This week we will look at some different things you can do to greatly increase the life of your rods and reels.
"Rod and Reel Storage, Part 1"
When it comes to storing reels (of all types) the most important thing you can do is keep the drag backed off. Lever and Star Drag Reels should be stored in freespool (Keep the clickers on to keep the line from tangling); with spinning reels it's best to just back the drag way off. This keeps the pressure off numerous parts in the reel; not just the drag washers.
"Taming Your Tackle, Part 6"
Leaving lures and terminal tackle in their manufacturers packaging when possible, is a great way to extend the life of tackle; but also serves another purpose. Keeping them in their packaging makes identifying different size lures and colors a breeze. Sometimes a slightly smaller hook or sinker is what it takes to trigger a bite; being able to look at the packager bag is a good way to quickly pick out the right size.
Pro Tip: Be sure to keep all those old packages and bags. They may be able to be re-used as discussed earlier this week. Also, at the end of the trip it is easy reference to what you need to pick up at the tackle shop next time!
"Taming Your Tackle, Part 5"
Todays tip comes from Capt.Eric (www.freighttrainfishing.com):
When wading inshore for trout, walking the beach for summertime snook, or looking for peacock bass on a long walk from the truck it is important to travel light and cover ground easily. A tackle box or bag is not at all convenient in this situation; but anyone who has ever tried to put a few lures directly in their pocket knows that is not the answer either.
A simple solution is to recycle a bulk hook package (100ct Mustad Boxes tend to be a really good choice) as a mini "travel" tackle box: It is big enough to handle a small selection of lures, but also small enough to slide easily in and out of a pocket.
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