Intro: Line Thrower
Attach a slingshot to a fishing rod and reel, and use it to put a rope into a tree just where you want it to go. Needed: The butt end of a two-piece casting rod and reel with monofilament line, a slingshot having wrist brace, four plastic zip ties, and lead fishing weights. I prefer 3/8-ounce teardrop-shaped weights.
Now and then I need to put a rope high up into a tall tree and over a certain part of a particular branch, for removing dead branches and pruning while working from the ground (how I do that work is another story). This is always done when the leaves are off the trees, so I can easily see where I want the rope to go.
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Step 1: Assembly and Use
Attach the slingshot to the fishing rod grip using two zip ties just below the slingshot's grip and two around the wrist brace, crossing the ties to make a firm attachment. Run the fishing line through the hoops under the rod and tie on the lead weight, taking care to use knot that will not slip loose.
CAUTIONS: Always wear complete eye protection, because if your line kinks, the weight might come back at you, and if your line breaks, it can whip back at you. Scout the area ahead of time and plan your shot so you do not harm anyone or damage property. This thing will throw the wieght hundreds of feet. Each time before using, practice in a large open field to get an idea of how far the weight will go with a certain amount of pull on the slingshot.
Plan your shot well. You should be able to put the weight where you want it to go within a foot circle or so, but it does no good to have it go through a lot of other trees and get tangled as you retrieve it. Find an angle that will drop the weight into open space and out of harm's way.
To shoot, you grip the slingshot grip with one hand, pull back the slingshot pocket with the lead weight in it with the other. Be sure to flip the metal loop on your reel to the correct position just before you pull back on the slingshot.
It will be hard to see the line once the weight has landed, find it by slowly reeling in the weight, raise the weight off the ground where you can see it, but not up into the tree. Once you see it, lock the reel, drop the rod and go to the weight. If the line did not go through the tree where you wanted it, cut the weight off the line, reel all the line back in and repeat the shot. Once the line is in the right place and you go to the weight, first tie the end of a long, strong light string to the line just above the weight, using a really good knot. Then cut the weight off the line. Go back and use the rod and reel to pull the string up into the tree and back down to you.
Next, detach the fishing line from the string and tie your rope to the string, use the string to pull the rope up into the tree and back down to the ground again. Detach the string from the rope, and you are in business.