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    Default Alternative usage for a fly rod?

    During work the other week, I ran into a bind while tiling a bathroom floor. Half way through I was reaching into the tight corners to set tile and had to unload my pockets because of my keys jabbing me...

    After I tiled myself out, I realized that my keys were across the room :banghead: After a few choice words, I remembered that a buddy of mine did the same thing but with floor leveling compound and had to use his fishing rod to catch his keys. Good thing I keep a rod on my work truck

    Grabbed a snapshot because my helper was laughing at me
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    Ok, Todd, I don't want to see you hanging with no replies.
    I'll fess up.... I once used the top section of a 4 piece pack rod as a sort of first aid / back scrarcher device. Out camping in mosquito country, something bit me where I couldn't reach. It felt like a horsefly bite and hurt like #@$% . I put a rolled up sting-kill swab in the tip guide and ran it down the back of my shirt to the bite. Ahhhhhhh, instant relief.
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    I use broken rod sections with my dryer when finishing a rod. I've broken too many rods when I was just walking / fishing with them that I am scared to use them for anything else
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    Default Re: Alternative usage for a fly rod?

    although i've never done it, i've seen lamps made out of old bottom sections of fly rods.
    cool idea

    casey


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    Default Re: Alternative usage for a fly rod?

    This may make some cringe but I've gotten away with it many times.

    Even an anal retentive dry fly fisherman can have a back cast go array and there were times (most notably when I would creep into position on a small stream) when I would snag a fly that I did not intend for loss up in a streamside tree beyond my reach.

    You let out slack line and reach up with the butt section and reel, snag the offending limb, and pull it down until you can get a hand on it.

    Then there's the 'tip top' retrieve; I use this for underwater snags. You guys know this one............ reel in until you can get the eye of the hook to come through the tip top and then push the hook point free of the wood you're stuck on. I don't recommend this if you are stuck in rocks but you can do it. You just have to be very conscious that the rocks will break your tip if you slip up. Amazing what you can reach with a 15' rod

    I do not recommend this if you are prone to things going wrong but it has worked many times for me. Other than a brief period when I was using heavy flies and shot to dredge for salmon in the 90's, I have not been the guy who lost a bunch of flies. Actually I have a problem with it, I don't tie them or go fishing to lose flies and I have a good record.

    I'm thinking as I write, and this season I lost................. 3 and had one damaged while removing it from a salmon who was resisting our efforts to release him. I remember the flies I lose. I snapped off a Freight Train with a bad cast I had a knot fail when perhaps the largest trout of the year got around a submerged tree and went crazy being tethered to the limb. The knot just couldn't take it. And, I left a brand new (unused) articulated Sculpin that I had great plans for lay on top the console of the boat and then drove up river at about 30 mph. The one that came apart happened when the fellow removing the hook got hold of the wing.........

    I know this looks like a thread hijack but hey, I answered the question before I started telling stories, right? There was another incident that I almost needed therapy for. I left a Plano box with '18' of the most beautiful tube flies and Intruders in it sit on the back of the boat when I left a launch area These were a gift and I had used only one of them at that time. That one fly had caught a dozen fish and was good as new! I searched the roadside every day that I went out of that launch but they were gone for ever. I may not lose many while fishing but that was the single biggest tragedy / loss I've ever had regarding fishing tackle.

    Be careful if you use your rod as a fly retriever

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    Default Re: Alternative usage for a fly rod?

    I had a Hardy Palakona, 7' 5w. that would have made a great jack handle. Fortunately I was able to sell it first.

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    Default Re: Alternative usage for a fly rod?

    Should submit that to the Allen photo contest. I think you might have a chance. Best Allen catch I've seen yet.

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    Now that you have proven that it's a tool, the flyrod is a tax write-off.

    In the electrican bidness, we frequently have to "fish" a cable/wire/whatever up or down a wall. Sometimes across a ceiling. Doesn't take much imagination to see an old fishin' rod has a lot of uses. Of course, there are proper tools for that stuff.........

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    Default Re: Alternative usage for a fly rod?

    Quote Originally Posted by cab View Post
    Now that you have proven that it's a tool, the flyrod is a tax write-off.

    In the electrican bidness, we frequently have to "fish" a cable/wire/whatever up or down a wall. Sometimes across a ceiling. Doesn't take much imagination to see an old fishin' rod has a lot of uses. Of course, there are proper tools for that stuff.........

    CAB
    Ha! We have a couple fish sticks but they're glow in the dark. I've thought about my rod for that at times though

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick k View Post
    Should submit that to the Allen photo contest. I think you might have a chance. Best Allen catch I've seen yet.
    I was going to do that but the rules are for fish only
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    Hah! As a life long tile contractor I will tell you (what Im sure you already know) A small sheet of plywood or backer board big enough to span several tiles can be laid on top of your work. Walking on it broadcasts your weight across it and is safe to get out on a freshly laid floor. I have laid some odd rooms where you just had to do this if you couldnt wait to come back the next day.

    as for another use for a flyrod? Down in Mexico with my 10 year old son (I guess 10 years ago now) I rigged my 12wt as a noose to catch desert iguanas. Tied some heavy string to the tip-top, left a big loop out the tip and ran the rest of the sting on down the guides into my hand. Slide loop over Lizzy's neck and pull tight! AH!!! Now what?!?! I actually think a 15wt wouldve been more appropriate for ths application
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