Rod Care and Maintenance
1. All Fetha Styx rods come with a recommended line and lure rating. These figures are a representation of how the rod will characteristically fish the best and hold up under normal fishing conditions. Exceeding the line rating can overstress the rod and cause it to fail.
2. When fighting a fish never grab your rod above the fore grip. Doing so will dramatically increase stress on the rod blank by condensing the load to a smaller section of the rod.
3. When landing a fish it's recommended that you do not lift the rod tip higher than a 45° angle. "High sticking", which is normally seen when an angler is landing a fish by themselves, will transfer weight to the top 1/3 of the rod. Keep this in mind as rods are designed to flex throughout the blank.
4. When snagged on the bottom or some other structure point your rod directly at the snag, hold the spool on your reel so the line stays tight and pull straight back. This will put all the pressure on your leader, which may break, or dislodge the snag. Either way it won't put unneeded stress on your rod. This method also works well when you foul hook a large salmon.
5. Avoid hitting your rod with weights and lures. And things like tailgates, door jambs and ceiling fans are not a friend of your rod tip. Avoid contact between them.
6. Graphite and lightening storms do not mix. So we recommend putting your rod away and letting it pass.
If you practice these helpful tips you should have years of enjoyable fishing with your Fetha Styx rod and remember your Fetha Styx is not just a fishing rod it's an investment in your fishing success and pleasure.