Admit it. How often have you broken a fly rod? How many have you broken? From slamming a rod into the door to crushing the tips one way or another, there’s always something that could go wrong.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure you don’t break your fly rod. Check out these tips below.
How To Deal With A Snag
When you’re pulling on a snag, it may seem natural to vigorously jerk against the rod. There’s really no point. Rather, apply a roll cast to push your line in the opposite direction. Then, a static pull on your line with your rod pointed at the snag is the way to go. Aim to place all the stress on your line and not against the rod.
Lubricate the Ferrules
If your ferrules aren’t properly seated when a shock occurs, you’re only going to compound the problem. A powerful casting stroke and loose ferrule can lead to a break or stress cracks.
Remember to rub some paraffin or wax around the male ferrule. Then, twist the sections together at 90 degrees, pushing them gently together while aligning your guides. If your ferrule is properly sealed, it will spread the load through your rod the way it is supposed to.
Too late? You can buy Sage Fly Rods from Fish Head to replace the broken one!
Avoid the Taco Effect
No matter how much you love tacos, your fly rod shouldn’t look like one. It happens often, though. You have a big fish laid up against the boat – but the fish is merely playing with you. It wakes up and lunges right under the boat. Your rod looks like a taco just before it explodes right in the middle.
Sure, rods are designed to bend – but just to a point. Round is fine, but taco is very bad. Your rod has a maximum load level, but that doesn’t mean you have to try to find it. If a fish dives, rather lower your rod with the dive and put the stress on the line and just the butt-end of the rod.
It happens – we’ve all been attached to a fish that’s bigger than our tackle can handle. If you do hook a large fish on your light rod, don’t bend it too much. Instead, use your tippet strength and pull against the line.
Keep the Rod in Its Case
The case is designed to protect your rod when it’s not in use.
Appreciate Your Rod
Chances are, you love your fly rod. You probably don’t intentionally break it. So, respect it. Use the rod the way it was designed to be used. Do your best to avoid shocks and keep your ferrules waxed. Avoid that taco and don’t let your rod bend too sharply.
Overall, always play it safe and keep your rod in its case or a suitable location away from falling objects.