Bring back the old farts

#31
Paper route & lawn mowing money found it's way to the local Western Auto Hardware store in exchange for fishing gear. Shakespear & Heddon were some of the top names of the day. Abu Garcia spinning reels were were introduced mid 50's, followed by Zebco push button spin casting reels. We had a "worm pile" out back & would mow the lawn & water it down to search for night crawlers before a fishing trip, which was often a loner by bicycle after finishing my Sunday morning parer route. I was the only kid to bring my own rod & reel to Boys Club Camp. I was practicing C&R long before BASS began promoting it.
 
#32
When I look back on it, I feel blessed to have been raised an era long since gone. Experiencing & appreciating some of life's simple pleasures, family camping, fishing, swimming (in the raw) on a lake for two weeks, seeing only one other couple & then only to take their boat out & load atop the car & leave. Where can you do that today? Trapping opossum & rabbits right in town. Being able to walk into the local hardware store & buy not only a box of ammo but the rifle to go along with it, before you were even old enough to drive! Some of the every day stuff we got by with when we were kids, would be highly frowned upon, if not illegal, today.
 

Old406Kid

Active Member
#33
When I look back on it, I feel blessed to have been raised an era long since gone. Experiencing & appreciating some of life's simple pleasures, family camping, fishing, swimming (in the raw) on a lake for two weeks, seeing only one other couple & then only to take their boat out & load atop the car & leave. Where can you do that today? Trapping opossum & rabbits right in town. Being able to walk into the local hardware store & buy not only a box of ammo but the rifle to go along with it, before you were even old enough to drive! Some of the every day stuff we got by with when we were kids, would be highly frowned upon, if not illegal, today.

I"m probably a bit younger but did much the same growing up in Montana.
I had a surefire way of trapping muskrats and rode my bike to check my traps after school. Also had a guy that would buy cottontails so we were hell on those too. 52 in a day was the best I remember, the guy about crapped to say the least.

A couple of years ago in a small, nearby MT town I saw a kid riding down main street with a shotgun heading for the river.
I found it refreshing but what a difference from city life today.
 
#34
Kid's today have no idea what they are missing out on. Sitting on a school bus playing video games vs running a trap line before (walking) to school. Or playing hooky every year on opening day of trout season. LOL
 
#35
A couple of years ago in a small, nearby MT town I saw a kid riding down main street with a shotgun heading for the river.
I found it refreshing but what a difference from city life today.

Exactly my point, here's a young man too young to drive but old enough to shoot. Today he's judged by people who've only walked from there door to the car. Same deal with present day fishing... oh you fly fish, or oh your like walleye fishing, or pike fishing with a fly. Hey I catch em however they will be caught but I prefer on a fly... end of story.

If that happened in downtown Missoula, Spokane you'd have a 9 alarm fire with media allover it, he went passed a school, a stadium, hospital... shit he only wanted to shoot a few ducks, give em a break.
 

Hal Eckert

Active Member
#36
Yes, I am also one,50 years of fly fishing, grew up in northern nj we trout fished its rivers and then as soon as one of us reached driving age we were off to the Catskills rivers (beaver kills,willowwemoc,Delaware,esopus,etc)some great memories.rubber,canvas,neoprene, breathe able waders have been through them all. Still have my first fly ror Garcia royal 7 foot 6 wgtitcaught a lot of trout and is still serviceable which I used for an afternoon in the black hills a few years back. Yes I ran a trap line when 12 years old and hunted but have not hunted since the early 70s. So add me to the old FF old farts list.
DS
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#37
You haven't lived until you wore those damn rubber chest waders. The ones that weighted in at about 50 lbs.
But . . . when that was all that was available, I was too happy to mind the weight (once I could afford a used pair.). AND, I made my first float tube . . . truck tube, canvas, war surplus store rigging, and latex; it worked! It was a labor of love/passion. There were lots of snide comments (from the "old guys" of my youth) when I first launched, but once I ping-pong paddled my way out to the weed beds & started catching big 'Bows & Cutties with reckless abandon, attitudes changed. I was asked to build a couple more & thus I ended-up with swim fins & a better rod & reel. I wouldn't trade the era during which I spent my youth for the world . . .
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#38
I can remember when I was young fishing. You could walk through peoples back yards that fronted a creek or a small stream. People would just wave at you and ask how the fishing was. Now a days you couldn't even look like you were going to trespass and you would most likely get shot.

I used to fish Chico Creek from it's headwaters to the Sound. Lots of good fishing on that little creek back in the late 40's and early 50's. Steelhead came up that creek to Kitsap lake.
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#39
Yeah, about the only disruption was when you encountered a territorial pasture bull, lol. But, we could run like the wind then . . . and it just added to the adventure.
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
#40
All this talk about waders...were you guys rich or something?
Colorado creeks and black hi-top basket ball shoes...
 

speyfisher

Active Member
#41
I wondered how long it would be before someone mentioned those Keds tennies. Black canvas hi tops w/white laces. They were my first "wading boots" and, later on, when I got hold of some scrap pieces of outdoor carpet & glued it to the soles, I thought really had something.
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#42
Rich? Not hardly, but water NEVER warms-up in Montana. We were resourceful, however . . . and 1 pair of canvas gym shoes per year. I have to admit that a pair rarely survived that duration . . .
 
#43
I know where some old farts are hanging out....











....In my waders. ;) But they aren't thaaaat old.


It sounds like I am like some of you. I want to master every fishing method there is for every fish there is. Some day I hope to be an old fart too. Actually I pray to be one. Life is too short for some. RIP Liam and Keegan. Coulda been some of the best old farts around.
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#44
J. Ficklin,
We made "float tubes" out of inner tubes and used ping pong paddles too.
It worked pretty good for about an hour until our paddles delaminated and became useless.
"Up shit creek w/o a paddle" became a reality real quick. But we were young and had a blast catching a ton of bass with a Mitchell 300 attached to my St. Croix fly rod using a black Wardens Rooster Tail cast into the lily pads.
Hey, it wasn't fly fishing - but it at least had feathers on it - and they worked!
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#45
Rich? Not hardly, but water NEVER warms-up in Montana. We were resourceful, however . . . and 1 pair of canvas gym shoes per year. I have to admit that a pair rarely survived that duration . . .
Sure it does. If you fish the head waters. But the cold water in the summer time just cools you off. As for wearing waders, I haven't had mine on for over two years now. I just haven't seen the need to. I can stand on shore and catch fish. Can't do this in Washington State. But you have to, to fish RFC.