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Man, I hate floats on my rods and leashes are worse. What's worse than that though is losing your favorite spinning rig when you dump your yak. Lost an Okuma Citrix with an RTX on it. On the Buffalo River just downstream of hwy 14, if your local. Every rod in my kayak gets a float from now on. At least we caught fish and I caught a new PB 16" Smallmouth. 

The $200 fish:

 

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If you marked the spot and the current isnt too swift, get back out there with a snag hook and try to retrieve it.  

But yea, floats are annoying, but not as annoying as loosing a rig. 

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I looked for a while where I flipped. Really swift current and it was in the middle of a float, so hard to get back to that spot without doing the whole float again. I've already ordered another set up just like it. Chalk it up to experience. Maybe someone will find it and put it to use. 

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That's too bad man, I have yet to loose one but I dread the day.  It takes some of the joy out of a new rod when I have to strap the damm foam onto it.  

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I make my own floats out of pipe insulation foam. It works pretty well and it's streamlined enough that it's not too annoying with spinning gear, casting gear sucks with floats but I dumped all 4 rods when I flipped mine. I was able to recover 3 of them, but the 4th is still on the bottom of the lake as far as I know. 

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i don't have any, mostly because they're annoying and i don't want any leashes tangling me up if i go over.  i'll give up the rod and reel before i get tangled and drown in a wad of ropes!  sorry to hear you lost a rig, happened to me once as well, never did find it.

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It's part of the game when fishing in a kayak.  I will say that after my first season of kayak fishing i haven't lost a rod or flipped my kayak.  I am also not a fan of leashes at all.  Just one more thing to get tangled in should you flip or have a treble snag. 

 

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I lost my favorite rod last fall.  I thought about going after it but the water temps were really low and I knew better.

Anything can happen:  http://wtop.com/local/2016/07/potomac-boater-missing-after-trying-to-retrieve-fishing-pole/

 

 

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Ive been kayak fishing for 15+ years. I've yet to lose a rod or anything besides sunglasses. I dont use floats or leashes. Never had the need. Just be careful and you wont have to worry about it. But if it makes you feel more comfortable floats are cheap insurance.

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Its why i only carry 2 rods a beater spinning combo and 1 nice baitcaster also carry my lures phone etc in a plano watertight ammo box ...it floats yak will float and me holdin my baitcaster floats..ill pick up the peices after 

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