Aftermarket Hook-Keeper

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Some years ago I lost a very big tarpon because of nicks in the line caused by using the crossbar on my reel as a hook-keeper. That has never happened since because I immediately quit using any part of the reel for hook storage. But rather than use the foot of a rod guide for that purpose, which poses some risk to both rod and guide, I found a better way. All it takes is two of those inexpensive but durable cable ties available at most hardware stores. One of the ties is used to form a loop about a quarter inch in diameter. The other secures this loop to the rod immediately forward of the front grip, thus putting it in perfect alignment as a hook-keeper. The soft plastic used to make these ties won't damage the rod.

- Bob Stearns, Miami, Florida