Use a Leader When Testing Rods and Lines When testing a fly line or rod, be sure to have an appropriate leader attached; most fly lines are designed to be cast with a nine-foot leader attached. Preventing Corrosion To prevent corrosion, be sure your rods and reels are dry before putting them back in their cases or sleeves. Rinse saltwater rods after every use. Regular Pledge® furniture polish makes a great temporary cleaner and protectant for fly rods.
How Fly Rods Break The things that most often cause fly-rod breakage: high-sticking a fish (lifting the rod vertically so that most of the bend is in the tip), car doors, ceiling fans.
Overlining Rods You can make a rod's action "slower" by overlining the rod with a fly line rated one size higher. Overlining rods often helps beginners get a better feel for when a rod loads and can also help experienced anglers throw oversized flies.
Stringing Fly Rods Don't try to string your fly rod by putting the end of your leader through the rod guides. Rather, double your fly line and use the doubled end. It's much easier and the line won't slide back through the guides if it slips out of your hands.
Dirty Cork Grips You can easily clean and brighten the cork grips of fly rods with dampened fine-textured, soaped steel wool pads. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser™ also works very well and with less mess.
Fly Rod Modulus "Modulus" refers to the resistance to bending in a fly rod's materials. But there is no one-size-fits-all rod modulus. "Fast," or high-modulus, rods are often favored in saltwater fishing because they enable the angler to deliver the fly more quickly. However, slower rods often help anglers make more delicate presentations. To complicate matters further, rod manufacturers often build rods with "faster" butts and "slower" tips. Always test-cast a rod before deciding whether it suites your casting style and fishing techniques.
Stuck Ferrules Rod sections stuck together? Use one of these two methods to get them unstuck. If you are alone, place the rod behind your knees and grasp the rod sections on either side; slowly separate your knees to add additional force as you pull the sections apart. With a partner, stand facing one another, grab the opposite sections of the rod and pull apart. If neither of those techniques work, sometimes soaking a the stuck ferrule in ice water or a cold stream for several minutes will do the trick.
Flying with Fly Rods While most airlines require you to check gear that might be considered dangerous, including any fluids in containers over 3 oz., the U.S. Transportation Security Administration says on its Web site that "Expensive reels or fragile tackle such as fly's [sic] should be packed in your carry-on baggage." Most 3-piece and almost all 4-piece rods can be safely carried on, but always check with your individual airline. Rules change