I regret not asking to try one of the rods my buddy had on board that day. At that time it didn't occur to me it was the rod.
Either that or given him my rod to try. Truthfully I was too ready to accept that it was my shortcoming and never thought of the gear.
I like the theory that the lines have changed over the years. Makes perfect sense. Too bad the albies and big blues stretched out that new line today. Maybe I coulda exchanged it for a 9 weight.
The fishing fund is expended for this season so I'll have to live with the gear I got for now. Actually, that's what I said last year, and the year before and the year before...
Sheesh! I gotta start puttin some of these kids to work!