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MOUNTING LEADERS SIMPLY - click to enlarge



By H. W. Buck

Some of us like to tie our own leaders, but after they are completed they may be somewhat of a problem if simply coiled and put together in a pocket of the tackle book. Even if kept separately, sorted as to size and length, there is always the trouble of pulling out three or four when we want only one. A very little trouble when the leaders are tied enables me to have them in perfect order and labeled. It is done by a simple method of carding. The description may sound very involved, but the method is simplicity itself and the cards may be used time and again.

Take very stiff bond paper and cut it in squares of any required size for a leader card; then cut slits as shown in Fig. 1. With a sharp pen-knife a half-dozen of the squares may be slit at one time.

With the pen-knife slightly Lift the tabs made by these slits. Now coil the leader under the four tabs. After the leader is in place take a strip of the same bond paper used in the card, having this strip about the same width as the tabs on the card and long enough to reach from the back of one tab to the back of the one on the other corner of the card. With the leader toward you press a tab down through the opening enough to let the strip of paper pass, thus enclosing the leader under tab.

Push the strip through the opening made at front of tab as in Fig. a Now press tab opposite down and run strip through from under side. This completes the fastening of the first strip of paper. Repeat this operation with another strip of paper and the two remaining tabs and the leader is securely bound.

A drop of paste where the slips cross at the back will prevent them from being displaced, and another drop under the strips will fasten them securely to the card. This is not really necessary if the strips fit snugly. Fig. 3 shows the way it looks when completed. This sounds very difficult, but it is really quite simple and is very quickly done. The cards are then marked and the leaders are ready for storing in the tackle book.

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

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