How To Protect Your Fishing Rods During Transport
What is the best way to transport your fishing rods without damaging or breaking them?
Aren’t they durable enough to withstand a few bumps here and there?
Fishing rods are an angler’s best tool and just a small fracture in the rod is all it takes for you to have to fix it or replace it.
Check out more below!!
How To Protect Your Fishing Rods During Transport [VIDEO]
One of the biggest reasons fishing rods break or are damaged is operator error and negligence.
Rods are not meant to be impacted or bumped into anything.
A small collision with an outside object can cause a slight fracture in the rod that creates a weak point.
Moreover, the guides along the rod are very fragile and are not meant to come into contact with anything.
You will benefit from getting a rod sleeve to help protect your valuable fishing rods.
The rod sleeve helps protect the guides during transport.
You most likely have line running through the guides or a couple of rods stacked next to each other when you are traveling to fish.
If you happen to get snagged on the line or it bumps into something, the line can damage or even break the guides by pulling them the wrong way.
A rod sleeve simply slides over your rod from top to bottom like a sock.
It helps protect the guides of your rod and supports against other impacts on the rod.
You should not have rod sleeves on your rods when you are out on a boat.
The sleeve acts as a sail and if the wind catches enough of the sleeve, it will send the rod flying.
If you do choose to still put a sleeve on your rods on a boat, be sure to secure your rods down with a bungee cord or anything to keep them in the rod holders.
The sleeve is excellent for transporting rods in your car particularly well.
It will prevent them from bumping into each other and the lines of multiple rods won’t get tangled up.
Jighead On Hook Keeper During Transport
Another way your rod can be damaged is if you have a jighead or a weighted hook on the hook keeper of the rod.
The jighead will constantly hit against the blank of your rod as you drive down the road or cruise around in your boat.
There is a chance of creating small impact fractures on the blank where the jighead hits against the rod.
An option for you is to wrap some electrical tape just above the hook keeper so the jighead hits against the tape and reduces the impact on the rod.
An alternative to the previous method is to use masking tape or painter’s tape and wrap that around the jighead and rod together.
This way there isn’t any damage to your rods and no sticky residue is left behind.
It is very important to only use this trick during transport and to not leave the tape on your rod for several days.
An angler’s fishing rod is their best tool to fight and handle fish, but all it takes is one slight fracture or damage to severely impact a rod.
Most damage to rods occurs during transport and it is of great importance to take caution when traveling with your fishing rods.
Be sure to take preventative measures to ensure the safety of your fishing rods and gear!
If you have any different or better ways to prevent damage during rod transport, please let me know down below!
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