If you have to lose a Stella fishing reel, it might as well be like this.
There's just something about driving an expensive car, eating an expensive meal, taking an expensive vacation, and yes, owning expensive fishing gear. The Stella fishing reel is no exception. This work of art, made by Shimano, is the prized possession of many anglers. You could imagine that if you owned one of these, great care and consideration would take priority every time you used it.
However, if you're a fishing guide, you want to provide the best and hope your clients can appreciate that. In this case, one young client just didn't hold onto the rod like he should have. For that one mistake, a $1400 reel, and the rod, went for a ride.
CAUTION: Adult Language
I'm not sure I would know how to act if that happened to me. Back in the days when I was a muskie guide, I had a client knock a Daiwa Millionaire attached to a St. Croix into the lake while going full speed. He didn't tell me until a few hours into the trip when I was looking for that rod to put on a different lure. That's when he said he thought he saw it fall out. Needless to say, I was upset. He did give me a very good tip to make up for it.
In this case, though, I doubt that kid's dad was forking over $1,000.