Meet Andrew Zagrodnik.
Andrew grew up fishing in the salty waters of Long Island and later in the freshwater of inland New Jersey. He says a dream led him to invent an ingenious solution to a problem that plagued him on a surf fishing trip with a friend—tangled hooks and leaders. So he built his dream in a cold, New England garage.
Now, he’s started a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production.
If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a crowd-funding website that’s financed everything from video games to iPod accessories and charities. The idea being for everyone to “kick” in a little bit to get great ideas off the ground.
His dream is called the Banana Strings Hook & Leader Holder and it’s really rather ingenious. In fact, we think it’s worthy of a “kick.”
Take a look and you’ll probably say the same thing I did when Andrew first contacted FTR: “Why didn’t I think of that?”
According to Andrew, the simple plastic holder actually started life in 2010 as a wooden model. Throughout the next four years, the wooden model turned into a bright-yellow, floating device that really can help any angler who uses a hook and leader.
Here’s a brief rundown of the design process after his dream:
“I proceed by setting up a workshop in my garage to start creating a prototype. Not as easy as one would think, all along I am working in the garage in the cold of winter with a small space heating unit drilling, sanding and painting at this point I haven’t told anyone what I was working on, no one, except my wife…Finally I have a sample I am comfortable with, comfortable enough to tell maybe two or three people close to me, eight months later.
After the basic design was completed I started thinking about the problems that plague all fisher-persons: losing tackle overboard, being knocked or drop into the water so it needed to float and the next step was to figure out the color.”
Andrew says the logical color for finding overboard tackle was yellow, and the logical name for something long and yellow that held strings like a guitar, was Banana Strings.
We can’t argue with that.
Right now, Andrew has raised a little over $1,200 of his $20,000 goal.
And, really, retailers—can’t you just see this thing flying off your shelves?
If you’re interested in stepping up to held Andrew finish his dream, head over to his Kickstarter campaign to check out the short, self-made video on the Banana Strings Hook & Leader Holder; and by all means, give the guy a “kick.”