After a year long of fishing, whether your an everyday angler or just a weekend puddle jumper, your fishing rods take some abuse. Most anglers take care of their fishing reels, but most anglers do not even think about caring for their rods. Fishing rods need maintenance just as much as your reels or other gear.
Spring is a great time to clean up and inspect your fishing rods as waters clear and you prepare for peak fishing season. Clean the guides, inside and out, with a q-tip to remove any gunk that can build up and damage your fishing line. This is especially important with fly rods as mineral deposits and debris can cut through your fly line. For heavy dirt, dish soap or WD-40 works well. Use a light rubbing alcohol and water solution to clean the handles and reel mounting hardware. This removes any fish slime, dirt and the occasional lunch drip from your rod so that your hand is not stuck to your handle for your next cast. Finally after cleaning, store your rods properly. Use rod sleeves or storage cases to protect them from damage and additional dirt and grim. Maintain your fishing rods and they will last longer, giving you more days from the house to water.
Northern Pike are found in multiple lakes across Pennsylvania, but how do you catch one? The best time to fish for pike is May as the fish recover from spawning and move into swallow waters to feed. Focus on this aggressive feeding pattern with a heavy weight rod spooled with at least 20lb braided fishing line. For greater success, a steel leader will ensure you land more fish. Live bait work best, matched to the waterway and feeding patterns. Large inline spinners and spoons also produce pike if thrown in yellow, white or red colors. Find lakes that hold Northern Pike in Pennsylvania at our Hotspots Page.
There are many good knots, but the easiest one and the one that works for almost every fishing situation is the Improved Clinch Knot. This knot is very easy to tie and rarely fails. An improved version of this knot is the Trilene Knot. Either one works great. Both these knots will serve you well if you are just starting out fishing or are a long time angler.
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