have gotten emails from several customers concerned that their packages
have been lost because they are late and/or tracking data shows them to
have been in the Jersey City sorting facility for days.
Those packages are now moving. Most have been delivered already.
understand that shopping online this year has been unprecedented, and the
USPS, UPS and FedEx are trying to run beyond their capacity. In the 10
years I have been shipping packages, (thousands and thousands of
packages), the USPS has NEVER lost a Priority Mail package, and has lost
only two or three First Class packages. Please be patient. Your
packages will arrive.
Rod Breakage due to 'material fatigue' — Update
Thanks to everybody for their help and advice regarding the rod break incident featuring my tried and trusted Shimotsuke Kiyotake 240.
I'm still waiting for a new Shimo 240 to be delivered but I picked up the old rod again this evening to see which sections I could keep as replacement parts in case of another breakage incident (the original break occurred in the third from bottom section, just above the joint with the second from bottom section).
The tip sections still feel fine, but as soon as I examined the lower two sections it became obvious how degraded section number two was just above the joint with section number one. It felt distinctly 'pulpy' and with only minor force exerted began to splinter. I then looked at the place where the rod snapped on the river two weeks ago and the material there was similarly degraded.
Conclusion: wear and tear does affect these rods. I'm meticulous about drying out all my rods between use, so I don't think water ingress is an contributing factor here.
As previously stated, I'm a great fan of the Shimotsuke Kiyotake rods and have absolutely no complaints about how the 240 has performed for me. It probably wasn't designed to catch 14" brownies and grayling but it can, and has...
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Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
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The fish are slippery when wet.
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