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Nearly every caster has had trouble at one time or another with a reel band that will not stay in place. The following Kink will effectually put an end to this difficulty.

Take a heavy elastic band, or better still, a three-eighths inch strip cut from a heavy automobile inner tube. Place one end ahead of the fixed reel band as in diagram No. 1. Bring the other end diagonally around the reel seat and lash both ends as shown in diagram No. 2. In putting the reel on the rod, slip the reel seat under the crossed elastics from the direction of the fixed reel seat. Then seat reel as usual. Elastic should be of such a length and weight that it is very tight when reel is in place. Dia gram No. 3 shows how it looks. For heavy rods elastic may be made as wide as five-eighths or three-quarters of an inch. If preferred, a small stud can be soldered to the movable reel band and the elastic slipped over same as in diagram No. 4.

A variation of the same Kink is to fasten a small German silver No.4 or brass hook ahead of the fixed band on the reel seat. Cut a piece of heavy elastic about three-quarters by two inches. Round the corners off and punch a three-eighths-inch hole a half-inch from one end and a one-eighth-inch hole near the other as in diagram No. 5. A round punch should be used for the holes or they will be likely to tear. Stretch the large hole over the reel plate and seat the reel on the rod. Then stretch the small hole over the hook as in diagram No. 6. Either one of these methods will hold the reel firmly in place.

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

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