MAKING A TROLLING SPOON
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MAKING A TROLLING SPOON

MAKING A TROLLING SPOON




      
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MAKING A TROLLING SPOON


MAKING A TROLLING SPOON

I give here some sketches showing how we used to make a homemade trolling spoon. They nearly explain themselves. Take a piece of an old copper wash-boiler, nickel alarm clock, or tin and cut it the shape of a common table spoon. Figure 1. Then get a piece of smooth hardened block, take the round or bent end of a machinist's hammer, and pound a shallow spot in the shape of a spoon. Figure 2. This is the "die block."

Lay in your spoon (Fig. 1) and pound lightly, until it is shaped as per Figure 3. Drill your hole before shaping the spoon on the block. Bend over the hole piece as Figure 3. Now get a piece of spring brass wire that will pass through your glass bead and bend it as per Figure 4. A small pair of round nose pliers are best for bending, cost 10 cents. Now slip on your glass bead, then your spoon, then your swivel and your spoon is done. (All but fishing, as the Irishman says.)

Now for the hooks. Take a piece of your wire and bend it as per cut. Warm the end wire on a little shoemakers wax. Do the same to the shanks of your three hooks. Then lay them on your wire and whip them on with waxed linen thread (never mind the silk thread). Tie on a piece of red flannel if you wish. I have made many of these hooks and spoons and they always made good, where any spoon hook would.

A word about this whipped winding Figures 7 and 8 show this. Let the last three turns be loose. Then slip the end through them and pull tight. After the job is done, it will look like Figure 8. If your rod is broken, as at AB you can splice it by scuffing, waxing and winding. Lap under a short piece of your thread when starting to wind, as at Figure 8. This makes a smooth job and it'll make good.

A. F. Wallace

Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.

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