Let’s Look Back: And Then Came Something New – Part 3

I used this Zebco closed face spinning reel for hundreds of my casting exhibitions around the world for many years.  Whatever reel you select for teaching a youngster, make certain it's sufficiently small enough to fit into their hands.  Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I used this Zebco closed face spinning reel for hundreds of my casting exhibitions around the world for many years. Whatever reel you select for teaching a youngster, make certain it’s sufficiently small enough to fit into their hands. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

In my past two columns I’ve detailed a procedure that makes it easy for a youngster to learn how to use a closed face spinning reel.  I’d like to share a few additional thoughts in this third and final column dealing with the same subject.

One of the best ways to turn a child away from fishing for all time is to provide them with mismatched equipment. If you teach them the casting technique I’ve shared with you for the closed face spinning reel, by all means get them a lightweight rod to go with it.

Teach them how to use what you give them before you ever get near the water.  I have good reason for making that request.  I lived right on the shore of a popular bass and panfish lake for about 35 years.  It wasn’t unusual to hear some father yelling (at times even cursing) at the kids he had in his boat. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back: And Then Came Something New – Part Two

Here's the key to getting accuracy with the closed face spinning reel. Depress the thumb control button and hold it in. Trap the line against the hole in the center of the spool. Note that the line is over the left forefinger. When you're ready to cast, release pressure with both fingers at the same instant. Let the line flow over your forefinger as it heads to your target. All you need do to control the flight of the lure or practice casting weight is simply raise that left forefinger. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

Here’s the key to getting accuracy with the closed face spinning reel. Depress the thumb control button and hold it in. Trap the line against the hole in the center of the spool. Note that the line is over the left forefinger. When you’re ready to cast, release pressure with both fingers at the same instant. Let the line flow over your forefinger as it heads to your target. All you need do to control the flight of the lure or practice casting weight is simply raise that left forefinger. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

Darn few things are going to be more important to the average angler that the ability to achieve accuracy in presenting their lures to the fish they are after.

And if that’s true, and experienced anglers know that it is, it especially applies to a youngster just getting into the field of sportfishing for the first time.  That’s why I said some of the things I did about the closed face spinning reel in my previous column.

I was among the very first to experiment with these new reels when Zebco first brought them to market away back in the middle of the last century.  That early experience led me to always use them in the thousands of casting exhibitions I was eventually to do for decades over a sizeable chunk of the world. [Read more…]

The Roots of Quantum

Look familiar?

Look familiar?

You know the names: KVD, Biffle, Grigsby, Klein, Hackney, Rojas, Swindle…there are several more. They all fish for Team Quantum, but would you recognize their first line of baitcasters if you saw them? Or could you even guess when they were introduced? Here’s what we’ve gathered on the topic. [Read more…]

We do Reels, Why not Frogs and Blades?

Zebco spinnerbait ad circa 1976.

Over the course of time, especially in the early 1900s, many companies not only made lures but rods, reels and assorted other fishing paraphernalia. Heddon is a good example of this, marketing not only their famous lures but also rods and reels. Pflueger and Shakespeare did the same. But as bass fishing came into its own, more companies began concentrating on their bread-and-butter.

This one here fits right in that niche of, “you should stick to your strengths.” Here we have two ads from two of the major rod and reel companies of all time. The problem is they’re not ads for rods or reels. Instead, they’re ads for bass lures they’re trying to get you to buy. [Read more…]

Flippin’: A Concept. Not Just a Technique – Part Two

Dee Thomas congratulates Gary Klein on his first Bassmaster win at Lake Powell in 1979. Klein won the event flipping. Photo Bass Master Magazine July/August, 1979 Issue.

This is part two of a three-part series on the concept of flipping and the effect it had on the sport. In this installment, we talked with Gary Klein and Basil Bacon about their involvement with the early years of the technique. Click to read Part One and Part Three.

 

In part one of this piece, Dave Myers talked about the three factors that came together to form the concept of Flippin’. He also talked about how an angler could thoroughly pick apart a shoreline in half the time it’d take an angler using conventional methods.

For part two, I had the pleasure of interviewing two other anglers who took the ground rules developed by Thomas and added considerably to its foundation. Gary Klein and Basil Bacon both played pivotal roles in the progression of flipping and the way anglers approach shallow targets today

These two anglers not only helped flipping progress, they helped design new equipment, terminal tackle and baits to increase the effectiveness of the technique. [Read more…]