A HOME-MADE ROD TIP
A HOME-MADE ROD TIP
Some time ago I broke the tip of my bamboo casting rod and. since the rod was an inexpensive one and I did not wish to purchase a new tip joint, I made a tip that has given very satisfactory service.
I happened to have an old-style telephone receiver which was fitted with a detachable cord. The ends of this cord were tipped with small brass pins and the joint between the cord and the brass tip was protected by a ferrule which slipped down over the tip. I re moved the ferrule and dressed down the tip so the ferrule would fit tightly over the end and cemented it on. I drilled a small hole in the end of the rod, screwed in a small nickeled screw-eye, leaving about one eighth of an inch of the shank projecting from the pole. I then bent the eye quite sharply upward and soldered the eye so that it was closed all the way around and smoothed the joint with fine emery paper. I also soldered around the hole where the screw-eye entered the ferrule, thus making the tip water-tight. Do not bend the screw-eye before screwing it into the tip because if the twist of screwing it in comes at an angle from the side rather than straight the eye will likely break off at the bend. I rewrapped and varnished the rod, and while it is now shorter by some eight inches, it is just the thing for the small, brushy streams.
A standard onion crate makes as fine a live box for use in a camp as anything I have ever used. The slats are placed about a half-inch apart and the crate is large enough to hold fish up to two feet in length. When not in use the crate folds up and takes up very little space in your equipment.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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