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                                                         P E N N S Y L V A N I A           ANGLER                                                              AUGUS*

                               PLUGGING FOR PICKEREL
                               Artificials G o O v e r Big with this Streamlined Scrapper
                                                               By ALEX P. SWEIGERT
 V ^ / M I E N it comes to trying to figure out        water style of battle, the stream pickerel strikes           relative to habits and tendencies of the i"
  " v moods of a game fish, this humble scribe         with a rush and, upon feeling the hook, lunges               may be in order. In common with other m<"?
confesses that the chain pickerel makes him            from the water in a maddened, head-shaking                   bers of the pike family, the Eastern cW*
feel more of a dub with each successive season.        leap, a maneuvre that may be repeated five or                pickerel forages chiefly on other fish, vary'11^
About the only thing really definite that we've       six times before it is finally creeled. T h a t it is         this diet occasionally with amphibians sB
been able to establish is the fact that game          every inch a game (ish of the first water, pack-             as the frog and natural food washed into ' '
qualities of this native game fish vary radically     ingintoits streamlined, lithe form dynamic energy            stream, such as the worm. In the main, h 0 *j
in different waters. The pond pickerel in the         is a fact readily accepted by the angler who                 ever, a checkup on the contents of p ' c l c e r
northeastern corner of (lie state, for instance,      has taken a stream pickerel over 18 inches in                stomachs during the past five years has "J
have been found to display few of the vicious         length.                                                      vealed t h a t minnows constitute the buft
fighting tendencies which characterize the               Before entering into a discussion of hires                its forage. Sunfish, too, were found very , r ^
stream pickerel of the central counties. In           and methods which prove most productive for                  quently while young suckers and stone p 8
contrast to the pond pickerel's twisting, under-      the bail, caster in taking pickerel, a few comments          fish occasionally also entered its diet. SJ&
                                                                                                                  much of this type of forage occurs in the shall 0 .
                                                                                                                  of streams, pickerel are notably frequenter?
                                                                                                                  shallow, weedy areas in wuters where they ciif-
                                                                                                                  a fact to bear in mind when casting for the"
                                                                                                                      This game fish is the lurking type of ki» '
                                                                                                                  blending amazingly well with the a < l l i a i v
                                                                                                                  vegetation in which it awaits its prey. Extreme j
                                                                                                                  swift in its strike, it possesses long jaws a r "". 0
                                                                                                                  with sharp fangs curving inward and hae*
                                                                                                                  better assist it in holding its victim. Occasion* J
                                                                                                                 we have seen pickerel cruising about on s_"a ,..,
                                                                                                                 flats and subsequent skipping of minn°
                                                                                                                 would indicate that the fish change their ni"
                                                                                                                 of hunting now and then. Almost w/ t "° g S
                                                                                                                 exception, when this cruising occurred. '* ,.
                                                                                                                 found that pickerel were striking well at ca»
                                                                                                                 ing lures.                                         . ,(,
                                                                                                                     A frequent question that comes up reIa *Lg
                                                                                                                 to pickerel fishing concerns those periods ^Zg
                                                                                                                 the open season for this fish when good n s l " [j
                                                                                                                 is to be anticipated. While there is no v&,
                                                                                                                and fast rule to follow in this respect, P ft |,P
                                                                                                                 being as unpredictable as they are, it i n a ! r .|,f
                                                                                                                said that good sport should be had during
                                                                                                                first three weeks of July, with a sharp t a p ^
                                                                                                                oil' during the so-called "dog days" °* ' r
                                                                                                                July and August, and a pickup in Septe mbf'
                                                                                                                October and November. This fish may g en . fl?
                                                                                                                ally be counted upon to develop sore jaws dur
                                                                                                                the peak of the summer heat, its fangs be'' 0
                                                                                                                ing quite loose. Cooler nights of early autu
                                                                                                                bring a resumption of its usual voracious
                                                                                                               gressiveness and by mid-autumn, when
                                                                                                               eggs in the female have developed rapid'?
                                                                                                               early spring spawning, pickerel sometime 8
                                                                                                               on extended striking sprees.                       ., e j
                                                                                                                     A subject that has long intrigued the w J g B
                                                                                                               concerns a feeding tendency that l ' a s , . •„£
                                                                                                               observed with a big pickerel. Persistent flsB'
                                                                                                               in flats (where hefty pickerel over the 20 • .
                                                                                                               mark were known to be) was rewarded j* gf
                                                                                                               few, if any, strikes from the fish for a wee t
                                                                                                               longer. Then suddenly, for no apparent r e a ~ ^ (
                                                                                                               those same fish would go on a feeding ramP 1 1 ^
                                                                                                               making heavy inroads on forage fishes ._.
                                                                                                              smashing viciously at spoons or plugs- • J<
                                                                                                              lapse in foraging activity for prolonged P'"!"1 fl.l
                                                                                                              tends to create the impression that adult pl°f „
                                                                                                              gorge themselves, then snake-like, Ife ". ,j-
                                                                                                              favored retreat until the food is finally asS ^|1
                                                                                                              lated before again staging a feeding foray- '
                                                                                                              theory, of course, but if this tendency               ,
                                                                                                              exist it would serve to explain in part, at          .^
                                                                                                              the difficulty during peak summer montj«'
                                                                                                              luring big pickerel to strike at our casting " ^
                                                                                                                   Consistent fishing in streams where
      Tooth-lined jaws and tongue of a pickerel are constructed to seize and hold smaller fish.               pickerel occur will generally lead to a know
                          Their speed makes the pursuit relatively easy.                                      of haunts favored by hefty fish. While it l B
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                                                                               Pickerel in ponds such as this are usually underwater fighters, whereas stream pickerel
                                                                                                              usually jump a great deal.
    c    * pickerel and 17" bass caught in Penns
      ^'eek on light weight lures by Alex Sweigart.
be „ . .                                                              ness or murkiness of the water undoubtedly              a lurking pickerel that brings the strike. For
•,(•, ai( J that certain Hals arc frequented year                     are factors tying into this situation. On the           this reason alone, when fishing open water, we
(q ,.r Year above all others by long, heavy-                          credit side of the ledger for autumn pickerel           like to impart considerable speed to the re-
ffr ' e< ' a t ''ilts, these lish may on occasion move                fishing is the fact t h a t these fish may be usually   trieve of the lure. In very weedy stretches, on
of * flat to flat. Without doubt, the presence                        counted upon for increased activity under               the other hand, it has generally worked belter
Uio n ^ i n d a n t supply of forage fishes such as                   lower water temperatures, plus the additional           for us to cut to half speed the retrieve of the
fiir,. " u " " o w , mav often be counted upon as a                   factors of jaws no longer sore as in midsummer          wcedless spoon.
              suggestive that big pickerel are lurking                and increased voracity due to ripening of the eggs
      the' ;immediate vicinity. Heavy weed beds                       in the female pickerel which spawn in early spring.                       Cood Lures
0|s '"ore sluggish water areas in a stream are                           Finally, there is the subject of speed in re-          Fishing customs or habits established through
Pick ^°°d s 'gns to be observed. The inveterate                       trieve of the lure. We've always had the im-            the years are hard to shake. We acquire certain
iud f fisherman is often able at a glance to                          pression that pickerel, in hitting a spoon, strike      ideas relative to the best lures for a particular
      fe e
Cc)v ' the possibilities of a flat. Other tell-tale                   more at the flash than anything else. In other          species of game fish and tenaciously cling to
re ' that has frequently produced excellent                           words, the glint of a narrow silver spoon as            them uujlil literally an avalanche of strikes on
Hi,,                    °'d fallen trees and submerged                it passes through the water is strongly suggestive      lures of another type cause us to revise our
l)(! P > while lily pad pockets should never                          of a darting silver shiner and we hazard the            former opinion.
     A aissed by without a thorough trial.                            guess that it is this momentary impression on                        (Continued on Page i!i)
de "gressive though it is in its feeding ten-
^ ll! s, a big pickerel may be definitely termed
"•rid. y fish, keenly sensitive to commotion
fre ""Usual disturbance in water sections it
is c , p n t s - On that basis alone, careful fishing
«bo               ' o r a l K ' t n e ' e s s splashing and fussing
on ut> the belter. When these hefty fish are
Hi?i definite feeding spree, the abandon with
v,,r          they follow and strike a t artificials is
a|r(!', "'ten a misleading clue, for, as we have
       a( y
tee ,. Pointed out, such (lurries of activity
in K n °* "rief duration and widely separated
tliQ",U.e- This being the case, it is well to regard
Uriel "^ °'1!»in pickerel as purely unpredictable
. ^ e «ert ..-
         evA„+                   i-           • n i •   c  :»     ~
»or "lull            as m uch care in fishing for it as we
               y would lavisli on a streamwisc trout
    NfSey smalhnouth bass.
°fte ^ W e c o ' n e to the-time of day that may
I'fjji JJe counted upon for action from pickerel.
ver a"1.V because we have had our best luck in
H||,' e a rly morning, particularly during mid-
l'ir .,'!-r> We have always associated good fishing
               s 8
in M " Peoies with mist rising from the water
(i^g~"*l „°rief period between daybreak and sun-
H„t After the water has been chilled in early
                •                strikes have occurred u ™
«b, 1ft •many s m u c o n a v e u u u u i . c u from
    °Ut                     y
It j ' " in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.
 1tii       *'e stressed here, however, t h a t while
e.w ' " fishing for pickerel very often yields
°f u• l0r>al action, there is a certain amount
tejjj ° r -miss in connection with it. Stream
           ures, levels, moon periods and clear-                                                 Young pickerel are beautifully streamlined gamesters.
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    UJ(TH CORO TO H O L D                    EVEN                   UNEVEN
        WHILE  O&YfNG

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                                                       UJ(TH   RAZOR     AFTER
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                               BUGS TO YOU, MR. BASS
*•» Invitation to August Thrills: Angle for the Bronze-Backs W i t h Surface Lures of Cork, Hair, or
                   Plastics and Confine Your Efforts to the Shallow Flats of Creeks
                                                              By DICK FORTNEY
  V Y M T E R S of the creek t h a t I could not see                       W h e r e a n d How                                  Bug Fishing Tackle
I          but which pressed against my booted             Shallow flats and rocky shore lines of bass              Bassbug fishing requires a certain type of
   8s ; n t n e darkness exploded with a fury and       creeks are the ideal spots for bassbug fishing.         tackle.
J?? Water spraying into the air. The nine-foot          The reason is simple. Bass t h a t hide in the              Bass strike the bug with a fury that will
0.       trembled in my hand with the first surge       deep holes during the day—to escape heat and            startle the novice. Bassburg hooks usually
w "ghting power.          The reel click screeched a    to avoid fishermen and natural enemies—                 imbed themselves in the lip or tongue of the
   at                                                   emerge into the shallows and along the shore            fish, hence it is free to use all its power in its
       ning that line was being ripped off the
  P o1
    ° yard by yard.                                     lines in the late day and evening and search for        battle for liberty. Certain types of bassbugs
    The bass swam well down the pool                    food. They know that floating insects are more          become water-logged, and while this does not
      °re pressure halted its first head-long rush,     easily captured in shallow water, and also t h a t      reduce their effectiveness it does obviously
           turned and as steadily drove through the     the bushes and rocks which line the shores fre-         make them heavier to handle. And it is necessary
fQ er toward the head of the pool. Again the
                                                        quently drop luscious food into the water.              to cast the lure long distances easily.
t " checked the run, and the fish changed its              The variety of action imparted to the bassbug,           The obvious answer to these problems lies
^ jtics to swim in a wide circle around and             in the second place, is almost limitless. Some-         in the tackle—a rod with stiff action and plenty
      Ur                                                times a violent popping or jerking of the lure
         <d me, back into the shallows between                                                                  of guts; a line that is well greased so that it
    ^Position and the creek bank.                       is necessary. Other times the twitching must            does not drag down the floating lure—for bass-
  • laere, in less than a foot of water, the final      be as gentle as possible. At times the lure is          bug angling is surface action—and a leader t h a t
c i(ls of the struggle took place, and as my two
                                                        cast and allowed to lie motionless on the sur-          can take a lot of strain.
c ^ Panions walked up to see what all the
                                                        face, floating with the current no matter how               Yet, while sturdiness is vital, weight should
     '"motion was about, a fine fat bass was slid       slowly it moves. Or the bassbug may be danced           be avoided, for the bug fisherman does a lot of
     T°n the beach.
                                                        across a fairly deep riffle or cast and retrieved       casting in the course of a couple of hours, and
 ; the bass was 16 inches in length and weighed         in a slow, steady motion t h a t just keeps it          a heavy rod will quickly tire the wrist.
x .,
           one ounce short of three pounds—but          moving across the water.                                     My own outfit may illustrate the point better.
 f l a t delighted me more than its size was the            The more ways an angler can impart motion                The rod is eight and a half feet long, with
    ct                                                   and action to the lure, the better he is off, for
          that it was the first big bass I ever had                                                              dry fly action, and of course made of bamboo.
     Hfht on a bassbug.                                 frequently three or four methods have to be             For bugging I use a D level line, painstakingly
v        hat incident took place just about three       tried before the one t h a t will produce is found.     greased before the fishing begins. My favorite
jj 9 r s ago this month, and ever since t h a t time        I like to begin using bassbugs about the time       leaders are of nylon of six pounds test. With
J'Ssbug fisfiing fias D e e n one of my favorite         the sun sets and to keep at it as long as I can         this tackle I can fish for hours without getting
^ ° r ts. August has proved the ideal month,            stay on the stream. Others have found t h a t            a sore wrist, and at the same time I can be
^          as experience has taught me much—but          the bassbug is effective any time during the day,       sure that, with proper handling, I can keep the
   l                                                     but my advice is not to place too much hope             outfit together while playing the size of bass
 f » left
 th."1 " a 8Sing—I havelearn to keep my interest
              me plenty to become convinced t h a t      in day bugging unless you are consistently              t h a t are to be found in the creeks of Pennsyl-
 hj6 , a n §l e r who does not include the bassbug in    able to cast a lure 60 to 80 feet with a fine           vania.
 ciK kit of lures is missing one of the most ex-
                                                         leader and have developed the art of fishing a              Incidentally, I have found that an automatic
  'ti n                                                  pool with scarcely any perceptible disturbance.         reel is of tremendous help in bug fishing. T h a t
          6 phases of fishing.
                                                            The point of fishing the shallows cannot be          is because the automatic more easily keeps the
              W h y B a s s b u g s Are Good             over-emphasized. Perhaps you will remember              line under control, which is an essential for
   ^assbugs are good lures, fundamentally, be-           it more forcibly if I tell you what happened to         successful fishing as dusk deepens into full
  9U;S e
   " they imitate the large and juicy insects—           a friend of mine named Clair on a creek near            darkness.
«1, S0
,,,,'. -calIed flying helgramite for example-            Williamsport one night.
lat'0*1 w ' n § o v e r the creeks of Pennsylvania in       It was .luly, one of the hottest nights of the                     T a k i n g No C h a n c e s
   ^summer.                                              summer, and Clair was moving up through a                 Every item of the tackle, finally, must be
 el u y a r e S°°d lures, also, because big bass         shallow pool toward a riffle at the head. To           in perfect condition. A leader carelessly knotted
«sn • i n s e c t s as food and because they are         keep line out, he kept casting his lure ahead of       to the bassbug is an invitation to anguish.
fejjec'ally effective after sunset, when the big         him but dropping it to one side of the stream             I'll never forget one evening when a fish of
t e ' l * 8 come out of hiding to feed in the pro-       so t h a t it would not put down any bass ahead.       tremendous weight took a bassbug for me at
„ "on of gathering darkness and, in fact, well              On one side cast he thought at first t h a t he     one side of a deep swimming hole. Slack line
    r u                                                  had snagged the bassbug in a bush or perhaps           became tangled in some unexplainable manner
     ^ 8h the night.
tjj l l e y are popular lures, besides, because          on a rock. But when his rod began whipping             around a large signet ring on a finger of my left
    *V are one more fine substitute for live bait,       and his line slipped out of his fingers, he realized   hand, and the fish exerted such pressure t h a t
if ^ n d the angler who knows how to use them,           he had dropped the lure near a feeding fish.           in the darkness my fumbling fingers were unable
      Ur                                                                                                        to free the silk.
Co        ther arguments are needed, quickly dis-           Clair fought quite a battle there in the dark-
S p e r s t h a t they pave the way for exciting         ness—and finally scooped up in his landing net            In a matter of seconds there was a tremen-
tL n in what often is the very hottest part of            a brown trout nearly 20 inches long. Later he         dous surge, and the fish was free. Ruefully I
    Rummer.                                               checked on the spot and discovered, to his amaze-     looked over my tackle. A curled leader end was
9ti i ^ a r e e a s y to understand and use. And any      ment, t h a t the big trout had taken the lure in     evidence that I had not done a good job in
Vrii| r w h o has become proficient with them             about eight inches of water not more than a           tying the bassbug to the gut. The knot had
          gree with me that they produce fish.            couple of yards from the shore of the stream.                       (Continued on Page 16)
 »                                                            P E N N S Y L V A N I A           ANGLER                                                            AUGUS T

                              WALLOWING WALLEYES
                                                                      By N. R. CASILLO
                                                                                                                     the sting of the hook their efforts are re-douWe ,
 SOforLONG asfishermen to catch, then,a we will
               there are fishermen and fish left             borne for so long. But it was not enough to offset
                                                              the insidious damage already inflicted by the             Burr's fish was hooked the instant it grabb e
   always have those selfsame fishermen getting              other.                                                  the bait. Therefore action was rife from the ve»
   up in the middle of the night so as to be on the               At the three mile mark, Jay turned to me with      start; the fish dragging bait and line to a C
   fishing grounds at daybreak or before. This, in            a sickly grin and remarked t h a t I looked kind       siderable depth before yielding to the pressUf
   order "to inveigle t h a t fish into hooking itself       of green.                                               of the rod. But, from that point on until he **
   when and if it starts its activities, we'll say, in            I swallowed hard and said: "You don't look         forcibly pumped to the surface, there was h".
   the vicinity of 9 A.M. Usually, by that late hour         so hot either."                                         action. When the bright sunlight filtered throng
   most of the fishermen with whom I have fished                  With t h a t Jay twisted his face into an ex-      its queer opalescent eyes it was a different s t ° r ^j
   are once again snoring lustily in the arms of             pression of agony similar to that of Laocoon and        the fish seemingly gathered its strength a °
   Morpheus just as if their normal slumber had              gently stroked his stomach. He wasn't fooling           made a mighty effort to plunge under the boa ,
   not been interrupted by a motor trip of a hundred         either. I t was enough to cause my cup to run           Burr, however, was ready for it so that the *r-
   or more miles.                                            over.                                                   for freedom was unavailing. The quarry f
      Anyway, that's what would have happened                     "Let's turn back," I suddenly demanded.            quickly netted and expended ,its remain1™
   when we (Bill, Burr, Jay and I), decided upon                 "Turn back?" Bill interrogated, "why, we           strength pounding the boat bottom. It weigbe
  inaugurating the opening of the wall-eyed pike             haven't started fishing yet," he added indignantly.     an even five pounds.
   (salmon), season on Lake Erie if things had                    "Well, we might do better nearer shore at             "That's not bad," giggled the lucky fisherU^
   taken their usual course.                                 t h a t , " Burr feebly piped.                          surveying his prize.                                  ,.
      We pre-arranged everything. Our date for the               While this conversation ensued, Bill had               " N o t b a d ? " roared Bill. "Why, you positive"
  rental of the boat from Charley's up a t Northeast         brought the boat about into a sickening arc with        reek with luck."
  was confirmed; we corralled an abundance of                the motor racing at high speed. The graceful               "Luck nothing," was the comeback. And tD ;
  worms and soft craws. The hooks on all of our             curve of the white wake only intensified t h a t        as you doubtlessly have guessed, was the start
  artificials were carefully straightened and sharp-        hollow-full feeling in the region of my solar           an argument.                                          ,
  ened. Charley even promised to have a nice                plexus.                                                     Jay was the next one to connect. His ' lS '
  batch of minnies in readiness. Our respective                                                                                                                        n0
                                                                 A queer expression depicting several mixed         weighing only three pounds furnished even ' ,
  states of mind when we left New Castle could be           feelings suddenly bespread Bill's face. He swal-        excitement than Burr's. This because it i° t
  described as boisterously hopeful.                        lowed once, twice—and then the queer look               the line on the propeller shaft. In a flurry
      We were still hopeful when we arrived a t             changed to one of utter amazement when the              exciting action, Jay boated his fish with the l° n *
  Northeast, but not nearly as boisterous. The              realization of what had happened to him struck          handled landing net t h a t Burr doggedly broug'
  total lack of sleep is not good for any man and           home.                                                   along despite the barrage of kidding that
  we were no exceptions.                                         "Say do you fellows feel funny—you know,           elicited.
      The beach in front of Charley's boat livery was       kinda sickish?"                                             Bill then hooked a small bass (a little bet#*
  crowded by a mass of teeming humanity; men,                    I groaned and Jay groaned with me. Burr            than legal length), in some thirty feet of vvate •
  women and children all waiting for boats or               cleared his throat with t h a t funny little cough of   After the doughty warrior had dragged the co*
  getting them loaded preparatory to going out on           his. Bill threw the throttle wide open and we           paratively heavy bait to the surface, he still h a
  the lake's heaving bosom.                                 roared for terra firma. Enroute I envisioned            left enough energy for a leap. Indeed, he e v e
     I t was a grand June day, with the sun coming          such doughty sailors as Columbus, the Ancient           succeeded in extracting a metallic tingle or t« ^
  up in all of its refulgent glory and all t h a t sort     Mariner, and Popeye. But it availed me naught.          from the shiny bait as he furiously shook it.
  of stuff. But, still, the bosom of t h a t unruffled      I became deathly sick long before we reached            appreciative angler carefully snipped the sp 0 ? e
 green expanse which we knew stretched clear to             land. And you know what t h a t usually does to         from the deeply embedded hook with a *j
  Canadian frontiers, was heaving a bit too heavily         the rest of those who are hovering on the border-       cutter and gave the little gamester his ' r e
 to suit my status quo.                                    line.                                                    d0m
                                                                                                                            '                                   .     tcb
     In due time we shoved off in a sizeable boat               Twenty minutes on the hard beach and a cup
                                                                                                                         For a considerable period after Bill's c •.
 propelled by Burr's outboard. Our destination             or two of coffee apiece caused us to feel more or                                                        aI1
                                                                                                                     there was a welcome respite, for nearly all h
 was the "boiler," the remains of a wrecked lake           less seaworthy once again. In the interim we
                                                                                                                     either dozed or soundly slept during the lull by
 steamboat located some two miles down the lake            saw dozens of anglers coming in with strings t h a t          At last I was shocked from sound slumber
 and about three or four hundred yards off shore.          caused us no end of amazement and no little envy.         a loud yowl. It was Burr. He had hooked anotb«j
     Upon our arrival there the boat was made fast         Most of their catches were fine, heavy walleyes           fish and after rubbing the sleep from my ey eS
 to the heavy boiler plate which just cleared the          liberally sprinkled with some nice bass.                  observed he was in the throes of combat.        . J
 water, and then we pulled out our rods. I ob-                  We sallied forth again, this time headed for             Bill stretched himself yawned and inq u i r e
 served t h a t enthusiasm was markedly subdued.           the area where there appeared to be the greatest          about the "unseeming disturbance."                 ,0
 In fact, it was so low t h a t I suspected at least       concentration of fishermen. Once in their midst               " I t ' s Burr. He's gone and hooked himself
 two of my recently gay companions as feeling              we did as they did, i. e. bait a June bug spinner         another seahorse," accommodated Jay.                j
 about the way t h a t I did. Indeed, Jay looked a         with either a worm or minnow, let 'er down and                "Seahorse is right," Burr yelped. "Loo*
 bit pale about the regions of the operculums.             then drift shoreward with the slight wind t h a t         t h a t baby pull."                                „
     "Wayne Sines never fails to catch bass here,"         had come up. Moreover, the wind effectively                   After two or three more lunges into " e ,
 announced Bill as he plunked a soft craw into             flattened t h a t sickening swell into myriad choppy      water, the walleye gave up the ghost. I t weig'
 the water.                                                wavelets.                                                 four pounds.
     No one commented on Bill's remark, we just                 Scarcely ten minutes after the inauguration of           The catches of walleyes made t h a t day **£
 looked at each other rather owlishly and went            our new tactics Burr suddenly sat up and ten-             really amazing. Practically every boat w e * e
 about the business of baiting the hooks.                 tatively grasped his line.                                 countered had strings of big, husky fish. "
     There wasn't a word spoken for nearly thirty               "Shucks, I'm snagged," he said after giving it      quartet had caught a total of sixteen. Furth e
minutes, the minutes slipping by as we fished on          an investigative jerk.                                    more, Charley told us t h a t good catches a °
 and on without J.he remotest sign indicating that             J a y grabbed the oars and brought the boat          made nearly anytime the lake is calm enough
any of us would ever tangle with a fish. Yet,             about. Burr busied himself in an attempt to               a small boat to navigate with safety.
there were no complaints. Queer.                          retrieve his rigging.                                          Incidentally, an offshore wind is tolerab •
     At last Jay suggested t h a t we do something.             "Wait a minute, wait a minute," Burr ex-            Don't venture out when a brisk wind is beating
     "Okay," said Bill, "we might as well get out         citedly reiterated, " I don't think it's a snag."         off the lake. It's not like fishing the well-P r J
where those walleyes are. Are you fellows ready?"         The next instant he was nearly yanked overboard.          tected bay a t Erie. The shoreline near Northers
he asked surveying us. We had reeled in our                    Those of you who have hooked large walleyes          is exposed completely to the full sweep of *
lines and were ready. There wasn't a single               know the maneuvers they employ. Their one                 wind.
dissenter in the enter quartet. Queer.                    desire seems to be to get back to dimly lighted               If you are a barometer fisherman make arrang
    The forward motion of the craft was welcome           haunts in some deep hole as soon as they grab             ments the night before for a boat and be sure
relief from the gentle, vertical one that we had          the bait in their toothy jaws. When they feel                                (Continued on Page 20)
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                                                                                                                    free stone streams are vastly different. Moun-
                                                                                                                    tain streams and valley streams; slow and fast

                  SOMETHING NEW                                                                                     waters; deep and shallow; and many other
                                                                                                                    types all call for methods suitable to each local
                                           By FRED EVERETT                                                             The quickest and best method of learning
                                                                                                                    how to fish each type of water is to contact the
                                             Illustrated by the Author                                              natives who fish it. There are always a certain
                                                                                                                    number of "experts" who, over a period of
JJJjEftY once in a while, in every fisherman's                the fact that I have spent more time on the           years, have discovered the most dependable
t,j,'fe, there comes a time when he's a t a loss              limestone streams of Pennsylvania.           While    lures and how to handle them. These local
ot n°W what to do. He's stumped or licked,                    these periods occur much too often in all heavily     experts can consistently take fish from their
           er vou want to call it. He just can't              fished waters, the worst of all places I have         own waters. So could you, using their technique.
                                                              found are those limestone streams. If you                Invariably you will be told t h a t these methods
  •>P Put it mildly, it's maddening,                          think you're pretty hot on trout, if your hat is      are the only way to catch fish in those waters.
ik "ere are many situations that arise to give                too tight and your vest buttons are under a           So thoroughly is this believed t h a t other methods
H that hopeless feeling. Some days the fish
  -                                                           strain across the chest, go to those streams.         or lures are almost never tried. So, when the
Hj.?' active and it seems useless to bother                   One day there and you will not only be back to        feeding fish refuse to respond to these "only
IU them. But there are also days when the                     normal, you will have shrunk below par.               methods," it is claimed that one of the im-
} ? r e U P feeding, jumping all over the place,
 w                                                               Most of my experimenting during the last           possible periods is on, the fish can't be taken.
k ' ' s e ems impossible to make one look at                  four seasons has been on trout, while expe-              That's the time to experiment!
' ?lure.                                                      riences of some of my friends with bass seem to          The first time I fished in Boiling Springs, not
% ° a ' t know of anything t h a t gets under my              uphold my own results. While the total results        far from Harrisburg, Pa., I was given a great
t^ OiOre deeply or that makes me mad enough                   are not conclusive (they never are in fishing,        deal of friendly, helpful advice on how to fish
o j j ^ u d mere hours on just one fish, simply               thank heaven) they seem to point a way to go.         this unusual spot. I t seems t h a t all trout, as
t ^ s e d with the determination to take it, than                "Now is the time for all good men and true         soon as they are stocked in this huge spring,
lli* av e a real big one feed freely, ignoring my             to come to the aid of . . . " their fellow anglers.   undergo a mysterious change in their nature
W 6 V e n t a k i n g food within inches of it, yet           In making known some of my experiments and            and take on a new character so that they can
    , a r ently unaware of my offerings.                      conclusions, I do so with the hope that others        be taken only by extra long, fine leaders and
W , ? n e of my friends once said, I can stand                will experiment also, so that a wider field may       very tiny wet flies, sizes 16, 18 or 20, fished deep
r,j' hing b u t indifference. Especially when a               be covered. Then, if they will make known             and slow—very slow.
lt> hig Q]^ t r o u t i s providing the indifference.         their results, we all may learn from them and            Possibly I am a skeptic, because I rarely
Ij[., 'Sore of an insult, however, when even the              together get a clearer understanding of what to       accept as gospel truth what I'm told about
tliee ? e N° w s do it. We can alibi ourselves with           do about those "impossible" periods.                  fishing. I want first to put it to the test, to
|L *'Sdom of the crafty old veterans b u t with                  No doubt many have gone much farther than          prove myself how much t r u t h there is to it.
               y usn                                                                                                One big reason is the fact t h a t I believe fish
I'rii                   there "just ain't no excuse."         I along these lines but since their results have
   j , , e takes an awful tumble.                             not been made public, we know nothing of              have basically the same characteristics no
to., > what I'd like to know, and I'll bet my                 the experiments or their results.                     matter what waters they may be in, just as
m 0lU dollar you would, too, is what to do                       I t is well established that every section,        the human race is basically the same the world
H0 Uc h times? Is there something t h a t would               every stream, even different parts of the same        over. Local conditions may affect outward
             r should we pack up and go home?                 stream, offers new conditions and new methods         characteristics, b u t not their fundamental
   Th, e a r e those who claim it's impossible
'oi i                                                         for fishing. The Upper or Small Beaverkill and        nature.
too e such fish, t h a t they are feeding on insects          the Lower or Big Beaverkill need entirely different      Acting on this belief, I have, over a period of
III!J^all for us to imitate, or some other of a               approaches. The limestone streams and the             years, used two lures, one on the surface, the
%                different reasons. Then there are
*6 i? M , n o believe these fish could be taken if
1th t ' l e r ' S h t thing. Most of the time I'm
fievf tatter group—at least I am right now. By
Sty year I may have changed my ideas and
   j g over to the other viewpoint.
tyL r the present, I'm willing to confess that
c ^ " I can't take those feeding fish it's be-
lt's * * don't know enough to do it—not t h a t
11 t? 1 * )oss >M e - Naturally t h a t seems to put
it ] , r e s t of you in the same class, wherewith
   j?°*s as though I am leading with my chin.
Ii|(e ? y e v e r . I wouldn't lay myself wide open
          latif I didnthavesomefactstobackmy
^ear^" ^ n ' s Problem has been on my mind for
'ess-8 a n d o f ' a t e I have welcomed the "hope-
to Periods because they offer a fine opportunity
   ^ P e r i m e n t and try out various theories.
^ t i T r e s t | l t s have not been so very startling
W         because, so I believe, I do not at present
Snc e n ough to make them so. Yet they have
t'mueetled to such an extent t h a t I have hope of
to e s u ccess. And they have been good enough
"lev                   believe that, when fish are feeding,
'lav C<ln ^e laken> no matter how impossible it
'titt'f 8 * notice t h a t I say "when fish are feed-
th6Y When they are not visibly feeding so t h a t
\ v n L m a y be definitely located, there is doubt
liot e r or not one is actually casting over fish.
^CP VV*len they are active, usually on the sur-
*T}j ' \here can be no question on t h a t score,
it is ' 'f you can't raise the fish, you can be sure
**eC(Jeally high-hatting you. Or, to p u t it more
   Q f a t e ly, "You ain't got what it takes."
hop - r e cent years it seems to me t h a t these
<*!)(} „Ss Periods are becoming more frequent
       °f longer duration. Possibly this is due to
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 other under the surface, and taken all kinds of          him a lesson, believing at the same time I was        seemed impossible to take the fish although Z
 fish in all kinds of waters! Atlantic salmon and         in for an awful fall.                                 were breaking the surface by the hundreds- j
 trout in Nova Scotia; landlocked salmon and                  Since Charlie had been using small flies, I       place was heavily stocked with browns i
 trout in Maine; different kinds of bass, trout,          decided the first change needed was to big            rainbows, some a very good size, those I
 pike, chub, panfish and even shad in New York            flies. So I put on a spider and cast over a couple    averaging nearly 14 inches.                     , •$
 and Pennsylvania waters, all on the same lures           of rising fish. Nothing happened, so I called            As I usually do in new waters, I sat watd ^
 and the same sizes.                                      out "Lesson No. 1—don't use t h a t fly." An-         the fishing before trying my own hand at if- i
    With these experiences as a background, it            other spider and another failure for Lesson           few fish were taken that I wondered what «
 is no wonder t h a t I am skeptical about changes        number two.                                           happened to the sure-fire methods of my frie ^
 in a trout's nature simply because of the water             Then my son Edwin said t h a t three lessons       Since the tiny flies did not seem to wor* t,
 it is in. Not t h a t the local methods are not best     and I was out. With t h a t I decided on my one       well, I decided to use something differ ^
 most of the time. I think they are. B u t not all        favorite fly which I had used so successfully         Naturally I turned to my favorite
 the time. When they fail, it is for a very definite      in so many different waters, the Royal Coach-                                                under* 8 ',,
 reason.                                                  man Fanwing. I tied it on, pulled my long             lure and put it on. I had been told it won' ^t
    T h a t reason is based on the nature of the fish.    leader so the knot was free of the guides and         work, but to be contrary I wanted to see -
J u s t as you and I like a change in diet, so do         slapped it out onto the water, preparing to           myself. About t h a t time, my friend Lou j
 the fish. They get fed up on the same old thing          strip off line and cast.                              changed to using a big yellow maribou fly g,
 and at times look for something new. There-                 As the fly floated at my rod tip, not over 8       began dragging it through the water with
fore if we are to catch them, we've got to give           feet from me, Charlie spotted it and let out a        fast jerks.                                        A
 them something new. It is our ability to offer           yell knowing how much faith I have in the fly.          During the so-called "off" periods, we two ^
something new to these fish, during the off              As he did so there was a rising splash and the        trout consistently. Another friend, Don. *
periods, that will determine our success, and            fly was taken so hard by a brown trout that it        out his casting outfit, put on a pickerel sp
often the method of presentation is as im-               hooked itself. By the time I could tighten up         and was soon fast to the biggest trout ever s
 portant as what you offer. In order to uphold            on the line, the trout was fast.                     in those waters. So successful were we witn^ ()[
this viewpoint, let me give a few of my most                 Naturally, we laughed and kidded each             unusual lures, new to those fish, t h a t s0I ! ie .^
successful experiments while admitting, at the           other until we were weak, a t the same time           the local experts stopped fishing and went » ;
same time, t h a t I have attempted many others          wondering was it a freak of nature or what.           in disgust. They claimed we had no bus' ^
which did not prove as successful.                       Later Charlie tried his method again and raised       catching the fish and then putting them '' K
    The most recent one took place a few weeks           a fish which did not take. He then put on the            On Opening Day, (1941) I was deliberay
ago (late July) on the Yellow Breeches near              big fanwing and cast downstream over the fish.        experimenting in the same waters. I Pr0I"i'.1it
New Cumberland, Pa. My friend Charlie had                I t did not take, but as the fly began to drag,       Charlie I would not use my favorite lm'e M
spent a number of days at a run in which some            Charlie pulled it up over a spot where he had         would try out the regular flies. Each >e a r $
good trout had been rising consistently, yet he          tried for days to raise a big trout. Instantly        fishing had become tougher. Boats were n°\\xe
had failed to hook a one. Charlie is one of the          the trout struck hard. After a real battle, a         the spring, which covers two acres, and 9;
best local experts and handles the long, fine            brown of over 14 inches was landed.                   fish were warier than ever. They rose JuS,ejr
leaders and small flies better than anyone I know.           I had floated the same fly over this fish,        consistently, but the tiny flies had lost ,()
Yet, while the trout would make a pass at his            giving it a natural float and had not succeeded.      power so t h a t only an occasional trout c
offerings, none would take.                              B u t when the fly was dragged upstream the           be taken.                                         At
    M y young son and 1 had gone down to pick            trout had hit hard. So this experience gave              Believing that something new would               .
up a pointer puppy and Charlie told us his tale          evidence of two things; those trout wanted            these impossible fish, I started changing           p
of woe. Naturally, I kidded him about his                something new presented in a new way. I               Instead of 18's and 20's, I went to 10's. „
ability and in the end we set off together to            doubt if they had ever seen the fanwing be-           and 14's. The first one was a size 12, fa* ®\p
give the spot another try. Charlie refused to            fore—at least not to Charlie's knowledge.             chenille-bodied, buggly looking fly—more .
fish, saying he wanted me to try out my ideas                Let's go back to that first day I fished in       a nymph. On the first cast I took a fish. ^ ,.
because his had failed. Since we are friendly            Boiling Springs. The place was crowded with           casts later I took another after missing a n nJ
fellow-experimenters, I jokingly agreed to give          fly and bait fishermen. And most of the time it       ber of strikes. Charlie perked up his ears
                                                                                                               wanted to see the tly. After showing it *° ^
                                                                                                               I changed to another type, same size. ™?10[
                                                                                                               I took two fish and missed others. On ea cb
                                                                                                               five different patterns, I took at least two troU"
                                                                                                                the most being 6 on one fly.
                                                                                                                   During this time, not much over an               ,j
                                                                                                                my local friends, using the local technique, u(.
                                                                                                                between them caught only a couple of , pf
                                                                                                                Yet that same day in the evening, in s'j1 j S ,
                                                                                                                water, these friends, using their local met" 5
                                                                                                                took trout after trout while all my new j s
                                                                                                               couldn't produce a strike. Which to inegl)l
                                                                                                               proof that, while most of the time the t r „
                                                                                                               take their usual feed, there are periods *
                                                                                                               they want something new.                         , $
                                                                                                                   I had two other experiences this year a .^j,
                                                                                                               similar lines, one with dry flies, the other *>!* si»
                                                                                                               wets. Charlie had been using small dry Adaf   *•"'$
                                                                                                               flies and was going to town consistently , „t
                                                                                                               them on his favorite stream. He claimed               .
                                                                                                               t h a t was the only fly which would take t ' t
                                                                                                               fish and the smaller the fly, the better. I went ,
                                                                                                               with him, and, after reaching the pool, fle)ves.
                                                                                                               down to wait for the trout to show themse' |j
                                                                                                                   They did, b u t for some reason the sil. $
                                                                                                               Adams wouldn't work. I suggested chan?. f
                                                                                                               and put on a larger, dark Cahill, which C ' 8 ^
                                                                                                               thought was no good. Yet on the first cast ^
                                                                                                               trout hit hard and was brought to hand. * |C
                                                                                                               I decided to go berserk, so I picked out a c° ,fy
                                                                                                               of large wet flies, tied them to my long, fine ^
                                                                                                               fly leader and went upstream to fish &° M
                                                                                                               where a good fish had shown himself but wo*
                                                                                                               not look at our flies. I had a hunch it was ta:ilil«
                                                                                                                   It proved to be a bigger fish than I hadf,    lh"'
                                                                                                               pected, for when my sunken flies were P u
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                    A DUB LOOKS AT FLY FISHING
                                                                                         By BOB RUNK
TARE'S          something about these late winter                         depth will produce where even the beloved               It happened this way.
%„ ?Vs—perhaps the warm promise in an occa-                               streamers fail. Some of the more skillful mem-          For several years we had been thinking of
'J( „ day of bright sunshine, perhaps the sight                           bers of the fly casting gentry, however, can         fishing a certain stream in the Allegheny Plateau
\l S t r e a m running full of clean snow water—                          manage to take trout on the wet fly even under       about three hours' drive north of Pittsburgh.
% s t l r s up a fellow. Trout fever is in the                            the most adverse conditions.                         Each year it was the same story from the bait
                                                                             Once you have entered this grand sport of         fishermen, all fished out after the first four
%n ^ )a ' s w n 0 haven't seen each other more                            fly casting, you will find t h a t it has no end.    weeks of the season; the stream just wasn't
\ e ° n c e o r twice during the off season are                           You may become addicted to fads, but you will        what it used to be. Last June, however, in
trv '"Ore bosom companions, hatching up                                   rarely stick for long in a rut. For instance, you    spite of all the usual gloomy prognostications
HM.' drifting into tackle stores, steaming                                may prefer streamers this season because of a        three of us packed in a weekend's supply of
for,, d fly hackles, and rummaging in attics                              particularly successful day astream and fish         food and a tent and set off to see if the stream

    ft'-    ng neglected impedimenta of angling.
'% " many of them, however, are going to
                                                                          them to death before you realize t h a t there are
                                                                          other patterns in the box. Next June finds you
                                                                                                                               was as bad as it was reputed to be.
                                                                                                                                  Saturday night found us rolling into the
kt/ °e most of this new season? My guess is                               dragging enormous spider dry flies across cur-       beautiful wooded plateau. With our tent
HQJ. 0 l l gh, The vast majority will spend some                          rent until your buddy catches the big one t h a t    pitched beside the stream we spent a pleasant
«w *• make a few early season excursions, yes,                            you are working on with an insignificant bit         evening of anticipation in getting our equip-
tjjj °atch some trout. But in late May or                                 of a nymph tied on a number 20 hook. Perhaps         ment ready and leisurely eating an after-dark
*<itio • n e watch their enthusiasm gradually                             too you may take to overturning occasional           supper of Bill Bailey's fragrant bacon and eggs.
 W ' n ^ a v o r °f 6°lf o r gardening or just plain                      stones and carrying home nymphs in sample               A misty dawn lured me out clad in a rain-
Se                                                                        bottles to imitate on your fly tying vise.
  *Sn >?' ' That's because most of these "early                                                                                coat while my pals slept. As the first shafts of
^hiti trouters have never seriously tried fly                                Fly tying in the off season furnishes one with    sunlight speared through the forest the trout
                                                                          some of his most enjoyable moments in fishing.       felt just as good as I; they smacked an Edson
    it' s 8 ;
                                                                          It enables the angler to be with his sport all       Tiger streamer with complete abandon. In
\.. l 0 ° tough, too expensive, too highbrow!",
                                                                          year round. And, then too, there's fifty percent     twenty minutes three fat rainbows were crisping
Hat flS5y- And some even go so far as to say
                                                                          more fun in catching a nice trout on your own        in the frying pan and Mike Knold and Bill
5 ^ hes won't take trout, b u t they have never
                                                                          home tied pet Spent Wing Malay Fruit Bat.            Bailey were very much awake, just itching to
'II n 9 Sood fly man in action. Let's brush aside
                                                                          Furthermore, as the season wears on into low         get a t the business at hand.
*%,"e splendid ethical reasons for fly fishing—
           J ation of forage, ability to release hooked                   warm water your little box of home-tied crea-           Mid-morning found us two or three miles
                   minimum injury, to mention two-                        tions will enable you to slip away to the al-        above camp on a wild section of the stream,
         Put our argument on a basis t h a t anyone                       most deserted streams while your bait fishing        which at this point was small and crystal clear.
     V   n d e r s t a n d : FJ
                                 y Ashing is more fun. Fly                brother sits at home and prays for rain to           We had the stream to ourselves; evidently most
  dj 8 Pays/u/; season dividends in both pleasure                         "muddy up the Crick." Or maybe he has to             of the worm fishermen had given up with the
    Recess.                                                               struggle with a line and leader in inky blackness    advent of summer. For an hour we worked
              >ears ago I stood in a cold April drizzle                   full of mosquitoes droning like Stukas to the        hard, changing flies often, but no sign of a trout.
!hh>„_*atched a Yellow Breeches Maribou                                   attack while he enjoys a little night fishing.       Then suddenly as though a bell had rung
               g the white water and pockets below a                      Yes, that's an argument for fly fishing in any       "School's Out" the rainbows swung into action
              °ut dam on the lower Yellow Breeches                        man's language.                                      against our streamers, striking doggedly and
  acj j As the big brown backed streamer                                     Among the flies, newly tied and waiting for       repeatedly until they were hooked. Plump
  H ? a c r ° s s an eddy and into the edge of the                        the corning season, in my fly box there is a         and highly colored, they were splendid speci-
*^ ° raderingn the fast current a brown shape                             number fourteen Badger Bivisible dry fly. It calls   mens of medium sized rainbows.
^siv                it a d missed. Twice more on suc-                     back to memory an episode of the past year              After a siesta of two hours, enjoyed by both
\ « e C a s t s *he electrifying strike occurred and                      which serves to illustrate just how much more        fish and fishermen, these little scrappers came
faSt e f°urth cast a thirteen inch brownie was                            fullness there is in this form of fishing. The       back for more. This time the Badger Bivisible
to „ harlie Fox was the caster, and, needless                             Badger Bivisible goes to replace its battle          dry fly proved to be my ace. Bill took his on a
      Mat.                                                                scarred ancestor who suffered a broken hook          number fourteen Ginger Quill dry, and Mike
                          trout was
M i the trout was handled carefully and
                                                                          point on that memorable day.                                       (Continued on Page 21)
    •j. Q e dfo r further sport.
    ''in 0 l l e W n o had always been accustomed to
  ^n e **eeP with a worm this action packed
% n W a s a revelation. Could I try it, this
«ver , es s manipulation of more line t h a n I had
!e||0 r e a med of casting? Would this brown and
 oajt         Phantom dart across the currents and
fe<w ,A°se slashing rises for me? Charlie soon
    Hc* t o m e * h a t a hit of coaching and pa-
\ l ' Phis the ability to climb trees, was all
    t j ? s needed.
h^oli t ^ a r n s t ' ^ a " d u b . " My outfit would be
      fsla i declasse in the snooty clubs of New
     *'n          ^ 0 u r o u ' °f ^ l v e °f m y c a s * s either slap
r°Ugu ° the water like the China Clipper in a
S\[ ^ S e a °r drag with a wake like a swimming
    Wh°° se '    B u t w i t h a11 t h a t a f e w       unwar
S\ v       °        no doubt attracted by the unortho-
 1tJ Q?y that these feathered frauds act on the
f T ^ . dub's line, are lured to the hook.
 \              not an attempt to frown upon bait
S t frfj?' w h ° can be fully as skillful as the
v>,  ta^. "y fishermen, especially when it comes
      Nl^n a r g e hrown trout. Nor is it an attempt
,, Ml '
    %})[ % fishing as a panacea for all fishing
   '°Se fS.' .Worms still appeal to many of us for
to. r, gid, sub-arctic conditions such as were
 I "Clyy1 o n 0 P e n i n g day, 1940. Under such
       gs>. ! e s W e amateurs have a tough time and
           ten worm fished upstream to give greater
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                LEARN BAIT CASTING IN                                                                             A Sure Inexpensive Cure and Ininie'
                                                                                                               Relief from Itchings
                                                                                                               Editor, News Edition:                           f .ji
                     TEN MINUTES                                                                                  I have read your articles on this subject
                                                                                                               time to time and those of writers elsewhere- ,
                                           By DOC HOWE                                                            Having been victimized by that fiend, »%
                                                                                                               toxicodendron, at intervals, I have tried ?TM
                                                                                                               every recommended remedy, and always wit'
N OT instruction I believe you should be ready
      ten minutes? With about ten minutes                through backwards until you feel the pull of the
                                                         plug. Then bring the forearm back to the              same result—at least 10 days of blisters, it cl 8;
                                                                                                               and burning, with sleepless hours if exposure
 to start your career as a bait casting fisherman.      original position, twice as fast, with wrist follow-
 No kidding, it's as simple as eating huckleberry       ing through. Release the plug at }ird of the for-      bad enough.                                         J
 pie with a spoon.                                      ward cast—high—easy—no force. Let t h u m b               About this time last year I decided to mix e y,-
    The toughest hunk of the whole job of bait          gently ride the revolving line or spool as the plug    volumes of strong water of ammonia and al>s,
 casting is proper equipment. If I were a beginner      pulls the line out, and just before the plug drops     ethyl alcohol as a possible curative applic a t ; «f[
 with no experience, I would buy one of Tony            on the target—stop the spool with your t h u m b .        Relief from the itching was immediate. ^ -£ j
 Accetta's balanced outfits for 12-14 bucks or             Try the count 1-2-3-4: Back Easy on 1-2.            curing a number of victims without failures |
 whatever it is. Not t h a t there aren't hundreds      Forward on 3. Follow through with wrist on 4.          in the case of bad blisters, I decided that the j
 of good and maybe better combinations, but this        Endeavor to make the cast smooth, effortless, no       curative agent was the ethyl alcohol. Either „
 combination will work right now. The hardest           force, and practically continuous.                     adults or children, itching stops at once an
 part of learning to cast has been done for you by-        Get a practice plug with no hooks and try the       cure of the broken blistered skin is rapid-       -^
 Tony. There's plenty of time to get finicky over       cast in the alley. Practice ten minutes to see            The first symptoms of a bad attack are b u J
 tackle after you've got the fish under your belt.      what it's all about and then . . . go fishing.         and itching. Blistering starts later. If the a' J
                                                           Here are some more opinions, formed after           is promptly applied the itching stops at
    Where I now differ with most casters is in the
                                                        owning and using hundreds each of lines, rods and      no blisters appear. The "demon of the *° -p
 style of casting. In teaching beginners, all the
                                                        reels; my personal preference in lines, is a 12j^      no longer seems so terrible now that such a c
 "floating casts" and "letting the rod do the
                                                        pound test nylon. I have given them rough              and simple remedy is available.                 , ,-fl
 work," are out with rne, except perhaps to show
 off with.                                              workouts in salt water, putting 76 actual hours           Some victims swell up after exposure; 1 ^
                                                        on one, and another t h a t was reeled Jan. 1, 1940,   not had an opportunity to treat any such- .(p
    The rule generally taught is: Back fast—
                                                        is still going strong at 4J^ months. With the          much interested to get reports from your re
 forward twice as fast. I'm tellin' yuh—that's
                                                        lighter sizes I loose plugs and the heavier sizes      who try alcohol for this fire from the " o 0 j9y:
 tough to learn in a short space of time. To be an
 expert at it you've got to practice and practice.      now seem like clothes lines.                              Obviously when one goes on a several             ^
 If you are like I am and get jitters in public, when      I believe t h a t the expert who recently wrote;    vacation in the woods he should take a good S1 (i
 you cast in a tournament you'll blow the works.        a line never should be under 15 pound test and         of rubbing alcohol along. I prefer the abs
 So what? Why not use a style of casting that           should be reversed after 3 days of use and taken       ethyl alcohol.                                    ,
 comes naturally to a guy! One t h a t you can use      off in 3 more days; ought to try a different brand                             Charles Morris Johns 0
 in fishing fresh or salt water and for tourna-         of lines . . . or examine his guides . . . or his      Avalon
 ments too.                                             head. Of course, if your lines are donated or you      Pittsburgh, Penna.
                                                        are working for a line company, that's something       —News Edition American Chemical Society
     Let's see if I can get the words out so it will
 be clear. My rule is: Back—Slow and Easy—              else.
 Forward twice as fast. Just as near to a con-             For rod lengths over-all, try 5 to 5^4 feet for       No man regrets the flight of time like th e
 tinuous smooth unhurried motion as possible.           average work. Sticks, medium limber of one             who fails to improve it.
 The Back—Slow and Easy, is the important part.         piece stuff. M y choice is split bamboo or hollow
 The forward cast is just throwing the plug with        steel. I enjoy an anodized universal handle which        The prices of wheat and corn go up and •$
 a slight forearm and wrist motion. More later . . .    can be used with a wide variety of sticks having       but the price of wild oats will always r e
    Experts tell you, no arm movement, just wrist.      a motley of ferrule sizes.                             the same.      •
 Again that is hard to learn. We are going to use          About reels: The reels MUST have a light                                                        fro"1
 a small amount of forearm, plus wrist, like throw-     spool with a cork or balsa arbor. Look for easy          Many a man gets stooped shoulders .^i
 ing a baseball to a baby, ten feet away. That's        casting in a reel . . . not counter-spinning.          carrying around a load of responsibiliti eS
 our 40 foot cast. F o j an 80 foot cast, the energy       I might have saved hundreds of dollars and          are none of his business.
 is equal to throwing a baseball, as above, 15 feet.    thousands of hours, had I been content with one
 In other words, you gotta throw carefully and          outfit. I wasn't content and bought, tried,              The world will often forgive you for ' e j^t
 with a high enough arc to allow t h e bait to drop     experimented, made my own, and, am even yet            blue, sometimes forgive you for being green-
 gently. No slammin' allowed—remember the               susceptible to curiosity. The ideas offered are a      never forgives you for being yellow.
 child!                                                 hodge-podge from what I think I have found out.
    Before you cast or throw, lower the plug 8 to          It took me several years to learn to bait cast.       The tuna is believed to be the only fish ' ) , $
 12 inches from t h e tip of the rod. Why? Because,     I am convinced t h a t a man of average intelli-       a body temperature warmer than that °
in fishing, a leader is used; thin wire in salt water   gence ought to pick it up in ten minutes.              surrounding water.
 and gut (I use nylon) in fresh water. With the Back
 Easy cast the amount of lead doesn't bother,
 even with a very limber rod. With a stiffer rod
or a lure t h a t is lighter than the average -Hsths
ounce plug, this lead helps bring out t h e action
of the rod.
    Here are a few tips: Keep the reel handle in
line with the cast. As in the overhand cast, the
reel handle is straight up (if right handed). This
is the cast to use for accuracy, safety, and to
retain friends.
    To get a "comfortable position of rod and reel:
Relax arm and hand a t side; raise forearm from
this position to one at right angles with the upper
arm, then, extend the whole arm a couple of
inches. Now, place the rod and reel in the ex-
tended hand without turning hand. T h a t is your
casting position. The t h u m b rests on the line or
side of spool depending on size of hand. The reel
handle is up.
    In making the cast: Look at your target
through the tip guide, Back (or up) Easy 2 or 3            Portrait of an American Egret. This is the time of the year these wading birds are commonly s.te.
inches with forearm, letting the wrist follow              fishing and wading in the shallows. They feed on minnows, snakes, frogs, and other aquatic
1942                                                         P E N N S Y L V A N I A          ANGLER                                                           II

                                                                                                                           NYLON BOOKLET
             MARABOU STORK PLUMES                                                                                 A new thirty-two page booklet entitled " W h a t
                                                                                                               You Ought to Know About duPont Nylon
                                                                                                               Leader Material" has just been published by
                                      By RUSSELL O. SKINNER                                                    the Plastics Department of the duPont Com-
                                                                                                               pany and is free to any outdoorsman interested
  y \ 7 E R E A D many informative articles on             And above all keep the lure in the water and        in fishing. This book outlines the entire back-
i           how to fish the wet fly, also the nymph,       keep it moving.                                     ground of nylon leader material developments
    ,t rarely or ever do we see anything per-                  The average fisherman has trouble covering      and answers questions which inevitably arise
     i l s to the marabou streamer fly.                    the water with this type of lure as it takes        when the material is discussed among anglers.
,, * here are innumerable fishermen who feel               a fairly long cast of fifty or more feet to keep      Much of the booklet is devoted to the cor-
, ? 9 t fishing with a streamer is not sporting,           the lure moving properly. Due to the amount         rect tying of knots with nylon, with easy step-
  f t it is a crude way of filling the creel. Some         of water the lure picks up, it is one of the most   by-step instructions illustrated by drawings,
j, the most accomplished fishermen, and the                difficult to handle on the back cast. Also the      making it quite simple to learn the most im-
r* e s t sportsmen the writer knows, have mas-             rod must have plenty of backbone to handle          portant knots to use with this new man-made
      ea the art, and it is an art, if you please,         a long line with the waterlogged lure.              material. Recommended knots for dry and
       the nth degree. And rarely do these sports-             On a stream of the boulder-strewn type          wet flies, bait hook knots, ringed hooks and
            kill a trout unless it happens to be an        this lure is supreme. Pound every boulder           swivel knots, line-to-leader, loop and dropper
     Optional specimen. Fishing the marabou                and rock you see and do not give up too quickly,    knots are shown, together with the well-known
   'earner on nine to twelve-foot leaders tapered          for if there happens to be an old lunker brown      barrel knots for tying two nylon strands to-
        2X or 3X is no mean accomplishment,                at home, he will not be able to stand the pres-     gether.
Y it is my firm conviction there are larger                sure. I t is a real thrill as the old boy makes                         *    *   *
J ? U t creeled with this type of lure than any            the water boil as he comes out over the fly,          N O T E : Inquiries for this booklet, " W h a t
  ther.                                                    and do not rest him either, just slow down          You Ought to Know About Nylon Leader
      the marabou streamer consists of two or              t h a t retrieve; you are fishing too fast.         Material," should be addressed to Plastics
    °re of the marabou plumes of different colors,             The past summer the above advice was            Department, E. I. duPont de Nemours & Com-
       ed) usually tied on an X long shank hook,           proved many times on the Paradise stretch           pany, Arlington, N. J . Copies are also available
 • e 6 or 8. A solid silver or gold body, with             of Spring Creek, where every type of lure           at sporting goods stores, hardware and depart-
if 8le cock shoulders, completes the streamer.             known to men and also women is tried and            ment stores throughout the country.
| ^ i n e d when dry it certainly is a weird               many times found wanting on the trout. Two
   °*ing specimen.                                         and sometimes three of the boys line up down
                                                                                                                              DUMB-BELL POEM
j A t this point the writer wishes to take issue           at the broad water pool and hammer t h a t
                                                                                                                           Ruth rode in my cycle car,
„ ° the proportions of this lure as now con-               stretch with the marabou streamer. Invari-
»tr Uc -                                                   ably they raise and hook trout consistently                     In a seat in back of me;
       icted. The lures most commonly seen in
i e tackle stores have the plumes extending                when the rest of the stream is quiet.                           I took a bump at fifty
                                                                                                                           And rode on Ruthlessly.
t\/° n < l t f l e bend of the hook approximately              Tied on the proper hook and in the right
•j,, 0 times the length of the shank of the hook.          proportion the writer has a hunch the mara-
            effectiveness of the lure is cut approxi-      bou streamer will prove a killer on Atlantic           The envious knock behind your back when
e>tt              thirty percent or, more due to this      selmon and hopes to prove his contention            they know they can't knock you out in a fair
f feme hangover.             Many times when striking      in Canada on a stream in the province of Nova       fight.
•j,, * the rear the trout miss the barb entirely,
        U                                                  Scotia. And we hope this " h u n c h " will be
h® writer knows of several anglers who have                material for a real marabou streamer story.
st r. the plumes pulled out of tie due to a vicious            W h a t if you haven't the money to go some-
i "te of the trout from the rear. The writer               where? Think how much worse you'd feel if
           had the explanation given him t h a t this      you had the money and were not invited!
0 , thod of construction is due to the tendency
H,              plumes to wrap around the shank of            At current prices the chemicals composing the
         hook, causing the lure to spin in the water       human body are said to be worth less than a
      ^ also when making the cast.                         dime. And here we've been bragging t h a t we
        1st the past week there appeared on the            felt "like 30 cents!"
        ket a marabou fly tied in the proper pro-
o tion i.e., the plumes one-third longer t h a n
j. ? shank. The manufacturer has placed a                     There are a number of old discarded tires in
u. l r °f guinea hen hackles at the shoulder of            our stream beds and these eye sores are ob-
stiff          e an
                 '    ^ *he writer believes these rather   served only by fishermen. Don't forget to
ft f a t h e r s will eliminate the marabou plumes         throw them out on the bank then when it is
ty/* Wrapping around the shank of the hook.                time to take down the tackle, pick them up
w,j e ther or not this method of construction              and take them to a gas station.
      ' harm the effectiveness of the lure can be             Only the fishermen can help Uncle Sam in
     j*ered after the opening day.                         this respect.
4          believe this lure will take trout under
jj, J normal condition met with on the stream,
j "e angler will persist. When f say normal                      I t is with deep regret we inform you
da 6 ^ n t n e u s u £ u conditions found on opening          of the death from drowning of Field
|0JJ •e., high roily water, murky water and                   Division Supervisor John B. Ross of
gta temperature. For high roily water the                     Williamsport, which occurred about nine
for * n ( l white seems the most effective, and               o'clock Saturday night, at Roulette,
tj, discolored water when you can just see                    Potter County, and whose body was not
fe, % moving the all black silver body with                   recovered until Monday afternoon.
j> throat latch, fished rather deep, is deadly,                  Mr. Ross responded to a sudden call
w . '°w clear water the brown or tan and                      for assistance from residents of t h a t area
SCf           seems to be the most efficacious. Fish          who were surrounded by flood waters,
        Ss                                                    occasioned by torrential rains. He and
s^              stream and retrieve in slow steady
        e                                                     Fish Warden Carl Bidelspacher were in
b ,. Ps, or better still throw a downstream
   ?«y in the line and resultant drag alone will              a boat with two other men when it sud-
 Btv t n e                                                    denly capsized. It is believed t h a t Mr.
 fish               streamer the necessary action. If
                                                              Ross must have been struck on the head
 (y.,.6^ downstream the retrieve pause method
                                                              and rendered unconscious, for he was not
a 0 . bring results. But please, brother of the
                                                              seen afterwards by the other occupants
 del          ^ n ' t slowly. a n £ l I mean slowly. The
                                                              of the boat who escaped by clinging to a
 a <?ate fibers on the feather give this lure
                                                              tree and were rescued five hours later.
 j, belike action t h a t cannot be duplicated                                                                                  >
                                                                                                                  23 inch, 3 % M< brownie caught by Bruce C.
            Hy other material used in fly making.                                                                 Harshbarger in the Kishacoquillas Creek.
                                                           P E N N S Y L V A N I A         ANGLER

  / ~ \ F T E N as one sits before the fireplace of a    retrospect, what once may have seemed tragic         away in the foothill country of a state far be' 01
  *—^ wintry night, snugly safe from the icy             soon appears humorous, hypocrisy takes on            the Mason & Dixon line. Now for some reas°
 death of the gale outside and the Circe-like            the glow of self-defense; indifference merely        your correspondent is, and always has been,
 hypocrisy of swirling virgin snow against the           thoughtlessness; selfishness, pre-occupation; out-   mite chary of strange femmes . . . hopeless''
 frosted pane, there in sheltered warmth to              right snobbishness, perhaps only youthful im-        shy, ill at ease, clumsy of intent, bashful aI1
 watch the sputtering flames eat into doomed             patience.                                            tongue-tied . . . and why he does not k n ^
 logs, thoughts wander back to half forgotten               There comes to mind a little episode which        Collectively and at a distance he likes the sug"
 interludes of the long ago. And it seems as eyes        occurred many the year ago . . . it may or may       and spice folk; near at hand, singly and unless fc,
 grow heavy at the mystic caress of the Sand             not be worth the telling. At this late date I can    has known the particular "gift from Heaven
 Man and the beckoning witchery of memory                still chuckle at the denouement. I knew not          from the pigtail stage, it is almost necessary V>
 lane's mellow glow, the flickering fingers of           the name of the strangers involved, neither          throw and hawgtie the old man before
 light assume human shape and feature—many               have 1 since seen any of them. No doubt the                                                            K
 suns slip from tiring shoulders and the scenes          principal actor or rather actress now has a teen      stay put long enough to answer a meek "Hell 0
 of yesteryear march forth again . . . bravely           age daughter of her own. And suffice to say               The oncoming sextet didn't look like the r11
 and briskly . . . to live over once more in the         an upstart Yankee, "the fresh thing", meaning         of the lot fishing folk, the elders weren't
 idyllic haze of pleasurable reminiscence.               your correspondent-to-be of course, found                                                           dressy
     And strangest of all the incidents t h a t flit     himself quite effectively put into his proper        t h a t way, nor hesitantequipped, down I the s ti>
                                                                                                              leading the thusly         party and doubt
 through mind's eye and then fade again, the             niche—squelched so to speak—and quickly well         brushy incline toward is river edge, pirouett
                                                                                                              latter day hypothesis the far amiss. Resolute'
 majority rating so trivial, so insignificant, so        aware of his worldly insignificance and worm-        a dainty blonde vision. Offhand, I placed I1•A"t
 unimportant at the time of enactment . . . often        like ignominy, all by the merest snip of fluffy      years a t seventeen, perhaps eighteen, exquisite-
 wholly forgotten for a decade or more, only to          Dixie femininity. But he who laughs last,            sweet, queenly . . . here indeed a proud th°
 return like a breath of eternity from the mouldy        laughs loudest.                                      oughbred of the old South, a blue-book belle
 darkness of the bygone! But I guess it's all               In light of events to unfold, perhaps at this     far beyond the reach of the ordinary lad as t'
 t h a t which makes man what he is . . . and            stage it might be well to introduce Gawge, my         moon. Merely looking a t the maid one cou
 after all, perhaps life worth living . . . and the      unsolicited, uninvited, self-appointed and wholly    catch the aroma of Julep and cracked ice, tli
 future more bearable. Of a certainty there's a          voluntary guide, confidente and bodyguard.           massed fragrance of magnolias in bloom, ,          tb«
 lot more genuine pleasure in the re-taking of a         Now Gawge, a slow moving, almost immobile,            murmuring mysticism of cypress and SpaD-f
 five pound bass amid the cushioned comfort of           'gater sniping, frog spearing, catfish consuming     moss, the regal rustle of satins and silk, laven d
fireside dreams than in actually battling the            son of the lowlands, happened to be a gentleman      and old lace . . . or in plain Yankee lingo W0 .
roaring river rapids, fighting off ravenous              of color—mostly black—and perhaps the nearest         t h a t gal didn't have no female person s h 0 ^
mosquitoes, shivering in the frosty pre-dawn             thing in actual life to those Negro characteriza-    ever possess. No Suh! And just a t the rutbiej\
air, baking or parching as the sun hits high             tions as portrayed upon the silver screen some        milestone and sure enough of her prowess t
meridian, and worst of all, slaving, skimping and        years past by t h a t great colored actor, Stepen     combine the still lingering traces of devastat] 1 '*
doing without things for perhaps eleven and              Fechit. At times Gawge's positive resistence to       childhood tyranny with the onrushing cunfl1 JJ
one-half months each year so as to have enough           all forms of exertion approached the uncanny          consciousness of the intriguing possibilities
money for a two weeks' fling on some out-               . . . possessed of a tired, whimpering drawl,         be accrued by a discreet exploitation of buddjj™
landish lost river, lake or rivulet, generally a        small shiny round head, loose limbed, angular,        young womanhood—properly applied and wi*? e
fortnight which any sane man would call hellish         bony and long, inkier than the blackest ace of        definite end in view, a mighty, mighty expl° sl
torture, b u t which the fisherman fondly in-           spades, he could sleep standing upright, carrying     combination!                                         i,
sists is Heaveh and isn't too sure but what he          on a sort of sing-song monologue at the same               The particular stretch of water loomed \>°.e
may be lying when he says so. But if mere man           time, and not even twitching a muscle in protest      in any fisherman's language, swiftly pound 1 j
understood all that, he would have unlocked the         as flies or gnats crawled about over his drooping     current, dotted with jagged boulders and I,
secret of ambition and all eternity . . . and           eyelids, probed inquisitive mandibles into his        below where I rested impossible of negotiat'
perhaps have lost his soul in so doing. God in          flaring nostrils or investigated the expansive re-    . . . one waded to shore right here or he sw 8 '
his creative wisdom gave it unto man to remin-          cess that a physiognomist would have termed a         and t h a t was that. And I don't swim. As
isce . . . man is man because he can think, re-         mouth. Furthermore, Gawge didn't like trail           matter of fact, the shoreline coming downstrea '
member, and laugh . . . he with soul not                breaking—he simply let the guy he happened to         and only so recently traversed, was almost .
attune to the mysticism of such has risen little        be 'guiding' attend to t h a t chore. More of Gawge   bad, nonetheless wadeable if the angler happ eI1 . (i
above the beastlings about him, and which fly           later.                                                to be a little careless of life and a bit agile on *
and crawl and swim and walk and burrow all
                                                         T h e locale of the faux pas and the squelching      feet. And thence I stood on the drop-off- .
through life. Happily, as viewed in fireside
                                                        may be described as a little bass river hidden        irregular barrier of big boulders stretching °
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   ter the other a hundred yards out into the                general idea. There should be no turning back!          passage, those jagged rocks and the tough
         am . . . interposed here and there with                Ruefully and with ill concealed distaste, the        water just below, and I'm no doggone life saver—
   , a dly dashing knee to waist deep channels. A            lass glanced my way yet again, long and elo-            furthermore and again, I do not swim. Likewise,
f^ght or two previously Gawge had spied a giant              quently, and I could easily read her thoughts           I'd met up with femmes before, very young,
, **s frisking hereabouts and I wanted to fish the           . . . she didn't relish the view nohow! My rock,        very beautiful, very imperious and very helpless
   'S pools just below the rocks . . . from the              the retreat upon which I stood at bay looked in-        when they elect thusly to be . . . o.k. by me,
fifety thereof . . . but not with strange fem-               viting and she decided it was just the place for        Honey Chile could have the sluice, ditto ledge,
 i n i t y prowling about. But right now, hang the           her . . . immediately her whole being betrayed          all to herself . . . I didn't hanker to be no
   ^ s ! Something whispered of trouble; the                 an inherent predelection toward exercising the          dead hero, not atall. But still the lass hesitated
 v                                                                                                                   . . . time being awasting the cautious Yankee
    ayes murmured of it, the birds twitted it . . .          right of eminent domain, and piffle to a mere
     timid Yankee feared it and wanted to flee with          male, more or less . . . and all this despite the       found himself midway in the passage, waist
graceful retreat virtually impossible. He was                roaring, gushing, rushing thirty-foot channel of        deep in water, slipping and skidding, and hang-
^fnered and knew it, especially as the vision                knee to waist deep, passably dangerous, white           ing on for dear life. Just then the youngster
        veyed his refuge with a possessive glint of          water separating the haven from the shoreline           came out of it! Suddenly she was a mere man
  PPraisal in her eye.                                       and which of necessity had to be negotiated             daring to appropriate the way, traversing the
      N, at this late date, having a teen age
          ow                                                 somehow or other.                                       path she chose to tread, usurping the preroga-
<u     Ughter myself, I can almost positively re-                At least no one could accuse Honey of timidity      tives of a lady, no less! Into the brink she
                                                                                                                     splashed with righteous determination! First
^nstruct the whole painful preface leading                   —she came of stern stuff—the gal had a will to
     °und to the climaxing excursion of the stran-           do. She prepared 'to do.' In a moment came              the kid yelped at the chill of the water, then she
   ^ s ! Away Tiack, Sugah had probably decided              the tip-off marking the lass as a waterway              almost turned a handspring as the sharp stones
   ^ e wanted to go a-fishing, the why of which              novice. Off came her shoes and socks! She con-          began to bite into tender tootsies and equally
Ur°bably even she herself reasoned not. Per-                 templated exposing tender pink tootsies, soft           delicate longitudinal epidermis, b u t resolutely
, a Ps she had attended a movie, read a book or              delicate milky ball, arch and heels to the doubt-       and without further hesitation the maid came on
               someone who recently completed an             ful mercies of the jagged, up-ended, sluice-way         and on. Those Dixie damsels are game!
^gling expedition. Intrigued thereby, no doubt               stones. Up rolled the wide bottomed, blue                  Now in the very middle of the sluice, the
       e                                                     denim overalls, up and up and up, betraying a           water cascaded with a surging pellmell roar on
   j! damsel made a constant day and night ditty
       .the idea, yodeling, harangueing, pestering,          lot of pleasant scenery, but what the heck did it       either side of a small protruding boulder, slippery
   doling, teasing and tearing . . . elementary              matter, no one there but a couple relatives and         and elusive. Directly below lurked the danger-
 Perhaps, but a procedure of long proved worth               a ragged old fogey, again the self-same me. And         ously sharp drop-off heralding a whirling two
 j," the feminine scheme of things. Recurring                while a woman is only so old as she looks, and a        or three foot fall, then razor-backed submerged
        o refusal by wavering parents only brought           man only old when he doesn't look, I wasn't that        ledges, ominous in their half hidden visibility.
   enewed vigor to the attack—likewise variety!              old, not then nor even yet, not by a jugful . . .       Even so close to shore, a strong swimmer would
     °°ut this stage an uncle, or aunt, a neighbor,          brazenly I looked and lusciously I enjoyed.             not have cared to be swept off into that white
 ^andma or grandpa, put in their two bits worth                  In one hand holding high her shoes, the other       water maelstrom. In negotiating a danger spot,
 J}d as usual siding with and in favor of Baby.              tightly grasping a fishing pole, Sugah poked an         I have always considered it safer to work to the
         ally at long last and out of sheer desperation      inquisitive toe into the water and drew back            upstream side of protecting rocks, either sub-
 J threatening madness, the parents threw up                  . . . cold and she didn't cotton the bite . . .        merged or protruding . . . should the current
           sponge and decided to grant the little vixen's     tributaries of that river harbored trout only a        threaten to sweep one from his feet, mostly it is
  "him.                                                       few miles farther back toward the hills. Now at        possible to anchor to a stone. And of a surety one
   . »hen the great day, a bright sunny Sunday!               times even the best generals will decree a strategic   cannot anchor when below a ledge and while be-
 p1* odd assortment of eatables, wearables and                evasion or abandonment of position, and as Babe        ing dashed downstream. So thinking to offer
       °ables; begged, borrowed or purchased, re-             hesitated I fled the refuge, heading pellmell to-       Babe a courtesy, this gallant carefully worked
 used in the tonneau of the family gas buggy,                 ward her across the sluice and for the safety of       below the protruding mid-sluice haven, hugging
       6 of those big ponderous battleships fostered          dry land . . . uppermost in mind that nasty                           (Continued on Page 20)
 .fori the idle affluent a decade or so ago and
      ^ded down with what the manufacturers choose
  ,, c all deluxe accessories, inside and out, just
     j°Ut everything a blacksmith, wheelwright,
  r u mber or telephone man might need to set up
        Now the right to change one's mind without
    E v o c a t i o n °r notice is purely a feminine pre-
    rogative. Sometimes, and as is customary with
  ,, *y young females              . once they have what
         V want, they don't want it a t all! Sugah
  !>r0v ed no exception. Safely down to the water
  7|8e, she suddenly waxed cold to the whole idea.
  J/.*** all, river banks are brushy and might con-
  a 'yably harbor crawling, wiggling,            tentacled
        d biting things, not to mention smellygooey
  j . ^ • • . forsooth to the gal the ultimate just
  i jf n o t look like the gleaming movietone trout
  j * e nestling like a fairyland mirror somewhere
          the High Sierras, nor yet the paradise so
                 described in the Girl Scout magazine,
  -j, now, not a t all, no suh! and I'll be darned!
                  one horrified glance a t the muck and
        gged disarray, ditto the aquatic scarecrow,
  g e aning me, edging along the rocky ledge,
       *°e demurred, murmuring: "Reckon ah'll jes'
         somewhere's else, sure 'nuff, ah will!"
  I vehemently she argued the point and petu-
   j tly s n e g r i m aced, tossing her curls and stamp-
       e r feet.
   an!i r n a m m a s a i ^ "NO!"—in fact, to be exact
   v          s 1 recall, mamma reinforced by papa, like-
  - Se a couple assorted uncles and aunts or maybe
  ^ . n d m a , declared positively icily and truculently
   {> a bit wearily: "Yo'all wanted to go a-fishin'
   , oney Chile, and yo'ell's a-goin' to angle, right

    th;at.   and naow! Get busy, Gal!" And t h a t was
              Destiny had spoken. Honey got the
11                                                         P E N N S Y L V A N I A           ANGLER                                                       AUGUST

                                                                                                                              YOUR EDITOR
                                                                                                                             GRANTED LEAVE
                                                                                                                    Alex Sweigart, one of the most ardent a n
                                                                                                                 popular sportsmen in Pennsylvania, who h8"
                                                                                                                 long been affiliated with the Fish Commissi"11
                                                                                                                 has been granted a leave of absence by w>e
                                                                                                                    Twelve years ago he started the PENNSYLVANIA
                                                                                                                 ANGLER. Under his able guidance this public 8 '
                                                                                                                 tion has grown from a mimeographed sheet V
                                                                                                                 an elaborate, independent fisherman's magaz I,ie
                                                                                                                 of wide circulation.
                                                                                                                    Alex has built up a staff of capable contrib"'
                                                                                                                 tors who can speak with authority on w*
                                                                                                                 various phases of angling and who write specib'
                                                                                                                 cally about Pennsylvania fishing for Pennsy 1 '
                                                                                                                 vania fishermen. Each is a specialist and *•
                                                                                                                    If, in the eyes of the Army, he»will possess
                                                                                                                 enough of the old fire and zip he demonstrate
                                                                                                                 on eastern collegiate tracks as a crack sprint*"
                                                                                                                 he will go into the service. In the ensuing wee''1'
                                                                                                                 he wishes to catch up on his fishing, dog traiO'
                         Note the distinct markings and girth on this fine pickerel.                             ing and hunting. Probably at this writing "
                                                                                                                 is in quest of his beloved bass and pickerel-
                              PLUGGING FOR PICKEREL                                                                 Until such a time when the genial Alex '
                                          (Continued from Page 3)                                                able to again assume his old duties at this des"'
                                                                                                                 we hope to carry on and follow in his footsteps
    T h a t is exactly the thing t h a t happened so     pull a surprise stunt by striking a strictly sur-
far as the writer was concerned. Years ago,              face lure of the sputtering type. This happened,            NURSERY WATERS POSTED BY
when on pickerel waters, we pinned our faith             much to our amazement, while fishing a sur-                          BOARD
obstinately in spoons, the conventional type,            face plug last season in Sherman's Creek and
red and white striped and green and white                when the commotion was terminated, an ex-                 At its meeting on June 22, the Board of FisO
striped finish, silver or copper, with the con-          tremely heavy girthed 19 inch pickerel was              Commissioners set aside the following water"
ventional double hook attached by a ring. These          found to have caused it.                                as nursery waters.
kidney shaped spoons did entice strikes from                Finish in plugs effective in taking pickerel            Lancaster County: West Branch of Octora r
pickerel aplenty, but the percentage of fish             is -extremely important in the humble opinion           Creek, a tributary to Octoraro Creek, La"
hooked and landed on them was woefully low.              of the writer. Topping all finishes in effective-       caster County. It was decided to close tb a
While they still comprise a part of the tackle           ness for pickerel, we have found is yellow with         section of the West Branch, which is under w>
assembly, they have not been used for at least           a wavy black stripe running on either side and          control of the Quarryville School District a
five seasons. Replacing them is a collection of          a touch of red on the under section of the head         an outdoor biological laboratory, as nurse'-
single hook weedless spoons and midget plugs             groove. This finish also has proved mighty              waters.
t h a t have proved vastly more effective in every       effective with stream smallmouths. Next in                Jefferson and Elk Counties: Rattlesnak"
sense of the word. The loose ring connection             the pet line comes the yellow body, red head,           Creek, tributary to Little Toby Creek, Jefferso"
on the old spoons gave a head-shaking pickerel           then silver shiner, black back, with yellow perch,      and Elk counties. Nursery water regulation
all the leeway it needed.                                red and white, silver flitter and black and             will apply to this stream from a point appr° x '
    Luring a pickerel to the strike is a compara-        yellow completing the list.                             mately one-half mile below the Brock* 8 '
tively minor part of the game. Extremely                                                                         Reservoir upstream to the source, a distance
                                                            When it comes to spoons, those with a single
aggressive by nature, this fish hits readily                                                                     approximately three miles.
                                                         hook, firmly anchored in the lure, plus a rather
enough. The trick is to hold it after the hook           sensitive weed guard definitely top the list.             Luzerne County: Harveys Lake. It * :
has been driven home. Its light tissue jaws              While the narrow bladed spoons of this type             decided to continue nursery water regulati 0 "'
may be pierced quite readily, but these jaws             are favorites in both silver and gold finishes,         on the two acres of the lake at the outlet •  >
tear easily and in the first few strong lunges of        those kidney shaped spoons with either a copper         to discontinue these regulations on the ' *
a good fish a gaping hole may be ripped from             or silver belly and green scale or bronze scale         acres in t h a t section of the lake known as *D
which the lure is often tossed on the first sur-         finish and sparse deer hair over the single hook        Alderson Section.
face break. Bearing this in mind, it is well to          have a definite place in your light lure kit.             None of us ever gets anything for notlm1"'
keep a tight line in playing a good pickerel and         Don't go too large on the snap swivel and by
                                                                                                                 but a lot of people keep on trying.
keep thai rod lip under constant pressure if possible.   all means if possible get the swivel and snap in
    Pickerel lures should be chosen with an eye          bronze or gunmetal finish. Maybe it's purely
to action, color or flash. We are strongly of            conjecture, but we've always felt that the less
the opinion t h a t the closer a lure, whether it        flashy and comspicuous the attachment to the
be plug or spoon, simulates action of a forage           lure itself is, the more effectiveness is lent to the
fish such as the minnow, small sucker or stone           lure. As to leader, 10 or 15 pound test artificial
catfish, the more effective it is in taking pickerel.    gut attached to the line with the double barrel
Regarding plugs in this light, we find the floaters      knot and ranging in length from six to twelve
t h a t wobble at a moderate depth when re-              feet will be found to be satisfactory.
trieved right in the top flight. These plugs,               Finally, one more word in fishing for this
even of the same make, vary considerably in              superb gamester.        Persistence is a quality
action and those having a sharp, short-coupled           not to be ignored. If you have marked down
wiggle have been found generally most effective.         the hideout of a good fish in the vicinity of an
There is not so much variation in action of the          old sunken log or weedy cove, keep working
straight running plugs with propellers fore and          the location for at least ten minutes before
aft (although occasionally one t h a t whirls            passing it up. Time and again it has been ob-
will be found, rendering it useless) and on              served t h a t consistent casting over a good fish
occasion these lures will be found effective in          may eventually stir it to the point of striking.
securing strikes. Finally, of the different plug         We should add, perhaps, t h a t very shallow
types effective in taking pickerel, the some-            water often yields good pickerel, for that
what deeper running wobblers, with the medal             reason the shoreline shallows should receive
cup snouts, are to be considered effective in            their share of attention.
fishing deeper water comparatively free of                                                                            Plugging at night accounted for these
                                                            Tight lines to you with this Pennsylvania                 three-pound largemouth bass taken by
weeds. Every now and then, a pickerel will               native!                                                             Jim Kell of Mechanicsburg.
1942                                                        P E N N S Y L V A N I A          ANGLER                                                              L5
                                                                                                                 is pinch hitting for Alex Sweigart as Editor of
                                                                                                                 the ANGLER, wrote the article you mention.
                                                                                                                 Yes, sir, there is such a plug and if there is ever
                                                                                                                 a more effective surface bait manufactured we
                                                                                                                 hope to receive one pronto. It is called Baby
                                                                                                                 Popper and is manufactured by the Shakes-
                                                                                                                 peare Co. of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The little
                                                                                                                 lure weighs )4 of a n ounce and comes in a
                                                                                                                 variety of patterns. Black is our first choice
                                                                                                                 for night fishing and yellow for day time work.
                                                                                                                     The lure is difficult to cast, but in limited
                                                                                                                 pools it fits into the picture perfectly. The main
                                                                                                                 thing is to fish it slowly, stopping and starting
                                                                                                                     Other- pet surface plugs are: peanut size
                                                                                                                 Jitter Bug, a product of Fred Arbogast of Akron,
     Question: An inquiry comes from'a St. Mary's            Question: Bead the article entitled, By The         Ohio; Baby plunker, Creek Chub Bait Co.,
°ngler relative to chest kits which have been pic-         Light of The Silvery Moon, about night plugging       Garrett, Ind.; and Baby Heddon's Sons, Dowa-
tured in the ANGLER for the wading plug fisherman.        for bass and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is           giac, Michigan.
     Answer: The most convenient place to carry           mention made there of a liny surface plug. That is
'ures is in some sort of a container on the chest.        what I have sought in vain. If there is such a plug      Horses are little used in modern warfare—
In this position they are most accessible and they        manufactured J would like to know the name of          they get killed too easily. Some day as much
are high enough so t h a t deep wading will not           it and who manufacturers it. Is it possible for        consideration may be shown human beings.
submerge them. This is also 8 great place for             you lo secure this information from the writer of
tobacco and matches. Furthermore, the weight              thai article, Chas. K. Fox? Furthermore, this            It is gravely to be doubted whether one should
°f a full kit is no burden to the angler in t h a t       man apparently has had some experience in              do so much for others as to leave himself undone.
Position.                                                 night surface plugging, which is all new to me.
     The kit fits snugly upon the chest, secured by       Would like to have a list of his favorite surface         If you think you can no longer enjoy circuses,
a leather or canvass strap around the neck.               plugs. J. M. D.—Hazleton, Pa.                          just try seeing the next one through some penni-
     To our knowledge there is no such commercial            Answer: It so happens t h a t your scribe, who      less kid's eager eyes.
°°x. However, they are easily made. The finest
"Ome made chest kits we have seen were made of
the plastic, lucite. However wood or metal is
highly satisfactory, but not as easy to cut and
8{ue. Trays can be arranged according to in-
dividual desires. One fisherman of our ac-
quaintance has one compartment just the right
     e for a pack of cigarettes and another com-
partment constructed to hold his miniature
camera. More than three dozen midget plugs and
  Poons can be carried in a relatively small chest kit.
     Several fishing partners carry reel oil and a
*°untain pen type flash light for night fishing, in
a little leather harness attached to the neck strap.
     If the fisherman wishes to carry a net, an ex-
cellent arrangement is to secure a large split (key)
r n
  ' g from a hardware store and attach it to the
Strap. A net with a snap release can be attached
t° the ring, and carried high on the back, well
away from snags. When the time comes to
  }ving into action with the net it can be pulled
   ght over the shoulder and released at the
  °nvenience of the angler.
     This convenient kit is not limited to the plug
"shermen, b u t the fly caster can also design
     d construct something to suit his needs and
*ancy. Such a fly box was designed and manu-
factured by Kenneth Reid, a former member
°i the Board of Fish Commissioners.
     Many such boxes can be seen adorning
 "ennsylvania pluggers and it is undoubtedly just
      question of time until some manufacturer
^tisfies the whims and desires of the wading
 "ennsylvania plugger.
     Question: / have heard of flanking carp for
'QWe use, and that is done in this manner: wire
  " e cleaned carp lo a board, bake it thoroughly in
     hot oven. When the meat assumes a rich color
*">d appears lo be well done, remove the carp from
"*e board. Then throw the carp away and eat the
     Seriously, though, how do you prepare carp for
    ble use? J. F.— York, Pa.
     Answer: Maybe we are putting our foot in
 ? u r mouth, b u t here goes—Keep the carp alive
      a tub or wash boiler of cold running water for
several days. This will help eradicate the strong
 ^uddy taste. Then after cleaning the carp
 ?°ak it over night in water containing lemon
 JUice and vinegar. This is known as pickling.
    Win this point on cook as you desire. Don't
    elieve it will be necessary to throw the carp                  A crab was the downfall of this 25 lb., 32 Vi inch Susquehanna carp. After a long battle it
     a y and eat the pan.                                                              was taken by Vitalis Grabrosky of Grackville.
10                                                       P E N N S Y L V A N I A          A N G L E R                                                 AUGUST

      BUGS TO YOU, MR. BASS                            tached to a large hook. On each side of the           in this hair just back of the head, as in F, and
                                                       body was tied a sparse wing of black deer hair        then tie in the wings, as shown in G.
              {Continued from Page 5)                  t h a t trailed out beside the bend of the hook be-      "The feathers used for the wings should
pulled loose. Otherwise, I might have been             hind the body. T h e face of the bug was cut          have the short, fuzzy fibers near the base pulled
able to hold the fish long enough to free the line     a t an angle, and when Jean gave it a twitch it       off, but the quill should not be cut, since it is
from my ring.                                          sounded as if someone had pulled the cork out         invaluable in adjusting the length.
   T h a t was, incidentally, the heaviest fish        of a bottle of home-made root beer.                      "Both legs and wings should be securely
I ever felt on a bassbug.                                  But, brother, the bass Jean caught with t h a t   wrapped and coated with lacquer cement, leav-
                                                       bug!                                                  ing the ends protrude over the front of the
              S o m e T y p e s of B a s s b u g s                                                           body. These can be cut off with a razor after the
                                                                      F i n e Cork B a s s b u g s           cement dries, and the whole head then is painted
    There is a wide variety of bassbugs t h a t have
                                                                                                             with lacquer and the eyes marked with a smalk
proved effective lures. Probably the best known           Some of the neatest cork-bodied bassbugs
                                                                                                             round stick."
are those made of clipped deer hair, but I do          this writer ever has used are made after patterns
not care much for them, because in spite of            suggested by Charley Wise, of Cleveland, O.,
generous greasing they will become water-              who has used them with fine results in a number         SEND YOUR ANGLER TO A BCtf
soaked and lose some of their enticing action.         of states.                                                       IN CAMP
    Other bassbugs are made of chenille, with             Charley recommends a bug tied on a No. 6
hair wings, b u t the chenille absorbs water even      hook for all-around effectiveness, and he has            The following splendid letter from an ardent
more than the deer hair does. Some others are          developed half a dozen good patterns combining        light lure fisherman, A. A. Acri, formerly of
made of tenite and other plastics, and some of         bodies of various colors embellished with hair        Marietta, brings to mind a mighty good sugges-
balsa wood.                                            and feathers.                                         tion as to what you can do with your copy of
                                                                                                             the ANGLER after you have read it. Why not
    My favorites, however, are those with cork            His favorite is the Irv's Special—which has
                                                                                                             send it to an acquaintance now with the armed
bodies and hair wings and tails. For one thing,        a yellow body, a tail of Amherst tippets dyed
they are 100 per cent floaters. Also, they are         yellow, legs of brown and yellow bucktail, and
light and can be used with a minimum of dis-           wings made from the neck feathers of a ring-             "Since closing down the Marietta Times and
turbance.                                              neck pheasant.                                        entering the Army I often find myself going
                                                                                                             back in reverie to my light lure casting expe-
    Some patterns are just plain bassbugs, in-            His directions for tying cork-bodied bugs,
                                                                                                             riences on lake and stream back home in Penn-
tended to be twitched gently on the surface            illustrated in the panel accompanying this
                                                                                                             sylvania—experiences made possible through
of the water. Others have concave faces, so            piece, are as follows: (See Page i)
                                                                                                             the PENNSYLVANIA ANGLER, which first changed
t h a t they splutter and pop when jerked.                "Start with a hump-shank No. 6 hook. Tie
                                                                                                             me from a bait fisherman to a plug fisherman,
    Colors and sizes are hard to define.               half a dozen strands of tippets just back of the
                                                                                                             and subsequently from a plug fisherman to a light
    Black and dark brown always are excellent.         hump (See A). Lacquer and let dry. Take a
                                                                                                             lure fisherman.
Gray is good. White, in my opinion, is the             %-inch cork cylinder and shape it as in B, with
least desirable. One general rule is that bugs         a razor blade and sandpaper. Cut a groove in             Having first led me to the ultimate in fishing
of dark color are probably more easily seen by         the bottom, as in C, and then put some lacquer        enjoyment, the ANGLER—forwarded to m e
fish at night.                                         into the groove and insert the hook. Let the cork     regularly by my Mother—now leads me to the
                                                       body come just past the point of the hook, and        ultimate in t h a t wistful pleasure afforded by
    And my advice to the bassbug beginner is
                                                       wrap the body tightly with heavy thread to            reminiscence. How well I realize this today,
to get a variety of sizes, ranging from a body
                                                       hold the edges of the groove tightly together, as     after reading the annual bass number, with its
in proportion to a No. 2 hook down to a 6 or 8.
                                                       in Figure D . I t will be necessary to let the cork   delightful articles and pictures, and then going
    You'll have to choose both patterns and
                                                       dry at least 24 hours.                                back in memory to those haunts I love.
sizes for yourself, however, guiding your choices
by the type and size of natural insects upon which        "When dry, the thread is removed from the             But the ANGLER does more than merely
the bass are feeding or which are most commonly        body, and the cork is first given a coat of filler,   keep me in contact with my favorite sport as
observed.                                              and then three coats of the desired color of          I knew and loved it in my native state. Through
                                                       lacquer, allowing time between each for drying.       it, I realize t h a t the pleasures afforded us by
    And don't get the idea t h a t the patterns
                                                                                                             lake and stream, field and wood—all the bound-
have to be fancy.                                         " C u t some bucktail or capras, but do not
                                                                                                             less outdoors so generously endowed us—form
    M y old friend, Jean Huling, made the most         trim it. Just get the ends even by pulling out
                                                                                                             an integral p a r t of the great American freedom.
of his catches one summer on a bassbug t h a t         the long strands and setting them back. Pluck
                                                                                                             Outdoor Pennsylvania! Beautiful and free in
he picked up at the five-and-dime store. I t was       out all the fine body fuzz. Use two bunches
                                                                                                             a land still beautiful and free in a war-torn
a common bottle cork painted white and at-             about the size of a match stick, as in E. Tie
                                                                                                             world. There is something really worth fight-
                                                                                                             ing for!
                                                                                                                A soldier being prepared for the rigors and
                                                                                                             horrors of war has no time for those pleasurable
                                                                                                             pursuits so indispensable to the life he has
                                                                                                             left behind. This and the hardships of the
                                                                                                             'toughening up' process constantly gnaw at
                                                                                                             his morale. But those Pennsylvania fishermen
                                                                                                             in uniform who receive it, surely must get a
                                                                                                             grand lift from the ANGLER, which can bring
                                                                                                             the whip of the rod and spray of the stream
                                                                                                             right into the barracks room.
                                                                                                                Perhaps you have not realized that you are
                                                                                                             doing fine work in the war effort in this way>
                                                                                                             but you certainly are. Keep it u p . "

                                                                                                               ETC.—A compliment to the reader's intelli-
                                                                                                             gence, often unjustified, since it assumes that
                                                                                                             he knows all the other words for which it stands-

                                                                                                                There is really no need to take the price tag
                                                                                                             off father's present; he will find out soon enough
                                                                                                             what it cost.

                                                                                                                Give the other fellow the benefit of the doubt,
                                                                                                             and maybe he will do the same for you some day-
                                                                                                                I t is not the number of hours t h a t a man puts
                                                                                                             in, b u t what the man puts in the hours that
     Party of Fish Commissioner, Clifford Welsh of Erie. Occasion was the opening day of the bass
     season on Lake Erie. In the picture are Fish Commissioner Welsh and his two sons, Charles and             If you have made your own bed, don't grumble
                                        Tom, and E. P. Updegraff.                                            about the lumps in the mattress.
1942                                                                    P E N N S Y L V A N I A           ANGLER                                                                  17

                            BUGS ABOUT PLUGS
                                                  By JOHN MICHEL
•~and pixillated about equipment. This is an                          test Ashaway extra strength line and a ^i oz.
admission, but they say honest confession is good                     plug. It's really a joy to use this combination,
f°r the soul. My equipment affords me a great                         even if you do not catch fish. Now here's an-
a                                                                     other outfit to use when the going is more rugged:
  toount of sport during the snowy weather. I
find it is really a lot of fun replenishing my                             A Heddon DeLuxe 5% f ° o t Pal rod, Pflueger
fishing tackle during the winter. I t sort of takes                   Supreme reel, 14 lb. test Ashaway extra strength
the place of going fishing and then again you can                     line and a ^i oz. plug. If you don't believe in
Set exactly what you want before your dealer is                       balanced equipment, jumble up these two out-
sold out, as he will be earlier than ever in 1942.                    fits, change around the reels and lines as well as
f spend hours on end searching through the ads                        the plugs and if this mix-up doesn't put both
        sportsmen's magazines, of which I subscribe                   outfits out of whack, then the heck with the
t° 8 different ones, for new kinds of fishing                         whole argument. But as for me, I'll still be-
    junk." I guess I'm an easy mark when it comes                     lieve in balanced tackle after my many years of
to buying t h a t plug t h a t wiggles even better than               experience. If you don't at least get light equip-
      hula hula dancer. For eight years I have been                    ment and get some fun out of the sport of fish-
 equipping and re-equipping my tackle box so that                      ing, your rod should be at least 5 J^ foot long
   °w I think it is second to none. After having                       with a whippy tip—use a light free running reel,
 Wed out an endless number of rods, reels, lines,                      it doesn't have to be expensive, the Ocean City
 ' u re and that stuff t h a t probably honestly comes                 Inter-State Reel is in the moderate price class
    nder the head of "junk," I really believe my                       and is tops for free running. I've seen a caster
     ckle box is now equipped to the " n t h " degree—                 heave a fi oz. plug over 250 feet with this reel,
 here's what it contains:                                              using a 9 lb. test line. As for me, I fish for fun
       First—it is the largest box put out by Kennedy                  and not entirely for fish, and you just can't have
 a                                                                     any fun with a short, stiff rod and a hawser for           E. P. Updegrafl,- veteran bait caster, with a
    nd is made of aluminum. In it are two Pflueger                                                                                fine 2y 2 lb. smallmouth bass he caught on
 Supreme reels, one with 14 lb. test Ashaway ex-                       a line.                                                    Lake Erie on the opening day of the bass
 tra strength line and one with 18 lb. test Ashaway                        One of the greatest fishing thrills I've ever had                          season.
  extra strength line. I also carry two Shakes-                        was one day up in a Pocono Mountain lake. I
  peare sport cast reels, one with 8 lb. test Ashaway                  was testing out one of Heddon's new surface             Creek Chub and Fred Arbogast jitterbug. The
  e                                                                    plugs, using one of my 4 oz. tournament rods            selection of plugs is as wide as trout and salmon
    *tra strength fine and one with Ashaway nylon
            lb. test line; the latter I find better when               and reels and a 2 lb. test tournament line. Ac-         flies, and there are many good ones, but often one
  US'ng very light lures. I keep my reels in chamois                    cidentally, a 2J^ lb. Bronze Back socked the           buys those t h a t appeal to his eye rather than
  0a                                                                    plugl (I really wasn't fishing.) Now, boy, be-         those t h a t really look like and imitate bait fish—
      gs. I have about 20 plugs in my box made up
  °' surface, floating, under water and sinking                         lieve me t h a t strike came under the head of fun.    so choose plugs with some sensible color to them
  Phigs—about 15 to 20 metal lures such as Red                          It was nip and tuck for many a minute, with            as well as size and action. There are many
  eye wigglers and Lou Eppinger DardeVle spoons,                        the smallmouth taking by a wide margin the             varieties or types—first, the surface plug—the
  a                                                                     first 8 rounds and me taking the last 2 with a         following are especially good—: Heddons, S.O.S.,
    'so June Bug spinners and a few others, a
   Varied supply of leaders, reel oil, screw drivers                    knockout. T h a t scrap was a real convincer           Wounded minnow }/% oz. size, the White with
   (Several sizes), small wrenches as supplied by                       about using light tackle.                              Redhead, the Green Scale, the shiner scale finish
   ™e reel manufacturers, small stout scissors,                            This article was intended to be about bass          and the all black one for fishing in the dusk of
   several hook disgorgers of my own manufacture,                       lures, and I've strayed completely away                 the evening and Fred Arbogast jitterbug. When
   ?Cales, small tweezers, magnifying glass, sound-                     from the subject. When I first started to accu-         using these plugs, for goodness sake don't try
   ln                                                                                                                          to cast them into the next county—these 100
       g lead and line to determine depth of water and                   mulate plugs I don't know if I did it to be a
   |he kind of bottom, snap swivels—connecting                           true sportsman and a conservationist or be-            foot casts are what makes 'spaghetti' and 50
   links—sinkers, all sorts, sizes and kinds—                           cause the darn things intrigued me, but now I           foot casts are far enough—this distance enables
   thermometer and barometer—John Knight's solu-                        have well over a hundred of them. My first              you to drop the plug more accurately and
   nar                                                                                                                                          (Continued on Page 22)
            fishing "time table," a copy of the Pennsyl-                 choice of makes are the Heddons, then the
   vania fishing laws—floats—yes, I like still
   ''shing—hooks, sizes 12 to 3/0 and hook hone
    (these 3/0 hooks are the height of optimism)—a
    v r
      ^ y strong pair of cutting pliers and a stout pair
         long nose pinchers—matches in a waterproof
        se and compass—toilet tissue in a red fibre
        ve] 0 p e —a gadget I concocted to release
    Phjgs underwater—flash light—rod holder—yes,
        °ther, 1 also admit to being lazy—mosquito dope
    r a i d i n g drinking cup,—dark glasses, bandaid,
        dine in capsule form—trout knife with a dozen
        dgets on it, and a heavy clasp knife—a few
        2or blades—miscellaneous hooks without snell
         d extra hooks for plugs, single and treble—
      *tra pawls and a few parts for my reels—a 10c
       . I r of cotton gloves—a waterproof container for
      !Sarettes—it's no fun trying to smoke wet
        8arettes—a package of Al Foss dry pork rind.
         1 rarely keep any fish, so don't carry a fish
    . r * n ger, b u t I do carry a 6 oz. flask of spirits of
      ' V ^ n t i , just in case I have a friend along who
        | h t be taken "sick."
      *n selecting this equipment I tried out many,
  ^ a ny r 0 ( ] s a n d r e e i a t o f1Iuj t n e perfect balanced
     °kle and then went one step further to select
  ;*°Per lines and lure t h a t helped balance the rod
  „n<* reel. If you think this is foolish, try this
  JL*» True Temper Professional light weight $lA
        rod, a Shakespeare Sport Cast reel, an 8 lb.                             Early season catches on Lake Erie were spotty, however, some good fish were taken.
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                                                                                                                 result, and the intense pruritus may lead to loss
                                                                                                                 of sleep and digestive disturbances. In this
         Taking a 4 2 Pound Conneaut Muskie                                                                      country chiggers are not known to transmit any
                                                                                                                 disease, but in the Orient an allied species has
                                         By JAMES R. BAIRD                                                      been shown to be the carrier of pseudotyphus or
                                                                                                                Japanese river fever.
   Concerning the taking of a 42 pound muskel-           appearing fooled the musky. He was turning                Treatment and prevention.—If it is known
lunge at Conneaut Lake last season, James R.             over in his mind the idea t h a t it might be wise     that there has been exposure to chiggers the skin
Baird of Aliquippa, writes:                              to pass up the bucktail when the pikie minnow          should be examined, preferably with a hand lens,
   I arrived at Fred Hudson's boat livery a t            appeared plus the fact that it looked like a fish.     for the active larvae. However, they are so
Conneaut Lake at daybreak on November 22,                He didn't think any further but struck or              minute and they move so rapidly over the surface
1941, with great hopes of catching a rnuskel-            perhaps he was taken by surprise. This musky           of the skin before attachment that it is difficult
lunge, for just a year ago Conneaut gave to              did not j u m p clear of the water but would roll      to capture them. An application of kerosene or
me a twenty-three pounder and Fred told me               and churn on the surface occasionally. Most            95 percent alcohol will kill the larvae quite
conditions were the same as a year ago—a                 of the time it would make long deep runs parallel      rapidly. As soon as possible after exposure, it i s
south wind, a slight haze upon the water and             to the boat. I landed the fish with my fore-           advantageous to apply a thick lather of soap to
the temperature standing at twenty-two de-               finger and thumb attached to the eye sockets of        the affected parts, allowing it to remain for 1"
grees.                                                   the fish after the third try. The first time I         minutes or more before bathing. Even though
   While drifting with the wind I trolled a              touched the eyes of the musky, he made a               the larvae may be removed or killed soon after
very large piece of bucktail with propeller              terrific lunge, threw water in my face and in          attachment, usually enough secretion has been
attached which made a wake on the water.                 the boat which was tipped near the water line          introduced into the skin to cause the character-
This lure was attached to line, rod and reel             to help land the fish. He took about eighty-           istic itching lesion, and for this there is no known
and laid in the boat with reel click and brake on,       feet of the line and it seems t h a t this time of     specific remedy. The intense itching may be
while with the other casting rod a pikie minnow          the year the muskies will not tire very easily.        temporarily relieved by ammonia or strong salt
was attached with a steel leader and twenty              I hadn't been able to make a November caught           water, or a calomel phenol lotion. Collodion
pound nylon line. This was cast ahead and                Conneaut musky turn on his side as they do in          with metaphen applied to the lesions is recom-
toward shore as the boat drifted over a reef             the summer time.                                       mended both to relieve the itching and to prevent
that showed occasional clusters of musky weed.                                                                  infection.
                                                            I sat on my fish and tried to attach the
   Looking to my bucktail trailing one hundred           stringer but failed. My hands were too cold.              In the summer and early fall when it is nec-
feet to the rear I noticed a second wake. At                The fish was getting away from under me.            essary to go into fields of tall weeds or grass, int°
once I knew it was a musky, but the form re-             The boat was coated with ice and I had to              berry patches, or wherever there is heavy under-
ceded and then advanced again and as it re-              renew my eye hold until two passing duck               growth, an efficacious measure to prevent attack
ceded the second time I sent a bullet like cast          hunters stopped and attached my stringer to            by chiggers is the liberal sprinkling of the stock-
to the disappearing form. Immediately there              the musky.                                             ings and underclothing with flowers of sulfur-
was a rolling strike. I believe this second lure                                                                Some authors have stated that the spraying °'
                                                                                                                the shoes, stockings, and trouser legs with one
                                                                                                                of the proprietary fly-repellent preparations i s
                                                                                                                successful in warding off attacks by chiggers.
              CHIGGER MITES*                                The North American chigger is not only a            —Public Health Reports, U. S. Public HenH1'
   Chigger mites or "chiggers" are the larval             pest of man but it has been reported as attacking     Service.
 forms of various species of mites belonging to the      a wide range of vertebrates, including domestic
                                                                                                                *Commonly called Ticks in Pennsylvania.
 family Trombidiidae, commonly known as har-             animals, small mammals, birds, and reptiles. It
 vest mites. Many different species of chiggers          is an important pest of poultry, frequently caus-
are known to attack vertebrate hosts, but only           ing the death of young chickens.
two chigger mites attacking man have been                   Method of attack.—Chiggers attach them-
 recognized from the United States, one, the             selves to the surface of the skin by means of
common North American chigger, and the                   their mouthparts and feed much as do ticks.
other a closely related form found in the northern       They apparently feed upon epidermal tissue
 part of the Mississippi Valley.                         liquefied by a secretion which they themselves
   Description and distribution.—The chigger or          inject into the skin. When they become fully
larva of the common North American species is            engorged they drop off. The localization of
oval, bright red, and, as in the first or larval stage   chigger attachment, to quote one author, is
of all mites, possesses only 3 pairs of legs. In the     determined by two factors, the tightness of the
unfed condition it measures about 150 microns            clothing at certain parts of the body and the
in width, and is scarcely visible to the naked eye.      thickness of the skin. Experiments by the same
The legs and surface of the body are covered by          writer have shown t h a t chiggers attack by prefer-
numerous feathered hairs. The mouthparts con-            ence where the skin is very thin and the flesh
sist of a pair of hooked and ventrally barbed            wrinkled or tender. Because of their size, 150
fingerlike mandibles, and 2 live-jointed polpi,          microns in width before they have become en-
each of which is provided with a claw divided            gorged, chiggers are unable to enter the pores of
into 2 prongs at the tip. The adult is a large red       the skin (which range from 20 to 50 microns in
hairy mite, with the usual 4 pairs of legs, and          diameter), but they frequently attach at the
with a marked constriction in the anterior portion       mouth of hair follicles. Although it is widely-
of the body. Unlike the larval form it is not            believed that chiggers burrow into the skin and
parasitic but is a scavenger, living largely on the      embed their entire body, this method of attack
fecal matter of arthropods and on woody decaying         must be extremely uncommon; they would be
substances. Eggs are laid in the ground and the          unable to accomplish such an invasion except in
chiggers hatch in the spring soon after warm             instances where a large enough opening in the
weather begins.                                          skin was already present.
   Chiggers have a widespread distribution in               Symptoms.—An intense itching, apparently
the United States, occurring from Long Island            due to the liquefying secretion injected by the
to Mexico and from the Atlantic coast to the             chigger, develops within the first 24 hours after
Rocky Mountains. They have been found in low             exposure, and this is followed by a breaking out
lands and well up in the mountains wherever              of wheals or papules surrounded by an inflamed
there is rough growth of weeds and shrubbery.            area. The papules may be surmounted by a
They may be encountered from the latter part of          pinhead-sized vesicle containing clear fluid.
April until the last of October, depending upon          The itching generally reaches its maximum on
conditions of temperature and moisture. In the           the second or third day, then gradually subsides,
southern United States they may begin to cause           though it may persist intermittently for several
annoyance early in May, while in the northern            weeks. Scratching may b« followed by secon-
part of their range they seldom appear before            dary infection. If the lesions are numerous, fever,
                                                                                                                   This is the timelof the year Pennsylvania's
the middle of June.                                      headache, and temi>orary nervous upset may                    eel fishermen "lay up their walls."
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                  HINTS FOR ANGLERS                                           C a r e of Live B a i t                        formalin flavor, which is believed to be object-
.                   By TALBOTT D E N M E A D ,            Minnows: Minnows should not be overcrowded                         tionable by some anglers.
^"* Enforcement Officer, U. S. Bureau of Fisheries        in any container if they are to be kept alive. If                  Recipe No. 4—Minnows to be kept for only a
                                                          crowded the angler will probably lose his bait                     few weeks or days—Place minnows one inch apart
                          Leaders                         before he gets to fishing waters. If the container                 side by side, on a piece of cloth covered with
       nula for soaking leaders: To soften and pre-       is not aerated, the water should be aerated a t                    salt, cover t h e minnows with salt and roll u p .
 J*Ve leaders use a solution of four ounces of            frequent intervals; this is accomplished by dip-                   While the salt will shrivel them somewhat, t h e
r'slilled water, one ounce of glycerine, and one-         ping up some of the water and pouring it back                      water will cause them to become plump again.
K*" a teaspoonful of baking soda. (By R a y into the container about 12 times, and is more                                   Recipe No. 5—Use one part of formalin to 29
       gman and others.) Pads in t h e leader box         successful than changing or adding water from
    a                                                                                                                        parts of water. Place the minnows in this solu-
      y be soaked with this solution with good            different water supplies. If live minnows are to
tf                                                                                                                           tion in a tightly closed jar or bottle, keeping in a
   *Ults.                                                 be transported on a very warm day, or t h e trip
                                                                                                                             dark place until used—they will retain their
   0 r                                                    is long enough, ice should be added to the water
        estore the mist color to leaders: Soak in a weak                                                                     color and silvery hue better than in the light.
                                                          to lower t h e temperature to about 55°. With
    'ution of water and writing fluid.                    water a t this temperature, there is less need for                 Before using soak in cold water and add a few
'* " to stain leaders: T h e color of most leaders frequent aeration. In fishing with live minnows,                          drops of oil of rhodium t o lessen the odor of the
       hes out. The mist color can be restored some- the water in t h e minnow pail should be as warm                        formalin.
 *Wes by soaking t h e faded leader in a solution         as t h a t of the stream fished, if the best results are                                   Pork Rind
 i *ater and writing fluid; logwood is known t o           to be obtained.                                                    Recipe for Preserving Pork Rind: The following
        harmless to gut and may be used; some                                                                                formula is suggested as a guide and not an in-
    *lufacturers use Diamond and Putman dyes,             Helgramiles: Helgramites are the larval form of                    fallible recipe. A certain amount of experimental
 H5°8 hot water in so doing; many anglers think            the Dobson fly {Corydalis cornula). They are                       work will be necessary.
    " s method is injurious. In fact, the Bureau is found under stones in swift streams and are an                               Cut pork skin into strips of the desired size,
      t Willing to guarantee t h a t any of these methods excellent bait for bass. Helgramites can be kept                    freeing the skin from the fat. Then place in a 90°
    "' not weaken t h e leader. I t is believed that       alive for a considerable time in floating bait                     salinometer brine (one t h a t will float a potato),
 , 'ash" scares the fish more than "color." There boxes or in wet grass, or in a wash tub filled with                         seeing t h a t it is totally submerged. Allow it to
 .J 8 been no great experimenting in this by               damp leaves.                                                       remain here until the brine has "struck through."
   "•Pable chemists t o ascertain what damage, if                                                                             This will require about 48 hours. Then remove
                                                           Worms: Moist moss such as may be obtained
      X is done to the gut by such processes.              from any florist should be used to keep worms                      and drain. The skin may be bleached by soaking
IP.         PENNSYLVANIA ANGLER mentions soaking                                                                              for a few hours in dilute hydrochloric or acetic
                                                                 alive—they scour themselves well in this material.
. ^derg j n a solution of Permanganate of P o -                                                                               acid, either before or after brine-curing. When
^ s i u m c r y S t a l s when used in mountain streams                                                                       the skin is well drained, pack it in bottles with
                                                                            How t o K e e p Crayfish Soft
  't Produces shades of brown.                                                                                                a little glycerine and sufficient 10 to 20 percent
                                                                    There is but one satisfactory method of making            formaldehyde solution to cover. Sodium benzate
{                              Flies                             hardshell crayfish soft-shelled. T h a t is by feeding       may be used in place of formaldehyde.
j 0 ! " to dye fly fishing material: Ordinarily aniline          them and developing growth, causing t h e cray-
t / . obtainable a t any drug store, are used in                 fish to shed the old shell frequently. When a bait                               F i r s t Aid
\ye Work the same as for household purposes.                     dealer propagates his own crayfish for bait, he
o i U ^ w a t e r m a y D e used, but it will remove the         may sort out t h e soft-shelled crayfish from his           Poison Ivy: One ounce of tincture of iron, which
p fr orn the flies.                                              pond every 2 to 3 days, and have soft-shelled               contains approximately 1 5 % ferric chloride and
                                                                 individuals on hand continually during t h e                  /2 ounce alcohol, dilute with J^ ounce water.
^tlafor            Dry Fly Oil: Dissolve one-fourth of a                                                                     The ferric chloride content is about 7 to 8 percent,
(j. °^ Paraffin in one-half of a pint of gasoline—               summer. If they are kept cold, metabolism will
                                                                 slow up, and growth will be retarded, with t h e            the maximum strength advised. Paint infected
      tbona may be used instead of gasoline.                                                                                 parts with t h e solution using a camel's hair
                                                                 result t h a t t h e shell will not harden very fast.
kn ^event moths from eating flies: Place the flies in                                                                        brush; if too strong, add more water.
                                                                 Soft-shelled crayfish can be kept in a dormant
th 9 l r tight preserving jar, and sprinkle over them            stage in a refrigerator for two weeks and they will
 . n flakps n r rflinnhrtr balls
           flakes or camphor halls.                                                                                          Hook caught in body: No attempt should be made
                                                                 remain soft and in good condition. When they                to remove t h e hook until mercurochrome has
   .7° 'o restore flies: Many flies after some use are
 Hot 8 0                                                         are removed from this cold storage to warmer                been poured on t h e wound. When barb is n o t
           fit, yet too good to discard. They may be             quarters, it is best to do so gradually. They must          deeply imbedded, the hook may be backed out;
l>v i? a s t P a r t i a Wy restored to original condition       be used soon after they are removed from cold               when the barb is buried in t h e tissue, it will be
s , folding over a j e t of steam issuing out of the             storage, for the shell often hardens very rapidly.          necessary to force the point of hook through,
    ° u t of the old hot water kettle.                           There are several species t h a t may be used.              after which t h e point and barb may be cut off
                                                                 Langlois recommends Cambarus rusticus. E m -                with a pair of wire pliers, and t h e shank of t h e
     j,                         Lines                            body recommends Cambarus affinis Spiniroslris               hook readily withdrawn; if too deeply imbedded
    tij, re&lore sticky or worn out lines: Soak in mineral       for t h e reason t h a t it is prolific and because t h e   so that the delicate or vital tissues will be injured
    *b' i 8 U c ' 1 a s Nujol; after excess oil is removed,      shell is never very hard.                                   seriously, iodine or mercurochrome should be
    <f * y a ' u i e dressing, such as Albolene, Cereline,
      )                                                                                                                      poured on t h e wound and the services of a
     ^Ueiline.                                                                                                               physician obtained.
                                                                              How t o Preserve M i n n o w s
    iSt Waterproof bail casting lines: Recipe No. 1—             Recipe No. i—To a fruit jar full of water add one           Open wound: T o scratches and slight wounds
    \yjt?tch the line between posts, rub thoroughly              tablespoonful of formaldehyde. A teaspoonful of             should be applied iodine half strength. Dirty or
    „•* deer tallow (if deer tallow is not obtainable,           glycerine may be added, if desired, although n o t          greasy wounds should be cleansed first with high
    <-V ^ t t o n tallow), remove surplus tallow with            required. In a few days pour off the first solution         grade benzine. Cover open wounds with gauze
          * 8e cloth. Two dressings a year will suffice,         and refill, using the same proportions. Use more            and bandage—do not touch with fingers any
    tin el6(' P e No. 2—Use a warm solution of boiled            water if the minnows appear too hard. T o give              wound or bandage removed from wound, where
              J oil, and treat thoroughly every section          them a slightly reddish tint, add a few drops of            it was against the wound.
    Htpj U n e with a small rag wet in the solution;             red dye and place them in a single layer on t h e
     *8 ch line in a warm dry place and squeeze out
     s «ii s u r
                                                                 inside cover of an ordinary tin box, if a burnish               J o h n n y Cake, Flapjacks a n d Biscuits
      Pri i       P ' u s °il; when dry gently run a soft rag    tint is desired.
                  w tn                                                                                                       Johnny Cake: One quart of cornmeal, one pint of
     °fttk            '    P u m ' c e stone over it to smooth
                                                                 Recipe No. 2—Place minnows in air-tight jar, or             flour, one-half cup of sugar, one tablespoonful of
     t l e r ough places where the oil has accumulated,
     ^ct V a c u u m treated lines of the tackle manu-           bottle, for a week or ten days, covered with a              salt, four tablespoonfuls of baking powder, and
     fut ^ r s are preferable. Patented preparations             solution 99% water and 1% formalin. If t h e                enough water to mix. Either make a thin batter
     iij 8 ° n S 'ines are advertised from time to time          solution becomes discolored, wash minnows and               and drop off spoon in a well-greased hot pan,
              rting magazines.                                   place in a fresh mixture, which should be weaker,           which will produce a cross between biscuits and
                                                                 if they are too stiff; stronger if they are too soft.       flapjacks, or make into a stiff dough and shape
                                                                 This process should be repeated until the mixture           into biscuits. Shortening (4 tablespoonfuls) may
    tyix,                          °ds                           becomes clear—ordinarily two changes are                    be added to the recipe if available.
    t|lt *> wind a fishing rod: Lay end of the silk
           J                                                     enough.                                                     Flapjacks: Two cups of flour, 1 cup of milk, 2
    it- a " on t h e rod and wrap first few turns over           Recipe No. 3—One ounce of formalin, 6 ounces of             teaspoonfuls of baking powder, y% teaspoonful
    1% t a P last few turns over a separate thread               glycerine and 40 ounces of water. After a month             of salt.
    W?                                                           or six weeks, remove the minnows and place and              Baking Poirder Biscuits: Add 4 tablespoonfuls of
     'th r e a d with a razor blade.drawn through the
                end of the thread is                             keep in a strong brine—this will remove t h e               shortening to Flapjack recipe—bake 15 minutes.
    % . a t l d pulled tight. C u t off t h e loose end of
 20                                                        P E N N S Y L V A N I A         ANGLER                                                             AUGU 5

              HONEY CHILE                                pleasantly, anchored safely to the upstream side           WALLOWING WALLEYES
                                                         of the big stone and apparently in no immediate
            (Continued from Page 13)                     danger, but thoroughly humbled. With big                             (Continued from Page 6)
my knees snugly to the downstream surface,               salty tears welling down over her cheeks, and           make inquiries about the weather. Shun the l(
waiting her passage on the upper side, likewise          still holding the oozing shoes and rod high in the      when the barometer is dropping.
motioning the best course with the left hand,            air, frantically the lass yelled for help, scream-         The walleye bites best in June and agai'i 10
and commenting: " T h a t way! Careful!"                 ing: "Mamma! Mamma! Mamma! Come and                     October and November. As to bait and nianfl,1
   No doubt the youngster misconstrued the in-           get me, Mamma! Mamma! Mamma! Ooo-oo-                    of fishing, they take readily to any live bai '
tent. Likely to her inexperienced eye, it ap-            O-h! Mamma! Daddy! Grandma! Ooo-h-hh-hh!                minnows tho', are especial favorites. A pop
peared the stranger had appropriated unto him-           I wanna go home!"                                       and very effective combination, as the "salffl0 ,
self the safest place, only to let her battle rougher        Gallantly, though absentmindedly—and the            fisherman well knows, is a June bug spinner WI ,
going. Icily and with all the frigidity of an Ant-        latter term is deliberate—I rushed to the rescue!      a minnow or nightcrawler affixed to the h°° f
arctic landscape came the response: "Nevah                Nearer at hand and not so gallantly, unper-           This is slowly trolled with a sinker to depths
yo' min' Suh!", just that, nothing more, but              turbed and unhurried, scratching his shiny dome       from twenty-five to fifty feet.                         t
ample enough. Translated into the crude                   in puzzled thought, Gawge shuffled that-a-way             The walleye's predatory nature can be by
vernacular of the world wherein I circulate, the          too, no doubt trying to decide enroute whether        judged by its array of sharp teeth. It rivals \
words meant: "How dare you talk to me, you                the white gal might be worth the effort. But          great northern pike and lunge in dental e(5u'j
fresh thing. Mind your own business, you so and          helping hands succored the damsel ere we reached       ment. This accounts for the fact that frequent ^
so and so, and I'll mind mine. And that'll be            the scene of disaster. Wet, disheveled, trembling,     the "salmon" will strike at any moving obje
all! Be gone, you no good Yankee trash, you!"            face distorted into a wild fantasia of fright and      In Conneaut Lake I have taken them on unde
   I hastened to "be gone," fleeing shoreward and        pain, big soul stirring sobs wracking her from         water plugs and on one occasion hooked a f° l
 downstream, not daring to speak to the grinning         pillar to post, the erstwhile haughty queen            pounder on a well-known surface lure.                  ,e
elders nor even look back until a good lifty             slowly climbed the steep incline, all to the tune          When it comes to eating qualities the wal^'
 yards and a lot of underbrush separated us. Re-         of a suitable and fetching refrain of " I tole yo'     is without a rival. Its firm, flaky flesh ha=>
gaining courage and gazing beyond the kid,               so's!" The door of the waiting car stood ajar.         flavor that appeals to the most discerning S° .,|
scanning the out-river side of the much disputed             And as our gaze followed upward, I swear mine      mand. A slab of steaming baked "salmon" *
flat rock, 1 detected Gawge, the aforementioned          eyes detected a stately white haired old lady,        furnish an experience in eating.                        ,e
gentleman of color, mostly black, and as such            lorgnette in hand, raise a dignified right foot and       Walleye fishermen in Pennsylvania b a
rating perhaps even a degree or so lower in the          therewith plant a rousing and resounding boot,        sterling waters available in practically all sect' 0
social stratum than a fresh Yankee, moseying             right plump amidships upon the dainty, rounded         of the State. The Susquehanna and Juniata
along slower than winter molasses toward the             exposed and thoroughly damp bit of Honey's            old favorites. Erie and Conneaut Lakes in
huge haven. Further and to complicate matters            rearward anatomy, that unmentionable accessory        western end of the Commonwealth are P e e r f"^
as Gawge began to assail one side of the stone,          notably useful for sitting down purposes, there-      Pymatuning furnishes good sport too. A j
Honey attacked the opposite . . . each as yet            by fervidly speeding the still crying youngster       weeks ago I counted nearly a score of an&! t
blissfully unaware of the other! The inevitable          into the safety of the rear seat. A second angry      fishing from the shore at the Jamestown eno
loomed only seconds away! Then the collision—           stab and the door slammed shut, then a moment          the lake who had good strings of w a "? ( 1 1 j
two pairs of startled eyes peering one at the           later the big battleship whisked away amid a           Incidentally on that same day, I picked up a de *\
other across the friendly top of the monolith,          billowing cloud of dust. And as the car dis-           specimen t h a t had been washed ashore measuf '
scarce two feet apart . . . one pair in a head           appeared I saw a peaked, tear stained, reddened       a full 32 inches. Reports in the ANGLER indi ca
winsome, blonde and ethereal, the other just            little face, framed in dripping blonde curls, and      t h a t Lake Wallenpaupack is also good.              .ac
black and homely and begrimed! From the                 now not pretty at all, look out to catch my eye            Here's what Dr. G. Brown Goode, scien" .
blonde there came a sharp audible gasp; the             with pained mortification. Then, and then only         angler extraordinary has to say about the walle)'
black a friendly grin from ear to ear. And as           did I laugh, openly and unrestrained. And as           "Look at this beautiful fish, as symmetrica'
the maid hesitated, Gawge climbed laboriously           Gawge broke into a clucking cackle, I knew this        form as the salmon. Not a fault in his make-°£
upon the far end of the rounded surface, all the        Y ankee hard heart had not missed the cue . . .        not a scale disturbed, every fin perfect, tail c .,|,
time shaking moisture carelessly and lavishly           the fact t h a t the colored apostle of inertia hu-    cut, and his great big wall-eyes stand out ^ *
from his tattered raiment, the old hound dog            mored his pet disinclination to the extent of a        t h a t lifelike glare so characteristic of the fisb'
shimmy!                                                 belly-shaker made my conclusion epochal . . .
                                                        t h a t was a lot of muscular indulgence for the
   It all proved a bit too much for Babe—like-          dusky son of H a m .                                     Some of those bushy streamer flies which b
wise distasteful were her environment and the                                                                  caught trout for you also are effective for b .
plebeian society thereabouts! She didn't like the           But all this transpired of a day long bygone       Fish them for bass just as you do for trout- * ,
rock after all. Forthwith the kid revolted and           and time has mellowed the perspective. And an         dentally, streamers of larger t h a n trout siz eS
began the process of evacuation. Again she              evening or so ago when I saw the little damsel         may be used for bass angling.
attacked the rapids, this time all alone, gingerly      take form again and flit from boulder to boulder
and with a drum fire of comment to those on the          amid the flickering flames, heard some Circe of
shore, low inaudible and no doubt uncompli-             the fireplace change the sputter of the darting          The family was seated at table with a husi"
mentary . . . and as I would like to think di-          red tongues into the smashing roar of river            acquaintance of Dad's as guest and all **jj
rected solely at Gawge, but what the heck's the         riffles, and half dozing imagination transformed       ready to enjoy the meal when the five-yea1" .
good indulging wishful ideologies.                       the gentle thumps of disintegrating logs into the     son blurted out—"Why, mother, this is r °
                                                        thrilling plop of a leaping lunker just around the     beef."                                      . t p"
   Just then it happened! Just at the danger
                                                        next bend, I felt a pang of sincere remorse.             "Yes," the mother replied, "and what of '' ..
spot—just at the protruding stone midway in
                                                        Chicken hearted softie that he has become, this          "Well," sonny came back, "Pop said j,
the sluice! Down she went, completely down and
                                                        upstart Yankee felt sorry for the little vixen.        morning t h a t he was going to bring a big
under! Desperately the little blonde grasped at
                                                        After all, perhaps the kid honestly did want to        home for dinner."
the friendly outcropping . . . meantime the
pitiless current slapped her against the boulder's      angle a bit—mayhap she had waited many the
unyielding bosom with unrelenting fury, the             day for the fulfillment of a dream long cherished,        "Freddie," said the teacher, "give Die
dual curved mystery of her posterior annex              only to have it backfire . . . and spoiled though      sentence using the word diadem."
                                                        she undoubtedly was, no gal could be so deter-                                                         at
bobbing and popping in the waves not unlike the                                                                  Freddie had overheard certain remarks
almost forgotten sunny cork down by the old             mined and so pretty without having some possi-         home and out of his subconscious store of w° r

mill race these many years ago. No doubt an             bilities. Y'irtue should have its due reward, and      wisdom he drew this reply.                  . D «s
adept swimmer, Honey struggled angrily to               if physical comeliness isn't a virtue in this drab,      "Drivers who hurry across railroad cross j,
right herself, ludicrous enough holding high her        prosaic old world, then I would like to know           diadem sight quicker than those who stop,
drioping shoes and rod in one hand, fighting the        what is and when. Anyway I hope the kid re-            and listen."
sullen two foot drag with the second.                   turned yet another day and snagged the big bass
                                                        which Gawge rumored and I never saw.
   Floundering the damsel found herself cross-                                                                   "You look pretty sad."                     ^i
wise to the boulder, on her back looking skyward,         And now perhaps this chronicle had best not            " I am. My wife was away for six weeks      ,
shoes and rod still high in the air, nose and face      been written at all—it has no point and ends           I kept writing her t h a t I was spending
above water at one end, twin quintets of pink           nowhere—just one of those things a fellow sees,        evening at home."
tootsies poking aloft at the other, her posterior       remembers and thinks funny, but the telling              "Well?"                                   ed
annex enthusiastically bobbing about upon the           thereof never doing full justice to the visionary        "The light bill came in just after she an
tagged outcroppings and no doubt quite un-              denouement at the moment of enactment.                 home—and it's for only 50 cents."
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                                                                                                                        above the streamer helps during high water
              SOMETHING NEW                                                   STREAMER HINTS
                {Continued from Page 8)                             Streamer fishing can be one of the most effec-         "When the water is clear and low, streamers
 c                                                               tive methods for taking trout and for that matter
 j ' the spot, a terrific strike smashed my leader.                                                                     work best in the early morning or late evening
                                                                 bass. For that reason, the following comments
 • s t l " tingle to the thought of it and the helpless,                                                                although I have taken trout right in the middle
                                                                 by H. E. Angst of Pottsville, are timely.              of a hot clear day on the streamers."
 B Pty feeling I had when the short leader rem-
      ttt came flying up out of the water,                          For early season fishing short of using live bait
 r, "e other incident happened up on Spring                      there is no method known for taking large trout
 j ? * * ' near Bellefonte, where I had gone to                  more killing than that of streamer fishing. Even
                                                                 later in the season when an angler has travelled
                                                                                                                        A DUB LOOKS AT FLY FISHING
 U some fish paintings for the Pennsylvania                                                                                         {Continued from Page 9)
 | 0i *rd of Fish Commissioners. In the evenings                 to distant streams only to find the water high
          ent fishing with the local experts, and took           and roily, streamers often save the day. Per-          kept right up with us with the Colorado Spinner
   ' awful beating. Finally I rebelled at the local              sonally we are by no means expert in the use of        -Brown Bucktail combination.
    et                                                           streamers although we carry some and always               And so the day wore on to an all too rapid
         hod s and decided to try out my own ideas.
                                                                 manage to throw a few around each season. In           ending—a day spent in the timeless easy plea-
 5 had, as usual, been using small wet Hies.
                                                                 order to present an authoritative article on           sure of catching and releasing trout with the full
 I ' changed to a big, odd-colored thing that
                                                                 streamers we went to the angler of our acquain-        satisfaction of knowing that the next year would
 J** heen taking up room in my fly box for
                                                                 tance who produced the best results with streamers.    find them larger and wiser and ready to test our
      8rs. J didn't care what it was so long as it
                                                                 The fish he took we saw with our own eyes and          mettle again in the "stream that was all fished
 J"8" something different. I dropped it into the
                                                                 one of nearly 21 inches we measured with our           out."
 \\Mter a t the rod's tip and stripped off some line.
        ,en                                                      own tape. The following is therefore as told to us        As night folded down over the great plateau
 0»             I raised the rod to cast I got the surprise
         tn                                                      by Mr. John Shapellaof Middleport, professional        we stood beside a beaver dam and watched the
             « trip—my line started off at a terrific
 rate. and I found myself hooked to a good trout,                fly tyer and angler extraordinary. He says:            silent swimming heads of these busy animals,
      ;?•                                               trc
 [• 0 r the next few minutes I had a glori                         "Streamer fishing is my favorite fishing method.     streaking silhouettes of black upon the red
 - ^ because I was fast to a well fed and power-                 I can honestly say I catch as many fish on stream-     tinted mirror of their pond.
 ful trout. After about five minutes of deep-                    ers as I do on wet or dry flies. It took a few            If you want to enjoy occasions ffke that, try
 tr              enjoyment I landed the unexpected               seasons before I began to take fish on streamers       fly fishing yourself. It pays well, full-season
       asure—better than a pound and a half,                     but it was well worth learning. I could always         dividends in success and pleasure.
 l o u r i n g the last few years, Charlie Fox and               raise trout with the long lures but that was not
 r 8 Pals who fish the Susquehanna and other                     catching them. They came up so close I could see
                                                                                                                                 Little Jack Horner
 J*** 8 near Harrisburg have been carrying on                    the spots on them but I never hooked them.
                                                                                                                                 Stood on the corner
 \Vk-               experiments with smallmouth bass.            Finally it dawned on me t h a t I wasn't giving the
                                                                                                                                   Waiting to cross the street.
s      es
         "e the other fishermen, using the same old
               and methods, have been complaining of
                                                                 trout much chance to hit the streamer. I would
                                                                 get over-anxious and strike too soon. At last I
                                                                 made up my mind to slow up the action of the
                                                                                                                                 He used his head
                                                                                                                                 When the light was red
                       poor fishing, Charlie has been taking                                                                       And on green he used his feet.
      , ty of big ones out of the same water.                    streamer and the result was trout in the basket.
 M . "hite I W as working on the second draft of                    " T o get the best results out of streamers fish
 u 18 article I received a letter from Charlie.                  the ripples or pools that have a ripple running
 . <!re is the important part, which I am glad                   through them. I always try to keep a taut line
          quote as an unexpected addition to our                 which helps in hooking the strike. The best
 r s
  « Ults:                                                        method I have found is to fish across and down.
             ' s t finished the greatest week ever on big        I cover all likely water on the side I am fishing
 ^ a l l "souths. Hooked eight big ones, caught                  from, then gradually fish across. Sometimes I do
       e                                                         fish the streamer directly upstream but for this
 4,         and bad two other big boys take a pass
 2 ?Urface baits. Tl ley were all over 18 inches                 method the lure must be worked a bit faster to
 lot l ' l e t w o Ingest were 21. Feel sure I                   keep the line taut.
 ^,1 the best one of the whole crop, but I know                     "As to streamer patterns I personally be-
 j n t J r e lie is. You should come down and get                lieve there are too many. I fish but four patterns.
       °n some of this."                                         My first pattern is an imitation of our small
 s         b«Iieve that one of the main reasons for his          brown creek minnow. The dressing for this is
           ess i s the new lures Charlie used and the            lemon body ribbed silver, brown bucktail with
 C * methods of fishing them. The same has                       two small jungle cock eyes. If you have fished
 J} PPened to me where I camp each year on the                   this type without success try drawing the buck-
 (j 'aware. By using flies and other small arti-                 tail down tightly over the back of the body and
 t|, . ' 1 have been able to take bass in spite of               fasten at the bend of the hook with a few turns
 a ."npossible conditions. Maybe not so many
                                                                 of tying silk. You now have a natural looking
       hefo re but enough to have a grand time.                  minnow and short strikes are not so frequent.
      All of which makes me believe, at least for                   " M y second pattern is the green horned chub
 th . Present, that there are not so many dead                   imitation and the dressing is silvery gray or lemon
 to 10(ts in a fishing season as we think there are.             body ribbed with silver, gray squirrel wing dyed
 „ e are the dead ones—not the fish. Except                      dark green and touched off with jungle cock eyes.
 <lo r adverse conditions, fish must feed and                       "The third pattern is the shiner, the dressing
 j. 'eed If they won't take our offerings it is                  for which is, silvery gray body ribbed silver, dun
 n. a i ' s e we do not offer what they want or in               bucktail and the jungle cock eyes.
           *ay they want it presented.                              "A fourth pattern has a black body ribbed with
 fe„ ,. lere fore the next time you can't take a                 silver, cream wings and the jungle cock eyes.
 tei- ^ u s n ' w ' ' e n it seems impossible to in-                "As to jungle cock eyes I personally believe
        es                                                       them to add little to a streamer's effectiveness
            t it, maybe you are sticking too close to
•th,                                                             although they do set it off beautifully. They also
             °ne and only method of fishing. Take
 y 0 l r s elf by the nape of the neck and yank                  add to its cost. To me the action put into the
 )>o »elf out of the old rut.                 Look through       streamer by the angler lias more to do with its
 Vo 'ure box, take out t h a t crazy-looking thing               effect than the dressing. I have seen the new
       U nev                                                     Jersey minnow and made some for myself. They
 sot              e r had the nerve to use, p u t it on, or do
  i w C t , l i n S else t h a t is different, anything—no       look like fish takers and I certainly will give
      ^ . e r what!                                              them a thorough trial.
            > certain t h a t the old medicine won't work—          "For streamer sizes I prefer 8 and 10. Some-
             e something new. It can't do worse, and             times in big water like the Lehigh or Pohopoco
 aw0 knows, it might be just what the Doctor                      I use size 6. Don't make the mistake of fishing
    r                                                            streamers with 3x leader tippets. You are going
                                                                  to raise big trout and you want to hold them. I
      Tl e
       n                                                          want my tippets not less than heavy trout size
 i^          most important part of every business                                                                        This fine 24 V2" pickerel was caught by Jolbert
           know what ought to be done.                            of about 5 lbs. test. A buckshot attached just             Bloser, Hershey, in the Swatara Creek.
22                                                         P E N N S Y L V A N I A           ANGLER                                                             AU'GUS?

         BUGS ABOUT PLUGS                               THE SPORTSMAN'S CORNER                       . .     .    through a logical and close study of fish habfl*
                                                                                                                  this was the proper method to be used. 1*»
             (Continuedfrom    Page 17)                          Our Main Need in Conservation
                                                                                                                  theory has been substantiated by scores *
quietly, then for Pete's sake, retrieve it slowly—                   By M . E. NORTHRUP                           others who have also been dubbed "fish"1.'"
hold your rod about, waist high off to your left            What is our main need in conservation! 1 This         fools" because they spent so much of th e
side, believing you to be right-handed—thus you         is a question which every serious-minded sports-          time a t their favorite sport. These fisher»lC
are in a better position to strike more quickly.         man should be concerned with today. I believe            do not fish because they seek only a full C e e '
 Don't jerk your rod clear over your head—              every nimrod realizes that there are weaknesses           but because they have learned the habits of °',
 that's a good way to break your rod and lose           in our conservation program at the present                wild things and have come to love Nature a "..
your fish—and if someone is watching you,                time. These defects, in my opinion, should be            the wonderful things which it contains. In t»"
 you'll look as simple as the deuce and be away         given serious consideration if we expect to ac-           manner these men have gained a perspect| v ,
off balance.                                            complish the desired results for which we in-             on how a conservation program must be earn''
   Without question, surface lures are the most         stituted our various conservation programs.               on in order to secure success.
fun and we presume you're a sportsman and                   Consequently, we should center our attention             Therefore, as a result of this, many streai'J'
"fish for fun"—you'll be able to see, a bass            on, and try to plan a course which would over-            throughout the country were closed to P11"
follow the lure—you'll see them bump it, you'll         come these things. We can only do this by de-             fishing in order to better the fishing conditi oD n
see them j u m p clear over it. When retrieving         termining what our main faults are. In my mind            This marked the first great step on the road
surface lures, do so by twitching your plug—             the chief fault, is the fact that the average sports-    an improvement. However, the real sportsn'
then letting it lie quietly for a few seconds—          man cannot find satisfaction with the conserva-           realized that this program would require s c v c r , 0
then bring it in a few feet slowly, then stop           tion program which must function over a number            years to bear fruit, for the devastation of t*
and twitch it some more, but do it all slowly—          of years in order to produce the desired results.        centuries could not be repaired in a moment j •
the faster you retrieve it the more often you           This apparent fault has appeared in our fish              the waving of a magic wand which would
have to cast out; the more often you cast out,          conservation, since recent developments show              our streams with a bountiful supply of l""'.
the more often you disturb your fishing area, so        this fault to be true. One might ask: "In what,           warriors. They knew that perhaps sever
fish slowly ajid quietly and don't, make long dis-      way is this apparent?" To discern this, one               "trout cycles" must be completed before °
tance casts—move your boat instead.                     must know what, the trend has been over the              could ascertain any noticeable results, but I' 1 '.
   Type two plug is the one that floats but goes        past few years.                                          also knew that if this plan could be allowed
from one to five feet under water when re-                 This trend, which has covered better than a            mature the desired results could be attained **
trieved. My choice of these is Heddons floating         decade, was founded on the experience of men             once again fishing would be "good."                     ,,
river runt spook—in White with Redhead—                 who had spent a lifetime in hunting, fishing and             It is here that our fault lies, for once the pr°P ,
Goldfish shore minnow— silver shore minnow and          studying the wildlife of our woods and streams.          sanctuaries had been established the fis'" .
Green shore minnow and second to none are the           These men have been so closely associated with           populace was not content to leave these wa#
Creek Chub famous Pikie minnow in the natural           nature that they gained, in the. course of years         unmolested for a period of time long enough
pikie finish and the Golden shiner finish—the           of experience, an intimate knowledge of the              the plan to bring success, but younger sp<" '
Creek Chub Dinger in natural pikie and Golden           habits of our fish and game. Hence their course          men, not realizing the significance of the p' 8
shiner and the silver (lash on dark days.               of action was one based on this knowledge.               have begun a reversal of the process, win''1' •
   Next we'll discuss another type of surface           They believe that in order to increase the               all of these streams which have been closed a |
plug—the plunker. Some of the following will            supply of fish they must set up activities which         being thrown open to the public. This " .
prove to be tops: Creek Chub Plunking Dinger,           would coincide with the habits of fish in their          allow the unthinking waster to destroy the >v° '
all black for night fishing, the natural frog           natural habitat. How then could this be done             which already has been accomplished, beca0""
finish is tops for daytime. The Heddon chugger          so t h a t the fish could produce i n . a natural        they will flock in great numbers to these stres*|''
spook is another good one. There is only one            manner and not be molested by the ever in-               which have been opened to public fishing ** ^
way to fish these plugs first put them where            creasing number of sportsmen? To their way of            only one idea in mind, t h a t of catching as m 8 ' '
you want them—they can be dropped with a little         thinking there was only one way to do this and           limits as possible. This is not true sportsm a
splash and then retrieve them by the twitch             that was to establish sanctuaries where our              ship as everyone knows.                                  ,
and jerk method, don't move them more than              fish might propagate in a natural manner with-               Consequently, the only way to truly I " , i
8 to 12 inches at a time, but with a little pep         out being disturbed. In my opinion, formed               our fishing conditions is to gain a state of i>". .
like a frog or a minnow trying to leap out of the                                                                where w'e can allow ourselves to be satisfied **•
water.                                                                                                           meager returns until our program has produ<
   Now for type four, the sinker or underwater                                                                   the desired results, and then we will derive #
plug. I don't believe any plug can touch Hed-                                                                    ultimate good. However, instead of doing '
don sinking river runt spook and the standard                                                                    we are going backwards in our program anil P
size Go-deeper river runt. These two plugs are                                                                   milting short-sightedness and commercializ atl
made in a great, variety of finishes. They are                                                                   to destroy our true efforts of conservation-             j
wonderful for walleyes, and are used mostly in                                                                   stead of progressing we are retrogressing. a . ,
daytime and during hot, weather to go down                                                                       in the future if this is not taken care of by .
after the big fellows. Do not try to heave this                                                                  necessary remedial measures, our prospect
type of plug too far out because a back lash can                                                                 ideal wildlife conditions is indeed shadowed
cost you money, while you are digging out the                                                                    darkness.                                              ;!
snarl your plug will sink to the bottom and get                                                                     At the beginning of the present decad1* .
hung up.                                                                                                         movement which for some time had been lur*
   This covers briefly the four types of plugs,                                                                  around the corner, began to take material l" r .,
but there are hundreds of others that are fine—                                                                  This idea had been gaining momentum rap* . ,
you pick 'em. But don't think that every mon-                                                                    since about 1929 when, for the first time. ()f
strosity you pick up at a bargain and prob-                                                                      sportsmen began to feel the need for measure^ .
ably catch a fish or two on is a regular fish getter.                                                            conservation with our wildlife. Today
                                                                                                                                                                     1 I?
Sometimes fish will hit anything. That's luck—                                                                   movement has materialized into a p ul'l'
and plenty of it to you.                                                                                         recognized organization which dictates
                                                                                                                 policies of our county and state conserva         tio'1"
   Mullet contain more iodine than any other                                                                                                               r
southern fish ''and are one of the few items of                                                                     Shrimp bring more money than any oth''
seafood that contain fat-                                                                                        single item of Florida's seafoods.

  Teacher—Name the seven wonders of the                                                                                                               201 fi»l"'r'
                                                                                                                   Canada's sea fisheries employed 55,i
world.                                                                                                           men in 1939.
  Junior—I don't know, but one of them was
daddy when he was a boy.                                                                                           Alaska, in 1939, produced 5,992,000 stand*jj
                                                                                                                 cases of canned salmon, valued at $41,781."
   Broad-mindedness is the ability to smile
when you suddenly discover that your room-                                                                         Just as soon as we make a good resolu"
                                                           Clarence Fry of New Cumberland landed a
mate and your girl are missing from the dance              fighting 19 Vi inch smallmouth in the Susque-         we get into a situation which makes its
floor at the same time.                                               hanna early this season.                   servance unbearable.
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                                                             which swim about quite freely, but at the mercy
                                                             of tides and waves. After a time, some instinct

          FISH FACTS                                         causes them to submit to tradition and give up
                                                             this life of freedom. They lie down on their backs
                                                             on some rock or shell and cement themselves
          From the United States Fish and
                                                             firmly by the head; never again do they volun-
                 Wildlife Service                            tarily move from the chosen spot. Dull, perhaps,
                                                             but a dependable method of insurance against
                                                             their being dislodged and hurled to death on
..Another small shark of the California coast is             the beach in a tumbling surf.
     swell shark. This is so named because, when
  Mured, it distends its stomach with air and thus
                                                               Dalmatian fishermen are accustomed to drop-
 °^s belly upward on the surface of the water.               ping pebbles dipped in oil from the bow of their
• * he carpet shark is an Australian form which              boats when fishing in troubled waters. This
 ** o color pattern suggesting the old-fashioned             makes the surface smooth, and enables them to
    Pet.                                                     detect the fish more easily.
II ' n g-rays, which have their eyes in the top of
   e                                                            While casting with a 13-inch sucker on French
      head, are equipped with a strong, sharp spine
                                                             Creek about three miles south of Wattsburg,
"> the
                                                             Erie County, Ivan Etter of Waterford, B. D.,
           whiplike tail. This very efficient defense
    a                                                        Erie County, connected with and landed a fine
      Pon can inflict a serious wound.
         c                                                   muskellunge in October. The big fellow, 47}^
(Jt •      °mmon eel is the only fish that spends most       inches in length, weighed 28 pounds.
        ! e
(,/•', ' ^ in fresh water and then goes into the depths
"fth e ocean lo spawn, after which it dies.
                                                               The electric slargazer is a small fish which
                                                             inhabits shallow, sandy bays along the south
   'he pine-cone fish is quite common on the
     as                                                      Atlantic, spending most of its time partly buried
(,   ts of Japan. Stout spines replace fins, and
     e                                                       in the sand. The mouth is almost vertical and
 . body is covered with coarse, hard scales,
   ln                                                        the eyes—located on the top of their flat heads—
0.    g it. an appearance of the familiar pine cones
                                                             seem always to be looking upward, which ac-
   ° u r northern forests.
                                                             counts for their common name. If touched on
                                                                                                                       Art Adams, Lewistown, with a fine 17" small-
                                                             the head, this species is capable of inflicting a         mouth bass taken in Penns Creek, Union
f. , ley, or niggerlish (belonging to the grouper            vigorous electric shock.                                                   County.
af, y). are sometimes called Jacob Evertzens
I e r a Dutch pilot famous in the middle of the
• century. It is said that on account of his                    Lungfishes possess a functional lung in addition       Concerning the catching of three big wall-
j" c »-marked face his fellow sailors gave his name          lo gills like other fishes. When the water in which    eyed pike in Pymaluning Lake last season,
  ' l hese spotted fishes.                                   they live is impure, they use litis auxiliary "lung"   Frank Ewing of Pittsburgh writes: " I had
                                                             to breathe air entirely, just as mammals do.           these fish weighed and measured at Campbell's
                                                                                                                    Service Station at Espyville. One was 27 inches
vj, e Raystown Branch of the Juniata River
                                                                        D o n ' t s for F i s h e r m e n           and weighed 7 pounds, one 26 inches, 6 pounds
. 'ded many fine walleyed pike to fishermen last
                                                                                                                    and the other 20 inches. 1 have fished Pyma-
|f as °n, according to Warden Bill Mcllnay of             DON'T:
                                                                                                                    tuning every year since it first opened and find
Sa e ^ e "-, Bedford County, who is now with Uncle         1. P u t your line away wet.
                                                                                                                    better fishing each year. Believe me, I am sold
Hll S l ° r c e s - He compiled a record of 41 walleyes,   2. Use cheap varnish on your rods
                                                                                                                    on this body of water and the fellows that say
h ° v er 20 inches in length, taken from the               3. Forget to oil your reels early and often
                                                                                                                    you can oidy catch carp and catfish just haven't
(I. . h. Top fish of the lot was a 31 inch walleye,        4. Use rotten lines—you might hook that big
                                                                                                                    found the good holes yet. 1 haven't caught a
li| l n 8 the scales at 9 pounds even. It was taken           one
                                                                                                                    carp in the last two years. The crappy bass
|} ° * Everett by J. Hubert Hershberger of                 5. Be skimpy with baits
  c                                                                                                                 are getting swell here, up to 22 inches. When
   Ufor(J.                                                 6. Handle undersized fish roughly                        you get crappies that big it's a lot of fun."
                                                           7. Exceed the daily limit
                                                                                                                       "Though 1 have been fishing for at least
se " e °f the sea's rarest and oddest fish is the deep-    8. Be stingy about telling where fish are biting
                                                                                                                    five of my seventeen years and have read the
ly a"ff/er. The largest males are 1 to 2 inches long;      9. Keep them all—throw some back to catch
                                                                                                                    PENNSYLVANIA     ANCLER    for   an   equally   long
       'argesl females, about 3 feet. Displaying a            over again
                                                                                                                    time, this is the first year that I have plug
    'l09ainous tendency almost incredible, Ihe male 10. Cuss the Fish and Game Departments or the                   fished exclusively," writes Ralph Murrin of
   Qc                                                         U. S. Bureau of Fisheries
       hes himself by a little fringe of flesh to his                                                               Franklin. " T h e results were so good that I
(,„. ,e s body and proceeds lo grow there, becoming       11. Cuss because you don't catch any fish—it
                                                                                                                    would not consider any other type of bait.
„ .lrefy parasitic. The female has a mouth almost             might be your fault
                                                                                                                    Caught some nice smallmouths this season
„ ° 0 ' wide, over which dangles a long growth with       12. Leave campfires burning—Bemember it is
                                                                                                                    (1940) on the Allegheny River at Franklin
   e<lu                                                       God's country, and don't burn it up and make
hJ       li}ul,   tassel-like affair at the end. This                                                               while plugging from my single seater ki-yak.
<nr ^r°^flsh lure has a light in its lip, furthermore, to     it look like hell!
                                                                                                                    The larger bass was 16 and 17M inches long,
| p it doubly attractive. Quietly confident that          13. Be the only guy in your neighborhood who is
                                                                                                                    weighing 2 and 234 pounds respectively. These
»e * s ^Hi come her way, the female just lies on the          not a member of the same fish and game
                                                                                                                    are by no means record fish, but for thrilling
les          ""'"' ' i e r niouth open, dangling herlumi-     association, or Izaak Walton League.
                                                                                                                    sport and downright scrappiness, they can't
ln.°eni lure. As Ihe smaller fish swim toward the         14. Get mad when the other fellow catches the             be beat."
•j,, > she swishes it out of the way, and that's that.        biggest fish
foi . m a ' e w fed directly; the male, through his       15. Use dull hooks.
    ,. lightly grown alimentary canal, being fed          16. Bend the tip of your fly rod around until it            The fly and spinner combination scored in
%ir                                                           touches the b u t t                                   the taking of one of the nicest smalhnouth bass
                                                          17. Forget to return borrowed tackle                      caught in the North Branch of the Susquehanna
                                                                                                                    Biver last season. Michael Kitchen of West
' r id. ^ ° ' p h ' n " s n " m the life" are a bright,                                                             Pittston scored the catch, a 21 inch fish tipping
t^j es cent, metallic silvery-blue. In a matter of             Cast a suspicious eye frequently upon a leader
                                                             that has been used for a considerable time. Be         the scales at 4 pounds 4 ounces.
tij ' 1 " t e s . after the moment of death, they begin
I'M a n g e color, almost chameleon-like. They               on the alert for a frayed or rusty looking spot.
,,0 e Perceptibly, losing their live sheen, and be-          Such a defect may mean the loss of a nice fish            The trunkfish is most appropriately named,
       e a                                                   because of a suddenly broken leader.                   for he literally "lives in his trunk." His body
                dull, muddy, olive-blue.
                                                                                                                    is completely enclosed within a hard, stiff, bony
et)c a r n a c l e s , those cone-shaped white shells that      Story: A heron flying over his Beading home,        shell, the only movable portions of his anatomy
n o t r U s t rocks, jetty piles, and ship bottoms do        says George Stofllet, dropped the 12-inch trout        being his eyes, jaws, fins, and tail.
5 ' C o ntrary to popular impression, simply sit on          it was carrying. Striking a high-tension wire,            The little pine-cone fish is another whose
'iyP 0 r t ' e U P t o s o m e chosen haven all their        the fish fell at his feet, crisply fried by 66,000     thick scales unite to enclose the body in a sort of
        " In their youth they are fragile creatures          volts.                                                 box.
24                                                       PENNSYLVANIA                    ANGLER                                                        AUG V&

                                                HERE \ THERE
                                                N ANGLERDOM
   Anglerettes have been doing themselves proud        of the attendant and landed head first on the          end of Big Bertha but she was placed back '
this season on the trout streams, reports Warden       concrete floor. It was feared that that was the        the hatchery trough and is still going strong-
Robert J. Chrisman of Kushequa. Mrs. T. C.
Carlson of Kushequa caught a fine 14 inch brook
trout, a 22J-2 inch, 3 pound 4 ounce brown trout
and another 20 inch brownie that tipped the
scales a t 3 pounds 8 ounces in Bear Creek, Elk
county. Mrs. J. R. HofTer of Kane scored a nice
catch of brook trout, ranging in length to 10
inches in Fuller Brook, McKean county. This
stream, a tributary to Kinzua Creek is reserved
solely for feminine anglers.

    Special Fish Warden Jack Opachinski of
Nanticoke reports a successful opening of the
bass season at Lake Nuangola this year. He
checked catches of 170 fishermen at the lake and
found t h a t they had taken 225 game fish. Of
t h a t number, 154 were largemouth bass, 14
smallmouth bass and 57 pickerel.
    The bass season really started in a big way for
S. P. Green of Butler and he certainly must be
satisfied t h a t he started at the right place.
    While patrolling Oneida Dam the night of the
opening of the bass season warden, Clifton E.
lman checked the first bass of the season for
Angler Green. It was a largemouth weighing
5J4 lbs., measuring 2 2 % in. in length with a
girth of 153^ in. In the stomach and gullet of
the bass was a partly digested 8 % in. golden

   Writes warden Clifton E. I m a n of Evans
City in regard to the opening day of the trout
season on Butler Co. streams:
   " I t is the first year since I have been working
for the Fish Commission t h a t every fisherman
that was checked seemed to be satisfied. We
surely had an ideal opening day in this section.
Stream conditions were just right for the worm
fishermen and also those fishing with artificial.
Practically everyone had four or five trout and
those that did not, admitted it was their fault
as they had hooked into them.
   "Some of the nice catches I ran across were as
follows: Thorn Creek; Junior Earhart of Valen-
cia, R. D. 2 had four rainbows and two browns
ranging in size from 10 to 16 inches. Floyd
Getty, Sec. of the Saxonburg Club had 8 rain-
bows and 2 browns ranging in size from 10 to 14
in. Paul Hoover, Pres. of the Saxonburg Club
had five rainbows from 8 to 12 in. The nicest
catch F s a w on Bear Creek was made by H. C.
Carnaham, Evans City, R. D. 2 who took 3
rainbows and 4 browns ranging in size from 12
to 14 in."      *

   Hass Lose, Bellefonte, trouter deluxe has this
to say, "If you really want to get an eyefull go
to the Pleasant Gap hatchery to see the greatest
trout of them all. It is a brown trout which
looks more like an Atlantic salmon than a trout.
The fish weighs about 18 lbs. and you could hide
a yard stick under it, or rather her. Late one           Giant Turtle caught in Boydstown Reservoir, Butler County, in early April 1938. This rep:tile
fall when she was being stripped for spawn she           measured 44 inches over all and tipped the scales at 34% lbs. It was quite thin from its w ' c t«* °n.
                                                         sojourn in the mud and would have been over fifty pounds had it been fat. The number of fish yU,
managed to thrash her way free from the arms             sumed by this turtle in its long lifetime cannot even be calculated and the reservoir is well rid of

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