Saturday, September 20, 2014

Snake River 9-20-14

Snake River (Looking east toward the St Croix)
We went up to the new spot on the Snake River today.  The water is high as they got 7 inches of rain in one evening just under a week ago.  The Snake was flowing pretty fast, but the temperature was surprisingly nice.  No fishing, spent the day clearing brush and hauling some trash that was accumulated at the rear boundary.

All in all a good day.  The kids shot pellet guns and caught frogs, the dogs ran for hours.  Great to see the dogs sleeping in the car on the way home.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Heddon Imperial 125 Fly Reel

Stripped Heddon Imperial 125.  Photo by JeffSod
I was on the Fiberglass Flyrodders site a few months looking into old Heddon fly rods when the picture above popped up on the screen.  The reel immediately jumped out at me, so I posted an inquiry to find out what it was.

It ended up being identified as a Heddon Imperial 125 with the paint stripped off.  The reel originally had a black finish that was susceptible to scratching and wear around the edges.  A vintage Heddon Imperial in mint condition is shown below.

Mint Imperial 125 with original black finish.  Photo by Bulldog
The reel I found was stripped in a vinegar bath, re-oiled and waxed.  I actually like the bare finish over the painted one.

Can't wait to get this reel on the water!