Re: Good Quality Dining Fly
Charlie Morrison (Morrisonch@AOL.COM)
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 23:30:49 -0500
Before you buy a fly, check out The Basic Essentials of Camping by Cliff
Jacobson. This book, one of a series of "basic essentials" books, is a great
resource for the serious camper - novice or experienced. He describes his
design for a windproof dining fly on pp 40-41. Part of his secret is adding
extra tiedowns to the edges and surface of a 10x10 nylon tarp and staking it
down low on the windward edge and stretching it higher on the leeward edge.
The sides are secured with guy lines and the middle is suspended upward to
an overhanging limb or lifted with a pole at a center reinforced point on the
This method of suspending the tarp keeps the wind and driving rain off your
campers. A one foot space near the ground on the windward side keeps smoke
from collecting under your fly. 10x10 is big enough to protect up to four
The book is published by:
ICS BOOKS, Inc.
One Tower Plaza
107 E. 89th Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410
Check out Cliff's other books on first aid, trailside shelters, canoeing, map
and compass. He is a great outdoor writer.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City