Time for Spring Cleaning
Everything you need for Fishing Rod and Reel Care
Fishing gear upkeep doesn't have the flash of a spinnerbait or the buzz of topwater fishing, but properly performing rod and reels are at the foundation of the most epic fish. With these essential tips, you can instantly increase the performance and longevity of any fishing rod and reel.
Karl's Spring Checklist
Easy Ways to Care For Your Fishing Reel
- Keep Em Clean! - Wiping down and keeping dust and dirt out of the reel will maintain that first cast feeling.
- Keep Em Dry! - While reels will still perform when wet, you don't want water creeping inside and messing with the internal components.
- Get Greasy! - Having the right amount of reel oil and grease keeps things loose and prevents metal parts from rubbing too hard against each other. Apply grease and oil carefully to dry components, and don't apply too much to keep the reel operating like new.
- Keep Things Loose! - Loosening the drag and tension knobs after use reduces the stress on the internal components inside your reel and keeps the drag running smooth.
- Salt-Free! - Wash fishing reels after use in saltwater to prevent corrosion and damage. Make sure to tighten the drag on your spinning reels before spraying down with fresh water so that you don't force dirt into the drag system.
How To Care For Your Fishing Rod.
- Protect The Cork - Older rods with worn cork handles can be resealed and finished with a quick wipe down with a finishing or varnish oil.
- Use Rod Sleeves - Keeping your fishing rods protected in a rod sleeve will greatly reduce the chance of broken tips or tangled tod.
- Replace The Tip - If you busted a rod near the tip, purchase a replacement tip and use hot glue to secure it back to the rod. You can also snip a broken rod with a pair of wire cutters to the rod next eyelet. This isn't perfect and will change the rod's function, but it's a way to salvage a busted fishing rod.
- Store Straight - Avoid storing a rod by leaning it against a wall. Storing the rod standing up straight or flat on its side will prevent the rods from permanent damage over time.