The Following Tips are
Ron Crandall of Ron's
Rod Cleaning & Maintenance
We have had a lot of requests
about what is the best way to maintain a Rod in order to have it last
for a Lifetime - assuming you don't break it.
After fishing, do the following:
- Apply a paste wax
(not a liquid) to the rod and the base of the guides only (not on guides)
- Apply paraffin wax
to the screw threads of the reel seat. This will allow for smooth operation
and less wear.
- For a rod with glass
or graphite ferrules, apply paraffin wax to the ferrules.
- For a rod with metal
ferrules, use only skin oil on the ferrules. Apply by rubbing the male
end of the ferrule in hair or, lacking that, rub on a forehead. This
will apply a minuscule amount of oil to the ferrule. This is all you
For Older, Abused Rods:
- Since this is the
California Pier Fishing Web Site, information is provided with the assumption
that you will be fishing in salt water.
- Remove the reel and
clean any sand or grit from the reel seat with an old toothbrush, or
a paint or acid brush that has bristles cut short (for stiffness).
- Spray the rod with
Salt Away, then rinse. This breaks down an amazing amount of salt that
you didn't realize was on the rod.
- Take the rod into
the shower with you and clean it thoroughly with a toothbrush.
- Naturally, dry it
before putting it away.
- Apply Corrosion-X
to any corrosion build-up on metal ferrules, reel seats and guides.
Let sit overnight. Scrub with a toothbrush and rinse.
- (Tip: WD40 or Simple
Green do not work as well as Corrosion-X)
- Install a rod butt
cap if missing. Caps are available through tackle shops.
- After the rod is free
of corrosion and thoroughly clean, proceed to treat it as if it were
a new rod.
New rods have
a single coat of epoxy covering the rod and guide wrapping. This epoxy
will chip off with use, exposing the uncoated surfaces to moisture. Moisture
will get under the epoxy and lift it off, deteriorating the guide wrapping
and causing the guides to come loose. You need to seal the chipped epoxy
immediately. Applying paste wax will help, or clean the chip with alcohol,
and apply a flexible marine varnish like McCloskey's Man-O-War.
mentioned in Tips are those used by Ron's Reel Repair, and should not be
thought of as the only product of that type available.
Inexpensive rods are
more prone to chipping than expensive rods. But, treating an inexpensive
rod as described above will allow you to keep it for a Lifetime.