A TAKE-DOWN LINE DRYER
A TAKE-DOWN LINE DRYER
Br J. A. PAXTON
To make the axle (Fig. A) secure a square stick of wood one and one-half inches in diameter and bevel each corner three-sixteenths of an inch. Bore holes (a-a-a-a) at each end to hold the side wires of the frame. Bore a hole in one end to fit the bracket B. To make the bracket B take a piece of copper or brass wire and file to fit the second joint of the rod, turn at right angles as in the illustration. A washer soldered on completes the bracket. The side wires (C) are made of either brass or copper as is the wire (D). The ring on the end of the wire (C) passes through the ring on the end of (D), making the completed frame (C, D, C), of which there are four. The rings enable the frames to fold, making the dryer very compact when taken down, and as the ends are open, the line will dry quickly. If A is made four and one-half inches long and C the same length the dryer will take up no more room than a wobbler bait and can be easily carried in the pocket.
By having the bracket B fit the second joint of the rod it is possible to dry the line in the boat while eating lunch, or while coming back to camp. It also makes it easy to change lines on a reel without going to bank, and, in fact, its convenience in many ways is apparent. To make the dryer self-contained when knocked down a piece of one-inch brass tubing can be used instead of a block of wood in making the axle A. If the tubing is used it will be necessary to use brass disks in the ends in which the wires C are placed.
The arm of the bracket B will be shortened and riveted in the brass disk in such a manner that the disk will revolve easily. After riveting the bracket, solder the disk in the end of the tube. The disk for the other end of the tube can be made to fit snugly and is used for a stopper. The wires C and D should be of such a length as will allow them to be put inside of the tube. The self-contained dryer will take longer to make than the other one will, but it is well worth the trouble of the discriminating angler who wants the best of everything going. Its cost should not be over twenty-five cents at the most.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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