Christmas is almost with us once again, and thoughts of lists and presents, turkey and tinsel and the sound of carols will soon occupy us all. So before it all gets too much, take a few minutes to have a look at your fishing gear.
A lot of the items we use for fishing are quite durable, and if we look after them, they will last a lifetime. However, there are some items that stand the test of time less well. For example, did you know that nylon degrades quite rapidly in ultra-violet light? If you have ever picked up a discarded leader from the bankside (and if you see them, please DO pick tem up and bin them properly) you may have noticed how brittle and discoloured it had become. That's the effect of ultra-violet light. Similarly hooks can corrode and rust, particularly if you have been using them in salt water. Fly fishers, do you use a fly floatant like Gink? How long have you had that bottle? Has it gone thick and gluey? When did you last replace your tapered leaders?
Well, since it is almost impossible to get out and fish at the moment - being fat too pre-occupied with Christmas, Black Friday, Cyber Monday et al, now would seem to be a good time to have good rake through the tackle box, bag, room - whatever and get rid of old spools of nylon, brittle hooks and flies and any other suspect items of gear you might have, and hope that Father Christmas brings you something useful!