After nearly a dozen years of chasing king salmon with a vest full of whatever the hell I could pack in it, I had an epiphany…I'm only using a pattern or two, in a few colors, a small spool of 20lb. Maxima, Deep Woods OFF, a hook file and a pair of nippers, so why the hell am I carrying all this #%*! on my back for 12 hours a day! Ironically the same day of this glorious realization I had just ripped an enormous hole in my first pair of breathable waders. There wasn’t enough patch material and aqua seal in King Camp to fix this gaping hole, so I finished the week with soggy socks, plenty of fish to hand, and a little inspiration.
Like you, I couldn't bear the thought of throwing away my very first pair of breathable waders, especially since they were pretty pricey to begin with! After a long drive back home, I sat down and sketched out a pack I that would simplify my king fishing. I enlisted my mom's sewing skills, and a few weeks later the prototype was born! It held 2 large fly boxes, nippers, leader, fishing license, bug spray, hook file, and pliers.
Since the creation of the original 'Nook Sack, I have blown through several pairs of waders. But I've repurposed them to design other prototype bags and packs along the way. Recycled Waders brings my vision to life, turning leaky throw away waders into functional products.