Back in the late 50's we used to use salmon eggs that were packed in oil. One morning while steelhead fishing my Dad was making a cast and his hands were oily from the eggs, when he made the cast the rod reel went sailing out of his hand into the river. He then started looking around for a way to retrieve his rod. I came up to the spot started dragging my hook across the bottom and was able to hook his rod, which I was then able to retreive. I handed the rod to my Dad and he clicked the bail closed and we continued to fish. The whole incident from beginning to line retrivalwas about 5 minutes.