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Smcdermott 07-02-2007 02:39 PM

Fly Line Tamer
I should preface the following with the fact that I have had 2 seasons of great success with this device but wanted to warn others of the potential for system failure.

I was motoring on Sunday from one spot to another in my 20' Jones with my Sage Xi2 12wt and Abel super 11 in the fly line tamer. The line was laying in the bottome with the fly attached to the reel like I have always done. We were doing about 25-30 mph over a 2-3ft chop and bouncing around a bit. Long story short when we came to a stop over a few mile run the rod was gone. Not sure what transpired but my guess is the line somehow came loose, exited the guides and hit the water dragging the rod with it. Make sure you take the time to secure it carefully and keep an eye out.


vtloon 07-02-2007 02:49 PM

Ouch! That's a few bucks resting on Ohio Ledge.

Smcdermott 07-02-2007 03:10 PM


Originally Posted by vtloon
Ouch! That's a few bucks resting on Ohio Ledge.

If it was Ohio Ledge I would have dove for it. Thats only about 20' of water. We were a good distance from there in 130' ft and I still considered taking a swim with 80ft of floating line as a possible find for a few minutes.


Slinger 07-02-2007 10:14 PM

Keep a look out, you never know, you may come across a Guess What I Caught post. Stranger things have happened. I pulled up a rod from 80ft of water off of the T warf on Jamestown last week, it had been down there quite a few years.

BigDave 07-03-2007 09:03 AM

Live and learn. It could have been worse - one of those big footballs could have ripped it out of your hands near the boat (seen it happen)...

I bet boating those magnum tuna took the sting out of the loss!

Eddie 07-03-2007 09:18 AM

A few years ago. Jumped a wake. Lost a Winston XTR/Islander LA4.0 out of my tamer. It flew over my head. I was inches away from catching it. Damn. Live and learn.
A couple of thoughts: velcro the tamer to the combing. It's the wobble that starts the ball rolling. Sandwich the the fly/tippet beween two pieces of velcro on the outside of the tamer. Don't run full throttle with the rod in the tamer. The tamer rocks.

Smcdermott 07-03-2007 10:17 AM


The tamer was bungee corded to my leaning post. I don't use it in the bow. Just never seems to work for me there. I really like the velcro idea and will make that update before my next outing. I was also thinking of looking for some tip of fabric lid or something that could be fashioned around the top.

Dave, the tuna certainly did ease the pain.


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