Upon accepting this simple nature of the game I kept about a dozen used water bottles in my car filled with tap water so I can pour it on my gear while packing up the car at the end of a trip. I didn't want to wait until I got home because sometimes it would take quite a while before I got back or I might not be headed straight home. After using the bottles for most of last year, I got tired of empty ones rattling around in my car, not to mention having to refill them all constantly. So when the light bulb came on I was like "Duh, why didn't I think of this sooner?"
I've been using a garden sprayer for several months now and it's getting the job done well. I found a small one gallon sprayer at the hardware store for around $10. I don't have to fill it up as often since I'm able to focus the spray on exactly where I want instead of dumping water all over. Also, it doesn't take up too much room in my little hatchback. I don't even take it out unless I have to fill it up. It stays bungee tied inside and all I have to do is pump a few times for pressurized fresh water. The adjustable nozzle is great for my rods, reels, radio, various tools... anything sensitive to rust or corrosion. It even comes in handy to wash off sand on your shoes, feet, hands, sunglasses, whatever. I will still take apart, clean, oil and lube my reels once or twice a year, but in the mean time my garden sprayer will help.
About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia and a Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com. He has earned a reputation among the locals as the fish junkie with reckless abandon to logic, time, and societal norms in his pursuit for the "tug that is the drug". He shares his love of the sport through his blog www.angling-addict.com.