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SMITHFLY Kilt & YETI conversion

2013 October 24

Understand, it is with great hesitation that I approach my prized cooler with a 5/64″ drill bit.
Mrs Koz is in the background.
“You are going to do WHAT?”

Prepping for the Job.

Prepping for the job.


Yes. Drill. Holes. In my YETI.
Reluctant barely describes the inner turmoil the parts of the brain that govern better judgement and reason are battling with my self proclaimed logical persona.
So, I went to search out others who might instill confidence in my decision to put bullet holes in my Grizzly proof cooler.
Measure twice.

Measure twice.


Who else would I turn to but Mr Fiberglass Manifesto~> and Cameron came through with some great advice. He had similar hesitation, but reenforced a basic rule I practiced building a shed last month. Measure twice, cut once. In this case, measure twice, and measure again.
Make a Template

Make a Template.


Make your mark and drill a small starter hole. I used a 5/64″ drill bit on the first few holes, but quickly learned the tec-screws will easily bore themselves into the plastic outer layer of the cooler.
Finished project~
So I decided to make a template. Very easy to do if you have an 11 X 17″ heavy stock paper or scrap poster board.

The Final project: Yeti Cooler 64 all dressed up with the SMITHFLY Kilt and accessorized with the 2X Pouch and Poquito. This will be very nice on the river to have all these tools at my fingertips.
I also took the extra five minutes and reversed the T-latches to prevent line snags,
Reverse T-Latches on your Yeti
but in retrospect realized it won’t make much difference if the latches are reversed with a Kilt hanging on the front with various pouches and clippers/hemostats ready to snag any slack line that might be laying at my feet. The cooler usually sits at my feet in the Adipose, so it shouldn’t present any problems to guest or clients in the boat.
Overall, I am very happy and excited to get on the water and see how well she holds up to the elements and abuse on the river.
Here is a quick review from ANGLING TRADE on the Smithfly Kilt.

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