How to Clean a Fiberglass Fly Rod

How to Clean a Fiberglass Fly Rod
As with any tool that fly fishing anglers use throughout the season, keeping the rod clean is important to performance. Longer, smoother casts are a benefit from consistently cleaning your rod, as well as a rod that is easier to put together and take apart. With a few simple cleaning tools and a little effort, any angler can bring his fiberglass fly fishing rod to a higher-performing level.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Towel
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Cotton swabs
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
Step 1
Moisten one end of the towel and wipe down the rod from the tip down. This will clean off the initial layer of dust and dirt that can build up on the rod. Wipe the rod down with the dry portion of the towel and inspect the rod blank for any nicks, scratches or caked-on debris.
Step 2
Rub a fresh cotton swab around the inside of each rod guide, beginning at the tip and working down the rod. If there are any line-chewing cracks in the rod eyelets, a portion of the cotton swab will catch on this to alert you of an issue.
Once you check the eyelets, clean each eyelet with soap and water by either using a portion of the towel or a cotton swab. Clean eyelets have less friction and will allow for longer casts.
Step 3
Clean each eyelet with soap and water by either using a portion of the towel or a cotton swab. Clean eyelets have less friction and will allow for longer casts.
Step 4
Clean the ferrule of the rod, the section of the rod where the sections come together, by first wiping the inside of the rod blank on the female section with a cotton swab. If there are considerable debris in this section, use a moist cotton swab to clear out the rod. Use a moist portion of the towel to clean the other portion of the ferrule and check the fit of the rod sections. A rod that fits together well will not come apart in the middle of a fly cast.
Step 5
Wipe the handle of the rod to remove oils that may have built up from years of use. If the rod has a cork handle, use a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to remove stubborn stains. This will also give the cork a fresh finish that will make it feel as if you just bought the rod.
Step 6
Wash down the rod handle with antibacterial soap and warm water to remove any unwanted scents or odors that build up during the hours of handling the rod.

Tips & Warnings

 
Clean your fiberglass fly fishing rod after every trip, or at least a couple times a season to keep the rod in top working order.
 
Do not clean your rod with abrasive cleaners as these may scratch or damage the rod.

Resources

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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