Stu­dio lights flash and il­lu­mi­nate a weath­ered tackle box.

Anglers Journal - - CONTENTS - Photo by Jody Dole

An old tackle box serves as a time capsule in this pho­to­graph by Jody Dole. Cap­tured in stu­dio light, the contents rekin­dle memories of a fish­ing life that has passed.

— Daniel Hard­ing Jr.

For a be­hind-the-scenes video of this as­sign­ment, visit an­gler­sjour­nal.com. “Jody, let me try mov­ing some­thing.”

“Just hold on, let me get a few more shots.”

The ban­ter be­tween An­glers Jour­nal edi­tor-in-chief Bill Sis­son and pho­tog­ra­pher Jody Dole is the re­sult of their long re­la­tion­ship. Though they’ve col­lab­o­rated on myr­iad projects, they’ve never at­tempted some­thing like this.

They lean over the tackle box, fuss­ing about the place­ment of an item. A Hed­don lure box falls out­side the trays just so. Jars of Un­cle Josh pork rinds sit in the cor­ners. An as­sort­ment of plugs, spoons, bob­bers, weights and other dusty para­pher­na­lia sits undis­turbed as the men shift lights and scru­ti­nize digital images on a mon­i­tor.

It’s not easy to tell the story of an an­gler who has gone to his re­ward through the tackle he left be­hind. But that’s what they are at­tempt­ing.

In this and the next two is­sues, An­glers Jour­nal will tell the sto­ries of three fish­er­men through tackle that time al­most for­got.

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