How To Make Your Spinning Reels Last Longer (Tips, Tools & Mistakes)
By: Tony Acevedo on October 16, 2019
How often do you clean and oil your fishing reels?
Do you do it at all?
Do you even know what you’re supposed to do?
Today’s reels aren’t cheap and just like your car, lawnmower, or any other machine with moving parts, a little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
In this video, I’m going to show you the tools you need, what to do, and what NOT to do, as far as preventative reel maintenance goes.
Ready to dive in?
Click the play button below to watch the video.
P.S. Have any questions about reel maintenance? Let me know down in the comments!
Preventative Reel Maintenance [VIDEO]
Now, before you dive into these preventative care tips, make sure you have the right tools.
Here’s a list of the tools I use:
- Phillips head screwdriver
- flathead screwdriver
- reel lube/oil (any brand works)
- clean rag
Pre-step: What not to do…
Don’t take your reel all the way apart unless you are confident you can get everything back together.
I’ve made this mistake before and have not been able to fully reassemble the reel.
Step #1: As soon as you get off the water after every trip, lightly spray your reel down with freshwater
Two things to not do in this step:
- Don’t drown your reels in freshwater
- Don’t use a lot of pressure when spraying your reels
Both of the actions above can push salt deeper into your reel, so just lightly mist off your reel and then wipe it down with a rag.
I keep a freshwater spray bottle in my truck to do this as soon as I get off the water.
Step #2: Take the spool off your reel before you start
Make sure there’s no sand or debris on the spool and if there is, lightly wipe it down and remove it.
Another reason you want to take the spool off if so that you don’t get grease or chemicals on your line.
Step #3: Put a dab of reel oil on the shaft where the spool rests
After you do this, crank the handle a few times to make sure the oil is covering the shaft.
Pro-tip: with grease or oil, less is more.
Step #4: Put a dab of oil where the handle spins
After you do this, make sure to wipe off any excess oil so that it doesn’t get on your hands later.
Step #5: Put a dab of oil where the handle inserts into the body of the reel
I made a mistake in not doing this, and as you can see in the video the handle does not want to move now.
Step #6: Clean and lubricate the roller on your bail
This is one of the most important parts of the reel to keep clean since the line touches your reel under lots of tension here and any debris or lack of mobility in the roller can cause your line to break.
Step #7: Make sure all the screws on your reel are tight
As you use your reel over time, there’s a chance some of the screws could come loose and you don’t want your reel falling apart with a trophy fish on the line.
Step #8: Spray a rag with Clenzoil and wipe down the entire reel
This is will help reduce corrosion and extend the life of the reel.
Whether you fish once a month or several times per week, it’s important to take care of your reels so that they last longer and perform better on the water.
I fish every week, so I normally clean and lubricate my reels every other trip, but if you fish less you can do so once a month.
Also, remember that your reels can corrode from just sitting in the garage unused, so make sure to keep up with maintaining them even if you aren’t using them.
Have any questions about preventative maintenance for your fishing reels?
Let me know in the comments below!
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