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Hey there Tipster,

Just discovered your website, and it looks like I'm going to have a ball exploring it.

At 56, I just came down with opening day fever for the first time in 43 years, and decided to take up fishin' again. Last time I drowned a worm was haulin' bluegills out of Illinois farm ponds with a cane pole. For the last five years I've been living on Washington state's Hood Canal, prime trout/salmon/steelhead country, and it's finally got to me, I guess. So anyway, over the weekend, I bought myself a 7' Ugly Stik and a Mitchell 300X spinning reel at Wal-Mart. I've figured out how to use the gear okay, but I still have a couple of (probably dumb) questions I haven't been able to find the answers to.



Here are my answers inserted with your questions: (1) What's the best way to secure the line on the spool you're removing when you swap spools on your reel? A piece of tape? Is there some obvious way to do this? A PLAIN RUBBER BAND IS GREAT. WRAP THE END OF THE LINE UNDER IT ONCE IT IS ONE THE SPOOL. USE A WIDE ONE FOR BEST RESULTS. TAPE WOULD LEAVE A RESIDUE THAT MIGHT CAUSE THE LINE TO LAY UNEVENLY.

(2) Even though my rod breaks down into two 3.5-foot sections, I'd still like to put it in some kind of protective case or tube when I throw it in my pickup. I don't see any sense in forking out 30 bucks or more, however, so I'm looking for a homemade solution. I thought about a section of PVC pipe, but 2" is too small and 3" looks like a damn cannon. I've seen clear plastic kite tubes (for BIG kites) that look like they'd work, but I'd have to buy a $20 kite I don't want just to get the case. Any suggestions? I WOULD GO WANDER THROUGH A HOME DEPOT AND A CRAFTS SHOP. YOU'LL COME ACROSS ALL KINDS OF THINGS. A CARPET STORE MIGHT HAVE A CARDBOARD TUBE OF THE RIGHT SIZE (PROBABLY FROM RUNNERS)

Jim P.

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