If your rod is a one piece, move on to step two. Putting the rod sections together properly, extends the life of your rod.
1. Inspect the both ferrules for dirt and debris that might scratch your rod blank and weaken it. Keep those ferrules clean. Use a cotton swab to clean out the female ferrule if you see dirt
- Place the foot of the reel in the reel seat.
- Secure the reel seat hood over the foot, by screwing the hood up or down. *Do not over tighten, you could crack the reel seat.
One of the most common mistakes beginners make is forgetting a guide. Begin with the butt guide and end with the tip top. Double check you got every guide.