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About gadabout

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  • Birthday 12/30/1955


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    Fishing, Rodbuilding, Guitar Playing, Plugbuilding
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  1. How old was he when he said that?
  2. I grew up in the 60’s watching Gadabout Gaddis The Flying Fisherman and The American Sportsman. I always wanted to fly fish, but didn’t get a chance to start until I was 24. Never looked back though.
  3. Trout by Ray Bergman Fly Fishing by Tom McNally Inshore Fly Fishing by Lou Tabory Fly Fishing for Trout by Dick Talleur Let’s Fish by Harry Zarchy
  4. My first fly reel was a Daiwa 232 that I bought when I was about 13 or so in the late 60’s. It was an easy choice, because it was the only fly reel the store had. Cost was $8.95, if I remember correctly. Being in Brooklyn, I didn’t really have any FF opportunities, so I didn’t learn how until I was about 24. I used this reel, coupled with an Orvis glass rod, to catch my first trout. I still have both, of course. By the way, that Pflueger Trump reel and the mating 461F rod was first outfit that I absolutely craved when I was a kid drooling over the tackle catalogs. I couldn’t afford it back then, nor did I have any place to even buy it. Of course I have that outfit now.
  5. Looks like a nice clean example of this reel. Go for it! Generally speaking, when disassembling reels of this type, you first remove the handle, side plate and main gear. Then you study the end of the spindle, and figure out what is fastening it to the reciprocating mechanism. It is usually a screw or two, or sometimes just a pin that you can pull out. Once you’ve disengaged that, you can pull the spool/spindle forward and out if the reel. Then remove the hex nut that holds the rotor cup in place and remove the cup. The rest should be fairly obvious.
  6. They are pretty simple to work on. A 308, on the other hand, could get you in trouble if you don’t follow instructions.
  7. I’d hate to run in to that in the dark.
  8. It’s bad luck to clean them ...
  9. Personally, I make my own, but they are based on the original Creek Chub designs. I like to fish Pikies, but I generally do better with Juniors and surfsters.
  10. Personally, I’ll leave the reel in free spool (no clicker) and hold the spool with my thumb. If I feel a pickup, I loosen up with my thumb and let some line go for a few seconds. Then I engage the reel and set the hook. This is usually with a fish finder rig. If it happens that I have the spool engaged when I feel the pickup, then I’ll just drop the rod tip to give some slack.
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  13. Great book by Hal Lyman, the founder of Salt Water Sportsman magazine. Includes chapters on trolling, jigging, still fishing, surf casting, fly fishing, bait & lures, etc. Published by Nick Lyons Books. This 154-page softcover book is in very nice condition, with all pages clean and intact. Cover is in good condition with just some light wear. $8 shipped. PayPal only please.
  14. If you want to store them horizontally against a wall, make a simple wooden frame out of pine, or whatever. Then buy some wooden shaker pegs. The pegs should the 3-1/2" size. You can buy them from Home Depot and other places. You'll need two pegs for each rod tube. Mount the pegs in your wooden frame. Each tube sits horizontally, resting on a pair of pegs. The pegs are the perfect shape for supporting a tube. You'll have to figure out the overall spacing based on your shortest rod tube. I wish I had a picture to illustrate, but it should be pretty easy to visualize. You should be able to put this together in a very short time.