Retrofitting a Hook Keeper to an Existing Rod

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I've tried many things over the years and thought I found the answer with mounting ties. They're a zip tie with a plastic ring built into the locking mechanism. This works well with a small to medium sized bait hook but with anything with a large barb it's a hassle to get it out of the ring. I have since gone to these double ringed jig connectors and a conventional zip tie. I put this on a spinner setup at the base of the reel seat threads. I also used a fine metal file to round off the square corners.


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mike mitchell

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I hate zip ties on rods. This is what I use. It works on Deckhand and reel seat rods. Put it under reel and clamp the reel in place. I like 40lb. because it seats well under the reel. Larger mono will not seat well.
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Looks interesting. I use the zip ties with the screw mount. They have an extra loop built in that is designed to have them screwed to something. Work on all my rods, but and small, but they can be a little stiff. Don't over tighten them and they can spin out of the way.
 

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I use the reel stud also when there's enough room to get the hook and barb between the stud and reel seat. Can't always do it especially with a larger circle hook.
 
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AWilliams

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Too many people over-complicate the smallest thing...lol Hook it on the reel post, hook it on the hole in the handle..etc...
 
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I use the reel stud also when there's enough room to get the hook and barb between the stud and reel seat. Can't always do it especially with a larger circle hook.
I use the reel stud, for my jigs,
So it’s doesn’t hook someone going up the rail.
 
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I use the reel stud too Gerry, one technique won't work in all applications. Sometimes reel studs are too close to the reel seat to get a hook between them. This is just one way to make it work when other techniques won't.