Friday Follies: “Rice Institute athletes practice fly casting,” 1938

The more you look at this, the funnier it gets:


The guy in the middle just slays me–he looks like he’s never seen a fishing pole before. As for the rest of them, well, I don’t even know where to start.

Many thanks to Bill Visinsky ’79 for sending this in!

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9 Responses to Friday Follies: “Rice Institute athletes practice fly casting,” 1938

  1. Bill Allison says:

    That is a great picture
    Who knew you did shirts and skins for fishing?

  2. grungy1973 says:

    a) that is some epic barbed wire behind them. Was this shot in the yard of a low-security prison?
    b) what is up with the black borders drawn around people?

  3. grungy1973 says:

    c) those are bait-casting reels, not fly

  4. Sandy Havens says:

    Helen loves to tell how Hallybeth Poindexter taught the women’s PE class to use casting rods. The women would line up along the indoor swimming in the old field house and use hookless weights to target male swim team members swimming laps. The women found it amusing; not sure about the male swimmers.

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" Pratt RICE INSTITUTE 1956 says:

      Great story, Sandy, Thanks for sharing.

      BTW, ask Helen if the girls’ classes wore those CUTE Rice female swimming suits. You may remind her that I have a picture of her in one of those outfits, so she should be gentle with her reply.

  5. Mark Boone says:

    Well, actually, Melissa, there is quite a bit of skill and art required to avoid a backlash and successfully operate a bait-casting reel. Especially prior to modern technological advances.

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