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DIY: Handy Under-Hatch Tool and Fly Stowage
Small, easily-misplaced items like hook removers, fishing and/or split-ring pliers, and hook sharpeners can be kept organized and quickly accessed if you stow them on the underside of a hatch. The only problem with this is that if the hatch is fiberglass and the material used to make it isn’t very thick, there might not be enough there to hold screws of reasonable length. And who wants to drill a bunch of holes all the way through a perfectly good hatch?
- Drill two holes through one side of the tubing and then use an ice pick on the other side to make starter holes for two flat-head stainless steel screws of the right length.
- If the tubing is not quite as snug as you’d like, use a cable tie to tighten it up just enough near the end where the tool is inserted.