My old man backed his boat into the garage recently with 6 rods in the vertical rod holders and broke every one.....
OnTheFly said:My father-in-law once had a cane trolling rod he picked up from a garage sale. His intensions were to some day restore it but until then he tried to preserve the deteriorating guide thread with finger nail polish. At the time, I just so happened to be experimenting with new hobbies and my latest was rod building. I sanded down the rod and replaced the guides with really nice ceramic ones. I mounted them on top of a black thread base then wrapped them in place with dark green leaving the black thread reveal on the ends. I then gave it three good coats of Hard n' Fast and the rod was back in action. It really looked slick! Even the guys at the old Larrys Sporting Goods were impressed. I gave it to my father-in-law as a gift one Christmas. Now, fast forward to September. First time out with the rod. Trolling against the out going tide and current near Astoria. Terminal gear: pink lady diver ahead of plug cut herring. Rod is placed in built in holder in the gunwale (they only insert 6 inches therefore most of the wooden rod handle is sticking out). Star drag is set tight to prevent line from moving. Whether it was a fish or piece of debris that connected with the gear, I don't know, but that was all that was needed to break the rod handle at the point where it was placed in the holder and like a slingshot the rod was launched into the Columbia. I have never built a rod since.