Streamside Repair

by Walter Ayers
(Auburn, WA , USA)

On my second outing with my Tenkarabum 36 I managed to snap off the tip through an act of clumsiness. It was getting late and we were a few miles from my truck and a replacement rod, so a quick fix was needed. I was using a level line leader so I attached it to the tip with a uniknot. The first few attempts slid off. My wife suggested a duct tape repair, she never goes out in the woods with out it. So a half inch strip of duct tape was wrapped on the end of the rod tip. The tape worked as a stopper to prevent the uniknot from sliding off and it worked flawlessly. Numerous fish were caught and landed including a 12 inch bull tout. In the future a strip of duct tape will be added to my fly box.

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