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October 25, 2001

Improvised Kite-Release Clip

This quick-fix kite-release uses rubberbands and paper clips and rubber bands in a way that would make McGyver proud.

If you're out on the water and need a kite-release clip, you can make one quickly with an old plastic bucket, a paper clip and a rubber band - using only a sharp knife.
1. Cut a 2-inch by 3-inch rectangle of plastic from the bucket.
2. Holding the rectangle with one of the 2-inch sides up, mark a spot about 1/2 inch from the top edge, centered from left to right. Starting about 1 inch down from the top on one of the 3-inch sides, cut a curved line inward from the side and up to the center spot with the knife.
3. Starting at the bottom edge, center, cut upward to make a straight line of 1-1/2 inches. Make small notches in each side of the cut, about 1/2 inch from the bottom edge, to form a small hole. (If you have a drill, you can drill this hole with a very small bit.)
4. Make a small notch on each side of the rectangle, about 3/4 inch from the bottom edge. Position a rubber band around the plastic rectangle, between the notches, to act as the tension control.
To rig, place a paper clip around your fishing line and slide one end of the paper clip into the notched slit, just below the rubber band. Slide the kite line into the curved slit and deploy kite and line. When a fish strikes, it will pull the line and paper clip out of the improvised plastic kite clip.

- Craig Barnard
Boca Raton, Florida