• Dale Bowman

Hobos, Watson's wit, Slayer reel repair & Chandler: Notes from Stray Casts No. 6

A couple notes from the Dan McNeil interview to lead off Stray Casts No. 6, especially the hopping the freights as a way to explore life.

Click here for Stray Casts No. 6 on YouTube as a podcast. Below are a bunch of notes from the show.

Above is a classic how-to video on hopping freights. And the book McNeil was talking about was "Hopping Freight Trains in America" by Duffy Littlejohn. Click here for the book on Amazon.

McNeil does the morning drive with Pete McMurray on ``The Drive'' (97.1-FM).

Click here for the Facebook page for James Watson, the wit of the Ozarks. Click here for his web page.

For Ben Boettcher's AC Slayer's Xtreme Reel Tuning, click here.

Click here for Ryan Chandler's web page.

And here are a bunch of notes and contact points from "Bowman Outside:"

Both Saturday and Sunday, Lee's Global Tackle Open is in Elk Grove Village. Bobby Bergren and Pat Renwick will be at our booth on Saturday. Bobby and I (in the afternoon) will be there Sunday. John Moy will have his signature barbecue there daily. Go to or call (847) 593-6424

The 12th annual Henry's Spring Coho Derby at Navy Pier is 7-11 a.m. Saturday with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. Parking is $6. For info, go to or call (312) 225-8538.

Fishtech Open House also is Saturday and Sunday. There will be local manufacturers and a free lunch both days in Morton Grove. Call (847) 966-5900 or go to

The Chicago Herpetological Society's 50th ReptileFest is Saturday and Sunday at Northeastern University in Chicago. Go to

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