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RBHarter

West Central AR
I needed some cedar for a build . I picked up 1 about 10' x 12" and another 16' x14 tapering to 8" come get them . I asked around about blow overs and now have an opportunity to go get about 6 18-24" 24+' tall for the price of going to get them and cutting a dead oak down and hauling it away .

The mills get about 50¢ foot rough sawn , an 8x8×8' is about $25 now , maybe more . The cedar seems to be getting hard to get for the mills , even the small mills .
I'm in a place where natural growth forest runs 4000 trees per acre private and public lands are 2000ish .
 

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California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
&%#@$%@ gophers! What with an oppressive and overbearing water company, and the enviro-whackos pulling of Sacramento's puppet strings to mandate that the oppressive and overbearing water company reduce its take from the only local source of fresh water (fish are more important than man, don't you know), it's getting mighty difficult to maintain any sort of nice garden.
 

RicinYakima

High Steppes of Eastern Washington
Yep, still talking about tearing down $250 million of dams out to save 500 salmon a year on the Snake River.
 
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Mitty38

Shatterpated Constituent
I like smoked Salmon on wheat crackers, with cream cheese, and capers. Almost enough to get a smoker.
 

462

California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
Warren Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway own a Klamath River hydro-electric dam that is slated to be removed, because of native Indian fishing rights, enviro-whackos, inefficient cost per kilowatt, and many other reasons.
 

S Mac

SW Mo Hillbilly
My current contribution to thread drift. A bit of trivia, a local creek, Crane Creek, spring fed was stocked
with Rainbow Trout from West somewhere? Transported on the RR. Many creeks were stocked that manner but Crane Creek was the only one the population survived in, now the Mo Conservation some times take some for breeding stock.
 

RicinYakima

High Steppes of Eastern Washington
There were 8 low head dams on the Yakima River 40 years ago. Now there are none, the stated reason was that they only made enough power for 4000 homes each. Because they were on irrigation canals drops, they were maintenance free but required a human to be there to keep it working correctly.

WA is taking down all the 100+ year old river dams, reportedly for salmon, but actually the rivers have filled all the impoundments and they would not generate power during the periods of low rainfall. Plus they had to keep people working there to keep them running. The post WWII dams are reported to be good for another 50 years.

Now there is not a Pacific Power employee closer than Portland, OR, 265 miles, if there is a problem. A power outage they can't fix with computer work arounds, means at least 24 with no electricity.
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
Let’s keep this out of anything that could become a political discussion please.

We are close to the line if not right on top of it.
 
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Joshua

Taco Aficionado/Salish Sea Pirate/Part-Time Dragon
Brad, please delete this if this post stepped over the line.

There has been a lot of talk about Mitchell reels on one of the threads today. Many of us are fishermen. Many of us have a favorite fishing hole.

The Elhwa River is in my neck of the woods. The salmon I fish for in the Straight of Juan de Fuca spawn there.

The dam removal has worked on the Elhwa, and the fish have begun to return. That river once produced 100 pound King Salmon. I hope someday it will again.


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Brad

Administrator
Staff member
Dam removal as it pertains to fishing I don’t mind. Once we get into the politics of dam removal we have a damn problem.

Now Mitchell spinning reels, I grew up using them. My Dad has a few and they were his preferred reels for a long time.
 

JWFilips

Well-Known Member
Now Mitchell spinning reels, I grew up using them. My Dad has a few and they were his preferred reels for a long time.
I did too! The 300 was the King and most sought after ....Have one along with a lesser 325! But now I'm enjoying ultra light spin fishing
so names and reels changed!
One of my favorite combos I use to play with cats, ( not catfish) in my yard! Love to tease those little buggers with a lure with the hooks removed!
Can't eat what I catch but with "catch and release" I & they get to play for hours!
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
My biggest memory of Mitchell spinning reels is the following.

It’s the early 70s and we are visiting my grandparents in Wisconsin. My parents did a fair bit of fishing and my dad decided to buy a new Mitchell 300 for my older brother. As they looked my mom mentioned she wouldn’t mind one as well.

My dad’s solution was to buy himself a new one as well and give his old one to my mother.

Not the best solution If marital harmony is a factor.
 

Missionary

Well-Known Member
I do enjoy casting a small round bobber at any frog on a bank or lily pad when the fishing is slow or I need a frog for bass bait. Silly frogs grab on and will not let go.
 

Rick

Moderator
Staff member
My biggest memory of Mitchell spinning reels is the following.

It’s the early 70s and we are visiting my grandparents in Wisconsin. My parents did a fair bit of fishing and my dad decided to buy a new Mitchell 300 for my older brother. As they looked my mom mentioned she wouldn’t mind one as well.

My dad’s solution was to buy himself a new one as well and give his old one to my mother.

Not the best solution If marital harmony is a factor.

Don't know emoji-small.png I don't see a problem. Sounds perfectly logical and saved money.
 

smokeywolf

Well-Known Member
Did a pretty good amount of fishing with a Garcia Mitchell 306 reel and a medium action Eagle Claw spinning rod. Dad bought it for me in 1961. In 2013 it was stolen out of my 5th wheel by the illegal aliens who worked at the RV storage where I parked the 5th wheel. They got every bit of fishing tackle we owned, plus about $2K worth of other stuff.
 

RBHarter

West Central AR
Today I learned that I live about 30 miles from the only cemetery with a federal highway in it ......somehow that doesn't right ...... Running through it . That's better .
It also is the final resting place of Arthur Hunicutt of film fame circa 1955-75 . He played a side kick to John Wayne in El Dorado .

The Cemetery is in Mansfield AR , and listed in the Guinness book and by Ripley's . Cute town of 4,000ish supported by a saw mill and shed/green house builder .
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
Emmett.
buy?
hot plate, pan, chips, cardboard box, old metal refrigerator, or stove rack and a couple of cinder or other blocks.
if your desperate a shopping cart can be pressed into service.
 

RicinYakima

High Steppes of Eastern Washington
It’s the early 70s and we are visiting my grandparents in Wisconsin. My parents did a fair bit of fishing and my dad decided to buy a new Mitchell 300 for my older brother. As they looked my mom mentioned she wouldn’t mind one as well.

My dad’s solution was to buy himself a new one as well and give his old one to my mother.

Not the best solution If marital harmony is a factor.
Nope, new reel for Mom and Dad and used one for older brother.