Looking After Your Scott Fly Rod
All Scott Fly Rods are designed to last a lifetime of rigorous fishing use, provided a few basic guidelines are followed in proper care and maintenance.
Grasp the two rod sections close to the ferrule (without touching the guides) and push them together so they are slightly misaligned and only partially tight, then align the pieces with a downward twisting motion. To dissasemble the rod, twist the pieces in the opposite direction while gently pulling outward. This procedure will ensure a tight, strong connection and a smooth transfer of energy between the different sections of the rod. If the ferrule slips excessively during casting, a small amount of paraffin or even household candle wax will solidift the connection.
Note for an internal ferrule such as on the G and G2 series, the assembled ferrule should have a gap of 1/8" - 1/2", which allows for wear over many years of fishing.
Effects of Water on Rod
Remeber to dry off your rod before putting it away. Even fresh water can corrode the finish on a rod when stored wet inside the case and liner. If you fish in saltwater, it is especially important to rinse the rod with fresh water and dry it before storage.
Preventing Rod Breakage
Try and keep from nicking the rod with hard or sharp objects (rocks, weighted flies, split shot, etc) as this can damage the graphite fibres to the point that breakage is inevitable.
When pulling on a snagged fly, point the rod at the snag and pull with the line hand. Do not pull with the rod or attempt to flick the fly off the snag with the rod tip.
When stringing your rod, fold the end of the fly line in two and pull it and the leader straight through the guides without bending the rod.
Finally, remember that most broken fly rods are the victims of car doors, windows and fishermans feet, rather than actual fishing circumstances.