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Haste Makes Waste or Something Like That

by Herb S.
(Southwest Michigan)

Today is the day my wife and I were supposed to come home from a five day trip up north trout fishing, hiking and doing the tourist thing. Instead, Judy broke her foot before the trip and has been laid up for several days awaiting surgery. She has a temporary splint and can’t get around very well without help and I’ve been taking care of her 24/7. I got a break when a good friend volunteered to stay with her so I could go fishing the day before yesterday. You bet I dashed down to the cellar, grabbed my gear, threw it in the truck and headed to the river.
I was loaded for bass and panfish with the trusty Suntech FMX Keiryu Stiff 45, but arriving at the get-in found the only line in the shoulder bag was 11’ of 8 # clear fluorocarbon from the last time out. It had a #8 Muddler on the 5X tippet with a BB split shot. It didn’t take long to realize that any weight caused constant hang ups in the massive weed beds and what I needed, but didn’t have, was a #3.5 line that casts so well with unweighted flies.

Remembering Theodore Roosevelt’s dictum, “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have” I pinched off the split shot and had at it. While I can’t say it was easy to cast, that marvelous rod, with some casting technique adjustment, got that light line and unweighted fly out there and I had a pretty good day. Lurking in the weeds and a few open pockets along the shore were plenty of rock bass to 9”, some good sized bluegills and a couple of feisty juvenile smallmouth bass. So the day wasn’t a loss and the very versatile rod saved it, but a geezer like me ought to look before leaving with the wrong line. Did I mention I love this rod?

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Aug 18, 2017
by: Chris Stewart

Please give Judy our best wishes for a quick recovery.

Aug 18, 2017
Best regards to Judy
by: Les A.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Judy as she faces surgery.

Herb, don't feel bad, if we were all honest we would have to admit that we have forgotten gear! I forgot the tippet I wanted to use yesterday. I ended up using 7x.

It is interesting how we get favorite rods. The TenkaraBum 40 is quickly becoming my "go to rod" on the smaller streams. I caught my first sunfish with it yesterday. If I have room however, it is the Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori 63 that I love to fish with. It is nice that we don't have to limit ourselves to one rod! One of my best investments has been the ZimmerBuilt Tenkara Sling Lite pack. I often carried 3 different rods and my stuff while fishing, along with my lunch and a couple of waters.

If there is a chance for a big fish, it is one of the Kyogi rods that get the call to duty.

Aug 19, 2017
by: Herb S.

Chris and Les A.,
Judy and I thank you very much for the well wishes. She is really touched by your concern. Her surgery is set for Tuesday and it's only a 45 minute to one hour procedure with a 5/8" incision to install a small pin. The doctor has an excellent reputation and says he's had 100% success with the operation.

Many years ago when I was really getting into fly fishing my main stream was a small one an hour away. I arrived to find my rod was back home! So I drove back, grabbed the rod and after 3 hours of driving was on the stream. After that I put a list on the wall to remind me to check before leaving LOL.

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