“Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.”
Like an old friend
Three-year-old Amiya Rash, of Oroville, caught this beautiful 13-inch rainbow on the North Fork Feather River during the opening day Caribou Crossroads Fishing Derby. Photo submitted
It is interesting how we become so accustomed to some things they almost become like old friends.
I have never been a professional carpenter, but I have a favorite old hammer. Doing little projects with a different hammer — well, that just doesn’t feel right.
It’s the same with fishing rods … only more so.
I remember very clearly the first fishing outfit I really connected with. It was a Mitchell 300 reel on an Eagle Claw fiberglass spinning rod.
Now that was a thing of beauty. The feel it had when casting, or better yet reeling in a fish, was beyond compare.
That was the ’60s and early ’70s. Eventually I moved on to graphite rods. Cabela’s Fish Eagle II became one of my favorites for both fly and spinning rods. They may not be the very top of the line, but they certainly are quality rods.
My favorite was a 7.5-foot medium light spinning rod. I was living in Alaska at the time. I caught many trout, steelhead and salmon with that rod. Then the tip broke and it was gone.