RODS: Check your rod eyelets for rough edges that could abuse your line. To preserve cork handles sand out any bumps or dirt, then apply a cork sealing agent or varnish of some sort. It’s always a good idea to store rods in tubes while traveling or not fishing.
REELS: To clean and maintain a healthy reel, first take the reel apart, keeping track of the order in which each part is assembled. Thoroughly clean each component and apply a quality lubricant of your choice to the moving parts. If you are unsure in your reel mechanic abilities, many fishing shops will clean reels at a cost.
LINE: It is always a good idea to replace the line on your reel spools for the upcoming season, especially if you know the line received a lot of action or it is monofilament line.
TACKLE: Give your tackle box a quick run-down. Clip any knots off of the hooks, then replace any broken or heavily rusted hooks, and sharpen hooks that saw a lot of hard fish teeth or caught hard rock snags.