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FLY ROD MAINTENANCE - Caring for your Fly Rod

Most of our Albright rods include a one year warranty to be free from defects in materials or workmanship to the original owner only. Should the rod fail in this first year due to a manufacturers' fault, the rod or section will be replaced free of charge. For warranty claims outside of this one year period, or breakages due to angler error, a replacement section or new rod will be supplied at a prescribed replacement fee.
We carefully inspect all rods prior to shipment; however, should you detect any defect in either material or workmanship in the first year, please return your rod to the Authorized Albright Dealer where you purchased it. Albright will repair or replace the defective part(s) and return the rod to the original owner for a nominal shipping and handling fee.

Your rod should be periodically cleaned as described below. Properly cared for, your rod will provide you with many years of great memories.

Please see the full Albright Warranty Details and replacement fees online at http://www.albrighttackle.com/warranty.htm
Original owner warranty only, applies to all rods and reels. Warranties must be registered within thirty (30) days of purchase.
Please retain proof of purchase, as this must accompany any warranty claims.

The warranty does not extend to any other product that has been damaged or rendered defective as a result of (1) unreasonable use or neglect, (2) the use of parts not supplied by Albright, (3) modification of the product, or (4) damage caused by other products used in conjunction with Albright products. Nor does the warranty cover normal wear and tear caused by use of the product over time.

THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED WARRANTY IS GIVEN IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.

Recommended Cleaning Instructions
Fishing in either fresh or saltwater, afterwards hand wash your fly rod carefully in a solution of mild soapy water. This will remove any residue, sand, salt, dirt or
contamination. Gently rinse with cold freshwater after washing. Dry with a soft cloth and air dry to ensure the rod is completely free of moisture before returning
the rod to it's rod sock and tube.

Protecting The Finish
Your fly rod blank and guides can be polished by applying liquid furniture polish with a soft cloth. This will enhance the blank color and keep your rod looking great.
Protect the reel seat by lightly applying a lubricant to the barrel, butt cap, and rings with a cotton swab. Avoid application of polish or lubricant to any cork component.

Ferrule To Ferrule
To keep your rod sections tight and secure, periodically use a light coat of paraffin (candle wax) on the male section of the ferrule. Very lightly coat this section of the
rod with the wax. By using this procedure, you will minimize loose sections while fishing and casting. While fishing, check your ferrule connections periodically to ensure they are not coming loose.

Storage
Never put your rod away wet! Make sure it is completely dry before storing in the rod sock and tube. a Wet cork grip will result in mould and disaster.
Always protect your fly rod by storing in a rod sock and tube or a rod/reel case. Damage can occur when loose sections are transported
without this protection. Also, a case will protect your rod from harmful sun and weather hazards. Heat is one of your fly rod’s greatest enemies,
never subject your rod to direct sun when stored in a vehicle. The excessive heat can compromise the high-quality materials used in your fly rod blank.
Don't force stuck sections apart by gripping the guides. Only grip the rod blank itself when separating rod sections. With stubborn sections, place the rod behind
your knees, grip each section firmly in each hand, and apply pressure. This should pop the sections apart.

Suggestions While On The Water
Never grasp your fly rod above the cork grip while fighting a fish. This technique applies too much stress to the upper section of the rod.
Instead, fighting the fish side-to-side will disorient the fish and provide better leverage. If you snag your fly, point your rod tip toward the
snag. With rod pointing toward the snag (without flexing the rod), you will successfully apply the most pressure to pull the dislodged the fly away
from the snag point. Never attempt to free a snag by flexing your rod tip. Finally, always use caution when lighting storms approach. Your graphite fly rod
is an excellent conductor of electricity. Never use your fly rod with an electrical storm in the area you are fishing. Seek cover as soon as
possible and wait until the storm passes before resuming your fly fishing experience.

NB: High modulus rods are thinner, lighter and cast better. However, they are designed to bend on their natural curve line. DO NOT pull on your leader to thread the line through your rod! This puts an unnatural strain on your rod tip and second section and it WILL snap sooner or later. When threading your line, make sure the rod remains straight when doing this. You rod is designed to cast a line, and fight a fish...no unnatural bends or actions. (Like trying to pull or lift a fish out of the water as well!). Common sense prevails in all circumstances.
Look after your rod, and it will last a lifetime.

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