Sunday, March 22, 2009

Streater's Thought of the Week

Every weekend Dick Streater gives us his thought of the week, culled from his voluminous files on fishing and tackle history.

Streater's Thought of the Week: The Henshall Minnow Bait Rod was 8' 3" and weighed 8 ounced with a solid metal reel seat, and 7 1/2 ounces with a reel holding slider bands, which was the way he preferred it. With a single action reel, a minnow could be cast about 20 to 35 yards. With "wind to your back" it was claimed you could cast 50 yards. The standard rod of this type was a three piece affair, the butt made of white ash, and the other two joints of lancewood, greenheart, or betharaba.

-- Dr. Todd

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