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Storing Your Fishing Gear In The Garage: Do’s and Don’ts

By: Don Lee on Jun 15, 2016 in Organization

Storing Your Fishing Gear In The Garage: Do’s and Don’ts

Fishing aficionados tend to have a lot of gear, including several multi-purpose fishing rods, tackle boxes, lines, hooks, and sinkers. Most fishing equipment is delicate, and not utilizing proper storage can result in unwanted and unexpected damage. 

Most homeowners store their fishing gear in the garage, which is both a good and bad thing. The good thing is that the garage serves as an extension of the home, providing ample amounts of additional storage space. The bad part is most garages have almost no temperature control and are primarily used for storing a plethora of other items and parking a car. This means your equipment is susceptible to a whole slew of elements, many of them destructive to quality fishing gear.

If the garage is your only method of storing your fishing rods and such, there are a couple of do’s and don’ts that you need to adhere to in order to preserve your equipment so that they last a lifetime.

Fishing Gear Storage Do’s

  • Store your rods vertically instead of horizontally. Racks on slat walls do the trick nicely.


  • Free up at least 3 to 4 feet in height for your rods on your garage wall. If possible, keep your rods separate from other wall-mounted equipment.
  • For fly lines, remove all fly lines from your reel and store them in coils that aren’t too tight but not too loose. Store these coils in bins or cabinets that are properly divided. 


  • Hang your fishing waders on a garage wall with hangers, which will allow air to circulate and not stress the rubber.
  • Reels suffer the most in the form of corrosion from constant weather changes. The best way to protect them is to store them in bags with holes so moisture can escape.

Fishing Gear Storage Don’ts

  • Don’t store rods horizontally unless you have proper support for the tops and bottoms of the rods. Horizontal rod placement increases the possibility of bending while storing rods vertically centers the base of the rod.
  • Never place coils of fly line together in the same space, as fly lines can get easily tangled.
  • Never hang other heavy equipment above or adjacent to your fishing rods. An accident where the equipment falls and comes in contact with the rods can weaken the graphite or fiberglass of the rods.
  • Don’t hang waders by the suspenders, as this will cause the straps to elongate and possibly break. Hang them by the boots instead.



  • Don’t start storing reels until all the salt and sand residue has been cleaned off. Dry the reels with a towel and blow dryer, as leaving any additional moisture can cause bacteria build-up.



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