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Old 11-15-2013, 05:49 PM
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Default If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

I know that we have had a recent post about storing a rod for winter but I thought I'd tell what I found last week.

I went on an ill fated steelhead trip and at one point I screwed the lid off of the wrong rod tube. I guess I was excited when I reached the access area and when I removed the cap and started to pull the rod bag out I noticed it was that of a Winston rod and not the Hardy I was after. Something else I noticed was that the rod bag seemed wet

When I had returned home I remembered the damp bag and pulled the rod out to see what was up. What was up was mildew on the bag and the cork grips of the rod. No worries, I hand washed the bag with soap and a touch of bleach and cleaned the corks in the same way.

If you're like me; meaning you have more rods than you should, you better check them all out right about now. It seems that the rod in question here was a 15' seven weight 2 hander that I last used in August That would be August when it rained a lot. On inspection everything looks as though it were still new but checking all your rods for dampness when they were put away is something we should do.

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Default Re: If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

Good point Ard. I had the bottom part of a real seat pop off because of that. I only had one rod with me so I used (you guessed it) duct tape for the day then when all was dry I glued the seat back on.
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Default Re: If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

Also leaving water on rods long term can cause bubbles in the clear coating of the rod as well. Only seen it once but it can happen.
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Default Re: If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

If you a happen to own a boat, double check ALL your storage lockers as they may not be as water tight as they used to be. Messed up the cork on a new St Croix Musky rod a few years ago.
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These are all great tips folks. Looks like I will be doing a rod/reel check this weekend.
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Default Re: If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

Since I'm not a reel dunker I don't sweat the reels much but I have coated all my lines with Mucilin and wiped them down. If you are a dunker, you should set it out to dry outside of the reel case.
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Default Re: If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

Please, please, please, when you are back at your vehicle, done for the day, put your rod back in its tube. I have friends, who are for the lack of a better term, lazy, who break their rods down half way and then throw them in the back of their trucks. These same guys then can't figure out why they have bent line guides, chipped finish, and or broken sections!!! You have to much money invested in these beauties to just treat them willy nilly.
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Default Re: If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

guess I should change my method as I usually break the rod down and put in one of those cases that allows the reel to remain on the grip section. I do usually open up the reel cover portion so the reel and line will dry but guess I should remove the rod sections for a good drying session each time as well.
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Default Re: If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

I'd only get concerned if the rod was soaked by rain and I knew the inside of the case got wet also. Otherwise it sounds like you are doing fine. The rod I mentioned in the original post here was in the 'I shoulda known' category. It rained every day that I used it, it was raining when I broke it down. Those cloth bags hold water and once I screwed the cap on it was not going to end well. I'm just glad I discovered that before next May.
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Default Re: If You're Done Fishing For Awhile, Have You Checked Your Rods?

Good advice through a painful experience Ard. I haul my rods around in a multi rod rube an throw some dessicant packs in them just to be safe. When I'm off the river, the rods all come out until dry when I clean them down. I'm kinda fussy about my tackle but there are days when I get sloppy.

Glad to hear all is well with your rods!
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