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Jelsma Rod Co Rod Care Guide

Here are five easy steps to help you get the most out of your fishing rods:


This is the most important one and its not just for saltwater anglers either. Guides get a lot of use and abuse. Over time stuff builds up on them that can really damage your line. In some lakes and rivers it’s minerals and in others it’s grass and other kinds of vegetation. No matter, it needs to be removed.

I clean mine with a Q-tip and Reel Magic, WD-40 or, in extreme cases I have used Dawn dish soap. Soak the Q-tip real well and then rub all around the guide — inside and outside — until it’s perfectly clean. In cases you might want to use a soft plastic brush but never use a wire one. That’ll really wipe out a rod guide.

If it’s hot out and stuff is drying on my guides while I’m fishing I clean them real quick with water and my shirt just to get through the day. It only takes a couple of seconds, but it can make all the difference in the world.


This will help make your rod last longer and make it more efficient to handle. I use a white towel and rubbing alcohol. Soak the towel with the rubbing alcohol and then rub. Everything will come clean and look like new. And you’ll be able to handle the rod without it sticking to your hand, which could cause you to lose a fish.

Its also important because alcohol can help remove salt deposits besides, the alcohol will disinfect the handle in case there are any germs on it.


If you want the finish to last longer and look better spray down your rods after a long trip, especially saltwater anglers. Not only will this help keep corrosion from happening but it will make the first two A LOT less tedious.


Store the rods you aren’t using unrigged and not flexed in any way, many materials will hold a memory if left in a shape. If storing rods that you use on a regular basis think about getting rod sleeves or store your rods in rod tubes. This cuts down on the Tangles and damages.

Never store a rod in a hot place like your car or truck. Heat can weaken them. And, never lay your rod over something hard like the boat gunnel or something in your truck and then let it bounce up and down on the same spot, like a TAIL GATE. That’ll weaken the blank and could cause it to break when it’s under pressure — like when you’re fighting a big fish.


Another way to lengthen the life of your rod is to have multiples of the same rod. If your just a weekend warrior this may be extreme but for the savvy tourney angler new rods every 3-5 years is not uncommon.

All rods weaken over time. After many many years or severe use/ABUSE they tend to start to lose their action and won’t hold up like when they were new. This doesn't mean they will break it just means that the rod will become "SOFT" and hook sets or jig action will just not feel up to par. Even with the most modern materials and build processes material fatigue is real. This is not a complaint about any particular make or manufacturer. It’s just the way it is in the real world. You can test this by taking an old rod and comparing it to an identical new rod. You’ll see and feel the difference immediately. Again Weekend Anglers your rods may last you 20-30 years before replacement but for heavy tournament anglers its a little more noticeable. 

Take care of your rods, and they’ll take care of you.

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