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April 9, 1924

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Weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's official containing the local news of this wonderful Island World. Official ton of the Light Tackle Club, an organization of sea-angling sportsmen. 1 training field for the Chicago "Cubs" and Los Angeles "Angels." Avalon: Year-round mecca for tourists and travelers. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, walking. fishing, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. F'IVE CENTS AVALON. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA. WEDNESDAY. APRIL 9. 1924. VOL. Xl. NO. 13 SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! ] By Ernest Windle "Yellowtail John" claims distinction! the "city pipes ?" \Ve said it was in e Says that he is the first Avalon, Falls Canyon dam atrnan to row a boat on "Middle] The water from Middle Ranch is Latch water." The little incident accmnulating in the Falls Canyon dam. ~a.pPened one day week, "Yellowtail John" can prove that. last while 0hn was visiting the dam in Falls Wasn't he accused of trying to catch "Middle Ranch" trout? There is a lot of work to be done on the water systenl before the residents of Avalon will be permitted to use the water. So, don't get anxious, folks. Try your faucet about the fifteenth day of June. Then, perhaps, it will supply you with good water, fresh water, sweet water--but, not ICE WATER! That everyone in Avalon may know that the Midd!e Ranch water is in the "city system," this newspaper respect- 1"tfully suggests that "Yellowtail John" ~e barn Under Construetion to Hold" be given a public opportunity to tell ater at Middle Ranch. [of his thrilling experience "When I PHOTO aV JOHN W,NOLE rowed un rowboat acrost un lake." (2an,.- . I (Continued on Page 6. Column 2) ~, sun, back of the electric light pow- h" Plant. The Immp from Dam No. 21 ~~ h_ been in operation for several' ,,~tars, and the water poured down the "~Yon 1 a , 000 feet, front the Sumnnt. ]~ rowboat, that had been used by the i~a.rers who had finished the cement WOrk ~_ of the Falls Canyon dam was r"0?r by. John launched the boa't. He .ed across the "lake." i~ .here are persons in Avalon who ,:~l.S! that "Yellowtail John" was seen r_Shang for trout in the Falls Canyon fServoir.,, Perhaps that is only a re- ~ort! No one saw him carry away ~ty ft. the- Sh. He admits that he rowed boat from "un side to un oder." pthe announcement made in this :Der last week that Middle Ranch ater had reached Avalon over the au~arait was met with many snfiles hd' , . ' u,. JOyous exclamations. So 'tickled" ",iS Olle ... of our readers that she mt- "~ecliatel . . , . I d- Y went to the taucet Vednes-I a~ last, drew a cup of water, and took! , Ong drink" te'Vqh. y" p' she' says she said," "this" wa- Shr. dOesn't taste a bit different than ri' \ld water we have been using! ,get~ along, Where does the Islander[ 1~ .that noise' about theMiddle! After it Is Pumped to Summit the ~ueh Water bei-- +t,o 6~,~" ] Water Is Released at Top o~ Falls Yes, "~,,.,,~ "'s ......... [ Canyon--Photo Shows First Water She Star~:~-saw the.lady .Thursday!! Released at Summ,t. ~vee~, u In to tell sue wrner oi lasts PHOTO BY JOHN WlNDLS PaJ, s article all about water--princi-I a.:~Y" Then we asked her to read the] You will nearly always find some- "Uele a ' ' " ak_ gain. Did'we write anvthiug J thing interesting in the School Depart- uuut Water having been turne~t into ment, on page eleven. By "Three-Six" Looking back into ancient history,I we discover that the commencement of l rod and reel fishing practically began in 1898, with the organization of the Catalina Tuna Club by Chas. F. Hol- der, in the interests of a higher stan- dard of sportsmanship. Hitherto, the hand-line and bone jig had predomi- nated the field. The rods and reels were somewhat crude at first, but were gradually be- ing intproved upon, due to the enthus- iasm shown by club members in the taking of fish under this new order of things. kept of everything, from rock bass up; but (luring 19t)5 interest in the sport appeared to be falling off; tuna had disappeared, and only a few of the oht guard were returning. Mr. Andrew Grey Weeks, a famous trout and sal- mon angler arrived from Boston, and put a lot of crazy ideas into our heads with the case with which he was pick- ing out our yellowtail with his eastern bass rod. The next year, 1906, as the resuh of sotne very strenous sessions, the light Tackle Club organized, with bronze, silver and gold buttons for specified weights of the various fish. The rod was the source of many warn~argu- ments as to its weight--with or with- out the butt inchtded. Some favored barring out the butt, and others desir- ed to disregard its weight and weigh in the tip only. It was "hollow butts" all over the city for a time, and the club was dubbed the "Halibut Club." Following later this nine-ounce rod, came the 3-6 and the 3-4-5 rod, anti Mr. Arthur Jerome Eddy even lWOl)OS- ed a "No Tip Club," and 1 remember seeing him qualify off Long Point one day, fighting a yellowtail with nothing but the reel in his hands, and he was quite a busy man for a time, too. Now, through all these various de- velopments the line, if it did not ex- ceed the requirements of test, was dis- nfissed from further consideration, and the rod simply had to come within certain weights and lengths to be standard. But all the time our lines were breaking. If they happened to be furnished by the boatman, the ang- ler knew where the trouble lay, of course; but if he were breaking his. own lines, well--that was probably the boatman's fault too. As I have said, a properly propor- tioned rod will do away with some breakage in lines. Mr. Weeks could have used some drag on his bass rod, had he chosen; but Mr. Eddy could not, with his reel alone, and be safe. Why is it that a Murphy hickory is preferable to a split bamboo rod ? Be- cause it just naturally takes on the proper contour and will not allow of the tip being raised too high, as in the case of a very stiff rod. Trying to get over one extra turn of the reel handle on a lmmp often brings the tip into the danger zone and, l at the same time, is unduly strain- ing the line when a stiff rod is being used. If you are fortunate enough to get hold of a Montague City six-ounce rod for examination, you will find that the tip is scientifically proportioned to the last detail, even to the placentent of guides. Roy Shaver, our local ex- pert, after much time and labor spent upon it, brought it down to scale. The nine-ounce rod, to be perfect, should be constructed similarly. At present, this rod has a lot of wood in the center that is doing no good but much harm, for it is not where it belongs. The idea, roughly speaking, would be to crowd down a good deal of this towards the butt for lifting power, at the same time taper- lug down finely towards the tip. Thus, in lifting, the tension on the line is imparted gradually and the line in turn is pulling on the tip straight to it, instead of fornfing much curvature, thus causing the bow in the rod to first start to form down towards where the thickening or backbone coanmen- ces; but the bow will not be great, of course, at this point, on account of the added strength; therefore, you obtain perfect curvature throughout with a variable tension that you do not get so nmch with a stiffer rod. This rod is not quite so well adapted for trying to pump up a fish from directly under the launch, but you have no business on top of the fish anyway, as this is his loafing place; so move off away from him and put him to work for you, and if there is any loafing to be (lone, do it yourself. Catalina will give you the rest of your life. Come to Catalina. I