The worst night ever? No probably not. But still kinda sucky.
Work was fine today. No issues there. Was in a pretty good mood, even left a little early (for me) so I could enjoy the evening with my wife & daughter. For some reason, when I got home, my mood just went south.
The house was a mess - every toy Lilly owned was scattered around our first floor. I've got a borderline case of OCD, so certain types of messes tend to annoy me, especially if they linger. Lilly & I cleaned up the mess quick enough, but then she decided to be extra difficult at dinner (for the second night in a row). She didn't want to eat anything. The joys of a 4 year old. Individually, those things don't usually upset me, but tonight the combination just put me in a funk.
After putting Lilly to bed, I thought to myself, "there's an hour left of sunlight, let me head over to the pond and get some casts in to blow off some steam." I hopped in the car proceeded to do so, and spent an hour casting my "western" fly rod, stripping some small streamers to no avail. Skunked!
I decided to switch over to my tenkara rod for the last few casts. No luck there either. Now comes the straw that broke the camel's back, literally. I was just about ready to pack up and go, and I thought, "one more cast"... The line laid out beautifully, but my fly got caught up in some overgrown pond weeds. I gave a quick tug to see if I could get it free...oops...SNAP...my tenkara rod broke in half at the second section from the tip. My stomach just dropped. (Yeah, yeah, I know all you tenkaraians out there - you're supposed to to collapse the rod first and pull from the line...whatever...don't rub it in now, I don't want to hear it.)
Normally the broken rod wouldn't bother me that much either. It happens. Tenkara USA sells replacement parts inexpensively, and I ordered two sets of replacement tips when I got home tonight. Why this really stings is that I was really looking forward to fishing with the rod during this Saturday's PAanglers.com get-together. I guess that's not happening now, and it's back to my ol' reliable spinning rod for the weekend.
At least now I have an excuse to go out tomorrow and buy a whole bunch of new spinners. Yeah, that's it, definitely some new spinners...probably some new jigs too...and a mini crankbait or two...will probably need to pick up some new line to restring my reel too. Maybe things aren't that bad after all...