Saltwater Fishing Reel Repair (With 2nd Chance Tackle)


Want to learn how to repair your own reels?

Then you’ve got to see this video with one of the best reel repair guys on YouTube!

Dennis, from 2nd Chance Tackle, has been fixing reels for over 20 years.

And in this video, he’s sharing the history and common problems of:

  • Conventional reels
  • Level wind reels
  • Spinning reels
  • Lever drag reels

From mistakes people make when taking apart their reels, to why reels break, he covers everything!

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from Dennis’ videos about fishing reel repair:

2:06 – Different fishing reel types (including a fishing reel from the 1800s)

3:36 – The basics of how conventional reels work

5:48 – What can go wrong with conventional reels

10:34 – How retrieve rate works

12:28 – The history and basics of level wind reels

15:15 – Internal components of level wind reels

16:44 – Failure points on level wind reels

24:41 – How to get better at repairing reels yourself

26:12 – The history and basics of spinning reels

29:28 – The internal components of spinning reels

34:33 – Common failure points on spinning reels

39:04 – Lever drag reel maintenance


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What an awesome video!

Dennis clearly knows his stuff and it was great to hear the history and common failure points of the different types of reels.

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Have any questions for Dennis about spinning reel maintenance?

Any brands or types of reels you’d like to learn more about?

Let me know down in the comments.

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Brian Schnurman
2 years ago

Can a spinning reel axle be straightened once it’s bent?

Brian Schnurman
2 years ago

When bearings freeze up on an inexpensive reel, can you just grease them up and use them as bushings?

Tommy Green
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing the videos with us. They were very informative and educational. I have always maintained my reels but would not recommend it to all people. Each person is unique and individual to their own mechanical abilities. Some must depend on repair shops or those buddies that have the ability to perform maintenance and repairs to reels.

Brian Schnurman
2 years ago

Great info. On a spinning reel, what causes uneven line lay, and how do you fix it?

Mario Relvini
2 years ago

Yes Dennis is great. I’ve been following him for a while and been in touch with him a few times. He’s very helpful and his videos are great for reel repairs.


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