...with a SNAP! In July I picked up a cheap fly rod from a small shop near my parent's place. We're talking about $70 for a 7 wt 9 ft rod, reel, fly line, backing, and tube. Yeah, as you can imagine it was crafted with some pretty insane quality Anyways, today was my second afternoon at a well-known Dyes Inlet chum fishery. I've been a bit nervous about testing the rod out on some hogs, so far it's only seen some action from a few decent SRCs. After a couple hours of toying around, I finally connected with a fish on a natural-bunny ESL. I set the hook hard, and the fish responded with a solid tug. I worked to get all my line onto the reel and at that point to battle didn't worry me too much. At that moment I must have ticked the fish off because just as I had my drag set where I wanted it, that thing took off like a FREIGHT TRAIN. After what seemed like an eternity, I found myself well into the backing (even with my cheapo reel performing surprisingly well!). After a solid 10 minutes of playing catch-up, I nearly had the fish landed. With one last burst of energy it started to take off on another run, and I (with my stupidity) clamped down on the reel. SNAP! Well, there goes my cheapo rod. Fortunately I was able to haul the fish in by the leader, and was rewarded with a toothy, hook-nosed buck of about 28"! All in all it was a pretty good afternoon. I landed my biggest fish on a fly rod, and have an excuse to buy new gear! I also acquired more research to support my thesis that relates cost and quality: "You get what you pay for" Oh, and sorry for the lack of pictures, it was getting dark! PS - Anyone have any idea about typical chum weight/length correlations? I was guessing my fish was in the 10 lb ballpark, does that sound accurate for a 28-30" fish?