How to Maintain a Fishing Rod

Use this secret weapon to prolong the life of all your fishing equipment

You’re standing on the shore or a dock, or you’re sitting in your canoe, or maybe you’re hip-deep in the river. Or maybe you’re on that deep-sea fishing adventure you’ve always promised yourself you’d take, sitting in the fighting chair, waiting for the giant tuna or massive marlin to strike. It doesn’t really matter where you are. What matters is this: you’re not at work. Your rod is in hand, and you’re enjoying the natural beauty, and the peace and quiet. Then the long-awaited moment happens: you feel that sudden, sharp tug on the end of the line. Your heart leaps as you yank your rod upward and begin to reel in your catch. But your excitement quickly turns to anxiety, thanks to the dreaded sound of a squeaky reel. If you don’t keep that line tight, you’re going to lose that fish. You might even experience a jammed spool, a stuck crank, or a snarled line. It’s a disaster that could ruin your whole weekend. So… how to maintain a fishing rod to prevent this from happening in the first place?

The answer is Interflon Food Lube. This food-grade lubricant is specially formulated for use on equipment that might touch any item that is eventually going to be consumed by people. It’s an easy-to-use spray that lubricates instantly, dries completely, fights rust, and repels moisture. Although it was made for use in the food production industry, it’s ideal for use on all your fishing equipment.

Interflon Food Lube is for sale at the Interflon Amazon store.

Interflon Food Lube
Interflon Food Lube - 500 mL aerosol can

How does Interflon Food Lube work?

Don’t let the name fool you! It’s not a cooking spray.

Interflon Food Lube is a dry lubricant spray. This means it comes out as a liquid, but will become completely dry, with no oily residue or stickiness. It comes in an easy-to-use aerosol can. To use it, just clean the surface to be lubricated if necessary; spray or immerse the item in lubricant; and wipe off the excess or let it drip dry. Upon drying, the spray will form a very tough, yet very smooth layer of lubricant coating.

The lubricant particles contained in Interflon Food Lube are micronized, meaning they are small enough to penetrate each tiny crack and crevice every surface naturally contains. They are also polarized, meaning they are negatively charged. This causes them to adhere magnetically to the positively-charged particles on the surface of your equipment. This combination of micronization and polarization is referred to as MicPolⓇ technology. This technology, which is the smoothest material known to man, is incredibly tough, highly protective, and very effective at lubrication.

Interflon Food Lube is highly resistant to water spray, even salt water. (For you salt water fishermen, this means that you now have a new ally in your constant battle against corrosion.) It does this by locking out moisture. Those tiny particles work their way into everything, and once they’re in there, they ain’t coming out. The solid barrier they form will prevent everything, even water molecules, from getting through.

Interflon Food Lube is also highly resistant to any kind of soil or dirt accumulation. One of the many problems with lubricating oils is that they collect particles, and this immediately begins to form a kind of nasty gunk that can become a problem in and of itself. Interflon Food Lube forms a smooth surface that dirt cannot cling to.

Finally, Food Lube also fights rust. After all, if moisture can’t get through to the surface, it can’t begin the process of oxidation. This means big savings for you over time.

Interflon Food Lube can be used on every piece of tackle you own, including:

  • Spinner and fly rods and reels
  • Crank handles
  • Bails
  • Spools
  • Hooks
  • Lures
  • Tackle box hinges and hoists

...and pretty much everything else a fisherman might carry along on a beautiful Sunday morning.

Interflon Food Lube is much easier to use than petroleum jellies, which many fisherman pack their spinning reels with. It’s not nearly as messy, and it won’t be washed away by normal use. Petroleum jelly can also actually slow your reel speed, and as it accumulates particles, which it eventually will, it just creates a horrible mess.

You can throw a can of Interflon Food Lube in your tackle box, backpack, or boat compartment. Or, just treat all your equipment before you leave the house.

How do I use it?

To use it, you can either:

  • Spray it directly on the surface to be lubricated, or
  • Immerse the item in a container of the lubricant.

In either case, you should first make sure the item is clean and free of soil or rust. In order for the lubricant to have full effect, it needs to be able to reach every part of the metal surface. You can then simply spray the lubricant directly from the can, or dip the item in the container full of lubricant. Once you have completed either of these steps, just wipe off the excess and let it dry. It will immediately begin protecting your equipment.

How long will the protection last?

The answer to this depends on the amount of usage your equipment gets. However, Interflon Food Lube was formulated for use in difficult, demanding industrial environments. In these places, such as food production facilities, factories, and the like, equipment rarely shuts down, and it receives lots of wear. Interflon Food Lube is therefore highly resistant to very high pressure and high temperatures, so the conditions of normal recreational fishing will pose no challenge. Even commercial fishermen in places like the North Sea use it on their gear. It won’t come off under those cold, pounding waves, which means over time it saves money when compared to wet oils, jellies, and greases.

If you fish every day in tough conditions, you may want to lubricate all the parts of your reel once a week. If you have lures you want to keep for a long time, spray them once upon purchase, and then after every three or four outings, especially if fishing in areas with lots of obstructions that might eventually chip away at the protective layer of lubricant.

Your tackle box hinges, clasps, and lifting mechanisms should be lubricated thoroughly after cleaning, and then lubricated again at least once in the middle of the season and once at the end. Be sure to lubricate all your equipment thoroughly if you’re putting it away for a while… things can collect moisture even when they’re just sitting in a storage container. When you remove it for the next season, you’ll see it looks just as good as it did when you put it away.

If you fish in salt water, it’s recommended to treat your equipment more often, as salt water causes rust faster than fresh water. Curious about why? Read on below!

What causes rust?

The scientific name for rust is oxidation (sometimes also called oxidization). Rust is a specific kind of oxidation that occurs when iron, or any of its alloys, gives up its electrons. This normally takes place in the presence of water, which, as you may recall from high school, contains both hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Oxygen is the cause of most oxidation. In the case of rust, the oxygen in the water receives electrons from the iron. Most of the rust you will encounter in your life is therefore called iron oxide.

Rust is a very slow form of oxidation. Fire is a good example of a fast form of oxidation. In the case of fire, the carbon in the wood is giving up its electrons to the oxygen in the air molecules. So, charred wood is actually another kind of oxide.

So why is rust so bad for metal? The answer is simply that once the surface of a metal item has begun to rust, it becomes very porous and flakey, allowing water to penetrate deeper into the object. The water therefore has the chance to interact with the metal below the surface, causing rust to happen internally. As most people know from their own experience, rusted metal quickly loses its structural integrity. Once that happens, you can pretty much kiss that metal thing goodbye, whatever it is!

The best way to prevent rust is therefore to prevent water from accessing the surface at all. You’ve always known this, of course… it’s common sense. But now you understand the science behind it, too!

Want to get even more sciencey? Oxidation always takes place at the same time as another process called reduction. The oxidation-reduction process is often abbreviated to “redox reaction.” The substance being reduced is the substance that gains electrons.

Wait… what? If it’s gaining something, then why is it being reduced?

That’s because electrons are negatively charged, so when oxygen receives electrons from iron, its charge goes down, numerically speaking.

Why does salt water rust things faster than fresh water? If you’ve ever spent any amount of time near the ocean, you’ll see that metal items exposed to ocean air tend to have a pretty short life span unless they are extremely well protected. The process of rust takes place in salt water because of the same electron transfer mentioned above. However, as you may also know, salt water is a better conductor of electricity than fresh water is. (Remember in Shawshank Redemption, when they talk about putting a sponge soaked in salt water on the head of a condemned man just before attaching the electrodes of the electric chair? Well… you get the idea.)

Rust involves the transfer of electrons, which is what electricity is composed of. Electricity is the flow of electrons. Therefore, rust happens faster in salt water because the electrons are able to transfer to the oxygen faster.

Can I use Interflon Food Lube on other equipment?

Absolutely. Interflon Food Lube can be used on any type of equipment. You can use it on:

  • All boat fixtures
  • engine parts
  • chains
  • even the hull of your metal craft.

You can also use it on:

  • Zippers
  • Snaps
  • Door rails
  • Door and hatch hinges
  • Anything that needs lubricating and protecting.

It’s an excellent all-purpose protective lubricant that was specifically designed to save money in the industrial sector. Even the most extreme fisherman won’t put his equipment through the punishment that Interflon designed this spray for.

Interflon Food Lube is also a very useful thing to have around the house. It can be used anywhere you would use other lubricating sprays, but it has the advantage of MicPol technology. Plus it tends to last much longer than other products, and is safe for incidental consumption. It is highly durable. You can use it on anything that moves, slides, or opens, such as:

  • Stove doors
  • Refrigerator parts
  • Sliding drawers for silverware or other culinary items
  • Cabinet doors
  • Espresso machines
  • Kegs
  • Sausage stuffers

...and anything else you can think of!

How long will a can last me?

One 500-mL can has a shelf life of 4 years from the date of manufacture. For normal household use, you may only need one can every couple of years. Interflon Food Lube is also available in industrial quantities. To learn more, find a Technical Associate in your area, or write to us at:

How safe and hygienic is Interflon Food Lube?

Interflon Food Lube is rated H1 by the NSF. This means it’s safe for incidental human consumption. It’s also certified halal.

For people with normal skin types, Interflon Food Lube poses no danger if it comes into contact with skin.

Where can I buy it?

Interflon Food Lube is for sale at the Interflon Amazon store.

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