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I am in need of some pointers from the ifish community regarding special use fishing reels. Today one of my nephews lost 4 fingers in an accident. Can you give me some ideas on how others still fish without fingers on one hand? I am looking for pointers on specific equipment others have used and want to get him going forward in life again.

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They make electric crank reels. I have a friend who has an uncle with one arm. He is a fishin fool. Takes his boat down to Hammond for a month every year for the B-10 fishery. Catches more than his fair share of fish too.

Shoot me an e-mail if you would like me to find out what he uses.

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You might check these out in Cabela's

John's Electric Reels

If he is a bank fisherman, I bet someone could come up with a prosthetic device of some sort. You know those shoes the bicycle riders wear that connect to a peg on the peddle. Maybe someone could devise a glove that had a recepticle that would fit a modified handle. I am sure the answer is out there.

You might give Ollie Damons a call. They may have some ideas.
 

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I dont know if its an option but I know of a couple guys that are missing fingers on thier reel hands and they just use their palms to grip the handle. They seem do just fine. I have also seen velcro grips <cant remember where> but they were used to hold the anglers hand to the reel handle also. I bet something like that would be easy to make.

Jon :smile: :grin: :smile:
 

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Thanks for the pointers. This board has an abundance of creative talent. The pursuit of fish must inspire creativity in addition to school. Or for some, in spite of school ;-)
 

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I lost my right thomb a few years back. I have a word for everyone, It was very dishearting at first. The love of fishing is what will help us adjust and be able to enjoy the time spent. I don't mean to sound pollyanna hear, just a word of incouragement.
Tight lines to all,
Truman
 

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If a person really wants to fish, they will figure out a way. I watched a woman flyfisher on the Metolius some years ago and she had lost her left arm above the elbow. She outfished everybody there that day. Amazing!
 
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