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The Good Ole Days. . .

Our video productions guy, Ralph Wall was sorting through some old tapes the other day when he found this gem, a “Fishing Forecast” for 1984!


Hey, wait a minute.  I was catching fish in Nebraska in 1983 and I don’t remember nothing like that!  And it weren’t in black & white neither!

Actually if you listen to the audio, it is a legitimate Nebraska fishing forecast for that year.  But some “comedian”, and we do have a few of those that have worked here over the years, dug up some old black and white footage from who knows where to go with it.  I know some of you are not nearly old enough to know, but black and white video footage is A LOT older than 1984!  Ha.

I did not even know we had crabs in Nebraska!

My buddy Greg Wagner remembers being around when that video was produced.  We used to have an Outdoor Nebraska TV show that ran on Nebraska public TV.  That segment was produced for one of those episodes.  The voice you hear is Rick Hagberg, a videographer for that old Outdoor Nebraska TV show.  Greg says the segment was a big hit with viewers; in fact it was one of the most requested segments for re-running.

Anyway, even if the footage was not taken in Nebraska and even if it is older than 1984, it is fun to look back at the equipment and fishing techniques “back in the day”.  I know nostalgia always sees things through rose-colored glasses, but in many ways the “good ole days” for fishing are right now!  It is Labor Day weekend, get out there and GO FISH!

Yes, I am old enough to have been catching fish in Nebraska in black & white. But that was a lot longer ago than 1983!

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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