Old fishing tackle as good as new
I review and report on many new tackle items over the course of a year. Some reels and rods are bound to be much improved, and I love the technical innovations. But sometimes I think maybe I’m too enamored with new things. What about the old stuff then?
Thinking about this, I decided that I could be perfectly happy fishing with the same things I used 20 years ago. In fact, some of the “old stuff” doesn’t look old at all and still works perfectly. Here are some examples:
One is Abu Garcia round type baitcast reels as the picture shows. It was a great design decades ago and they still are. There have been various model adjustments over the years, but the fundamental design is unchanged. I have and still use the 5000 and 6000 series models, mostly for pike or striper fishing.
Similar reasoning applies to much of my flight hardware. I have a 9 foot, 5 weight graphite Fenwick HMG model that I built from a blank in the mid 1970’s. Back then graphite was new and Jim Green the rod designer as of Fenwick, was a pioneer in its application to fly rods.
The rod, of course, remains very light in the hand and casts superbly. I would have no problem using it for most of my modern trout fishing.
None of the above means I’m less enamored with new material. I always crave new rods and reels, just to try them out and see if they really are better. What it does mean, however, is that I might not be so quick to ditch my old friends for new ones, no matter how greener the grass looks.