Method 1 Maintaining the Rod1
- Sand nicks in guide rings to prevent the line from breaking when you have a fish on. If you cannot get the nick out by sanding with fine sandpaper, replace the guide. Examine the guides with a magnifying glass and pass a cotton ball through the rings. Cotton will catch if there is a nick you cannot see with a magnifying glass.
- Take extra care to clean your angling rod if you have been fishing in saltwater, as there is a higher chance of corrosion.
- If your cork handle is already worn, wet the rod grip and sand the cork grip with fine, waterproof sandpaper. Then, put some soap on the sandpaper and gently rub the cork. Rinse off the soap and let the grip dry. Be careful not to rub the rod itself with the sandpaper.
Method 2 Storing the Rod.
- Keep your rod and reel away from salt, dirt and other substances that may harm the rod, both while fishing and while storing the rod.
- Take care not to jerk the rod at a sharp angle even if you have a big fish. A rod can break even if it is bent just 90 degrees.