1. Hold the rod tip up to near vertical with the line running down parallel to the rod while trying to net a fish over three or more pounds – it’s called ‘Point Loading”.
2. While walking in to the river, hold the rod with the tip lower than horizontal to the ground – when you trip the rod turns into a javelin, and a four piece into a many more piece.
3. When your fly is snagged, heave back on the rod, with the rod tip behind your head – it’s called Point Loading’, again.
4. When pulling the leader and fly-line out to get ready to cast, pull the line near -parallel to the rod, yes, it’s “Point Loading” again.
5. Lay the rod on the ground, anywhere, anytime, taking a photo, changing a fly, eating a sandwich, staining the bank – you just have to know, you, or your about-to-be ex-friend is going to stand on it. Most effective in long grass.
6. Fail to make sure the rod joints (spigots) are firmly seated. Best outcome, the joint separates – annoying at worst. Worst outcome, the shortened overlap of the joint area breaks – heart break at best.
7. Forgetting to check if the motel has a ceiling fan while you gear up for fishing tomorrow has lead to many a long morose trip home.
8. Strongish breeze, open vehicle door, fly-rod in immediate vicinity – say no more.
9. Hook-up on the blackberries on the back cast again – rod rage – say no more, again.
10. Most spectacular fly-rod demolition? Two words – helicopter blades!
Would love to hear about your rod-breaking experiences.