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Old 07-09-2007, 09:51 PM
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Red face 07/07/07 was NOT so lucky for my 7wt . . .

. . . it sustained multiple fractures when I put a little too much bend in the rod while trying to haul a 30" pike out from under a submerged branch. That was the second (and last) pike I hooked that day.

I decided to avoid the mayhem at the lakes and put the boat in the river. It was a little high and murky from the recent rain but still very fishable, however, the fishing seemed very slow and I fished for a couple of hours without even a hit. I stopped at the entrance to a backwater and made a couple of casts with a foam-head diver and nice pike charged and engulfed the fly with its body halfway out of the water . It was a good strong fish that took the line almost to the reel about four times before I got it to the boat. Turned out to be about 30" and perhaps 6 or 7 lbs. I got the camera ready but decided to unhook the fish before trying for a photo. As soon as I wrenched the fly free from its jaws the fish slipped out of my hand but stayed next to the boat long enough for me to snap a photo anyway. When I leaned over to revive the fish it turned and bolted for deep water, giving me a nice cool shower in the process.

The second fish hit about two casts later and could have been the twin of the first fish. It crashed the fly on the first tug and was immediately on the reel and took a little line, but just as quickly swam under a submerged branch and I couldn't budge it. As I pulled the boat closer to the snag I got too much bend in the rod and turned my 4pc rod into a 7pc rod . The fish was still on the line after the rod broke so I hand-lined my way closer and got there just in time to see the fish pull free from the fly and leave the fly snagged on the branch.

I fished my way back to the launch site, casting the same fly on my cheapo fiberglass 5wt. I was surprised that I was actually able to cast pretty well. Had a few more hits from small fish on the way back but didn't catch anything else.

Here's the first fish. I was pleased with the photo quality for such a quick shot, but disappointed that the fish only looks like a little pickerel in the photo! It really was about 30" long and 3-4" wide!

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Old 07-10-2007, 04:59 AM
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Way to go on the pike Q!

Sorry to hear about your rod though, can it be fixed or is it buy a new one time?
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Old 07-10-2007, 06:33 AM
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Way to go on the pike Q!

Sorry to hear about your rod though, can it be fixed or is it buy a new one time?
It was a TFO and they have a "no questions asked" warranty but they charge $25 S&H so it will cost me about $30 for a replacement.

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Old 07-10-2007, 08:45 AM
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I always say that it's far better to break a rod while fighting a fish than it is to break a rod in a car door.

That's a neat picture. Glad you'll be able to get the rod replaced.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:52 AM
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Tfo's warrenty has gotten good use through me.. Its kinda nice having a new rod for 25dollas.. My brothers stupid little friend is the reason for the last break..
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:15 PM
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Funny ( or not so..) I broke a rod the following week under nearly exact circumstances. My rod was a 6 hr old Stone Creek ( 9' 5/6 , 4 pc). It cost me $35 to send it in for the warrenty. Jury is still out on the service.
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