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Old 02-04-2014, 08:58 AM
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I'm a new fly fisherman after 30 years of "other" fishing. After watching many videos of fly fishing, I have a couple of simple questions:

1) Wet gear - it seems like all fly fishing videos end with somebody catching a fish and their rod/reel being underwater. What is the maintenance required after dunking the gear? Do you have to dry everything including the fly line?

2) Transport - on most videos, the fisherman is carrying all of his gear in a case or tube. Is this how you get your stuff out to the water? I'm used to breaking the rod/reel into 2 pieces at the most and putting a band around the ends. How do you get your gear to and from the water?

Might sound simple, but want to understand all of the nuances of the sport.
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If my reel gets dunked, I remove the spool and shake it out. Fly line should not be absorbent so it dries quickly. Things are usually dried out by the time I get home. Occasionally I will clean and condition line, but not after every trip.
Transport ? My spinning rods never went in a tube, but my fly rods always do. My fly rods tend to be more expensive, and I perceive them to be more fragile. I have built a bunch of rod cases out of PVC pipe, and the rods are also stored in them. Protect your investment
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Rod tubes for every rod making the trip. I want my rod and reel to be ready to go and not broken when I finally arrive at the water. I have a couple of tubes that the reel and rod can be transported in. Great for hopping from one place on the river to another.
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I agree with Mike. Especially if traveling to a destination, having some expenses involved, and finding yourself without a useable rod. If your buddy, your kid, or even your dog sits on your fly rod, it will suck all the sunshine out of the day. Don't ask me why I know this
It's like the sales pitch I got from an insurance salesman once. I don't plan to have a flat tire, but have a spare. I don't plan on having my house catch fire but I have extinguishers ready......I don't plan on accidentally putting my tool box on top of my fly rod, but I still keep in a hard case or tube until I'm ready to fish with it.
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Siege, could you possibly share a couple photos of the tubes you built? I have several one piece fly rods, actually all but two of my fishing rods are one piece. It was never an issue before, I just put them under the deck of the boat, locked them up, and didn't worry about it. Now that I have traded lakes and flats for streams, it's a little more difficult to manage. I refuse to pay what they want for a commercial rod locker and I only have pickups, so I was thinking of building a few out of PVC and fastening them to the bed in some fashion or another. I was also considering how I could "lock up" the end. I would love a photo of that if you have come up with something ingenious. I don't want to go wading with three rods and I don't trust some of the "Ozarkians" I've run across where I park. The local Waffle House is not much better....
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Hi,

This thread will demonstrate how important proper care is with your new fly rod. http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...tml#post545198 If you add up the data it usually comes down to improper use or transport.

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I use a DB Dunn Rod and Reel case for a two piece rods. I take 3 rods/reels with me so I take a double rod/reel tube and a single tube.

I use 4 piece rods but I carry the rods and reels strung up in 2 pieces and ready to go. I take the rod with reel out of the tube, join the middle ferrule, and I am ready to fish.

The rod and reel should be the LAST piece of equipment you take out when you leave your vehicle to fish, and the FIRST piece of equipment you put away when you get back to your vehicle. If you do that, you will not break a rod while getting your other gear together to go fishing or forget your rod on the top of the car when you leave.
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I use a DB Dunn Rod and Reel case for a two piece rods. I take 3 rods/reels with me so I take a double rod/reel tube and a single tube.

I use 4 piece rods but I carry the rods and reels strung up in 2 pieces and ready to go. I take the rod with reel out of the tube, join the middle ferrule, and I am ready to fish.

The rod and reel should be the LAST piece of equipment you take out when you leave your vehicle to fish, and the FIRST piece of equipment you put away when you get back to your vehicle. If you do that, you will not break a rod while getting your other gear together to go fishing or forget your rod on the top of the car when you leave.
I do the same thing. My four piece rods are broken down into 2 pieces. If I am fishing multiple flies I put them in the reel case on the reel before putting the rod in the tube. That keeps them from getting hooked in the case or getting really tangled up.
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The rod and reel should be the LAST piece of equipment you take out when you leave your vehicle to fish, and the FIRST piece of equipment you put away when you get back to your vehicle. If you do that, you will not break a rod while getting your other gear together to go fishing or forget your rod on the top of the car when you leave.
I lost a lot of stuff off the tops of vehicles- a rod, gloves, coffee cups, cameras -before I learned my lesson. It was after nearly losing my best rod off the top of the van that I made myself a rule: If you have to set it down, set it on the hood so you see it before you drive off!

All my rods are two piece. I also use a two-rod caddy. When I leave the truck, I bury the caddy under extra stuff on the floor of the back seat.
I've tried wading with two rods but don't care for it. It's too much. Pick a tool and use it. Might be different if I had 4 pc rods.
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