Send 'em back with a 16/0 hook
LOL, Ok, I'll try my best....
As you might be aware, we were recently hit by hurricane Harvey, a storm of epic proportion dwarfed only by the might of Zeus! While waiting on the hurricane to hit town, I will admit I did some shopping mostly for line, leader material and let the Mrs. handle the non important stuff like water, food, portable stove and endless list of etc.... I am certain I will never hear the end of it as long as time will exist.
And while online I happen to fall upon a crazy deal for fiberglass fly rods! All of a sudden the old fashioned glass rods made with new glass technology were making a comeback. As you know the graphite rods being lighter than the glass rods have an inherent stiffness to them. Though they can be made more supple with the high modulus graphite, it makes them more susceptible to breakage if you handle them rough or play fish at an awkward angle, ask me how else you can break one, I've done it all!
With stiffness also comes a faster action, which is good and I like fast action, gives me more line speed and helps me get the distance. The glass rods however are slower, way way way slower than most slower graphite rods. With the more progressive slower action and forgiving to immature handling if you're like me, are "fun to fish" with rods even when a dink decides to bend it and not to forget enough backbone even when a bruiser slams it. To me though, this was more of an experiment to see what the big deal was all about? And just to be an anal glass rod purist even this aspect
I ended up getting a one piece 7' 4" 5WT rod, LOL I know, now I'm beating myself in the back of my head for not getting a more travel friendly unit. Don't get me wrong as it fits well enough within our vehicles, its just that it might be difficult to haul around during trips. Just to see what the fuss was all about I happened to get me one and boy was it a hoot to fish with it.
Hurricane came, hit, stayed, destroyed and left, flooded most of Texas close to sea and brought in rains of biblical proportion, dropping 50" or so in 3 days. While I was lucky enough to be spared from the wrath of the said hurricane, a lot of people weren't. After helping my friends and acquaintances to gut their homes to dry and rebuild, I was ready for some action. My usual fishing spot was destroyed, the place looked unrecognizable as during the rain the dam was fully open to prevent flooding upstream and damage to structure so the sustained flow was over 100,000 cfs! over few days. The damage to the bank on either side was just painful to watch, a whole lot of bait-fishing washed up lying dead and up to 2-3' wide at places, at this point my cellphone was in my waterproof backup to take pictures, apologies for that. Looks like the strong currents and absence of food took its toll on the small fishes and even juvenile fishes of other species as I saw a whole lot of them floating past me while I was fishing. Nonetheless, I was there, better than being at home with a long list of chores from the wife.
I outfitted the new glass rod with the existing reel, sinking line and hit the river. While wading I noticed that the river bottom had changed significantly, there were spots of semi quick sand and new structures deposited anew. Being careful I took my time and waded as far as I could. All I could notice around me were baitfish, I could literally pick a scoopful in my hands if need be, I thought to myself this is going to be bad day with so many baitfish around and the gamefish with full belly. Sure enough from mid-day till late afternoon the bite was slow and at times non-existent, more of a nibble here and there. I think short of throwing myself at them, I threw everything I had in my fly box that day, again just nibbles and no takers.
Until later in the dusk when things started to take a change for the better. I happen to catch one of my biggest White Bass ever, then I saw a tailing group of carps and buffalo, carps up ahead so I decided to stalk them. Game on! I said as the winds died down and I was able to cast further out, I had a sinking line and targeted the head of the school. Slowly stripped the line and it went tight and I thought I had snagged a rock as this thing wasn't budging. After an eternity of hauling this tire of a thing, no runs absolutely none, just pulling a tire and out comes a buffalo carp.
She put a nice bend into the glass rod and I am a happy camper. These guys are similar to carps in their feeding habits and hugging the bottom of the river in a current. Alas, my search for carp still continues....
Until a few moments later, I let the school regain their bearing and hit it 10-15 mins later. Boy was I in for a treat, the line peeled and the reel screamed! I almost lost it when I slipped on algae on top of the rock I was standing. Slowly made my way down the run, the fish was still peeling the line then headed my way, I reeled in the loose line as fast as possible. This fish took a look at my ugly face got spooked and took off for another run. Both the times tug of war was frickin' ecstatic on the rod, I slowly realized the worth of the glass rod. I didn't want to take a chance by handling the carp in water as they tend to have a rather slimy body. So I played her on until I was able to wade up to the edge of the bank and laid the fish on its side, still wet.
Now I am a believer, now I can vouch for glass as badass! Finally, my first carp ever that too on a fly and on glass, what more can a man ask for, Oh yeah, I still had to go face the wife at home with her long list of chores.....
Happy tight lines and screaming reels fellas... Until next time.... Cheers.....