Regarding care of the rods....
First - At the end of the day I ALWAYS wipe down and make sure the rod is dry. I have a spot in my SUV where the rod can lay safely to continue drying on the way home...and it stays out in the house laying flat overnight. It is only then that the rod goes back into its bag and tube for safe and straight storage.
Second - When fighting a fish I make a point of regularly turning the rod over to help prevent a set developing in the tip due to constant pressure in one direction.
Third - Assuming the rod has 2 tips...make a sure you alternate using each. My method is simple...the tip closest to the butt in the rod bag is used that day. When I take that tip from the bag I simply move the other one over to that spot and voila...it will be in the spot where it will be put into service next time out.