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General Discussion / Re: Just thinking
« Last post by Orbean on Today at 07:02:21 AM »
I have been doing fire clearing the past week. Cutting pinion and juniper branches that are within three feet of the ground. It makes for a weird looking landscape but eventually it starts to look normal. It is not fun work. We let the kids run the chain saws because it is the only way we can keep them interested and so I drag branches and pile them to make ready for when the chipper truck comes thru.

I get a whole ton of zen from my backyard outdoor time. Sometimes it is at the family property sitting under a stand of cottonwoods within sight of my grandparents old house. I really enjoy watching the water running in the irrigation ditches, drinking something cold, reading a good book. It takes me back to when I was a kid and had to seek out wild places in the city I lived in. We would fish in the golf course ponds at night, hike out into vacant land with pocket knives, bb guns, sling shots, build "forts"; we found adventure everywhere and staked out our own little "homesteads" where ever we found a cool spot.

I guess I see a part of spending time outside as getting a piece of my youth, especially the backyard adventures. I no longer have the drive to ride my mt bike in the middle of the blazing sun, I used to embrace it. An ideal ride for me now is one with very few hills. Car camping is something I had no use for, now I love it. Finding a quiet shady area, listen to the radio, having most of the comforts of home all appeal to me. 
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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by Moe M. on Today at 05:58:05 AM »
Good post Moe. 

I have a couple of old Mitchell 300 reels, an ultra light 308, and two or three newer Shimano ball bearing reels.  I also have two Dam Quick German spinning reels.  The Mitchells and the Dam are old and could use a good cleaning and restoration.  The rods I have run from old Wright and McGill 5 piece spin-fly rods to the newer graphite models. 

I usually sell stuff I shouldn't and for some reason I have never let go of the fly fishing gear or the Mitchell reels.  I think the Hardy reel is 40 years old and the Mitchell might be a bit older.  The 300 series Mitchells are surprisingly cheap on Ebay with good ones either side of $20.  A new in the box old one might run closer to $100 but they are few and far between.

  For you guys that have Mitchell or Garcia Mitchell reels or anyone interested in their history there is a museum dedicated to the Mitchell 300 series of fishing reels, but it's also loaded with other interesting facts and history as well, it's an interesting read.
  The history of the roots of the Mitchell tackle co. start in France in about the year 1310 when it became the world leader in watch making and the teaching of the art of clock making until it transitioned after WW-1 with the main factory closing it's doors and reopening as a fishing tackle manufacturing facility, which lead to the Mitchell 300 and it's variants to become the most wanted reel in the world, the reel wasn't imported to the USA until about 1947, but had been in production since about 1932.
  It's little wonder that a reel that successful that ceased to be made almost 30 years ago would still hold the interest that it still does today as a collectors piece and still be so inexpensive to purchase,  from about 1947 to 1977 Mitchell and Garcia Mitchell made and shipped well over 20,000,000 model 300 series reels alone not counting it's other models of reels,  by 1970 the factory in France was making 10,000 Mod. 300's every day, meaning that there doesn't seem to be a shortage (considering the quality) of them still around.

 For anyone interested -- www.mitchellreelmus eum.com  should take you to that site.

 ** I may be a little off in some of my dating but I'm writing this from memory, however, the dates and number should be pretty close.
 
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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 08:46:20 PM »
I have a couple Mitchell's and D.A.M. Quick in different (sub-saltwater) sizes. I like them. I think feedback is the wrong term; Wolfy said: "unsophisticated" - if there is a word that implies both that might be the correct discriptor for these vintage gems.

You can fish in poor light and feel that things are going as they should. Trying to switch to a new Shimano leaves you wondering if things are working on account of the slick and smooth operation- like it must be proved in daylight
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Bushlore and Outdoor Skills / Re: ADJUSTABLE GRIP HITCH
« Last post by greyhound352 on Yesterday at 06:39:47 PM »
Thread Bump:

After using this knot for a while now, I really like that you can tie the knot and leave it it tied on a rope or guy line in my case. I tied the adjustable grip hitch on the four guy lines on my tarp over a year ago and after use on weekends I slacken the hitch to full available length so its easy for the next trip.

Thanks again Wolfy for sharing this knot. One of the other knots that I love is the bowline with the Yosemite tie off that Petrifiedwood shared.
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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 02:14:30 PM »
... The rods I have run from old Wright and McGill 5 piece spin-fly rods ....
We have a real club going here! 
Part of my Granddad's legacy to me is a Wright & McGill split bamboo rod. It has both the fly tip (1 piece), and the bait casting tip. The cork/bakelite handle is reversible, so you put it together one way for the reel-in-the-rear for fly fishing, or reel-forward for bait casting.
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Anti bushcrating area for the wife...
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 09:03:57 AM »
Glad there were no injuries XJ.

I would echo Yeoman's request for photos as it the project goes along.
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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 08:54:24 AM »
Good post Moe. 

I have a couple of old Mitchell 300 reels, an ultra light 308, and two or three newer Shimano ball bearing reels.  I also have two Dam Quick German spinning reels.  The Mitchells and the Dam are old and could use a good cleaning and restoration.  The rods I have run from old Wright and McGill 5 piece spin-fly rods to the newer graphite models. 

I grew up trout fishing in streams and rivers and never fished for bass until I bought the farm I live on about twenty years ago.  Bass, bluegills, crappies, and perch on a fly rod are about as much fun as you can have standing up.

Fly fishing still remains my favorite type of fishing.  My go to outfit is a Hardy Princess reel on a 5 weight G Loomis rod.  I have other brands and weights from 4 to 9 but the 5 is a good light bass rod and very easy to cast. 

I usually sell stuff I shouldn't and for some reason I have never let go of the fly fishing gear or the Mitchell reels.  I think the Hardy reel is 40 years old and the Mitchell might be a bit older.  The 300 series Mitchells are surprisingly cheap on Ebay with good ones either side of $20.  A new in the box old one might run closer to $100 but they are few and far between.

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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 08:53:51 AM »
Dad gave my brother & I Zebco 303 spincast and rod combos when we were both little guys.  We'd dig for earthworms on the north side of the barn and Dad would take us fishing whenever he could spare the time.  Since the Missouri River was only about 100 yards from the northeast corner of our farm, we went quite often in the evenings.  A mixed bag of fish on the stringer was usually always the result......carp, buffalo, bullheads, bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, burbot, channel cat, and the occasional fun-to-catch, but thrown-back skipjack were all possibilities depending on area and time of year.

We both bought Garcia-Mitchell 300s when we started going north for canoe trips back in the early '70s......still working beautifully with no more than an annual cleanup and gearlube.  I think we replaced the line guides only once.  I kept a Garcia-Mitchell 308 out of one of our traveling gift boxes for my 'ultralight' panfish rig.....hardly prior usage, so no rejuvenation has been necessary, so far.

They're considered to be unsophisticated compared to today's reel-offerings, but that suits me just fine as I'm not too sophisticated myself. :P
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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 07:33:22 AM »
I have a Diawa closed face ultra light I really liked. I caught 5# rainbows on it in Alaska. The line pickup pin has become so worn from fighting heavy fish that it's been retired. I believe Diawa still makes a good reel.
Do some research before investing in fluorocarbon line. There are several things in both the Pro and Con columns.
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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by Moe M. on Yesterday at 07:22:12 AM »
 Garcia quit making the original Mitchell 300 series in 1989,  the "new" company began offering a new 300 series in the 2000's sometime but it's in name only,  the new reels and the originals are nowhere alike, I believe that Mitchell started making fishing reels in the late 1800's, the model 300 came out in the very early 1900's and went through three minor design changes over the years, the first 300 had a half bail, the next change saw them adding a full bail, and more models in the series were added such as the 300A and 300B,  but throughout it's life the 300 remained basically the same.
 One thing I regret is not keeping track of the extra spools that came with my reels,  each 300 was sold with two spools, one attached to the reel, the other was in a plastic reel case, one was a shallow reel made for holding smaller weight line such as 4# and 6# line, the other was a deep well reel made to carry line in the 10# to 12# and bigger line,  both my 300's were usually strung with Stren original 6# test mono line,  so I never used the extra spools and somehow misplaced them.
 But in looking to see if there were any available I found that they are still popular enough that there's a ton of vintage Mitchell reels, spools, and other parts still available,  Ebay has about 20 pages dedicated to the 300 series of reels.
 I got the two Mitchells ready to fish and decided to recondition all of my spinning rigs,  the funny thing is that they are all considered vintage,  I have a few old shakespear reels that were all made in the USA, a couple of Shimono reels, Diwa and Ryobi made reels that need to get the done.
 It's turning into a fun project and a learning experience at the same time,  I had some fairly new spools of fresh line that I used to fill the spools on three of the reels but need to buy more, I'm thinking of trying Flourocarbon line on the others to see how that works out, it's supposed to be thinner, stronger, and less memory sensitive than mono, and almost invisible to fish.         
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