Easy hacks to get your gear in top working order—before it’s too late
#2 Rods and Reels
Inspect the ferrules on your rods for grit or cracks, wipe them with a damp cloth and rub on a little wax so they fit together and, just as importantly, come apart smoothly. Also use a cotton swab to check the line guides and tip top for grooves or nicks, which can damage your line.
Similarly, fly reels only require a little simple maintenance. Take the spool out of your reel and wipe off any dust, pet hair and other grime that seems to materialize over the winter. Also check the reel seat to ensure the screws are still tight. Then lubricate the shaft, drag mechanism (if it’s unsealed), spool cavity and handle with just a drop of light oil.