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Down Time Keeps Fishing Gear in Top Shape
By Colin Crawford
When was the last time you gave your fishing rod the once over? Chances
are that it was at the very start of the season, and how many times
you been on the water since that time? It is essential that anglers
periodically inspect and maintain their rods and components to assure
peak casting and fish fighting performance. A few minutes invested
in checking the blank, real seat,
guide wraps and grips may also save you money in the long run. Here
are some tips that I use when inspecting my rods so they maintain
their top performance on the water.
Pull a strip of nylon hose through each guide. If the material sticks
or threads, there's probably a nick in the guide which could lead
to line damage. Replace the guides as necessary. Most local dealers
offer this service for a very nominal fee. Inspect guide wraps
for hints of wear. Re-wrap if necessary or seal any
loose ends with a dab of clear nail polish or epoxy. Again, a local
dealer may provide this service for a very reasonable charge. Clean the
cork grips by gently rinsing with a warm water and soap solution.
If fish scales and slime prove stubborn, gently rub the grips with
a piece of fine steel wool. If the rod is fitted with EVA foam grips,
wipe them with a soapy dish rag, then rinse in cool water. Check
the reel seat for any buildup of residue, or evidence of corrosion.
The reel will not set properly with "gunk" on the seat, and the seat may
be difficult to move or could even seize up if corroded. This
can be remedied by rubbing with a soapy sponge, rinsing with cool
water and drying thoroughly with a towel. The use of WD-40 (or similar)
will help prevent corrosion.
If utilizing a two-piece rod, rub a very light coating of paraffin
onto the ferrule. This not only makes for a firm, sure connection,
but also makes it easier to separate the sections. Store the
rod(s) in a horizontal or vertical rack as opposed to leaning against
a wall or stacking in a corner where the rod might bend and actually
take a "set."
Run your fingers over the length of the blank. Should you detect any
dings, the rod may have incurred damage that may cause it to break
during use. When it comes time to add that new action to your arsenal,
you need only to visit your local dealer. There you will find all
kinds of rods from ultra light panfish rods to salt water varieties.
But, take some time now that winter grips the lakes and inspect your
rods and components and you will have more time on the water this
spring. If you are interested in these techniques or if you are interested
guided trip, a personal media interview, or photo shoot, please call
If you are interested in reading more about these
techniques or other fishing patterns go to www.northwoodsfishing.net.
Hope to see you soon on the net.
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