A BAMBOO ROD CASE
A BAMBOO ROD CASE
By A. E. Bucs
A great number of bait-casters are partial to a single piece rod inches square, and will take 15 inches of line at a turn. In assembling the dryer the axle is first clamped to the table. Then the side wires of the spool are inserted into the hole in the corners of the blocks and the spool slipped onto the axle. A small wooden knob may be fastened to the top of the spool to turn it by.
If there seems to be too much friction between the bottom end of the spool and the bend in the wire axle, a couple of notches may be filed in the wire and a copper washer, which will just slide over the wire, slid down into them and slightly flattened edge wise to make it stay in place. Fig. IV will give some idea how the completed dryer looks. To fold the dryer up, simply remove the spool from axle and pull out the side wires; lay the ends flat side by side, and lay the wires and axle on. Snap a couple of rubber bands around it and itís for many reasons, but use the jointed rod on account of the difficulty experienced with the single piece in going from one fishing ground to another. I use a single piece bamboo and have been put to a great deal of in convenience in carrying this rod about. So I have been trying to devise a convenient way to carry same and still go light, and think I have at last solved the difficulty in a very satisfactory manner.
Take the butt of a common cane fishing pole, split it entirely across twice, running splits down to a convenient joint. Then slip in two thin ferrules that are just large enough to slip over the butt of your rod. Force one in as far as possible and leave the other at the end and bind with fishing line.
A hole can be easily bored through the nodes or joints of the cane with a long bit like electricians use, or burned out with a hot iron. A cork in bottom ferrule finishes the job and you have a tight. A convenient case that will hold rod perfectly central so nothing will touch but the grip. You can go horseback, buggy, auto or train with never a thought of your rod till you want to use it, and if the case is in your way in the boat throw it overboard and tow behind on a string.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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