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Monofilament, Flurorcarbon, and Braided Lines Compared
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
Bronson commander 930 spincast
Hello fellow fisherman, today I will be discussing what might just be the rarest of the Bronson spincast reels, the commander model 930. First I would like to dedicate this blog to fellow ...
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
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
The 202 was first introduced in 1961 as the ZeeBee 202. It's big brother, the ZeeBee 404 came out 2 years later, but that's another story. This information has been gleaned from fishing Zebcos ...
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
Shakespeare 1774 FC WonderCast pictorial tear down for maintenance
I'm terrible at blogs but I promised Skip and a new member Voley that I would do a take apart to service tutorial on the Shakespeare 1774 reels. The 1774 WonderCast reels are easy to work on and well ...
by Alpenflage
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
How To Remove Hooks From Deeply Hooked Fish - Use A Hook Extractor
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
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
( 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
Pictures
A South Bend rod and JC Higgins reel found at a rummage sale, only one that wasn't Chinese made. Rod is missing trigger, handle section of rod is aluminum and tip part looks like wood but must be ...
by Bobl
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
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
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
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
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
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
Have You Ever Seen Clickers On Spinning reels?
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
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
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 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
Langley Co. reels
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
Should you put bait on the hook when using a 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
The Zebco One
Here are Links to the Other 2 Reels in This Series http://www.fishingtalks.com/the-zebco-omega-113-/-171-the-baby-of-the-omega-family-2196.html ...
by dustyjoe
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
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
Carp Bait Recipes
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
Fishing With Gary Yamamoto Senkos for Largemouth, Smallmouth, Striper, & Salmon
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 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
Bronson Spin-Cast Reels
Timmy was looking for a pinion for a Bronson 910 Savage and I told him that I had several Bronson Spin-Cast reels and that I would look. Turns out I have a box full, 20 reels, but ...
by dustyjoe
Tips for deciding which size and color hook to use
Size Small strong hooks can catch very big fish and small fish. Big hooks can catch very big fish, but cannot hook small fish. I prefer to use a smaller, stronger hook and catch both small and ...
by Ron
One Way To Help Judge Fishing Rods - Look At The Handle
Your rod handles need to have a comfortable and lightweight handle with sufficient grip, even when it's wet. It should transmit the delicate vibrations of a fish taking your worm or bait. That is ...
by Ron
The Zebco 800 & 802, Smaller Versions of the 808 & 888
The 800 & 802 are 33 sized versions of the 808 & 888 reels. All of the parts of these reels are smaller versions of the 808 & 888 reels. The gears are the same size and in fact the same ...
by dustyjoe
Another Zebco Production Chart, (Part 1)
Reason for Another Chart Part 1 Here is a link to Part Index of this list, it's a list without all the commentary : http://www.fishingtalks.com/another-zebco-production-chart-part-index-3933.html ...
by dustyjoe
Spin-It SR 210 - The Ultimate Spincast Reel
Here ya go, guys and gals! The ultimate Crème De La Crème of the spincast reel world! The Spin-It SR 210! This one is at Timmy's request on a blog several month's back. As ...
by Chad B.
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
How to Restore a Zebco 33
The Restoration of Skip's Zebco 33 A while back, Skip bought a metal body, brass gear 33 at a local flea market. When he saw how good the 33 and 55 looked that I had stripped and re-painted, he ...
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
The Spinit Reel Co. Reels
The Spinit Reel Co. reels : SR 210, SR 230, SRC 250, and the 270 Bowfishing Reel The Spinit Reel Co. was started by Don McIntire who had worked for Zebco and worked on the 270 reel and then Zebco ...
by dustyjoe

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