I am putting away some rods and reels for the season and am looking for some advice. I have seen it all over the years, fishing poles tossed into a corner and forgotten about until the spring seems to be the most common storage method among anglers I know. I have always taken decent care of my gear, I always at least loosen up the drag on the reel before tossing the combo in the corner :smile2:. Seriously though, since I have gotten some nicer equipment thanks to advice I have read here, what would be the best way to store rods and reels over winter? I have stopped storing them in the garage, here in MI there is too much temperature fluctuation and plastic parts can get brittle; I don't know what good it would do any other part in the reel to be frozen and thawed many times either. I even purchased a circular wooden rod rack to accomodate all my rods in the corner of a bedroom. But is it better to take the line off the reels that I am not going to be using again this year right now and open the bails or just leave the line on there until spring but loosen the drags? Or both loose drags and open bails?