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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: I scored!!!!  (Read 1526 times)

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  • Salmon
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So I was at some lame spaghetti feed and silent auction at the local elementary school showing my support by forking out a bunch of money for cold food...After wolfing down my kindergarten-sized meal I decided to take a look at the auction tables without a hope of finding anything remotely interesting.  After walking pass a cubic butt-ton of flower baskets, terrible watercolors, and bland pottery I saw it.  I had to rub my eyes and do a double take before I could believe it.  A 4-piece Redington 5 weight fly rod with reel and hard case.  Starting bid...$50.  I put my name down and walked away with chest pounding and legs shaking.  With the crowd I was a part of, I knew it was going to go cheap.  It was like holding a royal flush.  I had to play it cool.  I left the auction and came back with 20 minutes to go.  The next highest bid was $53.  I waited until the 2 minute mark, wrote down $54 and hovered nearby waving my ink pen like a saber until the time expired.  That setup is worth at least $200 if not more.  I have never written a check so fast.  I also scored with golf for 2 at Laguna Seca for under $30.  I might have to be a little more optimistic next time I go to some painful fundraiser.

I have flyfished quite a bit on rivers in Alaska and Oregon but have never done it from a kayak.   I saw a guy at stillwater cove catching olives and blues on the fly from a yak a while ago.  Looked like a blast.

I'm stoked...had to share the good news.


P.S.  I'll post a thread when I have the date down, but I'm looking to hit Lake San Antonio for stripers soon.  Come and join me.


  • Salmon
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Good score. I got some kayaks the same way a few years ago. They had two OK Dawn Trakkers up for bid. I thought I was going to get them for a couple hundred but some woman get bidding me up. Still got a deal. Got the two of them for $500. Great little yaks for going out cruising. Too small for me for fishing but my wife has used them for fishing.


  • Sea Lion
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You beat me out  :smt013 .  I was the one who bid $51 and $53 but then I left and asked my wife to keep an eye out.  Anyway it was good for the school.  Congratulations.


  • Salmon
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sorry sackyak!  I wish I would have known you were there.  I'll rent it to you any time.   :smt043

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Congrats on a great rod. I used a Redington 8 and a 9 wt for a few years untl I replaced them wih sages.
I thought redington at least the ones I used were over weighted . For instance I could cast a 10wt line on my 8 wt easly. and for the most part it felt like a 10wt. but that was a ew years ago. As for casting flys in the salt from a yak. It doesn't get any better. However I don't use anything less than an 8wt. once again congrats.
Why Do I paddle a kayak instead of a float tube or a pontoon boat? I like seeing where I'm going not where I've been!
Paddle safe and wrap'em tight.
Rickey Noel Mitchell http://www.paddleandflies.com


  • Sea Lion
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Yeah, Nomad

If you can get out into Carmel Bay the olives are flying after anything on the surface.
Saltwater is the cure for everything that ails us,
sweat, tear or the sea.