When do you start preparing your Rod, Reels, Tackle and etc for the new year, and what/how do you do it? During the cold months or off season, I start by cleaning all of my reels and rods. I take sinker, and hook inventory and add where needed. You can never have enough. I tie several leaders and color code line poundage. Check out my landing and cast nets for holes. Clean electronics., etc. You tell us.