Broken Rod Tales

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  1. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Funny you should ask. Yesterday I broke my first rod ever. Well I may have killed a few as a kid, but I don't recall. But never to be one to do something half way...I went ahead and broke two of them.

    Rod one -- throwing a scandi short on a rod I found here in the classifieds, hell of a deal. Nothing super exciting, but about two hours into the trip, BOOM. Snapped where the sections go together. I figured I must have failed to get things tightly connected, but nope. Just a clean break. Yeah for long term, no questions asked warranties.

    Rod two -- my fishing partner says "you can use my nymphing stick." Hell of an offer, nice rod. It was use it or sit with my thumb in my butt for the next 6 hours. Casts good, but I'm thinking...I bet this stick could throw my scandi head. And it could. However, it was...a touch over lined. Take advice from me (Dr. Stupid) that a 7wt scandi short on a 6wt single handed rod is a very, very bad idea. BOOM #2. Profuse apologies, and further praises for lifetime, no questions asked warranties. I will not name who I was fishing with or the brand.

    Names withheld to protect the innocent.

    So now, no rod, and hours to fish left...what's a fellow to do? Well, turns out that a local flyshop was open and willing to sell me a suitable replacement.

    Sigh. I should have a sign on my back warning others.
     
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  2. bigdood

    bigdood fishing hack

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    The only rod I've ever lost due to breakage was at the teeth of our new furball of chaos (LABNADO!). Sadly it was a Crosswater so doesn't carry the usual Redington warranty, but fortunately we found a closeout deal on a CT two weeks ago so it's since been replaced.


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  3. KerryS

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    I literally exploded a Lamiglas eight weight fighting a forty pound Chinook on the Samish river. Rod broke in two places at the same time. Sounded like a .357 going off. Both the upper and lower sections snapped simultaneously turning a two piece rod into a four piece rod. And I even managed to land the fish. I used to have it hanging on the wall above my tying bench along with a pic of the fish. I think it is still around in the garage someplace.
     
  4. Mountain Man

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    Mine was similar, except the lab was much larger. I found something about 6" lying in the lawn while mowing and thought, "This looks like a piece of my VPS!" Ten feet past that, I found another piece. And then another piece. Then I found the rod tube, zippered end chewed open, with the rod sock next to it. The rod was in about 60 pieces inside the sock. I don't know how many made it into the dog's belly. I called Sage and asked if their warranty covered "Acts of Dog." After determining that I wasn't dyslexic, they told me that, no, it didn't.

    Cute pup.
     
  5. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Like KerryS, I once shattered a 10' 8wt Sage XP in two places at once on a pink salmon. That rod, by the way, broke 3 times before I finally just threw it out. I couldn't bear the guilt of selling it to anyone else. By the way, that rod was a glaring anomaly, as I've only ever broken other rods 2 times that I can remember since 1974-ish, and those other 2 occasions were a classic car door and an equally classic stepping upon.
     
  6. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    While pushing away from the mucky shore and Beda Lake in my Southfork, I had not noticed that my custom built (by me) GL3, 4 wt had fallen down into the water behind me with the tip lodged in a mat of grass. Feeling some resistance and thinking it was merely the toon's stuck in the muck, I reefed hard on the oars and POW. The boat then glided right out into the lake. I am way more conscious of where my rods are in the pontoon now and have since built an exact replacement. The old one serves as a tomato stake in the garden and as a reminder :).
     
  7. cabezon

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    Just about this time last year, I was fishing the Dosewallips with some friends with a Sage RPL 5 wt. which a good friend had made for me when I was just starting to flyfish. It was my favorite dry fly rod - very delicate. It was a windy day and on one cast I managed to bury the hook of an EHC into the graphite of the upper section. I gingerly pulled the hook out but a few false casts later, the rod broke. Made for a very short day for me. It has since been replaced by a Redington CT 3 wt., but I still miss the feel of that rod.

    Steve
     
  8. Skyler Evans

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    Today i broke my 9' 7wt on the nisqually. Went to cast and the top of my 3rd section broke just below where my tip attaches. rod broke and then the fly got tangled up all over in the bush to my right. Good thing is that i have a lifetime warenty so i will be testing it out tomorrow.
     
  9. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    I was on a trip to Reno, I was fishing for big browns and bows on my favorite river. I had two rods and was holding them above my head wading a sketchy stretch to get across. A guy down stream hooked a nice fish. When it jumped I looked and got distracted. I lost my footing and fell snapping both of my rods. Bad as it was the whole reason I was in Nevada was for a week long fishing expedition! Kinda hard to do that with 2 broken rods.
     
  10. nz trout bum

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    I probably fish too much or am just really dumb. I broke/lost three rods by leaving them on the roof of the suburban and driving off. One was a Winston with a vintage Hardy Saint George lost at Big Lake in BC. Another was an Orvis with a Fin Nor reel driving back from the Skykomish and the last was a Sage with a Ross at Big Twin. Then there was the brand new Sage I broke in NZ while stringing it up for the first time. I am reasonably sure there are another handful but those are the memorable ones.

    However my pal Sam from Texas set what I believe may be an unbeatable record last month. We fished Neah Bay for 10 days during which he broke 4 rods. Two were his, one was mine and one was Riverruns. The most spectacular was when he was retrieving his fly fast as he was getting ready to cast in the opposite direction into some jumping bait and I watched as a little 4 pound coho came out of nowhere and smacked the fly just as he loaded the rod for a cast. Now he claims he was just setting the hook like he does on bass but i haven't seen many guys set the hook with their backs turned. One other broke as he was releasing a fish and had too much bend in the tip, another on a cast and the other on another cast. I may have to take a little heat on that last one though as i had wrapped a clouser on it a few casts earlier. W
     
  11. Eric Denny

    Eric Denny Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!

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    I just want to know when your going to be leaving your next fishing trip and where it will be at. I will make sure I stay close behind you.;)
     
  12. Brett Angel

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    Shattered a Scott G2 at the butt section setting the hook on a 13'' trout this summer. Looking back it was a ridiculously aggressive hook set. Not my rod and felt like total crap, but shit happens.
     
  13. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    I've told my broken rod story before, but here it is again...

    It was my first flyrod, an ancient Eagleclaw, but it might as well been exquisite bamboo to me...a poor kid.

    Camping out in the woods, fishing a small creek, we decided to take a short hike without my pain-in-the-ass dog, and left her tied up at camp. Seemed like a good idea at the time...she didn't howl or bark, but when we came back we found she'd managed to bite the butt section of the rod completely in half...was I upset, of course, but I knew it wasn't her fault.

    I don't miss that old crappy flyrod, but it's a rare flyfishing outing where I don't think about, and very much miss, the best dog I ever had.
     
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  14. WA-Fly

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    I have only ever broken one rod in a tragic vacuum accident...
     
  15. c1eddy

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    Too funny. I was just going to give the same story. Had you broken the rod down...but left it strung up with a little tippet reaching the carpet?