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Got a question about fishing, that you have never been able to figure out?

Well, along comes old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and resident backlash picking champion, with the solution.

Take a look at the photos. Jack's original idea, as he related to me, was to reduce tangles among rods in a bundle. Most of us like to leave our lures on the rod at the end of the day. But, we know that, as sure as the Lord made them little green apples, we are going to have mess to pick out the next time we go out. So, we cut the lures off. Then, the darn line cones untied and falls down through the guides. More mess, more non-fishing time fixing my stuff. Well, Jack's little spring device does really good at holding the line at the rod tip.

But Fishin' Tipster, being somewhat lazy, shiftless and good at avoiding work, noted some other applications for Jack's gadget.
  • When you compress the 'ears' at each end to open the spring coils, you can insert the top edge of 4-6 little plastic bags of sinkers, hooks, crappie tubes, 'whatevers'. Keeps them all right there together.
  • I used one on a partial spool of monofilament to keep the line from coming off. Just clip the spring over the lip of one side of the spool and slide the end of the line under it. Better than a rubber band that rots, you bet.
  • If you take two of the spring devices and tie a 12-inch cord between the end loops on two of them, you have a good 'hat-keeper-on-my head'. Clip one on your collar and one to the back of your cap.
  • If you use small scissors or nail clippers to cut line and such, you can tie a cord to the cutters and to the Line Keeper and clip it onto your shirt pocket.
There are probably a million-and-one uses an enterprising soul can come up with for Jack Swanson's Line Keeper. If you think up a good one that we use in the Tipster series, Old Tipster will send you a package of the Line Keepers.

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