How you approach keeping your gear and equipment in good working order begins with location, location, location. Before heading out, consider what type of fishing you're going to be doing—the habitat you'll be in, the fish you're after, the bait, and the weather conditions. And, of course, the water.
- Fresh water has some advantages in terms of keeping your gear tip-top, namely that it isn't salt water and can be used for cleaning throughout your excursion. But you still need to be conscious of the types of lake, river, and stream muck, slime, and debris that can cling on after a full day of casting.
- Salt water is a different challenge altogether because of the invasive and potentially corrosive effects that salt and sand can have on gear and tackle. Extra measures—and attention to detail—is necessary to leave the dock in the same condition you arrived. That includes having some fresh water on hand for on-site cleaning.