Tips For Tackle Prep | How To Prepare Your Rod For Fly Fishing?

Written by: Paul Procter

3 Tips for Tackle Prep

Come the New Year, our thoughts often turn to the season ahead and of course our fishing equipment. Regardless of whether you dabble with grayling during the colder months or not, it’s best to give your equipment the once over and make sure you’re cleaning your rod prior to a new season to take good care of your fly line. Here are 3 Tips For Tackle Prep:

Inspect rod rings

Fashioned from hard wearing titanium with the ability to recoil into their original shape the snake rings found on Orvis Helios rods are pretty much indestructible these days.

Nevertheless this doesn’t prevent dirt from accumulating around the base of intermediate rod rings. Given this, it’s vital we regularly inspect our rod rings with a view to keeping them clean.

Nevertheless this doesn’t prevent dirt from accumulating around the base of intermediate rod rings. Given this, it’s vital we regularly inspect our rod rings with a view to keeping them clean.

When cleaning your rod, xcessive grim can be removed using an old tooth brush. Furthermore, it’s best to give the whole blank a once over using a damp cloth to remove any dirt which might have gathered along its length.

Wax rod ferrules

Due to developments in rod design, multi piece (4 sections) outfits are all the rage these days. Whilst their action and casting performance cannot be faulted, it does mean we have extra junctions along a blank now that in turn increases the likelihood of sections working loose during casting. In turn this can cause breakages and is obviously best avoided. Ferrule wax applied to the male joints of a rod ensures they bind together more securely and consequently, separate more readily too. Joints needn’t be waxed for every outing, but once every few months should suffice.This is an important step in preparing your tackle.

Cleaning a Fly Line:

Over time, fine particles of dirt, grit and slime builds up on our fly lines that ultimately affects their performance like shooting line when casting, or in the case of a floating line, rendering it less buoyant. Such foreign bodies also accelerate wear to shorten the expectancy of our precious fly lines! Obviously then, it’s essential we take good care of a fly line by preparing our tackle.

In an ideal World, your line should be run through a cloth after every outing as it is still damp, any dirt will easily be removed. This however takes discipline that in truth is beyond most of us, including myself! The next best thing is to soak a line in tepid water with a weak solution of detergent (washing up liquid). After 30 minutes or so, run the line through a dry cloth to remove any dirt. Having let it dry, give the line a quick stretch before winding back onto your reel. Carried every couple of months this small chore significantly increases the life of any fly line. 

These 3 tips for tackle prep help ensure success for the rest of the season and save time and money you might spend repairing or buying new rods.

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