Nifty Ways to Maintain Your Fishing Gear This Winter

While knowledge, skill, and patience are the essential elements for successful angling, it is undeniable how fishing equipment such as fishing rod and reel plays a vital role as well. Seasoned anglers know very well how it could influence the activity’s success.

That said, maintaining them all in shape is a high priority. And when is the best time to clean and prepare it for the next season but this winter?

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An unsoiled and in good shape fishing gear can have a significant effect on the activity’s success rate. Hence— whether you are an amateur or a professional— keep it clean and organized.

Here are a few pieces of advice to do it:

Reel Maintenance

Cleaning the reel is easy and straightforward. However, the process in which it requires disassembling the equipment can be quite intimidating and tough especially for beginners. So, to prepare for that part, it is crucial that you take note of all parts and where it is located.

Your reel’s container has a detailed step-by-step guide on how to assemble and disassemble it, so keep it always with you. Another way is to take photos of each part while dismantling it. You can also check tutorial videos on the internet. But if you are a busy person, you can go to a nearby fishing gear shop where you can pay someone to clean it.

Rod Maintenance

Fishing Rod

Fishing Rod

Although the reel is quite challenging to sanitize, keeping the rod unsoiled is not too tricky. You can start the process by cleaning the guides. That part of the rod is the most used and neglected part, so make sure to examine that there are no cracks and crevices on it that could cut the line. Apart from that, you can apply a few drops of Q-tip onto the guides, which will help unravel if it has a problem.

Moreover, when it comes to the rod, and its cork handles, you can use laundry detergents to clean them. Laundry cleaners have impeccable elements that are tailored to help get rid of dirt buildup and rust on rod’s handles and cork grips. Apart from that, you can also scrub it around the lure holder on the lower section of the reel.

Lure Maintenance

Fishing Rod

Fishing Rod

Lures, since they are reusable and often made of synthetic materials, requires thorough cleaning as well. More often than not, they accumulate rust after constant use. If your lures and hooks have rust spread onto the bait, you can clean it by scrubbing it using laundry detergent. However, if you think the rust has already consumed most of the lures, it is better to throw it and replace it.

Keep the Terminal Tackles Organized

Where you store your lures and hooks plays a vital role as well. In fact, many anglers find it easier and time-saving when they have their terminal tackles organized. So, for this part, make sure that the tackle box’s dividers are glued well to prevent the hooks, lures, floats, etc., from mixing in.

Furthermore, to help you locate each tackle inside, try marking each of them with labels. You can do it by simply writing the names on the top of the box of each section.


Fishing equipment is prone to dirt buildup after constant use. And if not prevented, rust-filled and soiled rod and reels, lures, and other terminal tackles can affect the success rate of angling negatively. As such, it is crucial to have the gear sanitized and organized. And when is it best to clean and prepare for the next season but this winter?

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