Keep Your Tackle In Tip-top Condition: How To Store Fishing Rods

You know how to fish and you know the gear you need, but what do you do to protect that gear? I’m sure many people just toss their rods haphazardly in the garage, but that can cause a lot of damage to your gear over time.

As with any sport or hobby, fishing gear can get very expensive. Why wouldn’t you take every precaution to make sure you keep your gear in top condition for as long as possible?

This article focuses on a step-by-step list of how to store fishing rods. We hope with the detailed instructions below that you can protect your investment for years to come.

How To Store Fishing Rods: The Tools

Maintaining and storing your gear is an important process, so it’s important to compile the correct materials to keep your rods working perfectly. Some of these materials are conditional, but they’ll likely be used over the course of your rod’s life.

To properly store your fishing rod, you’ll need 7 stuffs:

  • Sand paper.
  • Water.
  • Vinegar or mild detergent.
  • Candle wax or paraffin.
  • Wood glue.
  • A cloth towel.
  • A sturdy rack for your rods.

When you’ve collected these materials, you’re ready to start learning how to store fishing rods. Check out the section below for the detailed steps for maintaining and storing your equipment!​

How To Store Fishing Rods: The Steps

Take the following steps right after you finish fishing to keep your rods in good condition and safe till your next fishing adventure.​

#1. Maintenance

Before you store your rod, you’ll need to check for damage and address any issues you come across.​

#2. Check for Rust

Check for rust on the guide rings and reel seet. If there’s rust on the guide ring, that will need to be replaced. If it’s on the reel seat, use sandpaper to sand it off. As with any piece of metal, rust will quickly damage your rod and render it unusable. Don’t skip this step!​

#3. Clean Your Rod

Hoppe's No. 9 Cleaning Kit with Aluminum Rod, .38/.357 Caliber, 9mm Pistol


Using a cloth towel, wipe down the rod with the detergent or vinegar formula each time you finish fishing. This is especially important if you’ve been fishing in saltwater, as the salt is especially corrosive.​

#4. Maintain the Rod’s Joints

Use Paraffin or Candle Wax to rub the rod’s joints. This will help prevent friction and keep your rod in top condition for a lot longer. Don’t skimp on this step!​

#5. Check for Holes

Depending on your rod’s construction, over time it may develop small nicks or holes. Fill these holes using wood glue to maintain structural integrity moving forward.

Obviously, don’t use wood glue on parts of the rod that aren’t wood. If there are nicks you can’t address, enlist the help of an expert.​

#6. Storage

After maintenance, it’s time to store your rod. As important as good maintenance is, storing your rod in bad conditions will ruin it a lot faster. Take extra care with these steps!​

#7. Loosen the Drag

Loosen the drag on your reel. This is important to ensure the line doesn’t break or pull on the rod during storage. Taking your fishing rod out on a trip and finding that the line is broken can quickly ruin what would otherwise be a fun afternoon.

#8. Remove the Line

Goture 8-80LB Superpower Braided Fishing Line–Zero Stretch and High Tension Advanced Multifilamentline for Saltwater and Freshwater - Army Green, Blue, Blackish Green, Grey, Yellow- 2017 NEW


If you’ve been fishing in saltwater, remove the line from your rod before storage. As we mentioned above, salt is incredibly corrosive and leaving a salt soaked line on your rod can lead to corrosion and damage.

#9. Store Your Rod on a Mounted Rack

Rack'Em 7009 Overhead 12-Rod Fishing Rod Rack


Keep your rod off the ground at all costs. Store it away from any sort of abrasive materials to protect it till your next use. Using either an elevated vertical or horizontal rack will keep the rod secure and out of harm’s way.

Avoid Rod Tubes

Plano Airliner Telescoping Rod Case


A lot of manufacturers sell tubes in which you can store your rod, avoid these as they can trap moisture that will erode your equipment over time.

Bottom Line

As fishermen, we’ve seen a lot of hobbyists have a blast fishing and then throw their rods aside with little care for the condition of their tools. We wrote this step-by-step list in hopes that people would take better care of their rods and avoid spending unnecessary money.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article on how to store fishing rods. With the information included this article, you should be well-equipped to store and maintain most any kind of rod. Take the extra time and you’ll see it pay off in droves!

If you have any questions or comments, be sure to sound off in the comments below!​

Megan Ann

I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge. Thank you for reading.

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