, and several plastic 35mm
film canisters. (If you don't use 35mm film, ask your
friends or the clerk at your local photo shop to save a few
containers for you.)
Plan before you sew. Consider which items you want to carry
and where they should be placed for comfort and
accessibility. (Naturally, if you're making the belt for
someone else, you should consult with that person about
such things.) Hooks, sinkers, swivels, and small lures all
fit nicely in the little cans. Flies can also be kept in
the canisters—or hooked onto a scrap of sheepskin.
THE MAKING OF THE TACKLE BOX BELT
Sew the elastic onto the belt in loops sized to hold the
film cans snugly. Similar loops can be created to hold your
favorite fishing tools. (My husband keeps his hook
disgorger handy this way.) Worms, crawfish, grasshoppers,
and other live baits are stored in the plastic soap dish:
Punch air holes in the lid with a red-hot ice pick, and
suspend the dish from the belt by the thong or cord.
Many baits, such as salmon eggs and cheese balls, come in
small jars. If you have a favorite, make an elastic loop
for that particular jar. [EDITOR'S NOTE: One of MOM's
staffers swears by Poutzke's Balls o' Fire.]
In general, use your imagination to tailor a tackle box
belt that's just right for you—or yours.