ROD READY. Now’s the time to look over that collection of fishing rods and be certain each one is ready for spring deployment. Get the proper leverage on fish this season with tips in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Have Rod, Will Travel. The strength to control a running fish comes from a good rod. Make sure they’re ready for the next big one!
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 4/11 – Mixed Precip. Hi 38, Lo 25, Wind SE@11.
Tomorrow: Thu 4/12 – Incoming Snow. Hi 37, Lo 26, Wind NtoE@15.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:01AM Sunset: 8:26PM
Moonrise: 5:21AM Moonset 3:42PM
Overhead: 10:28AM Underfoot: 10:51PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (21% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:30-7:30AM. Get out before the rain in today’s sunrise Edge Hour.
CHIPPER. Inspect eyelets up and down a fishing rod for chips, cracks or other wear. The slightest chip can become a line-cutting razor and pressure from a charging fish can easily break the line as a result. Also inspect the blank for any damage that might hinder performance or result in a snapped rod.
STAY SEATED. Check out the reel seat on each rod to be assured of a secure connection. Locking mechanisms should be easily loosened and tightened without a whole lot of cranking and when a reel is put in place it should be held firmly in place and not wiggle free over time.
CLEAN HOUSE. With a damp cloth, go over each rod from tip to butt and clean off any dust, dirt or grit that can impact performance, become lodged in the reel below or wedge between line and eye and create unnecessary friction. You’re good to go!