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View Poll Results: How often do you clean your spey rods and reels?
Every time after fishing 54 16.93%
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A month or so 31 9.72%
Year 48 15.05%
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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-30-2007, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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How often do you clean

How often do you clean rods and reels?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-30-2007, 01:37 PM
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Whenever they get dirty ... ok, I'll give you a figure, usually from one week to six?

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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-31-2007, 05:51 AM
 
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Does a "dunk" in the stream count as cleaning?

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How often do you clean rods and reels?
I voted "when ever" but truth is it's practically never; unless a "dunk" in the stream qualifies as a clean?
That's all the modern stuff needs & gets. Rods stay clean, the Loop Evotech too.

If fishing salt (I live near the surf), I plan on ending up by a small stream mouth. This time it's an extended & more vigorous "dunk"; seems to work OK - no rust on anything.

They dry off in the car; reel & fitting getting a wipe with a WD40'd rag once in a while.

However: If I still had my 80year old Perfect; it would be a different story.
She would have been lovingly aired & dried, whilst being caressed, after each & every outing.
This, I believe, is what her new owner does too.
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Rods probly once a year but the reels see alot more attention. Most likely 2 or 3 times per year. As Sage said,, the older Hardy's see the bulk of my lovin
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whilst being caressed, after each & every outing
And sometimes between outings as well

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Whilst not caressing...

I do tend to clean up the used rods & reels at the end of a fishing trip, usually at the week's end, before returning them to their respective sleeves, pouches & tubes (thus ready for the next trip).

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I fish old reels and find they need a little love cloth after a day on the river, however, clean like take down.... about once every other month or at the conclusion of a long trip. I spend more time cleaning the line then the reel as a rule.

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I make sure I set my reels out to air dry after a trip and oil and wipe down my Perfect after every couple of trips. I really make sure to open my flyboxes and let the flies dry out as well.

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As often as I dust the house.

Never had the need but I'm not too long in the tooth at this sport either and I don't use vintage gear. I just make sure items get a chance to dry out.
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I spend more time cleaning the line than the reel as a rule.
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Second vote for the above. Lines get cleaned at least twice per year, more often if it's heavily used. Amazing the amount of "junk" that will attach to a fly line even if the water looks to be 'gin clear.' Go figure ....



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Every couple years I wash the rods in soap and water, wash off the grime on the grip with toothpaste, and wax the rods with pledge. At that time I give everything a good going-over to make sure everything is sound and doesn't need repair. I supposed they don't need it, it's more of a pride of ownership thing. I wax the ferrules more frequently since I don't tape my rods.
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on wether i'm driving the suburban or the blazer,,,usually rolling a window down while driving is enough to get the dust off on the way to the river,,,, isn't it!?

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post #13 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-23-2007, 07:43 PM
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I wipe off my rods after each time I fish because I don't want to put them away dirty or wet. However, although like Kush I wipe off my reels and let them sit out so the line dries, I don't clean or oil my reels each time I use them. I take them down, clean, and grease them about every 6 months. I also make sure my fly boxes are open so the flies dry when I've been fishing in the rain, which of course never happens here in the PNW.
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I really make sure to open my flyboxes and let the flies dry out as well.
I started doing this after losing a fish and thinking it had thrown the hook only to find out after inspection that the hook had broke from being weakened by rust.

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I make sure I set my reels out to air dry after a trip and oil and wipe down my Perfect after every couple of trips. I really make sure to open my flyboxes and let the flies dry out as well.
Agree - this to me is the most important routine. I never put a wet fly back in the box...they go in a small tin and when dry go back into the box. In fact none of my tackle goes into any container until it is totally dry.

Reels are properly cleaned and lubed a couple of times during the season, rods given the proper clean and silicon polish likewise. I go to fish in the Hebrides for a week each year. Being on the very edge of the Atlantic the air is salt laden so everything gets one of its proper cleans on my return.

Other than a box of flies which I lent to a friend -100+ salmon flies ruined - I have never had to discard a fly due to rust.
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