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Old 09-26-2008, 09:51 AM
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I've never had a serious injury so the order of my checklist may change if I did. But whenever I settle down after a fall, in order, I quickly check my rod to see if it's broken, do a quick inventory of body parts, then look around to see if anyone saw me make a fool of myself.
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:16 AM
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I too have adopted the pole throw technique but even that can have its downside....first time I was out with my new custom built pack rod I started into a slick rock shuffle ..... let loose of my rod and the forward momentum carried the tip right into a nearby tree....my previous 7 ft. 3wt. is now about 2"s shorter....sad part was that I didn't realize it had happened until I started casting and couldn't figure out why my line wasn't laying out properly.
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:35 PM
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I've never had a serious injury so the order of my checklist may change if I did. But whenever I settle down after a fall, in order, I quickly check my rod to see if it's broken, do a quick inventory of body parts, then look around to see if anyone saw me make a fool of myself.
Same checklist, except reverse order... I ususlly look around to see how many people are laughing then do the inventory of body parts...

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Old 09-26-2008, 03:39 PM
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Default they keep getting worse

I fell just recently while standing on riprap at a local river. The bank was so steep that when I fell, it felt like forever. I actually thought my head was going to go under!! Got my whole left side wet.

In the smokies my worse falls were this year. I guess the current was stronger on Little River because it "moved" me to fall in one spot. Got down my shirt wet, but nothing else.

But when I bought my new Corkers I wasn't used to the stupid lack of felt across the whole bottom. I stepped on a sloping rock, which normally my other wading boots would have gripped, but the rubber bottom edge slid my ankle down HARD! I still grumple about the corkers.

Even duck hunting all winter I rarely fall, thanks to patience, and a good walking stick!
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:26 PM
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Default The common demonimator

Seems like with all our different experiences fishing, falls is one thing we all have in common. I've bruised or cracked ribs a couple of times and had a really good kidney punch falling on a rock.

But my worst was fishing on the West Prong of Little River a number of years ago in the fall. There was a rock shelf at about a 45 degree angle going down to the water. It was covered with wet leaves and I was trying to navigate across the face of it to get to a pool. When my feet started sliding, I reached for a small tree just above my right shoulder and felt/heard some awful crunching noises in my shoulder as I fell. I could barely reach my arm up above waist level but kept fishing for about 45 minutes. I was spin fishing at the time and could throw a rooster tail out with my ultra light rod with a wrist flick. Grabbed a tree again after I finally decided that enough was enough and was headed out. Once again that crunching. Ouch!

When I had it checked out with my orthopedist, turns out it was just short of a rotator cuff tear. Took quite a few weeks and a good bit of rehab to get that shoulder working again.

When I think about the potential hazards encountered (and I try not to do that too much) of fishing in the park, it's a wonder we don't get hurt more often and worse than we do. Guess God looks after children, fools and solitary fly fisherpersons (guess those last too may be redundant).
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:40 PM
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Default Funny this topic came up..

I didn't do it while fishing - God knows I easily could have - but 3 weeks ago I took a fall that put an end to any fall fishing, and maybe some wnter fishing too. Pete C. volunteered to give me a hand when I feel up to attempting to wade again. I'll give you a call Pete, when I am given the green light by the orthos.

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Old 09-28-2008, 07:48 PM
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Adirondack...
That looks like it is/was VERY painful! Hope your healing is going well!
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:12 PM
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Ouch!!!! With that many screws you going to be setting off every metal detector around.
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