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Caring for a Rod

Caring for a Rod


Caring for a Rod

Caring for a Rod

There is much in the way a rod is handled and cared for. I cannot say all that might be said on this subject, but can give a few remarks on the most important: First, don't throw your rod down, especially in sand or on stones —it is a delicate affair and deserves better treatment. Don't get the rod wet oftener than necessary. In jointing up, always put the tip and second joint together first, then attach the butt. Always take your reel off the rod when through fishing and don't put it on again until you are ready to commence fishing again. See that the several pieces of the rod are put together with the guides in perfect line. The ferrules usually have little marks to show, but don't twist one joint to bring these in line — remove it by a straight pull and replace it right. Always joint the two pieces by a straight push and separate by a straight pull.

When you un-joint the rod, separate the tip and middle joint first. Wipe the ferrules with an oiled rag once in a while and they will come apart easily when you want to dismount the rod. Keep the rod on the form, generally, but in case you find a joint is warped a little, assemble the rod and hang it up by the tip a few days and it will straighten. Perhaps the ceiling of your room is not high enough, but if so, put the middle joint and tip together and hang them up. A solid wood rod should be rubbed lightly with Vaseline about every six months, and then burnished with the palm of the hand until it gets hot. Before the fishing season commences, go all over your rod and examine the wrappings, and if they are frayed, rewind them. If the varnish is looking bad, re-varnish it completely. If the ferrules or tip are loose, heat them a little with a match and you can remove them, then cement and replace.

Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.

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