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Rattle Reels- what kind?


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There's not much to a rattle reel. Any handy guy can make them by yourself with the right tools. To me, the main thing is being able to hear them in the middle of the night and differentiate which one is rattling in a short time. I have 3 different brands. The Lindell rattle wheel is pretty nice, almost reels too smoothly though and has a rather quiet rattle.

My favorite are actually the ones I made. Just some round wooden reels with jingle bells inside. Cost about $0.75 per reel that way. You can find similar ones in Fleet Farm for around $6 once the ice fishing gear shows up.

Mounting location is up to the user. Mounting on the ceiling takes up basically the whole wall in the shack. I mount mine about 2 feet over the holes so I can hang coats, tv rack, etc.. on the wall without having the line interfere.

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I used the Catch-Cover Rattlesnake in my perm we built last year. Very nice. The Quick Connect Wall-plates are nice because I can swap the rattle reel for a deadstick holder in a pinch if I feel like it.. But to each their own.

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we use the "Lewandoski Rattle Reels' in our wheeled frame.

They are simular to Lindell and Catch Covers rattle snake, but they have alot more beads in the spool providing more noise on the slightest turn of the spool. Thyey are large enough to get fly line or the vinyl line on with room to spare.

They also have the wall brackets that we can swap out the reel and use there dead stick rod holders.

They work great and are quite a bit cheaper then the other two.

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