Unfortunate accidents happen. It's a fact of life for outdoor enthusiasts. All of that gear you've invested money in and tote around proudly will break. You'll close your newest rod in the tailgate of a truck. You'll drop your rifle and its scope will break the fall. You might even break the tip off your hunting knife doing something not so hunting related. You already know what I'm talking about -- most likely you're thinking of something you broke this season.
Somehow, the really expensive gear seems the target of my misfortune most of the time. Namely my fly rods. Fly rods are plural for a reason -- I've broken, maimed and disfigured more than my share of them.
I found out the hard way that fly rods don't survive tailgates, shutting doors, getting stepped on, sliding back seats and hatchbacks very well. But there is an inexpensive solution to a very costly problem. It's as simple as a rod case. I know, you're probably thinking, "why didn't I have one after the first four fly rods succumbed to my clumsiness?"
White River Fly Shops, known for their assortment of great fly-fishing gear, fixes all of these problems with their rod and reel cases. It's just the kind of prevention that's perfect for anyone with a fly rod. No matter what the price of your rod and reel, you'd be well advised to pick up one of these fly-rodding lifesavers.
Each case is designed to hold and protect your precious combo. The internal structure is made of PVC tubing. It's stiff enough to resist breaking and crushing from reasonable pressures. The outer cover is made of real tough stuff. It's 1000 denier Cordura -- the same material that many hunting boots are being constructed of. To seal in your precious cargo, there are a sturdy set of YKK zippers. If all that isn't enough, the insides of the cases are lined with nylon for additional padding.
No fly rodder is left out, either. The cases come in three sizes to accommodate rods that break down anywhere from 30-60 inches with the reel attached. Added models take on two rod and reel combos at once.
For the meager price of a rod case you can save yourself a lot of heartache down the road. I know from experience that they pay for themselves. The best insurance for a fly rod comes from White River Fly Shops in the form of a slick-looking and handy green case.