Let's see... where did we leave off?
I had broken my brand new fly rod, called in the warranty, asked for two-day shipping, and had yet to see it after 7 days. According to the Echo Rod Co., UPS' tracking system said they lost the package and now I was going to have to wait up to 15 days before it was replaced and that was all a "maybe." After a conversation with the company about regenerative relationship building and people over profit as business model, I found myself in newly formed a regenerative relationship with the fly rod company - they were going to send me a brand new rod, right away, because they did in fact value me as a customer and wanted to help get me back on the stream with their quality product in my hand. Yay! How could it get any better than that?
But wait... It does get better.
This a true story.
Recently my favorite fly-rod broke. Shattered to pieces. Not while catching a monster fish. Not because I closed my truck door on it. But simply because its time had come.
After twenty-five plus years of fishing with this secondhand beauty, I thought I deserved a new magic wand. So I decided to treat myself to a real nice one.
I searched the internet (something that didn't exist when I purchased the last rod). I read articles, watched videos, read reviews, searched on chat groups, you name it. Then, I found it. More expensive than I was comfortable with, but I rationalized that I may not even be able to fish in another twenty-five years, so why the hell not. Life's too short for a crappy fly rod.
As soon as it arrived I unboxed it, set it up and took it out for its maiden cast.
I hated it! HATED IT!