We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; when it comes to fly fishing gear, salt is the enemy. Saltwater can wreak havoc on rods, reels, fly lines, flies, wading boots, zippers, and virtually anything else it comes in contact with.
A common misconception amongst anglers is that gear designed specifically for the salt is impervious to the corrosive nature of saltwater. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case.
We’ve seen the guides of premium saltwater fly rods rust from prolonged exposure to salty air, flies tied on ‘stainless’ steel saltwater hooks break from corrosion after only a week of use on the flats, wading boots delaminate faster than we’ve ever witnessed in freshwater, and the handles and drags of high-end fly reels bind up from hard salty deposits.
But there’s an easy fix.. At the end of each day, rinse off your gear! Sounds easy right? Sure it does, but its also likely the last thing you want to do while everyone else enjoys cocktails on the beach after a tiring day of fighting bonefish.
That’s why at Andros South, members of our staff rinse off each of our guest’s rods/reels with freshwater at the end of each day. Your gear stays fresh and you stay on vacation.. Just how we like it.