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Fishing Rods


After fishing, be it in fresh or saltwater, rinse your rod carefully in a solution of mild soapy water to remove any residues or odors. Make sure you dry it off before storing. You may wipe the rod with a liquid furniture polish to enhance the look and finish.

Lubricate reel seats and touch up guide feet with a cotton swab dipped in WD40 or other similar corrosion inhibitors.

When traveling, always protect your rod by encasing it in its sock and/or tube. Loose rods may develop micro-fractures that will ultimately cause rod failure.

Periodically check the plug in the end of the butt section of the rod to ensure it's in place, and check the guides for grooves.

Store your rod in its case, out of the sun and weather. Make sure it's completely dry before storing.

Keep your rod away from pets and children. Dogs love to chew on the cork, and children, bless their hearts, delight in destroying anything expensive.

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The tip top guide gets the most stress and wear but it needs to be in perfect condition at all times. At some point you will need to change the guide. Here's how to do it!

Gather theses supplies:

           A source of heat—like a high voltage hair dryer or a Bunsen burner

           Small pliers

           Two-part epoxy glue

           New Tip Top guide

Heat the broken guide to loosen the glue holding it in place. Use the pliers to twist and remove the bad guide. Mix the epoxy and apply a thin even coat on the tip of the rod. Set the new tip top in place. Make sure the guide is lined up properly. Wait for the glue to dry and it's off to the ol' fishing hole.

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Store rods with cork handles inside to prevent excessive moisture build up or extreme temperature changes

Allow cork handles to dry naturally after each use to prevent mildew

Clean cork with mild soapy water on a damp cloth. Do not use chemicals or cleaning solvents. These will eat away at the cork causing it to disintegrate.

Do not paint or varnish. This will cause brittleness, cracking and splitting

Cork will darken with age and use. You can restore the natural lighter color by "hand" sanding with a very fine grade of sandpaper. Gently sand the whole surface of the handle, being careful not to rub too hard in one area.

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Believe it or not, even a fishing rod needs a little sprucing up once in a while and in most cases a damp cloth with a little soap and water will do the trick. Give special attention to these areas.

Line Guides: use an old toothbrush to remove built-up residue or mud from the guides. Check for cracks, breaks or worn spots that can fray your line. Contact the service department for replacements when needed. Check the wrapping around the base of the guides; re-glue as needed using a two-part epoxy type glue.

Ferrules on 2-piece rods: look for cracks or splits where the sections join. Keep the joints clear of dirt and mud.

Handles and fore-grips: inspect for cracks in the plastic, foam or cork; see that the handle is still firmly glued in place. Cork handles can be cleaned with an ultra-fine grade of sandpaper, but don't over do it.

Reel seat: remove dirt and debris; gently move reel seat left to right to insure it is firmly glued in place.

 Don't use super glue type products to re-attach guides. Quick set glues make rods brittle and will cause cracking.

Don't "shine up" your rod using WD40 or oil/lube products. It will eat through the UV coating and ultimately loosen the guides and reel seat.

Resist the temptation of gluing your two-piece rod together. If you are having trouble with the pieces slipping apart, use a fine grade of sandpaper to rough up the small area where the two pieces join. This should solve the problem.

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