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  • #5027

    Scotty MacFly
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    I have made my mind up to help thin out the brookies and help the cutthroats get a better chance at a stronger population. I know in all reality I can’t do this on my own, and I’m really fooling myself at this, but all in all I have decided that I’m going to be fishing for brookies most of this year. And I will be taking fish home with me. Within regulation limits of course.

    I need a new creel, and there are many brands out there, so if you all wouldn’t mind helping me to choose a good one, I’d be thankful. I have a Field & Stream creel, but it isn’t the best.

    Hey, notice how this forum just got alive all of a sudden? Must be time.

    #5029

    Dark Waters
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    Scotty there are an awful lot of them on eBay, and some cool looking vintage ones too.

    #5030

    Creek
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    Don’t get one that has been coated. The wicker is supposed to absorb moisture to stay cool.

    #5031

    Scotty MacFly
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    Creek, are you speaking of a wicker creel that has coating? Forgive my stupidity, but aren’t they all coated these days, or do you know of some that are not? But I will follow your advice.

    As a child I would just put some wet grass in the bottom of it, and it did ok I guess, but the grass trick did better in some creels than others, like my Field & Stream creel, grass doesn’t stay wet very long in it.

    #5032

    Creek
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    That’s the problem. Most are sprayed now. Maybe in England they do it the old way. The next option is to buy an old one.

    #5033

    Scotty MacFly
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    Just got done looking at E-Bay and what beautiful old creels. There’s one that looks just like my grand fathers, and at good prices. Lot of boo rods at affordable prices, but I’m weary of that.

    Cabelas has one for $65, and it doesn’t look treated. The cheaper one they sell looks definitely treated.

    #5034

    wheezeburnt
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    … or you might find one in New England. I live across the line from Maine in New Brunswick, and the art of split ash weaving is alive and well. My daughter’s grandfather in law makes canoe baskets and creels from split ash, and they are gorgeous. Of course, he’s in his 80s, but there are a few younger fellows doing it. ANyway, he made me one, and it is fantastic. Uncoated of course, and held closed with a piece of whitetail antler. It works well with the bed of grass in the bottom. I’d say the newer, flatter synthetic creels are likely more comfortable to carry for a whole day, though. Mine sits out quite far on my hip and has to be swung back behind from time to time. I just like it for aesthetic reasons.
    brent

    #5035

    Creek
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    Yes, there’s nothing comfortable about a wicker creel. They look cool in paintings. That’s where the cool ends.

    #5036

    JoeFriday
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    You can find some interesting creels on etsy, too. Both vintage and new.

    #5037

    wheezeburnt
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    Creek said: “They look cool in paintings. That’s where the cool ends.”

    Haha! Yep, that about sums it up. Mine hangs in a prominent place of honour in the loft over my garage, next to the tying table. I take it in the canoe a couple times a year, and wading on the stream across the road a couple more. Truthfully, there’s never been a trout in it, but it has carried its share of 10″ yellow perch. Cecil (who made it for me) would no doubt shoot me if he knew that.
    brent

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