How to Clean Fishing Equipment

How to Clean Fishing Equipment
Fishing equipment takes a lot of abuse. Between the salt, dirt and grime, your equipment must be cleaned if you want it to continue operating properly. This means everything--including the rod, reel and tackle. Replacing these items can be quite expensive, but with proper maintenance you shouldn't have to. You only need a few basic supplies, and your equipment will be in top condition in no time--and will more than likely last for years.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • WD-40 or Reel Grease Mild detergent Cotton swabs Denatured alcohol Damp cloth Steel wool
  • WD-40 or Reel Grease
  • Mild detergent
  • Cotton swabs
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Damp cloth
  • Steel wool
Step 1
Rinse your rod with fresh water after each use. This especially needs to be done if you're fishing in salt water. A fiberglass or graphite rod is easy to take care of. A toothbrush and denatured alcohol will clean any grime around the guides, as well as remove stains from the handle. You can polish the rod with car wax. Some people have been known to take their rods into the shower with them and bathe them with hot, soapy water.
Step 2
Use a mild detergent on a bamboo fly rod, drying it as soon as it's washed. You don't want this type of rod to remain wet too long. Check for any cracking of the varnish. Clean corrosion from the metal ferrules and reel seat by using steel wool and lightly scrubbing it.
Step 3
Take a little more care when cleaning the reel, and be sure to keep all parts together that have been removed. Remove the reel from the rod. Remove the handle by turning it counter-clockwise, or backwards. It should easily come off. Set the reel to the side on a clean surface or towel.
Step 4
Remove the screws that hold the reel together, as well as the small plate. Be sure to remember how you took everything apart so you'll be able to put it back together again. Place the screws and plate next to the handle.
Step 5
With a cotton swab, remove any dirt or debris that you can visually see inside the reel. Use either WD-40 or Reel Grease to grease every moving gear that's visible to you. Reverse the process and put the reel back together. Make sure to grease the handle before you screw it back in place on the reel.
Step 6
Clean your tackle box and tackle by first removing everything from the box. Wash the tackle box out with a wet cloth and mild detergent. Set it aside to dry. Wipe off all of your tackle with a damp cloth and set it aside on a clean towel to dry. Once everything is dry, reassemble the tackle box.
Step 7
Take your rod and reel to an expert to have it cleaned if the task seems too complicated. Bait stores or fishing stores should have personnel who will clean the parts for you. Take into account that during periods of heavy fishing, you make have to wait several weeks to get your equipment back. Call around and get estimates on the price and delivery time.

Tips & Warnings

 
If your reel drops into sand, wash it thoroughly after using or the reel gears may become damaged. Maintenance should be performed at least once a year to keep your rod and reel working at its best. Some of the more modern reels may require an expert to work on and clean them.
 
If your reel drops into sand, wash it thoroughly after using or the reel gears may become damaged.
 
Maintenance should be performed at least once a year to keep your rod and reel working at its best.
 
Some of the more modern reels may require an expert to work on and clean them.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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