Taking Care Of Your Rod, Reel and Tackle
Fishing is something that almost anyone can do if you have the time, patience, and proper gear. It is very relaxing and most people that try it out, enjoy it. One thing that is very important when it comes to fishing is your equipment and how well you take care of it. Equipment for fishing can be expensive, so it is important to take care of your stuff so it will last longer. Here’s how you should be taking care of your fishing gear.
Make Sure To Store Properly: Everything has a specific way that is needed to be stored. You keep meats properly stored in your refrigerator, you keep your medicine stored in a cool, dry place; so of course, you also need to keep your fishing gear stored properly. Never keep your rods somewhere that gets hot like your trunk. It is best to store them vertically so the blanks will stay straight. If you are not using your poles anytime soon, you should store them in rod sleeves. These will keep your rods protected from dust and other elements that they may encounter while they are in storage.
Clean The Handles And Hardware: By cleaning the handles and the reel mounting hardware, you will be able to prolong the lifespan of your equipment. Soak a towel in rubbing alcohol and then rub your fishing gear down. This will leave it looking and feeling brand new. It is also important to clean your gear when you first get it. There can be dirt and debris on a new handle and you will want to get that off when you get it.
Keep Your Guides Clean: This is one of the most important things when it comes to keeping up with your fishing equipment. Your guide will get a lot of wear and tear over time so it is important that you are taking proper care of it. As you fish, minerals and grass can start to build upon your guide causing it to break down quicker. It can be tedious to clean your guide but it definitely needs to be done. You should get a Q-Tip and some WD-40 or dish soap, then soak the Q-Tip in whatever liquid you choose to use. Take this Q-Tip and rub it all around the guide, inside and out until it is completely clean. If you want to clean it quickly after you are through fishing, then just simply dump some water on it and wipe it off with an old shirt or rag.
Make Sure You Keep Them Looking Good: Keeping your gear in good shape is not only important for looking good, but it also helps it last longer. One way to make it look better is by just wiping the blank off with a safe cleaner a couple of times throughout the year. This not only makes it look better, but it will also help to repel water.
Avoid Moisture: Even though fishing happens in the water, water can cause a lot of problems for your equipment. You should make sure that you let your tackle box air out so that it will be able to dry out and avoid mildew. After you have gotten in from fishing, you can run a blowdryer on low heat around your pole so you can be sure it has dried out completely.
Know When To Replace Them: Rods are not made to last forever. There will come a time when they get weak and will need replacing. They will get soft and not be able to hold weight like they could when they were new. This is how all brands are, so know after a few years that you will have to replace your poles.
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