DAVID NORWICH ROD CARE ADVICE
Very little effort is required to keep your David Norwich Fly Rod in first-class condition.
Do not remove the plastic film on the handle till you are satisfied the rod you have received is in sound condition. Once satisfied of the condition, before fishing with your rod for the first time, remove the plastic cover from handle. The cork will rot if you leave it on and water gets under the plastic film.
To keep your cork handle in good shape, a twice yearly wash with warm water and washing up liquid is all that is needed to keep it in good condition.
When assembling the rod, please ensure that the joints are free from dirt and grease - on no account must the joints be greased with petroleum based lubricants. If a lubricant is required, please use Candle or Hard Bees Wax (only the smallest smear is required) and check regularly that there is no excessive wax build up which will prevent the joint coming together properly. Bees Wax because it remains slightly sticky can also stop joints twisting or coming adrift and possibly breaking. This can be a problem if your casting style causes the rod to twist during the forward and back casts. Also ensure when assembling the rod that the joints are snugged together as far as they will go (but not too tightly as to jam or seize and be difficult to disassemble).
Check joints regularly during your fishing day to ensure that they are snugly together. This is especially important with multi-section fly rods. There is a small gap between all the joints when assembled. This is between the two decorative whipping and is a carbon grey colour. This is a wear gap. If you maintain your rod properly and follow the care guidelines a rod joint should never wear out and that gap should always show.
Salmon Rod joints should always be taped together to prevent separation and resultant joint breakage during casting. Avoid impact damage as this can seriously weaken the structural integrity of the rod shaft - hitting the rod blank with weighted flies (e.g. metal tubes, gold-heads, Heavily leaded flies) can weaken the wall of the rod blank and can result in breakage at a later date.
Avoid pulling the rod tip over in an excessively tight curve that exceeds the normal casting or fish playing rod bend when landing a fish.This commonly accurs when an angler tries to bring the fish close to the net by angling the rod back over his shoulder.
When threading your line through the guides at the start of your fishing day - back off the reel drag off or preferably put the rod butt down in a safe place (on a cloth or your bag) and pull the line straight through the guides.
The stresses these actions create if you do not take these precautions - can exceed the elastic limit of the carbon fibre and cause a section to break immediately or at some later date.
NEVER use the rod rings as leverage when separating rod sections. This can cause the guides to become loose. Hold the rod shaft on either side of the joint lightly twists and pull to separate. If your fly becomes snagged NEVER jerk the rod to free the fly. Sudden jerks can exceed the carbon fibre's elastic limit and break a rod without warning. Lower the rod and point it down the line towards the snag and pull on the line to free the fly or break the leader. Avoid impact damage from heavy weighted flies or hard objects as this can weaken the rod shaft and cause unexpected breakage at a later date.
NEVER store a rod in it's tube wet. When storing the rod after a day's use, always ensure that the rod sections, handle, and reel seat are wiped dry, and if stored in a rod bag, please ensure that the rod bag is completely dry. Rod sections should be kept clean and free from dirt and algae build-up, especially around guides. To maintain the original finish, wash rod sections in mild soapy water, dry thoroughly and apply a proprietary car silicon polish such as Armoral or Simonize and polish off. Reel seat threads should be lubricated with alight oil such as WD40 then polished off when dry.
A major cause of loss of performance and wear on guides is dirt on fly lines. Check fly lines regularly to ensure that they are clean and free of damage - wash lines in mild soapy water and run it through a soapy sponge to remove dirt and algae build-up, dry with a soft cloth then dress and polish the lines with a proprietary line dressing.
N.B. The gold finish on the titanium-nitrided guides on custom option Norwich fly rods is a cosmetic by-product of the nitriding process, and this surface colour may wear off in use. The does not affect the nitriding or durability of the guides.
WARNING: Carbon Fibre Rods can conduct electricity - please take great care when using rods near power lines or during thunderstorms.
Protect your eyes! Wear sunglasses or safety glasses at all times when casting.
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