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 Post subject: Old Stuff Discovered
PostPosted: May 3rd, 2019, 2:29 pm 
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Whilst getting my lawn tractor ready for the season, I decided to clean up the workbenches and get rid of some of the mouse leavings in the barn. In the process, I found a couple things that weren't missing exactly—the truth is, I forgot I had them.

The box of streamers is a complete mystery to me. Over the years people have given me flies at one time or another, so it's possible they were a gift. A fun discovery though.

I remember the Lamson as a disappointment. When I sprang for it, it was one of the pricier reels with "legendary" history. But the drag failed twice on me when it really counted and then the metal started to pit. It does work and so I guess as an emergency backup it might be worth something.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Stuff Discovered
PostPosted: May 6th, 2019, 12:07 pm 
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That's a fun, thought provoking story - thanks for sharing, Tinsnip! Sorry to hear about your Lamson - that came as a bit of a surprise...
Your flies remind me of my "fly museum" - it's really just a pile of flies in plastic envelopes, I have on the middle of my bench (between my fossils & artifacts), that have been given to me by friends & other personalities - they all have stories...
I haven't rediscovered anything I haven't seen for years lately, but one thing I enjoy discovering every year, downta camp, is a copy of Tom NcNally's "Fisherman's Bible", that my mother gave me for my 9th birthday back in 1970 - one thing about it that I really enjoy is (re)reading about all the new, innovative equipment available that year - pretty hilarious really...then the other thing is all the universal threads that connect us to our sport and it's past...
Come to think of it, one thing that I do re-discover on a fairly regular basis, is old fishing spots - I'm fortunate to have the problem of having WAY too many spots on my "go to" list than I'm ever able to visit in a season, so sometimes, 5 or even 10 years will pass before I'm able to revisit certain spots - I enjoys comparing my memories of how they were to how they fish in the present - more often than not I find myself wondering why it took so long for me to return - did it 2 weekends ago...
Tight Lines!

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 Post subject: Re: Old Stuff Discovered
PostPosted: May 6th, 2019, 8:15 pm 
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Thanks Brian. Here’s to Moms who encourage their kids in the things they enjoy. And a general admission of how grateful I am to whatever deity that made the love of fishing a lifelong affliction. All those special fishing spots are their own kind of magic.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Stuff Discovered
PostPosted: May 7th, 2019, 7:01 am 
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This is very cool - love posts that conjure up memories! My father in law is the guy that got me fly fishing over 35 years ago. I marveled at his ability to through a long line with what appeared to be so little effort (reminds me of our buddy Don!). I watched him build rods and tie flies. He was friends with Paul Kukkonen and we went to many movies that Paul hosted and narrated (there was no audio). What a treat meeting him and I won my first outfit at one of his movies! Time has marched on and my father in laws health is pretty rough right now. I've been going through the treasure trove of gear in his basement and man, what a trip. I've found a few Lamsons from the same era along with a few rods that I am sure he built. Some old flies and lines. I will respool some of the old reels (most in pretty good shape) and my sport will fish his gear at CFR this year. I also have my wife starting to fish using his gear. I love seeing his face light up knowing his little girl (as well as his grandson) is using his old gear! Time marches on - I wish that gear could talk - what stories they could tell! Thanks Tinsnip - great post!


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