How to Make a Fly Fishing Lanyard?

Fly fishing lanyards are great for keeping your tools and supplies at your fingertips. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, having everything you need with you when you’re out on the water is essential.

But how do you make a fly fishing lanyard? It’s actually not as difficult as it may seem!

The first step to creating a fly fishing lanyard is to select the material that you want to use. There are many options available, such as nylon webbing, paracord, leather, or even upcycled materials like old t-shirts or jeans. Once you’ve chosen the material, measure out how much of it you’ll need and cut it to size.

Next, decide which items will be going on your lanyard. Typically this includes things like tippet spools, forceps, pliers, line nippers, strike indicators and more. You can also add beads or charms for decoration if desired.

Once all of the items have been determined, it’s time to start assembling the lanyard. Start by tying one end of the material into a loop using an overhand knot.

Then create an opening in the loop big enough for whatever item is going into that section of the lanyard by either tying another overhand knot or using a girth hitch. Make sure that all of your items fit securely before moving on to the next step.

Adding Accessories: After all of your items are attached to the lanyard and secured with knots, it’s time to add accessories. This could include anything from small clips and carabiners for attaching tools to swivels for keeping line tangle free while casting.

Finishing Touches:Once all of your items are attached and accessories added, tie off the end of your lanyard with an overhand knot. To give it some extra personality, consider adding beads or charms to decorate it further.


Creating a fly fishing lanyard is easy and doesn’t take much time once you get familiar with the process. By following these steps—choosing material, assembling items onto the lanyard, adding accessories and finishing touches—you’ll have a custom-made fly fishing lanyard ready for use in no time!

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Lindsay Collins