How to Maintain a Fishing Rod: Rod and Reel Maintenance

Landing that prize winning trout requires you to have a rod and reel set up that is in good condition. You can increase the longevity of a rod and reel and keep it performing at optimal level with just a few minutes of maintenance. Watch this quick video for tips on how to maintain a fishing rod.


Rod and Reel Maintenance


Do these quick things to keep your fishing rod in the best working condition:

  • Clean the rod- Use a damp rag to wipe down the rod and remove any debris. Pay special attention to the guides as they are most likely in need of a cleaning.

  • Clean the reel seat- Wipe down the reel seat especially the threads. Keeping this area clean will ensure a tight lock is made when attaching the reel.

  • Wipe down the reel- Wipe down all exterior surfaces with a damp rag. Use a toothbrush to get a deep clean in all of the nooks and crannies.

  • Add oil to all moving parts- Remove the spool. Add a drop of oil to the spindle and place a drop inside the spool. Put it all back together and move all parts to work in the oil.


Rod and reel maintenance

It only takes a few minutes to do these simple fishing rob maintenance techniques. If you do this maintenance regularly you will keep your rod performing well for years to come.

For more helpful fishing tips check out our Fly-Fishing Buying Guide or these other YouTube Videos.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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