Top 5 Fishing Rod & Reel Cleaning Mistakes (That Can RUIN Your Gear)
Want to make your rods and reels last longer?
The easiest way to do that is to clean them after every trip.
However, most people don’t do it at all or do it incorrectly.
In this post, you’re going to learn the top five most common mistakes people make when it comes to cleaning their rods and reels.
You’ll also learn how to properly clean your equipment after each fishing trip so you can make your gear last as long as possible.
Let’s dive in!
5 Rod & Reel Cleaning Mistakes (That You’re Probably Making)
Mistake #1: Not cleaning your rods and reels at all
Some people don’t clean their rods and reels at all and when they do that, saltwater is sitting on them (and possibly in them) and will eventually start to corrode your gear.
Cleaning your rods and reels after every trip takes just a few short minutes since all you’re doing is rinsing them off with fresh water and dry them off with a clean rag.
Mistake #2: Not cleaning your rods & reels quick enough
If you wait to get home, salt will probably dry onto your equipment and start the rusting process, especially if you live far from the water.
Instead, just do it right when you get off the water when you get to your car.
I keep a sprayer in my truck to do this, although just a bottle of tap water could work, too.
Mistake #3: Using a high-pressure sprayer on your reel
High water pressure can force salt deeper into your reel, so just use a light mist when rinsing your reel.
Mistake #4: Not drying your rods & reels
Many people rinse off their gear, but most of them don’t dry it.
Drying not only gets the water off, but any excess salt off, which is the biggest reason why you need to dry your gear.
Mistake #5: Using detergent or soap
Even if you get fish blood and guts on your reel don’t use soap or detergent.
It can get into your reel and break down the grease and you definitely don’t want that.
When cleaning your rods and reels, be sure to just use fresh water.
To see how to properly clean your rod and reel after a fishing trip, check out the video below.
How To Clean Your Rod & Reel [VIDEO]
Although this process is quick and easy, it can make a huge difference in the lifespan of your rods and reels.
If you want to make your rods and reels last as long as possible, just rinse them off with fresh water and dry them with a clean rag immediately after every trip.
It takes just a few minutes and can save you tons of money down the road.
Have any questions about cleaning your rods and reels?
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