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Vintage rod success/SW report

Discussion in 'South West Michigan Streams and Rivers' started by Vicious Fishous, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Vicious Fishous

    Vicious Fishous

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    Fished a smallish tributary yesterday. I used an old yeller Eagle claw super noodle rod that my deceased farther picked up at a garage sale. He never got to use it before pancreatic cancer took him quickly. He was a great fisherman, for everything but steelhead. He always wanted to get better at it. So, I figured I may as well give the old rod a shot, for his sake. He would have been there with me, it kinda felt like he was.
    I had just got some fresh eggs from a friend, and cured them to the best of my ability. I tied a bunch of micro bags, like 6-7 eggs per satchel. I floated them under a bobber, in an ultra low, clear little river, That had plenty of scraped up gravel, but no visible fish. Things were slow, until I cracked a beer, gave a sip to dad/river, then somehow went 3-9 in two holes, in less than an hour. I feel like I hooked everything that was in those holes. It all happened quickly. Bite after bite, even had 3 in 3 drifts, then nothing. The noodle rod was not what I was used to, but after a several good battles, I got a few to net. Either way, it looks like it’s winding down around the southwest part of the state. But really, get out there, and fish with your dad, your kids, whoever makes you happy. Make some memories, and catch some fish.
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  2. antlerhunter

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    Great day of fishing. There was a thread here this week about fishing alone.It's all in the heart and soul. You going to continue using that noodle rod? I would.
     

  3. Vicious Fishous

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    I do enjoy fishing alone. My dad was first guy I’d call with a report after fishing. So, I really miss these calls. After this trip, I’ll definitely use that noodle rod a few times a year. Inheriting all his fish fishing gear, makes my collection far too big for one person to use. I’m sorting stuff out, and will be giving a lot away to young, or less fortunate Fisher people, who are passionate about fishing.
     
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  4. Spin to Win

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    Awesome, awesome, awesome post.

    Really enjoyed reading about paying you homage to your father with his old rod. Very cool. A tip of my cap to you for the great day, and RIP to your dad.
     
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  5. flyrodder46

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    Nice!! It is always rewarding to use something passed down from a parent or mentor. My dad passed over 40 years ago and I still have and use some of his fishing and hunting gear on occasion, it brings back a lot of good memories.
     
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    Thanks for the report! Posts like these make me think I should lay off the plastic bottled water. Estrogen Mimickers got me all teary eyed.
     
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  7. Grizzyaries

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    That is awesome! A great tribute for your father and giving life to a rod to battle fish. Great job sir!


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  8. Trout King

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    That is too sweet. Nice work anf that rod looks like a keeper.
     
  9. ausable_steelhead

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    Admit it vicious, it was fun fighting them on a noodle and light line wasn't it?
     
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  11. scooter_trasher

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    Your dad picked well, those old Eagle claws are the whip,there's nothing like an old glass fly rod blank repurposed into a steelhead rod, that's what made Gary Loomis famous, not to mention the popularity of those hand made custom fiberglass noodle rods in Michigan back in the seventies & eighties :)
    flasback to 1964
    http://www.tackletour.com/reviewinterviewgaryloomis.html
     
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  12. Vicious Fishous

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    The rod will stay in my arsenal as long as I can keep catching fish with it. So, hopefully a long time. I have another like it to give to my cousin. If I get one of those fresh monster steelies over 15lbs on that thing, I’d be little scared. It certainly was fun battling fish on a lighter rod. I usually run a heavier set up, so I can have a half a chance at pulling them out of the cover, or get them in quickly so I can release them “unharmed”.
    I don’t know what the afterlife holds, but I hope my dad’s enjoying it. It will be a year next week since we lost him. F cancer.
     
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    From the pics I’m pretty sure I know where u were. I have some property farther upstream that does not get a lot of fishing pressure and can be very good. I’d be glad to take u with your dads rod sometime. Pm me if you’re ever interested
     
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    My dad passed a couple years ago. He was kind of a legend to me and some of my friends. Took the time to take us trout fishing...steelhead and salmon fishing when we were Young teens. I was amazed to find a ton of his old gear squirreled away in a few spots. 1810 Shakespeare reels..Martin 72 flyreels..a real gem was a pflueger anti-reverse flyreel. I try and use them often and Everytime on the river I miss him dearly and using his old gear makes the old memories rush back.