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Apr-13-2006, 9:47am
This is a photo of Andy Owens multitasking. Fishing, picking and talking on the phone. #Andy posted this on his blog. #My band is recording at Andy's studio in Deep Gap, NC and he is also producing it for us. #

Bud Martin

Apr-13-2006, 11:37am
Looks like a satellite phone no less, way cool!

Doug Edwards
Apr-13-2006, 11:42am
Ya think the picking attracted that Walleye? Nice catch anyway.

Looks like a case of BASS in action.

Dale Ludewig
Apr-13-2006, 1:24pm
I think I have that same cap.

Apr-13-2006, 1:28pm
Hey that looks familiar. Where's he fishing?

I used to live in Deep Gap many moons ago. Lived not far from the leather factory on what is now old 421.

Bike Mike
Apr-13-2006, 2:51pm
No fish in this picture but I am on beautiful Lake Travis in Austin, Texas with my "boat mandolin"... my Kentucky 150S that was my first mando.
Ah, we're fishing, right, no need to be looking your best, right...


jim simpson
Apr-13-2006, 3:43pm
This is a photo of Andy Owens multitasking.

I thought is was Red Green!

Apr-13-2006, 4:50pm
Bike Mike - That's Stylin', all you need to add is a Shiner. I'm jealous!

Dale Ludewig
Apr-13-2006, 6:10pm
Bike MIke- that is not serious fishing! Neither was the previous photo for that matter. Here's the deal: Can you learn to flyfish and play mando at the same time? All this other stuff is, well, what should I say? An excuse to drink beer, sit on a boat and play mandolin? Not that there's anything wrong with that......... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Bike Mike
Apr-13-2006, 8:23pm
Hah! I'm Busted!
I did catch a couple bass that day... but I took this one on my birthday last year cause I think on one's birthday you should be allowed your first choice in activities.
Therefore, yes, several beers... and a mandolin on a calm near record warm late fall day in Texas...
I do this a lot, but the most fun is when my guitar playing/singing best friend is along... we play for hours at a time... and oh yeah... we always drink the good beer first!!


Apr-13-2006, 9:02pm
Dale, it'd be pretty tough to double haul a cast while tremoloing doublestops! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

That hat that you two have in common is just like Lefty Kreh's signature cap. If anyone could flyfish and do something else at the same time, it'd be Lefty. I doubt he'd want to do anything else while fishing though. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif There's nothing like picking around a fire in the mountains after a day of dry fly fishing. That's the way to do it. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Apr-13-2006, 11:12pm
I've got a spey rod, and here in Ohio I cast mandolins as musky bait. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Does that count as fly fishing and "playing" the mandolin at the same time?

I've yet to catch a muskie on a fly rod, but I'm still trying.

-- pete

Apr-14-2006, 1:53am
A proper rig would have the shaft of the fishing pole extending out from the peghead, (could double duty as a trussrod) and the reel handle should come out through the upper hole on the treble side "F" hole.

There should be a spring loaded notch affair to quickly jam the pick into in case one needs to resort to reeling in a fish. The reel itself would replace the scroll on an "F" style body.

Pictures available upon request. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif



Apr-14-2006, 2:01am
Note: Bait casting model does NOT have binding on the backboard.

Reel spool comes wound with medium "E" string line. "A" string reel winding available by request.


Dale Ludewig
Apr-14-2006, 7:27am
Yes, that would be the Lefty Kreh hat. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-14-2006, 8:41am
Ron, now that you've made the suggestion, and as fast as Bill Bussman builds mandolins, he'll probably have one of those made, and baited with a "LLoyd Lure" before the end of summer.

Apr-14-2006, 12:05pm
I've got worms and a mandolin now all I have to do is rent a boat and learn to drink beer without falling out of it.

Apr-14-2006, 6:04pm
I have pictures of me fishing (check my home page) and pictures of me with mandolins (check my profile here), but the two don't coincide. #Ah well...

Apr-20-2006, 5:09pm
"Here's the deal: #Can you learn to flyfish and play mando at the same time?"

Hi Dale - Always up to a challenge... here's part of our recent annual E.M.E. (Extreme Mandolin Expedition) to Kelly Creek, Clearwater National Forest, Idaho:

jim simpson
Apr-20-2006, 5:45pm
Practicing his scales! (if someone already said this - i'm sorry)

I use to tie flies - then I would untie them and let them fly away.

Steve Farling
Apr-22-2006, 10:44pm
My new pick for the Bass Pro Mandolin that I've got on order. I couldn't wait for the mando to arrive before I tried it out. It seems I need to work on my right hand technique, but I did manage to get a G chop chord before the pick wimped out!

Dale Ludewig
Apr-23-2006, 10:14am
OregonMike- I'm jealous, just seeing that pic. Although I see your line isn't out- probably a good thing too. Right in the middle of some hot lick, a 6 pound brown would pick up your nymph and you'd literally be up the crick. Hope you're wearing felt soles.

Steve- I'd just use the tail. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Django Fret
Apr-23-2006, 10:40am
Steve, by any chance, is that a "Gil"?

Steve Farling
Apr-23-2006, 11:25am
Yep, sure is. I caught eight of these beauties last night right before dark, out of the lake I live on. Here's a better pic.

Apr-23-2006, 2:26pm
Nice bluegill. They're about the only fish that taste as good as, if not better than, crappie. (CRAW-pee, for you non-fisherfolk) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Noticing the nice A-style shape of the bluegill, aka sunfish, I think Bill Bussman needs to build a mando with a hand-rubbed "sunfish" finish. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Apr-23-2006, 4:43pm
Down Where the River Bends......

Keith Newell
Apr-24-2006, 12:57am
OregonMike, I grew up in that area and theres nothing prettier then the Locksaw, Clearwater or Selway rivers.
Every year some friends and me head to the Snake River and fish, camp and jam every night till late. Its one of the highlights of my year.

Apr-24-2006, 4:51am
You did play "Fishscale", right?

Apr-24-2006, 6:19am
Fly fish and mandolin? I had enough trouble with the fly rod...
yes, that's me... couldn't resist... once upon a time I was the editor/designer for an east coast saltwater fishing magazine (http://www.halfamind.org/lowly/words/report/index.htm)... I do so miss that job...

Tom C
Apr-24-2006, 12:03pm
What wrong with this one he built? Sorry if I do not know my Fishies.

Apr-24-2006, 9:57pm
That one's a bass (short "a", not long "a") - largemouth. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-25-2006, 12:35pm
Oh, I really miss kelley creek. I don't think you should have posted the name though. By the way, for anyone interested, you have to hike to get to it and there are not any noteworthy fish in the whole creek.

Apr-25-2006, 1:41pm
Oh, I really miss kelley creek. I don't think you should have posted the name though. By the way, for anyone interested, you have to hike to get to it and there are not any noteworthy fish in the whole creek.
Probably no Morel Mushrooms either. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif


Apr-28-2006, 3:25pm
Oh, yeah, Kelly Creek has actually gone to heck since that picture was taken... lots of old car tires and no fish over 8 pounds any more.

Also the campsites are badly infested with Mandolin Boring Beetles (they ate 2 of our Eastman's but wouldn't eat the Johnson for some reason).

I wouldn't waste my time there.

Keith Newell
May-27-2006, 4:31pm
Well I got some final coats of finish on some mandos today. Time to get out the camping and fishing gear. Gonna go for a 3 day trip to the Snake river (Idaho/Oregon) and fish for Bluegill, Crappie, Perch and Bass! Of coarse the freinds Im going with all pick so nights are as fun as the days of fishing. I'll try to get some pictures of both of my favorite things.