Will furniture polish on guides and reels scare the fish away?

I heard on another fishing show instead of putting water on your guides and reels to put furniture polish on them. Will this make the line smell the next time i go fishing and scare the fish away?

Yes it could release an odor in the water that could cause some fish to shy away from your line. I would be more concerned with this fact if I was live bait fishing. When you are fishing with live bait a fish will often take it%u2019s time before it strikes your offering. Strange odors in the water are certainly a cause for concern. If however you are retrieving a lure I would not be as worried. The reason you would use the furniture polish of course is to prevent the guides of your fishing rod from becoming grooved and frayed. Power line is especially destructive on line guides. The same properties that make it strong and hard to break also tend to destroy your line guides over time. The problem is that when your line guides become grooved they in turn can cause your line to break by giving it a continuously rough area to glide through. Rather than use furniture polish on the guides I advise the following: 1) Try to stick to monofilament line. This line is much more forgiving on your guides. Power line should only be used on occasions where you really need the added length or lower line diameter. 2) Inspect your guides regularly and have them changed at your local tackle store. 3) Consider getting rods that are custom made with better quality guides than those you can buy at your local sporting goods store. If you follow these steps you should have no major problem with worn guides.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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