FISHING and RELATED GEAR 






THE D-I-Y FISHING GUY 

CONFESSIONS OF A GUY’S LOVE FOR FISHING IN FLORIDA


To go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water.

It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week.

And it is discipline in the equality of men — for all men are equal before fish.”  
  

                                                                     
—Herbert Hoover—
 —The Engineer President and Avid Fly Fisherman—


WELCOME TO MY THOUGHTS ON FISHING
•  Hoover was right about fishing…   I like its solitude, it’s a chance to reason and think things out.  I have been a soloist all my life, I follow my path, in some cases it worked out. I had great coaching from uncles and acquaintances with patents who also were not content with mediocrity, they were inventors, somehow while working in the Printing, and  Photographic Camera industry I managed to gain the nickname of  “ The Gadgetmeister”.   

•  I also like whats taken for granted, obsolete, non-conformal, the little guy, underdog, ancient, laughed at and make it into something.  All of the gizmos you find in my photo sections from high-speed slide scanners, custom built rigs and DIY gadgets were put together from scraps and reborn  for the market.  

•  Several of my attempts at building tools and gadgets worked as well, surprising me more than  anyone else.  As good as the more expensive decorator additions sold on the market at least for a beginner such as myself.  I have nothing against retail tackle stores, I could get lost in them for days, but half the fun of building something is just that.   Using your stuff on hand and being successful with it is the second half.  It’s not about frugal, it’s about challenge. I just enjoy building stuff…and sharing ideas.  

•  Much of this sport is not rocket science, equipment wise, the science and the art that is in fishing is understanding the patterns and processes of your adversary…the brain in that fish.  Yes, my favorite dig is “ Yup, that fish brain sure outsmarted you”

•  When I needed something I looked at it, studied it and built my own or improved something cheap by better construction.  Challenges were my inspiration…  I told myself “  I can do that”  At my age it was time to downsize or go the “ Swedish belief of less when you grow older  is a better routine”.   Less is more… simple… when you have less you use it more!

PLANS - DOWNSIZING - ElIMINATE - CONVERT - REBUILD

•  I decided to downsize and put some of the junk to work, I went to my storage bins, lots of scraps from former charitable projects, endeavors, and voila… feeling the heat of re-incarnation and a vow to clean the garage.  I was on a mission.  Now it is spotless and the envy of all my neighbors.  

•  Then I realized I had some good things going my way.  Like money from scrap brass, copper and aluminum. Five miles away was the junk yard which brought me  just enough for an entry level fly rod and reel kit to start with, from ORVIS, which I had a dealer five miles away.  I found other stuff in some pawnshops.  Lighter gear, which cleaned up like new.

•  I’m not ready for the 1000 dollar outfits yet.  ORVIS’s Encounter, its entry level but decent quality.  I took the 7/8 weight as I live in Tampa Bay.   And wade-able bays, shoreline and flats are abundant and fruitful.  Next I will secure a decent 5 wt.

•  Also, my condo is on a golf course with great ponds. Note: With all the chemical runoff, poisoned fish by fertilizer and chemicals used to keep the grass green… it’s still a good practice area, I use old flies with the points and barbs removed, no hook ends for practice casting.   And summer is gone now (105-110 heat index) and temps in the 70 with a cold beer on my property fifty feet away. 


DAM DANGEROUS NOTICES

•  And a couple of Gators, Fred and Harriet which we do not feed since there are enough ducks (Muscovy’s and Mallard’s) and Brown Bunny rabbits… which mysteriously disappear.  It’s the Gators primarily but we also have Coyotes common and citified here in the county, Eagles, and BAD DRIVERS, the drivers in Florida who are the most dangerous part of the environment.  We just fished out from the pond, a car upside down who parked where it said,  “ NO PARKING  the soft bank let loose and that Hyundai went waterboarding with him in it.  Just so he didn’t have to walk fifty feet from the lot  to the practice T’s.  Editor Comment:   A true Schmuck!

CAUTION:  Florida has two deadly and stupid laws or lack thereof.  No Vehicle Inspections, mail in drivers licenses, with no sight or competency required.  Combine a bad car with a 90 year half blind driver and bad reflexes and you see why we are numero uno in collisions between cars and mobile homes.  Yes, they park sometimes in living rooms of mobile homes. I’m not making this up.  This year two Motor Vehicle Tax and Tag offices were used as a parking lot with people injured. Brought new meaning to the driver whose instructor told her to park close to the front door.


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Bass Fishing, well that means adding a boat, big pickup, too expensive and I have been there… I don’t need to cruise in a seventeen to nineteen foot CUSTOM BUILT, radar equipped, digital depth finder, side band fish locators, drones, torpedo tubes, martini mixers, more instruments than my first Piper had, and power steering in a BASS boat with 250 horses and an outfit befitting a Nascar racer with baseball caps covering ears to claim one decent fish.  And a 20-40 thousand dollar price tag… A Stable Kayak…is more my speed…and possible. Im looking at a SS127 w/ a Toquedo Electric…

•  Years ago one of my shooting buddies (Sporting Clays and Tactical) was a Florida-born Redneck Bass fisherman in a 14-foot john boat in the back of his pickup with a four point five horse Mercury and a hand paddle for maneuvering.  I’d put him up against any one of these pros on ponds.  He could smell bass.

•  I can reach all I want from the shoreline, fifty yards from my front elevator and garage door, If there is anything alive in there.  If not, then we have lakes inland , streams, and just a few miles away, a beautiful mangrove shoreline with all the best saltwater species in attendance and a fridge with cold beer.  We have the best of the fresh and saltwater habitats on both the East and West coast of Florida.

THREE THINGS

•  Please handle game fish carefully and release and let them grow up and reproduce.  I prefer Grouper, Tilapia, Salmon and Tuna cooked in a variety of styles including fish Tacos…  Lately because I am affiliated with the Food Industry and do have a Food Website with certain food cautions  http://www.aljacobskitchen.com/   

•  Golf courses are notorious for blatant use of chemicals, eating one or anything from these waters is not really recommended… I have watched them spray a green bright chemical on the fairways so it must be something for growth and good looks (Hmmm)…

•  Florida is great for older fisherman, sport, catch and release people.  Bonus:  If you are a resident over 65 no permit or license is needed, either for fresh or salt water.  But you must have Valid Florida ID or if you are a tourist go to the state website and get the tourist card with you.



THE GREATEST MASTER - BAITER OF ALL 

DONALD THE ECOLOGICAL DESTROYER

A man fishing for ideas to cover his failures… the supreme fish tale teller of all time… the man who would turn our parks and Eco-systems into coal mines and oil wells and pollute our rivers with coal tailings… 

It has gotten into our rivers already, a man who does not care about anything other than himself.  Now he wants to turn the last frontiers into commercial usage.  He wants them open them up for drilling, it’s all about money, the future, the planet, re-election and votes and the people who live there simply don’t count.  He really screwed the coal miners, and people who live near these areas.

Your vote in 2020 might be the last chance for all of us environmentalists who do care about all his destruction…  
For a sample of creative Coal Tailings now allowed by the Kahuna of Bullsh*t…   SEE:  
Coal Tailings Accidents


ARTIFICIAL FLIES and ARTIFICIAL VISES

Artificial flies are of several types; some imitating an insect (either flying or swimming), others a bait fish or crustacean, others attractors are known to attract fish although they look like nothing in nature. 

Flies can be made either to float or sink, and range in size from a few millimeters to 30 cm long; most are between 1 and 5 cm.

Artificial flies are made by fastening hair, fur, feathers, or other materials, both natural and synthetic, onto a hook. 

The first flies were tied with natural materials, but synthetic materials are now popular and prevalent. 

Flies are tied in sizes, colors and patterns to match local terrestrial and aquatic insects, baitfish, or other prey attractive to the target fish species.  And they are available in midge, almost flea size to enormous streamers in salt water.


TOOLS AND DO IT YOURSELF TOOLS ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES

WHATS HAPPENING

THE BENCH

FIRST VICES FROM JUNK

PARTS AND D-I-Y GADGETS

THE MOTHER DUBBER

UPGRADES

REGULAR FLY TYING

ANCIENT REELS REBUILT

BASS FISHING

WHATS MY LINE