Store Rods Correctly
Fishing tackle can be expensive. Most mid- to high-quality fishing rods range anywhere from $80 dollars up to $500. In some cases, even more, so it's important to protect your investment. Unfortunately, I live in a location where the lakes freeze every year, so my gear has to get stowed away until the spring.
It's crucial rods are stored in a flat location, or upright at a 90-degree angle. If a rod is set against a wall for too long, the bend in the rod will eventually become permanent. Case and point: My uncle was getting out of fishing and I was set to inherit some of his gear. He told me he had a couple of nice rods to give me.
I was saddened to find that half of the rods he gave me were permanently bent in a variety of different angles. This happened because they were stored improperly for a long period of time. When the rods are put away for the winter, or if you're taking a break, make sure you take the time to store them correctly to protect your investment.