ocr. z2, 1946.' 4 2,409,988 G. R. scHwEBs FISHING ROD INDICATOR Filed June 8, 1945 NW. MN Patented Oct. 22, 1946 2,499,988 f UNITED ' STATES ` _ \ ’ PATENT OFFICE 2,499,988 f ' FISHING ROD INDICATOR George R, Schwebs, Cleveland, Ohio Application June 8, 1945, Serial No. _598,238 v G'Claims. 2 This invention relates to fishing rods, and more particularly, to a fishing rod having an indicator device for signalling »the presence of a iish on the line. l . lated from portion 4 by an insulating bushing I8. Spring I6 normally maintains the rearward end of plunger I 5 spaced from contact I7, said plung er being adapted to be moved into Contact `there with responsive to counterclockwise rotation of . A main object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved indicator device for a lish ing »rod wherein the presence of a iish on the line is indicated by the ñashing of a lamp mount lever IIJ. This occurs when a pull is exerted on fishing line I2.> Y Y ' ' l Mounted in the rearward end of portion 4 be hind reel 5 is a flashlight lamp I9 secured in an ed on the rod handle. A further object of the invention is to provide 10 insulating bushing 20. Lamp I9 is covered by a an improved fish indicator of the ñashing lamp colored translucent shield 2I appropriately se «type for a ñsln'ng rod wherein a positive actuation cured thereto. The shell portion of the lamp of the signal device responsive to the presence of a base is connected to contact I'I by an insulated fish on the line is obtained. Further objects and advantages of the inven conductor 22 contained within a passage pro vided therefor inportion 4 of the rod handle. The center contact of the lamp base is in abut ment with the center contact of the end cell of tion will appear from the following description and claims, and the accompanying drawing, wherein: a series of flashlight batteries 23 contained with Figure 1 is a longitudinal cross-sectional view in gripping portion 2 of the rod handle. An end of the handle portion of a fishing rod provided 20 cap 24 is provided on gripping portion 2 for with the indicator structure of this invention. grounding the casing of the rearward battery Figure 2 is a cross-sectional view taken on line cell to the handle and providing access to the 2-2 of Figure l. battery compartment. Figure 3 is a detail cross-sectional View of the switch device employed with the indicator struc ture of Figure 1. Referring to the drawing, I designates the han y It can be readily seen that when plunger I5 25 touches contact I'I the lamp base shell is ground dle of a iishing rod, said handle comprising a rear ed and the lamp circuit is closed. Thus, when a pull is exerted on ñshing line I2 the lamp be comes illuminated.` This informs the ñsherman gripping portion 2, a ñnger post 3, an intermedi that a ñsh is on the line. ate portion 4 to which a reel 5 is adapted to be 30 As shown in Figure l, arm II is of such con secured, and a forward end portion -5 which is ñguration that line I2 is deviatedvdownwardly secured to the shank ofthe fishing rod. by the hook on arm II out of its straight line di Intermediate portion 4 is slightly oifsel; from rection with respect to the shank of the rod. `the remaining portions of the handle and is When line I2 is in tension a substantial force is formed to provide a seat for the base of reel 5. 35 applied to lever I i), causing it to rotate against A clamp member 'I embraces intermediate por the pressure of spring I6. 'I_‘he sensitivity of the tion 4 and is provided with a set screw 8 for clamping member l firmly with respect to portion action may be adjusted by shifting the position of barrel I4 in its recess, a set screw 25 being pro 4 to rigidly secure the front ilange of the reel vided for securing the barrel in a desired position base to its scat on said portion 4. An appropri 40 in said; recess. ate rear recess El is provided for receiving the The location of lamp I9 with respect to the reel rear flange of the reel base. 5 is such that forward illumination is substantial Pivotally mounted adjacent the forward end ly blocked by the reel and the indicator is visible , of portion 4 is a lever Ill having a rearwardly and upwardly extending arm II formed with a 45 only from the rear. This prevents disturbing for hook adapted to slidably engage the fishing line I2. Lever I!) is also formed with a depending arm I3. Mounted in a cylindrical recess formed adjacent the forward end of portion 4 is a barrel member I4 containing an elongated plunger I5 mounted for longitudinal movement in said barrel member and biased to a forward position where-` in it contacts arm I3 by a coil spring It. Posi~ tioned in the rearward end of the cylindrical recess is a contact I'I, said contact being insu 55 ward illumination in night fishing which might interfere with others iishing nearby. The shield 2l also aids in cutting down the intensity of the signal flash. Said shield may be of an appro priate color such as amber, red or green, for pro viding effective signal indication either at night or in daylight. The biasing pressure of spring I6 may be regu lated by adjusting a nut member 26 in barrel member I4, said nut member forming the front , 3 74,. Y stop for a collar 21 provided on plunger l5 on which spring I6 bears. While a specific embodiment of a iishing rodindicator device has been disclosed in the fore going description, it will be understood that nu merous modifications within the spirit of the in vention may occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore it is intended that no limitations be placed on the invention other than as defined lO by the scope' off theappended claims. . What is claimed is: ` ’ 1. In a fishing rod handle, a forward portion, an intermediate portion and a rearward portion,v said intermediate portion being offset with re Signal means is a ñashlight bui-b and battery ' sembly housed within the rearward portion of said handle. 4. In arñshing rod handle, a forward portion, an intermediate portion and a rearward portion, said intermediate portion .being offset with respect to said forward portion and said rearward por tion, a lever member pivotally mounted adjacent the front end> ofsaid intermediate> portion, said lever Amember being provided with a rearwardly extending'hooked 'arm slidably engaging the ñsh ing line and deviating it downwardly, switch means adapted to be actuated responsive to up spect to said forward ,portion and said rearward ward movement of said hooked arm caused by a pull on said line, and signal means on said han portion, a lever member pivotally mounted on dle controlled by said switch means. said intermediate portion, said lever member be ' 5. The structure of claim 4, and wherein said lsignal means is a iiashlight bulb and battery as ing provided with a rearwardly extending arm sembly housed within the rearward portion of » adapted to slidably engage the ñshing line and deviate it downwardly, and signal means on said 20 said handle, said intermediate portion being formed to provide a seat for a reel positioned for handle adapted to be energized responsive to up wardly of said signal means. _ ward movement of said rearwardly extending arm caused by a pull on said line. . `2. The structure of claim l, and wherein said signalmeans is a flashlight bulb and battery as sembly housed within said handle. ' 3. The structure of claim 1, and wherein said 6. The structure of claim 4, and wherein said signal means comprises a flashlight bulb and a battery therefor, the flashlight bulb being cov ered by a translucent shield. GEORGE R. sCHwn‘Bs.