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What Pound Test Line should I use with an Emmrod Compact Fishing System?

Friday, December 17th, 2010
The Emmrod Short Top Water Rod

The Emmrod Short Top Water Rod

Obviously, the size of the fish you are targeting plays a role here.  Frankly, I am not that concerned with the top end of the scale.  I am more interested in our efforts to catch minnows.  How LIGHT of  a line can we get away with using?

The Nature of the Emmrod Fishing gear rods is they are a bit stiffer.  One of the very few abilities we do not have is to go to those ultra-light lines.  As a general rule, use ten pound test line as a minimum weight line.  You will find the act of casting or vigorous pull backs snapping those two to four pound lines. 

As with all rules, there are exceptions.  One of my customers, Phillip, has terrified the fish in the ocean near where he lives with his fishing prowess and collection of Emmrod Compact Fishing poles.  He is a fair sort of person who DOES want to give the fish a fighting chance so he likes to stretch the effort by using lighter lines. 


He expressed his excitement to me recently after trying out his Emmrod Top Water Rod.  He could actually use his lighter lines.  I provided him the shorter version; however, I imagine the longer version would accomplish the same thing.


Long and short Emmrod Top Water Rods

Long and short Emmrod Top Water Rods

So, I have a request from all you Emmrod Fishermen out there.  Please send me feedback on how you stretch your system to use lighter lines. 

I am going to make a category of blogs called “Fishing Tips” where I can share the wisdom of the various fishermen and women out there who are enjoying Emmrod.  Every tool has its tricks.  Let’s Collaborate!


See the Bass hit when using your Rugged Flex Jr with a Top Water Rod

See the Bass hit when using your Rugged Flex Jr with a Top Water Rod

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Jerry’s Landing Resort Eloika Lake, Elk, Spokane County, Eastern Washington

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

What a fine evening! A few days ago, I took off a couple hours from running my three businesses, real estate, daylilies and Emmrod Fishing Poles ( I said, it is time for a brief sanity break! I am heading over to Jerry’s Landing to rent a canoe for an hour or two. Off I went.

I met Laurie who is half of Jerry’s Landing Resort along with Jerry. She was pleasant and helpful and got me set up right away with a canoe, life preserver and floating seat. She gave me some helpful hints on where to go for the few minutes left in the day.

Off I went! Boy, canoe paddling is really different than a regular row boat at which I am not the good either. I will say, it sure is easier to paddle a canoe than it is to row a boat. I paddled out about a half a mile and gradually drifted with the current and fished along the shore. Long story short, did not get anything but sure had a good time.

One of the reasons I went was to get some more actual fishing experience with my Emmrod Packer. This is a fine compact fishing system which is only about 22 inches long. It uses either a bait caster or closed face spinning reel. I use the later. I was very pleased to be able to cast it 30 to 40 feet using only the weight of my small spinner. While that was the wrong bait for the area, playing with it was a lot of fun. Fishing in the confines of the canoe where I did not dare stand up–actually found myself thinking about laying down in the bottom when the wakes rolled in–I found it incredibly convenient to have all my tackle, bait and fishing pole including a spare Emmrod Packer all set up in two five gallon buckets. It would have fit in one, but I had been working on my daylilies all day and just kept throwing worms in a five gallon bucket of dirt so I just drug the whole thing along instead of putting the worms in a small cup.

Some lessons learned:

Try to stay perpendicular to the shore when you hear an ocean liner flying down the center of the lake at 200 knots per hour. When that wash arrives four minutes later, you just do not want to be parallel to the wash. Thank goodness, I do not get seasick.

Do not scream at your kids even when they won’t stop crying. Your cursing carries over the water even more than the kids screaming. You come off on the bad end of the impression scale.

Treble hooks are not very useful in the weeds. There is nothing they won’t catch except maybe fish. Eloika Lake is a weedy lake.

Listen to what Jerry and Laurie tell you about what to fish with.  I should have bought a couple of the white jigs Laurie recommended to me as what the Crappie were biting on now. Even the worms were not attractive to the fish that evening.

Even though I did not catch anything, I had a great time. I saw several loons and one seemed to like my presence as it stayed about a hundred feet away from me most of the time I was out. A big fat beaver swam by with a stare as if to say “And who do you think you are?” A cat was hunting down by the river but did not seem to catch anything either.

I finally pulled the plug and coasted into Jerry’s Landing as the sun set. A great time relaxing and watching nature. Wish I had caught a fish, but, in the end, it is not about the catching but about the trying.

When the fishing bug bites, keep Jerry’s Landing Resort in mind. They are a great young couple providing a fine service to those of us escaping reality for a few hours. According to them, right now the Crappie are biting and are being caught up to 12 inches long. A 5.5 pound Bass, Large Mouth Bass I believe, was landed.  Just a thought on the Bass, keep the little guys and release the big ones. They take forever to get that large. Catch and release is a great plan on big bass. Finally the perch seem to be biting as well.

Here are some of the services offerred at Jerry’s Landing Resort:
Full RV hookups, Cabins, a store, Fire pits and Picnic Tables, Boat and Canoe Rentals, FULL BATHROOM FACILITIES (Very important for us old guys.). Prices are realistic, service is polite and friendly, the location is super convenient and Eloika Lake is a great lake to fish. It is one of the top four Bass Lakes in the NW from what I understand.

So, to visit Jerry’s Landing Resort, North on Hwy 2 (Newport Highway) past Riverside High School and Miller’s One Stop to Oregon Road. West (left from Spokane) to Regal Road. Left to Jerry’s Landing.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.


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Bass Lake, Stevens County, Republic Washington

Monday, March 1st, 2010

In the Lake Series of Blogs, I am going to purloin basic info from other sites to make a compilation of details about different lakes. I am starting with BASS LAKE which is about 3 or 4 miles from Republic Washington in the NW corner of Stevens county Washington.

Latitude: 48.6324037 Longitude: -118.0010965

MAP LINK:,-95.712891&sspn=49.449097,78.662109&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bass+Lake&ll=48.632455,-118.001232&spn=0.020166,0.038409&t=h&z=15

While there is a lot of good fishing in this area, Bass Lake just does not come up on any of the searches as a place for the general public to fish. It is surrounded by pretty heavily treed area and appears to be fed by a couple short streams. The main water flow in terms of small streams in the area seems to pass this lake by. The lake is more or less round and appears to be about 4-500 feet across. The aerial photo makes it look like the east side is fairly swampy in the trees, but, that may be a shaddow effect. There is a road that accesses the hill from the north side of the lake.

due to the lack of information on line about this lake, I would check with local people in Republic before trying to fish it.

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Swimming: Water Buffalo Wallow or Clean Crystal Clear Spring

Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Beautiful swimming and mud fishing lake

Beautiful swimming and mud fishing lake

Swimming: Water Buffalo Wallow or Crystal Clear Spring

Growing up at Nasuli, Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines, my friends and I had a beautiful, 30 foot deep, crystal clear swimming lake fed by several springs.  we swam in it, bathed in it, our drinking water came from it, I fished it for minnows, eels and mud fish (snake head fish), and caught frogs along its banks.

Not far away, there were several water buffalo wallows.  The water buffalo has no sweat glands.  It is a beast of burden, ploughs, harrows and works very hard.  To keep your water buffalos healthy, you have to give them cooling off time.  They love a nice pond or slow moving river as much as the next guy, girl or fish.  On the other hand, a little depression in the ground full of water works just as well.

They lie in these wallows for several hours getting rid of all that built up heat.  They lie there contentedly chewing their cud daring you to end their respite early.  In the meantime, they churn up the bottom of the pond and conduct all sorts of bodily functions in the water and move around creating a fine slurry of water, what they produce and the mud on the bottom.

We kids loved to emulate the water buffalo!  We spent uncountable hours jumping in and out and swimming these wallows.  We played in them until every fiber of our short pants, when we wore them, was completely surrounded by and infused with water buffalo wallow muck.

Our mothers screamed with frustration when we got home.  “You have that beautiful clear swimming pool with crystal clean water and you go swim in that foul, disgusting muck filled with carabao (water buffalo) poop and who knows what else.  What is the matter with you? You filthy little urchins!”

Some 40 and more years later, I have come to the conclusion the issue was the same spiritual battle we all fight.  On one hand, God has so much for us that is good and wonderful.  Yet, when offered the choice of His magnificence, you guessed right, off to the water buffalo wallows we go!  He so understands my mother!

Oh for Grace to stay on the right track!

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February & March 2010 Emmrod Sales Schedule

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Other sales up coming:  Possibly the 19-21 February show in Yakima.  Won’t decide until a couple days before. Highly dependent on Spokane weather.

25-28 February.  I am contemplating the Home and Yard Show in Spokane.  Watch for updates.  Sorry, Fishing Poles, even those as great as Emmrod, are not considered fit for the home and yard show.  I tried!  All of the Custer shows are very strictly regulated as to what is sold.  e.g. Home and Yard show deals only with home and landscaping, fountains etc etc.  The Craft show requires you to be making the product your self to the point of even making most of the parts. I am not dinging them, they are consistent.  The fishing poles just do not fit in any of their show categories.  I wish they did!

4-7 March.  Great “Western Sportsfishing Show at the Convention Center I think I am booth 220 for that by the Big Tank.

18-21 March Big Horn Show at the fair grounds.  I will be by the fishing tanks.

2-4 April, Lewis and Clark Traders Gun show Spokane Fair Grounds

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Commercial Fishing vs. Sport fishing

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

I find myself conflicted.  I really detest fishing nets and long line fishing.  On the other hand, I like cheap fish at my local stores!  How do we find a middle ground? Wikipedia has a fairly good pro and con article on Long Line Fishing which I will not regurgitate here.  But, the long and short of it is the various jurisdictions are working hard with the commercial fisheries to craft both product and procedures to avoid the negative aspects of Long Line Fishing yet keep it as a viable means of meeting our commercial fish production needs.

What are the primary negative aspects?  From an ecological point of view, they are:  Catching unwanted species of fish;  catching birds–about 100,000 albatross die each year as a result of long line fishing per the Wiki article; and catching turtles.  I will add one more to that.  They just take too many fish.  A multi mile long line with hundreds or even thousands of hooks has the capability to decimate the fish population in an area.  In fairness, the law recognizes the state of the fishery and limits or raises the number of hooks permitted based on the number of fish available to catch.

My strong feelings are based on what I observed in Hawaii.  I do not recall why, but a number of long liner boats were fishing near Guam or Samoa, I forget which, and went afoul of the government or the people there. In any case, they moved to Hawaii.  They were dragging lines within legal limits; however, were not obeying local custom. Local custom, if I recall correctly said long liners had to stay at least 20 miles out; however, legally, they could be within a few, two or three? miles of the shore.  They were encouraged to obey local custom but declined. There was virtually an instant decline of the fisheries within 20 miles of the coast and this was the fishery the tourist trade, local recreational and small scale commercial fishers used.  I am not aware of the politics involved, but, would guess the powers that be within the local community, the business community and the ethnic Hawaiian as a subset of the local community raised such a stink the state government felt compelled to change the rules and pushed that long line fishing limit back out to the 20 mile, or perhaps even the 26 mile limit.  The close in fishery almost immediately began to get better.

So as a recurring theme, we need to continue to seek that middle ground where we preserve our resources, recognize the value of all the players and consumers and determine how to meet our corporate needs as people, yet meet the needs of each of the groups involved.  Total environmental fascism is clearly not the answer.  Neither is fishing it all out until it is gone.  God has given us huge resources and technological skill and a huge amount of ocean.  Let’s see how to put it all together.

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One of the biggest fish I ever caught and why I was glad it got away!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

I lived in the little town of Maili, Ohau Island, Hawaii from 1985 to 1992. I was gone mucht of that time on the road to South East Asia (SEA) but made time to go fishing when I was home.  We lived five houses from the main highway that circled the Island, almost.  On the far side of the highway was a beautiful beach and the ocean.   It does not get more convenient than that! 

My pole was about ten feet long and I used a large open face spinning reel.   I had a large swivil at the end of the line, then put a leader with a weight on it and threw it out as far as possible, maybe a 120 feet or so.  The weight would normally hang up in the rocks so you could have a good tight line that would not be thrown back up onto the beach by the wave action.  When you had a hit, the lighter line attached to the weight would break and you could fight your fish.   I baited my nice sized hook with a long strip of squid or eel, and put a heavy duty leader on it that was tied to a swivil type clip.  After clipping the baited hook and leader to the line, it would work its way out to sea until it hit the larger swivel at the end of the line.  After getting it all set I up, I placed the pole in a holder stuck in the sand, hooked a bell to the line, picked up a book, pretended to read it while I watched the girls and waited for the bell to ring.

Most of the times, the bell did not ring. Long Line fishing was in a state of flux with many long liners plying the close in waters. (See my blog on long line fishing.)  Yet one day, the bell went nuts!  I grabbed the pole and jerked it back with some strength.  For the next 45 minutes or so, I fought something, but had no idea what it was.  I just knew I was getting tired.  Meanwhile a big crowd of people gathered on the top of the berm behind me waiting to see what monster I had hooked.  Finally, it showed in the surf near the beach.  A HUGE turtle! 

No way!  I can’t keep it, even though they make great soup and the shells look great in combs.  But even worse, it is illegal to hurt them or do anything to them.  On the other hand, if I just cut the line, it will be a death penalty for the turtle eventually.  So, I just kept fighting it hoping to get close enough to use my pliers to remove the hook or at least cut the line very close to the turtle so it won’t strangle in it. 

All of a sudden, there was a big wave and my line was slack. I was SO happy, the big one got away!  I think everyone on the beach sighed a sigh of relief with me.  Go back to the wild, lay a lot of eggs and avoid the turtle eaters in life.

I do think, if I had been using my Emmrod Packer, with a bait casting reel and a gulf master tip, I would likely have been able to land it.  So, I guess we just need to be happy they were not invented at that time!   But, if you are going to fish for some large fish, read the earlier story on Mel and look at some of the heavy duty options on my website which can be reached at any of these addresses:,,,,,,

Why you should get a night watchman job on a dry dock!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

My last duty station in the military was at Barbers Point, Hawaii.  In 1987 and a bit of 1988, I worked part time as a night watchman on a dry dock just outside of Barbers point.  In and of itself, there are quite a few interesting stories to tell about that.  This dry dock was involved in making the decorations depicting bomb strikes on the vessles used to film “Winds of War.”  That was neat to see.  Then, there was the huge sailboat we had in the dock for about six months while we cleaned it up and fixed the break in the keel which was caused by not blocking it correctly.  At least, that is what the owners said.  Then, there were other boats that came and went including a submarine which was also used in the movie. 

Now, those things are neat, but not the reason why you take a low paying night time job.  You take it because these little man made bays off the ocean are prime breeding areas for all kinds of fish.  On top of that, you have a huge spotlight at your disposal to draw the fish to the good ol’ fishing hole.  We had so much fun fishing there.

I have tried to recall and look up names of fish we frequently caught and have struggled on both accounts.  There was a large eyed Jack we called Papio.  I think when it got over five or ten pounds we called it ulua.  What we caught off the end of the dock was Papio.  These were a nice silver fish that tasted great.  When they hit, the really fought and were great fun to catch.   They tended to school with a reddish colored fish whose name I could not locate.  It too tasted quite nice.  If you caught an eight inch fish of either type, we figured they were pretty big.  Then, there was the Oio.  This is a Ladyfish or Bonefish.  These were really fun.  They looked a bit like Walleyes and were typically 18 to 24 inches long.  You cleaned these fish by “Spooning” them.  To do this you cut off the tail about an inch into the fish.  Then, you took a large spoonand gradually worked the meat out the cut end of the fish.  It would squirt out like toothpast.  Then, you took the bowlful of meat and mixed it up with eggs and other spices and vegetables and made deep fried meatballs from it.

My FAVORITE fish to catch was the Hammerheads.  They were about two feet long and fought like crazy. It would take about 20 minutes to land each one.  The interesting thing about these fish was they stunk to heaven.  But, if you gutted them and let them hang in the water overnight, they cleaned right up and you had some very good meet with no bones.  MMM MMM  MMM!  If you ever fish for hammerheads, be very careful of their teeth and skin.  The first one I caught sliced me like a razor and the skin is like an 80 grit sandpaper so handle with care.

I just wish I had had my Emmrod fishing poles back then.  It would have been so easy to put all my gear in a little bucket and have it convenient to go fishing.  The packer to bring in those guys you caught with bait and the kayak king to go after the Oio and Hammerheads by spinning.  Yes sir, if the opportunity to get a job on a dry dock presents itself, jump for it!

I am going to put in a word of caution.  I am not sure how healthy these fish were.  Who knows what kind of impact those rusting hulks we cleaned up had on the water in there.  But, my last kid was born after we ate a lot of these fish and I was not able to sell him to the circus. On the contrary, he has his Mother’s good looks, His father’s wife’s intelligence, graduated from Whitworth University summa cum laude and is now teaching English for the Japanese Government in Japan. 

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Fishing for Mudfish

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Growing up in the Philippines, I was a mini-Tarzan.  I spent a lot of my spare time in the jungle surrounding the missionary town where we lived. As a boarding student, I spent a lot of my time in solitary hunting and fishing endeavours.   Nasuli was a couple hundred acre area where we had the headquarters for the southern branch of Wycliffe Bible Translators.  The “town” was on the edge of the jungle with a river on one side and fields on the other with an airport at the top end where our Helio Courriers were kept.  Over the years, the number of houses  expanded to about 50 or 60.  We lived in about three different sections of the town over the years as my parents were founding members going out in 1953.  They were stationed there several times and out in the jungles others. I took most of my schooling up to 7th grade there be it living with my folks or in a boarding school we had.

I was fearless as a kid.  I roamed an area up to about 15 miles in some directions and about five to ten miles in others.  I had three particular passions. Growing a garden, collecting orchids and fishing!  Fishing in Nasuli involved mostly trot line fishing.  The budding Atherton Enterprises, grew stuff in the garden and sold the produce or went to the jungle and collected orchids which were then sold to the other missionary families for the centavos necessary to go to Bankod to buy hooks and line.  Then, the fishing started.

On occassion, I would fish in the small lake for which Nasuli was named.  This was a five or ten acre lake with three deep 20-30 foot springs.  The water was crystal clear, cold and drew us kids like magnets.  I was in and out of that pool many times a day.  I was also fishing it.  There were three kinds of fish, minnows, mud fish and eels. 

The eels were about five feet long and about five inches thick.  We rarely saw these and the only time I was invovled in catching one was with Uncle Seymore A. who shot it late one night with a spear.  Pretty good meat! 

I fished for the minnows pretty regularly.  These were 2 to about 4 inches long and we ate them too. I never developed a taste for them, but, they were fun to catch.  I used a pretty small hook and a single piece of cooked rice on the end.  Our fancy poles consisted of a six or seven foot bamboo cane cut for that purpose with my “bolo.”  My bolo was made from spring steel harvested from a derelict truck.  Nice, heavy and pretty sharp.  I could cut a large bamboo pole several inches thick in two or three whacks.  Other bait for the minnows was bread spit balls. I hated fishing with Buzzy D because he always ate the bait. He would promise not to, then, all of a sudden, it would be gone.  Man! You had to bake the bread back then, you could not just go get another loaf! What was baked never lasted long!  I am still mad at you Buzzy. (not)

Mud fish was the other kind of fish in this lake.  The Binokid or Visayan (I am not sure which language the name came from. The local language was Binokid, the trade language was Visayan.)  term for this fish is pronounced ”Hollow on.”  Thais call this fish Pla chon but it shows on the menus as Snake Head Fish.   Looking through photos of fish from Thailand and the Philippines, I am pretty sure it is a variety of the snake head fish family.  Anyway, it was alive and well in the waters at Nasuli.  Occasionally, I caught them by throwing a line out with a minnow, worms or a live frog on it.  Other times, I got impatient and snagged them.  By far, the most common way I fished for these was on a trot line. 

There was a lot of water in this area.  A river flowed serenely by one side of our acreage.  Actually, our lake flowed into it through a spillway and dam set up in the early days to establish a hydro electric system.  I never did learn why that never worked.  But, it made a great lake for us to play in so I am glad that was done.  Off to one corner of the lake, there was a little slough which proved to be a fertile fishing place.  I recall once bellying up to the water’s edge to observe one of these fish that was about 18 inches long and three or four inches thick.  They are built like a baseball bat.  It was taking care of its tiny little babies which swirled around it but were so small you could barely distinguish one individually.  I am sorry to say, the thought of the fish frying overwhelmed any thought of the fish fry and I jumped in and caught that puppy by hand and took it home.  Probably severely reduced the number of fish for me to catch over the next few years.  We also had a pond which had a lot of mud fish and tilapia which had been stocked by Dr. Monteymeyor from the Muswan Agricultural College about twenty miles away.  I loved that man.  He was such a humble and nice guy who really took a lonely kid under his wings. In my 18th or 19th year, while living with my uncle in Alabama, I leared he had passed away. It was a sad day for me.   Anyway, this pond had the snakehead fish, tilapia and a big two foot plus long fish I stalked for years.  I hardly ever saw it and only came close to getting once.  I had a bow and arrow with a three prong tip.  I saw the fish as it headed for a cave in the side of the bank, I let fly and that arrow was out in the water wiggling all over the place.  By the time I grabbed it, Mr. Fish was history.  I never saw it again!  I did catch a lot more snakeheadfish out of that pond.  Again, sorry to say, I fished the tilapia out in a couple years.

My trot line poles consisted of a piece of bamboo about two feet, maybe three feet long.  I would notch them about the middle of the stick and tie my line there.  Finding a likely place, and I knew the likely places in the river, lake and pond, I would place my stake at a 45 degree angle into the bank almost up to the point where I had the line tied.  I had split the top end of the bamboo down an inch or two.  I would fold the line into that split so the bait would hang just at the surface of the water but the line could easily pull out to give the fish some play and time to get hooked.  My favorite bait was live frogs.  They would swim for hours (I still feel a pang of sorrow for the frogs’ pain 40 or so years later!) and their movement was an attractant for the fish.  Before leaving, I would flick my fingers in the water making a fairly large glug glug glug sound.  This seemed to draw fish–or I had been told it would.  I can not say definately if it was that, the frog or luck, but, I caught fish pretty regularly!

So, not much else to say about fishing there. Most of my last three years in the Philippines were spent away at boarding school outside of Manila.  I only got to visit the old fishing holes during summer or Christmas breaks.  I still miss them but am afraid to go back.  I am sure what seemed so huge and awe inspiring to me back then will look much smaller now and I choose to enjoy the memories of grandneur and hugeness.


I did learn as a kid a lesson about conservation from the tilapia issue.  If we do not shepherd our resources, we loose them. So, don’t consider me a “go back to before people were here so the animals can live like they used to” kind of guy, but, I sure do want us to do things to not only preserve the fun we can have, but even make it better. Our hunting and fishing licenses really play a big part in accomplishing that end!


One final PS that will not fit in another story.  We had lots of iguana’s in this area.  Mostly, they were pretty small, but, there was one big fat one that used to hang out by the pond.  I tried forever to get it with my sling shot.  I was a pretty good shooter and could probably still make one by hand faster than todays kids can load a computer program.  One day I was in our dining room (fancy word considering the house, one of the first two or three built in the early 50’s) where we were living.  It had a large window overlooking the pond down below and maybe 75 or 80 feet away.  Now, this house was built almost entirely from bamboo except for the trees that formed the poles upon which it was built and the cogone grass which made the roof.  The floors were split bamboo, the walls were yet another kind of thin walled bamboo split then flattened out and woven together.  The grass roof was tied to bamboo slats running latterly along the bamboo pole rafters of the house.  The window was a large opening in the wall which you could cover with a large piece of framed woven bamboo in a rainy time.   BUT looking out of the window one day, I noticed my target of many hunting trips lying on a large limb of some jungle tree which grew out over the pond almost at eye level of where I stood.  I got my sling shot out and three tries later, WHAM, I hit old lizard right in the gizard.  Down he went, but, the water revived him and he swam away.  I bet he is still there saying where is old David. He better hurry up!


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Why Buy an Emmrod Fishing System?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I’m not telling you to throw away your other fishing poles but, you just might!
How many kinds of hammers are there?  Carpenter, Jeweler, at least 3 kinds of ball pien, rubber, Claw,  club, sledge, joiner’s mallet, and so on.  Is any one better than the other or more or less of a hammer than the other?  No, each is a tool designed for its special functions.  We can say the same for pliers, irons, golf clubs, cars, trucks and fishing poles.  That leads us to Emmrod!
There are as many fishing poles as you can imagine, in fact there are about half a dozen different basic Emmrod fishing poles! With mixing and matching parts, you can create an even larger pool of choices! So, what makes Emmrod Special?
DURABILITY!        This pole just does not break!  The Rod part of the pole is Made in USA Stainless Steel.  Other parts are made in around the world and assembled in Spokane Washington by a Family owned and operated business. Great care is given to make sure each pole meets the highest standards. The company has been in business building these poles almost a decade and has actively listened to their customers and made changes to continually improve the Emmrod Fishing System.  We back up Emmrod with a great guarantee!
COMPACTABILITY!        One of the biggest problems with fishing is the hassle of getting from your house to your boat or river bank to fish.  With each additional person that problem increases.  How many times have you broken your rod slamming it in the door, driving over it, or stepping on it?  How many times has your wife had an additional ear piercing from your favorite hook on a pole squeezed between you as you drive?  With Emmrod, you can literally put an entire family’s fishing gear in a small backpack!  No hassle in dis-assembly or reassembly.   Ladies, if your husband does not support you in your fishing hobby, keep in mind, the Packer easily fits in a midsized purse.  You can tell him “Honey, I am off to the mall” and he will never know you went fishing!

PACKABILITY!        We talk about less clutter and space.  That is so important for the hunter, backpacker, Extreme Fisher, survivalist or airplane pilot or crew member who wants a surival pack or anyone who wants to be able to have a lot of capability but does not have room or weight allowances to permit taking a lot of equipment.  The Packer breaks down to about 12 inches of space and just a few ounces of weight! Other models breakdown into different sizes but all are very compact.


ADAPTABILITY!       How many times have you cursed the fact you have to drag three or four different poles to your favorite fishing area to accommodate the different types of fishing you are going to do?  With Emmrod, you may still want to take some different poles, fly fishing pole, bait casting reel pole and spinning pole for example, but, they all fit into a much smaller bag and you can buy several different rod tips to vary your fishing pleasure.  
CASTABILITY!        The Packer is a 2 foot pole with the action of a 6 to ten foot rod.  The spring assist in the stainless steel rod and the minimal number of eyes, usually just one, so reduces friction on the line that you can match or exceed the casting capability of much longer rods. You can cast over head or from the side and in places where there just is no room to handle a long pole.

SHOOTABILITY!       What?  We are not hunting!   True!    But, when we fish, often we find ourselves in a place where standard casting is just not going to workEven underhand casting may be difficult.  In these cases, you can grab the end of your pole, bend it back, aim and let her fly.  This will work easily up to and sometimes farther than 50-60 feet! Obviously, how heavy the weight is and how much you practice are factors.


 HOOKABILITY!  I know, just like most of my “Bility” words, this is not a word either, but you understood it!   In virtually any use, the spring in the rod helps set the hook, but, in trolling,  ice fishing or any use where the pole is not held in your hand, we see this magnifiedThe fish bites and pulls the rod, the spring pulls back and Mr. Fin is on the line! 


DECLUTTERABILITY!  I mentioned this in the compatibility paragraph, but, just think how much happier the non-fishing spouse is going to be when all of the gear shrinks down to a drawer or bucket or two instead of taking up the entire garage ceiling or wall space. Be it the garage, the car or the boat, being able to pack a family’s worth of fishing gear in a small spaceis going to make everyone happier. No tripping, no breaking, no huge packinging or unpacking hassles. Less time getting ready, more time fishing!
FUNABILITY!  Everything about the Emmrod is designed to give you more time fishing and better luck fishing.  The less time in take down or set up or packing, the more time fishing.  The more accurately you place your bait, the more you catch.  The more durable your fishing system, the less you spend.  Add it all together, more time fishing at less expensereally equals a lot more fun.  After-all, fun is what fishing is all about!