Maximizing the functions of your fishing rods, reels, and other gear may also depend on how they are maintained. Once you have bought a piece of new fishing equipment from the store, they should always be kept in check from time to time. Taking care of this investment is crucial and while it is true that fishing gears have their own life span and certainly need replacement at one point, properly maintained equipment are still better instead of frequently buying new ones.
Among the elements that can build up on your fishing rod especially in the heat of the action are fish slime, grease, and dirt. Sometimes, they can even affect the entire functioning of the equipment. However, you can always allow a day for cleaning the rod to avoid hassles on your subsequent fishing trips. You may use a combination of warm water and vinegar to dissipate the chemicals. Use the solution to also wipe the entire body of the rod.
Folks should also check the eyes of the fishing rod by pushing a cotton ball through the area and find some nicks that might have accumulated. You may use sandpaper to file them until everything is cleaned. For loose parts, you may remove the cap and apply some glue for the end of the rod, or re-wrap eye seats if possible. Hang the rod in an upright position during storage to keep it running smoothly.
On the other hand, the fishing reel may collect some seawater or freshwater after a fishing expedition. It is important to rinse your reels with clean water. Most people do this by rinsing the reel with water coming directly from the hose but experts say that this can further damage the reel, most especially the bearings. The strong splash of water will further push saltwater particles into the internal parts, leading to corrosion, wear and tear, and shortened life span of the reel.
The most recommended way to clean the reel is to rinse it with water at low pressure, preferably using a spray bottle and then wiping these parts of the reel that need cleaning. It is also not advisable to submerge the reel into a bucket of water. Set the cleaned reel aside for one day then put the lever drag at a lower range, as well as hold onto the spool as you turn the handle. It further clears out this particular portion of contaminants and prepares it well for the next trip. Proper lubrication is also important.
Some anglers may use the braided fishing line and there are also maintenance tips to keep it running in the right direction. It has been said that the most important mindset you can have when it comes to the braid is to always keep the line as tight as possible. Be careful about using a line winder to fill the reels.
Another tip is not to overfill the spool on a spinning reel, to avoid wind knots. Choose to have three-quarters full, leaving around ⅛ to 1/16-inch spaces right at the outer edge. It has been an effective solution to tie on a one-ounce sinker to deal with wind knots. Keep the hand near the spool and maneuver the line as the lure hits the water. This avoids loops, and if a wind blows into the line from casting, reel it carefully to pick up slack before working on the lure. Follow Primitive Survivors on social to learn more tips on fishing and guidelines for other outdoor activities.