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��wooden minnow and the under-water types. For colors, most casters agree that on bright, clear days, and in clear waters, the red and white, red and gray and similar colors, are best. For cloudy days and for casting In muddy waters, the red and green, and yellow colors are good. For sun-down casting, the white or luminous minnows are very attractive.

For summer casting, when the water is warm and weeds and lily pads appear, the bass work out into deeper and cooler water, and the pickerel will be found near the lily pads. The regulation minnow and all the under- water baits are very success- ful. If the weeds are especially thick, one of the weedless baits may be used, or a weedless or "buck tail" hook substitu- ted for the usual treble hook.

For late afternoon cast- ing — and the early morning and late after- noon hours are

the best ones for summer fishing — work around the mouth of any brooks or streams that empty into the lake or pond, and use a diving or under-water bait. Keep the bait always in motion. Do not allow it to remain floating after a cast, but commence to reel in as soon as it strikes the water. As a general thing, beginners reel in too fast, and keep the bait surging along at motor-boat speed. This is a mistake, for no fish can strike at this high speed. If you are out after big fish, reel in slowly, and keep in mind thata well placed cast of 75 ft. is more likely to prove successful than a ioo-ft. cast with a backlash at the end of it.

���A tent that will house four or five persons is constructed of a few yards of common sheeting and materials from the woods

��Making a Cabin Tent out of Ordinary Sheeting

A PORTABLE tent, easily carried, quickly erected, adapted for any cli- matic conditions, and capable of housing four or five persons with comfort may be constructed of a few yards of common sheeting, a small reel of wire, two dozen nails, and a package of safety pins. The entire outfit will fold up in a roll 2 ft. long, and less than 6 in. in diameter, and weigh less than 7 lb.

Of course regular tent cloth may be used, but in case that should not be available, or- dinary sheet- ing, 90 in. wide, will prove satisfac- tory. At one end of the sheeting make a wide seam. That is the only sewing re- quired to make it ready for use. The strip should not be less than 7 yd. as this is de- signed to form the main cov- ering for the tent. The poles selected may vary in length, and thus vary the amount of sheeting required.

In addition to this main sheet two tri- angularly-shaped sections of the same goods are provided, the edges of which should be hemmed. To the long side of each triangular piece, tack a strip of netting 4 ft. wide and at least 8 ft. long. The tri- angular sections and netting form the ends of the tent.

The frame which holds the tent fabric is made of four poles, each 8 ft. long. These should be driven into the ground 6 in. or more, 8 ft. apart, to form the four corners.

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