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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:26 pm • #  
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All Americans are Cowboys
Like most Folktales this one started with a phone call It was
April First, 1977.
“Fred?,”
I answered, “Yes
“Fred, we need you to teach a course in the mill, at Syktyvkar.”
It was Heri O., from Sweden.
“Yeah, right! Happy April fool to you too”
“No Fred, this serious, we are doing the installation of two Dual vessel digester control systems, a dual (two process lines) Bleach plant and two Paper Machine process control systems. System training in the mill is in the contract!”
Where is Syktyvkar? About 750 miles northeast of Moscow, almost on the arctic circle and almost as far east as the Ural Mountains
These photos are from my second trip to the USSR, June 1 to July 3, 1977
We organized a fishing trip for June 18 and June 19. The guys and I were planning a White Night. (Stay up all night drink Vodka and fish) Typical Russian party 5 guys, 6 bottles of vodka and a sleeping bag for the American when he passed out. Which I did after about 2:30 AM.
We went up river since the river was biologically dead below the mill. One of the guys saved enough money over ten years to buy a boat and motor. His boat was a copy of a Lone Star. The outboard motor was an Evinrude 35, with a strange Russian name. we pulled in to shore 40ks up stream. The meadow was covered with wild flowers. We spent the evening “fishing”, telling stories, talking about life, I demonstrated every way I knew to cast. But the hit of the evening was when I cast a cigarette butt. Money exchanged hands, bets were made. Dang, He did it!
This Komi Guy came out of the woods, leading a horse on a rope. He asked what they were doing?
We are talking with an American. “An American? You have to ride my horse.” I had never been on a horse! I took 3 attempts to get seated and when I did I came down on the sore on its back!
The horse took off!
I didn’t know Russian for “Whoa.” It didn’ understand English. Finally, when I pulled its head into my lap. It stopped! I rode around the meadow and stopped near the KomI Guy. He said, “See, I told You all Americans are cowboys!!!” (translated from the Russian)
I am the fourth American to set foot in Syktyvkar. I am the first American to visit Polosatyi Xvost (Village of Striped Horse Tail). Don’t ask , that is a whole nother story


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Ferd72,
That's a story that most of us wouldn't be able to tell. All it needed was a paragraph including your old Mitchell reel. :sCh_fisherman: :clap

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Ted Lanham


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Great Adventure and Memories. Thanks for sharing.
Kim :tup :tup


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Hey Ted,

Respectfully, I understand your point about being on topic with Mitchell tackle (reels specifically here). [I've got me fishing in Russia photos/stories (in formerly restricted areas - missile silos/submarine base) myself - but only a little to do with Mitchell.]

Fred, please forgive if I say your posts have not always been to the point and on topic.

That said, in this thread please observe the reference to the 324 in the first photo "comment" and the image itself.

Warm regards,
John


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:20 pm • #  
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Hi Guys,

My first Mitchell 324 was purchased as a blue light special. I was gearing up for the trip. I learned the hard way, during the 1975 trip. That one is still in Russia. I had a "Pick the number" prize the last day of class. I explained the function of every thing in my tackle box and gave all the stuff away. The rod and reel combo was the big prize. The guys had never seen anything like it!

See the post " A tale of two reels" and " Build your own Franken reel." I never used the 324 prior to the trip. I have used the replacement.

I have a brown 5 star with agate guides and an old beat up 300. I use this rig for top water bass fishing.

Look at the picture! the 324 is in my hand and in several posts on this board. I can wax poetic about my 300s for as long as you can stand it. Frankly, I prefer to fish for Bass. Nothing compares with a tail walking Large Mouth Bass on the back end of a Rapala on a tight line!. Ah, to hear the 300 drag singing its song

I have asked Ted to delete the the photo posts and any thing off topic. NBD,

Fred


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Fred,

When you post a topic and have later items, add to your original post. Don't start another half dozen threads on the same item/topic (and under different categories, to make it worse). That's very confusing. No other poster here does that, in case you haven't noticed.

Also, I'm not convinced you actually read the replies spread across your threads - which is why I have stopped reposting to you what I already wrote.

So, please help us out here.

John


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John,

I have read every post! I have tried to delete the bad posts. PLEASE HELP ME OUT HERE!! If you know how to delete Posts :help:

Fred


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Hi Guys

The casting demonstration mentioned was performed with my 324 and a telescoping rod. The more vodka I drank, the better I got
If there was a casting technique I knew, I did it! Side arm, flip cast, cast right, cast left,You name it, I did it. Then I cast the cigarette butt.

My students were astonished! They had never seen such a rod and reel. why tale a 324 on a trip to nowhere? Because, I knew that a LEMZ soviet made reel parts are completely interchangeable. That was also the reason I gave it away. I knew they would have a parts source.

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Hey Fred,

Great story about the 324!

John

Gratuitous photos of me in Russia above the Arctic Circle in July a couple decades ago (below) :sCo_uhm: :blush. I'm pretty sure I remember the guide and the Russian lawyer packing 300s :banana.
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Mates,
Did the fish cooperate? :sCh_fisherman:

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Ted Lanham


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