Today, I’d like to talk more about my other passion i.e. fishing. I recently introduced by buddy Paul to it and just a few weeks later he came to me complaining that his fishing rod was malfunctioning.
Turns out, he bought a cheap knock off and to make the matters worse, he stored it poorly. And so it ended up damaged due to prolonged exposure to the sun.
For the quality part, I told him to stop compromising. It’s better to spend a few more bucks for something good that will provide you with good value for money. But his biggest mistake was poor storage habits.
Indeed, no matter how well made your rod is, if you store it poorly, chances are that it will get damaged before you even notice it. And for that, I would like to share the following useful buying guidelines.
Tip #1: Avoid Exposing It Directly To the Sun
When storing your rod, make sure you keep it in a good place. Preferably in a place with adequate shade. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause any rod to become brittle and break easily.
Tip #2: Avoid Rusting
Even the best made rods can rust. This is especially so if you often use it to fish in salty water conditions. For that, our top recommendation is that you should always oil your rod. But you don’t have to do this every other day.
Just do it every so often and that will be fine. The rules for oiling fishing rods are the same as the ones for cleaning fishing reels (always do so with a keen hand). Just be consistent with what you do to avoid losing your precious.
Tip #3: Be Gentle
Even if rods are meant to be resilient, they can also breakdown under pressure. So, be gentle in terms of how you use them. Likewise, handle them with care when storing them.
Don’t be one of those people who simply throw them to the ceiling when you’re done using them. Place them gently.
Also, we’d recommend that you routinely inspect for any signs of damage. If you spot any scratches or dents, be sure to re-think how you handle them. These small signs of damage matter a lot at the end of the day regarding how long your lovely rod will last.
Much as nothing is meant to last forever, well-made rods can last a lifetime if well-maintained. Just be sure to take good care of it. Protect it like your life depends on it and it will reward you with many more years of service.
Treat it like dirt and it will break even before you can capture any fish with it. And you really don’t want to happen.
So, we highly recommend that you should take good care of it. Be keen on the little things – at the end of the day, it’s the little things that count.
And to crown it all up, be sure to get yourself a well-made rod. Cheap ones don’t last long no matter how well you care for them.