Storing rods, reels before winter

Difficult as it is to determine the percentage of anglers whose time on the water is declining now in late summer, the number is substantial. Some instead turn their attention to the coming hunting seasons. Others consider fishing a warm-weather sport — until lakes are frozen enough to allow winter angling. Regardless, whenever you hang up your rods and reels for the season, inspection and cleaning of the gear is important. Two important chores: One, back off the drags of your fishing reels completely. This alone will extend their lives for many seasons. Also, inspect and clean the reels per their care instructions (which, of course, you have lost, but in almost all cases are available online). Finally, check the guides on your rods for nicks and replace as necessary. Nothing ensures the loss of a big fish as line being continually worn by damaged guides.