This is the time of year when many folks are trying out the fly rods they got for Christmas. Yesterday, Pete Kutzer showed you how to set up your fly rod. Here, he demonstrates the process for putting it away at the end of a casting or fishing session. By using proper technique for separating the sections, putting them in the rod sock, and stowing the whole thing in the tube will ensure a longer life for your fly rod. Don’t just jam the sections in the sock willy-nilly. Instead, think about how aligning the the various sections will best protect them from damage. I’ll bet that few fly fishers–even those who have been fishing for a long time–know how to fold the sock before tying it closed.

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