Maintaining fishing reels nowadays may look like a daunting task, as recent models seem to have the complexity of Swiss watches. They seem to be made of countless small-sized parts all of which require constant care. If you’re having trouble understanding just what you should do to keep your reels for as long as possible, just keep reading. Have a look at the guide we’ve put together for your consideration.


Fishing reels


Salt water is a problem for fishing reels:

Many online forums talk about the harm that salt water can inflict upon fishing reels. Unfortunately, very few websites actually deal with removing it from the reels. Most fishers prefer washing it with tap water or, if you’re lucky enough to have some handy, with fresh water.

Caring for a spinning reel is different to caring for a fly fishing reel. Some users prefer soaking a towel in tap water and wiping down the outside of the spinning reel. For fly reels, the favorite method seems to be running water on their surface with a hose, or simply letting them soak in tap water.


Every reel is different:

Most of the anglers will inevitably try to deal with their issues on their own, which means that they’ll feel tempted to repair and maintain their gear and equipment without asking for the help of a professional. Reels are different among one another, even though they share the basics.


First steps:

One of the first things to consider if you want to clean the unit properly is to have all the right tools before beginning. You are likely to require 2 screwdrivers, a toothbrush that has been hanging around the bathroom since forever, and a good old pair of tweezers. The reel can sometimes come with a set of parts provided by the manufacturer. Keep those around as well.

Continue by collecting the cleaning items you’ll be requiring, which may range from a variable quantity of water to lube grease and reel oil. Once you have all of these products in your proximity, you may begin taking apart your fishing reel.


Fishing reel


Disassembling the reel:

If you ever feel unsure about the result of disassembling your reel, we’ll give you two simple tips. The first one is to use a mat where you can place all of the parts. The second tip is related to the proper order you’ll be reassembling the reel. Stick small pieces of tape on the mat and write down the corresponding number of the piece you just took out of the reel. This way, you’ll know exactly what steps to complete when putting it back together.

To make sure that you don’t get mixed up, hold the reel in the same position while you’re taking it apart. Holding it with your right hand while removing parts with the right hand can assist you in memorizing the place of the parts.

Just in case you’re having trouble reassembling the unit, think of a simple rule: with reels, metal never goes on metal. Reel parts are metal to fiber.


Several recommendations:

When handling wire clips or springs, use the pair of tweezers we were mentioning in the beginning of the guide. Before taking the spool off, always secure the line. Otherwise, it poses the risk of getting stuck between the frame and the spool. As a general rule, never clean your parts with gasoline, as it’s far too harsh and has the ability to liquefy plastic. If your budget allows it, use a biodegradable solution.

While greasing gears and oiling bearings seems like a walk in the park, it’s really not that simple. The gears have to be greased beginning with the bottom of the teeth, as that’s the right spot where grease should be in the first place. If you’re having trouble deciding just how much is enough, think of using a small-sized brush or pick.

The same goes for oiling the bearings. Every angler has his or her opinion according to which lubricant is better. Some prefer using lighter fluid, while others go for sewing machine. In the end, it’s a matter of personal preferences, so we recommend you try both and decide on one. Oiling the bearings has to happen as judiciously as with greasing the gears, so use small quantities of oil and apply it with a pick or brush.

Taking care of fishing reels needs a little consistency and commitment. Other than that, it can be a fun experience as it considerably prolongs the life of the reel you’re using. Both spinning reels and casting reels require the same care.