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Old 08-19-2008, 12:16 PM
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I am not sure if I invented a new gizmo. If I did, and if it has a demand, then I would create a webpage on my website showing how to make and use this. If I just showed a photo most guys would figure it out but others like a few tips so this would take a little time for me to set up.

I'd also like to protect it from being copied by a manufacturer. I wouldn't care if guys made their own but if it is patentable then I would want the rights to be mine.

My question is: Would it be worth that time based on how you fish? I have found myself wanting to add a slider after my hook was already on and baited. Like when I start out drifting the bait but then the current gets too fast or I'm not having any luck on the surface. This little device is easy to add to the line, slides freely, and would be easy to remove if you changed your mind and wanted to go back to 0 weight. The cost, if they were manufactured, would be very low.

Any advice? I would be happy with sending a few samples or photos to anyone who would first send me a PM and a promise of confidentiality & not to compete.

On a slight tangent. Is there any good reason not to use old nuts, bolts, washers, etc. for weight? I realize that the rust would get messy, but if you have a bucket of the stuff lying around then you would use it once and throw it away.

A couple positive reasons would be to get the lead out of fishing and use up all that useless hardware us old timers have sitting in the garage.
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:24 PM
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I have found myself wanting to add a slider after my hook was already on and baited. Like when I start out drifting the bait but then the current gets too fast or I'm not having any luck on the surface. This little device is easy to add to the line, slides freely, and would be easy to remove if you changed your mind and wanted to go back to 0 weight.
Congratulations, you've invented the Quick-Slide™ Sinker Slide

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Congratulations, you've invented the Quick-Slide™ Sinker Slide

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At least I didn't invent the wheel. I was thinking about that one and then realized my truck already has em.

OTH...At $2.49 ea. I would say that the Quick-slide costs about 1000% more than my idea would cost you to make at home.

But thanks for the link. I looked at a related item on that page. The other item is very close to what I am doing. The related item I refer to is the E-Z change System. At about $.40 each those look much more reasonable.

Still, if you can do just as well for a couple pennies and a few minutes time I'd say my idea is pretty workable.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:53 PM
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I think that price is per pack
They sell them local for around .75 cents each (which is still a hell of a lot of money for a bit of plastic)

I bought a bunch and proceeded to lose most of them - they don't handle braid very well and have a propensity to come flying off on the cast

If you can do a better one, I'm in for a bunch !!
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you sold ed and i on those things the night we fished together. lmfao!



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Ted if you came up with something better than the quick-slide then I'm in too.
You might as well open up the bag that the quick slides come in and dump them in the drink because that's where they're going to wind up anyway.
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was this you at the fishermans flea market>



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was this you at the fishermans flea market>
Are those the X-Ray goggles that let you see the bottom at 300 fathoms or the ones that let you see through all sorts of fabrics? Either way, I gotta get me a pair!
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:32 PM
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i thought those were the ones that let you see into the future?



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Ted, not bad at all. I've used it a few times now, and so far it's holding up OK with 3-4oz bank sinkers in the rocks. I'm a little concerned about the sharp end of the wire possibly chaffing the line, but I fished it like that the first time anyway, just to see what would happen, and didn't have any issues. I did file it smooth before the second trip though. So far, I like em
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i saw the slider baitrunner has...friggin awesome idea, so simple too. to me its far from the plastic ones that sudsy refered to. apply for a patent today...its a great idea as far as i could tell.
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I haven't had a chance to throw bait yet but they seem like a good idea that could really work.

I'm curious to see how they handle braid.
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I'm curious to see how they handle braid.
I have my bait rig spooled with 65lb Suffix, but use a mono shock leader, so the slide isn't actually on the braid during the cast. I too would be curious to know if you have any issues with it directly on the braid.
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I haven't had a chance to throw bait yet but they seem like a good idea that could really work.

I'm curious to see how they handle braid.
ooh oh!, can i watch again? (me and ed would so like to see that catapult shot again!)



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ooh oh!, can i watch again? (me and ed would so like to see that catapult shot again!)
Me too
I wonder if that sinker ever re-entered the atmosphere or if it's still rifling it's way to the next galaxy.
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