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The first warm day of spring brings visions of happy days on the lake with your favorite rod.  Then there to your wondering eyes appears your fishing rod with a bow in it.  Leaning against the wall for the winter has caused the blank to take on a permanent bow.  It is ruined.

A good rod can last a lifetime if properly cared for and maintained.  A few simple precautions and you avoid the problem previously mentioned.

Basic to the maintenance of all rods and reels is to keep them clean.  Even the most well meaning anglers can forget about daily care of a rod and reel.  It is best you wipe the rod down with a light coat of Reel Magic.  It counteracts fish oils and keeps sheen on the rod finish.

Carnauba car wax on the shaft will help clean and protect it from further damage and grime.

Handles of the rods require special care.  For the foam handles use soap and water to clean then without causing the handle to expand.  For a rod with a cork handle Comet Cleanser and water in a paste form does the trick.

Windex is good for cleaning the reel seats.  It will get into the threads and really give them a good cleaning.

Moving to the guides of the rod, it has long been known that passing a Q-tip through the guides will cause cotton strands to be caught on any nicks or chips in the rings.  Look for loose rings at the same time.  Most loose rings go back into place with a little hand pressure.

One common problem is a missing ring on the tip of a rod.  This is especially true if the rod is normally stored in a rod case.  The rings get knocked off without the angler being aware of it.   Rods to be stored in a rod case should have the top open a little to allow air in during the storage.

When storing rods temperature is not a factor.  However, rods should be hung by the tip so that they hang straight up and down.  This will help keep the blanks straight.  Leaning them against something can cause the rod blank to take a set affecting the ultimate performance.

For a two part rod, a problem often found is making the connection snug and secure.  A little bees wax on the male part of the connection will keep the connection secure and water tight.

When traveling by airplane most anglers store their rods in an aluminum case with a sealed top.  They are beginning to find that once at their destination the rods have blown up.  That is the rod blank has expanded to the point that it comes apart.  The rod is destroyed.

Apparently the change in air pressure causes the problem.  If the angler drills a 1/8th inch hole in the top of the rod case the problem is resolved.

Rod care is not a difficult thing.  Simple common sense and the above pointers will result in rods giving much longer serviceable life.  Not having to replace a rod each year or so, can result in money available to purchase one of the top line rods.



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Have you ever gone into a tackle shop and someone called out, “Hey stupid?”  If you are shopping for a fishing rod, perhaps you think they are talking to you.

Rods are made of varying materials and the technical descriptions in the literature can be very confusing.  There are terms such as modulus graphite, action and sensitivity.  There are rods made for bass fishing, for salmon, catfish, panfish and just about every species imaginable.

Most of us look for a rod to catch whatever jerks our line.  So how do we pick the right rod for the job at the price we can afford?  Maybe the following will help.

It is possible for the average angler to find a very serviceable rod at a reasonable price.  You just need to stop and think about the purchase in advance.

Consider the rod from tip to grip.  Popular are the ones that have a blank that extends through the handle.  That is, the rod continues from the dip down through the handle providing strength and hook setting power without sacrificing the sensitivity to feel light bites.

The guides through which the line is passes should be of ceramic construction.  Heavy duty guides will spread the load force evenly and the ceramic inserts eliminate the most line friction.

We need to decide what species of fish we are most likely to encounter and the technique we plan to use.  That is, will we be suing a rod to haul in large catfish, or finesse a walleye with a delicate presentation?

It probably does not make common sense for someone who fishes only a few times per year to spend a lot of money for a high end rod.  We all should buy the best rod that we can afford.  The rod will give many years of service if treated carefully.

It is important to not exceed the recommended line or lure weight when using a rod.  Often that will void the warranty.  Altering the rod the rod will do the same.  Of course slamming a rod in a car door or letting Fido chew on it does nothing for its performance.

Rods are made of fiberglass or graphite.  The term modulus is probably the most misunderstood feature of rod blank materials.  It refers to the stiffness of the fibers and resins in the rod, and how quickly the graphite or fiberglass recovers after flexing.

Modulus alone is not a good way to choose a rod.  It does not control rod action and power.  The quality of the resin, the wall thickness of the blank, and the taper design affect a rod’s action.  This combination of design features provide a unique action and feel that makes all rods different.

The action of a rod is determined by where it flexes along the length of the blank.  Faster action rods flex mostly near the tip.  Moderate rods flex more near the middle and slower action rods flex down into the butt section.  The action is usually marked on the rod shaft in terms such as extra fast, fast, moderate fast, moderate and slow.

Power in a rod refers to the amount of pressure required to flex the rod.  It is expressed in terms such as ultra-light, light, medium light, medium, medium heavy, heavy and extra heavy.  The importance of power is in determining what range of lure weight and line size to use with the rod.  You simply limit your choice of rod to those designed to cast the weight of lure or line size that you use in normal fishing.

Handles of rods come in a multitude of sizes, materials and configurations.  Perhaps the most popular are made of cork.  But, a black foam-like material, called EVA by Berkely, is available on rods in all price ranges.  The material choice of configuration and materials for handles is a personal preference.  It is a matter of what feels good.

Rod choice is not easy.  But if you do a little advance study and take time in consideration of the matter, a very serviceable rod is available at a price you can afford.

Posted 01/20/2013 by Donald Gasaway in Freshwater Fishing

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