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Bad Habits Die Hard - Advice for Gear Care

7/7/15 @ 7:30 PM
User since 7/7/15
FIRST POST HERE! Nice to meet everyone!

I hate to admit this, but I am slightly mean to my fishing rods and by slightly, I mean I'm pretty terrible.

Straight Facts:

  • Drive small car
  • Must have gear = 3-4 rods (all spinning) + tackle bag with me at all times because I work close to a couple decent bass lakes and I need to go fishing during the day to clear my head of all the stupidity I deal with
  • Rods are stored in my trunk, in two-pieces, individually wrapped with one-wrap (velcro stuff)
  • Sometimes my rods get tangled (because I'm abusing them) and this is frustrating when I only have 45 minutes to fish at lunch or whatever
  • Live in HOT, nasty and humid weather in summer; terrible awful weather in the winter
  • I don't bring the rods into the office with me (for what I think ought be obvious reasons); but I also don't bother to bring them into the house when I get home (because I am LAZY, that's my only excuse)


  • Am I killing my rods leaving them in the car all day everyday like I do?
  • Would a rod sock be appropriate, even though they are broken down in two pieces?
  • If I can't bring them inside the office - which I already know I can't and I really really really don't want to leave them at home, what can I do to help keep them safe from any weakening due to the extreme temperatures they are in all the dang time?

Thank God my dad has no idea how to work the internet, I would be in deep 'you-know-what' if he came across this shameful display of lack of respect here LOL.

All advice is welcomed and will be seriously considered.

7/28/15 @ 9:53 AM
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12
As several has said even if you have teh rods broken down intop 2 pieces, get a rod sock, this will definately keep them from tangling. Another thing to think abotu is while your rod may not be broken in the trunk, if it gets nicked or chipped, that is where it will break when under stress as in when fighting a fish.

7/23/15 @ 2:03 PM
User since 1/11/11
First off, extreme heat can change the properties of carbon. If stored in hot areas you need to make sure the rod isn't bent or flexed when stored, or it will keep that bend. Cold is not an issue.

As to the tangling issue, buy some mesh rod gloves. Put the rod glove over the rod while it is assembled, then simply disassemble the rod and store it. When you are ready to fish, assemble the rod, remove the glove and you're good to go.

7/17/15 @ 5:18 PM
User since 2/1/06
This is how I transport my reels....I wouldn't want them left in the heat, this provides an easy way to take them in with can even be locked with a small pad lock.

7/17/15 @ 10:14 AM
'da Coach
'da Coach
User since 12/23/08
Other posters have already listed good rod-protection options, so all you have to do now is try one or more and see what you lke best. I keep several rods in my car at all times and use Rod Slicks to keep them from getting tangled, and neoprene reel covers to protect the reels.

Re the heat & cold, probably the biggest challenge you are gonna run into is line degradation if you're running mono or flouro; not so much if you go with braid.

If you find your stuff getting all banged up in the car, the solution is pretty straightforward: Don't do that. Pad them somehow; other than that, you'll probably be fine.

7/12/15 @ 2:30 PM
MEMBER since 2/16/04
You're way ahead of most guys already, using velcro strips to hold rod sections together. Rods seem to get in fights when I'm not looking, but it's all part of fishing. The new light weight synthetic lines can be a real nightmare to keep apart. Saw "socks" on sale at fleet and the more superline rods I set up, the more attractive they look as a solution. Maybe you could cut the long synthetic sleeves in half and use them that way. Keep your rods in the car if it works for you. Anything that works toward getting your lines wet more often is a step in the right direction.

7/11/15 @ 9:23 PM
MEMBER since 10/18/07
I use Stick Jacket and keep 12 rods in each rod locker and have no problem with tangling.

7/10/15 @ 5:35 AM
User since 7/9/12
I think I have your solution, The Pocket Fisherman!!!!!!!!

7/9/15 @ 4:37 PM
User since 2/1/06
I really don't think the rods are an issue at all...even the tangling is more of a 'you' issue than a rod one as long as you aren't pulling them apart. I would say that I wouldn't store them lined up, in fact I would remove the reels and keep them in a reel case that you could bring in with you. Just as much as the line, its not the best for your reel either. Its important to keep those reels in tip top shape to maximize your enjoyment and the capabilities of the reel.

It doesn't take but a minute to put the reel on and run the line through the guides, especially if you are doing it regularly, because it will just become habit.

Even in the house or in the car on the way to a lake, I never leave my rods "lined up". I put the reel on and rig up before I fish....tangled equipment drives me insane, so I make an effort to see that it never happens Wink

7/7/15 @ 10:28 PM
User since 7/7/15

Well, in my case I'd be the wife, since I'm a girl... Big Smile

I haven't tried braided line before in freshwater, any brands you recommend?

I think I will invest in a sock or two. I think they will look a little silly on the rods when they are in two pieces, but I think I will be getting a bigger car soon, so that might solve that issue altogether.

To me it is just so much easier to have a few rods rigged and ready to go incase I get hung or I decide my 'usual set up' isn't working that day and I want to try my 'second favorite' real fast LOL. Plus, sometimes I have to share - what I do is set up meetings with people who I know like to fish and then make them 'meet with me' at the lake so we can 'talk about that project' and/or 'team build' - honestly, it is very effective. People LOVE coming to my meetings. Cool Still can't bring the rods inside.

The house thing is a good idea, unfortunately, it isn't an option since there are none - which is my preference... I guess we just can't have everything.

I'll work on that 'getting a wife to work' for me thing you suggested sounds very promising. heh!

7/7/15 @ 8:59 PM
Ed Franko
User since 5/6/15
Well I don't know about killing the rods but killing the line is a definite issue. Heat breaks down mono I really don't know about braid. As far as the tangling mess just bring one rod or get some of those rod tubes or one of those monster storage pods for the top of your car. Tell the people that ask you that you keep fishing rods in there. They will never believe you when you tell the truth. That or buy a bigger car . People do strange things to sneak away and go fishing. Or better yet just carry one around at all time use it as a pointer. Kind of like kid with a security blanket. I myself would tell them you have a doc appointment about once or twice a week and get a few quality hours in. That is boat dock. If the lake has homes around it pay someone a small fee to let you keep your rods there. Better yet quit the job move to a lake have your wife go to work and fish all day every day.

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