Keeping rods organized and out of harm's way becomes more challenging as
one's arsenal of "swords" grows. The following tips will help protect those precious
poles when traveling to and from the lake.
Clean Sleeves And Tidy Socks
Using a woven, nylon rod sleeve, such as The Rod Glove, provides excellent
blank protection at an affordable price. These tapered socks are tailored for
either casting or spinning rod guide diameters. Socks for different rod lengths are
available too for maximum shielding and a snug fit. Using these sleeves will
eliminate line tangles between multiple rods. Another bonus is that different
colored models make it easy to organize multiple sticks at home or in boat rod
Affix one wrap below the tips, one near the handles and, if needed, one midway. Face reels outwards. Alternating between spinning and casting models
reduces the parcel's circumference.
Use a lure wrap to swaddle and immobilize a bait
connected to a rod's hook keeper. Without one, an unsecured lure can bang
against a pole during travel, which can weaken blanks and cause damage.
A lure wrap also eliminates line from another combo tangling in hooks, split
rings, and other bait components, which in turn prevents lures from nicking
line that can lead to break-offs. Plus, encasing baits is a safety measure that
reduces the chances of accidentally getting hooked when carrying a wad of rods.
Spin It To Win
Another way to stop line tangles when transporting poles is wrapping the line
around the rod, whether carrying a single stick or a bunch. Here's how to do
Secure the hook in its keeper on the blank. Hold the rod with your right
hand below the reel. Take the thumb of your left hand and slide it midway up
the line running from the tip to the lure. Spin the rod clockwise with your
right hand. This motion causes the outside line to wrap around the rod blank
and the guides. Complete the process by placing the remaining loop of line over
the middle guide. You may need to pull a short amount of line from the reel to
Air travel and other long vehicle trips demand a higher degree of protection.
In these instances use plastic rod tubes, or customize your own out of PVC and
screw cap components. Use rod sleeves, wraps, rags and foam to cushion and
secure rods and eliminate movement within the tube.
What About Reels?
Reel protection deserves attention. A neoprene cover will keep grit from
creeping into the reel and protect it from impact. A reel carrying case, such
as the Plano
1404 with pluck foam, works well when gear is removed from poles. Another
alternative is wrapping reels individually in protective cloths or towels.
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