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AN INGENIOUS TACKLE BOX - click to enlarge



By C. M. Murr.

The main idea in designing this tackle box was to have my complete outfit with me all the time strapped to me so that it was easy to carry yet entirely out of the way. At the same time the contents of the box must be easy to get at. Every single piece should be accessible without resorting to laying anything down to get at anything else.

The box as diagramed is about one foot tong, seven inches deep and six inches wide. The exact size should, of course, be determined by the amount of tackle to be carried. The trays and box proper are built of a good grade of hardwood or a very good grade of pattern lumber. The pattern lumber will weigh the least. The entire interior should be given two or three coats of shellac. The outside is intended to be covered with a heavy water-resisting brown canvas, fitted well to the box and then put on with a heavy coat of shellac.

The drawers themselves have several unusual features. First of these is the sling that enables the drawers to be pulled clear out and rested horizontally on the top of the box without falling off. The cross-section diagram shows how one of these stings work. A wire is put in each back corner of the box and fastened top and bottom, so that a small ring will slide freely on it. To this ring a bit of stout cord is fastened and run to the top back corner of the drawer. This string is just long enough to allow the drawer to rest horizontally on the top of the box without tipping or falling off. The forward drawer has the same arrangement except that the two wire are fastened to the ends of the box and act in addition as runs between the two drawers. It will be observed that the partitions of the smaller compartments, intended for hooks, sinkers, etc., are set in on a slant This is to keep the contents from falling out while the drawer is being lifted up. The two larger compartments are intended for reels and do not need to have the partitions slanted.

The shallow tray is made deep enough to hold the thickest plug or spoon hook. Along the top of this tray a row of hooks attached to a rubber band, which is tacked to the box between each two hooks. About a half-inch from the lower end of the drawer and a quarter of an inch from the bottom a small hardwood rod is run from side to side. By hooking the tail gang of bait over this rod and attaching the swivel to one of the small hooks fastened to the rubber band, the bait is suspended perfectly, so that it will not be thrown around, scratched or tangled with the other baits.

A fold of the canvas cover, fastened with a strap and buckle, forms the lid of the box. Buckles are attached at each end for fastening the shoulder strap. Two snap hooks are placed lower down for fastening a strap to go around the body and keep the box from swinging while casting. If the box is carried on the back of the hips, the snap can readily be unfastened, so that it may be swung around to get at the contents. Two more snaps can be put on the front of the box to suspend a creel from.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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