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July 01, 2010

Reader Tips: Swing Stopper

A quick solution that many of us have lying around the house is a Velcro handle fastener from an old duffel bag...

While deep jigs such as butterfly jigs are great lures for catching fish, their weight makes them difficult to keep stored on a rod when you are running from spot to spot. They often swing off the guides, which can be dangerous and can damage the rod finish.

 A quick solution that many of us have lying around the house is a Velcro handle fastener from an old duffel bag, the piece that is used to wrap both handles together. It can be cut off and still leave the duffel bag in good working condition. Now, before I run from spot to spot during a day of dropping jigs, I slap one of these old fasteners around the jig and the rod to hold everything in place.
 
Capt. Merritt Matheson
Palm City, Florida