Below are some important tips to observe when caring for your fly rod:
Three, four and five piece rods should be assembled tip sections first.
Ferrules should be put together loosely first, then line up the guides and push the pieces together snugly.
Take care when stringing your fly rod. DO NOT bend the tip when pulling the line straight through the guides/snakes.
Spigot ferrules should have a gap of about 1/8″ between rod sections as this prevents the section from rubbing together and allows for future wear.
Periodically rub the ferrules (MALE SECTION) lightly with paraffin to ensure a snug fit, as the second biggest cause of rod breakage is from ferrules coming loose and cracking the female section. CHECK THE FERRULES A FEW TIMES DURING THE DAY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SNUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Occasionally, wash your rod with warm soapy water and dry completely prior to putting away. A light coat of liquid furniture polish will enhance the rod finish.
Avoid placing your rod against metal or abrasive objects as small nicks may result which could lead to a weak spot and a broken rod
Lubricate reel seats with corrosion inhibitors to keep from rusting/pitting.
Always transport or store your rod in its tube and sack as damage often occurs to unprotected rods while travel.
AGAIN, To maintain the integrity of the ferrule, it is wise to check the ferrule connection throughout the day of casting/fishing so as to avoid ferrule separation and splitting.
Do no assemble rods indoors as many rods are broken in ceiling fans and cabin screen doors.
Avoid severe rod angles when fighting and landing fish. Snagged flies should be broken off by pulling on the line with the rod tip pointed at the snag.
Your fly rod will give you MANY years of pleasure if you just take a little care. ENJOY!!!!!!!!!