Although it has been in my cupboard for a few years, I finally gave my good haze rod an outing; or, as the local anglers would say, show the rod the water. After the demise of the tip of my own home-made rod I decided to give this one a go. It is by far the best rod, or perhaps the one with the most work on it, in my entire house: it was built many years ago by my rod making teacher’s late teacher. Thankfully I had a good day on the water, catching a huge number of haze gobies with it. Of course it would never do to not catch anything on a rod’s first outing as the bad luck seems to stick – an unlucky rod. The fish caught with this rod were disposed of in the orthodox manner, mostly tenpura.