Pipe insulations are almost as if they were made especially for us anglers, so the foam material can be used for other purposes. More than a knife is usually not needed for this. Another advantage: it is very cheap and can be found in every hardware store. I almost always have some pipe insulation with me when I go fishing. Here are 8 Tips what you can do with pipe insulation as an angler.
8 Tips for tinkering with pipe insulation for anglers
Info: Pipe insulation is available in different thicknesses and types of material Obi has different ones than Hornbach etc.
1: The most obvious first: as a winding board
Clearly, whether leaders, rigs or 100 m line. The thicker pipe insulation has the advantage that the line is distributed over large diameters. So I can always have a few pre-tied leaders with me and that saves time and nerves on the water. After fishing I also wrap leaders from ready made hook packs on them and can simply reuse them. To fix leaders without hooks I use some wire or loose hooks.
When rewinding the hook comes at the end of the line, so start with the loop of the leader.
Extra tip: If I have to cut off braided line from the reel because of wigs or similar, I also wind it on pipe insulation to make leaders later. Braided line is much softer, so it makes a top zander leader. Of course only for waters without pike stock.
2: Cheap hook protectors
No more getting caught and annoying unhooking of artificial baits in the bait box. Simply cut the pipe insulation into strips and that’s it! The thinner foam tubes are best suited for this. Even small pieces cut out can be skewered onto individual hooks.
3: Marker buoys
The pipe insulation can also be used as a buoy: simply cut off 5-10 cm depending on the desired thickness, knot the line and wind it up, and a weight is ready at the other end. You already have a very cheap marking buoy.
4: Rod protection
Pipe insulation is also suitable as spacer or protection for the rod during transport.
For spacers: simply cut a few cm from the roll and make a slit. There are also pipe insulations which already have a slit. This way you can protect your beloved rods from constantly colliding with each other, e.g. during transport in a car.
Longer pieces serve to protect sensitive rod tips and can be easily placed on the rod.
5: Buoyancy body for bait fish
To allow the bait fish to float from the bottom or simply to conceal the weight of the mounting and fishing hook so that the predator does not notice anything when biting. This is easily done by stuffing the dead bait fish a little bit of chopped pipe insulation in its mouth.
6: Underwater pose
Simply threaded with the bait needle you have an almost free U-pose. But braided lines tend to cut the pose, so you can also make a simple line from a straw.
7: As float / pose
Of course you can make simple emergency floats out of the foam. A straw can also be used as a cord guide and also as an antenna!
8: As a safety float
Always with you in a belly boat or kayak! A piece of pipe insulation, some string and the float for the key ring is ready. Even landing nets can be made floatable this way.
9 As a Do it Yourself fishing raft
Simply glue several layers of pipe insulation together and the raft is ready. Of course this tip was not meant seriously, but maybe you have a tip about what you can do with pipe insulation when fishing. I’m looking forward to your comments.