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You play long enough and eventually it will happen, no doubt about it. 

I've been doing fly fishing charters professionally for 27 years now. 

The nature of the business with short cast means you are constantly on the edge of danger. 

Is it worth the risk and reward. If there are no fish, no risk is worth it, not even for small fish. 

I know that my entire life, you gamble each time out there knowing that danger lurks a few feet away.

No one can be more conscience and cautions than me.

I'm crazy about safety and my equipment. 

I'm wired under these conditions constantly watching for rocks, current flow, charts and using my instinct and experience. 

If you've ever ride with me you know. 

 

Today it happen fishing off Columb's Reef, Watch Hill. 

If you ever fished the area you know the current runs 3-5 mph. 

It was dead low tide now, very little current I thought. 

I cleared the danger area to make a phone call what I thought a safe distance. 

A short time later we feel a first bump and rub, than a second one a second later.

Alert to this, I put the motor in gear. No time to think, just react.

Hind sight should have said, trim up. No time now to be a Monday morning quarterback. 

You just react quickly by reflex. 

If there was 12 more inches of water, could have cleared it. 

 

Stainless propeller hits the reef bends and nicks two blade, bends the shaft. 

We limp home to Barn Island ramp at 5mph. Vibrations to major to go any faster. 

 

I'm out of commission for al least four weeks do the the boat yards busy schedule. 

Have to get both glass work and motor repairs done.  

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Nothing flies by me without a hook!
If my fly is down, That's a good thing.

Public Access.....It's a shore thing. My daily requirement of "Vitamin Sea".


Capt. Ray Stachelek

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38 mins ago, Billybob said:

Sorry to hear that, it sucks.

I've dinged some props and broke some skegs, but the bent shaft really sucks.

Bent shafts..... I hear it often happens with stronger stainless steel props.

There is no give there like aluminum. 

Nothing flies by me without a hook!
If my fly is down, That's a good thing.

Public Access.....It's a shore thing. My daily requirement of "Vitamin Sea".


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1 hour ago, z-man said:

I was wondering if an aluminum prop would have taken all the damage and saved the shaft. 

It would have done just that. 

The softer blades would just wear away not putting as much torque on the drive shaft. 

Nothing flies by me without a hook!
If my fly is down, That's a good thing.

Public Access.....It's a shore thing. My daily requirement of "Vitamin Sea".


Capt. Ray Stachelek

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16 hours ago, Capt.Castafly said:

Bent shafts..... I hear it often happens with stronger stainless steel props.

There is no give there like aluminum. 

I was going to mention that. If you run Aluminum there is less of a chance of a bent shaft but loose efficiency.

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6 hours ago, pogie_boy said:

Glad that everyone (except your shaft and prop) were OK.
Reading the first paragraph was a little riveting there.

It has to be an extra crummy feeling having clients on board when that happens.

Very good point. Just feel bad their full day trip got canceled after three hours of fishing. 

Good point is, I haven't lost their confidence.

These two clients have been with me over 20 years in some sticky situations.  

We were not fishing on a location in a difficult situation, or making way, just drifting when this happened. 

Nothing flies by me without a hook!
If my fly is down, That's a good thing.

Public Access.....It's a shore thing. My daily requirement of "Vitamin Sea".


Capt. Ray Stachelek

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