Carla and I were recently fishing the Methow River for Steelhead. As we returned to the car at a Game Department access site, we were chatting with a couple other fishermen getting ready to head down to the river. While one gentleman was stringing his rod, it suddenly snapped a quarter of the way down. Just shattered! Needless to say they were bummed.
We gave it some thought as to what might have happened, but at the time really couldn’t come up with a good explanation. It wasn’t until we drove off I recalled they had the rods in the back of their truck with the tips hanging over the tailgate. Having traveled a couple of miles on a rough gravel road, those rods bounced and bounced. I wouldn’t be surprised if they hit the steel tailgate hundreds of times. All it took was a slight bit of pressure to snap the rod.
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen rods being transported in this manner and I’ve been guilty of it myself. One thing I used to do though is string a bungee cord across the truck bed and rest the rods on it. I now try and remember to bring my magnetic rod holders for travel. I’ve seen MANY folks place rods under the windshield wipers. This scares me half to death. It can’t be a safe way to haul a rod.
Suffice it to say, with most of us being a bit on the lazy side; break your rods down before travel if you don’t have a proper way to carry one on your vehicle.
Oh, neither Carla nor I caught any fish. I was hoping to turn her into a card carrying Steelheader!]]>
Carla and I stayed on for the remainder of the week with my sister, her husband and our grandson for the remainder of the week. I think it rained 8 out of the 11 days we camped! Quite a chore getting everything clean and dry.
I think nearly everyone had better than average fishing with some days out shining others. Attractor patterns, Terestrials and Mayfly’s did well. Not to many Caddis for some reason.
WE look forward to being able to attend other outings in the future. Dan & Carla]]>
great time at Kelly with 22 members in attendance. everyone caught fish. lots of 8 to 12 inch and some 14 to 16 and one or two near 20. Mountain man breakfast was well received.