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Welcome to 'just old flies,' a section of methods and flies that used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials available. Long before the advent of 'modern' tying materials, they were created and improved upon at a far slower pace than todays modern counterparts; limited by materials available and the tiers imagination.

Most books, and yes, even we here, bring 'new and improved' designs; however, in days long gone, fish readily accepted these creations; there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to you. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you will fish them. Perhaps . . .

Part Fourteen

Keg Fishing And Assorted Low Acts

By "Old Rupe"

I was amazed to find out the other night that keg fishing has passed from common memory.

Maybe just the class of fish is gone.

Ohio River

Old Gene Arthur and I and some of the Pattonsville boys would go to the Ohio river on the weekends. Drink a keg and bring a second. The first keg (empty one) is tied to well rope size of thumb, which is tied to fish hook made in town of bidwell by the blacksmith.

Hook had gap size of mother's oats box. On this hook put a dressed chicken and 2 beef livers.

Tie the rope to pick-up or tree, and use first beer keg as bobber.

Fish this in low current backwaters. When the keg went down drag fish up and have fish roast. Mostly caught flat-heads of 4 to 6 feet.

You drink second keg waiting for first to go down. A two to three-day event. The Arthurs and Gees were experts at this. Old Gene had aluminum boat - even then. Used it to drop bait away from shore. Needed deep slow water, (not a delicate presentation.)

CA beer keg-strike-indicator separates the men from the boys, not a 5x tippet act.

Old gene tried to be a sportsman once and used a Penn Ocean 4/0-with 80 lb test line and was spooled. And he quit fishing cats and took up bass.

These great fish are now gone. Been gone for 45 years. Sad, but this was the way it was done. A well rope, a fire, a keg of beer, a pickup, and a weekend. ~ "Old Rupe"

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