I thought it would be fun and informative to start a thread w/ helpful tips. They can be whatever related to fly fishing. OK so here's mine- I put a light coat of Paraffin wax on all the ferell (sp?) tips of my rods. The Paraffin wax keeps the connection together well and it adds a bit of protection against scratches and what not. Using Paraffin wax as a lubricant and protection keeps sand and stuff from sticking to the ferell.