Prolonging the life of your tackle is vital if you want to ensure that fighting trout doesn’t slip away at the last minute and more importantly, if you want to avoid buying new kit every season.
The last thing you want to do after spending a large chunk of change on your fly fishing gear is to have it go south on you in a matter of no time. If you are serious about fly fishing and serious about your kit then you need to put some effort into the care and maintenance of your gear.
An efficient fly fisher is a successful one so here are some small little tips you can use to prolong the life of your fly fishing gear, and keep a little more money in your pocket in the long run.
Maintaining your Fly Fishing Rod
Be sure to break down your fly fishing rod every single time that you pack it in for the day. Numerous fishers have told stories about tripping while walking back to their car, getting their rod caught up in a branch while leaving a stream, or even slamming their car door on their favorite rod. Snapping your expensive rod in two is not the way you want to finish the day.
Pull your rod apart and separate it into sections as soon as you have deciding to pack it in for the day. Pull straight to make sure the connection points do not get bent in any way.
It is a great idea to keep a towel nearby and wipe your rod down after use in order to get rid of any debris and moisture, or else your case or grip could become a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
This means it is also best to place your fly fishing rod in its case but to leave the case open until everything is dried out. This prevents trapped moisture and long term wear down of your road.
Lastly, you can use a piece of nylon stocking to check for any burrs, kinks or snags on your guides. If you notice the stocking snag while weeding it through then file down the jagged spots and you will keep your line and rod in tact longer.
Maintaining your Fly Fishing Reel
When you are packing it in for the day, make sure that you thoroughly check for sand, dirt or any other abrasive that might be inside your reel. Leaving this inside is one of the quickest ways to wear down your reel and force you to dish out more money. If there is anything inside then be sure to take the frame apart from the spool and give them a good rinse under some water.
Once you have reached home it is a great idea to remove all of the line and separate the backing of your reel in order to get inside with dish detergent and give the reel a deep clean.
For a little extra maintenance for you fly fishing reel it is an excellent idea to keep some light grease on hand. Lubricate all of the moving parts within the reel and you can be sure that everything will run smoother, for a longer period of time.
Maintenance for your Flies
One of the simplest, yet oft ignored, ways to prolong the life of your flies is to keep them all in separate fly boxes. This ensures they do not get tangled up with one another or crushed when something gets thrown about after you hook into a lunker.
It is also quite beneficial to leave your flies out in the open and let them dry before packing them away in your kit. This is a place where a fly fishing vest comes in real handy as you can just attach your flies onto your fleece patch and let them naturally dry. Wet flies lead to rusty hooks and disfigured flies that just don’t move like they used to.
Finally, if something does go awry and your flies get crushed by a foreign object or tossed around, you can hold your fly over top of boiling water. The steam that rises from the water will help guide the fly back to its original shape.
When you sit down and really think about it, maintenance for your fly fishing gear doesn’t take all that much work. The problem is many anglers always seem to be in such a rush to get home and show off their trophy trout that they ignore the basics. Just keep calm, make smart decisions, and provide your kit with extra care and you won’t have to say goodbye to your favorite gear, or pony up the cash for new stuff.