Hold Off Spooling Those Rods

March 10, 2019

If you have been following my columns, our rods are cleaned and inspected. If you have new or already serviced reels, don’t spool the line on yet. It’s too soon to spool the line, because by the time our first trip rolls around in the spring, the line might get a “set.” The first thing I do is get all my rods together. Each rod should have a specific type of fishing assigned to it. More than one type of fishing can be assigned to the same rod. When all the rods are assigned, the line for each rod can be purchased, but not spooled. Buying 10,000 yards of line is not the way to go. While buying in bulk seems cheap, it’s only cheap if it’s used. I used to change my line every week. Now that I am fishing twice a week, I might only change my line once a month. If for no other reason, it keeps the line from getting a “set” to it. It also prevents the line from breaking. Having a line snap when you are playing a big fish is not a good feeling. I chose Berkley for my fishing line. I have been using their lines for more than 30 years and have never regretted it. They make a line for every situation, so I don’t have to research other companies every time I want to try a new braid or line that comes on the market. I’m going to continue this in my next column, because I want to remind everyone about the J&B Sportsmen Hunting and Fishing show at Shadowbrook Inn and Resort in Tunkhannock. They have more than 80 exhibitors at the show. Finhookers Charters are guides on Lake Ontario, and I can speak from personal experience, they are good. Alan Casel is a popular guide on the Susquehanna River. If you have never fished the Susquehanna River, you are in for a surprise. And of course, you don’t want to miss talking to Kevin Walsh. Although Kevin owns the Boat Docktor, located on Lake Winola, he is at the show to tell you all about Lowrance electronics. It doesn’t matter what brand your graph might be, I’m sure Kevin can help you understand it better. They also have plenty of antiques items such as Pennsylvania hunting and fishing licenses, old lures and reels. I will have wildlife prints for sale. Every print is one that the series is sold out. They have all won an award, and they are all matted and framed. They would make a great addition for your den, or over the fire place. I have prints by Gerald Putt, Mark Twain Noe, and Ned Smith. The show hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price of admission is $5 for general admission and $10 for early bird admission. This allows the holder to enter the show at 9 a.m. What an advantage for antique and art shoppers. The resort will be serving breakfast and lunch, believe me, the food is good. They will serve a full menu. Remember, the show will only run the one day, so don’t miss it March 23. DAVE LEWONCZYK Is a contributing columnist for Times-Shamrock newspapers. Contact him at lewonoutdoors@verizo­n.net.