Re: heavy wt. injuries
It doesn't take a 12 wt. rod or mile long flies. Biggest rod I've fished with is a 6 wt. Bad form and long days had me wearing a claw where my right hand normally hangs for a while. A pair of BB split shot and a Southpark wind gave me some #18 pheasant tail earrings more than once. I used to wear a stiff-brimmed cowboy hat for self defense! Better form has saved me a buncha pain.