Follow these simple steps to ensure your KingFisher fly rod will perform at its peak.
Assembly and Disassembly Grasp the opposing rod sections close to the ferrule (without touching the guides) and firmly push them together with a downward twisting motion until the sections are aligned and snugly seated. Alignment is obtained by lining up hash marks on opposing rod sections. Disassemble by gently pulling and twisting apart.
Effects Of Water On Your Rod Your rod is made to perform on the water and is designed to get wet. It is not made to withstand storage while wet. Always completely dry your rod before storing it in order to prevent mildew. Always rinse your rod with freshwater and dry thoroughly if you've used it in salt water.
Preventing Rod Breakage Avoid hitting the rod with hard or sharp objects like tree branches, weighted flies, split shot, or rocks. This can either break the rod or cause damage that will lead to breakage.
When playing and landing fish, try to avoid rod angles greater than 45 degrees.
To dislodge a snagged fly, point the rod directly at the snag and pull back on the line until the fly dislodges or the tippet breaks.
When stringing your rod, fold the end of the fly line in two and pull it and the leader straight through the guides without bending the rod.
The tip of your rod is the most vulnerable section as it is fine in diameter, light weight and usually nine feet away from you. Most fly rods are broken in car doors, windows, ceiling fans, vaccum cleaners, by pets, or just about any thing other than actual fishing. Extra awareness when moving with your rod assembled or setting it down will extend its life. The spare rod tip is a bonus but try and keep it that way.. at spare!