This type of fishing tackle was used when fishing from shore. The rod is made from a cylindrical piece of wood, and has one or more baleen lines wrapped lengthwise around it that have been secured for storage with several short lengths of baleen. At each end there are four small lures whose hooks are wedged into the rod. The lures are made from antler, bone, or ivory, and are decorated with split beads set into shallow holes drilled into the surfaces of the shanks. The lures are attached to the main section of the lines by shorter and lighter coloured pieces of baleen, perhaps to make that part of the line less visible to fish.
FROM CARD: "ILLUS.: HNDBK. N. AMER. IND., VOL. 5, ARCTIC, PG. 352, FIG. 4A. "WOODEN REEL WITH NOTCHED ENDS WITH PIECES OF IVORY AS GUIDES FOR THE BALEEN LINE."