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It's best to clean your reels
for best results
By Bob Neice
The worst enemies of fishing reels are dirt, grime and pollutants
from the water you are fishing in. Fishing reels should be cleaned
and lubed no less than once a year, or more often if you are
a tournament angler. If you prefer take your rod and reels to
a tackle repair service. The fall of the year is best for this
type of service. If you missed cleaning your reels last fall,
then now is the time, but be prepared for a delay of a week or
two to get your reels serviced.
If you clean and lube your reels yourself, be careful
and deliberate when you disassemble a reel. Lay the parts out
in order and reassemble in reverse order. Mineral spirits, or
denatured alcohol is good for cleaning gears and mechanisms.
Use the alcohol to clean painted parts such as frames, side cover
and plastic parts. Gears are the priority parts for grease, oil
for most everything else and don't over do it on grease or oil.
A little dab will do it.
Use your manual for oil points. I highly recommend
using only grease and oil made by reel manufacturers. Vaseline
and WD-40 are very poor substitutes. If you fish weekly you should
oil bearings and line guide worm shafts. Check your manual.
A word of warning - Some of the newer reels of
the last two or three years are very complicated, high tech machines.
Some use special lubricants and will not work without them. I
strongly suggest you let a tackle sevice company do the work.
One tip I give my customers is to back off the
drag after every fishing trip. Leaving the drag on constantly
will rapidly decrease the life of a drag system.
Now is also a good time to clean and repair those
rods. If the guides are loose or need to be replaced taken them
to a tackle repair service. If the rod only needs cleaning use
denatured alcohol and use a toothbrush to clean around the guides.
Soap and water works well on cork handles, or alcohol for stubborn
stains. Wipe the rod down with Armor All to help protect the
finish. Remember, good regular maintenance of rods and reels
will prolong their life and keep down repair costs.
Another important tip is when spooling on braided
line do not tie direct to the spool. Wrap a few yards of monofiliment
line on first, then tie the braided line to the mono. The reason
for this that if braided line is tied direct to the spool it
will slip. Numerous complaints of drags not working turned out
to be braided line slipping on the spool. Also, on the subject
of braided line, you should check your line guides on reels and
the tips and line guides on rods for grooving. If they are grooved
have them replaced. The grooves will fray or cut your line.
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