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Fly Fishing, Grouse Hunting and Fine Bird Dogs Spoken Here!

It’s function, not price, that makes something useful.


I’ve been in the market for a rucksack to hold “stuff” that won’t fit in my vest. “Stuff” like a dry change of clothes in case I lose my footing because I think I’m 6 inches taller than I am (a couple of years ago I got baptized in early March) a raincoat, thermos, sandwiches and maybe tying supplies. The benefit to having one is, all the stuff will be together instead of half of it sitting on the kitchen table in the cabin.

I’ve been looking on the web and in catalogs I get and I almost gave up on buying one since most cost $100 or more. (yea, yea, I’m cheap.) A garbage bag began to look good to me until I remembered the Army Surplus store.e56d027ac616231bb2a5e295e6b3cb35

When I was a kid, there was a place called Silverstein’s on Six Mile Road in Detroit that had everything from tent pegs to Sherman Tanks. My initial Boy Scout camping equipment came from there.  When I was in Viet Nam, I could get most everything from Supply …except socks. I wrote home and my mother sent me army issue socks from Silverstein’s. Go figure.

Silverstein’s is gone and Army Surplus Stores aren’t what they used to be. There is one on Woodward in Royal Oak that’s about half surplus and half imitation surplus and lucky for me, they have surplus rucksacks. So instead of $100 plus, sixteen dollars later, an olive drab canvas rucksack (not sure from who’s army) is packed – minus thermos and sandwiches – sitting in the corner of my tying room next to the rods I won’t go without.

For a while yesterday, every time I closed my eyes, I saw the deer trail along the Jordan leading to Rainbow Bend.

Just one day closer to getting there.



It’s function, not price, that makes something useful.

  1. John Beach says:

    It seems to me, that almost every River has a, Rainbow Bend.

    1. admin says:

      I’m sure, but most aren’t on the map …but they’re firmly implanted in peoples minds

  2. Steve Krause says:

    “Not sure who’s army.” Love it!

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