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Vintage Monday at BS


T.J. Clarke
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Monday has become my favorite C&R day at Bennett.   Light crowds are nice.   Mixed it up with a 1980 fiberglass rod, and a 1960s automatic reel.  Have a lot of fun whenever it is used.  Topped off the vintage day by catching one at the spot I caught my very first trout in 1971, slightly downstream from the large handicap area (just below dam). 

Fishing was good, stream clearing up nice for now, lots of fish holding below fast water, levels normal, few people, a lot of activity at the hatchery.  

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        I made a post where I did this last summer. I now own four vintage glass rods and a new glass Redington butter stick. I am up to 8 vintage automatic fly reels. It's a fun hobby and another deal to add to the fishing arsenal. What a hoot!

"We have met the enemy and it is us",

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   If you compete with your fellow anglers, you become their competitor, If you help them you become their friend"

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I recently resurrected an old 4wt Shakespeare Wonder Rod that my Dad used when we fished at Bennett Spring back in the late 50's. It is very lightweight and has great action and lots of fun to fish with. I replaced the guides and covered the old cork with heat shrink tubing.

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 am up to 8 vintage automatic fly reels. It's a fun hobby and another deal to add to the fishing arsenal. What a hoot!

I hear you, thinking about a second automatic outfit.  

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4 minutes ago, T.J. Clarke said:

 am up to 8 vintage automatic fly reels. It's a fun hobby and another deal to add to the fishing arsenal. What a hoot!

I hear you, thinking about a second automatic outfit.  

I lied have 9. Flea market, garage sales and other places finds. 

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"We have met the enemy and it is us",

Pogo

   If you compete with your fellow anglers, you become their competitor, If you help them you become their friend"

Lefty Kreh

    " Never display your knowledge, you only share it"

Lefty Kreh

         "Eat more bass and there will be more room for walleye to grow!"

BilletHead

    " One thing in life is for sure. If you are careful you can straddle the barbed wire fence but make one mistake and you will be hurting"

BilletHead

  P.S. "May your fences be short or hope you have long legs"

BilletHead

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I own (by guess) <25 old 'glass fly rods and <40 old reels. I don't use the auto's very often  because in my memory those were used with bait. I kinda have a collection of Medalists accumulated and a dozen or so Sal Trout spring & pawl reels. I fish 'glass 95% of the time. All my tackle is "vintage" as am I.

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I had a 8'6" Fenwick 6wt. when I was a kid.  It was a really sweet rod. Wish I still had one.

My first "Bass rod" was an Eagle claw 7'6" 7wt. that had red shrink tubing holding the guides on, and a Cortland 7wt.level line.  Bought at the local True value hardware store.  That thing was like casting a chainsaw.....but it did get the job done.

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