The Road-Trip Survival Guide

F&S readers dish on outings that didn’t go so well—and reveal how they endure long hauls to their favorite fishing spots

summer road trip
A reader explains why he really, really hate swans.Max Temescu

What's the worst luck you've had on a summer fishing trip?

▶ I was kayak fishing when two swans jumped me. They tipped my kayak, and all my gear, plus my wallet and cellphone, sank straight to the bottom of the lake. I really, really hate swans. —Chuy Gomez

▶ I took a corner too fast in my truck and accidentally flung my rods out of my boat. But I didn't notice until I got home. I had a good idea where it had all flown out, so I drove back to the spot, only to find that a mower had just come through and chopped up everything. —Jared Grant

▶ I was driving to my favorite fishing spot, an hour and a half away, when I hit a duck flying across the road. It bounced off the glass and landed in the truck bed, breaking the rod tips off the only three rods I'd brought. —Kevin Guinn

Traffic Jams

Five songs to help you pass the time in gridlock and get pumped to wet a line

"Take This Job and Shove It" by Johnny Paycheck —David Gibbs

"Fishin' in the Dark" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band—Steve Stovey

"La Grange" by ZZ Top —Mark Linder

"Fish and Whistle" by John Prine —Matt Wirta

"Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" by Lucinda Williams —Carol Morris

Road Rations

Readers choose their favorite gas-station fuel

road trip food
F&STillamook country smoker (jerky); Evan Amos/Wikimedia Commons (oatmeal pies); Thogru/Wikimedia commons (trail mix); Rudolph Foods Co. (pork rinds)