Nope, not talking about taking care of big female snook by holding them horizontal; today we are talking about your fishing rods. While fishing reel care and maintenance gets a lot of attention, often times rods are overlooked.
To help extend the life of a fishing rod always try to do the following:
1. Rinse, wash, and dry entire rod after use in saltwater.
2. Store out of direct sunlight, and if possible in a cool dry room.
3. Avoid storing rods in a hot car for extended periods of time.
4. Try to keep the rods in some type of rack. Leaning rods against a wall, especially for long periods of time, can actually warp or cause a "set" in the blank.