Gone Fishin'

A group devoted to the Angler and the Angler at Heart. 

If the topic has anything to do with fishing, this is the place to post.  Tell us your fishing stories, talk about tackle old and new!  What you like and what you don’t like.  

Bought some new equipment and want to tell us about?  We want to hear about it. 

Thinking about buying a new pole and want to know it if it is worth the money?  Ask up!

Do you collect fishing tackle?  Show it off with pride!

 Any type of angler with any skill level is welcome!  

And as this is I Knife Collector, this is also a place to talk about the knives made, used and collected by anglers!   We especially want to see your fishing knives -- in the tackle box, on display, or in action!

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Thoughts about Custom Rods

Started by Old Guy on Tuesday. 0 Replies

I was reading a discussion here about how pleased a member was with his purchase of a Dobyns rod. He commented that the only thing that bugged him was the placement of the hook keeper which…Continue

Fishing rods I am now using

Started by Peter Creager. Last reply by Peter Creager on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I got some money, so I always liked higher end stuff, sort of you get what you pay for these days. I have all the normal St. Croix,  G.Loomis ,  etc... however I came across a brand named Dobyns.  I…Continue

Fisherman's Knives

Started by horace rogers. Last reply by Charles Sample Apr 18. 13 Replies

My passion is about fisherman's knives. Hope to meet and talk with others that collect themContinue

Leave it to Cleaver

Started by Tobias Gibson. Last reply by dead_left_knife_guy May 20, 2017. 5 Replies

Picked up two purpose made Fish Cleavers.  On is made by Ka-Bar, the other by Robeson.   I'm not sure if anyone is still making these but they really seemed to be a perfect size for cutting bait fish…Continue

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Comment by Bill Fletcher on December 17, 2016 at 20:57

:-)  Jan,  I was pretty sick, kinda like the time I broke the storm door playing with a hula hoop LOL  But there really was no option the river was cold and pretty swift when it happened. But life goes on and I've given dozens of knives away as an adult without the least bit of regret.  In fact the fun of passing a good knife on as I'm sure you know is pretty addictive.  Thanks again for the chance for a Christmas Knife.

Comment by Jan Carter on December 17, 2016 at 18:02


Although it may have had no humor in it when it happened...I got a giggle out of imagining your face when you realized what you had just thrown in.  I can almost hear the wheels turning on I go get it? question

Comment by Bill Fletcher on December 16, 2016 at 17:10

A knife fishing story. - I've picked up a few fishing knives over the years, but there is one that stands hard in my memory.  I can only tell you was a stockman of forgotten make with a colorful handle.  Why it sticks in the memory - In the way back machine 6 decades ago, when I was 5, my Dad gave me the old knife before I went fishing with a close neighbor and his family.  As kids will sometime do when the fishing is slow, I started picking up pebbles and skipping them out into the river. Well  you know that the last skipper was my pocket knife.  Long has been the regret.  As time moved on Dad and I exchanged quite a few knives at Christmas over the years.  I cherish them all. :-) 

Comment by Tobias Gibson on September 5, 2016 at 19:35

After the Buck Folding fish knife proved to unwieldy for Crappie and Blue Gill and broke out the Mr Crappie Slab Slinger. Buck makes two lines of Mr Crappie knives.  The Slab Slingers are USA made  and are in 420 HC steel.   The Slab Shavers are made in China using 420J2 steel.   I have a 6 inch shaver and a 4 inch Slab Slinger.

Both knives offer excellent flex on the blades and are razor sharp.  I opted to use the 4 inch Slinger for some Perch, Crappie and Blue Gill.  the 4 inch blade was superb and went through the fish like butter.  Really happy with it.  I've partnered it up with my  5 inch Buck Clearwater Bait knife.  The different colored handles makes it easy to know which  knife I'm grabbing.

The tip of the blade is extremely sharp, including the top edge of that point.  Really good for making that first cut in the fillet.  And as you can tell. the molded scabbard has excellent drainage.  The knives also securely snap in to the sheaths and the grips are extremely comfortable.   Again very happy with the knives.  The bait knife aint too shabby for a a light trail/camp knife.

Comment by Jan Carter on September 5, 2016 at 19:24

Good to see you back Tobias, I too wish you had said you were not on much because you were enjoying the fishing!!

The silver creek looks like it would have served us well in the Mahi Mahi days.  To tell the truth I never gave a thought to a folder for the big fish...hmmmm, makes me wish I had

Comment by Tobias Gibson on September 5, 2016 at 19:17

So I went fishing a few weeks ago and decided to try out a couple fillet knives.  Both were Bucks.  The first was the folding Silver Creek with a six inch blade. 420 J2 blade with a titanium coating.   I was fillet perch, blue gill and crappie.

The blade has good flex but the knife is a tad heavy.  I used it back around Easter  to slice cooked ham and it could easily slice the ham  thin enough for sandwiches. (1/8 inch or so)  Blade pretty much glides through fish and raw chicken.  But the 6 inch blade was too long for the perch  and blue gill.

A couple pictures of the Knife below.  They go for around $25.  Made in China.  As I mentioned it is sort of heavy as it is has steel liners and very positive lock back. The handle is a soft grip.  I like it but it is too big for the type of fish i normally catch.   Maybe when i go Steelhead fishing.  (For comparison, The bottom photo has a Buck five inch folding fish knife also pictured.

Comment by Tobias Gibson on August 27, 2016 at 16:04

I guess it seems like have been gone fishing for quite some time.   The truth of the matter is I wish I could go fishing and I also wish I could be more involved with the group. I have been limited in my connection ability, especially when it comes to up loading and view images.   With luck, thing will turn around September.

Comment by Tobias Gibson on July 23, 2016 at 21:58
Looking good, John.
Comment by Jan Carter on July 23, 2016 at 16:04

OH John...That is some fine looking dinner right there!


I like the dock demon!!  I am a fly or ultralight when not trolling for the big guys.  The fight of even a small bluegill becomes a great fight on 4lb test!

Comment by John Kellogg on July 23, 2016 at 15:54

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