Fishing Reel Maintenance: 10 Steps To keep your Fishing Reels Smooth
To keep your fishing reels running smoothly, you need to do the regular essential maintenance. A damaged winder ruins a well-planned trip, and this could be averted by taking care of it. But, the complexity of it calls for a thorough understanding and proper care for dependable use.
You need to get some basics to repair and maintain your reel with much ease. Though each reel is different, the basics cut across and can be used to take care of spinning, bait casting and spin casting reels. Here are the basics that make fishing reel maintenance stress-free:
- 1 1. Always have the necessary tools with you
- 2 2. Get all the needed cleaning supplies
- 3 3. Disassemble your reel
- 4 4. Hold the reel properly
- 5 5. Secure the fishing line before removing the spool
- 6 6. Clean every part using a biodegradable solution
- 7 7. Grease the gears
- 8 8. Oil the bearing
- 9 9. Re-assemble the reel
- 10 10. Store the reel properly
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1. Always have the necessary tools with you
To begin with, you need to assemble all the tools that will be used in cleaning the reels. You will need Philips and slot head screws, pair of tweezers and soft bristle old toothbrush. The part list and wrench that come with the winder should also be there since it will be helpful. Now the reel should be within your reach and spread out a mat in your working area. This is where you will be putting the parts disassembled to avoid losing any.
2. Get all the needed cleaning supplies
Using some cleaning detergent can cause more harm than good, especially on some sensitive parts of the reel. It is recommended to used hot water, biodegradable cleaning solution, lighter fluid, super lube grease and TG’s Rocket reel oil. Ensure you get genuine supplies from a reliable source to avoid any issue arising after cleaning your reel.
3. Disassemble your reel
Take out the parts step by step in the most logical manner. Use the tweezers to take out springs, wire clips and other small parts. After removing every section, put them on the mat and put masking tape to make labelling easier. This makes it easier for you to identify the parts when re-assembling the reel. Avoid putting a metallic part on top of each other since they are designed metal to fiber.
4. Hold the reel properly
The reel should be appropriately held when taking it apart and putting it together. It is recommended to grip it on the left side while using the right hand to work on the reel. Hold it the same way when disassembling and assembling to make it easier for parts to go back stress-free.
5. Secure the fishing line before removing the spool
To avoid the line getting entangled between the coil and the frame it is advisable to secure it. This can be done by putting a masking tape before the spool is removed or detaching it completely. After that, the spindle can be disconnected to complete the dissembling process.
6. Clean every part using a biodegradable solution
Take time to clean every section using the biodegradable solution and soft-bristled toothbrush. Never use gasoline or any other product that reacts with plastic to clean or grease the reel’s parts.
7. Grease the gears
Grease the bottom teeth of the gears as the top will result in the grease getting in contact with other parts. Apply a light coating using a toothpick and a small brush to avoid overdoing it. Wipe any excess using a dry clean cloth.
8. Oil the bearing
Thoroughly clean the beating using the lighter fluid to remove all the dirt and grunge. Spin it carefully to check that all dirt has been removed. Use the reel oil with medium viscosity on each bearing. Apply one or two drops using a toothpick. The reel will then be ready for re-assembling.
9. Re-assemble the reel
After following the above steps of proper maintenance of the winder, it is now the right time to re-assemble. The last part to come out should be the first to be put part. Use the labelling you did on the mat to putting back the components at the right place. Hold the reel the same way you did when disabling to make parts fit in perfectly without much effort.
Once you have put back all the parts test to check if the reel is working appropriately, pull the drag off and put some reel magic on the outside to protect the finish and the fishing line, after that you will be good to go.
10. Store the reel properly
If you did the above steps before going out to fish, it is essential to clean the winder again before storage. Loosen the drag, grease you reel and oil it out. Ensure all the moving parts are well lubricated before storage. You have various options of storing the gear, and the common one is keeping in the bag, mounting on the wall or storing it in the cabinet.
If you are keeping it to use the nest day, then you can do so anywhere; however, if kept for a long time, it should be in a place free of moisture. When metal gets in contact with moisture, it can rust, leading to long term problems and even the need to replace some part.
Regardless of the type of fishing reel, you are using the essential steps remains. Following them to the later will keep your reel in good condition for a better fishing experience. While cleaning the exterior, avoid using pressure hose as the water can get in causing long term issues such as corrosion and rust.