This all came about because I have a buddy that had a stroke 14 years ago whom I have taught to fish one handed as his whole left side is paralyzed. He has used a rod holder around his waist in the summer to hold his rod and reel while he reels the fish in but couldn't feel the fight. The summer rod holder works as Steve can hook the fish but not feel the fish on the line. I taught him how to ice fish last year and in my fish house I have a rod holder too, which Steve has used successfully. However, until I tried it, I didn't know poor it was to reel the fish up. I therefore devised a holster for his reel handle so he could reel the fish in and actually feel the fish fight on the pole.
Our goal is not to make any money on this but to show it to folks who may benefit from its use. It's so easy to make, trying to make money on it would be futile. I made it from a piece of flexible plastic cutting board, a medicine bottle cap, two fender washers and a screw with a nylok nut some duct tape which we then used Velcro to replace to hold it to his leg. Now he can reel a fish up and feel the fight.
We made two short videos of the system and have put them on You Tube. The videos show Steve reeling a fish up and describe how to make a holster.
So far I have been able to get the videos out to the Courage Centers in Minnesota and with "The Way Outfitters" organizations.
I've tried local TV stations with no response.
I just e-mailed Wounded Warriors this morning.
What I'm asking of you is to help us get these "holster" videos out to more people so they too can make a device like this and get more disabled folks back to fishing and feeling the fight.
These are the links.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLEYqg0Sgn4 Disabled Fisherman "I can Feel The Fight"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQSEgOPg6W8 Disabled Fisherman #2