— Avery “Butch” Morris wants to be your fishing buddy ... in a sense.
Morris, a full-time contractor who has lived in Weatherford his whole life, has been fishing for more than 20 years, but admits never having much success at it. Morris was visiting with his friend and professional fisherman Gary Klein when Klein asked him to design something that would enable him to keep track of and hold 15 spools of fishing line at the same time. Using his contractor skills, Morris came up with the Spoolin’ Buddy, a triangular shaped device which could hold up to 15 3,000-yard reels of fishing line.
Morris said the one he made for Klein was made out of wood. Word spread on the device and Morris made about 10 others, also made of wood.
While the idea and device were very well received, water would cause the wood to eventually rot, so Morris went back to the drawing board and made a similar device out of polyprylene, or cutting board material, which withstood moisture much better.
To aid in protecting the fishing line even more, Morris enlisted the help of his mother, who lives in the Zion Hill area, to design covers for the buddy. The covers help keep out ultraviolet, or UV rays, Morris said.
The buddys have received rave reviews from pro fishermen and fishing writers alike, who say they like the ease of use, portability, and storage capacity. While the large buddy is his biggest seller, he also has smaller ones that old anywhere from two to five reels of 300-yard line.
He has taken the buddy to different tournaments, including a major one down on Falcon Lake where he was a judge. Morris sold several buddys there and has decided to take the buddy public.
This year has been the most successful for sales of the Spoolin’ Buddy, as Morris has sold about 30 of them already. Morris contends he won’t get rich with the buddy but is trying to make enough money to be comfortable on his retirement. He says he can make one in a short time but uses a company out of Dallas to make them in bulk.
The buddy, which is very lightweight, is easy to assemble with the holes for the stainless steel crews already drilled. It also comes with a carry handle on the side, which allows line to be spooled anywhere from a boat to a hotel room.
The buddy works with all brands of fishing line, which can have different widths, Morris said.
Depending on the size, prices range from $49.95 for the mini to $119.95 for the larger model. Covers range from $9.95 to $12.95.
For information on the Spoolin’ Buddy and more testimonials, visit www.spoolinbuddy.com or call 817-613-7714.