Wells can repair most rods in a snap (pun intended)

Print Article

Rusty Wells can do all sorts of rod repairs.

You’re planning to head to Spotted Bear or Lake Koocanusa or Fort Peck in a couple weeks and have decided, quite uncharacteristically, to check your fishing gear early.

Oh, no!

The tip top is missing on your favorite fly rod, or the ceramic insert has fallen out of that big first guide on your spinning rod.

Call Rusty!

Well-known outdoor adventure guide Rusty Wells can fix your rod in less time than the manufacturer.

“I work on fly rods, spinning rods, and casting rods, including an occasional bamboo rod. I just completed working on a paddlefish snagging rod,” Wells said.

“When replacing guides, I try real hard to match the color of the original thread, which isn’t getting any easier because some original thread makers have gone out of business.

“One thing I don’t do is fixed a snapped rod. Those broken rods must be returned to the manufacturer for possible warranty servicing.”

Turn around is generally three to four days, depending if he has to order parts.

“What I offer is to fix the guides to make them look as original as possible and get the angler back on the water.”

Jerry Smalley’s Fishful Thinking column appears weekly in the Hungry Horse News.

Print Article

Read More Outdoors

Next river meeting is June 20 in Kalispell

June 13, 2018 at 8:16 am | Hungry Horse News The next comprehensive river management plan for the three wild and scenic sections of the Flathead River is June 20 in Kalispell. The meeting will be held in the lower level of the Arts and Technol...

Comments

Read More

You’ll catch more trout if you keep that line nice and straight

June 13, 2018 at 8:03 am | Hungry Horse News Keeping the fly line straight is one of the most important keys to catching fish. When the line has curves or waves, it only makes sense that a fish could actually pick up the fly and move it withou...

Comments

Read More

Kokanee salmon are hitting right now and they taste so good

June 06, 2018 at 8:08 am | Hungry Horse News Five Reasons to Like Kokanee Salmon • They’re easy to catch right now. Matter of fact, with all the rivers still blown out and water too cold for most insect hatches, kokanee salmon are pretty...

Comments

Read More

State Parks, Forest Service also dealing with crowds

June 06, 2018 at 8:02 am | Hungry Horse News Glacier National Park isn’t the only land agency dealing with crowds. The Flathead National Forest and Montana state parks also have their fair share of visitors as well. Montana State Parks had 2.7...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2018 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X