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Steven Diogenes
(stevenn) - F
Eastern US backpacking fishermen? on 04/06/2011 13:43:12 MDT Print View

Any here? I'm heading up to NYC from FL and I think I'm going to use the soda-can reel and bring some braid, hooks, couple swivels, a small bobber, two DOAs, and a Mirrolure Top Pup topwater (or two, and only if I'm able to master walking the dog with a soda can haha)... and maybe a popping cork depending on how heavy my pack is. Should only be a couple ounces.

Let me know what your setup is and where you fish?? I honestly have no idea what fishing is like north of Florida. We'll see :D

Steven Diogenes
(stevenn) - F
!! on 04/07/2011 07:00:21 MDT Print View

I feel pretty accomplished-- I just walked the dog with a soda can LOL. It's not too hard to get a nice smooth action.

Nate Lee
(nathan52) - MLife
nyc on 04/11/2011 12:34:41 MDT Print View

Pics please, never seen a soda can reel..

up in new england there is lots of fun to be had fishing and backpacking. Since u mentioned nyc, I must suggest the catskills. Awesome stuff there, just google for it and you're off.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: nyc on 04/11/2011 14:50:42 MDT Print View

Soda can reels are just a soda can with line tied onto it and wrapped around it. With the
weight of a full crawler, you can cast it out a fair distance. I call them a "Poachers Rig",
but my brother was not quite so nice, he came back with "Pig Rig"...and worse. It works well until it snarls. You cannot put too much line on them. A tomato can works a bit better, the larger sized one with ridges.

Steven Diogenes
(stevenn) - F
.. on 04/12/2011 20:10:40 MDT Print View

Yea Nate, James is spot on, just a can. With a topwater I can cast just as far as a fishing pole :) I've hiked lightly in the Adirondacks before (Cane Mt). We'll see what happens when I get there :)

Yea, my hobo reel did end up bird's nesting :( I need to learn the bimini twist or whatever to be able to attach line to itself if I have to cut a snarl out.

Though I might try it with braid.