I am new to the salt, still wet behind the ears, and I was wondering what you guys do to protect your salt gear. I have a St. Croix 5/6 weight I was thinking of taking out on the salt but I am worried about it getting damaged. IF you rinse your stuff after use can you use rods without an aluminum reel seat? Also I have an Abel, for steelhead and salmon but it is serious overkill for SRC and juvenile Coho. Can I use my battenkill?