Get an amazing first edition fly fishing lanyard, and help a dear friend in the process

waterwalkerlanyard-saleA couple of weeks back a dear friend of mine, Amanda Bodak, was involved in a terrible household accident. While she is going to live, that life is not going to be normal – she suffered severe lacerations to her face and is going to need reconstructive surgery. We all know that insurance never comes close to covering all the cost for such issues, and Amanda is by no means loaded. In fact, she’s the single mother of twin boys, and pretty much spends every dime she has on those two rascals. They deserve it, and now she deserves some help.

I’ve set up a donation site on Amanda’s behalf at Help Amanda dot org, but also wanted to do something a little more special. An auction crossed my mind, but then became the “what to auction” question. It had to be unique, that way someone who bought the item would remember the cause. Besides not being particularly sentimental, I’m not much for “owning” – I view most material goods as liabilities. But I do “own” two things I’m certain are unique. The first is my collie dog – he’s the only mammal that dares live with me and he generates a few extra BTUs around the house in the winter, so there’s no way he’s going. The second is my fly fishing lanyard.

During the winter I asked Rick Mang of Water Walker Lanyards to do some custom work for me, and the result was the Gracie Model lanyard. When Rick isn’t creating fantastic fly fishing tools he’s a church minister, and while he was working on my lanyard he was also helping several of his parishioners during times of crisis. The lanyard took quite a while to complete because of this, and Rick was very apologetic even though he really didn’t need to be. Anyway, remembering that, all of a sudden it made sense – who wouldn’t want a fly fishing lanyard made by a Texas preacher (and help someone in need by getting it)?!

So, the lanyard is up for sale. Sure it’s been used a couple of times, but it is mint (and you obviously know where to find me if you thought I was bullshitting you). It’s the first of it’s kind, and has become a popular model from Rick as well as a template for additional Water Walker models for other clients. It’s a great lanyard, and you’d be helping a great person in the process. If you are interested, leave a bid in the comments – don’t use your real name if you don’t want to, but please leave a real email address so I can contact you later. If you’d like complete and utter anonymity, you can also contact me directly here, and I’ll simple post your bid in the comments myself. Payment will be done via Paypal, directly to the account set up on Amanda’s behalf here. I’ll leave the ‘auction’ open for a week.

Thank you in advance for your support.

UPDATE: The lanyard has been sold.

UPDATE2: Donation links are now closed.


Rick Mang says:


I would be glad to send you several more lanyards to auction if that will help. Let me know.

I appreciate you.

Rick >

Rick – that’s mighty nice gesture..thank you. Your creations are special, and I think this one is the most – it is part of my contribution to the cause. I’ll probably be pinging you soon with some new, custom thoughts anyway 🙂 . Again, thank you for the kind offer.

Also, thank you to everyone who has made contributions outside of the lanyard offer – those too are much appreciated.

Gregg Newby says:

Hello Rick,
I am interested in purchasing one of your fishing lanyards but am having difficulty finding your website. Can you assist? Thanks in advance for yuor help. Gregg.

hans says:

Looks great, and its great cause. I’ll give you $55 for the sweet “Holy-Man Necklace”
-Hans/ from Big Love Utah.

spoon says:

I love fishing and also produce lanyard.Real.

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