For the rod guides, reel seat and handle, use aerosol furniture wax and a clean soft cotton cloth. Use a soft toothbrush around the guide feet and the nooks and crannies of the reel seat.Looking for some advice / thoughts on maintenance that should be carried out on my TCX Switch. Best materials to sue to help with the guides, ferrules, handle, reel seat, etc. Thanks everybody!
I actually wipe everything down with a microfibre cloth then polish up with a little glass cleaner. Ill let everything dry out before putting it away. Stuff costs a lot of money and I like to keep my stuff clean. And running right.I never put away my rods wet. I keep them out until everything has dried completely, then wipe 'em down and put them away. I actually leave the rod tube lids off while storing... let 'em breathe.
Hello.. You didn´t mention reel seat. Be veeery cautious to fit the right reel. May I suggest the Hardy St. Aidan for ordinary work? I use it myself so can speak of experience, damage done to fish but not deadly so. For heavier work, the Hardy Zenith. Never used myself so I am out of touch here. Anything else but these two, go blame yourself... These suggested reels will massage the reelseat in a proper way, keeping it in a perfect condition until next outing and their sound will make you smile every steelhead or trout. Promise. Yours borano20The best treatment I found was steelhead, trout, or salmon slime regularly applied by hand to the cork. Graphite fibers must be maintained by regular flexing or they become brittle with time. Guides are best maintained by applying friction to the rings with a non-abrasive plastic type material. :grin2::chuckle::hihi:
LOL! I do exactly the same thing. Also with my reels.I never put away my rods wet. I keep them out until everything has dried completely, then wipe 'em down and put them away. I actually leave the rod tube lids off while storing... let 'em breathe.
haha that is funny, exercise regularly.I think the regular application of an Airflo skagit compact and some T14 should keep it in tip top shape. Use as often as necessary and apply liberally for proper continued operation of your TCX. If you have any questions please PM me. ;P
All excellent maintenance and real world fishing tips.You will do it right. Take care of it ! It will add lifetime to your TCX or any other rod and fun to your obsession.
No matter if hunting or fishing, I have water and towels in my car. After fishing, I use the towel for the rod, before I pack it away. At home, out again and, as said by most others, let it dry before any further storage.
I use car wax for the rod blanks regularly, not an aggressive or abrasive one. It protects blank and varnish and reduces friction for the shooting line. Same for the reel holder and a half drop of Ballistol (weapon oil, made of plants).
For the cork I use U40 now. It protects the cork and keeps the filler in place a longer time. Apply sparsely.
Wax (many suggestions here in some threads) for the ferrules.
If prepared like that, bend it and put fish slime on it. It can be washed away easily and again, let it dry and breath.
But most important, avoid contact with stones and flies.
In case of the TCX, watch and check the mother pieces of the ferrule connections regularly and carefully. It can be a weak point with some DH rods in the TCX series. It starts with micro cracks in the varnish of the outer ferrule section and, in some cases, can continue to a crack in the ferrule itself. But if you are the first owner, Sage warranty is first class.
Wax on the ferrules can help to avoid this or at least to slow this process down.
Maintenance is one thing and everybody is different. But if you put some thoughts in it -what you obviously do- and if you take care, there is nothing more to do.
There will be some damage and some lost in material in situations over the years. Not to avoid, if you fish seriously...
Don’t be afraid too much. Fish it. Tight lines!