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 Post subject: fly rod 'safety'
PostPosted: November 19th, 2008, 1:12 pm 
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Steve Duda wrote a good article about keeping your fly rods 'safe' that I found educational:

http://americanangler.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=766&Itemid=0

Summary:

- Keep your rod protected, if not fishing with it, he says "put it in its tube" . Even nicked areas of the scrim can begin delamination that will eventually make the rod fail.

- Check your ferrules often, especially when using weighted flies / lines. Casting with the rod all day can loosen sections and can be catastrophic to the rod when cast. Apparently, Mr. Zog's Sex Wax (used on surfboards) can help.

- Fly impact can be catastrophic, so become a better caster. I remember Dave Lambert saying 'open your loops' when casting heavy flies/sinking lines.

- Hand bracing past the cork handle for leverage is a no-no. He says to "fight fish from the butt section".

- Don’t "high stick" the rod when bringing in fish. Keep the fly rod angle low to the water. Hmm, how do the kayak guys land fish ?

- Don’t put rods away wet, it can be a steam cooker in the car.

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 Post subject: Re: fly rod 'safety'
PostPosted: November 21st, 2008, 7:41 am 
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Great post Brad!

I use white candle wax on the ferule......more readily available for us "non surfers".....haha

And, yes, high sticking will get you a broken rod.....I've done it landing a flounder...haha

Bart


 
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