Fishing Rod Maintenance: How To Keep Your Fishing Rod Last Longer

In general, the fishing rod is the key fishing gear along with the fishing reel and line. I know for sure that nobody wants to encounter a broken rod tip in the middle of a fishing trip. Additionally, if you don’t know how to do fishing rod maintenance properly, you need to pay more money to fix it or buy a new one. Therefore, it is very important to maintain it in its best condition.

So provided that you want to have a fishing rod that can last for a long time and perform well, read on to learn more about tips on fishing rod maintenance.

Tips On Storing Your Fishing Rod

First, keep your fishing rod inside a mesh rod cover when you don’t use it. The cover can help protect the blanks and guides from dirt and other harmful elements in the air. It can also provide cushioning to your rod against pressure and vibrations.

Also, it helps prevent the lines from getting tangled.  Here is another tip: you can buy different mesh rod covers of different colors. Thus, you can color code your rods and sort them out accordingly to find the one you need quickly. For example, green for lake fishing and blue for offshore fishing.

Tips On Storing Your Fishing Rod

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Before putting the rod inside the cover, make sure you remove all of the hooks or lures.  You should loosen the drag so that the fishing line doesn’t pull on the rod. Consider taking the fishing line off the reel thoroughly if you intend not to use it for a long time. This can – help increase the shelf life of the fishing line.

Only store your fishing rod in a cool, dry place, far away from any heat source such as radiator or fireplace. Besides, you should not store it in the place that is moving a lot as the rod will also be moved. For example, if you put it in the back of the car, it will move up and down a lot, causing damage to the rod itself.

Store your rod on a rod rack so that it can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Also, store each of your fishing rods separately so that they don’t bump into each other. If you don’t have a fishing rod rack, you can hang it on a hanger.

Tips On Fishing Rod Maintenance

After you go back from your fishing trip, remember to clean your fishing rod right after. The reason is that water, salt, grit, and dirt might get on the rod and damage it.

Therefore, when you finish using the rod, wash it off with fresh lukewarm water. You can also use mild soap or vinegar to clean it further. Moreover, you can use a soft bristle brush to scrub any stubborn dirt on the rod.  After cleaning the rod, you can use a clean and soft cloth to dry it or let it dry naturally. You should not use artificial heat to dry the rod as it would create cracks in the rod.

Tips On cleaning Fishing Rod

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Once the rod is dry, you should apply reel lubricant to the reel component and the rod as well. Reel lubricant will add a protective barrier to the fishing rod against dirt, grit and other harmful components.

Finally, you should rub the joints of the rod with candle wax to prevent friction. You can also use paraffin to apply onto these joints.

Tips On Using Your Fishing Rod

When you bring your fishing rod on your boat, you need to keep it straight and side by side all the time. You can also stabilize the rod by putting it in the rod holder or inside the rod locker. This way. You can prevent the rod and its components from getting scratched or damaged when your boat is running. Make sure that you don’t bang your rod on any hard surface such as rocks or boats.

If you fishing rod has a cork handle, remember to wear gloves.  This can help you avoid oils in your skin from getting in contact with the cork. Oils in your hands make it wear out much sooner than it should be.

If you fishing rod has a cork handle, remember to wear gloves

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Also, you should always fish with the aligned guides. This would help prevent the metal material of the guides to rub against the line and cause damage to it. Besides, this metal piece can also damage the body of the rod as well.

Try your best not to let harmful participles such as dirt and salt get the fishing rod, especially when you go saltwater fishing.

Always check your fishing rod carefully before you go fishing. For example, you should check for rust on the guide rings as well as the reel seat. If there is a sign of rust, you can rust off these parts with fine sandpaper.  If there is too much rust on the guide ring, you should replace it.

Finally, even if you pay a lot of care towards your fishing rod, it would wear out over time, even when it still looks good. Therefore, if you use your fishing rod frequently, you should replace it on a regular basis to avoid an unnecessary and unwanted incident on your fishing trip.


As you can see, all of these tips above require a small amount of time and energy for the fishing rod maintenance. Nevertheless, these actions impact as greatly as it saves you time and money on fixing a broken rod or buying a new one.

You can also enhance your fishing performance and prevent losing any fish on many big fights. I hope that with all of the tips above, you would be able to gain more knowledge on the best ways to do fishing rod maintenance to keep it in its best condition as long as possible.