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"Hot Rods" Make Cold Weather Fishing Fun
With Hot Rods rod warmers, fishermen can fish longer on cold days, says inventor Bill Trzeciak. The police officer from LaGrange, Ill., came up with the idea after a fellow officer complained about how cold his hands were on a Canadian fishing trip. Trzeciak decided to use the disposable air-activated heat packs he keeps in his pockets at Chicago Bears football games.
  He came up with a sleeve design to secure the heat packs in place around the rod handle.
  The sleeve is washable cotton and reversible-blaze orange on one side, camouflage on the other. Just shake and open the heat packs and slip them inside the sleeve, Trzeciak explains, and enjoy six or more hours of fishing with warm hands.   "I catch a lot of fish, and it's always a pain to take gloves off every time you catch one on cold days while walleye and crappie fishing," he says. "The people who have them, love them. They say they won't go fishing in cold weather without them." Customers include professional fishermen and fishing guides who provide them to clients for added comfort.
  Trzeciak sells two Hot Rods sleeves and two heat packs for $19.95, plus shipping. He's looking for dealers.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Trzeciak, P.O. Box 602, LaGrange, Ill. 60525 (sales@heatgrip.com; www.heatgrip.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2