Yep, you heard me. Clean your tenkara rod. It only takes a few minutes and should be done fairly regularly in order to keep your rod sections free of dust and debris. Dirt in between the rod sections over time, can cause micro-fractures in the carbon fiber. Each time you open or close your rod, the debris scratches the carbon fiber and weakens it to the point of it fracturing. This might happen when you are setting the rod up or from the pressure of even a tiny fish. The dirt simply saws away at the material and leads to a break. Cleaning your rod and simple care will keep this from happening. Watch our demonstration on how to do it easily and thoroughly on the Zen Tenkara / Zen Fly Fishing Gear YouTube Channel here.