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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.

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