Quick Tips: The Importance of a Spare Key

Spare key? Yes, I swear to you it’s almost as important as a spare rod or reel. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a random shuttle driver moving your car from one location to the next during a long float, or you and a pal are hiking up some remote canyon. Having one extra key for your vehicle can make all the difference in the world at the end of a long fishing day–especially if it’s cold, wet, and the air is full of bugs.  Or in case someone gets hurt.

The video above sadly illustrates what you might have to do (I had to) should you not heed my warning. Always, always, always bring two keys and split them up and let your fishing partner know where the spare key will be.  Conversely you can place a “hide-a-key” on the vehicle in a location everyone in the party knows.

There it is. Simple, but often overlooked.

Of course some people actually fish with keys, but that’s a different story altogether….

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  • Kent Klewein

    Had to do the same thing on my garage door meeting yesterday morning before my guide trip. Used the same tool, a big arse rock. Same scenario, same performance. I was astonished to see how hard it was to break the glass. That’s some tough shi*t. Great post, funny video, and I’ll leave one additional tip, leave a spare key at your house as well. I’m good on my vehicle because I have keyless entry baby. Thank god for that. There’s no telling how many times I would have locked myself out without it. Thank you Ford.

    Kent Klewein

  • Kingfisher on the Farmington

    As a guide in CT I watched clients as well as myself do exactly like this video! Duh!
    OK two things I learned -#1) the least expensive window to break is NOT – IS NOT – the small one! It’s more laborto install that window (trust me – wife wrote the check) and it’s not the one usually NOT in stock! Break front drivers side – It’s in stock and cheaper to install.#2) hide-a-key’s bounce off! Mud and snow will peel off that magnetic hide-a-key. Here’s what you do. Get a flat metal key made (NO plastic handle with chip inside) – sometimes called a valet key. Also notice that the bottom of your rear license plate has a place for two more screws at the bottom, which you usually don’t have screws in.(Unless you have a fancy swanky license plate frame – then your on your own.) Buy two PLASTIC nuts and bolts and screw the spare key to the BACK of your license plate.Use the other plastic nut & bolt to “balance” the missing hole. That sucker stays put and is removable with a swiss army knife or similiar in freezing weather. You can also put the spare key on the top screws to better hide it, but more fussy to get at. Works great!

  • Baughb

    With replacement keys being stupidly expensive, I got a couple of “dummy” keys. Good for doors and trunk, not for ignition. The ignition keys get well hidden, dummy keys live in my vest, waders, and buddy’s vest pocket. Dummy keys cost me $10 each at the dealer.

  • jeff thorp

    Great post. Sound advice.I Keyless has low priced GM keys….. saves a lot of money… easy to let the shuttle use that one…..


    Jeff Thorp