Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Cane fishing pole

The folks at the Community Foundation sent me an email today asking if I had a cane fishing pole. The Smithsonian exhibit has to do with Alabama Waterways and they needed the cane pole as a prop. I had one a while back, but Ol' Hook ate it. He didn't bite it. He didn't gnaw on it. He chewed it into little pieces. I've never had a stick chewer...until now.

Anyhow, I put out the word to my fishing buddies and my old friend Leo had one. He told me to come by this afternoon and he'd have it "rigged." That means he'd put a line, hook, sinker, and cork on it.

I ran down after lunch today and part of the river crew was there. The temp was 39 degrees with a steady breeze out of the north. Most of them were cocooned in Army field jackets, gloves, and insulated boots. One of the guys told me they hadn't missed a day this week. Yesterday, it didn't get out of the 20s.

They have a portable firepit that they crank up each afternoon when they arrive.

Leo was there and he brought the cane pole with him. I did a video of him telling about it, but Blogger doesn't play well with videos so you'll have to take my word for it. I also took a picture of him with the cane pole. He said he'd caught bream, crappy, bass, and catfish on cane poles. He's been fishing at the Sipsey Fork of the Warrior River for over 50 years. I can never remember the forks without him standing there.

I got an invitation in the mail today from the Foundation. They want me to attend the reception on the 16th. I told them I wouldn't miss it.


  1. Love this pic and also the ones in your previous post. I know it's chilly down there. I talked to my brother today who lives in Georgia and it was 35de. We're expecting highs around 8de tomorrow and even colder Friday and Saturday. We may see 30 by Monday and that will seem balmy! Stay warm!

  2. I love the pic and the slice of history the cane pole represents!
    It's colder than normal here in NC, too. I'm looking forward to more moderate temperatures next week.

  3. I'll bet Leo has made a bunch of those poles in his day.

  4. Reminds me of the poles we made usimg small tree branches when I was a child. Cane does not grow here. It seems we had to make new poles every time we went fishing. We made our own sinkers too.

  5. Those are some dedicated fishermen going out in the cold like that. Glad you came up with the cane pole for the exhibit are are going to go to it.

  6. It's been a long time since I've had a cane pole, you can catch anything you want with one, it was nice that your friend Leo still had one I really like the picture you took of him holding it.

  7. That a great picture of your friend Leo and his cane fishing pole. I bet he has some great fishing stories.
    Like Emma, we made our fishing poles out of tree branches when I was young but only caught brook trouts, but plenty of them.

    We are waiting for the bomb snow storm...
    Hugs, Julia

  8. Odd how life changes. At one time in my life anyone who had a rod and reel were 'up in the papers' the rest of us used the cane pole.
    I do like the shot!

  9. Anonymous2:50 PM

    That photo would go wonderfully with a biography!!

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