A FISHERMAN’S WAR BELT
A FISHERMAN’S WAR BELT
By V. L MCKINLEY
I often thought about a way to carry a light but complete equipment for a day’s fishing together with the materials for a warm noon lunch, the whole to present a minimum of weight and bother in handling. The war belt Kink shown in the diagram solved the problem for me.
It will be noticed that there are five articles on this belt. No. 1 is my notion case. This is a small tin box with hinged cover and a couple of belt loops riveted on the back. Any small tin box will answer the purpose or a small cartridge pouch will do very nicely. In this box I keep my line, hooks, sinkers, a small pair of pliers, a waterproof match case and other miscellany. Not very often do I carry a rod. Most of my fishing is on streams where I cut a pole on the spot, so my equipment is rather simple.
No. 2 is a light sheath knife suitable for scaling fish, making shavings for the fire and handy for many purposes. No. 3 is a. flat bag containing the culinary part of the outfit. If you are very swell, you may carry in it a 7-in. frying pan with a folding handle. As for me, I cut off the handle of an ordinary sheet steel skillet and use the pliers to grip it with. The bag is made of heavy water proofed muslin with a drawstring on the top and belt loops on the back. Along with the pan I carry in this bag a small tin can, a couple of slices of bacon and a day’s supply of ground coffee, sugar and mixed salt and pepper.
The three latter are stowed away in old Durham tobacco sacks that have been previously well boiled so they will not flavor the food. About four slices of buttered bread are also added. The tin can holds a good big cupful of water and in it I boil my coffee, again using the pliers as a handle. After lunch I use sand or ashes the fire, together with hot water to clean the grease from the frying pan.
No. 4 is a light belt axe. It is useful in cutting through the brush to get at those likely looking holes and is worth its weight in gold when building a hasty fire after an unexpected ducking. No. 5 is a pet crotchet of my own, an Eagle Folding Landing Net. The leather sheath protects it perfectly from the brush, yet it can be extended with one hand. By using it carefully I manage to catch most of my bait with it also.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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