Prevent A Lost Rod Tip - Keep Your Rod Rigged



There is any number of mishaps that can happen to any of us at any time. While accidents will happen, creating habits that diminish their possibility is the best way to avoid them altogether. 

Years ago I lost the tip of a four-piece fly rod after I was finished fishing for the day and headed back to the car. It was a relatively new, high end rod and I nearly had a coronary when I saw a piece of it missing. Fortunately, I was able to retrace my steps and find where it had become snagged in some streamside vegetation and pulled off. My story had a happy ending but I've heard how this same accident has happened to numerous people over the years.
The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep your rod rigged at all times, even when you haven't arrived where you plan to start fishing or when you are done for the day. By keeping the rod strung up it's almost impossible for a section of your rod to get pulled apart and left behind.
This also applies to rod keepers in boats. We've had rod tips come off inside a rod holder. Talk about aggravation! Getting a rod tip out of a dark narrow tube is no easy task. 
Keeping your rod strung up should prevent this accident from ever happening, plus you have one more excuse to make "just one more cast".

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