Archive for April 1st, 2013

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Apr
13

Ranching Life: Quads and Dogs

Ranch DogsThe ranch life today is sometimes a combination of the traditional ranch hand, his faithful dogs and the quad. Tending to livestock, irrigation, fence lines and the like is now handled on four wheels. The dogs like this better too.

01
Apr
13

Fishing: Cork Handles and Hooks

corkHere you see the rod’s cork handle…and  to the far left a small metal loop under the rod…a hook keeper. Yet the fly’s hook has been set into the cork of the handle.

When I was a kid there weren’t any hook keepers on ‘poles’. The hook went into the cork. And, apparently for many it still does. If the barbed hook is backed out of the cork, it does little damaged. If it is pulled out in any other way it does pull out a chunk of the cork handle. Some would call this adding character to the rod. 

Given the price of some fly rods and drift rods these days, I think the hook keeper or some other means of hooking the fly/hook to the rod (reel, guide’s footings) should be used. The cork handle on the rod above is 20+ years old and the hook holder was quite an innovative addition when I bought this rod from Harry Teel.

 




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