Whether you're new to fishing or an experienced angler, you'll want to make sure that you take care of your fishing tackle, so that it works properly and lasts longer. A properly maintained fishing rod tackle won't let you down whilst you are fishing.
Here's how you can make sure that you keep your rod in good working order:
1. Never use any sort of tools to twist or hold the rod while you're cleaning it or working on it, as this can damage the rod.
2. Never bend the rod at extreme angles as you're likely to stress and crack the rod. Remember to keep the rod straight when you're threading the line through.
3. Try and avoid sharp pulls on the line when it is snagged. Instead, find out why it is snagged, and untangle it.
4. Don't over stress the rod. This could be by trying to catch fish that the rod isn't designed to catch, or to try and get it into a small space without taking it apart.
5. The rod can break if it subjected to rolling around the car, or if things are stored on top of it. Be careful when transporting it, and make sure that it is stored properly when you're not using it.
6. Rubbing candle wax into the joints will help when fitting and separating the rod. Don't use any products that aren't recommended by the manufacturer as they could do more harm than good.
7. Rinse the rod in fresh water if you've used it in salt water, especially if you don't use it very often. Salt is corrosive and can damage your rod. If it is stored in a cupboard for weeks or months at a time, you might not know the extent of the damage until you come to use it again.
8. Make sure that you clean and dry the rod use time you use it, especially the rod rings. This will ensure that your fishing rod is kept in good condition, and that if that if there are any issues with it, you will know about them at home, rather than whilst on the riverbank, or in the river itself.
9. Keep the reel working properly, by making sure that it's free from dirt. You don't want it to stick, or become unreliable.
10. Store your fishing rod in a safe dry place, in a storage tube, when you're not using it. It won't do it any good to be left in the boot of the car, or in the porch where it might get knocked over, or stood on.
Now you know more about how to look after your fishing rod, isn't it time you gave it a clean, and made sure that everything works properly before your next fishing trip?