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An excellent device for drying lines may be made from one of the heads of an old barrel. I attach mine to the sunny side of a woodshed, leaving it outdoors throughout the summer; but it could be adapted easily for indoor use. The expense of making it is practically nothing. Procure a barrel head and cleat it across center to prevent splitting. Cleat should be on side to be attached to building. Bore hole through center to take screw, spoke or bolt upon which head is to turn. Draw a circle around head about two inches inside the circumference. At equal distances on this circle bore eight small holes, giving each hole a slight slant toward the outside of the barrel head. In each hole insert a meat skewer, which will probably be given you at the market.

Drive the skewer entirely through head, otherwise the swelling of the wood in a rain will force skewer out. Cut off pointed ends of skewers flush with back of barrel bead. Attach head to casing at back of house, or other convenient place, by setting screw in hole, using washer on each side of head to insure easy turning.

A foot or more to right set screw eye in side of building large enough to take ferrule on butt joint of rod, and a screw hook spaced far enough back to hold grip of rod. I use a joint from a discarded rod, but no harm would be done to a good one if the hook were padded with felt or cloth.

Attach reel to reel-seat in ordinary manner, thread line through first guide, pass it outside screw eye, tie loosely to one of skewers and start turning barrel head. One hundred yards can be transferred to head in a very short time. After drying, take rod from hooks, without disengaging the reel, and spool the line as if retrieving a bait. If more than one line needs to be dried, after running first line on to the drier, detach from spindle of reel, tie second line to end of first and keep on turning.

Care should be taken to attach rod hangers to right of barrel head, as otherwise the side of the building will interfere with the crank of the reel.

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

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