Rod Storage Solutions
Whether you have one or three dozen or more fishing rods they need to be secured when you’re not using them. Today’s graphite rod blanks are far superior to their fiberglass predecessors in terms of strength (relative to weight), sensitivity, and weight. What they lack compared to fiberglass is durability. Fiberglass blanks are still out there and used in super heavy lifting circumstances. There are also composite blanks that mate the best attributes of both materials. A commonality with all these banks is once their turned into fishing rods, you definitely want to store them securely.
What most anglers don’t consider is that the blanks that make up their fishing rods can develop “memory”. Rod memory is a bend in the blank. In some cases memory is intentional, but in most cases is unintentional and potentially causes weak areas in the blank. All blanks have a “spine” which is a area that thicker and is caused by the manufacturing process. The spine is the natural point to mount guides in line, but it’s also the spot where memory develops. These points get magnified by the radius length of the blank, which is to say the longer the blank the greater the chance to develop memory and related issues.
All points to consider, but what are the do’s and don’ts of rod storage?
The first and foremost thing NOT to do is stick it in a corner leaned up against a wall. This will cause a undesired bend over time.
Do separate your multi-sectioned rods. Once separated each section is naturally stronger because it’s a shorter radius arm. Do store them together so you don’t lose them.
Don’t hang your rods by their tippet guide. That section of the blank is the weakest of the rod and tippets can be pulled off in time.
Do use storage racks whenever possible. Storage racks can be either horizontal or vertical and by design relieve the stress on the blank and protect the guides.
Don’t leave them in onboard transit tubes like “rocket launcher” or bumper holders for long periods of time. They’re not secure and your property may end up missing. These systems are fine for getting you out there, but are far from secure.
Do use travel tubes whenever possible. They protect your equipment which can be particularly delicate in unintended ways.
Today’s fishing equipment is lighter, stronger, and more sensitive than ever. It’s also less durable. So protect your investment, store it properly and it will serve you for a good time and a long time.
Rod Storage Solutions