How to make a fly fishing lanyard (DIY Lanyard Setup)

I have made many different fly fishing lanyards, and I’m going to share how I go about it.

I have seen some very creative ways to construct them, and there are some excellent tutorials on the internet abbreviated as “Make your own lanyard” aka fly fishing lanyard DIY as well.

The problem is that they can be very expensive, or you don’t want to spend the money on the materials.

So instead of spending the money or waiting around for the materials to come in, I decided to make my own. I was able to get everything for under $50, which was great!

If you want to add some extra gear to your fly fishing lanyard setup, this blog post is for you.

Here I will show you how to make a fly fishing lanyard with a snap-on gear pouch and attach a fly box to the lanyard.

It features many tips, tricks, and techniques to help you make your lanyard.

What are the steps to make your lanyard?

It’s really easy. But first, what is a lanyard?

A lanyard is a piece of cord or rope attached to an item or a person. The lanyard is attached to the item or person to be held by a string or piece of rope, usually worn around the neck. Lanyards are often used as safety equipment to keep items in a secure location or keep people from losing items.

For a fly fishing lanyard setup, you will need a piece of cord (or rope), scissors, and a sewing machine.

Step 1: Cut the Cord
Take your piece of cord and cut it into two equal pieces. It’s best to measure your cord so that you know how long it will be. I usually use about 18 inches.

Step 2: Sew the Ends Together
Now, take your cord and sew the ends together. You can use any type of thread. I used white thread because I wanted it to match my bracelet. But you can use whatever you want. I also used a sewing needle. This helps keep the threads from fraying too much.

Step 3: Cut Your Lanyard
Now, take your cord and cut it into 3 pieces. The first piece will be the base of your lanyard. The second piece will be for your necklace. And the last piece will be for your clasp.

Step 4: Sew the Pieces Together
Take your first piece of cord and fold it in half. Then, sew it back together. This creates the base of your lanyard. Make sure to leave a hole for the necklace. 

Step 5: Sew the Base to the Necklace
Take your second piece of cord and fold it in half. Then, sew it back together. This makes your necklace. Make sure to leave a hole for the lanyard. You can use any type of thread or color that you want. I used white thread because I wanted it to match my bracelet.

Step 6: Sew the Necklace to the Lanyard
Now, take your third piece of cord and fold it in half. Then, sew it back together. This is your clasp. Take one end of the lanyard and thread it through the hole in the clasp. Pull the other end of the lanyard through the hole in the clasp and then thread it back through the hole in the lanyard. Repeat this step with the other end of the lanyard.

Step 7: Sew the Bracelet to the Lanyard
Take the bracelet and thread it through the hole in the lanyard. Pull the ends of the bracelet down through the hole in the lanyard. Sew them together on the backside of the lanyard.

Step 8: Attach the Clasp
Take the lanyard that you just sewed together and thread it through the hole on the clasp. Pull the ends of the lanyard up through the hole on the clasp. Sew them together on the backside of the clasp.

Step 9: Attach the Necklace 
Thread the necklace through the hole on the lanyard. Pull the ends of the necklace down through the hole on the lanyard. Sew them together on the backside of the lanyard.

Step 10: Sew the Bracelet to the Lanyard 
Thread the bracelet through the hole in the lanyard. Pull the ends of the bracelet down through the hole in the lanyard. Sew them together on the backside of the lanyard.

Step 11: Attach the Necklace
Thread the necklace through the hole on the lanyard. Pull the ends of the necklace down through the hole on the lanyard. Sew them together on the backside of the lanyard.

Step 12: Finish
Pull the lanyard ends out and then sew them together to close the hole. Make sure to leave a hole for the cord to go through. Now, you can wear it with your favorite jeans or dress!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Fly fishing lanyard setup: Tools & Accessories 

Lanyards come in all sorts of materials and designs. Golden trout lanyards, Mountain river lanyards, and Single custom lanyards are all made with various materials, including the following tool and accessories.

1. Forceps in fly fishing

A very useful tool to keep your flies or flies you’ve caught on the hook at all times. This is important if you are fishing out of a car, boat, or anywhere where you are not able to easily access your gear.

2. Tippet Spool Holder in fly fishing

A handy way to hold your tippet spool at all times. It will also keep it from getting tangled up in your gear.

3. Fly Fishing lanyard fly box

A box that holds your flies, hooks, leaders, etc. so they are organized and easy to find when you need them. A dry bag is also a great place to store your waders, extra flies, and other gear that doesn’t need to be wet. It will also help protect your gear from getting wet.

4. Nippers for fly fishing

While fishing, if there is a need to change the fly, cut the knot, tangling, or snag, then the nipper is the tool you need. It is a must-have in your lanyard essentials.

5. Leather Leader Straightener

A handy tool to keep your leaders straight while fishing and prevents you from tangling and lots of frustration.

6. Fly Drying Chamois

Dry Flies are better since they look realistic and float better into the water. Chamois is a little cloth piece that acts as an absorbent and keeps the flies dry. Therefore, this is a must for all anglers while wearing a lanyard.

7. Shirt Clips

Wearing a lanyard everywhere can sometimes make you feel like a security guard. It’s not just a little annoying; it can be downright distracting and uncomfortable when you need to bend over to pick something up, or even just reach your pocket for your keys.

This can be avoided by using a few shirt clips or using one clip at the bottom.

8. Retractors or Zingers in fly fishing

Retractors (also known as zingers) are an absolute must-have in any load-out. When you’re packing to go to work, it’s always a good idea to think about the most important items you need for the day. 

With no retractors, you’ll either have to do everything within your reach or keep pulling your lanyard off and on throughout the course of your fishing trip. This is not a good practice and is a hassle that you can avoid by using our retractors.

 In fishing, retractors are used to bring your fishing rods to the fish, not the fish to your fishing rods. 

How do you use a fishing lanyard?

How much should a lanyard cost?

Average Lanyard Pricing in USA is as follows:

Lanyard Size1001000
3/8″ Width$1.39$0.69
1/2″ Width$1.40$0.70
5/8″ Width$1.42$0.71
3/4″ Width$1.81$1.03

How to make a fly fishing lanyard Summary

I hope you learned how to make your fly fishing lanyard.

It’s important to know what kind of lanyard you want to make. If you’re going to use it for a specific purpose, like holding your fly rod, it’s best to get the right size lanyard.

The right size lanyard will be long enough to hold your fly rod but short enough to fit around your neck.

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