Alot of us may have a rod, reel, or lures that were hand me downs by fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, etc... How many of you have used them? I have a Berkley Cherrywood Rod (very old one, must have been one of 1st years they made them) and an old Diawa reel. I dont have the reel model with me, but it's a large reel & makes that clicking noise when you reel it in. (It is meant to make the noise.) This rig used to belong to my grandfather who passed away when I was 8 years old. A few years back I was playing around w/ the idea of using the rod. It still has a wonderfull action on it. This rod is ten times the rod of the current Cherrywood rods that Berkley makes. I finally decided to take it our on the Great Miami River and fish for smallmouth at one of my favorite areas. I think I put a Shimano FX light action reel on it. (I felt the reel was too big for light action fishing). I was using small feeder goldfish and caught several dinks smallmouth. Then it happened...... I had a heck of a run. I really thought I had a Northern or perhaps a Tigermuskie becasue a couple had been caught there that summer. Well I was wading in water past my kneews, almost up to my midsection. I was fighting this fish for a while becasue I had either 4 or 6 # line. Several times I thought the rod was going to break, but it handeled the fish. Near the end of the fight the fish came right at me, I mean , right at me. I prob weighed around 290#'s at the time, let me tell you I jumped right over the fish. It had to be the funniest thing you'd ever seen. I finally tired the fish out, walked to the bank before I landed it, becasue until then I had no idea what I had. There were also a couple 2 foot aligators caught around this spot that summer too. (People released their former pets.) All sorts of things were going through my head. :embarassed: Once I got on the bank I realized it was the lragest catfish that I had ever caught (up to that point). I didnt have a scale or camera, but it was prob a 6-8 # channel cat. I rember that fight more than I do anyother fish. I think it was the fact that I was using that rod is what made it so special. I gave the rod (& reel) to my dad the day after that & had him lock it up in his fireproof gun safe. I figured what a way to retire the rod for good. Today, I am sitting here thinking of spooling up the reel & taking it out Saturday if the wife & kids & I go out for some Great Miami River carp. What do you think?