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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
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
Fishing In The Gulf Of Mexico - October 2016
My son Bryan works on the West Auriga, an oil drilling ship rig in the Gulf Of Mexico and about 200 miles off shore. The ship only allowed fishing off the stern of the ship recently. Before fishing ...
by Ron
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
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
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
( 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
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
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
Instructions on how to get your question answered more satisfactorily
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Please take the time to read these suggestions Details: As a Top Contributor and Moderator on this site, I try my best to answer questions, but without detailed ...
by dustyjoe
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
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
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
The Hurd Caster and Super-Caster and The Gentleman Stream Liner
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The Hurd Super-Caster made by The Hurd Lock & Manufacturing Co. A close-up of the Hurd Super-Caster. OK, first of all I want to thank Vale for making my forum post on the Hurds a ...
by dustyjoe
eBay Mistakes - My Lates Rod Purchased October 16, 2016
These are some of the most recent rod purchases I made. It seems like all the rods purchased recently are very colorful and brightly colored. These are not the colors of rods I would ...
by Ron
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
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
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
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
The Origin of the Kentucky Style Reel
Early George Snyder Reels. The Beginning of the Kentucky Style Multiplying Reel After I had commented on that question about a Talbot reel a few days ago, Vale asked if I could do a blog about ...
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 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
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
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
Should you put bait on the hook when using a lure?
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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
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
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
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
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
Buying and Selling or Used Fishing Equipment Online?
New or Used: When buying fishing equipment, I buy new and experienced equipment. Buying new or used equipment is a personal choice. I buy used equipment when I don't want to pay full price on ...
by Ron
The Zebco 33, their all time best seller
The Model 33 is the reel that really established Zebco as the leader in spincast reels. I fell in love with that first Black 33 when my dad bought one in 1955. That eventually led to me picking up ...
by dustyjoe
Fre Line 10BC & 10B Sidewinder Reels & Wright McGill AKA Eagle Claw
Three pics above are courtesy of Ron. Grand Master site poster and Site Administrator. They show his early Fre-Line 10BC that predates Wright & McGill. Notice the front cover and ...
by Alpenflage
The Spinit Reel Co. Reels
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Update: Yesterday, 9/9/16, Danny Wolf sent me some photos of Spinit models and Zebco trade reel made using Spinit molds that they acquired after the law suit. They are the Spinit 200, Spinit XL 500, ...
by dustyjoe
Pflueger Free-Spool Baitcast Reels
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The Pflueger 1895 Free-Spool Akron I decided to turn this forum post into a blog and add others to it. This one was for Ray and I took this one that is like new in the box, but without papers ...
by dustyjoe
Fishing With Gary Yamamoto Senkos for Largemouth, Smallmouth, Striper, & Salmon
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Both caught on Senkos. Fishing With Senkos is one of the most effective baits I have every used for Largemouth Bass. I fish it weightless and weedless. I sometimes place a ...
by Ron
The Pflueger Salt Water Reels
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Vale got me started with the Hurd Super-Caster Blog today and then I received a very nice Pflueger No. 1985 Capitol reel from eBay in the mail about noon. So I though I'd start a Pflueger blog to ...
by dustyjoe
What can a 20lb test line catch and until how much force would it break?
Fishing Talks receives this question often and there are many variables that figure into this as far as an answer: 1) What type of fishing rod you are planning on using? a. The length of the ...
by MoDoc
12 Pound Test Line Can Catch Big Fish.
How big a fish on a 12 lbs line depends on many factors. A skilled fisherman can catch a very big fish on 12 lbs line. The record for 6 lbs test line is over 700 lbs black marlin. You should be ...
by Ron

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