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Monofilament, Flurorcarbon, and Braided Lines Compared
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Some on my earliest memory of fishing is the drying of the fishing line after fishing. My great uncle and uncle used the old nylon Dacron line in the late 40's. Line had to be dried, or your line ...
by Ron
Shakespeare Reel Date Codes
Shakespeare reel date codes By Flyguy How old is my Shakespeare reel and what is it worth? I think this is one of the more common questions asked here at Fishing Talks. Well, today I am going to ...
by flyguy
The History of the Zebco 202
L to R : 2 each of Type 4, Type 5, Type 6, and Type 7. They all look alike until you open them up. The 202 was first introduced in 1961 as the Zee Bee 202. It's big brother, the Zee Bee 404 ...
by dustyjoe
True Temper Rods
CBy Flyguy The True Temper story started back in 1808, when a blacksmith named Alexander Miller ran a small company called the Old Stone Shop. He made axes, h oes, nails and anything else that ...
by flyguy
Striper Lures That Really Work
When stripers go on a feeding frenzy, the water is boiling, and birds are diving into the water after bait fish. At this time, stripers can be caught on almost any type of lures. Fishing ...
by Ron
What is so special about the Johnson 100 B Revelation?
In response to Chad B's question: What is special about the Johnson 100 B Revelation; outside of the red chrome paint job it sports, to me it looks just like another 100 B! Were they made in ...
by timmy
Thrift Store Buys of January 2017
These are my first thrift store buys of the year. This reel was in a plastic bag for $20. I picked it up and quickly threw it down. I thought it was a cheap plastic reel. I came back to the reel ...
by Ron
Early History of Johnson Reels
The first commercial Spin-Cast reels were created in 1949 by Denison Johnson Inc. and ZEBCO Zero Hour Bomb Company. Henry Denison and Lloyd Johnson of Denison Johnson Inc. in Mankato, Mn. invented ...
by flyguy
why not the spincast ?
I was recently reading a popular outdoor sporting magazine. In this latest issue, a full review was made of the latest and greatest reels money could buy. There must have been at least 10 different ...
by timmy
A Way To Almost Date Your SuperCaster (added new found info)
This is a photo of 13 of Al's Hurds. He has about 23 total. In this photo you see that Al has 1 Black Saltwater model; 1 Caster, with the straight plastic handle; 1 which he painted Red, White, ...
Using Fish Stringers
Catch and release fishermen need not be concerned about carrying a fish stringer for their fish. To those want to keep their fish, there are many ways of keeping your fish. You have a wide choice ...
by Ron
Bronson Reel Company
As I look back at all of the questions asked here at Fishing Talks, it is amazing at how many of them in some way reflect back on the Bronson Reel Company. I am sure it's not by coincidence alone, ...
by flyguy
Price Of Fish
You ever wonder what the cost of the fish you catch? I think of it at times, and most of the time, you can buy fish much cheaper than the cost of going out and catching the fish. When we catch ...
by Ron
How To Remove Hooks From Deeply Hooked Fish - Use A Hook Extractor
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Any of us who have fished awhile have caught deeply hooked fish. For the catch and release fishermen, the safest way to release the fish is to cut the line near the hook and release the fish. If ...
by Ron
Avoiding Line Twist
What is line twist? This is line twist. What a mess. Sometime it gets so bad you have to cut your line. What Causes Line Twist? Line twist happens with improper putting line on spinning ...
by Ron
Which Stripers Taste Better? Saltwater or Freshwater Caught?
Stripers are anadromous, like salmon. They naturally spend their adult lives in saltwater and spawn in freshwater. They can adapt to live in freshwater and can even breed in fresh water, if ...
by Ron
Langley Co. reels
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The Langley Co. made aluminum aircraft parts during WWII and used that knowledge to make very fine light weight fishing reels from 1948 to 1962 when they were bought by Zebco. Zebco continued to ...
by dustyjoe
Zebco Spinning Reels 1962 to Mid 1980s
' How it All Began Zebco wanted to get in on the spinning reel craze so in 1962 they bought the Langley Corporation of San Diego, California. As I understand it, they bought the patents, the ...
by dustyjoe
The Big Boys, the Zebco 808 & 888
The 808 & 888 have been used for years for Catfish and also for Bow Fishing. They have very large Stainless Steel Gears and will handle large line. The 808 has a Drag Wheel that pulls on a spring ...
by dustyjoe
Johnson Century 100
On December 6, 1955, Henry Denison and Lloyd Johnson filed a patent application for a fishing reel they invented that would make history in the fishing reel industry, the Johnson Century Model ...
by flyguy
The Johnson Century 100, 100-A, 100A, and 100B
Vale thought this might make a good blog and Skip and I had already talked about it a few days ago, so here we go. I wasn't sure I could do it, but I just copied and pasted the comment, including ...
by dustyjoe
Getting Rid Of Fish Smell On Hands.
When fishing with anchovy, sardine, shrimp, and other stink baits, the bait smell gets on your hands and equipment. The stink from baits on your hands is very hard to get rid of. I find that ...
by Ron
( Nothing up your sleeve) It may be a Bristol Steel Rod
As a resident of Connecticut myself, The Horton Manufacturing Company from Bristol, Connecticut has always been an interest to me. In the 1880's, a fishing mogul named Everett Horton invented ...
by Philip Anctil
The Zebco One
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Here are Links to the Other 2 Reels in This Series ...
by dustyjoe
The Zebco Models 76 to the 101
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The Model 77 Jr. was a reel built into the handle of the rod for a one piece combo. It came out in 1959, sold initially for $7.95, and was a success. Dick Braun says that they found out that the ...
by dustyjoe
Should you put bait on the hook when using a lure?
Fishing Lure
First off, let me say that is a 'yes' and 'no' question: Yes -- Depending on what species of fish you would be fishing for. I have found that some 'jigs, etc.' need just a little extra pizazz ...
by MoDoc
proper disposal of monofilament line
What do you do with that tangle of monofilament line you just took off your favorite reel? This was a question that I never asked myself until recent years. I would un-spool my reel and throw the ...
by timmy
Some Shakespeare Owner's Manuals
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I have several boxed Shakespeare reels with the owner's manuals, so I thought I'd share them with you guys. I will post some today that I have already photographed and more later. Jim Here are the ...
by dustyjoe
Easy Way To Catch Trout - Use Berkley Power Eggs with Garlic - 2/11/13
Here is an easy way to catch trout from shore or from a boat. While nothing works infor catching fish every time, the following bait will increase your chances of catching trout. Use Berkley ...
by Ron
Shakespeare 1774 WonderCast Spincast Reel FC year code Directions & Pictures to take apart, ...
How to take apart, clean, and service the typical Shakespeare 1774 Spincast reel. Step by step directions & pictures. Plus some extra info about basic function and different versions. I'm not ...
by Alpenflage
How to put new fishing line on a reel
First, remove all the old line from the reel and dispose of it properly. Next, you need to place your spool of new line onto something that will hold it in place but let it spin so the line ...
by timmy
The Zebco 909
The Zebco 909 is a good reel that is about the size of the 33. It was a higher priced reel than the 33 selling for $30.00 in the 1968 Catalog. It originally had a 16 point Spinner Head with a Brake ...
by dustyjoe
The Zebco 55, a 33 on Steroids
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That is what I call the 55 because most of its parts look like 33 parts, just nearly twice as big. The body is a little different from the Model 33, and the covers are held on by 2 Cover Lock ...
by dustyjoe
Have You Ever Seen Clickers On Spinning reels?
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Does anyone make a spinning reel with a clicker? My initial question was "Why are there not clickers installed on spinning reels". Writing this blog, I think I can answer my own question. ...
by Ron
The Pocket Fisherman, Instant Fishermen, Fishing Machine & a Berkley 308 on a Folding Rod
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How many remember the St. Croix Fishing Machine, The Ronco Pocket Fisherman that Ron Popeil advertised on TV, or the Instant Fisherman which has a new improved model out ? I have (4) St Croix; (3) ...
by dustyjoe
Three (3) Easy Fish Bait Recipes for: 1) Carp; 2) Trout and 3) Catfish Bait Recipes
Hello to all, I trust that this post finds you all doing well and that you are being 'blessed!!!' I am doing G-R-E-A-T!!! I found these recipes in my 'saved documents file' and thought that I would ...
by MoDoc
The 1977 Zebco Catalog, 36 pg.
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The 1977 Zebco Catalog Page 0, The front cover. Page 00, Inside the front cover. Page 1, The New Omega 113.
by dustyjoe
Johnson Century 225 vs Century Pro 345
I recently aquired a couple Century Pro 345's. I thought I would compare them to a Century 225.
by Huckster37
Carp Bait Recipes
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I have used these Carp Bait Recipes extensively over the years and have caught some nice size fish. Most of the ingredients can be purchased at the grocery store or some are less expensive to ...
by MoDoc
An expanded history of the johnson reel
How many of you have ever used a Johnson reel? I know for many people their fishing adventures started with one of the many models produced by the Johnson reel company. Loyd Johnson introduced the ...
by timmy

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