The river has mostly calmed down around here, but the current is still too fast for my liking. However this may be just how this particular area is - I am not overly familiar with it it. I went upstream throwing topwater and inline spinner. Caught a smallish pike almost right away, and a dinky bass shortly thereafter. Bot on the spinner, there was no topwater bite whatsoever. Retied to a squarebill recovered on my last paddle and hit a large bass on the very first cast. He gave me a great fight and I could see just a few feet from me, easily my PB on DPR, when it went under the yak and into a pile of sticks where I lost him. I blame it on the rod - I bought two Shimano rods last year and whiffed on both - heavy was such a broomstick I almost blew out my elbow, and this MH is most certainly way weaker than an MH should be. I continued further upstream. Caught another bass on the spinner, then saw a pike bump the squarebill. Tossed the spinner in the same spot - nothing. Repeated with the squarebill and this time the pike took it, 22-24" range I think. Threw the squarebill again in the same spot and caught a second, virtually identical pike. That's when the disaster struck - while unhooking it I knocked the net with the lure still in it off the yak. Whatever, I thought, I'll get in a sec, it's a floating net. What I found out in a sec is that the current sucked both the net and the crank under the pile of rubble. I pulled and pulled and tried to maneuver myself around the rubble, but eventually the line snapped. Did not get any bites after that and after a short while turned around and floated back to the launch.