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Unlike any other sporting goods store within 150 miles, Jim and Rick will actually give ya’ the latest ‘factual’ information, whether you’re bow hunting or going after trout from the Robinson, to the Twin Lakes, to Virginia Lakes or the infamous Walker River… and beyond!

Ken’s Sporting Goods is indeed the Gateway to the Walker River, and much, much more!


Several years ago we were introduced to the Thomas Buoyant Fishing Lure T-102 GR (Gold Red), when we met a sweet, sweet lady named Bea up on the Robinson.

When most anglers would be coming back to their campsites from their early morning perusing of the Robinson for Rainbow trout, this little blond Georgia Peach, complete with a heavy southern drawl would just be starting her day on the stream.

Sometimes she’d return an hour or two later with a full stringer and sometimes she’d walk back through camp without the stringer, depending of course upon what was on the menu for that evening.

But if you followed Bea to one of her infamous fishing holes and watched her closely, she would pull out a Buoyant Lure, specifically the T-102 GR, tie it on and proceed to amaze anyone that happened to be watching. Many a fisherman that would come across Bea fishing the stream would just stop and stare in wonder.

The Thomas Special Spinn…


Image of a nice sized trout that I caught on another lure by Bouyant, the Thomas S-502 RGMy preference really is Salmon Eggs and Power Bait but I do take notice and every year spend more and more time using lures. This year upon setting up camp in Robinson South #6, I threw out a Thomas Special Spinn S-502 GR and nailed this beauty on the first cast behind an old stump sticking up out of the water behind campsite #7.

This little mini-spoon fishing lure is available in many different colors and also is available in a double spinner or spoon. The beads used in this spinner are the more expensive solid beads and help to create the attraction to the trout that Thomas Buoyant has come to be known for.

Between my wife and I, we’ve come to establish that one of the major attractions for the trout year after year is the combination of the colors of red and gold.

Spoons and spinners using these colors are consistent in drawing the Rainbow out from under the logs and grassy ledges along Rock Creek and the Robinson.

The ‘B’ Lure Continues to Strike…


Image of Patty with a nice 2 lb trout she just caught with a Bouyant T102 lureSince those early on days camping and fishing with Bea up on the Robinson Creek, my wife annually continues to carry on in Bea’s tradition and every year consistently out-fishes me and most guys on the stream using the ‘B’ lure.

She starts out the season by ordering at least 10 of these lures before we head to the Sierras. One thing that we have found is that most tackle shops along the 395 from Mac’s in Bishop on up to Ken’s in Bridgeport, including the marina at Mono Village, normally stock the ‘B’ lure just in case you’ve lost a few too many to the rocks and trees along the stream.

At any rate, this is just a quick glance at the Thomas Buoyant Fishing Lure T-102 GR (Gold Red). I’ve seen my Sweetheart pull 1 to 3 pounders out of extremely shallow rapids, beneath logs and out of pools with this lure.

And yup, that Georgia Peach Bea still meets most of us up on the Robinson later in the season and dazzles the anglers with the Buoyant.

If you really enjoy fishing with lures and you like large trout, the excitement will begin when you cast out the T-102 GR.

By R. C. Stude

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