The Most Common Rod Break You’ve Never Heard of

All fishing rods are not created equal.

Rods are made from a mixture of composite fibers such as S-Glass and Kevlar and combined with graphite, can almost bend to the point where they can be tied into a knot. While these rods are almost indestructible, they lack the capacity to cast long distances and have poor sensitivity.

Here, an angler puts far to much pressure on the tip of the rod. This not only increases failure rate, but always puts unnecessary pressure on the angler.

Here, an angler puts far to much pressure on the tip of the rod. This not only increases failure rate, but always puts unnecessary pressure on the angler.

This is not the case with high modulus carbon rods. While they can offer maximum casting distances and ultimate sensitivity for an angler, there are limitations in amount of bend that can be applied to these rods.

High modulus carbon rods cannot withstand the abuse and stress that lower modulus and spiral wrapped graphite rods can handle.

We often see rods sent in for warranty attached with an angry note, blaming us for their rod failing.

WRONG! In almost all circumstances it is not the rod that failed, rather, the angle at which the angler chose to fight the fish.

When these breaks, called “hi-stick” breaks, occur it is often do to the angler choosing to fight the fish off of the tip of the rod rather than the butt.

“High sticking,” a fishing rod is when you pull back on the rod so far that the rod forms more than a 90 degree angle to the water. There is no doubt that the higher the modulus of a carbon rod, (like the BVK rod); the easier it is to break the rod and the less (angler) abuse that it can endure.

Below are three links to outside sources that can validate issue’s common breakage issues associated with any high modulus graphite rod.

flyrodreel.com/magazine/2009/january/ask

www.torquedfishing.com/HighSticking.pdf

americanangler.com/technique/busted

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One Response to The Most Common Rod Break You’ve Never Heard of

  1. People also don’t understand that because the rod is longer it is more susceptible to breaking than a spin caster. The most common way I see people break rods is by trying to free their flies from rocks or trees. Using the rod to do this puts unnecessary force on the rod and takes away force from freeing the fly. Instead, point the rod straight at the obstruction and pull the line, you’d much rather break some tippet and lose a fly instead of the rod. Nice post, love your products.

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