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How to Store Fishing Rods in the Garage

How to Store Fishing Rods in the Garage
By Flow Wall
July 8, 2020

Your fishing rods are your babies. They take you to your happy place: out on the river, with just you, the water, the minnows'and hopefully your next big catch. But there's a lot around you that could threaten the integrity of your favorite gear, including dogs, cats, babies, temperature changes, and moisture. And you want to protect your rods from harm.

Whether you're a fishing novice or a long-time pro, you may still want more tips on how to store fishing rods in the garage without damaging them. So how do you store a fishing pole in a garage? We've got all the tips you need to keep your fishing poles in pristine condition, ready for your next adventure.

How Do You Store a Fishing Pole in a Garage?

There are tons of inventive ways to store fishing poles in a garage. But first things first. Here are some general dos and don'ts to always keep in mind:  

  • Don't put your fishing poles in direct sunlight. Sure, you may spend all day out on the lake or river with your fishing pole, but that doesn't mean it should be exposed to constant sunlight while it's in storage. Preserve the life of your rod by keeping it out of the sun.
  • Keep your fishing poles dry. Many fishing poles have handles made of cork or foam, which can easily mold and rot if exposed to too much moisture. Play it safe, and keep your poles out of damp, humid areas of your garage.
  • Don't let your fishing poles get too hot or cold. If you live in a place with intensely cold winters or blazing hot summers, you may want to think twice about keeping your fishing rods in the garage. They'll last much longer in a temperature-controlled environment, where they can avoid extreme temperature swings.
  • Store fishing poles off the ground. Fishing poles are less likely to rot, mold, or be damaged if you store them off the ground. So hang your fishing rod holders or your vertical fishing rod rack at least a foot above the garage floor.
  • Keep your poles away from falling objects. You may think your rods are safe, and then a can of dried beans comes tumbling off a higher shelf, breaking your rod and your heart all at once. Avoid tragedy: store your rods away from any objects that might fall and damage them.

How Do You Store Fishing Equipment in a Garage?

All right, now you know the rules for your fishing poles. But we've still got to answer this question: How do you store fishing equipment in a garage? What tools and products keep them in excellent condition? Here are some ideas:

  • Install two wall shelves and align them vertically, with several feet in between them. Then install storage bins below the shelves to act as a floor for your fishing rods. Use hooks to separate your fishing poles and store them vertically.
  • Secure gravity hooks or vertical bike hooks to the wall of the garage. Use storage bins as the base and store your poles vertically against the wall.
  • Buy a pre-made fishing rod rack and store it inside a garage cabinet to keep it away from humidity, sunlight, and falling objects.
  • Get bins or a complete 3-drawer cabinet to store other fishing gear like fishing wire, hooks, sinkers, and more.

Is It Bad to Store Fishing Rods Horizontally?

Your fishing rods are delicate, so obviously you don’t want to go storing them in a way that might damage the rods in the long run. Maybe you’ve seen horizontal fishing rod storage and thought it might work well for your garage space. But is it bad to store fishing rods horizontally?

Fortunately, fishing rods can be stored both horizontally and vertically, as long as the storage system offers proper support for the rod. Instead of worrying about which direction you store the rod, it’s more important to make sure your rods are clean and dry and have a loosely pulled line before you put them away in storage. This will prolong the life of your rod so it’s ready for action when you are.

How Often Should You Clean Your Fishing Reel?

You’ve had a great day on the water, and now it’s time to pack up your gear and head home. But before you put away your fishing reel, make sure you consider giving it a good cleaning. If you fish in freshwater, you should clean your reel at least once every five times you go fishing. And if you fish in saltwater, you should clean your reel after every trip.

To clean your reel, simply spray it with a fishing reel-specific cleaner, then use a small, gentle brush to get into the nooks and crannies. Rinse it down with very light water pressure from the hose, then make sure it is completely dry before you hang it in storage. Spray the reel with oil for bonus points!

How Do You Hang a Fishing Rod on the Wall?

There are limitless options for how to hang a fishing rod on the wall. Both vertical and horizontal options work well, as long as you properly support the rod. You can build your own storage solution or buy one from a store or website. No matter which route you take, make sure you follow these tips:

  • Store rods in a dry and clean environment.

  • Avoid extreme temperatures (store inside if you live in a region with extreme hot or cold weather).

  • Loosen the line. 

  • Cut off old or used line.

  • Lubricate moving parts if storing away for the season.

How Do You Store a Two-Piece Fishing Rod?

Your two-piece fishing rod is portable and convenient for all your fishing adventures. Yet, you may wonder the ideal way to store it.
If you’re using a two-piece fishing rod, it’s best to keep it in a fishing rod case. Before you put it away, make sure you store the pieces Texas-rigged and hooked in the keeper. Then fold the rod and reel in the slack from the line, and it’s ready for storage.

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