How To Safely Store You Rod & Reel For A Long Period Of Time
By: Tony Acevedo on April 16, 2020
Want to know how to safely store your rod and reel for a long period of time?
Maybe you’re a seasonal angler and have some long gaps in between your trips. Or life gets in the way and you aren’t able to fish for a while.
No matter what the reason is, you’ll see some helpful tips for storing your rods and reels so that they don’t rust away while they’re not being used.
Check out the video below.
How To Store Your Rods & Reels [VIDEO]
Below is a step-by-step process I go through if I’m storing my rods and reels for a prolonged period of time.
Step 1: Rinse everything off
The first thing I do when I get off the water is rinse off my equipment with fresh water.
I just do a light mist on my reel because a strong stream of water can push saltwater farther into the reel, but with the rod, it doesn’t matter as much since there are no internal parts.
After rinsing everything, use a rag to dry it all off.
Step 2: Respool your reel
If I’m putting a reel up for two or three months, I like to respool it.
Saltwater can sit in the line and if it’s sitting there for a few months, it can start to corrode your spool.
So I like to take all of the line off, clean the spool, then put new line on there so it’ll be ready to go when I start using it again.
Step 3: Spray your rod & reel with lubricant
First, I spray the lubricant into all of the moving parts in the reel, including:
- the handle
- where the arm meets the shaft
- where the handle connects to the body of the reel
- where the bail flips open
- the line roller
- and any other moving parts on your reel
After I’ve sprayed all of that with the lubricant I use a rag to wipe off the excess.
Then, I’ll spray some lubricant onto a rag and wipe down the entire rod and reel, including the guides and inserts on the rod.
Step 4: Make sure everything is loose
Loosen up your drag, the reel seat locking nuts, and the hook on your hook keeper.
If these pieces are tight, they can lock saltwater in, which can cause corrosion.
If you’re putting up your rod and reel for a while, you want to take a few steps to make sure that they don’t rust while they’re not being used.
Be sure to rinse them off with water, get some lubricant on the moving pieces, loosen the drag and real seat locking nuts.
Have any questions about preventative maintenance and storing your rod and reel?
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