beatonem

Resurrecting Nostalgia

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It may not be much to most, but to me it was my 1st fly reel.  Was a wild young teen that loved bass fishing in NY.  Bass Pro catalogs, packages always coming to the house.  A happy 13yr old for sure.   Was at the Suffern show they always did and wanted to try fly fishing.  Bought this little reel and a rod and had fun with it tackling trout, panfish and bass.  For what ever reason it faded away after a year or so but stayed with me in my tub of reels.  The only 1 ever, until! A year ago I picked up a 9wt setup for SWFL where I now live.  36 years later I want to have fun again with this little guy.  What do you think of this little fella?

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If it makes you happy that's all that matters. My first rig was a sage gfl with an Orvis CFO reel, and I think it still sits in a void on the USS John F. Kennedy. I cycle stuff out frequently, and the fear of becoming a hoarder prevents me from developing sentimental attachments to gear.

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I have a soft spot for Cortland reels. I had that one, and several of the Cortland Magnum series. They lasted for a good long time in the salt treated with Boeshield and never let me down until end of life. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

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My first flyrod was a well used Montague bamboo rod with friction tape holding on some guides.tip was shorten and the tip top was a regular casting rod eye retrofitted to the tip. The exciting part was it was a red “Automatic “ with old dry silk line. First trout was on the Manhan river in Easthampton Ma., then a perch for what then was a special time..Gramps would use perch eyes for bait as the perch ran the river 1954:rav:

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put in back in the rotation ! wasn't a fly reel, but last summer I rehabbed a penn 712 greenie that I bought with lawn mowing money back in 1974 - caught a jack on it with the first cast.

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