Re: Close call
I've been fortunate in that in 40 years of fishing I've only had one rod tip brake and I do not know how it happened. It was during short day trip just this year while casting a tip broke off a rod while casting within minutes of arriving at the first stop of the day. I do not know why it happened. It could have been compromised by a fall I'd taken while crossing a dry river bed when some rocks rolled out from under my feet even after checking for a sure footing a couple weeks earlier, however I fished that rod half a day after that fall and landed numerous fish without issue that day. Hopefully I can go another 40 years without braking another one.
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