Rods do break at times, not in any circumstance but, if you’re careless enough, if you use an old and not precisely strong rod, they do. It happened to me on my last fishing trip with my friends. It was a warm, summer weekend, we woke up in the morning, took our tackle gear and we, four merry fellows, went down to the lake to land some fish. Unfortunately, nature had something else in store for us, particularly for me, as my rod broke after casting it for the first time. I’m not sure what it hit, but, because I was sure there were zero possibilities to break it, I pulled too hard on it and it did.
There was nothing that could happen worse than that. I was so confident in my rod (I used it for years) that I couldn’t believe my eyes (and ears, cause it made a clear cracking noise when I forced the line out of the water). I didn’t even bother taking a spare rod with me, especially because we weren’t far from home and we planned staying there on Saturday and returning on Sunday at noon, to prepare a barbecue with our families.
Fortunately, and that is why you should never go on a fishing trip alone, one of my friends had a spare rod and he lent it to me for the day. It was a shiny, brand new spinning rod. I don’t use spinning gear as much, but I had no choice but to force my hands to readjust to this type of equipment. Until the end of the day, my new rod and I became best friends. I found out that it was a Tica Libra series rod, a lightweight piece of equipment, built with high modulus graphite that, honestly, saved my fishing day. There was really nothing I didn’t like about it. Besides the high-quality shaft material, the reel seat was made out of graphite too, the guide lines and the hook keeper both made with stainless steel and the cork grip was a wonder to hold in your hands. The one I had the occasion to use was a 2 piece, 7 feet long rod, but the series offers models spanning from 7 to 10 feet that vary not only in length, but also in action. This one was a medium action model, excellent for fishing bass, trout or walleye.
Due to this fine product and to good friends, I didn’t go home empty-handed and, though we didn’t catch enough fish to feed all people joining the garden barbecue, we’re lucky that our wives went shopping and supplied us with enough food from the supermarket.