07/06/2019 Scripps pond

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  1. ColdEye

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    This is my go to place now since it is 5mins away from my place. Tried out a bamboo fly rod I got, had a lot of fun. Here are some of the pictures, a lot of fish biting during the am and died down during noon. This turtle was a surprise. Did not expect him to bite the fly. After releasing it he tried to go for the nymph fly I had. They never learn.

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    Shhhhhhh.... don’t give away all the secret spots! :)

    What size is your bamboo rod?
     
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  4. ColdEye

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    My bad. Lol. I always see quite a few people fishing here except early am. 7ft, not sure if it's for a 4wt or 5wt but it works really well with my cheapo 4wt line and unknown silk line.
     
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    Nice - I recently received my grandpa’s old bamboo. I haven't had much time to use it, but it sure is fun. It’s an 8’ 6ish wt.

    The pond is popular. It’s not often the kids and I have it to ourselves (not like we go a ton, either). Regardless, it can be fun catching the little dinks
     
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    If you don't mind, what is the "scripps pond"

    Ive always wanted a bamboo rod. Even read all about how to make them. And yeah... Turtles can be a pain in the butt.
     
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    Rod looks like a Montague “Fishkill”, based on the wrap above the emblem and the emblem

    What length?

    Fun stuff
     
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    Yup that's exactly what this is. 7ft if I remember correctly.
     
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    Cool rod.

    Originally, when it was built in the 1930’s or ‘40’s it probably would have been intended for an HEH size line which roughly equates to a modern 5wt double taper. However many of us who grew up with faster action graphite would find it pleasant with a 4wt line.

    For those not familiar with these old Montague rods: Montague most likely produced more rods during the first half of the 1900’s than any other company. They made rods, cost wise, for the average working class guy. They made saltwater trolling, baitcast, and and spinning rods too and some reels. They were also an OEM builder that produced many store brand rods and for catalog retailers like LL Bean. Montague, along with Horrocks Ibbotson, Shakespeare, and South Bend are what you are most likely to find when you find an old bamboo rod in grandpa or great grandpa’s attic. Most of the old bamboo rods that people bring by the shop for us to look at are Montague models.

    Because so many were made they are not of much value to vintage collectors. But they were good to very good fishing rods. The Fishkill was one of the better and higher cost models while not quite being a high end model in the line up. Similar taper (or same) as some of the higher end Montague rods like the Redwing but fewer guides to save cost.

    Examples less than 8ft are much more rare. Looks like there is a lot of great fishing left in that rod!
     
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    My first fly rod was a Japanese split bamboo outfit that came in a balsa wood box with reel,line etc that my Dad got me when I was 10 years old (1954). That outfit caught a lot of bluegills on poppin' bugs.
     
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    Thank you for the history on it. It is fun to fish. I might try a 5wt line on it to see how it works with that.
     
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    Just a heads up - the pond is an absolute cesspool of decay right now. There are probably over a hundred dead fish lining the shore and the stench is gag inducing at times. To my surprise there were some decent sized bass and a couple of huge 24"+ catfish. All floaters, of course. Plenty of small mosquito fish and the like swimming the shallows, so it's not like there's nothing to eat.

    I'm not sure which department to contact at the city. I'm sure the library is aware, but who knows if anyone working there has taken the initiative to get the pond cleaned up.
     
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    SDFish had the scoop! Posted last night - Dead fish line shore of Scripps Ranch fishing spot
     
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