A SHINGLE CREEL
I live in an excellent trout country and manage to get about as many of the speckled beauties as the next fellow. For many years I have made my own creels out of the simplest of materials. I use shingles for the sides and ends and - or 3.’-inch boards for the top and bottom. The boards may be cut curved to fit the side of the body without fear, as the shingles, which should preferably be of cedar, will bend nicely without splitting. The shingles are tacked to the top and bottom boards with small nails. Before the front is nailed on a generous notch is sawed into it for a hand hole. A cover, fastened with a small pair of hinges or a strap, is made to fit this, leaving only a small hole for the insertion of the fish. The shoulder strap is tacked onto the back and the job is completed.
This type of box keeps the fish nice and hard, particularly if you lay a handful of green clover or leaves between them. The box can be made any size to suit your own ideas. I have made many of them and sold them, too.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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