High Sticking – How Fishing Rods Accidentally Break


High Sticking – The power of a rod is in the heel, not the tip.

It can be a very depressing ending to a fishing trip when you get back to your car and are about to drive home and you accidentally lock your best fishing rod in your car door. In all my years of fishing I’ve only broken one rod and that’s how it happened. However, as a father of three boys, they managed to take on several more by spinning them inside the house. High Sticking is an “accident” that you can easily avoid.

The rods also break when you overload your car without first placing them in non-deforming PVC tubes.

I remember many years ago I was surfcasting on the west coast with a group of anglers. We all decided to load our gear into the vehicles and head a few miles further up the beach. We were about ten in all. We just packed up our gear as quickly as possible and loaded up for the short trip to what we hoped would be a better spot further along the beach.

One of our group made a point of completely disassembling his rod, carefully placing each section in a cloth bag, then slipping the cloth bag into its PVC tube while the rest of the use waited impatiently. . Looking back, I can see he wasn’t stupid at all. I bet none of its stems broke.

Here are some dangers you should beware of

1. High Sticker sounds great. I have seen this happen many times to people.

2. A big stalk killer locks it in your car door in the dark or cuts off the end of it when you roll up the window. I am guilty of this one.

3. A fly rod breaker is the badly molded old hare and copper bomb scoring a direct hit.

4. And, what’s funny when this happens to someone else is that your surfcasting rod reverts to a two-piece intermediate cast when the top of your three-piece rod is cast as well as your sinker and your hooks. With a bit of luck, you can roll up the toe section.

From Kilwell Sports on how to avoid High Sticking

High Sticking - The power of a rod is in the heel, not the tip.
High Sticking – The power of a rod is in the heel, not the tip.

Kilwell don’t just sell fishing rods, they manufacture them, including blanks, at their factory in Rotorua.

The correct angle of the rod during the fight is important, even more so when it comes to fighting big fish from a boat. Make your rod work for you. A good angler with good technique and understanding of rod dynamics will keep the tip of the rod below 45 degrees, maintain constant pressure on the fish, not let the fish rest. If you can put 10 pounds of pressure on a fish and hold it there, you can beat any fish. www.fishing.kilwell.co.nz

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