Make a tool to retrieve items dropped while in a tree stand from a #8/0 treble hook, a small magnet, some nylon cord, and a piece of PVC pipe. If you've ever climbed your stand and then dropped a glove, hat, release aid, or other item, you'll appreciate this easy to make tool. The hook should be able to catch just about any fabric article and the magnet should be strong enough to pick up a knife, multi-tool, broadhead, or release aid.
Step 1: Gather your tools & materials.
Material: (1) #8/0 treble hook, (1) 1-1/4"x1/2" PVC bushing, 20 to 30 feet of nylon cord, (1) heavy duty disk magnet, an old bicycle inner tube, Plastic Dip, two part epoxy, masking tape, and some sandpaper.
Tools: Hacksaw, utility sheers or scissors, leather punch, utility knife, punch, and a popsicle stick .
Step 2: Prepare the treble hook.
I suggest that you bend down the barbs on the hook. This will make it easier to remove the hook from your dropped item after it is retrieved. Leaving the barb up may result in snagging or tearing fabric items.
Step 3: Prpeare the hook and magnet for epoxy.
Use sandpaper or a piece of emery paper to "rough up" the underside of the hook and one side of the magnet. This will allow the epoxy to bond to both pieces. Most hooks are covered with with a varnish like coating to prevent rust. If this coating is not removed the epoxy will not adhere properly and the magnet will pop off at the most inopportune moment.