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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN:STREAMSIDE FISHING VISE
Copyright: Mike Sillett
Here is a nifty piece of fishing gear you can use for fly fishing or bait fishing. It's a vise to hold the fishing hook in a tight grasp, whether a fly, a plain hook or a hook full of bait, so that the fishing hook is held without using fingers.
THIS IS NOT for tying up new fly fishing flies. You will need a sturdy vise for that. As I said, this is for holding the hook, especially small hooks, to help you tie it onto the fishing line.
There are plenty of photos in this tutorial to make it easy to understand. Once completed you will have a portable pen vise you can use for trout and bass fishing. A great addition to your fly fishing gear.
Before you jump right in and start tearing ballpoint pens apart you should read the entire tutorial and review the photos to get a good idea what is involved and how to begin.
This project is reasonably easy and the parts are practically free.
I would bet money that you have some Epoxy or Krazy Glue, used ballpoint pens and toothpicks in the house.
Instead of throwing that useless ballpoint pen away make this Streamside Fishing Vise. You will not regret having one, and if you are like some of those that have made one, you will be telling other fishing friends what a really handy hook holder device this is.
A couple of Ballpoint Pens that have outlived their ink. ( or one pen and an extra spring from some other pen ).
Get the remaining ink out of the ink tube.
A pocket knife,
Use the pliers to stretch out the extra spring a bit. Just grab it with your fingers and pull.
What you want is a piece of spring steel, cut from the straight portion, about an inch long to make a loop.
Now take the ink tube, go to the tip area where the tiny ballpoint is. The tip area is usually brass. Rarely steel.
You want to grind away the ball so that there is a hole in the end of the tube. I just usually go outside and rub the ballpoint on a smooth part of my sidewalk. A couple of passes and the ballpoint is gone.
Clean up the end where the hole is now, where the ball was, so you have a nice neat hole. A fingernail board will work. So will a fine file.
What you want to do is grind down the brass front portion, the inside part, so that when you click the pen to let the inside tube recess, the part you made a hole in is either level with or slightly below the pen's opening.
When you have it just right take the pen apart again and put the legs of the loop you made into the hole of the ink tube.
You should try to get the loop close to the correct size before gluing the legs into the hole.
I like Epoxy. Mix it up, put some in the ink tube and stick the legs in.
Here I have the loop inserted into the front portion of the ink tube ( in this particular ballpoint pen the parts are plastic and come apart easily enough ).
Once the loop is as it should be put the pen together and use it.
It should look something like this when clicked to the 'writing' position.
Now that it is all done what do you do with it?
You keep it in your vest or breast pocket while fishing.
Here is the finished product with a fly in it's grasp. Look closely at how the fly is held against the pen's collar opening.
You hold the pen in your hand and you tie on the fishing line. You twist the pen once the line is inserted into the hooks eyelet.
At least with this vise you are not trying to turn a little fly multiple times in your awkward hands, or cold hands, mangling it up to get it tied on.
Streamside Fishing Vise made from a used Ballpoint Pen.
|I sell these on a regular basis for $5.00, plus $2.00 shipping in the U.S.A. |
If you have a favorite ballpoint pen that no longer writes and you want it converted, send it to me and i'll make it into a streamside vise - same deal - $5.00 + $2.00 shipping in the U.S.A.
You can buy one from me or make your own using this tutorial.
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