I have never seen this reel /rod concept

DerekWhipple

Steelhead
This has been around for a while and was initially sold as something to take the weight off of the rod. It was discussed a bit on an eastern fishing forum. Some people seem to think taking the reel off the rod really makes them a better caster, most seem to think it doesn't matter, or prefer with a reel on. Diff'rent strokes.
 

Divad

Whitefish
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@DerekWhipple I saw that too, he markets it also for increasing distance. And even guarantees you will do so with it. A smart decision in widening the target audience, but I am skeptical on it increasing my distance.
 

Tom Butler

Grandpa, Small Stream Fanatic
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That's been done. Zebco push button reel was the reel of choice for a well known offender.
When we were little caught some big rock fish and flounder of the dock at jefferson head using a baitcaster we found and some hooks we scrounged up baited with those bitey green worms. Handlining more like it.
 

Jake

Peamouth Chub
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When we were little caught some big rock fish and flounder of the dock at jefferson head using a baitcaster we found and some hooks we scrounged up baited with those bitey green worms. Handlining more like it.
We had very similar childhoods.
 

BriGuy

Steelhead
Or the cane pole I learned to catch perch on with a bobber and a worm oh and a split shot or two.
I'll chime in on this, too. When I was about a 13 year old Air Force brat, our family was stationed in Germany. I used to hang around a small pond on base looking for bugs, frogs or anything else entertaining. One day, a guy was fishing there and told me that there were some big fish at the bottom of the pond. Well, I just had to find out for myself.

I didn't have any fishing gear, so I found a nice straight branch and made one. I then tied some string to the tip (a la tenkara/frankenkara) and around another small piece of wood to serve as a bobber. I needed a hook, so I grabbed a paperclip and some tools. I bent it into shape with some needle nose pliers, created an eye and bashed the "point" of the hook flat with a hammer to create a barb, which I filed to a sharp point. Off I went to the pond with my spiffy new "gear".

I caught a grasshopper, impaled it on the hook, and made my cast. Long story short, nothing happened -- which, by the way, is not unusual for me. If I would have hooked up, I'm sure I'd have lost the fish as it would have surely straightened the hook. That was pretty much how I caught the fishing bug.

Our next duty station was in Montana, which greatly increased my odds and opportunities.

I still look back fondly on those early fishing adventures. I sometimes feel a little sad for those kids that weren't "free range" like many of us were growing up.
 

Stonedfish

Known Grizzler-hater of triploids, humpies & ND
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Not fly related, but back in the 70’s I used to fish the Toutle a lot for steelhead.
There was an old guy that used a reel that was mounted on a leather strap that placed the reel on his chest.
While odd compared to our outfits, the old guy caught the hell out of steelhead using his outfit. Unconventional but effective.
I wish I had a picture of it.
SF
 

SilverFly

Life of the Party
Jeez, wonder what that mods that guy would come up with if he was casting a 12 weight for fish that would make coho feel trout-like (comparatively speaking).
 

Bagman

Steelhead
Jeez, wonder what that mods that guy would come up with if he was casting a 12 weight for fish that would make coho feel trout-like (comparatively speaking).
I use to trout fish in a lake that seemed to always have a bit of wind all the time, now I was fishing with a spinning out fit using an egg sinker and bait. I would find a stick to rest my rod on and pull out some line and hook a pop top on the line. When the trout would grab my bait the pop top would go airborne. Fish on1664041813576.png
 
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