MORE BREAM FISHING
By J. H. Eavire
I recently read the Arkansas boy’s kink about bream fishing with roaches, and he didn’t tell all about the tackle part of the game. Get three or four canes from some rich bottom land, twelve feet long and, say, one inch in diameter at butt. Dry thoroughly and straighten over alcohol flame; select the one with best whip and “feel” and mount it in a handle two or three feet long made of a piece of Japanese bamboo of a size to comfortably fit the hand. Have the hole in bamboo just fit the small cane. Cut four V-shaped notches in the bamboo and trim down to taper with small cane; wrap with small silk line, using the pull under, no knot way. Sandpaper the joints only, and varnish the entire rod.
Use small silk worm gut leaders; piece a nine-foot to a three-foot and use enough hard braided silk line to make, with the snelled hook, just the length of pole. For the float get about four inches of peacock feather, hammer a BB shot very thin, cut the edges even and just below the joint of snell and leader. Wrap it to make as small a lump as possible, and let it be just heavy enough to sink the bait slowly. A little practice and you can cast with this outfit and make only a small ripple— not the splash and “krr-chirnk” the quill and split shot make. Then when you hang one of the “big blue fellows” the fun you will have with that light tackle will pay for all the trouble of making it.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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