Great story that is told by many of us who inherit things from our relatives. I have a Winchester fly reel from my dad. It was free when you bought a rifle. It doesn't look like much, the clicker doesn't work anymore, and the paint is chipping off but I wouldn't sell it for any price. Priceless indeed.
I haven't taken my Grandfather's South Bend (complete with the "Comficient Grip") out yet though. Waiting for the right time and place. These rods were made for fishing though, and I know he'd want me to use it.
Anyone else have any hand me down bamboo or old reels?
Steve, do you have a photo to share of your Dad's Winchester reel?
Porter....great story, thanks for posting it. My dad gave me his 1950s vintage Montague Rapidan bamboo fly rod some years back, complete with a maroon Shakespeare Oren-O-Matic fly reel and braided nylon fly line (looks like braided silk). He and my grandfather bought their fly outfits and their old Savage side-by-side shotguns from Abercrombie and Fitch when they were downtown Chicago...one of my brothers has grandpa's fly outfit, and both shotguns get used every fall, for old time's sake.
I have strung up dad's outfit a few times over the years, and lawn-cast it, but have never fished it....maybe I should, for old time's sake.
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