Orvis Fly Fishing
How Do I Maintain My Fly-Fishing Gear In The Off Season?
Once the season has closed and winter sets in, fishing opportunities are limited. While you can still enjoy some time on the water, the slower season is the perfect time of year to go through your gear with a fine-toothed comb.
Most fly-fishing gear should last a lifetime—if you properly maintain it. From your rod and reel to the buckles on your waders, all your fly-fishing gear deserves a good, close look at the end of the year. Let’s start from the ground up and go over the maintenance and winter storage of your gear.
Note: Before you do anything, read any manufacturer information you have regarding the care and cleaning of fly fishing gear. Any questions you have should be directed to the manufacturer first and foremost.
Often overlooked, your wading boots could use a good looking over at the end of a long fishing season.
Through the fishing season, your waders will take the brunt of use and wear. Taking care of them on and off the water will ensure they last as long as possible and keep you as dry as possible. If you take care of them, they’ll take care of you.
Once your waders are cleaned and dry, it’s time to flip them inside out and inspect them for tiny pinholes and to look at the seams tape to be sure they are tight.
Going over your rod and reel and taking care of all the moving parts and pieces can ensure that you’ll have an outfit that will always perform as good as the day you bought it.
If you fish sandy beaches or muddy and silty water, or if you step on your line a lot or rest it on the ground, you need to spend some time maintaining your line. For all other situations, you should be cleaning your line regularly.
It pays to clean your line at least once for every five fishing trips. The more you maintain your fly line, the better it will perform and the longer it will last.
Taking care of your gear is a necessary part of fishing. If you do it, you’ll be rewarded with gear that lasts a lifetime.
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