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Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod?
      #415968 - 08/22/11 04:44 PM

Back last Summer I'd ordered up one of Bob M's 12'6" 3wts (or so I vaguely remembered) and put same away in early October. And when I say 'put away' as in "What the a[oucv;lhjhe;runc;u20" did I do with the rod." Been missing so long I even questioned whether I even owned the rod.

End game, a few minutes ago, I get up from my desk as I'm looking at a Hardy reel on a side board and did a 'Humm, what reel is that?' Reels marked "Miez 3wt" (One of Steve G's custom cut lines!)

Now the hunt is really on!!! Tour the garage apart ... and don't even think about asking how many rod tube are out there ...... and no luck. (Insert string of four letter words here.) Check all the closets (like why would I put a rod in there?)

No Joy after I'd ripped this place apart looking for same. I'm not one to use 'profanity' short of 'Ah heck' or a Damn it if I do something really ... how shall we say? ... intelligentsia questionable. (Like now.)

Sitting back at my desk, look over at the door to my office (always open, no need to close same) and did a "Fred you really can be dumb as a stump!"

Get up, pull door aside .... and there's a rod tube!

YES, YES AND YES!!

My hands were actually shaking as I unscrewed the tube cap. Dear God Bob Meiser does beautiful work!

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: fredaevans]
      #415973 - 08/22/11 06:26 PM

Do it all the time. I use it as my periodic garage cleaning ritual

Glad you found it Fred !!!

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: fishhog]
      #415979 - 08/22/11 09:45 PM

I have alot of those moments... I usually end up buying another to add to the collection.

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: Marty]
      #416008 - 08/23/11 04:37 PM

i actually have lost my vest. i'm rather pissed!

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: Brewer]
      #416061 - 08/25/11 05:55 PM

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i actually have lost my vest. i'm rather pissed!




Brewers cleaning service! Too funny by half. That was part of the "quest." Past Saturday had 60'ish linieal foot of top end wire rack shelving put up in my garage by a guy who "knows his stuff." (In So Oregon who needs to hire a 'handyman,' this Guy is good, and I do mean damned good.

First was to get all the rods, tubes, etc., straighted out, properly loaded on the racks, rod racks .. and no sight/sound of a 3wt Spey.

End game of all this is "There's no fool like an old fool."

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: fredaevans]
      #416087 - 08/27/11 08:12 AM

One of the less desireable effects of "aging"..... And it happens to all of us!!

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: BobK]
      #416290 - 09/04/11 08:50 PM

Rod (and a 6'6" baby boo are over here with me on the Bitterroot River in Montana. Total hoot to fish 'close' with the Boo at at over 50 feet with the baby spey. Interesting looks when I'm using that rod and guide/clients float by.

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: fredaevans]
      #416300 - 09/05/11 08:38 AM

Sounds like fun... hows fishing?
Dry flies?

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: Marty]
      #416311 - 09/05/11 08:14 PM

Water levels are still 'high' (historicly) for this time of the year on the Bitterroot at 550 cfs (Darby). Usually at about 350 which is damned low if you're used to fishing something like the Rogue River. That said, PERFECT for both 3wt's.

Boo for 20 to 40 feet, the 3wt spey out to close to 90. Damned little of the river I can't cover. Actually using a small bead head nymph on the Boo and a #10 waker on the spey.

Problem with these tiny dry's is it's damned tough to see the bloody things much beyond 30 feet! With the spey the only thing you can see is the wake behind the fly. Exception to that would be a light coloured tie going into a shadowed area where you can see the contrast.

4 fish on Friday and 5 on Saturday, missed a few others. With the County Fair going on the river was almost deserted! Only saw one other fisherman and he was with a Guide. Fished about a mile of river above/below Veteran's Memorial Bridge and had the place to myself.

Would come to a run and put down one rod and fish through with the other. Put that rod down, walk back and fish through again. Must have walked close to 5 miles doing that.

Even the Dogs were dead beat when we got back. But being just short of 13 and 9 I can understand the why of that ... I was pooped too!

Plan is to go back out tomorrow and skip the upper water and just head down stream to the last run on was on. Totally perfect trout water.

About 60-70 yards wide and 3'ish foot deep with a mild riffle on top. Runs probably 500 yards long of that.
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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: fredaevans]
      #416334 - 09/07/11 08:02 AM

AAaaaahhhhhh! The problems seeing drys at much beyond 30 feet with "old age eyes"!! I'm glad I had the cataract surgery!! After ALL the surgeries I had over the years, I have the carotid arteries of a 20-year old, and eyesight better than I had in my teens! (But it's too bad about the damned 77 year old body I have to carry them around in!!) Oh, well, any day "above grade" is a GOOD day!!

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: BobK]
      #416336 - 09/07/11 09:33 AM

I love fishing BIG bushy caddis types that float like a cork and look like a fish billboard. But then again that is matching my local hatch.

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: BobK]
      #416337 - 09/07/11 09:42 AM

77?

My Dad has cataracts but surgery is not an option (gotta love that CDN health care cluster....)81 and still fishin, still catchin.


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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: workin4fishin]
      #416338 - 09/07/11 10:17 AM

Speaking of losing a rod (cleaning rod)

Nothing like spending a session teaching my boys how to clean the guns(after a long weekend of shooting - 2 AR's, a 10/22, a bolt action .22, 1911, 12g Mossy, G35, and Dan Wesson 357.

My cleaning toolbox is usually pretty well organized and stocked for the calibers we have. I could not find the danged patches or patch-holders for the .22 to fit the cleaning rods. I had to use the push jag for the AR's and .22's. That is slow.
After everything was finally cleaned, oiled, and put away, I sit down at my desk. When I try to adjust my foot-rest, it sticks. Maybe because of the ziplock baggie stuck under the footrest, impossible to see, and containing all my cleaning rod attachments for .22, and a bunch of patches.


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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: fredaevans]
      #416501 - 09/13/11 08:51 PM

Fred, check out some of the water above Painted Rocks. Spent 10 summers up there as a kid. Caught some great Cutties and a few brookies. Throw me up a few pics, I miss that country...

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: Mojo]
      #416592 - 09/18/11 05:19 PM

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Fred, check out some of the water above Painted Rocks. Spent 10 summers up there as a kid. Caught some great Cutties and a few brookies. Throw me up a few pics, I miss that country...




Sounds familiar; Eastern Oregon?

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: fredaevans]
      #417019 - 10/05/11 10:13 AM

Painted Rocks Reservoir on the West Fork of the Bitterroot.

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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: Mojo]
      #417026 - 10/05/11 01:47 PM

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Painted Rocks Reservoir on the West Fork of the Bitterroot.




Ahhhh! Off to Google. The Painted Rocks area in Eastern Oregon is a place you've got to see to believe. Stunning mixture of colours.
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Re: Ever 'loose/mis-place a rod? new [Re: fredaevans]
      #417627 - 10/30/11 05:50 PM

I don't have enough rods yet to "lose" one...but....

...my father in law lost his 12 ga Winchester 101 OU for about 20 years...he had no safe at the time, so when he moved into his place, he'd put it under the crappy couch downstairs and promptly forgotten he'd done so. He soon bought a safe and found all of his stashed guns but that one...til last year. Only reason he found it was because my son and I asked him to go shoot some trap with us.

I'm gonna miss that old fella some day, but I sure do look forward to seeing his safe next to mine. He's got some purdy guns.

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