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Spring Tackle Maintenance Snafus

How to avoid spring fishing tackle no-nos.

April 20, 2004
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After decades of experience, I have committed just about every spring tackle maintenance snafu known to mankind. That said, I’m sure I’ll discover a few new ones this year. But as you settle onto the couch with a reel in one hand and a can of CorrosionX in the other, remember, I performed these maintenance no-nos so you won’t have to.

[1] Never set your drags indoors, unless you have cathedral ceilings. Picture this: You’re leaning back on your 50T International, trying to get the line tension up to 17 pounds. Your line breaks where it’s knotted to the scale, and the sudden release of tension slingshots the rod tip into the living room’s drywall ceiling at about 650 mph.

[2] Don’t use a pencil shoved between two couch cushions to hold your spools of line as you load up your reels. Your significant other will not like the resulting circular friction burn on the cushions.

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[3] By no means should you ever hold a rod tip over an open flame in an attempt to melt the tip cement when replacing the rod tip. Fiberglass and graphite burn.

[4] God forbid you should spray down a reel with WD-40 after spooling it with new line, unless you’d like all your knots to slip for the next month or so.

[5] And for heaven’s sake, don’t leave a brightly colored treble hook lure dangling from a rod tip if you have a cat.

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