Taking care of your equipment could easily be argued as one of the most important things when it comes to practicing good (fundamentals). Us bass fisherman spend thousands upon thousands of dollars of our hard earned money on our fishing equipment, boats, electronics(fish finders), rods, reels, line, tackle, proper apparel for the weather, the list goes on and on. When spending this kind of money I’m sure many of you are like me and want to take care of your investments and get the most out of them. For boats they offer specialty cleaning products for the hull, carpet, upholstery, for tackle there’s awesome storage trays designed just for rip baits, crank bait or even swimbait boxes. They make line and lure conditioner, cases and special cleaners for our sunglasses, special soft and hard cases for fish finders, it’s a never ending list. But what about one of the most important tools you use, your rods, what is the best way to protect these?
Well like everything else in the fishing world different companies offer different things for protecting the same piece of equipment and by trial and error we all figure out what is the best and what is not! I have found Dobyns Rods to be superior to all other rods and I’m not just saying that because I’m on there staff, I really believe they make in my mind and many others out there, the best rod you can buy. I take pride in using these rods and I want to make sure I’m doing everything possibly to protect them and how I do that is with a Rod Glove!
Ive fished as a co-angler therefore I havnt always had the pleasure of keeping all my rods in the rod locker or on the deck of a boat all the way to the lake and back. I’m constantly taking them in and out of my truck, throwing them in one boat, back in my truck and into another boat. This can be very hard on your rods, I used to not use anything to protect them, I would throw a strap around all of them and load them up. Well after time this started to cause problems like bent guides and even chipped guide inserts, after trying different things like hard cases and even soft cloth like martial cases/sheaths I still wasn’t happy. Hard cases were not the answer because I found myself wasting time having to take the reels on and off every time I used the case plus once they are in the case the rods are all banging against each other and you guessed it, in time it caused the same problem of bent and chipped guides. The soft cloth like material was good because it stopped the banging against each other but was still not enough protection for the rod guides and even my line.
The Rod Glove was first shown to me by a fellow Dobyns Rods and RbBassFishing.net staffer Dan Wells a little about 2 years ago, since I stared using them I couldn’t be happier! I enjoy being able to leave my reels on my rods and have them completely rigged for fishing and not have to worry about it. One other thing I really like about the Rod Glove is that your line is covered and not jus covered so you can’t see it, it’s covered with enough protection against knicks caused by sharp objects they might encounter form there trip from your house to the lake and back again.
Like my Dobyns rods, I believe that the Rod Glove is the best protecting and user friendly rod cover out there. The Rod Glove is a very affordable piece of equipment for the protection it offers and will give you. When it comes to your rods don’t just use any cover and think they’ll be ok, as affordable as they are do your self a favor and buy some Rod Gloves!