I read a thread about how we can be more frugal fishing and it had some great ideas on ways we can cut back on our spending. But it reminds me of a time when people had no choice but be frugal. When I was a boy my Daddy would tell how it was when he was a child in the depression and what they went thru to go fishing. For a little background my Grandpa was a coal miner, he raised six children in a company house and he probably owed his soul to the company store. During the Depression miners work were cut back to 1 or 2 days work a week, but every one worked. So people that lived almost in poverty working 6 days a week were now working 1 or 2 days a week. Now back to fishing. They went to the creek bottoms where the cane and wild bamboo grew and would cut the biggest and straightest fishing canes they could find. They would take these canes home and tie them fat end up in the tops of trees tie rocks to them so they would dry out to be light and straight. They would buy sewing thread and would pull off the length they needed for a for a pole and then pull 2 more that same length and twist all three threads together and coat them with bees wax so they would hold the twist. I asked my Daddy how strong this line was and he said you would straighten the hook before you broke the line. For floats they took poplar and whittled them out and then would heat a wire and burn the piff out of the center then use a match to make it tight on the line. For sinkers they would find scrap lead in the mines bring it home and beat it flat with a hammer. They would then take these thin pecies of lead and roll it around the line and beat it tight. Their bait was dug up or trapped in the creek . Their minnow buckets 2 lard cans, one telescoped into the other with the enter one having holes punched in it with a nail so you could tie it out and your minnows could get fresh water They might have 25 of these cane poles tied in a bundle rigged and ready to fish when they went fishing. The ends of the pole were cut in a 45 so they could be stuck in the river bank. With the poles tied to the T- model they took to the river. All the pole were put out lining the bank. A fire would be built to cook coffee and a skillet would be close waiting for the first fish. These people had 25 lines in the water for the price of a spool of sewing thread and a pack of fish hooks. These people knew what hard times were. They fought a world war and and many paid with their lives the freedoms we enjoy. I do not know what the future holds the way our economy is going I hope we never see these times. We have had it so good for so long.