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just a bit of curiosity here. How do you clean the rod, guides, and handle(cork or foam)? I've noticed some grime on a few of my rods, and was wondering how to clean em. I know you can clean fly lines, and grease the reel, but what about the rod? :help:

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To clean the actual blank of the rod and the guides just use some warm soapy water and a rag. Then after you get all the dirt/grim off you can take some windex and wipe the rod down with windex. To clean the cork you want to take a bowl of warm water and add about 2 table spoons of baking soda to it and stir it up a bit. Than take a tootbrush and dip it in the water/bakeing soda mix and start scrubing the cork. Even a cork grip that is almost black from dirt will look almost brand new again after you do it like this. Remember though....let the rod sit out (outside for a bit in the sun is best) after you scrub the cork. If you put it away in the tube with the cork still damp it will get a mildew smell to the cork, so make sure it dries first.

 

 

Steve

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I have also used Pledge to wipe down the flyrod and a wash cloth with just a bit of rubbing alcohol on the cork. But .. since Steve is the master, I'd probably do what he recommends.

 

 

Mike

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The pledge is probably fine to use Mike, but I'd be a bit leary of useing any type of alcohol on rods. Alcohol may cause a reaction with some rod finishes so better safe than sorry.

 

 

Also I forgot to mention-dont use the windex or anything besides soapy water on a matte colored blank. It may affect the matte finish.

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I only use the alcohol on the cork and that's very lightly. I also just use the Pledge on the rod and make sure to wipe it down completely with a soft cloth afterwards.

 

 

Mike

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I usually just toss mine in the dishwasher :dunno:

 

 

Dustin

 

 

LOL....Mine usually falls in the river, so really no need to wash, just wipe off!! LOL

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well the rods are all wiped down and looking great again. I didnt use anything but soapy water. It even helped with the casting too. the guides are smoother, and no hangups. Thnx everyone.

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