To touch up the edge on my fillet or hunting knife when I'm not at home, I use the ground edge of a door window on my truck. I sharpen the blade just as I would if I were using a whetstone. This restores a razor edge to the knife every time.
Karl Bechtel, Newburgh, Ind.
A while back, after I yanked out and cut the last strand of dental floss from one of those white plastic dispensers, I wondered if the dispenser could still be put to use in my tackle box. Turns out, it could. I wrapped monofilament around the small spool inside the dispenser. Not only is this a handy mono carrier, but the built-in cutter works great for snipping leader.
Donald Wier, Lititz, Pa.
To remove old fishing line from your spool in a hurry, use a drill. Simply tie the line to the bit, then pull the trigger. The line comes tearing off the spool in seconds. Afterwards, remove the bit, and the bundle of line will come right off.
Tyler Anderson, Jenison, Mich.
I had an empty nasal-spray bottle, and I boiled it to remove the smell. Then I filled it with some deer lure. Now, when I want to release just a mist of scent, I catch a breeze and squeeze the bottle. It works great, and I don't waste as much deer lure.
Chris Thompson, Elkins, W.V.
I fashioned a light, accurate, and inexpensive offshore fish-measuring device from an adjustable curtain rod. I use a rod that extends from 24 inches to 48 inches, and I used a permanent marker to mark measurement points along the rod, indicating the legal lengths for various species. This way, I just line the rod next to my catch and I can quickly tell if it's legal to keep the fish. I also make note on the rod for daily bag limits.
Randy Black, Sellersburg, Ind.
I fish with tube baits almost exclusively in the spring. And to make them even more irresistible, I dip small pieces of cotton balls into bait scent and then stuff them into the tube before I insert the jig head. This creates a scent trail, which drives big bass crazy!
Greg Jacobsen, Clark, N.J.
An inexpensive and portable fish-filleting table can be made from a clipboard. Just clip the tail and fillet as you normally would. The clip provides a secure grip for when you work the knife back toward the head.
Mick Smith, Miamisburg, Ohio
To tie a more natural-looking glo-bug, try soaking it in water before you trim them it into a ball. This makes the fly look more like a salmon egg.
Dillon O'Donnell, Lower Burrell, Pa.
I use a small syringe to inflate my grubs and other small baits with a bit of air. This keeps my baits off the stream bottom—and in the feeding path of big fish—and makes them look more natural. I’ve been using this trick for years, and the fish tear it up!
Jason Locke, Milton, Pa.
Rubber shelf-liner material (found at most dollar stores) works to pull out arrows from 3-D or any other targets. Simply cut about an 8- to 12-inch sheet, and you're finished. It adds greater gripping power for those hard-to-remove arrows. What's more, it's inexpensive and easy to carry.
Nicholas Draghi, Elmira, N.Y.