Simple Casting Adaption:
This spring and summer I have become interested in fishing, an activity I had not done since childhood. I started by making a Pole Holder for my wheelchair, and next came some Fishing Reel Adaptions then I wanted to be able to cast by myself, so I began doing more tinkering. The use of both hands is needed for me to cast and I would not able to hold the line or the release button after it was pushed; so, something else was going to have to hold the line and then release it with the casting motion. After much thought, I began by cutting a shallow deep slit in one end of a small piece of 3/8” dowel. Used a hack or coping saw for the cut because of the narrow blade. If the line is not being released on the cast the slit is may be too deep. If the line will not stay in the slit before the cast it is too shallow. The dowel was attached with electric tape on the underside of the rod perpendicular to the fishing pole and about 6” from the reel. At first, a series of overhand knots were tied in the fish line part way between the reel and the first eyelet on the pole. While this worked quite well, a friend suggested replacing the overhand knots with a bobber stopper knot, which I had never heard of before. After Googling the knot I realized it had many advantages over the overhand knot. However, after removing the overhand knots and replacing them with a bobber stopper knot, I tried casting only to discover that it did not work. When I would cast, the new knot remained at the dowel but the force of the cast allowed line to be drawn through the knot making a short distance cast. Then when the line was reeled in the knot traveled into the spool. The only option was to return to the overhand knots. Since tying a knot in a line weakens the line, you may want to consider using a heavier test line. I now only tie one overhand knot approximately 6' from the end of the fish line.
Prepare to cast by placing the fish line in the slit in the dowel so that one of the overhand knots is flush to the back of the slit. Push the level that releases the line for casting,and the line will be held in place by the knot and dowel.
Next I place both hands on the pole handle and cast. The whipping action of the casting motion pulls the line, knot and all, out of the slit in the dowel, and off it goes 15 to 20 yards. (check out the line below) What is so great about being able to cast is it allows one to be more of a participant in fishing being able to use lures or live baits. I want to thank my wife Marge for her considerable help with this project. Because of the fine manipulation necessary, she had to do more than usual.
This spring (2014) it became necessary to change the fish line on my fishing pole. As I said when I started I was not a fisherman. The same type line was purchased 12 # test, but it would not cast. The new line was thinner and the knot would jam in the dowel slit when I cast. It is so important to remember these adaption don’t work flawlessly all the time. My friend Dean, a fishing guide, suggested trying a fishing bead placed in between 2 knots(see below). The 4mm beads were too big so we went to Michael's Craft Store got smaller ones, 11/0 Glass Seed Bead $2.49 for a tube. The overhand knots had to be tied twice to keep the bead from sliding down the fish line. When done make sure both knots are TIGHT to the bead.
Marge cut the line, (if you have trouble using scissors a nail clipper works great on fish line) put the bead on and tied a overhand knot behind it and then slide the bead to that knot and tie an overhand knot in front of the bead.
That set up with the small bead work better then anything I've used before.
What's to be learned here besides how to cast? Rather than looking at this challenge thinking there's no way I can cast, look at it and think I know there's a way to cast I just have to figure it out!