06 March 2012

Don't Be Shy

With the price of fly rods you would hope that you're getting a quality machine that will do whatever you ask it to.  That being said, how many people do you know who have broken a rod, how'd they do it?  I would bet that it was either in a car door, stepping on it, or that it was compromised heavily before being stressed and broken.

Of course, some rods break easier than others.  I have reports of 10# Helios rods wilting under heavy power, were as my 8# BII MX  has taken beatings on gravel and still fishes like a trabucco.  Assuming that you haven't thrown your meatwhistle into the tip section of your 6# half a dozen times, what exactly does it take to break a rod?

Also, do you have any idea what kind of pressure you're actually exerting?  The most common problem I find with seasoned fly fishers is that they play it too nice.

I say seasoned because a lot of clients I take out aren't and are not afraid to manhandle their rod, and only very rarely is it too much.

If you pull you damn hardest on your rod, do you know what that translates to in pounds exerted on the tippet - not a lot.

Check this video out, listen to the amount of  pounds Tim calls out and watch what it take to snap these sticks.

If you're not impressed with this factory test, here's Andy Mill (you might know him for his olympic skiing bids and Vail native) trying his best to break a Hardy 12# over a Florida shark:

How have you broken a rod?

1 comment:

  1. It was raining out and I had to hurry and get in the car while derigging, I put the rod in the trunk with the tip sticking out. 5 minutes later driving down the highway, my Grandpa says "what is that?!" We pull off the highway on the side and it's my 3weight Lefty Kreh Pro Series hanging out the trunk. Luckily it didn't go all the way through, (the break). Then we got in the car and saw that is was cracked. With a twenty dollar check to TFO and shipping, the toatl to get it fixed was like 40 bucks. Got in back from TFO 3 weeks later, back to fishing for tiny Brookies in small Catoctin streams.