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October 26, 2001

Flat-Line Height Adjustment

Tag lines and release clips attached to cleats or rails provide a lower tow point, but there's a cheaper, simpler solution: rubber bands.

One way of adjusting the way a bait or lure runs is to change the height of the tow point, thus altering the angle of the line as it enters the water. In the case of a flat-line rod, with the lure running straight from the rod tip rather than from an outrigger, this means clipping the line at a point lower than the rod tip.
Tag lines and release clips attached to cleats or rails provide a lower tow point, but there's a cheaper, simpler solution: rubber bands. Hitch one end of the rubber band over a line guide, run the line straight down from the tip, wrap the rubber band around the line several times, then place the other loop over the line guide. This method works best with ring guides, since rubber bands can slip off some styles of roller guides. If your rod has roller guides, try placing rubber bands over the reel handle to keep lines low to the water.
Sam Mossman
New Zealand