Feb 202013

A guest post by Debbie Hanson

After over 30 years of fishing with spinning gear, I decided to sign up for fly-casting lessons and was determined to learn the art of this graceful sport. Well, during the first few weeks of my “educational process” I had successfully hooked the following:

  • Myself (in the back of the head)
  • My nephew’s best friend (in the shorts)
  • A little old lady that was collecting shells on the beach (in the pants)

Although I was off to a rather rough start, I stuck with it… practicing my roll casts and double hauls until my right arm cramped up something fierce. Why was I so set on learning how to fly fish? The answer was simplicity.

There was something extremely attractive about being able to leave my two tackle boxes, bait bucket, bubbler, hooks, weights and array of lures behind. My fly rod was set with 1x tippet and 13 lb test leader material; I had a handful of Clouser Minnows and was ready to go catch a few snook or redfish from the beach. There weren’t boxes and buckets of gear to tote around. I loved it.

The one challenge was figuring out how to easily transport my extra flies as I walked the shoreline of the beach and migrated from one spot to the next. Sticking the flies in my pocket didn’t work; they just got snagged in the material of my shirt. Then, it dawned on me. A CORK! Heaven knows I have had more than my share of wine over the past few years and even have a glass vase in my condo that I use to collect wine corks, so getting my hands on a few extra was not a problem. Plus, it’s a green way of transporting flies since you are recycling.

Safe and Easy

Safe and Easy

All you need to do is:

  • Get your hands on a couple of extra wine corks.
  • Determine which species you want to target for the day.
  • Designate one cork for each species with two to four spare flies for each cork.

That’s it! Simple, easy and functional.



Debbie Hanson has fished professionally for the past nine years, competing in the 2003 Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament, the 2004 Professional Tarpon Tournament Series, the 2010 Women’s Professional Tarpon Tournament Series and the 2012 Women’s Professional Tarpon Tournament Series. She and business partner, Natalie Leeke, co-own a fishing blog and T-shirt brand for female anglers, B’ASS Fisher Women. Visit their website or Facebook page for more information. Follow Debbie on Twitter at @shefishes2.



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