NK-100PH M-POW-R REEL® and Power Harness
Nathan Kehr grew up being an avid angler in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota. Born with cerebral palsy, Nathan was unable to use his left arm and hand making him reliant on a partner to assist with fully casting and reeling. His father, Dr. Roland “Doc” Kehr, former co-owner of Lindy Little Joe Tackle Company, was determined to find a solution.
After two years in development, Doc had a finished product. The NK-100PH M-POW-R REEL® and Power Harness from MPOWR Fishing, LLC is a high-quality motorized spinning reel and power harness enabling physically challenged anglers to experience the joy of fishing by automatically retrieving casts at the push of a button. Designed to fit on virtually any spinning, ice or fly rod, the M-POW-R NK-100PH kit includes the 10 amp motorized reel, power harness, four amp battery with charger, fanny pack, extra spool and a speed control module. Any type of lure can be used.
The system’s motor is durable enough to independently bring in up to a three pound fish. Larger fish can be caught when pumping the rod and taking up the slack with the motorized reel on the down stroke. Nathan’s largest catch has been a 10-pound northern pike.
The reel is designed for individuals who have lost the use of one hand/arm through birth, accident, military action, carpal tunnel, stroke, or arthritis, for example. At this point in development of the product, the assumption is that virtually all users will have someone with them. The level of an individual’s disability will determine how much interaction they will have using the reel: can they cast, can they open the reel bail, can they hold the fishing rod, etc.? There is no short and quick answer. Someone has to tie a lure on the line and attach the bait to an applicable lure (hook), so the level of independence in using this adaptive gear will be determined by the ability of the user.
That said there are plans for more adaptations in the making. Currently, MPOWR Fishing, LLC is in the process of partnering with Broadened Horizons, Inc. (www.broadenedhorizons.com) to add enhanced capabilities (such as SIP ‘n’ PUFF) to the reel and power harness. This is an exciting collaboration for the company and hopefully will lead to further developments.
For more information, go to www.mpowrfishing.com. [Search under “blogs” to view a short video of Nathan casting with the reel, including a close up of how he opens the bail and secures the fishing line before casting.]