How to Care for & Clean Your Fishing Rod
Your fishing rod, if properly cared for should last a very long time. Follow these care and maintance tips to ensure that it does.
Do not hand lures or hooks from the guides. This will surely scratch the surface of the guides and negatively affect your casting. Use the hook-keeper.
Do not let your lures bang the tip top by reeling in them in all the way.
Do not “high-stick.” This refers to over-flexing the rod and creating excess pressure on the tip top. When fighting a fish do not lift the rod past 90 degrees.
Don’t strike the rod against hard surfaces.
Place your rod in your car or truck so that the rod is not banging against another rod or hard surface, and so nothing heavy will fall on it, smash it or otherwise damage it.
If you have more than one rod, consider using a rod transport system, there are many ingenious designs to meet your particular needs.
In the Field
When there is sufficient space, carry the rod horizontally with the tip pointing behind you. This will keep you from digging the tip into the ground and breaking it off.
Never lay your rod flat on the ground; that’s like asking for it to be stepped on. Use a bank rod holder instead.
If you have to lean the rod on your car, make sure you do it away from any open car doors. Car doors and fishing rods don’t play well together and the car door always wins.Other Options: Try leaning the rod in the recess between the side view mirror and the car body or use a magnetic rod holder.
Wash the entire rod with soap and fresh water. Rinse hot and let it dry thoroughly. Taking a shower with the rod after a good fishing day is a an easy way to get this done.
Ensure that the ferules are clean. Wipe down the male ferrules and apply a little grease or candle wax. Use a Q-tip to make sure the female ferules are free of dirt and grit.
Examine the guides for scratches. You can run a cotton ball or ladies nylon hose through the guides to see if it snags. If the the guides are damaged replace them promptly.
Do not store your rod by leaning it on a wall or corner of a room. This will cause it to “set” (unwanted bend) over time.
Do use a good rack system to keep your rod off the floor and out of harm’s way.