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Organizing tackle and gear

Blog by: Dale Daugherty , Wyoming 2/1/2017
Well, why do we? For me, right after I spend time to organize my tackle and gear, it all starts out good. I put things back where they belong. I cut tags off when I change the lures, put lures back in the correct box, put the rods in rod lockers, and so on. 

And then a few weeks later I just start letting things go. They are not biting spoons so I get the jerkbait box out, cut the spoon off and drop it in the jerkbait box and tie on the jerkbait.  I just can't seem to keep doing the little things that will keep the gear organized.

Decide to go on a hike-in fishing trip so I take everything out of the fishing backpack and repack only the bare necessities. When I decide to go fishing a few days later I leave the hike-in fishing stuff in the backpack and throw in half of the stuff I pulled out of the bag back in...  Why? Why not take the time and do it right? 

My boating gear and my shore gear have certain storage spaces in the "man cave" but they end up merged and moved over and over again? Why? Why do I unload the boat and throw the stuff down and grab the shore gear and take off? 

When I buy new tackle or backup tackle I will put the bag on the tackle shelf instead of putting it in the boxes right away. 

After I break a lure I throw it in its own tackle box.  Why would I do that? It's garbage! I have a box with lures that I need to change out the hooks because the old hook is bent or broken but yet I will leave that useless lure in with the usable lures for months.

I know I'm not the only one!

On that note, I have been thinking about reorganizing my gear for the last couple months. I guess it's time to stop writing about it and fix it........ Later! 

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Blog Comments
Hawaiian Punch, CO   2/1/2017 8:30:22 AM
I too suffer from "organizing " problems. My problem is not like problem is I have too much time on my hands and I end up overthinking things . . .see my post on B.B.s paint. I a big beliver in KISS (keep it simple Sam) but KISS and tecnolagy don't mix well sometimes. That's what I love about this site...I have a ton of Frustrated artest here that all see things from a different point of view and how the see and fix things differently than me. Anyone got a good B.B. storage system? Right now,I layer them in the bottom of one of my tackle bags.
esoxrocks, CO   2/1/2017 9:04:34 AM
Like Dave's post on "wintering"'s that time of year for me... organize, inventory, replace, add, tune-up, etc,etc.Kinda like when I was a kid with my hot-wheels cars...I had to lay them out & organize I knew what I had and what I "needed". At least I will start the season organized and fully stocked...which will last a couple weeks before everything is scattered among various boxes and bags again...
Flyrodn, CO   2/1/2017 5:07:08 PM
I'm in the process of sort through and fleshing out my fly boxes and collection. Step one remove any flies that don't belong and put them in boxes where they belong. Second, remove any no longer wanted. Third, tie flies to fill gaps. Needless to say, within a few trips they'll be in disarray once again, as when I clip off a fly I put in the box I pull its replacement from. And of course lose flies. Some come next winter or sooner, I'll repeat the process for many of my boxes.
Salmon Slayer, CO   2/1/2017 5:52:44 PM
I often promise to get myself organizized. After reading threads by y'aal last year, I was shamed into getting somewhat organized (heavy on the somewhat). What spurred me were questions on FxR like, "what system do you use," or "how many rods and reels do you own," or "how do you organize your diving crank bait ensemble." Shoot, I was sorting and stuffing things into little divider boxes prior to each trip, and limiting myself to just those boxes. During most trips I realized that I needed stuff from a different little box I didn't bring. After each trip I'd toss the little boxes into bigger boxes, usually forgetting that, like others, I too had played the clipping and box roulette game.. At home I'd have to re-sort the tackle again for the next trip, because trips were more varied than ever. Maybe this year I should revert to toting just a few overstuffed boxes again, like I used to. This year I definitely will get organized.
Neyet Stalker, CO   2/1/2017 8:02:27 PM
After each trip I go through everything so its ready for the next outing. As a night angler I like to know where to find things when needed, so staying organized at all times serves me well.
JKaboom, CO   2/1/2017 11:45:49 PM
Dale, my organizational problems are almost identical. I have yet to find a solution.
anglerwannabe, CO   2/2/2017 11:32:39 AM
What happens for me is once everything is organized, fishing starts. Like you I start grabbing what's needed for the current trip and then it doesn't get put back once the trip is over. The issue is time and they go in so many different itemized tackle boxes. I don intend to have a solution this year. Purchase a large tool chest with MANY drawers. Segment the drawers into type of lures. That way, upon return from a trip the lures essentially go back to one storage location and can be put away in minutes without hunting and pecking through several tackle boxes.
Dale Daugherty (culinarypunk), WY   2/4/2017 8:18:47 PM
Well, I have plans to ice fish on Tuesday. The hockey game is on so now I'm going to start the organization..... Until the baby wakes up at least....
Lund1625, CO   2/9/2017 9:38:32 AM
My wife and kids laugh at me every Saturday when I get up early to watch fishing shows and organize my tackle for the 10th time. Somehow it seems to curb my fishing addiction while everything is iced up. One thing is for sure I will be organized on my first trip out. After that, all bets are off.