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May 26, 2009

May '09 Reader Tips

The latest collection of great ideas sent in by SWS readers

Broken Rod, New Gaff
Here's a way to breathe new life into broken fishing rods you might have lying around. Roughen up the last 6 inches of the rod blank with a piece of coarse sandpaper. 1 Lay a large hook, such as a 10/0 siwash, next to the broken end of the fishing rod so the bend of the hook overhangs the blank by about a half-inch. 2 Using adhesive-linedheat-shrink tape, start wrapping in an overlapping fashion from the hook eye to the end of the blank and then back up. 3 When finished, use a lighter to heat the shrink tape until the adhesive melts and the tape contracts.

Robert Marcoux
Warwick, Rhode Island