brown -- yep, chums are certainly tough on gear. If it's not a broken rod, it's a lost fly line or a broken reel. We've experienced all of the above. We always have backup gear with us on this trip.
But, they aren't just hard on gear. They'll make a run that will get your reel screaming -- and give you a nasty "knuckle buster" if you don't watch your thumb! Sometimes trying to get the fish in the reel, you end up with some burnt fingers, and too frequently cuts. Ibuprofen on a chum trip is a must -- after a day of landing 2-3 of those 18lb dogs, you'll have some sore muscles. After a week, you'll feel like a train has rolled you down a mile of tracks.
Chum salmon get an undeserved bad rap. They are tremendous fighters. Chum are known, and appreciated, for their long, strong runs, aerial acrobatics, tail walking and a never-say-die attitude. They are absolute bull dogs.
I ain't an athlete, lady. I'm a ballplayer. -- John Kruk