How to Care for Your Trout Fishing Tackle

After acquiring your Trout Fishing Tackle, you should learn “How to Care for Your Trout Fishing Tackle“.
Fly Rod – How to Care For Your Fly Rod
Don’t leave your rods, reels, and other tackle in the trunk of your car or suv full time. Heat build up in those areas, can damage the finishes and rod epoxies on the wraps over time. Heat is an enemy of fly lines too.

  1. Keep your precious rods in protective cases. Either use the protective rod tube that comes with the rod or use a rod – reel case. The rod – reel case allows you to keep the reel on the rod and store both in a protective case.
  2. Several times a year, dampen a soft cloth and wipe the rod blank down, run the damp cloth through the rod guides to remove any unseen dirt particles. Either dry the blank and guides with a cloth or allow to air dry. NEVER put your rod, reel or line away wet.
  3. Two or three times a year, apply a thin film of ferrule wax to the male ferrule. Then assemble the rod by inserting the male into the female ferrule and gently twisting them straight to apply wax to the female rod ferrule. (I use my fingers to apply the thin coat of wax so I can feel how much has been applied.) If necessary wipe of excess wax from both ferrules. Too much wax makes the rod difficult to take apart.
  4. Pieces of an old t-shirt make good cleaning and drying cloths.

Fly Reels – Caring for your Fly Reel

  1. Fly Reel – If you keep your reel off the rod, store it in a protective case. Most reels come with neophrene cases to cushion them from shock if you accidentally drop them. There are also hard reel cases which offer dirt and shock protection. One such brand is the “Reel Vault”.  A third alternative is a “Suede Reel Case”. Should you purchase a reel without a case, spend the small amount required to get a reel case. They are a good investment to protect your reels.
  2. If you get have purchased a reel with sealed spindle bearings and a sealed disc drag system, dirt will not be too much of a problem. Should you get dirt or worse small sand granules between the spool and the frame, remove the spool and flush the dirt out with fresh water. Then allow them to throughly air dry or dry with a soft rag and reattach the spool to the frame.
  3. If you get your reel wet on stream, remove the spool from the frame and shake out what water you can remove. When you get home, strip any wet line off to dry, remove the spool from the frame and allow both to dry throughly before respooling the line and reassembling the reel.

Fly Line – How to care for your fly line
Your fly line will become dirty with use. It will pick up microscopic dirt particles, algae particles and other debris. Such particles will eventually damage the line finish, reduce distance when shooting the line during casting and can cause extra wear on the rod guides.

  1. Every four or five trips, strip the line from the reel. Squeeze a few drops of mild liquid dish soap into a wet cloth, work up a lather and squeeze out most of the soap. Then wipe the line down a couple of times. Dry the line with a soft cloth.
  2. Apply a line lubricant such as “Glide”, “Orvis Zip Juice Wonderline Cleaner” or ” Orvis Line Zip” to your fly line to make it shoot farther and stay cleaner.
  3. If you want to clean your line without the hassle of soap and chemicals, use “The Amazing Wonder ClothTM”. Just wet the Amazing Wonder Cloth and wipe your line down several times. The non abrasive microfiber cloth cleans fly lines like magic. The use a dry part of the cloth to dry your line.
  4. After your line is clean, I still recommend applying a good line lubricant.

For information on How to Clean your Breathable Waders and your Wading Boots.

Tight Lines,

Marshall Estes, Author
“Successful Fly Fishing For Trout”